Remember our brave soldiers this Memorial Day

May 29, 2010

The Green Thumb Garden Club of Santa Rosa Beach sponsors and maintains the Blue Star Marker at the corner of US 98 and US 331 in front of the Walton County Tourist Development Center (TDC), to honor our servicemen and women - past and present. Shown in the photo is member, Marianne Burbach, decorating the marker for Memorial Day Weekend.

Take a moment for remembrance of our brave soldiers who gave their lives for the United States of America

As many of us enjoy an extended Memorial Day weekend by firing up the grill, popping a cold one, watching the Indy 500, or simply enjoying an extra day off with family and friends at the beach; please take a moment to remember our brave soldiers who gave their lives for our country.

Since 1868, we have set aside this special day of remembrance. Nearly one million American men and women have died wearing the uniforms of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Concord Hymn

Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled;
Here once the embattled farmers stood;
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps,
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream that seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We place with joy a votive stone,
That memory may their deeds redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

O Thou who made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free, —
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raised to them and Thee.