With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Remembering

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Today we visited the cemetery where my father is interred.
On Memorial Day weekend thousands of American flags decorate every grave.
It is a beautiful and moving sight.

Everywhere, on every hill, at every grave site, American flags are gently waving in the breeze.
The most recent information I found as to how many flags fill the
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans
Memorial Cemetery
was from 2010

 The Story: More than 900 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies from troops throughout New Jersey will be decorating the graves in honor of Memorial Day at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The Scouts will begin arriving at 4 p.m. and start placing a flag on each grave at 5 p.m. After the nearly 41,000 graves have been decorated, the scouts will enjoy a cookout style dinner. This community service will be commemorated with a scouting patch.
My dad served in the Army Air Force and worked in Weight and Balances for aircraft during World War II.
Less than a year before he passed away, my dad was honored along with other township veterans at a Veteran's Day Ceremony
~JHH Jr.~
John's dad was in the China Burma India Theater during his service in World War II. 
My mother's father served in World War I
John's great-grandfather served in the Civil War and was wounded in the Second Battle of Bull Run.  He lost his life and is buried in the Nashville National Cemetery in Tennessee.

I also have a direct ancestor from York County, Pennsylvania that fought as a Minuteman during the American Revolution
Giving thanks and honor to all who have served and are serving in our military.


Pam said...

I can see how you would be so proud of your family military heritage. Your dad was a very handsome soldier! We were just looking at military pictures of my FIL this afternoon at my SIL's house. We are proud of him too. Actually we are proud of ALL our troops.

Happy Memorial Day!

Mike Golch said...

I thnak you Dad and Grand Dad for their service as I am greatful for all the veteranswho have served.


Oh my, what a heritage, full of war herous, I can just see how you can be so very proud of them! Thanking your family for their services in the military and all the men and women who are right now serving to keep this wonderful country free! God bless.

Ann said...

A beautiful post. My father was also in the Army Air Force. Looking at those pictures of your dad reminded me of pictures I've seen from my dads army days.

Mildred said...

A beautiful memorial tribute, Lorraine.

The sight of all those flags makes such an impact.

I also enjoyed the photos of your family members. My gratitude to all of those who have (and continue) to serve.

Tracy said...

Ahhh, thanks to your Dad and your Grand-dad that we have our freedom as we know it.
Have a blessed memorial day@

corners of my life said...

The title of your blog is so appropriate this weekend.
Grateful prayers and thankful hearts have we.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Wonderful post. What a beautiful tribute. God bless those who have served and continue to serve.

Susan said...

Hello LDH...Nice post. Imagine all those American flags on all the graves! That WAS a moving sight. I went to my parents' graves today, too. My Dad was in the Infantry in World War II. He never ever liked to talk about his war experience. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart. Take care and a peaceful day to you and all your family. Susan

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- What a beautiful, moving tribute to your family. My own father (who was very old when I was born) was a Medic in WWI ! God bless you for this wonderful post! xxoo Diana

Kristen said...

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful photos and memories. It is truly a blessing to live here.

Penned Pebbles said...

What a beautiful tribute to your dad and family! Wishing you a most blessed Memorial Day! Blessings!

Garden Lady said...

A beautiful tribute to those in your family who have served. Grateful to all those that have served and are serving, and the many sacrifices they have made.

Valerie said...

What a great family history - of service to their country. You have such a nice collection of photos too!
A very nice tribute to the men of your families and to those who serve so self-less-ly!

Dayle said...

This is such a wonderful post and tribute to your family history. I've been a busy bee and have missed so many good posts. Glad I saw this one, even though I'm late.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

What a wonderful post! I love all the photos of your handsome family in their military uniforms. What an amazing military history in yours and your husband's family. Thank you to all those that served.

Blessings & Aloha!

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