Skip to comments.The FReeper Foxhole - Memorial Day - May 26, 2008
Posted on 05/26/2008 7:03:26 AM PDT by snippy_about_it
are acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated.
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Memorial Day 2008
In deepest gratitude - to the Warriors lost and living and their beloved families.
In tribute to all those who gave their lives on the line for the freedoms we enjoy today.
If you click the link, Ms. Snippy, take a box of tissues. Thanks for all you do, Pookie.
In 1862, during the US Civil War, General Daniel Butterfield wanted a new melody for lights out. And so, without any musical training, he composed one in his head.
Years later, the general wrote, I called in someone who could write music, and practiced a change in the call of Taps until I had it suit my ear, and then . . . got it to my taste without being able to write music or knowing the technical name of any note, but, simply by ear, arranged it. General Butterfield gave the music to the brigade bugler, and the rest is history.
While there are no official lyrics to the hauntingly familiar strains of TAPS, here is a commonly accepted version of one verse:
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
What a comforting lyric as faithful members of the military are laid to rest! And what hope in the acknowledgment that God is near, evenespeciallyin death!
At a time when death and evil reigned, the prophet Isaiah anticipated a day when death itself would die. Your sun shall no longer go down, he wrote to Israel, for the Lord will be Your everlasting light (60:20).
Joyce Kilmer wrote more than ‘Trees’ before he died in WW I combat.
By Joyce Kilmer
In a wood they call the Rouge Bouquet
There is a new-made grave to-day,
Built by never a spade nor pick
Yet covered with earth ten metres thick.
There lie many fighting men,
Dead in their youthful prime,
Never to laugh nor love again
Nor taste the Summertime.
For Death came flying through the air
And stopped his flight at the dugout stair,
Touched his prey and left them there,
Clay to clay.
He hid their bodies stealthily
In the soil of the land they fought to free
And fled away.
Now over the grave abrupt and clear
Three volleys ring;
And perhaps their brave young spirits hear
The bugle sing:
“Go to sleep!
Go to sleep!
Slumber well where the shell screamed and fell.
Let your rifles rest on the muddy floor,
You will not need them any more.
Now at last,
Go to sleep!”
There is on earth no worthier grave
To hold the bodies of the brave
Than this place of pain and pride
Where they nobly fought and nobly died.
Never fear but in the skies
Saints and angels stand
Smiling with their holy eyes
On this new-come band.
St. Michael’s sword darts through the air
And touches the aureole on his hair
As he sees them stand saluting there,
His stalwart sons;
And Patrick, Brigid, Columkill
Rejoice that in veins of warriors still
The Gael’s blood runs.
And up to Heaven’s doorway floats,
From the wood called Rouge Bouquet,
A delicate cloud of buglenotes
That softly say:
Comrades true, born anew, peace to you!
Your souls shall be where the heroes are
And your memory shine like the morning-star.
Brave and dear,
Shield us here.
Hi U S Army EOD,
Haven’t talked with you in ages.
I wanted to come on the foxhole to say thanks to all our veterans of all wars, and those who serve in peacetime. All of them are America’s finest.
I just got off the phone with an army active serviceman in Afghanistan. I thanked him. I also thank my dear friend and fishing buddy, a WWII vet and Silver Star recipient, who is crossing over to Heavan as we speak(86 years old and dying with cancer).
My friend and I are going to, this week, bake and put together some care packages for our friend in Afghanistan. Please pray for his safety, as his mission is dangerous.
Happy Memorial Day!
Thank you so much for this poetry by Kilmer. Very appropriate and beautifully written.
Good to see you FRiend.
Howdy. Beautiful day for flying.
Good morning to the PE family.