Non-Satirical Commentary for Memorial Weekend 2007 Home
25, 2007 -- Now through May 28, 2007-- Memorial Day Weekend.
pause for this Memorial Day to join in this refrain to those who gave their all to us so freedom
We pause for 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. (For YouTube version,
scroll-down past the self-starting Windows Movie Video box immediately below.)
The video (above) expresses
the sentiments in the preceding paragraph. It begins when this page opens (or whenever it's
reloaded or refreshed). The smaller version to the right begins only when one
uses the "play" button to activate it and then play it.
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 28, 2007, 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 our posterity.
Additionally, for this Memorial Weekend, it's fitting to recognize the heroism and wisdom of Maj.
Jeffrey Philip Toczylowski, a soldier who died in combat in November, 2005, but before doing so,
left a message to speak to his countrymen after his death. Here's what I've written about his
Maj. Jeffrey Philip Toczylowski "Jeff Toz"
That Third of November in Two-Thousand-Five
A Soldier named Jeffrey Tozylowski did Die
while selflessly serving that Freedom survive.
A Bronze Star arose from his Body that died,
but more than a Star from his Death did arise:
He left us a Posthumous Heart that Survives.
As "Toz" he was known by his Fam'ly and Friends
and Soldiers as one on whom all could depend
as one who ahead of himself would put them
whenever they needed on him to depend.
Though they know the meaning of "Posthumous Heart,"
it's fitting that others be told of his Heart.
On learning that one of such "others" perceived
the "Posthumous Heart" that by Toz was bequeathed,
his sister, named "Pam," to such one who conceived
the term expressed thanks for such sentiments weaved
in order that others could therefore perceive
what's meant by the "Posthumous Heart" he bequeathed.
When "Toz" chose the Duty of Risking his All,
he knew if the Angel of Death for him called
his Fam'ly and Friends and his Buddies would all
be helped if to them he could speak through his Pall,
and so, 'twas to them that from Death he would call
to tell them that Proudly he'd given his All.
The ways that he gave them this comfort in grief
were, first, before Death he made clear his belief
that "right" he was doing that others be free
and said, "If I die, no regret would I feel
except that no more could I serve in the Field,
and so I've arranged an event for the weal
for me Friends and Fam'ly and Comrades should feel."
"Instead of a Wake full of sadness and grief
a Party I've scheduled that mem'ries of me
with joy and affection be fondly retrieved
with comfort in knowing I died for Beliefs
familiar to Soldiers-- That 'Freedom's Not Free'--
and thus bought for others a chance to be Free."
The paraphrased quoting of Jeffrey is done
that justice to words he selected be done
in stating their gist as these stanzas are done,
but words can't do justice to deeds that he'd done
before he departed, so JeffToz DOT com
is where those who'd Honor his Mem'ry should come.
What started this effort to justly describe
his deeds and his message for countrymen's eyes
were knowing his Hope to enable those eyes
to see what he saw in the mind of his eyes
and knowing the Message he left for our eyes
deserves being answered with earnest replies:
Though you weren't a soldier in-person we'd known,
you stood with the best of the soldiers we've known.
Our posthumous thanks by tradition are given
to Soldiers for Lives that for Freedom they've Given,
but You spoke to us through what Death would enshroud
to posthumously say of your country you're proud.
Your thinking of others has comforted hearts
for leading their lives when from you they're apart.
You've thus earned a place that's unique in our hearts:
A Hero who's left us a Posthumous Heart.
And so we must strive to be worthy "in deed"
of Gifts that from You through your Death we Received.
The "everyman" Private named "Ryan" perceived
such insights returning to Normandy's beach
by posing a question whose asking does teach
the answer to "What do we owe the Deceased?"
Asked "Ryan," "Please tell me the life that I weave
does Honor the Gift that from You I Received."
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. My thoughts
on the subject are expressed in a song I wrote at http://PoliSat.Com/Thanks.htm.
Also, because there are a number of quite moving tributes to our troops available on other
sites, I've included links to them on PoliSat.Com's permanent "Memorial Day" page at http://PoliSat.Com/Memorial_Day.htm.
Viewing each of them during the course of
this Memorial Weekend would be well worth your time.
Finally, the permanent Link to this particular installment for the 2007 Memorial Day
Weekend incorporating much of, and linking to, this page is here.)