A large percentage of our country doesn’t know of or care about Normandy. A few weekends ago, British artist Jamie, accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand. Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of those who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6th, 1944 during WWII. The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.
9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day.
What is surprising is that nothing about this was seen here in the US.
Someone from overseas had a friend that sent it with a note of gratitude for what the US started there. Please share with others who understand “freedom is not free– nor has it ever been”
MEMORIAL DAY CROSSES ON THE BEACH IN SANTA BARBARA
The first and the last pictures are taken at the beach in Santa Barbara right next to the Pier. There is a veterans group that started putting a cross and candle for every death in Iraq and Afghanistan. The amazing thing is that they only do it on the weekends.
They put up this graveyard and take it down every weekend. Guys sleep in the sand next to it and keep watch over it at night so nobody messes with it. Every cross has the name, rank, and D.O.B. and D.O.D. on it. Very moving, very powerful. So many young volunteers. So many 30 to 40 year olds as well.
‘Heavenly Father, thank you for holding our troops in Your loving hands. Thank you for protecting them as they protect us. Thank you for blessing them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us every day. For all these things, and more, I am so grateful. Amen.’
GOD BLESS THE FALLEN ON MEMORIAL DAY!
WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
GOOD MORNING, WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a Christian nation, land of the free and home of the brave.
How may I help you?
Press ‘1’ for English.
Press ‘2’ to disconnect until you learn to speak English
And remember only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ
and the American Soldier.
One died for your soul,
the other for your freedom. Remember that this Memorial Day.
If you agree, keep it going
2017, A NEW YEAR AND A NEW BEGINNING WILL SOON BE HERE.
A Nation of Sheep – Breeds a Government of Wolves!
Language: English only…
Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!!!
Veterans: Take care of every homeless and ailing veteran! They get first priority over any immigrant.
NO freebies to Non-Citizens or illegal immigrants!
WITH THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, WE THE PEOPLE, WILL BE HEARD AT LAST.
AND TO ALL MY LEFTIST FRIENDS OUT THERE – REMEMBER THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF THE NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OBAMA IN 2008
“ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES…..I WON ……YOU LOST…..GET OVER IT!”
= WE REMEMBER!
HONOR OUR FALLEN THIS MEMORIAL DAY!
It’s more than just recognizing our men and women in uniform. It is also about honoring their legacy and the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen that served with honor in all the preceding generations that have put on the uniform of the United states military and served with honor and professionalism. The sporting events with US flag and military branch flags displayed provide a glimpse on the occasions when they are displayed that show the public that our men and women serve not just once in a while but all the time and that while we as Americans enjoy our way of life and our freedoms it is our military that ensure it day after day. May honors the troops because we recognize that America exists because our military ensures we continue to live as a free society.
Military Appreciation Month, as one might guess, is the month we Americans take out of every year to celebrate, honor and appreciate the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform. It was established by Senator John McCain in 1999 (A Veterans of the Cold War, a Naval Aviator and more) intended as a symbol of unity and appreciation for servicemembers, veterans, and their families.
Every year in the month of May we celebrate National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). The month was not chosen at random: on May 29th of each year we celebrate Memorial Day, a federal holiday dedicated to the military’s fallen. It is, in essence, the cap of an entire month of observances dedicated to the men and women of the armed services and their families. Here’s a comprehensive list of 2017’s NMAM observances each with its own focus and importance:
MAY 1ST: LOYALTY DAY
The month begins with a proud look at our American heritage. It’s a day set aside to reaffirm our dedication to the United States, a day where we can together look to the future and be proud of where we’ve come from. It’s been a long road behind and it’ll be a long road ahead, but we’re Americans. We are unique in that we are very independent as individuals but agree that we can dna do come together as a people, as a culture of red blooded, freedom loving Americans that will work together as a team when called upon to preserve our way of life. We’ll get there.
MAY 7TH-13TH: PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK
This week, as you might guess, is intended to celebrate and honor the service of our local, federal, and state employees. They get a bad rap more often than not but isn’t always the case and no they aren’t all DMV workers of VA administration. But consider this: a disproportionate number of government employees are former military. Not all of them are military but many are. This list also includes employees of federal agencies, like the FBI, CIA, ICE, FEMA, Homeland Security, not to mention state and local police officers.
Respect where respect is due.
MAY 8TH: VE-DAY
Otherwise known as Victory in Europe Day. It just wouldn’t be right to have an entire month dedicated to the armed forces without giving a solid nod to that time in 1943 when we beat the everloving tar out of the Nazis.
MAY 12TH: MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY
We’ve all heard the horror stories about dependapotamis. Remember? I had you at Tri-Care. For a minute, though, appreciate the fact that there a lot of husbands and wives married to our servicemembers who raise children and maintain lives stateside alone while their spouses are overseas fighting the good fight. The spouse of a deployed military service person may be one of the hardest jobs out there keeping household intact, kids in school, making sure bills are paid, keeping a job down and ensuring the safety of one’s family all important things that are done while the other head of household is gone for a year at a time in many cases.
If you think that’s trivial, consider this: how effective would our guys be if they knew they were coming home to a dilapidated house, underfed kids, and unpaid bills? Coming home to security and solidarity is worth its weight in gold. I’m here to tell you, there’s nothing better than coming back from 11 months overseas to a hot meal, a warm bed, and a good woman.
MAY 20TH: ARMED FORCES DAY
This is the day during NMAM that we set aside to appreciate our active and reserve forces in all branches. These are our active duty military that put on the uniform of the United States military in all branches and go to work and lay it on the line each and every day. When you’re out on May 20th and you see a soldier, sailor, marine, or airman in uniform, shake their hand. It might sound trivial, but you’ve got no idea how important it is to troops who may be having a rough go of things, knowing that the American people have their back.
MAY 29TH: MEMORIAL DAY
Memorial Day is a federal holiday, celebrated the last Monday in May of every year. It’s the day we set aside our political differences (God knows we need to an more than one occasion) and squabbling, bickering and honor the sacrifices of millions of men and women who have given their lives in the name of this country. All the battles, wars, engagements and the engagements America has ever been in are remembered and those that answered the bugle’s call.
You might disagree with the war. You might disagree with the politics. Never, ever disrespect the fallen, because whether you asked for it or not, you enjoy the freedom that they died to protect every single day. As Americans we rise above our personal desires and interests and remember our fallen because without them our country would not exist.
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We honor our fallen brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our great nation each and every year. We honor them because they are patriots, leaders, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles and cousins. They are Americans. As a culture and free people it is inherently our focus to put others ahead of ourselves. We do this every day in the US military whether it is helping an oppressed people remove themselves from a dictator (been performing this role for centuries including our own) to humanitarian roles where our brave Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen have travelled to foreign countries to assist with relief efforts, reconstruction and ultimately when needed, saving lives.
We know that are a free people and for most of us we understand that to maintain the level of freedom we currently enjoy that sacrifices must be made. They are made on the firing line. They are made on a seagoing warship. They are made in foxholes. It is on or near these places, the field of France during the Second World War, the hills, cracks and crevices and airstrips around the world, the top of Mount Suribachi, the jungles of Guadalcanal and Vietnam, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan to name a very small few places our men and women in uniform have deployed to and in many cases never returned home to or paid the ultimate sacrifice of when they laid down their lives for their brother, sister and ultimately their country.
Memorial Day is the one National Holiday that is identified on a US calendar but in reality Memorial Day is something that American gold star families know too well and are reminded of on a daily basis. Their son or daughter’s photo above a fireplace or near the entrance to their front door hanging on the wall which reminds them how important it is to keep the memorial of our servicemen and women freshly remembered. Memorial Day is a day for reflection. It is a day that we as a nation come together and offer a thanks to those who cannot share their stories any longer, attend dinner and whose bedroom light is not on any longer. But, Memorial Day is also a very positive day because even though we have lost a friend or relative it is also a time that helps us keep their memory alive and to do that keep them in our hearts for generations. They are with us. They are in the next room and they are felt around us. We think it is a day that should be recognized every day in America but we are grateful that at least one day is taken to honor our American military fallen.
As a veteran owned and operated business we would like to extend our warmest heart-felt prayers and good wishes on every family member, friend or associate of someone that knows or is related to our American heroes, because that is exactly who they are. Heroes and we will never forget them and we will never let their light diminish. Ever.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.