Memorial Day weekend: a great time to reflect on the Stars & Stripes, the blessings of freedom and liberty here in the USA…
(If you didn’t get a chance to read the PWOC Hanscom Airfare Base post last week, catch up here and please leave a supportive comment for our wonderful military families.)
“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” ~Robert J. McCracken
“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.” ~Lee Greenwood
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“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” ~John Dickinson
“Off with your hat, as the flag goes by!
And let the heart have its say;
you’re man enough for a tear in your eye
that you will not wipe away.” ~Henry Cuyler Bunner
“From every mountain side
Let freedom ring.” ~Samuel F. Smith, “America”
“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. ~Louis D. Brandeis
My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” ~Thomas Jefferson
“Our hearts where they rocked our cradle,
Our love where we spent our toil,
And our faith, and our hope, and our honor,
We pledge to our native soil.
God gave all men all earth to love,
But since our hearts are small,
Ordained for each, one spot should prove
Beloved over all.” ~Rudyard Kipling
Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you that by striving to perfect yourselves therein you may prepare to ascend to him.” ~Giuseppe Mazzini
Loved all these quotes, the last my favorite. I’m so thankful to live in a free country. Grateful for free speech, that I have the freedom to write and speak what’s in this heart. That my children can grow up in a free nation.
Reflect on the blessings of freedom or add a patriotic quote in the comment section today. Have an awesome weekend!
Barbara Child says
God HAS blessed America! May we always remember our Godly foundation and pray to return to those principles. So many thanks to our men and women who have fought to keep us free!
“In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!”
Barbara B. says
A beautiful sentiment we all share, to live in such a glorious land that God Himself provided, to enjoy freedom – from tyranny of every sort – religious, governmental, educational, judicial and every encumbrance that would prohibit this wonderful gift He freely desired for this country!
We pray with fervent and grateful hearts to lift our love for this great land in THANKSGIVING TO OUR CREATOR and hope this country will have a great awakening to these gifts no other country enjoys, and remember all those who fought and died to preserve these benefits. Thank you for your wonderful post today and we join with you to celebrate and never forget these brave men and women who fought for this country and their families who participated in this great endeavor.
Christy Smith says
Thank you for redirecting my thoughts upward and outward on this day before Memorial Day! Thanks be to God for giving our forefathers and us this great land as a stewardship. I too love the last quote and others as well. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1.
Aunt Pinkie says
Thanks, Allie – these are wonderful quotes and each directs our thoughts to solid reflection on this incredible nation which God has granted to us. While family get-togethers are wonderful and happy times, Memorial Day is a good time to reflect upon the principles which have made this a great nation – may we have the courage to pray for sound leaders and good men to lead us.
Susie Mandel says
Thankful for all the men and women who have served, serve, or lost their lives to protect our freedoms. Thanks so much for posting, Allie!
Those things that are worth living for are worth dying for, and we are indebted to those who have paid the ultimate price as well as those who willingly take that risk to preserve our freedom.
Thank you for guiding our minds and hearts where they should be on this important holiday, Allie.
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What a beautiful post Allie. I can’t express just how grateful I feel for all the soldiers and countless others who serve our country. Their sacrifice and service are what make our country such a beacon of freedom and opportunity.
Beautifully said on this Memorial Day. Lest we forget!
Carina Spring says
It is so important to think about the reason behind Memorial Day (in Canada it is Rememberance Day, in November). It is a chance to remember the sacrifices that others have made, and also to remember all that we have to be grateful for.
We are blessed to have the men and women who love their country & give of themselves to keep us free.
A special ” thank you” to all of them and their families!!!!