Posted on 05.28.2022

Decoration Day - Soapbox Rewind

In my youth, the holiday we celebrate this weekend was known as Decoration Day, which started in 1861 when a bouquet was placed on a Civil War veteran’s grave and continued as America paid homage and tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate price in defense of America by “decorating” or placing flowers on the graves of fallen heroes.

The name was changed to Memorial Day and became a federal holiday in 1971.

America has lost over one million in our combined wars and, by whatever name, it is appropriate and noble that we should set aside a day to honor their memory, their service and their sacrifice.

To be a true patriot, at least in my opinion, we must appreciate the terrible price our country and its people have paid to become the greatest nation the world has ever known and we must acknowledge and honor all those who have served in our military and pay special tribute to the ones who given their all.

We should never forget the warriors who lost their lives to win America’s independence defeating, what at that time was the mightiest army and navy on earth, the British, outgunned, outmanned, barefoot and hungry, they fought on, buried where they fell, their graves unknown, their families never knowing what happened to them.

The Civil War was responsible for the deaths of over five hundred thousand men, many dying and buried in swamps and on mountains, deep woods and tiny villages without any markings to identify them.

For them and all the other heroes who have died in combat, their bodies lost in heat of battle, the president lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier symbolizing honor to all those who died and were lost in the fog of war.

I remember my mother taking me to church early on June 6, 1944, where the building was packed to the rafters with people who had come to pray for the troops, who at that moment were storming the beaches of Normandy, running into the artillery and machine gun fire that cut so many to ribbons.

Yet on they came, wave after wave until, at the end of D-Day, the Nazis back was broken and the March to Berlin was on.

They called it “The Longest Day” but it was also the bloodiest day as there were an estimated 209,000 Allied casualties, including ground and air forces.

This weekend, we honor their memory.

The Vietnam War, the Gulf Wars, the War on Terror, skirmishes, the raids and rescues, the covert missions we never even know about have all cost the lives of brave men and women who were willing to stand between America and her enemies.

It’s frustrating these days when we have people who are obviously enemies of America and our ally, Israel, serving in the halls of power and further frustrating when elected officials put their personal feelings and the goals of their political parties ahead of the good of our nation.

Is that what so many brave men and women gave their lives for? So that while our nation faces so many dangers, so many dedicated enemies, so many domestic problems that a bunch of self-righteous empty suits insult their sacrifice by tearing apart the nation they paid the ultimate price to defend?

Shame on you Congress, shame on you Senate.

A million plus American citizens have given their all to give you the privilege of serving this great nation.

Only two things protect America and it’s not the kindergarten classes on Capitol Hill, it’s not the idiot talking heads on TV who think Michael Avenatti would make a good president, it’s not political correctness.

It’s the grace of Almighty God and the United States Military, and the day we stop honoring either one is the day we’re going down.

To all the families, friends and brothers and sisters in arms who have lost a loved one in the service of this nation, from Hazel, Charlie, Jr. and me and all the folks at The CDB and Twin Pines Ranch, we salute you, we join you in honoring their memories on Memorial Day and the other 364 days of the year.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

—  Charlie Daniels



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God Bless The US Military
Amen, Amen & Amen Charlie Jr, as usual your dad put'd it all in perspective. In the week leading up to this Memorial Day I attached to all my emails the follow quote "I have always been a patriot, always been and supporter of the military because I learned very early in my life that the grace of God and the United States military are the only two things that protect America." Charlie Daniels I was not surprised that I got a favorable responses from 99% of recipients. The one negative comment, I sent her the you tube video I Think My Dogs A Democrat. Note that these were all business emails, mostly with PO's attached.....nuff said God Bless America.......politically incorrect Plowboy
Posted by Plowboy
Memorial Day 2023
America is the greatest country on the face of earth. We have the finest men and women you choose to protect our freedom world wide. This day is for those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice. We will forever hold each of you in our hearts. I personally will hold Charlie Daniels in my heart forever. My HERO!
Posted by James
God bless America and our military
Our country is in sad shape with the political fools running it,but our might and military remain strong, as a vet i know the sacrifice you have so greatly stated, active or not we will place our lives in harms way at anytime needed!! to protect this country from foreign or domestic challenge. I pray it does not come to that and the people who ruining our country get out quickly!! For we are headed in the wrong direction in my view! I salute all the men and women!past,present and future! GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE US MILITARY Thomas fenner
Posted by Thomas
Proud To Be An American
Charlie Sr in heaven ❤️ and Charlie Jr I was born on Flag Day, And I was told as a kid that every body celebrates my birthday cus I am special. And while I was in school I learned about our flag and what it means, a lot of people don't understand what the colors stand for and what the stars stand for. And I would love to thank each and every veteran that has ever served our country and so we can have our freedom and our country and I thank God for being with each and every one of you throughout your service of our country and some of you gave your life ❤️ and some ended up injured the importance of your service is so all of America's can have freedom and be able to leave our country and be able to go as we wish with out a dictatorship telling us what we can do and can't do and we can only shop for groceries on what day of the week the government tells us to. And how much we can buy. We owe our military and veterans a lot and memorial day is a day we need to pray for all of them. Amen 🙏
Posted by Melinda