Army Coffee

     A grandmother was surprised by her 7 year old grandson one morning. He had made her coffee. She drank what was the worst cup of coffee in her life. When she got to the bottom, there were three of those little green army men in the cup. She said, "Honey, what are the army men doing in my coffee?" Her grandson said, "Grandma, it says on TV, 'The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup!'"

     Memorial Day serves as a reminder to citizens across the country of the ideals upon which this country is based. On this day, all Americans, regardless of race, creed or ideology remember those who sacrificed their lives to strengthen and preserve the invaluable gift of freedom.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

     National observance of Memorial Day is marked officially by placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.

     The Tomb of the Unknowns, near the center of the cemetery, is one of Arlington's most popular tourist sites.

     The Tomb contains the remains of unknown American soldiers from World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict and (until 1998) the Vietnam War. Each was presented with the Medal of Honor at the time of interrment and the medals, as well as the flags which covered their caskets, are on display inside the Memorial
Amphitheater, directly to the rear of the Tomb.

     The Tomb is guarded 24-hours-per-day and 365-days-per year by specially trained members of the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard).

All gave their best, Some gave their all

         Many lost not only their lives, but their life as they knew it before going off to war. This true story... it speaks of the pain, hardship, and physical loss our men had to endure:

        Bob Butler lost his legs in a 1965 land mine explosion in Vietnam.  He returned home a war hero.  Twenty years later, he proved once again that heroism comes from the heart. Butler was working in his garage in a small town in Arizona on a hot summer day when he heard a woman's screams coming from a nearby house.  He began rolling his wheelchair toward the house but the dense shrubbery wouldn't allow him access to the back door.  So he got out of his chair and started to crawl through the dirt and bushes. I had to get there, he says.  It didn't matter how much it hurt. When Butler arrived at the pool there was a three-year-old girl named Stephanie  Hanes lying at the bottom. 

        She had been born without arms and had fallen in the water and couldn't swim. Her mother stood over her baby screaming frantically.  Butler dove to the bottom of the pool and brought little Stephanie up to the deck. Her face was blue, she had no pulse and was not breathing. Butler immediately went to work performing CPR to revive her while Stephanie's mother telephoned the fire department.  She was told the paramedics were already out on a call.  Helplessly, she sobbed and hugged Butler's shoulder.

        As Butler continued with his CPR, he calmly reassured her. Don't worry, he said.  I was her arms to get out of the pool.  It'll be okay. I am now her lungs.  Together we can make it.  Seconds later the little girl coughed, regained consciousness, and began to cry. As they hugged and rejoiced together; the mother asked Butler how he knew it would be okay.

        The truth is, I didn't know, he told her.  But when my legs were blown off in the war, I was all alone in a field.  No one was there to help except a little Vietnamese girl.   As she struggled to drag me into her village, she whispered in broken English, It okay. You can live.  I be your legs.  Together we make it.  Her kind words brought hope to my soul and I wanted to do the same for Stephanie. There are simply those times when we cannot stand alone. There are those times when we need someone to be our legs, our arms, our friend.

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