Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Memories

"One flag, one land,
one heart, one hand,
one nation evermore."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Today is Memorial Day in the United States of America.
It is a day to honor and celebrate our nation's veterans from all wars.
These are men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice -
their lives
to protect the land that we call home.
Many have died on ground that was not mainland USA.
Many have died here on this homeland.
They all died to protect the freedoms that we so value.

"Some people live an entire lifetime
and wonder if they have ever made
a difference in the world;
but our military doesn't have that problem."

- President Ronald Reagan
(1981 - 1989)

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"For those who fought for it,
has a flavor
the protected will never know."

- scrawled on the cover of a C-ration box,
Phan Tiet, Vietnam

vintage World War II poster, 1944
courtesy of Dover Publications

I thought today I would let others speak for me.

 Jes Wilhelm Schlaikjer, 1945

"Peace is not made at the Council table
or by treaties,
but in the hearts of men."

- President Herbert Clark Hoover
(1929 - 1933)


"We need not fear the expression of ideas -
we do need to fear their suppression."

- President Harry S Truman
(1945 - 1953)

courtesy of Indiana Music Libraries (see address to the right)

"One man with courage is a majority."

- President Thomas Jefferson
(1801 - 1809)


"True patriotism doesn't exlude
an understanding
of the patriotism of others."

- Queen Elizabeth II


"That's all a man can hope for
during his lifetime -
to set an example-
and when he is dead,
to be an inspiration for history."

- President William McKinley
(1897 - 1901)



"The mere absence of war
is not peace."

- President John F. Kennedy
(1961 - 1963)

George Washington and scenes from the Revolutionary War

"The country clubs, the cars, the boats,
Your assets may be ample;
But the best inheritance
You can leave your kids
Is to be a good example."

- Barry Spilchuk

stampincatstudio Rose's Walkers 2005

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"If there must be trouble
let it be in my day,
that my child may have peace."

- Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)

from an outdated wallpaper book

from the BackStreet Design book "Forever Free", out of print

from the BackStreet Design book "Old Time Signage", out of print

from a book of BackStreet's Ornaments, out of print

from an out dated book of wallpaper samples

"Show respect for all men,
but grovel to none.

- Shawnee Proverb
(a Native American tribe)

a Statue of Liberty handpainted and stamped
recycled domino magnet
by inkspired

vintage song sheet cover
courtesy of Indiana Music Libraries

"May there always be work
For your hands to do;
May your purse always hold
A coin or two;
May the sun always shine
On your window pane;
May a rainbow be certain
To follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend
Always be near you;
May God fill your heart
With gladness to cheer you."

- An Irish blessing

Arlington Cemetary

Thank you
from the bottom of my heart
to all American veterans.
Your sacrifices have not been in vain
and are remembered
- inkspired

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