For all the Mother’s-Blue, Silver and Gold., peace, hugs, prayers and thank you.

WELCOME HOME

Marine Corps., Twas the Night Before Christmas..

“Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

“Pray for the bereaved families of those who gave their lives for our freedom”

‎=( … as Ronald Regan said best: “They were not afraid to stand up for their country or, no matter how difficult and slow the journey might be, to give to others that last, best hope of a better future.

We cannot and will not dishonor them now and the sacrifices they’ve made by failing to remain as faithful to the cause of freedom and the pursuit of peace as they have been. 

 I will not ask you to pray for the dead, because they’re safe in God’s loving arms and beyond need of our prayers. I would like to ask you all—wherever you may be in this blessed land—to pray for these wounded young men and to pray for the bereaved families of those who gave their lives for our freedom.

God bless you, and God bless America.

http://www.presidentreagan​.info/speeches/lebanon_and​_grenada.cfm

From then, to today..we remember and give thanks

A Tin Can
Sailor

By: MMC Joseph
Early, USN (Ret.)
USS Vammen (DE-644)
USS Gregory (DD-802)
USS Furse
(DD-882)

A tin can sailor
Is a friend, indeed
He’ll come to your
aid
In a time of need

He’ll laugh at your jokes,
Agree with your
lies
And happy being
Just one of the guys.

After some lengthy
Maneuvers at sea
His mind
is focused
On a good liberty

When he first sets foot
On the ship yard
docks
You know where he’s from
By the way he walks.

And he walks quite fast
To his watering
hole
Where he becomes prey
For some one to roll.

If he should get rolled
He shows no
regrets
If they left him change
For some cigarettes

then on the way back
To his ship once more
He
walks funnier
Than he did before

Like all good sailors
After they unwind
Rolls
up his sleeves, and
Gets back to the grind

There’s the heat from steam
And many long
hours
Little fresh water
For taking showers

But he doesn’t mind
Any part of this
He’s a
tin can man
And that’s how it is

When his ship departs
And enters harms way
He
will state with pride
“Just earning my pay.”

And as they proceed
Through the jowls of
hell
He’s pleased with himself
For performing well

When the ship returns
To home port once
more
He takes the credit
For winning the war

Then in later years
In civilian life
He will
settle down
With a lovely wife

While at his bedside
And on bended knee
He
will pray for those
Who were lost at sea

After drifting off
Into a deep dream
He’s
back aboard ship
And cranking up steam

His mind often dwells
On his old
shipmates
Cherishing his years
With those reprobates

At ships reunions
He’s first to arrive
With
his sea stories
The past comes alive

And the bond that formed
While part of the
crew
Becomes stronger still
With their past on review

That same bond they share
No one can
sever
All tin can sailors
Are shipmates forever

http://www.destroyers.org/other%20information/poets%20corner/poem-a%20tin%20can%20sailor-2.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5T0fBcDu5U

 

From the Minute Men in the birth of our country and those who served around the world,  to our service men and women of today, those who have stood to protect and defend our Constitiution, our Country and her people, thank you.

National Day of Prayer (since 1775) “Warriors Prayer”

The Psalms
91

Abiding in the Shadow of the Almighty
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High

shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD,

He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,

and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers,

and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;

nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 nor for the pestilence thatwalketh in darkness;

nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side,

and ten thousand at thy right hand;
but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold

and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which ismy refuge,

even the Most High, thy habitation;
10 there shall no evil befall thee,

neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.10

to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in theirhands,

lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.11
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:

the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Lk. 10.19
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:

I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:

I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him,

and show him my salvation.

http://nationaldayofprayer.org/outreach/military-ministry/

February 3rd, 1943 and the steadfast faith of the Four Chaplains

Today, February 3rd 1943 The USS (USAT) Dorchester..an army troop transport ship going through “torpedo alley” was hit and sunk near the coast of Greenland. Four interfaith (Catholic, Protestant and Jewish) Chaplains gave away their life jackets and remained on board the fast sinking ship- locked armed praying together for the men.. of the 900 men aboard the ship, only 230 were rescued from those frozen waters.

A PRAYER FOR CHAPLAINS
By Dick Millspaugh BCC

O Holy One,
When disaster strikes by air, land or sea
Strengthen me.

When shock numbs, stuns, or overcomes me
Hold me.

When the flames of anger threaten me
Calm me.

When retaliation seems my only choice
Speak to me of grace.

When I would be god to save all
Humble me.

Creator of the air, land and sea:
Strengthen me, that I may calm others.
Ground me, that I may be peace for others.
Empower me, that I may act where I am.
Humble me, that I may know my need
Is always, always to live in You.

Amen.
http://www.professionalchaplains.org/index.aspx?id=249#Prayer_for_Chaplains

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEP7FUcIfwA

James Swearingen, 1992 Composed/wrote “The Light Eternal” to commemorate/honor their dedication, service, sacrifice and steadfast faith.

http://www.immortalchaplains.org/Story/story.htm

http://www.fourchaplains.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Chaplains

“God Bless America” ….a daily prayer

http://www.scoutsongs.com/lyrics/godblessamerica.html

God Bless America

Words and music by Irving Berlin
© Copyright 1938, 1939 by Irving Berlin
© Copyright Renewed 1965, 1966 by Irving Berlin
© Copyright Assigned to the Trustees of the God Bless America Fund
International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved.
Used by Permission

“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. ”

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejtBCxhFQ7w

 

Sammy Kershaw – The Snow White Rows of Arlington

There are a lot of perfect reasons
To never fight another war
There are a lot of perfect questions
As to what’s worth fighting for
There are a lot of perfect fools
Who refuse to read the writing on the wall

But the truth is there are people
Who’ve made it crystal clear
That it is their holy mission
To destroy all we hold dear

They are visibly out searching for the fire
To make this towing nation fall

Now we can just sit back and wait
Until they spill more precious blood
Or we can seek these cowards out
And nip their slaughter in the bud

Audios sweet home and family
I’m off to fight a war that must be won
You’ll know why I’m going when you see
The snow white rows of Arlington

Every blade of grass is sacred
Every headstone is a shrine
To somebody who was willing
To put existence on the line

The liberty we take for granted
Was purchased with their patriotic lives

Are their sleeping spirits restless?
Do they listen for the sound?
Of the mustering of armies
To defend their hallowed ground?

Will we rise to the occasion
To ensure their legacy survives?

Through the willows blow soft breezes
They are whispering my name

Asking did they die for nothing?
Aren’t I the keeper of the flame?

Audios sweet home and family
Wave goodbye to your Louisiana son

You will know why I’m leaving when you see
The snow white rows of Arlington

Audios sweet home and family
Wave goodbye to your Louisiana son
And if it be my fate you’ll find me
Proudly sleeping in the snow white,
When you see the snow white rows of Arlington

There are a lot of perfect reasons
To never fight another war
There are a lot of perfect questions

http://www.onlylyrics.com/hits.php?grid=8&id=1047141

Giving Thanks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reDiz5nkxK8

This is from Military Support Group of Connection Pointe

Church, Brownsburg, IN:  http://www.cpmsglife.org/