26, 2006 through May 29, 2006-- Memorial Day Weekend.
pause on this Memorial Day to join in this refrain to those who gave their all to us so freedom we'd
We pause on this Memorial Day
to join in this refrain to those who gave their all to us so freedom we'd retain. For darkness
they confronted in preserving freedom's light, we owe them more than we can pay for giving more than
life. But lives they gave endure today in hearts and souls and minds of we who drink from
freedom's cup the fruits of freedom's vine. (Editor's Note-- To the right is a video
expressing these same sentiments. It will start playing when this page opens (or whenever it's
reloaded or refreshed). Depending on your browser, it may begin replaying whenever you return
to this page after viewing other, similar material described below, in which case you can press
"pause" or "stop" to stop such re-play.)
Memorial Weekend is not only a suitable time for honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for
us, but it's also a suitable time to thank those who have demonstrated, and are demonstrating, their
courageous willingness to risk making the ultimate sacrifice for us. Therefore, from today
through Monday, May 29, 2006, this page will be dedicated to serve both purposes-- to pay honor to
those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to thank those still willing to face such risks for us and
From whence do such heroes come? For what should we thank them? How should we thank
them? Each of us must find his own way to answer these questions. Here are my thoughts
on the subject in the form of a song I wrote titled, "Thanks In Our Name For Deeds In Our
In Our Name For Deeds In Our Name
farms in the country, from cities and towns,
from places quite humble, from places renowned,
from fact'ries, from stores and from offices tall,
from service professions, from stores in our malls,
come citizen soldiers their country to serve
as full time professionals or guard or reserve.
From mothers and fathers and husbands and wives,
from children and lovers and friends in their lives,
our citizen soldiers depart despite tears
on missions of danger in spite of their fears
as selflessly, proudly, and bravely they serve
that freedom of conscience and Faith be preserved.
In caves and in tunnels where murderers train
unspeakable terror they face in our name.
With principled discipline, training and skill
in taming the instinct to kill or be killed
our citizen soldiers have honored our name,
so, proudly we thank them for deeds in our name.
They serve in the skies, and at sea and on land,
in mountains and jungles and deserts of sand,
on foot and in foxholes, in trenches and tents,
in tanks and on submarine mission descents,
in planes and on ships and on carrier decks,
in Humvees, and hangars and convoys on treks.
For risks to themselves in their battles with terrors
increased by attempts to use force without error,
for risks to themselves they increase by providing
assistance to those who for freedom are striving,
our citizen soldiers have honored our name,
so thank them we must for their deeds in our name.
So we and posterity freedom retain
barbaric regimes you confront in our name.
To you who defend us, we proudly proclaim
our pride in the deeds you have done in our name.
We thank you, we thank you for deeds in our name,
We thank you, we thank you for deeds in our name.·
sound/video "demo" versions of this song in several sizes for several connection
speeds are at http://PoliSat.Com/Thanks.htm.
The version that plays by clicking the image above is
highly compressed for dialup (approx. 1.7 megabytes). If you want to play a
slightly larger, slightly less compressed version (approximately 5 mebabytes), use this
If you want to play substantially less-compressed version, use the following link (the
file size is nearly 9 megabytes): http://PoliSat.Com/TION4DIONatHQS.htm.
None of these compressed versions even come close to doing justice to the singing talent of
the vocalist, Brad Bennett, who graciously sang it for recordation in a non-studio setting
to allow us to use his vocal rendition as a "demo."
if you have your own website and, you may display a MiniVideo version of this tribute to our
troops by copying the html code at and pasting it into your site.
Also, because there are a number of quite moving tributes to our troops available on other
sites, I've included links to them below. Viewing each of them during the course of
this Memorial Weekend would be well worth your time.
Finally, the permanent page at PoliSat.Com where all the above tributes will be
maintained is: http://PoliSat.Com/Memorial_Day.htm.
(Permanent Link to this particular installment for Memorial Day Weekend, 2006
incorporation much of, and linking to, this page is here.)