Memorial Day | National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” – Thomas Campbell

I wanted to share some photos I took a few years back in 2015. My dad and I were working a case in the Punchbowl area of Honolulu when we had some time to visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. It was actually on Veterans Day (not Memorial Day), however I thought why not share the photos today. Honestly, it was both humbling and put life into perspective being able to visit a place where the men and women buried served America, many of them died while doing so; the sight was awe-inspiring, as are the stories of these individuals.

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There’s at least 34,000 graves at Punchbowl; this includes service members and dignitaries/politicians. Unfortunately, due to the fact we were working, I wasn’t able to see the cemetery up close and personal. Next time!

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Our freedom has a price; it’s paid for by those who are willing to sacrifice what they have and to sacrifice their very own life, if the need arises and without hesitation.

I’ll never forget about them or their sacrifice.

 

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Never Above You, Never Below You, Always Beside You | Veterans Day

This blog post is three days late, nearly four; I’m ashamed to even say that because this should have been written on Veterans Day…not today. However, in all actuality, shouldn’t Veterans Day be an everyday thing? I think so. Because our freedom is an everyday thing. If it weren’t for the incredibly selfless and brave and dedicated men and women, well, we just wouldn’t have what we have now.

I read another blog post that discussed how this Veterans Day lacked acknowledgement from fellow citizens, maybe even our country as a whole. To be quite honest, it’s true. Where were the countless posts thanking those who have dedicated a portion of their very life to defend our country? It’s sad, you know. Kind of makes me angry too. On the bright side, I know that there are people in the world that support our veterans and do give their thanks; this is something that I’ll hold onto otherwise I’d just be tremendously disappointed in America.

Thank you to all veterans; those that are currently serving and those who have served. Your bravery, sacrifice, and dedication to this country is something that should never be forgotten; it should always be remembered and honored. Thank you to my dad who served; my great-grandfather; my grandfather; my uncles; my friends; and my mentors — I can’t wait to join your ranks and be apart of something far greater than myself.

 

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From Sea to Shining Sea

Fourth of July has to be one of my most favorite days of the entire year. I love it! The abundance of patriotism, the sea of American Flags, fun barbecues, military stories, and a basic show of support for the USA — you can’t go wrong with any of these things and it makes me happy.

My family and I don’t do much for the Fourth of July, not because we are not patriotic (heck no!) but because things have been busy for everyone lately. However, these past few years we normally do fireworks and eat burgers and spend time together. Afterall, isn’t that what we should be doing? Not everything always has to be a Great Gatsby party *wink* I love when we are able to spend time together and did I mention burgers? Hello, my favorite!

I know that this country needs some major improvements and not everything is perfect, but I love my country. My entire life is dedicated to one day being able to serve my country and my community. The American Flag is hands down one of my favorite sights to see wherever it is I go — it represents how our freedom is not free and that it comes with a price. Brave men and women, warriors, have paid the ultimate sacrifice for America & will continue to stand ready to defend this country. I think about the history of what made this country what it is today; the battles, the people, the presidents, and the work that it took to make this country what it is.


This is President Ronald Reagan’s First Inaugural Address that has some really profound statements:

“Well I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to insure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children. And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.

To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale.

As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it — now or ever. Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so, we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.

Above all we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.

I am — I’m told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day; and for that I am deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each inaugural day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.”


With that being said, we are the home of the brave; God bless America! I hope everyone has a spectacular Fourth of July!

P.s. Fireworks are are my absolute favorite. I can’t even explain how much I love it. What did everyone do for the Fourth?

 

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