Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Surprises

According to WikipediaMemorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. 

I'd like to take a few minutes to formally acknowledge, thank, and remember every person who has given their life and every family member who has lost a loved one in order to protect the freedoms we take advantage of every single day of our lives. Their selflessness is unimaginable and unbelievable.

As part of my Memorial Day research, I came across the inscription on the Confederate Monument. As a lover of words, ones that move and inspire, I realize they couldn't be more perfect. They deserve their own moment in the sun, and Dr. Randolph McKim's contribution needs to be made public. I say this because I was VERY difficult for me to find much written about these powerful words or the man who wrote them. All I could think was, 'What a shame!". 

-NOT-FOR-FAME-OR-REWARD-
-NOT-FOR-PLACE-OR-FOR-RANK-
-NOT-LURED-BY-AMBITION-
-OR-GOADED-BY-NECESSITY-
-BUT-IN-SIMPLE-
-OBEDIENCE-TO-DUTY-
-AS-THEY-UNDERSTOOD-IT-
-THESE-MEN-SUFFERED-ALL-
-SACRIFICED-ALL-
-DARED-ALLAND-DIED- 

By Dr. Randolph McKim

In the spirit of this wonderful inscription, I'm sharing a few of my favorite quotes from Since Inception (Vanishing, #1), a book that will be released later this year:

It's for him I carry on.
It's for him I live.
It's him I love.
—Rainey Billows

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"It was as if our meeting was meant to be, and as surely as I knew the ocean lapped the coast, I'd be there for her until she no longer needed me." —Carter Dodson

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"I'm glad you're okay. If they'd have laid one hand on you, I'd have made them beg me to end their lives their torture would have been so horrendous." —Soule Ojourne


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