Sunday, May 24, 2009
A Moment of Silence
On this Memorial Day, The Harris Peppe Team would like invite you to join us as we honor the men and women who have given their lives so selflessly over many generations to allow us to live in a country committed to freedom. It is our deepest prayer that we live a life that is worthy of this sacrifice. During this weekend where so many people begin their summer celebrations with a picnic, a family reunion or backyard barbecue, I can only hope that you will all take a moment in silence to honor those who have given their lives so that you can live a life pursuing happiness and free choices. We also want to send out a special prayer of gratitude to those who stand guard today. Wherever you are in the world, please come home soon, safe and sound.
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price,
bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose and foe
to assure the survival and success of liberty" ~John F. Kennedy
Did you know that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? General John Logan proclaimed it as a day to be set aside as a day of remembrance for those who had died in our nation's service. On May 30th, 1868 flowers were placed on the graves of both the Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York. --Another tidbit of Memorial Day history refers to a poet named Moina Michael who conceived the idea of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day to honor those who died in service. I can remember when I was a little girl my Dad sold red poppies...the money went to benefit servicemen in need. Who else remembers wearing red poppies on Memorial Day? Click on this link if you are interested in learning more about TAPS...Did you know it actually has words? Lastly, I'd like to relate a story which is close to my heart this Memorial Day. My friend Frank, who served in Vietnam, recently found his bunk mate from nearly 40 years ago on Facebook. (Frank's wife, my friend Denise, made the connection). They had not seen each other since 1970...Today they rode through Washington D.C. together in Rolling Thunder to The Wall along with over half a million other bikers. I love you Frank. --and Thank you. Photo inset was taken today at our cabin in NC. Showing our colors at Acorn Cottage. You can click on the photo to enlarge it!