To ALL who have served
As we embrace this long weekend
and visit with those friends
please take a moment to remember,
by all means
while hitting those stores to get the
“ribs to throw on the grill”
the burgers and dogs
sodas and beer for the cooler…
say thanks to a Vet, a soldier, a family member,
let’s just say hello and thanks to everyone we see
on this Labor DAY WEEKEND
those who STAND TOGETHER
IN THIS COUNTRY OF OURS UNITED!
Get yourself that
if yours isn’t flying
be sure to get it in the wind
once you are home.
when the apartment complex or HOA
comes around and tells you to take it down,
let the first call you make
be to the local news station and paper
you remind them
of those who are fighting for our freedoms
by the question
DO YOU REMEMBER
WE WILL NEVER FORGET
Thank you to those
who are serving; to those who gave ALL,
to those who ran to enlist
after our world stood still on that day
and to the families who stand beside them in hope that they will return and be able to resume their lives.
In a little town in
someone managing the Apartment complex known
those who pay their rents, support their countries and communities
the FLAG OF THE USA
along with the Little bitty flag of the local high school.
America, our country here,
folks have the right to fly the Flag of our country
at their apartments, homes, and on their cars.
(the management did not say to remove the plants that were paid for and planted by the tenant though)
“Remove the Flag or Move”
was the message!
In the New River Valley of Virginia
a little home of
“Friday Night Lights”
supporting our soils, our country
Where is the local news and fellow neighbors to take a
STAND on this issue?
The reality is this:
we together in this country; in our communities,
little bands of villages
return to taking a stand for each other,
as those who care
in order to teach our children
in order to demonstrate to the world
we are so much more
than words can speak
it is because
are the land of the free
because of the brave.
the day the world stood still;
the first responders
were NOT invited to show up then,
To NY ground zero to the Pentagon
we arrived, we faced the smells, the sights, the fears, and we walked through hell
We attended to the devastation of families, friends, each other
with compassion, determination, and passion
Our lives were forever changed
are still changed.
Our tolerance yes, it changed too that day.
something that seems trivial like an apartment complex in a small little town in southwest Virginia, a manager doing a walk about with a resident and demanding that a small flag and a poster for a local high school be removed…
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I cannot help but wonder… where were they on
the day the world stood still of 9/11?
So this weekend?
Have the best of weekends… while taking a moment to remember, a moment to think of those who have returned home in flag draped caskets or harmed in physical and psychological ways unimagined
they took a stand.
Enjoy each breath,
IS IT SO HARD TO TAKE A STAND
TO STAND UNITED
TO GET OUT THERE AND
“OUTSHINE THE SUN”
just because you can
Fly those flags friends,
DO NOT LET ANYONE TAKE YOUR RIGHTS
others are fighting everyday to preserve them.
Joey Graff for serving
The fire is burning, the sage is filling the air with hope, with prayers on the winds to all.
Many blessings as we welcome this weekend.
Walk In Beauty