Cover Photo by Mark R. Day

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Speech: Short talk for the Celebration of Veterans at Liberty High School [11-4-14]


 
     For many years, I believe we have been traveling down a path which has  distanced us from our veterans.  Holidays like Veterans Day and Memorial Day have seen their true purpose devalued by commercialism and self-indulgence.  Few, but veterans themselves,  attend the traditional ceremonies of remembrance and many Americans cannot answer simple questions about the origins or meaning of  the Memorial or Veterans Day holidays.  In my own life a statement once made by my father explained everything about the act of remembrance.  He said, that as long as I remembered those who had died they were still alive in my mind, but that if I  forgot them they would truly be gone forever.  That profound truth is the heart of my own belief in making time to remember the veterans. 
     You see remembrance is an act of instruction.  Remembrance is keeping alive something that was valuable but no longer seen and remembrance is making a personal connection.  You cannot expect a statue or bronze plaque on a National Park or in front of a Court House to teach the importance of our veterans to our history.  Monuments of stone and metal are mere reflections of what was and cannot speak to the reality of the veteran experience.  However, we are privileged to have the living veterans of our community and our country as a source of personal contact to the ideals of loyalty and self-sacrifice we hold dear. 
If, as I said, our veterans embody the values and ideals, which our founding fathers wrote into the Declaration of Independence and Constitution and form the foundations of our liberty; we owe it to ourselves to enjoin in conversation with them, learn from them, and follow their lead.  Perhaps it is only fitting that we stand here in front of this school to honor these veterans for they are our best teachers and our best mentors.  We should seek to emulate them for they know the lessons of responsibility and devotion better than anyone else.   
 
Speech written and given by Mark R. Day 11-5-14.  Copyright by Mark R. Day 11-5-14, all rights reserved.
This speech was written and given in support of a Celebration of Veterans sponsored by the students and staff of Liberty High School in Bedford, VA.  It has been slightly edited from the original version before being posted on this site.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Photo: Silver and Blue Perfection

Silver and Blue Perfection
Taken by Mark R. Day using a Canon Power Shot SX100 IS.  Copyright by Mark R. Day 10-21-2014, all rights reserved

Photo's The Interwoven Works of Man and Nature









Photo's taken by Mark R. Day using a Canon Power Shot SX100 IS.  Copyright by Mark R. Day 10-21-2014, all rights reserved


 



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Musing: "Rain Drops"


 

Small, slivers, of serendipity slide down the window pane

Solitary speculative sojourners;  spiraling  stoutly toward their end.
 
 
 
10-15-14 by Mark R. Day, Copyright by Mark R. Day, all rights reseved

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Poem: Early Morning Choices


Early morning . . . . .
What will the new day bring . . . . .
Pondering the possibilities and the worrying about the realities . . . . .

Early morning . . . . .
Rising from your bed . . . . .
Giving thanks to God for another day of life . . . . .

Early morning . . . . .
The daily chance to begin anew . . . . .
A moment of decision a fork along the road . . . .

Early morning . . . . .
How will you proceed . . . . .
The world calls out and you must make a choice . . . . .

Early morning . . . . .
The opportunity to choose is ours . . . . .
Determining  the course our lives will take each day . . . . .

Early Morning . . . . .
Our lives renew . . . . .
It is thus for me and it is thus for you. . . . .

Written by Mark R. Day, copyright by Mark R. Day 10/12/14 all rights reserved

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Message: "Farewell Message as President of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter SAR"


Compatriots,

As, I come to the end of my three years of service as President  of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter, I like General George Washington will soon pass the reigns of leadership to a successor. As, I take leave of my office, the many warm memories, which each of you have written on my  heart, have strengthened my sense of gratitude for the unique opportunity given to me as your President.  I myself merit no praise, but owe every success to the cheerful assistance, I have experienced, from you my friends and bothers, in our great cause to preserve the memory of our ancestors.  Like George Washington, I will soon also forego the honor of Commanding but also like him, I will never abandon my responsibility to serve my country or fail to support each of you and our chapter.  Washington told his men, that he was bound to them by duty and I, like the General, now offer my fidelity and stand ready to offer my services freely at your command.

Mark R. Day

President Thomas Jefferson Chapter

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Quote: 'A way of living rather than fearing life"


As, I have often said "life is what happens while you are planning what to do with your life" Accept life for what it is; a grand adventure down an unknown river. Living is found in the plunges and twist that are around the next bend.

Stated and recorded by Mark R. Day 8-7-14. copyright by Mark R. Day 8-7-14, all rights reserved