Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Well, here we are on the cusp of a Memorial Day weekend. If we were at the coast, the store would have been visited, supplies laid in, and our loins girded for another onslaught. There would be drunks, illegal fireworks, bottles, and cans everywhere. A walk on the beach impossible without confronting, loose dogs, loud music, and city folks who believe littering is a God-given right.

But, we are not on the coast. We are in a quiet neighborhood where the cardinals and doves make up the bulk of the noise. Oh, sure there is a stray motorboat sound but nothing like a three-tier boombox putting out decibel levels to rival the Blue Angels at a five hundred foot flyover.

In short, we intend to honor those who made the mayhem at the coast possible. Those who felt a higher calling than the preservation of their own life.  We will remember those who sacrificed all to maintain the freedom we enjoy today. We will do this honor in an elegant way far from those who only thought is where they left the bottle opener for that illegal glass bottle of ale.

Today’s JohnKu talks about Memorial Day. I hope yours is filled with joy and remembrance of those who gave all of us the highest gift possible.

The sacrifice by John W. Howell ©2019

They never doubted,

But knew it was the right thing . . .

Eternally blessed.

57 comments

  1. Wishing you and the Producer a peaceful holiday, John. God Bless America!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I hope you have a peaceful holiday as well.

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  2. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. You as well.

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  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    Thank you for the reminder, John. As you mentioned so beautifully, it is a day to pause and say, Thank You…to all who gave the “highest gift.” ♥

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. 😊

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  4. Surely you are not implying that the beach front will be a crazy wild party this weekend. Surely you are not implying that Austin will not have any wild and crazy parties this weekend. Clearly are saying that your neighborhood will not be wild and crazy! … Well done on the Memorial Day Johnku.

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    1. Our community is made up of those who know what the next morining brings. In short, mature adults. Thanks, Frank. 😁

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  5. Ah, home. Where you always know where the bottle opener is.

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    1. So true. Thanks, Craig.

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  6. Sad how some holidays turn into a trash fest. Hope this one is as nice as your Johnku.

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    1. Thanks, Dale. 😊

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  7. Thanks for sharing a good reminder, John. They gave everything they had. The least we can do is remember.

    Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. I think so too, Dan. Thanks.

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  8. And even those who did have occasional doubts went ahead and did the right thing — it’s a weekend to remember and give thanks for them. Our town’s flags went up on Thursday — it was great to see.

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    1. I always like to see the flags as well. Thanks, Linda.

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  9. Have a wonderful – peaceful – weekend, John!

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    1. You as well, Teri

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  10. Rowdy mayhem aside, what a great post,John. Thank you for a beautiful reminder of those who gave all that we live in freedom. Enjoy your quiet holiday weekend in your new home!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. You as well

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  11. Lovely tribute, John.

    Enjoy a peaceful holiday in your new home.

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    1. Thank you,, Staci

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  12. Amen, John! Have a happy, safe, peaceful Memorial Day!

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    1. You as well, Debbie

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  13. Not all heroes wear capes, right, John?

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    1. So true, Hook. Thanks

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  14. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

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    1. Thank you for the share,, Suzanne. Have a great weekend as well.

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  15. Perfect, John, just perfect ❤️ Enjoy your peaceful weekend.

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    1. You as well, Marie.

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  16. Here here. To the men and women who keep us safe and free.

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    1. Yes. Thank you, Marc.

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      1. Thank YOU.

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  17. The expression “Gave their lives” has always disturbed me. It sounds as if those unfortunate servicemen had the choice of whether nor not to continue living. They were murdered because of where they were forced to be at the time. Recent books reveal the incompetence of some of the Generals who made decisions about where to send our troops. It is criminal and heartbreaking…

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    1. They all had a choice to remain or run away. They remained.

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      1. My husband added his voice:
        Serving as an officer in the US Army I believe you left out a choice.
        running away equalled court martial probability.

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  18. Enjoy your peaceful Memorial Weekend, John.

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    1. Thank you, guy

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  19. Well said! Enjoy your week-end John.

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  20. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Great tribute, John. Enjoy your quiet holiday weekend and week:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise. You as well.

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  21. Have a great Memorial Day weekend John.

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    1. Thanks, Andrew you as well

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  22. Great and important story, and an even better JohnKu. Thank you, John. Never forget!

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    1. Thank you Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  23. Excellent, John! Here’s to a peaceful Memorial Day Weekend!

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  24. John… unsurpassed eloquence in this post, my friend. Plus the Johnku is profound and moving. I’m awed. Hugs on the wing! 🕊️

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. Hugs back

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  25. Beautiful Memorial Day post, John. Lovely Johnku. I hope you’re having a tranquil day. 😀 xo

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    1. Thankyou, Vashti. You as well.

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