On Memorial Day

This message was received from a U.S. Army Veteran on Memorial Day.  It holds the very essence of a patriot’s heart.  Its message is pungent and pure, clear and concise, and very much appreciated.  It is a quote every American should read.

“For most, this is just a day off work; a day for BBQs, the pool, and getting together with friends and family. But for me this is a day of remembering. For me this is a day to remember the soldier who drowned upside down in the mud when his truck was hit by an IED and flipped. For me this is a day to remember the soldier who was hit in the neck by a sniper and bled out on me while I tried to plug his wound while returning fire. For me this is a day to remember the soldier who we had to collect in a poncho after he had stepped on a mine; just to name a few. Yes we should get together with friends and family and enjoy BBQs and the pool and whatever – but we should take a moment while doing so to remember the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could enjoy those things.”

Well said Soldier, THANK YOU for your service.


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Judy’s writing journey began at the ripe old age of 8 when her very first poem was published in the regional publication of the American Library Association.

Her mother was the town librarian and Judy spent many hours hanging out among the books after school. It was there she found her true love . . . words.

Her inborn gift for writing began to blossom and was fueled by her love of reading. Her parents were writers, as well as her grandfather and great grandfather. The little poem she had published was entitled, ‘My Dog’ and vividly described in rhyme, the relationship between young Judy and her dog. However, when asked the name of her dog by the paper’s editor, she reluctantly admitted, “Well . . . I don’t actually have a REAL dog,” and thus began her imaginative journey with pen and paper.