Memorial Day

I believe every American who has given his life for his country deserves THIS amazing show of love that Chris Kyle got.

And I’d like to dedicate this day’s blog, for what it’s worth, to Chris Kyle and his family.

chris kyle petty officer

Here’s a guy who didn’t see much of his wife and children for very long stretches of time, during which he wasn’t sure he’d ever see them again, or them, him.   The irony and the total misery of his dying so shortly after he returned, having been shot in the back trying to help yet another soldier, will never leave most of us.   He died in February, 2013, but today I salute him again.

I’d like to share a prayer I found:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.

We also remember the families of our troops. We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes, and we pray your peace, provision, and strength will fill their lives.

May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord’s mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

memorial day barbecue

Have a hamburger or hot dog, and a beer, but don’t forget…. let’s NEVER forget Chris Kyle or anybody else who died for our country.

I just watched 60 Minutes for the first time in many years;  a young man who lost his right leg on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan was asked, considering that he’d thought of committing suicide because of the leg, if he’d go back to fight in Afghanistan.  He replied “In a heartbeat.”     

Have a good day.   Think of them.  

And think of the wives who go to the cemetery to lay down on their young husband’s graves.  I can’t bring myself to post that picture.

Z

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13 Responses to Memorial Day

  1. Mustang.Koji says:

    Chris Kyle lived for his buddies out there in those hellholes so that they could live. I grieve most for his wife Tara and his family. And perhaps if you can pardon me, I think any asshole who doesn’t appreciate his sacrifices and duty to his fellow brother in arms can simply leave this country.

    I watched a number of videos of his funeral procession; I understand it was ten miles long. In a number of instances, you can see drivers going the opposite way pull over and stop. I am sorry he had to die in the manner that he did.

    Wonderful post, Z.

  2. I add another “Amen!” to that prayer.

  3. jerrydablade says:

    Amen, and let us never forget and be forever grateful.

  4. Ray Cole says:

    Good one Z. Today I remember Austin Ed Koth, Jeremiah Robinson and Rick Kellogg. Each one gave their all.

  5. Saturday, I was cutting the grass, keeping Memorial Day in mind, and remembered a guy I had trained with. I don’t remember his name, vaguely his face.
    He was gunned down in Turkey on a street I had walked the year before.
    Because he was American Military.
    He is every much a fallen comrade as any who had died in battle.

  6. I’ve been posting this in various places, so pardon me if I’m repeating myself.
    It’s a song worth listening to.

  7. geeez2014 says:

    that’s very nice, Ed….and yes, your friend is definitely, sadly, a fallen comrade.
    Here’s one of my very favorite Memorial Day songs…it rips my guts out because, as someone who has lost the person who meant the most to her (not by war, of course), I get “driving your truck” (not that we HAD a truck, but you get what I mean)….I get doing something that makes you close to that person . Still close.

    https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=AnY0vbK6yr0sYe08uuQPB7GbvZx4?fr=yfp-t-338-s&toggle=1&fp=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&p=i%20drive%20your%20truck%20video

  8. geeez2014 says:

    Ray, thanks for coming by! We’ll all say a prayer for your buddies. And their families.

  9. geeez2014 says:

    http://news.yahoo.com/fighter-jets-scramble-escort-air-france-plane-jfk-150126554–abc-news-topstories.html

    What I predicted a few months ago is starting to happen. All a nut, or Islamist (redundant, I know) has to do is call in a plane threat and we are in BIG trouble with landing planes, rearranging flights, having to spend millions searching through every single plane before it takes off, etc.
    Brilliant. Call on only 10 planes and it’s a nightmare for air travel. Ten a day, and forget about it.
    And we have no defense. And islamists know it. We have an enemy without uniform and, basically, without a country.
    We can’t even get ISIS in the desert let alone find them in NYC.

    WOW

  10. I forgot to mention that I liked the prayer.

  11. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, it’s a beauty, isn’t it. I don’t know who wrote it.

  12. Kid says:

    Great post Z.

  13. geeez2014 says:

    Thanks, Kid. xx

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