May 23, 2013

memorial day

Lễ Chiến Sĩ Trận Vong

Changing of the Guard  at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Đổi phiên gát tại Mộ Chiến Sĩ Vô Danh Nghĩa Trang Quốc Gia Arlington

Lễ Chiến Sĩ Trận Vong diễn ra vào  ngày thứ Hai thuộc tuần lễ cuối của tháng Năm. Năm nay vào ngày thứ Hai May 27th 2013. Lễ Memorial Day nhằm vinh danh những người lính, nam và nữ đã phục vụ trong quân đội và bỏ mình vì  đất  nước Hoa Kỳ. Lễ CSTV là một  ngày Quốc Lễ. Rất trang trọng, đẹp, và cảm động.

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of Summer. (Memorial Day)

I never thought that this is where I'd settle down,
I thought I'd die an old man back in my hometown,
They gave me this plot of land, me and some other men, for a job well done,
There's a big White House sits on a hill just up the road,
The man inside he cried the day they brought me home,
They folded up a flag and told my mom and dad, we're proud of your son

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,
I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company,
I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done,
I can rest in peace, I'm one of the chosen ones, I made it to Arlington

I remember daddy brought me here when I was eight,
We searched all day to find out where my granddad lay,
And when we finally found that cross,
He said, "son this is what it cost to keep us free"
Now here I am, a thousand stones away from him,
He reconized me on the first day i came in,
And it gave me a chill when he clicked his heels, and saluted me.

And everytime I hear twenty-one guns,
I know they brought another hero home
We're thankful for those thankful for the things we've done,
We can rest in peace, 'cause we are the chosen ones,
We made it to arlington, yeah dust to dust,
Don't cry for us,we made it to Arlington.

Memorial Day - Arlington, Trace Adkins