Monday, May 29, 2006

Remember The Forgotten

The greatest Super Hero of them all will spring into action this weekend.
Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the firing of the barbies
Cookin up the dogs and burgers
That are much better than Arbies
We don't worry about cholesterol
Or the terrible fat or carbies,
The food is finally on.
Glory! Glory! Glory Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Glory Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Glory Hallelujah!
The food is finally on!

Yes, fathers and husbands all over the land will be singeing their eyebrows and eyelashes when they fire up the barbecues for this weekend that jump starts the summer.
....Here's to those hotdogs, burgers, chicken wings and steaks that fall on to the ground, only to be picked up, wiped on a pant leg and put back on the grill. Here's to those grill masters that pull it off. Here's to the friends and family that gather to celebrate the weekend. Here's to those who show up empty-handed and eat all your food and drink all your beer.
....Here's to those neighbors who don't invite you to their cookouts. Here's to those neighbors who call the cops because you are making noise. Here's to the cops who arrive at the neighbor's and who come to your backyard to have a cold beer for the road. Here's to those guests who decide it's time to leave when you begin to clean up the mess.

....And now I wax ... serious.

Here's to your friends and relatives who are late because they first stopped at the cemetary on the way to your house. Here's to those who placed flowers there in homage to the departed. Here's to our soldiers, men and women, who cannot be with their loved ones because they are serving our country.

May you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Let us not ever forget the true significance of Memorial Day - to honor those who have died for us that we may have the rights and freedoms we so often take for granted.

Air Force:
They took the blue from the skies
And a pretty girl's eyes
And a touch of Old Glory's hue
And gave it to the men who
Proudly wear the Air Force Blue.
Over hill, over dale
As we hit the dusty trail,
And the Caissons go rolling along.
In and out, hear them shout
And the Caissons go rolling along.
From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli,
We will fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean.
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marines
Anchors aweigh, my boys,
Anchors aweigh.
Farewell to college joys
We sail at the break of day -ay-ay-ay.
Through our last night on shore,
Drink to the foam,
Until we meet once more
Here's wishing you a happy voyage home.
Coast Guard:
From North and South and East and West,
The Coast Guard's in the fight.
Destroying subs and landing troops,
The Axis feels our might,
For we're the first invaders
On every fighting field.
Afloat, ashore, on men and spars,
You'll find the Coast Guard Shield.
National Guard/Air National Guard:
(I could find no specific anthems for these two branches, but they are due no less honor and respect than those above.)
"Almost every single day for me is Memorial Day ... I'd like to have a day when it's just a barbecue. ...I guess it's selfish of me." - Nicole Petithory (Sister of soldier killed in Afghanistan)
We will always remember Sept. 11, 2001.


OldHorsetailSnake said...

Very nice, Michael. You're a good boy.

Phyllis said...

Good post!
My heart goes to the families of the dead. And to the troops still away from home in a strange and very dangerous place!
Fire up the barbies and lets pray!
(nothing wrong with barbecues on this day).

Anonymous said...

We all have someone to memorialize, even if it's only a humble dog.

Nice post for memorial day.

Miss Cellania said...

Great post! I would like to use some of your BBQ prose and poetry for a future post, with all due credit. Email me with your opinion. I cannot find an email address for you!

Kelly said...

Ay,Mr.Mckay~ there you've gone and further enchanted me. Now quit it I say.

*note to Schnoodlepooh~~I'm sure you have as many friends to pay homage to as we do~~ Lots of war dogs gave their lives for us so we shouldn't forget them either.