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05-24-2014 11:01 PM

I believe this should be read from every pulpit in America tomorrow, Memorial Day, 2014.

  • My Thoughts…………To My Family and Friends__*

On Memorial Day, Americans should pause with solemn gratitude and deep respect for all our fallen service men and women who have had their lives taken away from them in their service to our country.

Through the generations, the courageous and selfless patriots of our Armed Forces have secured our liberty and borne at great and precious cost. When it has mattered most, patriots from every corner of our Nation have taken up arms to uphold the ideals that make our Country a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world. By answering the Call to Duty with valor and unrelenting determination, the members of our military have set a standard of courage and idealism that should inspire us all.

All Americans should honor the memory of the lives that have been taken in defense of our freedoms ………. or for the politics of our governmental leaders. Our Nation mourns them, and their example of strength and perseverance gives us resolve. All Americans should honor those whose blood was spilt by obedience to the orders and missions which were given them.

Many of our own family members have served their Country fully and faithfully, both in our lifetimes and earlier in our Country’s history. Some have left their blood on the soil of many battlefields. Some have left their very lives. Almost all Americans living today have someone close to them who has served well and faithfully. And, least we forget…….. “those who waited also served”.

I am in awe of my grandfather, Wallace Hans Sorenson, who was gassed in the trenches of the Argonne Woods during WWI and came home to render great service to his God, his family and his community. This same grandfather experienced the unimaginable loss of his only son, Sammy, (my Mother’s only brother) who disappeared after flying his bomber off an island in the South Pacific during WWII never to be heard from or seen again. I am in awe of my Uncles who served so valiantly in WWII, in the air, on land and on the seas. I am in awe of my Dad, who left so many (unseen and unknown) parts of himself all over Europe and later in Korea. I am aware of my beloved cousins and other members of my family who have served, both in times of war as well as in times of peace. My appreciation and respect for them is heartfelt.

Words cannot express my feelings as to the loss of the 58,209 men who left (not lost) their lives in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. 47,424 men were Killed in Action and 10,785 died in support of the “Conflict. What an unforgivable waste of young lives………..and for nothing! But still we served……because we were Called to Duty.

Men with whom I served……..far too many………whose names I have seen and scribed off of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C………all left indelible imprints upon me……..and are part of me to this very day.

Today we find our countrymen and (increasingly) women serving in two wars of debated benefit to our Country. It matters not at all which side(s) of these issues one may find oneself. The very fact that members of our military………some of our best, brightest and most courageous sons and daughters………are in harm’s way on a daily basis ………and must always be foremost in our minds. We must remember them. We must pray that their enemy’s activities will be foiled, that our military leaders, both on the ground and in the General Ranks, are inspired and successful in keeping our troops as safe as possible while making our enemies pay a terrible price for not ceding to our demands placed upon them. If we are to go to war, we must ask ourselves, politically and virtually…….”are we willing to boil their babies in oil”……for only if the answer is a resounding “YES” will we then have the “commitment to battle” sufficient to win.

Our Country’s loss of fallen service men and women continues to this very day and hour.

On Memorial Day, we honor all those who have died by remembering their noble sacrifice for our Country. We honor all who have served so faithfully ………. recognizing their commitment to their Country………but most of all………we honor and acknowledge their commitment to their “buddies”.

On this sacred holiday we must pray and demand that our leaders do not cause to spill the blood of our kin and countrymen without heavy hearts. They MUST feel the pain of every family separation and every wound and every death.

May we pray for the defeat of our enemies and for the peace we all seek.

May we always honor our troops, their families and their service on our behalf.

Bruce D. Ashworth
Memorial Day, 2009

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#1 posted 05-24-2014 11:36 PM

Very well said

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#2 posted 05-24-2014 11:41 PM

Here, Here,,,,!!!

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#3 posted 05-24-2014 11:42 PM

Thank you, Kaleb.

And thank you “never”.

I have always enjoyed your posts and projects.


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#4 posted 05-25-2014 01:35 AM


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#5 posted 05-25-2014 04:28 AM

Thank You For That Beautiful Piece, Bruce.

Best Regards: Rick (Toronto, Canada)

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 05-25-2014 04:43 AM

Thank you sir. Too many people don’t have a clue.


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#7 posted 05-25-2014 09:26 AM

Sir, I echo your sentiments from across the Atlantic here in Scotland.
My father (now passed) served in WW2 from Dunkirk through to North Africa and finally in Italy.
He was present at the birth of my sisters (twins) and did not see them again until they were nearly 6yrs. old.
However, at least he came home, many of his friends and comrades did not.
He was wounded and suffered from the consequences for the remainder of his life.
Other members of my family have also served in the Armed Forces and as you so eloquently say,
we would do well to remember and honour the sacrifices they make on our behalf.
Once again Sir, Thank You for your post.

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#8 posted 05-25-2014 10:58 AM

Bruce, you’ve brought a tear to my eye. I served for 31 years in various billets ranging from an Attack Squadron off Viet Nam to Submarine duty. Although I have never been shot at nor had to shoot back, I have seen many casualties which occurred during the performance of their duties. Your ability to put on paper the thoughts of many is appreciated by all. It is my wish all the younger generation could gain the respect for those who have served or paid the ultimate price without having to endure such an experience. But without the experience, I fear the respect will wain and the dedication to duty forgotten. Thank you Bruce and thank you for your service.

-- DonB

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#9 posted 05-25-2014 11:28 AM

Well said. Wonderfully written. And if this were in a newspaper column, some folks would read just your first sentence … ”On Memorial Day, Americans should pause with solemn gratitude and deep respect for all our fallen service men and women who have had their lives taken away from them in their service to our country.”

And they’d miss the best part!

All gave some, and Some gave all – This should be more than just a passing lesson to our schoolchildren

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 05-25-2014 11:41 AM

Thank you Bruce.

Far too many just think of it as a 3-day week-end.

-- John @

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#11 posted 05-25-2014 07:06 PM

Thank you for this message, C+.

I recently visited my Great-grandfathers Civil War Memorial grave in Elysian, Minnesota. My Grandfather, Father, and Uncle are in the National Cemetery at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. I served in Vietnam. We have a niece serving currently in the Air Force, her brother is a Navy Vet.

I know there are many families whose members have given the full measure of devotion to our blessed Country, and I extend my family’s gratitude and appreciation for their service and sacrifice.


-- vicrider

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#12 posted 05-25-2014 07:15 PM


Thank you Bruce.

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#13 posted 05-25-2014 08:04 PM

Very well said, my uncle who served in Vietnam passed away yesterday. Wish he could have made it through one more Memorial Day but it was his time. So if you guys see a vet out say thank you and if they are eating a meal pick up the tab, it’s the least that we can do for the life styles we choose to live that are defended by them.

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#14 posted 05-26-2014 09:15 AM

“Boil their babies in oil”!!

It breaks my heart to think there are scum on this earth who would even think of doing such a thing.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#15 posted 05-26-2014 11:29 AM


I am so grateful to never have been part of war. I am 26 years old and I very often think about what my life could have been like if I had just lived in a different time period or a different place in the world, one that required masses of young men to fight. Even if the core reason is good, war is a terrible but sometimes necessary way that conflicts must be solved. I cannot say enough thanks to those who have DECIDED to go and be on the front lines right now. That takes sincere courage and I often wonder if I will grow old and always regret sitting on the sidelines. I like to think I am enjoying freedom to its fullest, and I can only hope that those who are enlisted don’t look at young men like me as a coward. Either way, Thank you again to those who have died and those who have fought and those who have supported the conflicts.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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