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MEMORIAL DAY THANK YOU –
Memorial Day thank you – We extend a grateful thank you to Veterans! We believe the soldiers who presently serve and served in all of the branches of the United States military and lived through the past wars, color is in their memories. Unfortunately, the brightest color is most likely blood red. Most of our brave soldiers were exposed to some of the most horrible sights and sounds beyond our imagination.
These brave women and men deserve our undying respect, appreciation, adoration, honor to them, support, compassion, consideration, gratitude, generosity and the kindest words of thank you.
We understand for the soldier, Memorial Day is not an history lesson, quickly forgotten like other lessons from our school days. The meaning of Memorial Day for the brave soldiers in the United States military… is the father, the mother, the sister, the brother, the daughter, the son, the husband, the wife, the friend, the bud, the “I’ve got your back!” the pal who never came home.
Fallen Brave Men and Women
Yes, we honor you and the fallen brave men and women of this country whose lives have helped us, our family and friends live with freedom. Freedom is one of the most precious liberties one can possess in the United States. We thank you deeply for your service to our country and it’s people.
We thank you not just on Memorial Day…we thank you every day for your numerous sacrifices and the greatest sacrifice of all…the lives of many soldiers. Thank you for all you have done for the children of this country, and children for generations to come.
My Father, James W. Hope
My father, James W. Hope was in World War II, Battle of the Bulge. He was in the Army Air Force. His two brothers were in the United States Marines. His son, my brother, James W. Hope II, named in honor of my father, made a career as a Sea Bee in the United States Navy. My father and mother have my love, respect and adoration for the many difficult and loving decisions they made while raising me and my six bothers and sisters. I respect my father so much for his tenacious service to our country as a soldier in WW II. My mother also worked on airplanes in preparing them for flight during WW II. She has some amazing memories of those experiences.
I believe my father’s heart was truly broken during the war due to many men who were killed by the enemy in World War II. Some of these men served our country, side by side, and next to my father. My father had their back and they had his back. When he shared the many heroic actions of his fellow soldiers and friends, I could feel his pain and sorrow as he remembered their lives and the horrible ways they died. It seemed as though his memories were clear and fresh. I guess something horrible like that is burned in one’s brain, so to speak.
He did not feel life was fair to his fellow soldiers, why he lived and they died. When the war was over, my father came home to my mother, his son – and to six more children that were born after the war was over. Then came many more grand children and great grandchildren. Lastly and sadly, his death occurred naturally just before his 76 birthday. We had many wonderful years together here on earth with many joyous memories to linger for years.
My heart goes out to all of the those soldiers who lost their lives, and to their loved ones who did not get to enjoy the day to day love, only an husband, wife, father or mother can give and receive, like the daily love of one’s very own child, grand child or great grand child.
We thank you this Memorial Day and every day of your life! Thank you again!
Patricia L. Hope Kirby
Hope for Children Foundation
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