Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Remembering Freedom

N   E   V   E   R       F   O   R   G   E   T !



"Greater love hath no man than this,

that a man lay down his life for his friends." 

(John 15:13)





Stars shine and stripes remind

The stars shine bright...

In the darkness of a foxhole,    
                                                        
Or in the glow of celebratory light…

By the fireworks we ignite.

Some forget just what happened

in the dead of night,

As the stripes remind us of their wounds,

And blood shed for freedom’s sake,

Today, as well as yesterday…

Make no mistake

Of the sacrifice they make,

While children play,

And music serenades,

As the marching band

Leads our parade...

Let us not forget,

Let us not delay,

Our gratitude to those

Whose coffins lay...

Draped in our flag while taps play.

Let's not hesitate to give thanks

And to celebrate...

The freedoms won by our strong and brave

Of every race and every age...

May we never forget the sacrifice they made.

We salute them now...as we bow

Our heads for grace,

And we take our place...

At the bountiful table

Preserved for us by a remembered face...

No greater love for freedom's sake!
(written by Lorraine Brown/copyright 06/28/10)



Giving thanks this Memorial Day
 for all those who have served
and sacrificed! 



G o d   B l e s s   A m e r i c a! 


and because of our freedom, we can enjoy the simple pleasures in life...
something as simple as a slice of

                                                               Patriotic Pie 
                                                                                               (click for recipe)




26 comments:

The Mom Chef said...

Well said, Lorraine! I come from a unique perspective since my parents were both children in Europe during WWII (one in France, the other in Belgium). If not for those that served, I would not be. It's a simple as that. My gratitude to the men in our Armed Services is huge.


That's an amazing pie. :)

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Living in a military community affords me many occasions to say "thanks" for the sacrifices made on my behalf. It truly is heart-warming to be the benefactor of such care and protection.

Blessed rest to you this weekend.

peace`elaine

Cherie Hill said...

I am SO truly grateful for those who sacrifice SO much for my freedom. AND I just LOVE that pie! Beautiful! Blessings to you!
Cherie

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Beautiful post. Thank you.

Lizzy said...

What a beautiful post, Lorraine...so good to be reminded of all we should be grateful for. Thank you :) And I must check out that pie recipe...SO wonderful!

mangiabella said...

yes, let us not hesitate to give thanks for the incredible sacrifice of every single man and woman who serves and has served, for the sacrifice of their families, for the lives given, for the courage shown, GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE....I love this poem Lorraine, and I love this beautiful pie!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Thanks for slowing me down long enough to remember what this weekend is all about...after watching "Taking Chase" I don't want to forget.
The pie looks wonderful...I think we will have home made ice cream...haven't done that yet this year.

Oh we lived in Austin until 13 years ago and now we are in the Dallas area...Austin is home and that is why we were there for the pianos.

Elisabeth said...

Such a beautiful post, Lorraine. We need to be reminded that we live in the greatest place on earth, where we can have our "voice" and our freedom of "speech"...not to mention that we need to appreciate our life, and the greatest nation on this planet.
Love the beautiful pie:DDD

A multi-dimensional life said...

Yes, it is the greatest nation on earth and we are truly blessed! Thanks everyone! I hope you are enjoying this Memorial Day week-end!

RonJoe 'Geezer' said...

Amen! I thank God for our military men and women that paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

God bless you Lorraine and have a great Memorial Day weekend :-)

Toyin O. said...

What a beautiful poem and pie; I am grateful for the sacrifices of these women and men. May God bless them and their family. I am always intrigued by your poignant poems. Thanks for sharing.

D.J. Hughes said...

Well said indeed. I am so grateful for the men and women who have served our country with their lives.

(That pie looks amazing.)

Julie Musil said...

This was a wonderful tribute to our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day. They sacrificed so we can sleep peacefully in our beds at night. Bless them.

Shanda said...

Your pie looks so perfect! What a way to honor our men and women who serve our country.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and admiring my cute and very spoiled dog!

Teresa said...

Wow! I read it to myself, then I read it to my husband, and we both said, "Wow!" at the same time. You said it best..."while children play and the music serenades" we must not forget. Thank you beautiful Lorraine for this amazing reminder! And thank you to our beautiful families who release their loved ones to fight the freedom that they know must remain.

Warren Baldwin said...

"Amen" to what D.J. said. I loved the poem, and the pie is amazing! wb

Annie's Dish said...

That was a great poem and the pie is so cute!

Fred Sanford said...

Ah Lorraine ~ Thank you for expressing your heart & ours so beautifully! God bless & sustain those serving today, in Jesus' name.

Shannon's Shanonigins said...

Lorraine, beautiful poem, beautiful pie, I love this post. Your talent never ceases to give me joy :)

Karen said...

Great Post ,as usual.. great pics..
We had a great Memorial Day weekend..hope you did as well.. God Bless.. see ya soon

Lizzy said...

I made your wonderful pie over Memorial Day weekend...but I still need to tweak it before posting. I used fresh berries and not enough thickener...so it was more like soup! My hubby loved it, but I think I'll try again for the 4th. Thanks, again, for the beautiful inspiration :)

Toyin O. said...

Hello Lovely lady,

Just dropping by to say hi, hope you had a restful Memorial day, enjoy your weekend:)

A multi-dimensional life said...

Yes, Lizzy! I think it's best w/the cherries and blueberries because they are already thicker but I'm looking forward to what you will come up with for the other berry mixture...I think any fresh berries would be wonderful with the right amount of thickening! Glad you like the recipe! :)

Emily Malloy said...

Well said!

Beautiful pie, my darling!

Deborah Ann said...

That pie looks delish!

Love the patriotic remembrance. My son's in the Navy, and my prayers go out everyday for all the soldiers serving our country.

Anonymous said...

Hello Lorraine, feel like I know you already! Watched you on tv last nite with Joey F., cooking your Mom's Mediterranean Chicken recipe with quinoa. You were a natural! Loved it that you are a neat freak like me about cleaning up while cooking and washing your hands. It's appreciated very much. I was surprised that you cut veggies and chicken right in the pot, will have to try that. Well I'll close for now, but will tell you that I will check out your blog more often, since I hear you give your site on the show last nite. Bye, keep up the great work.

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