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MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE 2015

Last Memorial Day, I posted this tribute to those who serve. I think it is good for another year and maybe many more to come….for we must not forget.

On this MEMORIAL DAY,  Boyer Writes honors all those who responded to the call of duty to country and all freedom stands for….especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

After viewing the slide presentation, you may want to look at the different wars throughout history where and when the United States has sent troops to fight.   We are just one country.  Multiply this country and all wars  of all countries in the world ….to make us one big, warring globe.

There are reasons, of course.  Some fight for their independence.  Others fight to maintain their freedom.  Many fight to rule over the weak, sick,and impoverished.

There are those who fight and murder in the name of God…religious wars.   Read your history and you will not be surprised for it happened when Muslims fought Christians; Christians fought in the Crusades; nations have tried to rid the world of Jews.

The Holy Scriptures tell us that we will call for “Peace….Peace….but there is no peace…”    Those who make predictions believe that before the coming of Christ to the earth a second time, there will be the greatest of all wars….in the Middle East.   This is not something for optimism.   Nevertheless, we are also told to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”….and the world.   We cannot control governments, groups, or individuals  who hate and destroy…but pray we can do.

General MacArthur, the great general of World War II made this statement about war.  

” I pray that an omnipotent providence will summon all persons of goodwill to to the realization of the utter futility of war. We have known the bitterness of defeat, the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned that there is no turning back. We must preserve in peace, what we won in war.

The destructiveness of the war potential, through progressive advances in scientific discovery has in fact now reached a point that revises the traditional concept of war. War, the most malignant scourge, and greatest sin of mankind, can no longer be controlled, only ABOLISHED! We are in a new era. If we do not devise some greater and more equitable means of settling disputes between nations, Armageddon will be at our door…” 

A MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE  

( Click on arrow; turn on sound and enlarge picture for best viewing.  Music by St. Olaf Choir) Warning: disturbing scenes of war wounded)

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 Choose and click on a war listed to read information.

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Remember History or RELIVE it!

As I walked through the gates of Auschwitz  with my students a few years ago, I was reminded of the famous saying that one must remember history or relive it.   This is particularly true today with the evil plots to destroy one’s neighbor from within or without.   My fellow blogger, Stephen Liddell in England, reminded his countrymen that there is  at least one great reason to get out and vote in their General Election.   This picture tells that reason.  We here in America should be taking as seriously our own future elections.

In England,  888,246 poppies were laid  to remember each of the WW1 dead.  (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Defence.)

In England, 888,246 poppies were laid to remember each of the WW1 dead.
(Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Defense.)

 

Voters, here in America and those abroad, were not living during WWI and many were not living during WWII, but that does not mean we can not take our lessons from history.   The battles may be different, but they are battles just the same.   Complacency may be the road to slavery or death.  No one likes to think of it, but it is the truth just the same.  A strong nation will defend itself.  A strong people will not  turn a blind eye to the past…especially when one is threatened with evil and destruction.

I would say to our friends in America and worldwide, teach history to your young people.  When surveyed, they seem to not know even basic facts of the sacrifices of their grandparents during times of crisis.    They are the future voters and the inheritance of whom we choose now as leaders in the world.

I am writing this on May 7.  How many people would know some of the events of history that happened on this one day alone…May 7th?    These events changed history and the lives of people, but are they remembered?  Multiply this one day by all the days of the calendar year.

  • 1727 – Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia
  • 1862 – Battle of West Point, VA (Eltham’s Landing, Barnhamsville)
  • 1913 – British House of Commons rejects women’s right to vote
  • 1915 – SS Lusitania sunk by German submarine; 1198 lives lost
  • 1939 – Germany & Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
  • 1942 – Nazi decree orders all Jewish pregnant women of Kovno Ghetto executed
  • 1943 – Dutch men 18-35 obliged to report to labor camps
  • 1945 – WWII: unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims
  • 1947 – General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution
  • 1954 – French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
  • 1960 – USSR announces Francis Gary Powers confessed to being a CIA spy
  • 1975 – Pres Ford declares an end to “Vietnam Era”
  • 1980 –  Iraq bombs a Tehran oil refiner
  • 1982 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1999 – Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
  • 2013 – 55 people are killed by a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Then there was September 11, 2001.    President Bush and the brave first responders… men and women of N.Y. City step forward as in Washington and Pennsylvania.  Leadership was everything!

The importance of leadership cannot be over-estimated.    What would England have done without Sir Winston Churchill during the crisis of WWII?    Leaders have to have vision larger than themselves and their political careers.  They must have a vision for what is right and what cannot be tolerated. Thank you, Stephen, for reminding us of the importance of never forgetting when making choices.

Not on May 7th, but in 1962 was the Cuban Missile Crisis. Leaders could not stand by for they had been elected to protect us …and they acted.  Regardless of what party Americans belong, Democrat or Republican, the leadership of a President and the elected leaders makes a difference. Perhaps these thoughts are best said by one of our former Presidents who met his last days by an evil act. History is a warning.as well as a time of encouragement …heed it!

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THE POWER OF WORDS can change many things

If we only knew how much words mean, we might choose them more carefully.  We know that the words spoken in history have changed nations.

  • Take the speeches made by Hitler to people who eventually hung on his every word….doing his bidding even beyond the rationale of the human mind.
  • The words of Mother Teresa, now a saint, who spoke the words of comfort to the poor and dying on the streets of Calcutta.
  • The emotions that were heard in the words of those watching the Twin Towers falling on 9-11.
  • The  words of warmth, when whispered in your ear, “I love you.”
  • Words that change feelings and relationships, when one hears…”I’m sorry or Forgive me”.

Even the words not spoken, but written can make a great difference in the lives of people. What we read in the newspapers or in books, may change our way of thinking.  The Holy Scriptures, which were first spoken and then eventually written, have given a soul the reason for living and hope for eternity.

Think carefully before you speak…..or write.   It may be profound to someone.

A friend sent me this video which gives another meaning to the written word and its effect on people:

The Ocean and Relaxation

If one has ever gone to sleep near the ocean, the sounds and movement of one wave hitting the shore one after another gives the serene calm that is needed in this stressful world.   For your listening pleasure, Boyer Writes presents music and the sounds of the ocean.  Whether you want to listen while you read, work or sleep, may it give you a totally relaxing experience.   Happy weekend!

(Since the picture is the same throughout, we suggest that you enlarge the picture and simply listen.)

The Violin

For your weekend listening pleasure….the sounds of the violin and the beauty of nature.

A Little Wobbly…and Need a Little Help to Stay on Your Feet?

Life making you a little wobbly on your feet?   It seems that circumstances can make us feel that way. Everyone wants to be sure-footed….knowing exactly where to place the next step.   We don’t like the idea of doing something we have not done before…or facing issues that we’ve not previously had to face.  Sometimes when these things come along, it is nice to know that we can have someone to be there for us…someone to talk to…or to give us a little nudge.   It is also good to have their experience and make us certain that “we can do this”.

Nature also give a little nudge when needed.  We often wonder at the fact that there seems to be a built-in understanding of what has to be done.     See below what I mean…and apply it to your situation.  Look for those who can help you not to fall as you venture out.

 

Easter Sunday 2015 CHRIST IS RISEN!

Whatever time zone, it is now Easter in parts of the world. Especially remember our Christian brothers and sisters who have suffered so much in this last year…and in the University in Kenya just this week.  We pray that those who said, “Yes, I am a Christian” will have experienced the Risen Lord, in all His glory, with their last breath.

HE IS RISEN….CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED.    Hallelujah Chorus sung by King’s College Choir and Orchestra

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