A Message from the Chairman...
Memorial Day 2020
Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 is both unique and sad. Unique because the circumstances currently affecting our nation prevent us from gathering together to participate in Memorial Day observances. Sad because we are unable to devote our presence as we have in years gone by, to honor those who have sacrificed their lives in the service of the United States of America. The solemn and patriotic observances in which Americans are accustomed to participating in on Memorial Day have been infringed upon by the effects of 'Covid 19'. I would venture to opine that this 'pandemic' of man's (China's) creation, and contradictory measures of dealing with it espoused by charlatans and tyrants, have been detrimental to our proper recognition of this important traditional national holiday. What better way for the 'Deep State' bad actors to impose control over the American people than to impose restrictions on our gatherings, both patriotic and religious, in which we honor those Americans whose last full measure of devotion and ultimate sacrifice perserved our freedom's provided under the Constitution – freedom's which devious individuals endeavor to restrict or take away.
On Memorial Day we are saddened, especially those of us who have served in combat, by the losses of our brothers and sisters lost while serving with us. We honor the sacrifices of our honored dead but also the continued sacrifices of America's unreturned prisoners of war and missing in action. In honoring them, we must also be prepared to demonstrate our appreciation for those sacrifices by continuing to oppose and defy those proponents of falsehoods and ideologies whose objective is to control us and eliminate our freedom. It is our sacred duty to do so, and realize that if we fail to do so, that our freedom will be lost for posterity. As Benjamin Franklin once said:
“ Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”
Blessings to all those who serve in the forces which protect our nation and our way of life. Grant unto those who have died in our nation's service, and also to those who have served and passed thereafter, eternal rest in “the Mansions of the Lord.”
John J. Molloy, OSJ
National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition
A Special Note:
Today I felt compelled to somehow ensure that I dutifully commemorated Memorial Day; accordingly, I decided to go to the monument at the Gettysburg Military cemetery to conduct a ceremony at 1500 hours. I brought the American flag and had 'Taps' and 'Mansions of the Lord' to be played on my phone. When I arrived at the cemetery a little girl with her mom and sister asked me what I was doing and I told her that I was going to have a ceremony and they would be welcome. When I got to the monument, I staked the Flag in front of it. It was nearly 1500 hours when a Union Army re-enactor arrived with a bugle and prepared to play 'Taps'. By then we had a small crowd. Around 1500 hours 'Taps' was played. After that I intended to play 'Mansions of the Lord' when the two little girls came up wanted to make a recital. They recited the Gettysburg Address and all present clapped. Thereafter, I played 'Mansions of the Lord, after which we all departed. Given the circumstances in our nation today the ceremony was short but meaningful for the few who attended.
The National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition pays tribute to our brothers and sisters all across this great nation. Herewith is the song, "Mansions of the Lord," as sung by the West Point Military Academy Glee Club and the Metro Singers, along with the lyrics.
America remains free because of our veterans. We want to remember, also, our brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice from the earliest days of our country to now. God Bless us...every one, and God Bless America!
To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord
No more weeping,
No more fight,
No friends bleeding through the night,
Just Devine embrace,
In the Mansions of the Lord
Where no mothers cry
And no children weep,
We shall stand and guard
Though the angels sleep,
Oh, through the ages let us keep
The Mansions of the Lord