Memorial Day 2005
Photo taken at the war memorial, Eishenhower Park, East Meadow, NY. More pictures from that memorial can be found here.
A NATION'S STRENGTH
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What makes a nation's pillars high
And it's foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?
It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.
Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust,
Their glory to decay.
And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet;
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.
Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor's sake
Stand fast and suffer long.
Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly...
They build a nation's pillars deep
And lift them to the sky
- In memory of all those who gave their life in service to this country -
Most of us will have parties and barbecues today after we attend parades and ceremonies and listen to speeches. We wil bow our heads in rememberance and some of us will pray and some of us will give silent thanks.
There's nothing wrong with going home afterwards to spend the day with family and friends, having a picnic or celebrating the coming summer.
Just remember what this day is for. When you raise that first cold one, give a toast to those who this holiday is for. Remember their families, as well.