Posted by: cindybythesea | May 31, 2011

A Memorial Day Remembrance

   USS Arizona Memorial, Oahu, Hawaii

By the time most of you read this, Memorial day will have come and gone. I’ve been thinking about this all day and finally had to sit down to write. Across the country, time is taken to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country; a time for remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  While many attended ceremonies where speeches were made, fallen comrades and loves ones remembered and tears shed; many did not. I was one who did not.  I wonder if it is enough that they have been on my heart and mind all day.

I remember years ago, when my children were small, my husband and I took our two daughters on a walk to the cemetery on Memorial Day. We were living in a small Colorado town at the time and on the way to the cemetery, we passed a small house with a plaque in the window, which read – USS Arizona survivor.  My husband and I pointed out the plaque to our daughters and then went on to tell that what it was all about.  How on December 7, 1941,  the men of the USS Arizona and others of the Pacific fleet lost their lives in the surprise attack by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor on an early Sunday morn. My daughters were about 7 and 9 at the time and I remember them listening with rapt attention, eyes wide as they listened to the story.

 When we reached the small well-tended cemetery, American flags fluttered in the breeze, the smell of freshly mown grass and flowers filled the air.  It was quiet and peaceful; a sacred place in many ways – the bodies of those beneath our feet resting in the dignity they deserve. Our conversation then turned to the history of our country and how indebted we are to the brave men and women who serve.

I’m not sure how many details my daughters remember from this day, but, I remember it being very important to us to make time away from the potato salad and the hot dogs to share this with our children.  Did it impact their lives?  I believe it did, as both of my daughters went on to serve four years in the Navy aboard the USS John C Stennis, a fact, of which I am very proud.

I could never have guessed at that time, that many years later, I would be living in Hawaii, where the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor is literally in view from many points on the island.  When I go to the shopping mall, I can see it.  When I drive to work, I can see it. From the patio of one of my friends homes, I can see it.  A daily reminder, of the sacrifice so many have made.

Thanking God tonight for his mercy and his grace, for the freedom that is ours;  purchased by the blood of brave men and women, who deemed it an honor to give all that they  had.  From the bottom of my heart, I say, thank you!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6    Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!   Cindy

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  1. Giving remembrance and honor to those who have served is a way to show our thanks to the God of heaven for them, who did not spare His own son to free men from the weight and penalty of sin. Those who laid down their lives to stand against evil and tyranny, did so that we might live in temporal freedom, to which I am thankful and grateful. Oh our dear Father in heaven may it please you to grant to your people that you have called in the name of your own Son, Jesus be granted wisdom and strength to face the day’s as we await the return of Jesus, that you will send back at the appointed time. Bring glory to your name in our lives I pray. I thank you not for what you have done but also for what you are still going to do.
    Freedom is a gift, but it is not free. It cost the giver.

    [Thank you Jeff for the beautiful prayer, so, eloquently stated. I’m glad you took the time to share it. C]

  2. Great post Mom, I have a lot of great memories with you and Dad, you both instilled a lot of values that has given both Kara and I a sense of gratitude for this Country and all the men and women who gave their all. I know the things you taught us were in fact a big part in our decision to join the military, not because you guys asked us to, I dont think you would have thought in a million years that your two little girls would some day be traveling the world via an aircraft carrier, LOL, but the importance of freedom and the price it cost was really what you wanted us to understand. The Navy was the best experience of my life, and I will forever be grateful for what it taught me as well as the life long friends that I made.
    I thank all the fellow veterans out there and the families of those who did not make it home for their service and sacrifice. God speed!

    Thank you sweetheart! How proud I am of you and so blessed to be the mother of two wonderful daughters! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Love, Mom


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