Voices from Russia

Monday, 31 May 2010

They Did NOT Die in Vain… Memorial Day 2010

Memorial Day Pilgrimage at St Tikhon Monastery, South Canaan PA, sometime in the 1970s… Pannikhida served by Fr Daniel Ressetar (right). Photo from Sasha Ressetar of Harrisburg PA.

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Yes, Memorial Day is picnics, fun, fireworks, and the beginning of the summer season. It’s one of the most favourite American holidays, just as Victory Day is in Russia. Yet, like Victory Day, it has its solemn side as well.

Say a prayer for the fallen, especially for those who fell in the Crusade against the Hitlerite Scourge. They saved the world from a long night… NEVER forget them… not just the Americans, but the English, Scots, Welsh, Irish, French, Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, Greeks, Czechs, Slovaks, Dutch, Norwegians, Flemings, Russians, Poles, Brazilians, East Indians, Mexicans, and all the other nationalities that joined hands to beat down the Nazi menace. If you see a WWII vet today, shake his hand… give him a hug… express your thanks and say it LOUD! They gave us freedom… they gave us life.

Raise a glass to all living veterans… Thank you for serving! Raise a glass to those in the forces now… Thank you for defending us! Most of all, raise a glass to the fallen, those who never came home… Thank you for your selflessness.

May we emulate that.

Cheers on the holiday.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Memorial Day

Monday 31 May 2010

Albany NY

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