Our office will be closed on Monday, May 29th as we pause to honor the heroes who courageously gave their lives protecting our freedom and serving the country we are so proud to live in.
As US Veterans, we would like to share an old poem with you for this Memorial Day 2017.
When you see Old Glory waving in a breeze, When you hear the silence amongst the trees, When you,to sleep, you lay your head , Your dreams can be happy, not filled with dread.
When you gaze upon a starlit night And are not filled with constant fright Because across the sky a star is streaking And not a missile or mortar shell is shreaking.
When in your streets car horns are blowing Instead of fires from bombs are glowing When the sound of sirens means help is near Instead of "hide until all is clear!"
When a wreath is placed in Pearl Harbor For those still entombed in the water. When veterans cry remembering this And all the friends, forever, they'll miss.
When no one speaks while at "The Wall" Where tears come freely to the small and tall. Know that group of veterans wouldn't quit, Even though Americans upon them did spit.
When young ones ask about the flags Placed gracefully over cemetary tags. You tell them that veterans answered the call, To keep us safe, one and all.
When a lump in your throat rises as "Taps" is played, And a loved one, to rest, is laid. This veteran's sacrifice did ensure, That America's freedom would endure.
We honor our veterans because for their own reasons, they chose to serve this country. We honor them because without them, this country wouldn't be what it is today. It may not be perfect, but there isn't a greater place on Earth to live.
Author: Ezra W. Sides MMC(SW), USN(Retired) 11/09/05
1.Vietnam War 1955
2.War in Afghanistan 2001/10 – present
3.Moro Rebellion 1899 – 1913
4.Northwest Indian War 1785 – 1795
5.Iraq War 2003/03 – 2011/12 6.American Revolutionary War 1775/04 – 1783
7.Second Seminole War 1835-12 – 1842
8.American Civil War 1861/04 – 1865
9.World War II 1941/12 – 1945
10.Korean War 1950/06 – 1953
11.War on ISIL 2014/06 – present
12.Whiskey Rebellion 1791– 1794
13.War of 1812 1812/06 – 1814
14.Mexican-American War 1846/05 – 1848
15.World War I 1917/04 – 1918
16.Great Sioux War of 1876 1876/02 – 1877
17.Spanish–American War 1898/05 – 1898
18.Persian Gulf War 1990/08 – 1991/02 19.Kosovo War