Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A Time to Honour and Reflect

I have written about Arlington Cemetery here and I admit I am an ardent supporter of the Armed Forces in every free democratic country. I don't think enough can be said of the troops who stand on the front lines so we can enjoy our freedoms. Of all countries, I find that  the USA, (Arlington Cemetery) stands out as a shining example for us all. This story is one example, but it raises questions.  Why is this not mentioned in the mainstream media? Why is it that more people are not aware of this?  As a Jew I do not observe the season,  but I am touched by the honour and respect that is shown for those who have given their all. Maybe the rest of the world isn't interested but what is wrong that the US Media sees fit to turn a blind eyel? Shame on them.

Christmas at Arlington Cemetery
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held,
Your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up
where you fell,
The line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...

There is a beautiful story about the wreaths at Arlington Cemetery. Each year some 5,000 wreaths are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.

Hooray for Merrill Worcester and the people who take part in this amazing work. To the teachers in Maine who are giving students real values--you will reap the rewards of the seeds you are sowing--Never Stop!

With all the bad things going on in the world this is one touching act of love that should be shared. Please do pass it on to everyone you know. May God Bless and Keep all the Fallen Soldiers and Protect those who are fighting--even now.

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