To The Bravery and Courage of Those Fallen – Reflections of Memorial Day

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This weekend is a time of reflection and remembrance to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.? A life of honor is a life fulfilled.? Each one of those men and women that dedicated their lives to a great unknown with the sole purpose of giving us the freedom to breathe the air of freedom, we will not forget you.? Sometimes pictures say all the words you need.

To those brave individuals that carry on the legacy of those fallen, we stand beside you with pride and hope, so that one day, you may never need to fight again.

To all the mothers, fathers, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents that gave their mind, body and soul to raising the flag of hope for a better tomorrow, we share in your fears and keep you deep in our prayers.

Quotes and Images of Devotion, Dedication and Commitment – We honor the past, the present and future

F”reedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.” ~Thomas Campbell

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” ~Thomas Paine

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Let freedom never perish in your hands.” ~Joseph Addison

“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen R. Covey

“I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.” – Madonna

“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.” ~Charles de Gaulle

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”?–Joseph Campbell

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”?–Elmer Davis

“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”?–Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”?–Benjamin Disraeli

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.”?–Washington Irving

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”?–G.K. Chesterton

“For love of country they accepted death.” —James A. Garfield

“These heroes are dead. They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars – they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.” —Robert G. Ingersoll

“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, ‘cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.” -Lee Greenwood

“The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots.” -Randy Vader

“The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.” -Rev. Aaron Kilbourn

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” -John F. Kennedy

“They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, and their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Battle of Lovell’s Pond

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.” —Thomas Campbell

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” —Joseph Rodman Drake

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” -Billy Graham

You are all Heroes!!!

Photos:? National Military Cemetery – Beaufort, South Carolina

 

 

 

 

Florence, SC Veterans Park – An Honored and Respected Tribute to our Military

By Mark A. Leon

By Mark A. Leon

On a rare occasion, you find a place ordained with honesty, emotion, respect and admiration.? A place that pays tribute to those dedicated contributors who put their lives on the line to stand beside the flag of freedom.? On this, our Memorial Day Weekend, we had a chance to take a solemn walk through the Florence Veterans Park and pay tribute to the branches of military and their continued dedication to the preservation of freedom.

The following pictures will paint a beautiful picture, but walking through this pristine park, we were honored to say this is a testimony to the commitment South Carolina places on the importance of military service and the honor it deserves.

To the City of Florence and all the people that made this park possible, thank you and for all those that have and continue to wear the uniform proud, we are indebted to you and your service.

If you have not visited this park, located just over two hours northwest of Charleston, we urge you to spend time here.? This is a park that we would categorize in the level of some of the most cherished tribute parks in Washington, D.C.

Take a virtual walk with us through Florence Veterans Park

 

 

Saluting the Flag
Saluting the Flag

 

Center courtyard monument
Center courtyard monument

 

Memorial Fountain
Memorial Fountain

 

Purple Heart Monument
Purple Heart Monument

 

Memorial Wall
Memorial Wall

 

 

Sailor's Creed

 

USS South Carolina Bell
USS South Carolina Bell

 

MIA Memorial
MIA Memorial

 

 

Merchant Marine
Merchant Marine

 

Armed Forces
Armed Forces

 

Flags of Pride
Flags of Pride

 

Daughters of the American Revolution
Daughters of the American Revolution

 

The Marine Corps
The Marine Corps

 

 

 

The Oath of Enlistment
The Oath of Enlistment

 

Desert Storm
Desert Storm

 

Branches of the Armed Forces
Branches of the Armed Forces

 

U.S. Navy
U.S. Navy

 

Family Reunited
Family Reunited

 

 

9/11 Pentagon Memorial
9/11 Pentagon Memorial

 

 

To those that have served, we thank you.

 

 

The Importance of Memorial Day in Charleston – Look back at 2015

By Mark A. Leon

It was a quiet morning on the Folly Beach pier.? Fisherman, young and old were preparing for the Memorial Day fishing tournament and the site of patriotism flew all the way to the ocean.? The stars and stripes ordained each side of the pier as you walked to the Edge of America.? Waters were calm, joggers were leaving their footprints in the sand and the wind penetrated the souls of the flags, reminding us of our gift of freedom.

Memorial Day in Charleston holds a special meaning for active military, veterans and families and the entire neighborhood.

This afternoon at Marion Square, the community was greeted with an orchestra show of old and new military themed tunes.? Some brought back old memories of younger days at the USO dances, while others closed their eyes and took in the soft soul wrenching sounds of Band of Brothers.

As I listened to the band belt out 75 years of patriotic tunes, I watched young boys and girls play catch, Frisbee or dig in the dirt.? It reminded me that on this day, we remember those that secured the future and safety of our next generation.

Charleston is a rich port town, whose military ties run so deep, they are a part of our foundation.? From the H.L. Hundley to the USS Yorktown; Charleston Naval Shipyard to the Boeing Military Support; The Citadel to Fort Sumter, Charleston’s heritage is one of pride and community.

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It was with a deepened heart that I watched veterans of foreign wars listen to the sounds that gave them comfort during trying times.? I also knew, that as they listened, they remembered their brothers and sisters that fell as part of the ultimate sacrifice.

They gave their freedoms that we and our children and children’s children can secure a future safe from destruction, tyranny and prejudice.

Throughout the peninsula and surrounding areas, families showed their support with flags draping from porches all throughout the Lowcountry.

This week left me with a sense of pride and an opportunity to say thank you, Charleston.

USS Yorktown Photo provided by Minta Pavliscsak
USS Yorktown Photo provided by Minta Pavliscsak

 

Memorial Weekend on Folly Beach
Memorial Weekend on Folly Beach

 

Marion Square