"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

Memorial Day always makes me extra weepy...

I feel sooo grateful to the men and women who serve to protect and defend our country. And to their families.

I've known some amazing soldiers...

My Grandfather, James Hadlow Myers was a General in the Reserves. He served in WWII . He was Army thru n thru. He was loved and admired by many. He created an amazing family. He lived a wonderful life and died surrounded by love when he was almost 93. I wish he'd met his grandkids, but I was blessed with them too late... He was buried with full honors at Arlington. It was very, very moving.

I was fortunate to have known another very special soldier. Cpl. Kirk Bosselmann was a favorite student of mine. He seemed a lot like Prince Harry - a fun loving, red haired, freckle faced kid with a great grin. But I think Kirk was a better man. Kirk came from a wonderful family. He loved the country life and hunting. My first memory of him was seeing him on a leadline pony, alongside his father out with Potomac Hunt. He was always one to kick on and never look back - all that I could ask for in a rider. He studied to become a fire jumper out in CA. He was an expert marksman and became a sniper in the Marines. He was killed in Iraq. It makes me so very sad as our country lost an exceptional young man too soon.

One of the Farmer's closest friends, Paul, serves in the Army. He has two young daughters and a lovely wife. He just returned safely to them after his fifth tour, this time in Afganistan.  Wow!

Today we visited my Grandparents graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Then we walked over to Memorial Bridge to watch Rolling Thunder. If you've never been, I hope one day you get the chance... It is an awesome experience! So many good people and the motorcycles w/veterans and flags and reminders of soldiers lost, POW or MIA just keep coming n coming n coming n coming...

Almost like the rows n rows n rows of stones we'd just seen...

Thank you to all who serve
Thank you to all who've shared your loved ones
May GOD BLESS you all!

**** I'm about DONE blogging. I don't think it's the computer this time, but I can't hardly even GET to Blogger to edit, let alone load all my fun pics! 
Does Blogger hate Macs?!
What am I doing wrong?

arrrrggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  glug  glug  glug


Lori said...

Wish we would have been there with you. Rolling Thunder must have given you chills.
What did Sarah n Jack think of it all?

Marie said...

You're so right. And thank you so much for the reminder of what this holiday is really about. I'm so ashamed to admit that I was in picnic mode. Thanks for bringing me back...

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Hey Marie,
Don't feel bad - we ALSO enjoyed a great picnic! ;-)
BTW - just as we were pulling into Arlington, the radio played a Lowe's ad... "It's Memorial Day, and you know what THAT means.... It means home improvement projects and picnics."
Say whaaaat?!
No wonder so few remember...


Hi--Thanks for stopping over. I just love new company.

Yes, thank you for the reminder about our military and veterans. Both my hubs and I are former Marines and can appreciate the thanks and love by those around us. I'm sorry about your family and friends, it is a true calling to serve our country. So we must always stay proud and stand behind those how serve.

We too spent some time in DC over the weekend (we live in Stafford and work in the District) It chilling to me. I can never keep a dry eye.

BTW..I just posted about Luckett's and I scrolled down a bit though your blog and saw you did the same..isn't that place amazing??!!
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

WOW!!! So blessed by this...got goosebumps reading and seeing the pictures.
You said it well!!!
Thanks....enjoyed as always,

Warren Baldwin said...

Moving post, and the song with it! I did Memorial Day post, too, about George Washington. Esp appreciate your mention of MIAs and POWs - we literally have tens of thousands of them unaccounted for since WW1. That grieves me.

Linked here from Janette's Sage. You have a nice blog.


Gail said...

Great post!

It's nice to "meet" you- I found my way to your blog through Mustard Seed's. I was at Lucketts - I'm part of Chartreuse and Co., - we were in the auditorium, so I hope you found us!

I'll definitely ad your blog to my list of favorites!