Sunday, May 26, 2013

You are not forgotten

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me
And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today-'
cuz there ain't no doubt I love this land, God Bless the USA.

-Lee Greenwood

In memory of all those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  We will never forget.   

It is Sunday night and after a day of barbecuing and enjoying family we sat down to read a book called  America's White Table. 

A tradition started after the Vietnam War, the white table is a symbol and remembrance to service members missing in action and those who lost their lives.  Specific items are placed on the table:

White tablecloth to honor a soldier's pure heart

A lemon slice and grains of salt on a plate to show a soldier's bitter fate and tears of families

An empty chair for the missing soldiers

A black napkin for sorrow, a white candle for peace and a red rose for hope

Tomorrow at dinner our family will set a place for those service members that will never return.  We will light a white candle in hope for peace.  We will take a moment  to thank those whose sacrifice allows our family to enjoy a life of freedom and happiness.  We will  pray for those left behind and ask that they may be comforted in knowing their loved ones died a hero.   We will promise to continue to love and honor our country, America, land of the free and home of the brave. 

Charities Supporting Soldiers and Their Families

What ways do you remember those who served our country? 

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