Memorial Day: Rest In Peace

“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” Anonymous

On Memorial Day we remember all those in the military who sacrificed their lives throughout our nation’s history in pursuit of peace. In turbulent times peace came with a price, an expensive price.

Gettysburg National Military Park, PA

Over 51,000 soldiers died @ the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

Shiloh National Battlefield Cemetery, Tennessee

“The muffled drums sad roll has beat the soldiers last tattoo, no more on life’s parade shall meet that brave and fallen few.”

Shiloh means “the peaceful one,” but over 23,000 died @ Shiloh in 1862.

Although they may have come from afar, they are resting in peace in Shiloh, TN.

Chickamauga National Military Park, Georgia

Chickamauga, the second most deadly Civil War battle, left 35,000 dead.

“Courage is a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” G.K. Chesterton

On Memorial Day we honor the courage of the fallen…

Gettysburg National Military Park, PA

“Forward! For God’s sake forward!” Major General John F. Reynolds

This beloved Union general was killed shortly after leading his troops into the fray on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Eternal Light Peace Memorial, Gettysburg National Military Park

May all those who sacrificed their lives for peace throughout history (Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII and onward) rest in peace in the forever now.

Gettysburg National Military Park, PA

β€œDay is done.
Gone the sun.
From the sea, from the land, from the sky.
All is well.
Rest in peace,
God is nigh!”

(Traditional Taps lyrics)

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14 Responses to Memorial Day: Rest In Peace

  1. Garfield Hug says:

    Nice tribute. Blessings for the departed. May they rest in peace.πŸ™

  2. Debbie says:

    I’ve always found Taps to be a most moving tune, probably because Domer is a trumpet player — thanks for including the words here, Virginia. Have a peaceful Memorial Day!

    • Virginia says:

      Hearing Taps moves my heart, too. My older brother also played the trumpet. Hope you had a peaceful Memorial Day, Debbie. Blessings! βœ¨πŸ™βœ¨

  3. Cindy Kranich says:

    Wonderfully said!!

  4. Sparkyjen says:

    Anonymous did themselves proud writing this quote Virginia. It always give such pleasure and an enormous sense of proud watching our flag fly when I see one when I’m driving down the road, and now I’ll also be struck by this sentiment too. Oh geez, maybe I’d better pull over then. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  5. Amen. Military families appreciate it.

    • Virginia says:

      Pray that we never forget the sacrifices so many made – in many countries – to fight oppression in wars like WWII!! βœ¨πŸ™βœ¨

  6. Hubby did 22 years, his grandson is in year 19 as a Marine. We understand.

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