Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day Tribute 2009

I think "Taps" is one of the most beautiful, albeit heartrending, songs ever written, and I couldn't think of a more fitting song to use for this slide show commemorating our veterans today.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow:

I wish I could personally thank each and every one of them for the sacrifices they and their families made for our country. May God bless and keep them and let them know how much their service is appreciated.

I would also like to remember with sincere gratitude our servicemen and women who risk their lives every day to keep America out of harm's way. May God protect them as they protect us, and bless them and their families for the sacrifices they make for us.

And may He hold close and comfort the families of the victims of the recent shootings at Fort Hood, and let them know that they are in the hearts and prayers of Americans everywhere.

I hope you enjoy the slide show. Be sure to turn your sound up so you can hear the hauntingly beautiful strains of Taps echoing in the background, performed by the United States Army Ceremonial Band.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Sun has set, shadows come,
Time has fled, scouts must go to their beds,
Always true to the promise that they made.

While the light fades from sight,
And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.

Taps was composed by Union Army Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield, an American Civil War general. Butterfield wrote the tune at Harrison's Landing, Virginia, in July 1862.


Deb said...

Beautiful tribute....

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Taps always makes me have chills. Thanks Janie for sharing this!

ForeverMe said...

Beautiful Janie! The one thing that stands out in the words is the faith held that "God is nigh". It grieves me how our nation has turned their back on the God that is nigh! May we have the courage to turn our hearts back to Him.

ForeverMe said...

This brought tears to my eyes and I love what you said:
Freedom isn't free.
How true.
As a parallel: our freedom from sin wasn't free either, but purchased with the blood of Christ, our Savior, who gave His life for us so that we wouldn't face eternal separation from God.
Freedom is never free, but is often taken too lightly.
Again, beautiful post Janie! Your sensitive heart comes through.

racheld said...


This was the first thing I opened this morning, and I immediately forwarded it to Chris' e-mail so he could enjoy it, as well.

The melody always gives me chills---we heard it once at a military funeral in the hills, with the echo bugle far away---just too beautiful.

I hope you'll drop in tomorrow---it's my 300th post and First anniversary. I think you'll recognize the photos!!


Cottage Rose said...

What a beautiful post.. Love the words to the song.. first time I have heard them....


Beth at Aunties said...

Janie ,
This also brought tears to my eyes. I am so grateful for each and everyone of our service men, women,and their families for ALL the sacrifices they make in our behalf. I also pray for their protection and comfort.

I also adored your cotton post with sweet( growing!) Avery Grace. The cotton fields are so facinating to me.
Thanks for sharing all you do.