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Sunday, May 29, 2011
Generations of Valor
When I look at this picture and think about the emotions contained within it, I get a bit overwhelmed. The newspaper that ran this supplied us with these details: Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas embraced Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr during a Veterans Day commemoration in Dallas yesterday. Graunke lost a hand, a leg and an eye when he defused a bomb in Iraq last year.(2005) When I received this a few days ago, my buddy that sent it to me also included a note at the end."Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and a Soldier. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom". When it comes to this kind of stuff, I can be a real softy. I look into both soldier's faces, and I get the cold chills. The look on the old soldier's face melts my heart. The hug, the embrace, and the gratitude that's being exchanged here.... well, I'm not sure if I got the words for it. I'm touched and I'm humbled, not only by the sacrifices of our Armed Forces in their endeavors to keep us safe, but also by the sacrifices of the Lord.
You guys know how I am, if I can't conceive of the words to express what I'm wanting to say, I can usually find a song or two. I think you will enjoy this..... haven't we all asked this question?
How did you spend your holiday? So far, I'm still whittling down, at the very end of my stuff. I plan to put quite a few things on Craigslist and have a yard sale to see if I can get rid of the rest of this furniture. I have most of the boxes, actually large plastic containers, loaded with the things I'm gonna take in my fifth wheel. I'm sure I'm taking way too much, but I'm getting pretty good at unemotionally cutting the clutter out of my life. I still have one roll-top desk, that was my mother's, and ended up being the storehouse for several generations of our family pictures. So I'm going to do one of two things. I'm either gonna box them all up and ship them to my brother's house in Florida, or I might get a photo scanner and put them all in a thumb drive. I've seen a pretty neat skinny scanner, on the infomercials. That would give me a lot to do when I'm out there boondocking.
That's all for now. I hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day.