In Gardens of Stone

On May 25, 2015, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

In gardens of stone, lay soldiers who stood alone on frozen hills, beside vallied rills. In gardens of stone, a trumpet blown over markers of the brave, who rest within the grave. In gardens of stone, our flag is flown in vigil of red, white, and blue, for those who loved their country true. In […]

The Honor Roll

On May 26, 2014, in America, Freedom, Heroes, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

The boys upon the honor roll, God bless them all I pray! God watch them when they sleep at night, and guard them through the day. We’ve stamped their names upon our walls, the list in glory grows, Our brave boys and our splendid boys who stand to meet our foes. Oh, here are sons […]

When I See a Flag-Draped Box of Wood

On May 27, 2013, in America, Freedom, Heroes, Liberty, Marine Corps, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

When I see a flag-draped box of wood I remember all the brave ones who stood guarding a lonely sentry post, guarding what we love the most. That’s what I remember when I see a flag-draped box of wood.   When I see a flag folded in three I remember, Americans died for me. Some […]

God Bless Your Soul Sister, I will be Stiff All Over: A Civil War Letter

On May 27, 2013, in America, Civil War, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

The Civil War consumed some 600,000 lives. Most of these died, not due to direct wounds suffered in battle but due to infections contracted in filthy hospitals and from camp diseases—typhoid fever, dysentery, and smallpox just to name a few. Hundreds of thousands more came home shattered limbs and shattered spirits. On the home front, […]

A Memorial Day Prophecy and Prayer

On May 28, 2012, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

America is still at war. Iraq and Afghanistan, drawn down and drawn out, continues to bleed our county of her most precious treasure—her sons and daughters. On this Memorial Day let us not forget all those who have died in America’s wars and pray that this prophecy might soon come to a pass. Prophecy We […]

Where Death Ends and Liberty Begins: Memorial Day 2011

On May 30, 2011, in America, Courage, Freedom, Heroes, History, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Above the Common in Boston, across the street from the capitol, a life sized relief—men memorialized—stands in silent vigil. It is not, as one might think, a statue of a Minuteman or one of Massachusetts’s heroic signers of the Declaration. It is a memorial to men who didn’t fully know independence but who gave their […]

Memorial Day

On May 31, 2010, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

The finest tribute we can pay Unto our hero dead to-day, Is not a rose wreath, white and red, In memory of the blood they shed; It is to stand beside each mount, Each couch of consecrated ground, And pledge ourselves as warriors true Unto the work they died to do. Into God’s valleys where […]

Remembrance Day

On May 26, 2008, in America, Freedom, Heroes, History, Memorial Day, Patriotism, by Derrick G. Jeter

“There is a link death can never sever, / Love and memories last forever.” [1] In honor of those who have fallen to preserve liberty in this great land of ours, here are words more eloquent and profound than I could ever hope to write. None of these [heroes] allowed either wealth with its prospect […]