I don’t know how my post turned into a poem. Excuse me if it is not perfect, but this is how it came out. As for the tattoo pictures, these are living memorials I have photographed that seemed fitting for today’s post. Whatever you do today, please stop and remember why we have Memorial Day. Please don’t wish anyone a happy Memorial Day, but do enjoy your day as heroes sacrificed so you could.

Memorial Day by Greta Perry

With time off from work and the beach calls your name
Many gather with friends and family to grill over open flame.

As Americans we we should not just look at it as extra time to play
Please don’t forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.

This day has been set aside to stop and pay tribute
To our fallen heroes and warriors who gave a final salute.

Please stop while enjoying your day and please pay some respect
To those who passed before their time; dying to protect.

We may have lost them yesterday; our nation’s history
But we should never forget that freedom is not free.

On this day each American should stop and pause
To honor the memories of brave heroes who have died for a cause.

If you do nothing today but stare at the waving red white and blue
Please think of the last moments that one of these heroes went through.

c/p at Hooah Wife & Friends and Louisiana Conservative
Thanks to Shelle Michaels for helping me edit this

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5 Replies to “Memorial Day”

  1. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt poem Greta. It was a poignant reminder to take pause and remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. The tattoos were incredible and so humbling. Amazing living tributes to our fallen.

    Forever Grateful

  2. The tattoos are amazing. To see real men personify their sacrifices in such a tangible permanent way is humbling. Your poem sings greta about what this day …this weekend means. Thank you for your commitment to our troops and their families as you make it more tangible and real calling us all to be more there for the people that make that possible.

  3. Thank you. Someone once asked me what can people do for our family since Mike’s death that would help make it better for us. My response was that nothing can ever make it better, but the one thing people can do to make it matter is to REMEMBER.

    proud dad SGT Mike Stokely
    KIA 16 AUG 05 near Yusufiyah Iraq
    USA E 108 CAV 48th BCT GAARNG

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