Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Memorial Day 2014


His name was Richard, but almost everyone called him Dick.  I called him "Admiral", which usually made him smile. Today was his funeral, but I was not there.  I am very sad about that, but I am headed out of town and could not travel an hour away and an hour back to say good-bye.  Instead, I am trying to honor him by  dedicating this Memorial Day post to him.



He was a true Admiral - a Rear Admiral (Ret.) in the United States Navy and he served this country well.  He chose us, even though he was Canadian born. He fought for us. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. 



I had the privilege of getting to know him in the political realm.  Dick, his wife, and I worked together, during several campaigns.  His wife, Pat, was the leader of a political group and, despite his obvious leadership skills, he always was supportive of her and helped in any way that he could.


 
He leaves behind his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.  He, also, leaves behind many friends who admired him and his service to the United States.



Dick did not live quite long enough to memorialize his fallen comrades or celebrate on Memorial Day 2014, so I am asking that all of you think of him on Monday and be thankful that we have men and women who serve this country, many of whom have given their lives for the rest of us.



I am grateful and will remember.  I hope and pray that, as a country, we demand better treatment of the veterans who are in the VA system and that we never forget what they have done for each and every one of us. So, as you are enjoying your long week-end and being with family and friends, please remember:


It is the Soldier
Father Dennis Edward O'Brien
 
It is the Soldier,
not the reporter, who has given us freedom of press.

It is the Soldier,
not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier,
not the campus organizer, who gives us freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Soldier
who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.
 

Thank you.
Diane




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21 comments:

  1. This is a great way to honor such a great man - using your talent and creativity to create a 'work of art' in your table setting Diane. I'm saluting and remembering him along with you dear

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  2. Beautiful Diane. What a fitting tribute. I have goose bumps.

    So many dedicated people have served so faithfully. I know he would be proud you saluted him in this way and gave us all something to think about this weekend.

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  3. What a lovely post that you've written , Diane, in honor of your friend. He sounded like a wonderful man that made his friends, family and country proud.

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  4. Beautiful table to honor your friend and all who have served us so well. Have a good weekend.

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  5. I am impress. Beautiful setting and great way to honor a wonderful friend.

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  6. thank you Diane, wonderful tribute and words to remember all tied in with your fabulous red white and blue~
    Jenna

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  7. Beautifully done: a vivid, colorful tablescape complemented with heartfelt words. A fitting tribute to an obviously special man. Well Done. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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  8. You touched me, what a wonderful way to remember such a special person. Your table is a beautiful homage to our great country and all the people who have given their lives to keep it safe. Thank you!

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  9. I think that the Admiral is giving a heavenly salute to your beautiful tribute. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

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  10. Beautiful table and touching tribute.

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  11. That was a wonderful tribute to the Admiral and your table is a perfect salute.

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  12. What an absolutely wonderful way to remember a special person. You did, indeed, give a piece of yourself.

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  13. Sweet tribute and I love this table!

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  14. Your table is wonderful, and I love that it is a tribute to someone who was obviously a great man. You have honored him well. laurie

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  15. A beautiful tribute to your friend, and a great message for us all.

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  16. You GO, girl! The Admiral would be proud as a peacock! You said it all right here...laid it all out on the table. He would be proud, I'm sure.

    As for your tablescape, I know that in Heaven he is feeling honored and humbled all at the same time to know that you would do something so special as a remembrance.

    We've had a lot of family members who served in the military as well as my husband who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. I am forever grateful to him, my family members, and all who have served to make our country strong.

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  17. Beautiful post and touching how he always supported his wife. The true test of a great man!
    Wanda@weekendwanderlust.

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  18. Hi Diane - What a beautiful tribute and beautiful table. Thank you for joining the Patriot's Palooza party and Happy Memorial Day! Hugs, Holly

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  19. Such a beautiful and thoughtful tribute to the Admiral, Diane....
    I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend..
    Love, Mona

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  20. What a beautiful tribute and a gorgeous tablescape.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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