In 2015, I posted this tribute to those who serve. I think it is good for another year and maybe many more to come….for we must not forget.
On this MEMORIAL DAY, Boyer Writes honors all those who responded to the call of duty to country and all freedom stands for….especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
After viewing the slide presentation, you may want to look at the different wars throughout history where and when the United States has sent troops to fight. We are just one country. Multiply this country and all wars of all countries in the world ….to make us one big, warring globe.
There are reasons, of course. Some fight for their independence. Others fight to maintain their freedom. Many fight to rule over the weak, sick, and impoverished.
There are those who fight and murder in the name of God…religious wars. Read your history and you will not be surprised for it happened when Muslims fought Christians; Christians fought in the Crusades; nations have tried to rid the world of Jews.
The Holy Scriptures tell us that we will call for “Peace…Peace….but there is no peace…” Those who make predictions believe that before the coming of Christ to the earth a second time, there will be the greatest of all wars….in the Middle East. This is not something for optimism. Nevertheless, we are also told to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”….and the world. We cannot control governments, groups, or individuals who hate and destroy…but pray we can do.
” I pray that an Omnipotent Providence will summon all persons of goodwill to the realization of the utter futility of war. We have known the bitterness of defeat, the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned that there is no turning back. We must preserve in peace, what we won in war. The destructiveness of the war potential, through progressive advances in scientific discovery has in fact now reached a point that revises the traditional concept of war. War, the most malignant scourge, and greatest sin of mankind, can no longer be controlled, only ABOLISHED! We are in a new era. If we do not devise some greater and more equitable means of settling disputes between nations, Armageddon will be at our door…”
A MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE
( Click on arrow; turn on sound and enlarge picture for best viewing. Music by St. Olaf Choir) Warning: disturbing scenes of war wounded)
Choose and click on a war listed to read information.
- 2.1 Colonial wars (1620–1774)
- 2.2 War of Independence (1775–1783)
- 2.3 Early national period (1783–1812)
- 2.4 War of 1812
- 2.5 War with Mexico (1846–48)
- 2.6 American Civil War (1861–1865)
- 2.7 Post-Civil War era (1865–1917)
- 2.8 Modernization
- 2.9 Banana Wars (1898–1935)
- 2.10 Moro Rebellion (1899–1913)
- 2.11 Mexico (1910–1919)
- 2.12 World War I (1917–1918)
- 2.13 Russian Revolution
- 2.14 1920s: Naval disarmament
- 2.15 1930s: Neutrality Acts
- 2.16 World War II (1941–1945)
- 2.17 Cold War era (1945–1991)
- 2.18 Post–Cold War era (1991–2001)
- 2.19 War on Terrorism (2001–present)
- 2.20 Iraq
- 2.21 Libyan intervention
- The on-going war on terrorism The War on Terror (also known as the Global War on Terrorism) is a term commonly applied to an international military campaign which started as a result of the Sept 11,2001 terrorist attack on the United States. This resulted in an international military campaign to eliminate al-Qaeda; other militant organizations and jihadi groups. The United Kingdom and many other NATO and non-NATO nations participate in the conflict.
In Honor of President George H.W. Bush
From Retired Navy Chaplain, William J. Boyer, and his wife, Nancy of Boyer Writes
The Christian service of President Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. (Turn up sound)
This post is in honor of all veterans and their families who have given so much for the country they love, the United States of American. God Bless You!
VIDEO: Passengers on an airline witness the bringing home one of our bravest and finest. Thank you to all USA Veterans, for your service.
IN HONOR OF Green Beret WO1 Shawn Thomas
IN HONOR OF HIS MEMORY and SERVICE
Thank you for your service to the United States of America, Senator McCain
In case you missed the ceremony in Arizona, one of the speakers told a story about an incident in the Senator’s 5-year imprisonment in Vietnam: “At one point, John McCain was being tortured for hours with his hands tied tightly behind his back. Left there to linger, a guard walked in late in the evening and loosened the ropes. At about 4 am, the same guard returned and tightened them again. Most likely so that it would not be known what he had done earlier. Later, McCain saw the same man and recognized him. This guard walked over to the sand…and with his foot drew a cross for McCain to see. He smoothed over the sand and walked away.”
God never leaves us even in the worst of places.
Perhaps we should all take a deep breath and listen to the real words of our President. What a wonderful family this is, who has lost so much. Natasha De Alencar’s husband of 15 years, Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, was killed in Afghanistan in April during a firefight with jihadis from the Islamic State. He was a member of the 7th Special Forces Group. She felt it was important to release this phone call.
Respectful words from both sides of the phone…as it should be. GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY and THEIR WIVES and CHILDREN.
What does it mean to stand or place our hand over the heart, with respect, when our National Anthem is played or sung? Perhaps Coach Buzz Williams said it best to his team at Virginia Tech, especially in the light that some, who have been blessed in this country, have chosen not to do so.
HONOR RESPECT SACRIFICE
Coach Buzz Williams talks to his Virginia Tech team: View Video Turn up sound.
To those who gave it all for the sake of freedom…You and the heaviness of your commitment is what we honor today. To those who have been laid to rest…to those who are trying to recover in body and mind…we give you honor. You, the Veterans, are your brother’s keepers. Thank you.
Video: Turn on volume
It is a sworn oath that the military make to bring the fallen home…and according to a passenger,John E. DiScala on Delta flight 2255, they did just this. What a solemn moment this must have been for all those who were part of the escort. This is some of what Mr. DiScala had to say about the experience:
“This transcontinental flight turned out to be everything but ordinary. We later learned, when the captain got on the PA system about 45 minutes prior to landing, that we were transporting a fallen soldier. The plane went quiet as he explained that there was a military escort on-board and asked that everyone remain seated for a couple of minutes so the soldiers could get off first. He also warned us not to be alarmed if we see fire trucks since Los Angeles greets their fallen military with a water cannon salute….
I was on the left side of the plane and later realized that the family could be seen off to the right, standing with the United States Army Honor Guard. According to Wikipedia, each military branch has its own honor guard, usually military in nature, and is composed of volunteers who are carefully screened. One of the primary roles for honor guards is to provide funeral honors for fallen comrades….
It only got more emotional when I deplaned. There was a large number of passengers, who are normally in a hurry to get home or make a connection, standing by the window to witness something truly moving. To see the Honor Guard and family waiting patiently, while LAX baggage handlers and a military loadmaster removed the flag covered casket first from the cargo hold, was humbling to say the least. I’m not sure if it was the fallen soldier’s mother or wife who I watched slowly walk up to the coffin while a few other family members, wrapped in blankets, stood near with a dozen or so of the Honor Guards standing in salute. As soon as I saw her reach out to put her hand on her baby’s casket, I walked away.”
2 Videos below:
- The announcement about fallen soldier: (turn on sound) “When the jet door opened, another military officer addressed the escort who was standing at attention. He then stepped on the plane and told us passengers “I just addressed the escort. It is a sworn oath to bring home, to the family, the fallen.” He paused and then said, “Today you all did that, you are all escorts, escorts of the heart.” And then thanked us for our time and walked off the plane.”
- The moving video of a tribute to Marine 2nd Lieutenant James Cathey, just one of the many fallen. Perhaps this more perfectly explains what the oath means to the families of the fallen.
Bringing them HOME:
REGARDLESS OF YOUR POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE, take a good look at this picture and those participating in this memorial service.
It was a memorial for the American fallen soldiers murdered at Ft. Hood by a fellow soldier and Muslim extremist. This service, as in all memorial services, was a time to show respect and honor. Our symbols and customs of honor and respect for the fallen, our country, and our flag or national anthem is shown by a salute or a hand over the heart. Boyer Writes can only say, “Mr. President, we believe you could have done better than this. You were these young men’s Commander-in-Chief. Your every move is noticed. The men and families, as well as your country, deserve your full respect. “
You are going to meet a man, who has kept his promise to the man who sold him property, and to the service men and women of America who gave so much! Every night, at sunset…on Sunset Beach…Cape May, NJ…the crowd gathers. I am sure it goes on whether it rains or if it is cold. If you were in your 80’s…if I were, I am wondering if the dedication would be so strong. Take a look for yourself. It is inspiring. Thank you, Kelly, for sharing this with Boyer Writes.