Important to honor all war heroes

Summer is a time when many families hit the road for vacations and family gatherings, but it is also a time when many patriotic holidays take place.
Jun 28, 2013


With so many holidays from May to July honoring veterans, the flag and our country, it should be important for residents to remember all of our nation’s history. This includes the Civil War.

Recently, a contingent of volunteers took to Lake Forest Cemetery to tackle the restoration effort of the Civil War monument there.

The marble monument was built in Holland and moved to the Grand Haven cemetery around 1890, according to newspaper accounts.

Each year, veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic would meet near Grand Haven City Hall, then march to the cemetery to gather around the monument for 
a Memorial Day service.

Before the restoration, the neglected monument was covered with mold, mildew and mossy growth.

While we all get caught up in shiny new monuments and ways to honor our modern-day veterans, and those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice, we should not forget the ones who came before.

With a rededication taking place on Saturday, July 13, followed by a tour of graves of the soldiers who served at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, this summer is the perfect time to reflect on how we achieved the freedom we enjoy today.

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The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now, Marine,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'
The Marine squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I have not.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear..
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Marine waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, Marine,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

Author Unknown~

It's the Marine, Sailor, Soldier and Airmen not the reporter
Who has given us the Freedom of the Press.
It's the Marine, Sailor, Soldier and Airmen not the poet,
Who has given us the Freedom of Speech.
It's the Marine, Sailor, Soldier and Airmen not the politicians
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..
It's the Marine, Sailor, Soldier and Airmen who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.



Excellent post


Waiting for the day when Political Correctness demands that the American People can no longer respect or honors our Veterans, because all Wars are the fault of Conservatives and freedom is outdated.
God Bless the Constitution and Conservative Values. God Bless our Veterans and those who paid the ultimate price for our Freedom, thank you!


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