Monday, May 28, 2012

Thank You

Monday: Mystery, Murder, and Manuscripts

...and Memorial Day

Okay, it's Monday and Mondays are reserved for...well, you know.  But it's a holiday.  A rather important holiday. So I'm making an exception and sharing the following.
I went to church Sunday morning, as I usually do.  At the end of the service, our Pastor directed the congregation outside where he led us in a short Memorial Day ceremony.  It wasn't a big production.  A small color guard of Scouts lowered the flag to half-staff accompanied by the playing of Taps, and we all sang America the Beautiful. 

But reflect a moment.
The freedom to worship in the church of our choosing.
 The freedom to stand in the sunshine and honor our flag. 
The freedom to sing songs of praise for our country and afterward to leave there and go wherever we wanted.  

Freedom isn't free. 
Someone picked up the tab.  
For us.

We need to remember.

We need to say thank you.

"A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including my life'."
Thank you.

Groaner of the Day: A sailor was caught AWOL as he tried to sneak on board his ship at about 3:00 am. The chief petty officer spied him and ordered the sailor to stop.

Upon hearing the sailor's lame explanation for his tardiness, the officer ordered the sailor, "Take this broom and sweep every link on this anchor chain by morning or it's the brig for you!"

The sailor began to pick up the broom and commence performing his charge. As he began to sweep, a tern landed on the broom handle. The sailor yelled at the bird to leave, but it didn't. The lad picked the tern off the broom handle, and tossed it out of his way. The bird left, only to return and light once again on the broom handle, and was once again tossed overboard.

The sailor went through the same routine all over again, with the same result. He couldn't get any cleaning done because he can only sweep at the chain once or twice before the blasted bird returns.

When morning came, so did the chief petty officer, to check up on his wayward sailor.

"What in the heck have you been doing all night? This chain is no cleaner than when you started! What have you to say for yourself, sailor?" barked the chief.

"Honest, chief," came the reply, "I tossed a tern all night and couldn't sweep a link!"


Linda G. said...

Ha! Thanks for the (groaning) laugh.

And, yes, I am remembering, too. :)

Maria Zannini said...

I've always liked the last quote about writing a blank check. There are no truer words.

LD Masterson said...

Linda - I debated on adding a groaner today but most of the soldiers I'm known always loved a good laugh. Or even a bad one.

LD Masterson said...

Maria - Yes, that quote says so much.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What a wonderful thing for your pastor to do.
For all the complaints of unfairness, our country still has more freedoms than any other on earth.

LD Masterson said...

Alex - We live right next to Wright Patterson Air Force Base and our Pastor is a retired Army Chaplain. We're pretty connected to those who serve and have served.

Laura Marcella said...

What a wonderful way for your church to honor our troops. Happy Memorial Day!!

Stephen Tremp said...

I love the cartoons! Mind if I borrow the American Idol one for Facebook?

Stephen Tremp said...

Oh, and Happy Memorial Day to you and yours!

LD Masterson said...

Stephen - Please do. I received it last year in an e-mail and thought it was worth keeping and sharing.

And a most enjoyable holiday to you and yours, too.

LD Masterson said...

Laura - I was glad we did. It felt right. Happy Memorial Day to you as well.

LD Masterson said...

Okay, I can't stand it. Nana brag moment here:

The very tall Scout, in jeans, is my eldest grandson. He stayed through both services yesterday morning just to serve in the color guard. I was proud of him.

Carol Kilgore said...

With all the rhetoric we hear day after day, it's easy to forget the simple freedoms we enjoy day after day.

Love the groaner :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Our church played a short video and then honored all of those who've served in the military. As I live in a town with an air force base, a lot of people stood up.

LD Masterson said...

Carol - Very true.

And I'm glad you liked the groaner.

LD Masterson said...

Diane - We're an Air Force town, too. I think most of the men and a lot of the women in our congregation are active duty or veterans.

Arlee Bird said...

Great Memorial Day post. Those were some cartoons with a powerful message. The groaner? What can I say but "chain on you".

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LD Masterson said...

Oh, Lee, that's worse than mine. *groan*

Sarah Allen said...

Beautiful, beautiful post and lovely pictures. Thanks for the reminder!

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Tara Tyler said...

groan =)
good one!

LD Masterson said...

Thank you, Sarah.

LD Masterson said...

Tara - ah, got you with the groaner.