Jerry Newman's San Antonio, TX Blog 210-789-4216: May 2011

No Greater Love...

I have seen several nice posts this weekend about Memorial Day, but none have been more moving and touching as this post this morning for Michael Thornton, a former Viet Nam veteran, and,one our own Active Rain Ambassadors, who recently joined the ranks of the Million Point Club.

God Bless You Michael, and Thanks for Reminding us what this Day is Truly all about.  Go on over to Michael's post and Click Suggest! I just did it.

No Greater Love...

Memorial day is a day when we celebrate and honor the lives our servicemen and women. A day to reflect those ever faithful servants that like, the faithful Shepard, Memorial Day 2011laid down their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today. Let us remember as well, the love that these brave men and women had for each other and for us all.

Love. There are many events throughout the calendar year that focus on and are dedicated to love and loved ones. Often, when we think of these celebrations, thoughts turn towards more traditional holidays such as Valentines Day, Mother's Day, Father's day and Easter. These are holidays when we rekindle the sparks and flames of romance or reflect on the love that only a Moms and Dads can give. There are others; but to me, none speak more of love than Memorial day.

The man from Nazareth said it best, when he said, "No greater love has he, who lays down his life...". Not too much thought is given in this regard, as we pack our coolers with pop, beer and dogs and head out to a family outing or gathering with friends. Our military personnel and their immediate families live with this thought in the back of their minds, daily.

Those whom we honor today, lived, laughed and loved. They loved to do the same
Memorial Day 2011thing we do; walk in the park, play with the kids; spend time with family, cuddle with a loved one, tell stories and toast marshmallows over an open fire. They loved the simple pleasures of life. They loved. They epitomized love in its truest form - "No greater love..."

It was penned by one more gifted in words than these of your humble servant, that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Look deeply into the eyes of someone who has faithfully served this Nation and you will see eyes of love. Look into the windows whose curtains are drawn to mask the rigors and hardships of war, the pomp and circumstances of military life and the hierarchy of command. If you are lucky, and looks deep enough, you will see eyes of love that are dedicated to preserving our standards of life, liberty, and our pursuit of happiness…

Sadly, the light that once shown brightly in the eyes of our defenders has been extinguished. However; it still shines brightly as we reflect upon their acts of heroism. Kindled by the fire burning in the hearts and memories of those who knew them best, the light of the fallen illuminates the torch of freedom, that we as a Nation, hold so dear to our own breasts. Take a deep look into the eyes of someone who has served this Country, if you are lucky, you will get a glimpse into the same loving eyes of whom we respectfully honor today…

Today days post, was written in memory of Thomas, Richard, Wayne, Eddie, Wyatt, Robert and the others in my platoon who did not come home…

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Comment balloon 18 commentsJerry Newman • May 30 2011 10:11AM
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