Monday, May 28, 2012

In Honor of Memorial Day

In honor on Memorial Day, this afternoon I'll be taking the boys to Greenwood to visit the graves of our loved ones and to place a flag on my grandfather's grave; he was at Pearl Harbor on the USS Ward which fired the first American shots of World War II at a Japanese submarine an hour before the actual attack began.

In honor of this Memorial Day, I'm posting the "Poem of the Day":

The Battle Hymn of the Republic 
by Julia Ward Howe

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read his righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel, writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,Since God is marching on." 

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment-seat:
O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet! Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

So let us remember those who have sacrificed, who have "died[d] to make men free," this day and always.

Praying for our country daily,

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