Please take a few moments from your busy day to pause, reflect, and thank those who have served and are serving our country. Although this page is dedicated to veterans of our Armed Services, almost every American family, many without donning a uniform, has contributed to the preservation of the ideals of the United States of America. "Rosie the Riveter" serves as a symbol of all those who stayed behind during World War II. Mom may have helped at the Red Cross or USO, and rolled bandages at home. School girls and boys knit scarves, socks, and mittens for the men on the front, and collected milkweed pods for life jacket fill. From the American Revolution to today's War on Terrorism, many are the untold stories and many are the unsung heroes.
Today we ask that you remember all those currently in the service of the United States and all her allies. While military conflicts are never easy to accept, neither are the denial of basic human rights. Whatever your opinions or beliefs, RESPECT and HONOR those who are answering the call to serve their country.
Please remember them all and say THANK YOU.
SUPPORT our troops.
Read Peace Is, a prize winning poem by our granddaughter, Vickie
A Place for Meditation
Thousands of people have visited this memorial to pause, pray, reflect and celebrate the hopes, dreams and ideals of democracy. You are invited to linger here with your private thoughts. To enrich your experience, a variety of music is offered. Currently playing is God Bless the USA. To play another song, simply select a title from the drop down menu and press PLAY. A new player window should open.
More Musical Selections
Midi files courtesy of The Music Odyssey, formerly located at geocities.com/bourbonstreet/2973/.
Perhaps you would enjoy an alternate site for quiet meditation in the great outdoors. Keyà has just such a place nestled in the mountains. This link will open in a new window so you may continue to access our music.
More Than a Name on The Wall
RICHARD C ARCHER, one name amid more than 57,000 on a wall of polished black granite spanning almost 500'. I never knew Mr. Archer, but he touched my life. He brought the horror and reality of war and death to my consciousness, when the hometown papers announced his death. A square in Hyannis was named in his honor.
His brother, Curtis, was in the class ahead of mine in high school. During the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game in 1968, I thought of Richard and his family as "Curt" returned the opening kick-off for a touchdown. Dan, my husband, had known Richard as "Dick," a Boy Scout in a troop which he had lead.
Some twenty plus years later in 1990, The Moving Wall, a half-scale replica of the national monument (so long it required four separate photographs to capture its expanse on film) came to town. I, now married to Dan, a veteran and member of the participating American Legion post, attended the somber opening ceremonies. Later we walked The Wall to find panel 27-E. There on line 8 the simple words RICHARD C ARCHER stirred emotions we had never known. Dan's moment is captured in the montage photograph above.
RICHARD CHARLES ARCHER
MM2 - Navy - Regular
23 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on 08/27/44
From HYANNIS, MASSACHUSETTS
Length of service 3 years.
Casualty was on 09/25/67
in NORTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, SEA CASUALTY
ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR
Body was recovered
Panel 27E - - Line 8
Jake's Reflections, Dan's site, is dedicated to his father, Winfred and Richard Archer. For Memorial Day 2000 pages were added about Dick, his death aboard the USS Mansfield DD-728, and memorials to him. Please visit and put a face and a life with this name on the wall.
Views of the Past
During the years since this page was first published on the WWW, it has been our pleasure to have met many wonderful people from around the world. Veterans. Sons, daughters, wives, mothers and fathers of fallen heros. People touched by the ravages of war and those blessed to have never witnessed it. Besides leaving thoughts and memories in our Book of Remembrance, some have shared stories with us personally. We would like to share several with you.
The first, Growing up in the wake of World War II, came to us through Bill Cunningham, a WW II veteran who served as a gunnery officer aboard a cruiser. Benoit Roisin had told Bill he would like to write a treatise as a tribute to all the USA forces past & present. It was completed in February 2000 and sent to Bill to share as he saw fit. We are honored and privileged to publish it with their permissions.
What is a Vet? by Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC, came to us from veteran Rick Berry. This essay serves to remind us of all who have served their nation, not only those who paid the supreme sacrifice.
(We have obtained permission from Mr. Berry to publish this; however we were unable to find Father O'Brien prior to his death on August 29 of 2002. We have seen this piece published in several mediums and on on numerous websites. It is not our intention to violate any copyright. Please notify us if you hold or represent the holder of copyright to this piece.)
Lay Flowers in Honor
According to the Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States of America "General John A. Logan, as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1868, designated May 3Oth 'for the purpose of strewing flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the Late Rebellion and whose bodies now lie In almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.'" So began the tradition of Memorial Day.
You are invited to honor someone (a relative, friend, or loved one who has served or is serving their country) by laying flowers in tribute in the Book of Remembrance. After you have made an entry please take your Remembrance Award, found on the thank you page.
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This page was lovingly prepared in honor of all veterans, Memorial Day 1998. With special love to my veterans - husband Dan, son Wayne, and son Kelvin, still on active duty.
As our way of saying thank you, please select your choice of armed services American flag desktops. Also available is a flag screensaver!
a GIFT for YOU from Mousehold Creations.
Awards, Web Rings, & Links
THANK YOU to the many visitors to this site who have nominated us for awards. We are grateful to those who have honored us with their awards and have proudly displayed them on the next page.
If these moments of reflection and remembrance have stirred you to find out more about America's history and military, the WWW has many paths you may follow.
Only through understanding of the past can we not repeat the same mistakes in the future.
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