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.

52 comments

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

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    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.

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

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      2. No problem.

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    2. I agree, Charles. Thanks

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  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.
    Hugs

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

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

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

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  4. Gwen Plano · ·

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

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

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

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

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

    Very nice, John. Have a great weekend.

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    1. So true, Dan. Thanks.

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

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    1. You as well, Mae.

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

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Staci.

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  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.

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    1. Well said, Phillip. πŸ˜€

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  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.

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    1. Thank you, Susan.

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  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.

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

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

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    1. Thank you, Debbie

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  13. Amen to all! β™₯β™₯β™₯

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray.

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  14. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Remembrance.

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne.

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

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  15. D.L Finn, Author · ·

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

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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

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  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.

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

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  18. Well said, John. Amen.

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    1. Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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

    Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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

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    1. You as well, Deborah.

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      1. Thanks John! πŸ˜€

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

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    1. Thank you Noelle.

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