Monday, May 26, 2008

Military Service Remembered: Past,Present,Future

Have you every been to the "tomb of the unknown soldiers" in Arlington Cemetery?

We were there just last summer! It's one of my favorite places in the world...the respect shown at that site is too inspiring, wonderfully formal, commanding attention and see, they REALLY deserve it.

Tapped heels clicking against the concrete,
sounding like it will crack right through the they approach the
site to takeover duty.

Gloved hands balancing heavy rifles--clicking and
sliding bolts, looking into the chamber ensuring ammo.

Inspection is very intentional and once
completed, the Master Sergeant assigns the soldier to his post--swapping
positions with the current soldier on duty.

Few words are said yet the drill is emblazoned on
every action...

White gloves, black shoes shining...
Creases in blue pants straighter than a ruler.
Shaven heads peak out from underneath hats, bills pulled down over
the nose,keeping their eye on any potential target.

Clean-shaven and pristine--no curls or stubble to ever be found here.
High collars protecting necks that are known sometimes as "leather"...

knowing it could be them in that tomb.
Impressive is not a big enough word--respect for men and women who have given their ultimate for our freedom--an act that is too big for words.

When you're sitting by the pool in the blaze of the summer sun, or running on the beach taking pictures of your kids, or swinging your child back and forth as they squeal and giggle:

remember who is "guarding" your freedom...24-hours a day, 7-days a week...
rain, snow, thunder/lightning

Psalm 144:1-3
Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.
He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.
P.s. One of my childhood heroes, a neighbor who went off to Vietnam at the age of 17, Carey Smith, from Doraville, GA (I was three the last time I saw him; but I remember he raised rabbits in his backyard.) He volunteered for a marine mission where he was carrying a load of dynamite on his back, crawling across an enemy area to secure it for our guys to get in. He crawled over a landmine. I was honored to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall, and I was able to find his name and get an "etching" of his name with a pencil on the cover of my checkbook. It gave me a reminder that I can keep with me of his courage and love for Our Country and his willingness to do whatever needed to be done to help freedom reign in our world and in America.
I wonder whatever happened to his little bunnies?


Robin Lambright said...

Logan and I walked up to the park this morning to watch the Dacula Memorial Day Parade. There were lots of retired military participating. The most moving part of the parade was a re-creation of the picture we all remember from World War II of the flag raising at Iwo Jima. It was very moving watching real solders reenacting this scene. It is so easy to forget the sacrifice that our military people make for our freedoms.

Linda said...

My dad, 86, is a WW II Vet. I get very choked up about this stuff. So much so that I can hardly let myself think about it very long. ~ Also, wow-you are very nice in your comments!

Linda said...

Sorry-one more thing--I'm very curious about craving veggies after cancer--is that typical?

skoots1mom said...

i don't gastric doctor told me multiple times to listen to my body as to what it craved as I was healing...he said its amazing how it knows what you need.
(we know Who's plan that is...)
and he was right. It was kind of like when I was pregnant, those tuggings of when you would eat something and it would taste better and better. Asparagus is now one of my favs...i lost about 12" of my sphygmoid portion of my colon but things are good and I'm a 9-year survivor. History and early detection saved my life, even though my Dad became aware of his too late. His diagnosis saved my life...I've got a link posted to the OSMOPrep is a wonderful tablet med that you take in prep for colonoscopy, so you don't have to drink a gallon of the other stuff. (they've come a long way over the last 9 years)