Monday, May 26, 2014

Mancat Memorial Monday With Ping

Full alert. 
Eyes & whiskers Ready to roll!
C'mon and join Ping on his Adventure (whatever that may be!)


Remember the sacrifice of those who died to give us the privilege to live free. 

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   The entrance to Arlington National Cemetery is directly across the
   Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial. These two historical,
   mystical, sites are connected by the Memorial Bridge.

   At the entrance to the Cemetery there is a sign which asks visitors to
   keep in mind the true nature of this place:

                   Welcome to Arlington National Cemetery
                       America's most sacred shrine.
                        These are hallowed grounds.
  
   There are rows and rows of American flags which had been placed in the
   ground in front of each and every headstone. There are over a quarter
   of a million heroes buried at Arlington.

   Generals and privates. Admirals and seamen.

   Each headstone gets its own flag.

   Each flag, the same size.

   Each life, the equal of every other.
                                 
   Entering the Amphitheater  small American flags  
 are being handed out by elderly vets and read the line from
   Lincoln's Gettysburg Address inscribed above the stage:

     "We, here, highly resolve that those dead shall not have died in
     vain."



   Arlington National Cemetery, on Memorial Day, has nothing to do with
   the sweep and grandeur of history, nor the gigantic commitment of
   resources to battles and wars; nor grand strategies and brilliant
   tactics.

   It is a place where - and the day when - we remember the individual
   men and women who were killed at Bull Run, and Belleau-Wood, at Iwo
   Jima, on Omaha Beach, and in Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan, and Iraq
   and all the other un-locatable places with unpronounceable names where
   we have too often sent young men and women to fight and, too often, to
   die.

   Arlington National Cemetery, on Memorial Day, has everything to do
   with a single white headstone nestled in a neat row among all the
   other white headstones next to it, in front of it, and behind it. Up
   hills and down swales.

   It stands, along with the others, in silent acceptance of a nation's
   gratitude.

25 comments:

  1. Happy Meowrial Day!

    We are all so grateful for the sacrifices of our armed forces.

    Beautiful images today!

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  2. We will remember, and be grateful, for these sacrifices today.

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  3. Beautiful mancat!
    Beautiful post!

    Happy Mancat Memoiral Monday, furriends.
    XOXOXO

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  4. Happy Meowrial Day

    (( Hug )))

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  5. Have a good day as you remember
    those who gave all.
    We would be happy to join you Ping.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure, JJ
    and Angels Tiger and Tillie

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  6. Beautiful pictures and words. Happy Memorial day x

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  7. Happy Memorial Day to you all - so many men who gave their lives that we could be free.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  8. That was an absolutely beautiful post! Thank you for sharing that today.
    Just beautiful.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  9. Looking handsome, Ping!

    We love your blog post about Arlington National Cemetery. The head peep has visited, though not for many years, and it's a truly remarkable place. Happy Memorial Day to you and the family.

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  10. We will remember our heros, today and every single day.

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  11. Beautiful post! Arlington Cemetery is a very moving place and to think it was Robert E Lee's home before the Civil War. Have a Happy Memorial Day!

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  12. Thanks for this meaningful post. We are honoring those who served at both my blogs in different ways.

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  13. Happy Memorial Day and thank you to our veterans. :)

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  14. I can't really say "happy" Memorial Day, doesn't seem appropriate. But definitely a thank you to all veterans, those in the US and those in Canada (our day of remembrance is November 11).

    Thanks for stopping by. The day is something, I won't say what. Ha!

    Smooches to sweet Ping. :-)

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  15. What a beautiful and meaningful post.
    (((purrs)))

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  16. That is a beautiful post.

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  17. We are with you, Mr. Ping! Lead on! Well, wait, Mumsy has leaky eyes again after reading your post. Okay, she's got a hanky so....let's do this! Adventure Time! We thank and remember our heroes, family and friends, who served in the military. Thank you!
    Happy Memorial Day :-)

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  18. Happy Memorial Day. Thanks for the great post!

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  19. We remember those that gave their lives so that we could be free. Happy Memorial Day.

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  20. We set our heads low and purred fer all the Beings today...

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  21. Pawsum Posty. God Bless America!!

    Luv and Hugs and Kitty kisses ♥♥♥

    Dezi

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  22. Very nice Memorial Day post
    Purrs
    Timmy

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  23. Lovely post and photo of Ping is pawsome!

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