Geroge Orwell

We sleep safe in our beds at because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

I was watching FOX news this morning.  They had a Historian on, I don't remember his name.  He said a couple things that I felt are worth repeating.

1.  Gettysburg was the 1st National Cemetery and it was made that way by President Lincoln.

2.  Read the Gettysburg address, clik here. It took President Lincoln 2 minutes to read it. Clik on the link, it's worth the 2 minutes and more. It was on point then, it's on point for today.

3.  It's not about family barbecues, It's about the fallen Warriors who for the past 200+ years have given their lives for us.

Thank you 
Corporal Guy Ross Courtright, US ARMY,  World War I, The Argonne Forest, Germany
Sgt, Guy Ross Courtright Jr.  US ARMY,  World War II, Burma 
Specialist, Jacob Ross Courtright, US ARMY Baghdad. Iraq, 

This is my special list, what's yours?

It's not about barbecues.


Pops

Thursday, May 13, 2010

We Must Never Forget

We must never forget.  How many times have we said that or heard those words.  How many times have we heard those words and really listened and believed in those words.  We, that's you and me folks, moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers.  We that's us.  Never,  pretty self explanatory, a long, long, long time. Forget, it will always, always be there!  It must always be there, for if it is not, everything thousands and thousands of our brave young warriors, men and women of all our wars will have died in vain.
We must never forget.

Pictured here is my second grandson, Luke, son of our daughter Sarah and nephew of our son Jacob.  Luke is pointing to the 82nd Airborne Division patch that we donated to the Blue Star Mothers of Fairfield County. This hand made quilt was made with donations of all the veterans that have served from Fairfield County since World War I. It was nearly a year in the making. A patch of the unit of each one of these brave veterans was stitched  to this quilt by some loving caring woman.  It was donated to the Mayor of Lancaster, Ohio, our county seat Tuesday evening. It will hang in our county courthouse as a memorial to all those who have served in our Armed Forces.

Luke went with me to observe the presentation complete with the singing of the National Anthem, prayers, the reading of the Roll of Honor of those veterans, the playing of Amazing Grace by a lone bagpiper, a 21 gun salute and taps.  There wasn't a dry eye in the church, including mine. Luke is so proud of his uncle Jacob.  Although he is only seven he has been forced to learn about people who go away and never come back.  When Uncle Jacob's name was read as an Iraqi War Veteran Luke gave the thumbs up sign and just smiled. 

It made me feel good my young grandson went with me for this occasion. It will make me feel better if he, nor his young brother or sisters or cousins have to do what his uncle has done. It will also give me great pride should he serve his country in as  honorable manner as grandfather did, as his great grandfather did, as his great great grandfather did and yes, as his uncle Jacob did.

Memorial Day is not far off and to me it is imperative "We must never forget"

Honor Duty Faith

Pops