“If silence is ever golden, it must be beside the graves of 15,000 men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem the music of which can never be sung.”
The above is a snippet from the speech made by James A. Garfield at the first Memorial Day (then Decoration Day) service on May, 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery. Of course, the 15,000 lives he spoke of have grown exponentially since that day. Garfield was then a Civil War General, Congressman, gifted orator and would later serve as the 20th President of the United States.
He isn’t someone we hear much about in American History. Possibly because he served the second shortest term as President due to an unfortunate assassination. However, his story is truly inspiring from one on the outside looking in. He lost his father at age two, was raised along with his siblings by his mother, who also managed the family farm (now THAT is a super woman) and went on to achieve excellence consistently throughout his life. He lived a true rags to riches story and was a self made man. He was also an imperfect individual who, despite the challenges of his childhood and through the knowledge obtained serving his country, God eloquently used to speak the words above on the significance and sacredness of life. The many lives laid down for others.
Thinking a lot today about those within my personal circle that have been reunited with their loved one that has been away serving our country, those holding down the fort while their loved one is on active duty and to those awaiting to be reunited with their brave someone again in the heavenly dimension. That picture says so much. I’ll leave it at that.
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From our family to yours,