Monday, December 17, 2007

"Two Things" and Wreaths Across America

Last week's Two Things challenge was "hold and value" I decided to post this picture for the challenge (be sure to click on the picture to get a bigger version- you can see it a lot better):

I love the line of rough looking Vietnam Veteran motorcycle riders standing at attention as the color guard goes by, holding on to freedom by having fought for it in a very real way, and reminding us all to value it and hold on to it with all our might.

This picture is from the Wreaths Across America ceremony The Guitar Picker was in on Saturday.

Wreaths Across America was started by Morrill Worcester - President of Worcester Wreath Company explains his desire to develop the Wreaths Across America project:

"Our goal is to expand the recognition of those who serve our country, both past, present, and future, as well as their families who deserve our support. Without the sacrifices of our veterans, there would be no opportunity to enjoy the freedoms, the life we live today."

He wanted to do something special for our veterans after 9/11. He started by placing wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery, and it has spread across the country to veteran's cemeteries all over. You can read more about it here:

Wreaths Across America

Here are a few more pictures from the ceremony:

Included in The Guitar Picker's speech was this quote from Ronald Regan:

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."


Bobbie said...

Gina.....Wow! What a tribute and a great entry for 2 things challenge. We must remember the sacrifices these men made for their country.

Bev said...

Lovely. These were the tough guys who fought the war for sure. I like this a lot because we have a memorial service in England at the Centotaph in November, attended by the very old men and women who fought, as well as a load of dignitaries and royalty who really have nothing much to do with it. This ceremony makes it all the more personal, as I think they did not get a proper welcome when they returned home at the time. I know you do what you can for the Vets, and this is an issue close to your heart.

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Wonderful capture of Hold/Value! Thank you for reminding us of the importance of the men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day.

And thank you for participating in the challenge for charity. I've added your entry to the list on my blog and updated the contribution tally accordingly!

J.M. Tewkesbury

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Wow, great blog! I just came here from the 2 things challenge and will definately be back when I have more blog time. I couldn't resist feeding the frog either:)
Thankyou for sharing your great photos with us:)
Merry Christmas!