On Memorial Day we need to stop and pay with sincere conviction our respects for those who died protecting and preserving the freedoms we enjoy, for we owe those honored dead more than we can ever repay. ~US Memorial Day Org
Memorial Day History
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
A warm and most sincere Thanksgiving wish goes out to all our troops at home and abroad and their families who support them. Without you we would have little to be thankful for. And for the deployed contractors and their families supporting our troops, your mission is no less important. Be safe my friends. ~Ms Sparky & Forseti
This week, as Americans everywhere gather to recount the blessings of freedom and prosperity that we enjoy as citizens of the greatest country on earth, I want to extend my deepest thanks to you, the men and women of the Department of Defense, and your families.
Whether serving in uniform or as a civilian, whether deployed abroad or stationed here at home, you are fighting and working every day to secure for all Americans the blessings that we celebrate on Thanksgiving. I hope that wherever you are, you take a moment on Thanksgiving to reflect on the vital role you play in defending our nation and our values, and take pride in the contribution you have made to help make America more safe and secure.
I know that for service members on deployment and for their families back home, this time of year is especially difficult to be away from loved ones. But I also know that what you are doing, on this day and every day, is making a profound difference for the country. America is blessed that there are those who are willing to fight and die for all of us, and I know that all Americans will keep you in their thoughts and prayers this Thanksgiving.
You give this country its spirit and strength, and you give me hope and confidence in a better future. We are thankful to God for his blessings on our nation, our families, and our men and women in uniform. Thank you again and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Guard members home in time for Thanksgiving
Conrad Wilson – (Minnesota Public Radio) – St. Cloud, Minn. – November 24, 2011 – Hugs and smiles reunited family members and friends inside a large military hanger at the St. Cloud airport as 70 members of the Minnesota National Guard returned home from nine months duty in Iraq.
All of us at MsSparky.com would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. For those soldiers and civilians still serving overseas, a warm thank you for keeping us safe and secure, we will pray for you continued safety. For those families of deployed soldiers and civilians, we are thankful for your sacrifice and commitment. Lastly, for those who have lost loved ones, a special prayer asking for your peace and comfort will be said at our dinner table today.
I hope you will take a moment and focus on what you are thankful for.