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Memorial Day Observed

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by La$Vega$, May 26, 2014.

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  1. La$Vega$

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    When I'm Gone
    - Mrs. Lyman Hancock

    When I come to the end of my journey
    And I travel my last weary mile,
    Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
    And remember only the smile.

    Forget unkind words I have spoken;
    Remember some good I have done.
    Forget that I ever had heartache
    And remember I've had loads of fun.

    Forget that I've stumbled and blundered
    And sometimes fell by the way.
    Remember I have fought some hard battles
    And won, ere the close of the day.

    Then forget to grieve for my going,
    I would not have you sad for a day,
    But in summer just gather some flowers
    And remember the place where I lay,

    And come in the shade of evening
    When the sun paints the sky in the west
    Stand for a few moments beside me
    And remember only my best.

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    Freedom Is Not Free
    - Kelly Strong

    I watched the flag pass by one day.
    It fluttered in the breeze.
    A young Marine saluted it,
    and then he stood at ease.

    I looked at him in uniform
    So young, so tall, so proud,
    He'd stand out in any crowd.

    I thought how many men like him
    Had fallen through the years.
    How many died on foreign soil?
    How many mothers' tears?

    How many pilots' planes shot down?
    How many died at sea?

    How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
    No, freedom isn't free.

    I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
    When everything was still

    I listened to the bugler play
    And felt a sudden chill.

    I wondered just how many times
    That TAPS had meant "Amen,"

    When a flag had draped a coffin
    Of a brother or a friend.

    I thought of all the children,
    Of the mothers and the wives,
    Of fathers, sons and husbands
    With interrupted lives.

    I thought about a graveyard
    At the bottom of the sea
    Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
    No, freedom isn't free.


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  2. oldarmy

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    Very Nice Post.. thanks for doing this..
     
  3. buomalley

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    Great post ... Thanks.
     
  4. jerseyguy

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    Thank You for reminding us what today is about.
     
  5. flyguyfl

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    Thanks for a very thoughtful post. It brought back memories of guys who were lost but will never be forgotten. Two were fraternity brothers.
     
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