How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 Drake
With the tears a Land hath shed
Their graves should ever be green.
~Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Here is an excerpt from the American Battle Monuments Commission:
The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines occupies 152 acres on a prominent plateau, visible at a distance from the east, south and west. It contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of World War II, a total of 17,201, most of whom lost their lives in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines. The headstones are aligned in 11 plots forming a generally circular pattern, set among masses of a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubbery.
We drove through the hectic traffic of Manila to get there. The cemetery was a beautifully kept place. The crowds and boisterousness was left behind. It was peaceful and quiet. Except for us, I don’t remember anyone else there that day.
There was a beautiful structure called The Wall of the Missing. I wish I took a better picture of it, but I didn’t so here’s one Zemanta found for me.
There are several walls that lists the names of those heroes missing in action. Mr. Literary Tiger and myself found the last names of our families on the wall. It was quite moving.
Have a good Memorial Day with your friends and families. Let us not forget the ones who came before us and the ones who continue to make sacrifices for our freedom.
- Remembrances Around the Foreign Service on Memorial Day (diplopundit.net)
- memorial day: let’s never forget (phylor.wordpress.com)
- Manila American Cemetery and Memorial (coconuter.blogspot.com)