Friday JohnKu – AKA TGIF

Memorial day

American flag flying in the wind


This day, once it is, complete will kick off a three-day weekend. Everyone deserves the promise of time off to honor those who gave so much. As I sit and think about what Memorial Day means to me, I get a profound feeling of gratitude for those who gave their lives that I might be able to live my life in peace. There is nothing I can do to repay their gift other than to pause and remember how dear the sacrifice. So I shall. Today’s JohnKu is a memorial.

Too Soon by John W. Howell Β© 2018

Too soon came the call,

For you to offer yourself. . .

To protect our life.

Enjoy the weekend.


  1. Always feels a bit weird saying happy Memorial Day. Feels like this should be a more somber weekend instead of a party time.

    1. Charles, I agree that “Happy” is not the word to use. I often say to have a respectful Memorial Day or remember on Memorial Day.

      1. Good ones. I’ll have to remember those. Thanks.

      2. No problem.

    2. I agree, Charles. Thanks

  2. It’s always important we remember the sacrifices made on our behalf by others. In some cases the ultimate sacrifice. I hope though that we never again need the the reason to thank a new batch who have to make that sacrifice. Enough is enough. The killing should stop on all sides.

    1. One can only hope. We are a violent species, Dave.

  3. Wonderful JohnKu! God bless our military and their families.

    1. We owe them a lot. Thanks, Jill.

  4. Gwen Plano · ·

    Beautiful JohnKu! They have sacrificed so much for us, for our country. Thank you, John.

    1. Thank you, Gwen. You are so right. πŸ™‚

  5. Beautifully said, John. Never to be forgotten. πŸ™‚

    1. Let’s hope so, Natalie. Thanks. And and thanks for you and your husbands service as well.

  6. The call may have come too soon, but they all answered the call.

    Very nice, John. Have a great weekend.

    1. So true, Dan. Thanks.

  7. Thank you for that, John. A powerful message we should never forget.
    Wishing you a blessed weekend.

    1. You as well, Mae.

  8. Beautiful, John. A fitting, poignant tribute.

    Have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you, Staci.

  9. Well said. Let’s celebrate the freedoms those brave folks sacrificed themselves for and thank them as we do so. Happy Memorial Day Weekend, John.

    1. Well said, Phillip. πŸ˜€

  10. Thank you, John, for the reminder. Most are happy to have the day off. Respect for those who have fought and died for our freedoms.

    1. Thank you, Susan.

  11. John, that is purely beautiful. It gave me goosebumps.
    I hope the party-goers on the beach don’t interfere with your holiday. Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. The party goers are always a pain. Hugs

  12. A blessed Memorial Day to you and yours, John. Most appropriate to remember their sacrifices.

    1. Thank you, Debbie

  13. Amen to all! β™₯β™₯β™₯

    1. Thank you, Billy Ray.

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne.

      1. You’re most welcome, John. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

  15. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Well said John. We do need to pause and be grateful for what we were given.

    1. Thank you, Denise.

  16. Great Johnku John. On this side of the pond we are eternally grateful to the US servicemen who died beside our own.

  17. It’s so easy to go about our daily lives forgetting why we can. I was lucky to have heard the stories from my great-uncle and his time served during World War Two. I never forgot those stories nor did I forget the tears in his eyes when he said to much. He had an imaginary line that he knew he shouldn’t cross but sometimes he did.

    It’s a special day and sometimes we need to stop and remind ourselves of that.

    Thank you.

    1. Very nicely said, Bryan. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Well said, John. Amen.

    1. Thanks, Jennie.

      1. You’re welcome, John.

  19. A wonderful tribute to the best of the best.

    Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  20. Well said John! Hope you have a lovely week-end!

    1. You as well, Deborah.

      1. Thanks John! πŸ˜€

  21. Thank you, John. It is a day on which to remember!

    1. Thank you Noelle.

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