Monday, May 31, 2010

Remembrance

Let us not forget those who died while defending this great nation from those who sought to do it harm:



Let us also take advantage of every possible opportunity and every reasonable measure to ensure they did not die in vain. Because if in the end this would turn out to be the case, it would be a greater tragedy than the untimely deaths of these courageous heroes.


ADDENDUM:

A good friend of this blog, Z from Golly Geez, posted the lyrics to this well known composition in the comments. I felt they needed to be posted in the main post so.... here they are:

Day is done.
Gone the sun.
From the lakes.
From the hills.
From the sky.
All is well.
Safely rest.
God is nigh.

Fading light.
Dims the sight.
And a star.
Gems the sky.
Gleaming bright.
From afar.
Drawing nigh.
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise.
For our days.
Neath the sun.
Neath the stars.
Neath the sky.
As we go.
This we know.
God is nigh.

Rest in peace our courageous men and women, and thank you all.


7 comments:

Z said...

Here are the words to TAPS which a friend (Pris from my site) literally just emailed me...
> Day is done.
> Gone the sun.
> From the lakes.
> From the hills.
> From the sky.
> All is well.
> Safely rest.
> God is nigh.
>
> Fading light.
> Dims the sight.
> And a star.
> Gems the sky.
> Gleaming bright.
> From afar.
> Drawing nigh.
> Falls the night.
>
> Thanks and praise.
> For our days.
> Neath the sun.
> Neath the stars.
> Neath the sky.
> As we go.
> This we know.
> God is nigh.

Thanks for the post, LA...very touching. I've been lucky enough to go to Normandy twice while living in France and I'll never ever forget it.

Ameloque said...

Hi LAS!


As almost every year, on Memorial Day, Amerloque's Franco-American family put flowers on the graves of American war dead, men who sacrified themselves in WWI and WWII to save France and the USA.



Yesterday there were more French people laying flowers than Obamatons (Paris -is- a very small town, and Americans' political views are well-known …). Guess they taking their cues from the "President".


Best,
L'Amerloque

LASunsett said...

Z,

I knew it had lyrics. But I have always thought the melody of the music was one that needed none to communicate the honor, reverence, and sadness that the fallen deserved.

Still, thank you so much for posting them here. I am adding them to the text of the post.

LASunsett said...

Hi Amerloque,

Thank you sir for doing that and thank you for being a friend of PYY.

It has always been my dream to go back to Europe and visit the beach where so many of our brave men died to extract the enemies of freedom from what should always be free soil. I didn't get the chance to go many years ago, when I was in Germany.

On the chance that I never make it back and if you think about it sometime, lay an extra one for me, would you?

Chuck said...

Years ago I had a friend who was a cop die in a car accident. He got an honors funeral with Taps. This was one of the most haunting sounds I have ever heard. I still remember it almost 20 years later.

Chuck said...

I do love the quote at the end. It's really quite a good one. These men and women died so people had the right to say hateful things about the country. Because of that, people need to have the respect not to.

LASunsett said...

//This was one of the most haunting sounds I have ever heard.//

And yet, at the same time...one of the more peaceful sounds.