TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE
GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, MEMORIAL DAY 2013
To watch this speech on YouTube, please go here. It is right after the Armed Forces Medley
I recently received a note from a mother whose daughter, a soldier, is buried at Arlington. She wanted to share some of the things she had learned at the loss of her daughter. She learned that the grief never really goes away; at any instant, a smell, a color, a song, a date on the calendar can take you right back to that first raw moment when everything changed.
She learned that if there is any secret to grieving, it is that there can be room for sorrow and joy, sadness and hope, to exist in the same space at the same time.
And she learned grief is not a lack of faith nor a sign of weakness. It is the price of love. That love, she says, is yours to hold forever.
Memorial Day is foremost about remembrance of America’s sons and daughters from every corner of our country, in every branch of the service who gave their lives so that we might live free.
But it is also about love and about hope. It gives us, the living, a chance to cherish the freedom we may now hold dear and embrace the future we may now dare dream.
It gives us the opportunity, all citizens everywhere, to recommit to our national purpose to secure the blessings of liberty. Let is also renew a national commitment to usher home the men and women returning to our communities and firmly stand by those still supporting our missions around the globe.
Behind every one of them are their pillars of love and hope at home; A parent, a spouse, a son, a daughter, a community, all doing their part to take care of America.
On Behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a grateful nation, we thank you.
THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE
AROUND THE WORLD
CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)
OCEANA & POLYNESIA
From England this time. You have heard about recent tragedy that happened in Manchester. In the coffee shop where I am writing this, at 11 o’clock there was a minute of silence to remember the victims. Faces were sad and reflected sorrow.
I was in Manchester earlier this year and under normal circumstances, it is a great, vibrant city. A lot of new modern development is going on but it is still a historically grand city which is reflected in its architecture. The city played major role in Industrial Revolution and as Disraeli once said, “Manchester is as great a human exploit as Athens.”
I recently found myself in London, staying just a doorstep from Kipling House. His words came back to me as I thought of Manchester.
Written in 1895, they seem profoundly relevant today. And I think Mr. Kipling would agree that while it is the work of authorities to provide safety on streets, it is up to us not to live in violence and fear.
IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS
BUSINESS & TRADE
CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER
ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR
TRUMP & COMPANY
I feel that compassionate thought is the most precious thing there is. It is something that only we human beings can develop. And if we have a good heart, a warm heart, warm feelings, we will be happy and satisfied ourselves, and our friends will experience a friendly and peaceful atmosphere as well. This is something that can also be experienced nation to nation, country to country, continent to continent
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This is incredible. Scientists Are Stunned When 2,000-Year-Old Seeds Grow Into Extinct, Biblical Tree
So is this. Check out this app from timeanddate.com that shows our solar system with four charts accessible by pressing a tab. They include: distance from the sun, distance from earth, the planets in terms of relative size, size in our sky, and brightness on any particular date. You can set the format by going to this site.
This is good news. Electric Cars More Popular As Grid Gets Greener
THE GREEN BEAT
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
If you love these creatures as much as we do, this will absolutely thrill you. Arctic Wolves Howling A Beautiful Song
And of course, we totally agree with this. Tolerance For Wolves
This is a little spooky. Snake Visits Underwater Caves: A female sea krait finds an amazing location for her eggs
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB