Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

memorial day, hope n' change, hope and change, stilton jarlsberg

There are no words sufficient to express our debt and gratitude on this solemn day, 
but let us each strive to give meaningful thanks in our hearts and actions.


Anonymous said...

If only your comics reflected this more.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Anonymous- Unfortunately, your meaning is a bit ambiguous. If you're saying that you wish my comics could celebrate a world in which patriotism, honor, courage, and sacrifice were appropriately valued, I agree with you. Sadly, my comics too frequently reflect the political dismantling of the values and legacy won by our fallen heroes.

TrickyRicky said...

May they all rest in peace, and may we deserve the freedom that their sacrifice has preserved for us, and may we preserve it for our progeny.

SeaDog52 said...

Dear USA,
Monday is Memorial Day. It is the day we honor our war dead, those warriors who gave what Lincoln called, "the last full measure of devotion." Enjoy your barbecues, your mattress sales, and your community pool openings, but remember you do so because those honored dead made it possible. Please do not offer your thanks to me or any other living veteran. It is not our day. We came home carrying our shields; they came home carried on theirs. Memorial Day the day we raise our glasses to absent comrades. Thank me and my living brothers-in-arms (and sisters, too) on Tuesday. But on Monday, turn your thoughts to the gardens of stone around the globe.

It's No Gouda said...

SeaDog 52, a hearty "Amen" to your commment.

Emmentaler Limburger said...

I know I'm a day late, but I need to put in my two cents :o)

Memorial Day is a great opportunity to do something to express your appreciation for the greatest sacrifice one can make for their country, yes - but please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers every day; not just the official one. And please, please, please: do something to demonstrate your appreciation to any Gold Star families you are aware of. They sacrificed, too - and they're still feeling their sacrifice. Nothing honors our honored dead more than providing support to their living families. To this end, if you cannot do something on a personal level to provide support - be it mechanical, monetary, or emotional - to the family of one of our greatest heroes, might I suggest a donation to The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund? This fund provides scholarships to help offset the college education of the living children of those active duty persons killed since 911.

REM1875 said...

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

REM1875 said...

Flanders Fields
LT COL John McCrae
May 1915
Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Soldier, Doctor, Author, Patriot.