"A Veterans Viewpoint"
Common Ground Yet Scared Ground
America the Beautiful and America the Blest - Why - "One Nation Under God" & "In God We Trust"
American soil is common ground for all - good, bad, ugly, believers and non-believers. When we are buried it leaves us all alike - the high and mighty, proud and humble.
Out of this cherished and beloved land came (and still do) the guardians of our everyday walk in freedom—Our Veterans. Some of us have at some time or another have been moved to tears when we have see freed, returning home prisoners of war kneel to the ground - in their broken bodies - kiss American soil and give thanks to God Almighty.
American soil is precious and priceless because of the un-measurable cost of her Freedom and it is ongoing.
I go by the Fort Sam National Cemetery in San Antonio regularly and as I do - I pause, salute and say a prayer of thanks.
This sacred ground where over 107,000 of our finest lay resting - many with broken bodies from war - was opened in 1926. It is the sixth busiest National Cemetery of 135 in America.
On Tuesday (11 May 2010) Betty and I visited the cemetery administration office at 1:30 pm. We were informed there had already been 14 funerals so far today. The average funerals were 13 - 18 daily Monday thru Friday with around 3,700 annually. There is 154.7 acres in this cemetery. Multiply 135 cemeteries times 107,000 and the number is staggering - near 15,000,000. Then lets not forget the thousands and thousands of Veterans across Mason county and Texas and America in private cemeteries.
Also there is an ongoing burial-at-sea of Veterans and Veterans are dying by the thousands daily across our beloved Land.
At this time Mason Veterans are placing flags on the graves of known Veterans. It is my sincere prayer that all of us will remember Sunday 30 May 2010 (Memorial Day) and the tremendous price that has been paid for the freedom we all enjoy daily.
Please remember that "Freedom is not Free" and the cost is ongoing and always will be.
God Bless America, it's Veterans and Loyal American Citizens Forever.
Fly Our Flag Proudly and Thankfully.
Boone Kemp U.S. Navy (Ret)
P. S. Remind Yourself what Memorial Day is all about. Then talk to your children and grandchildren so they will know and learn to appreciate it. We must keep things - like this - alive and ongoing by word of mouth as you may not find it in print much longer.