Echoes From the Campfire

Times, winning the war is only the beginning of the battle.  After the bugles fall silent, there is always the long road back.”
              –Elmer Kelton  (After the Bugles)

    “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
              –John 15:13  (NLT)

                        Dusty old helmet, rusty old gun,
                        They sit in the corner and wait.
                        Two souvenirs of the Second World War
                        They have witnessed the time and the hate.

                        Mute witness to a time of much trouble
                        Where kill or be killed was the law.
                        Were these implements used with high honor?
                        What was the glory they saw?

                        Many times I’ve wanted to ask them…
                        And now that we’re here, all alone,
                        Relics all three of that long ago war…
                        Where has the freedom gone?

                        Freedom flies in your heart like an eagle.
                        Let it soar with the winds high above
                        Among the Spirits of soldiers now sleeping.
                        Guard with care and with love.

                        I salute my old friends in the corner.
                        I agree with all they have said…
                        And if the moment of truth comes tomorrow,
                        I’ll be free, or by God, I’ll be dead!
                               –Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy, the great hero of World War II, knew the horrors of war.  He saw and felt the sacrifices that were given on a daily basis by men who fought to keep their families and friends back home safe and free.  
    Memorial Day!  A day to remember those who sacrificed.  So in the midst of the fun weekend; the time with families and friends.  Remember why you are able to do so.

                           ALL GAVE SOME — SOME GAVE ALL!