May 28, 2010

Memorial Day Tribute to My Brother

This Memorial Day will be the first Memorial Day Parade my brother will miss in over 35 years.

Every year, he marched in or organized the parade as either a member of our school band, chief of our local fire department or as President of our Chamber of Commerce.

At my brother's funeral mass, I gave his words of remembrance (eulogy) and one of the many, many stories I told is one that took place at last year's parade:

My brother was riding in one of the cars on the parade route when he noticed an elderly veteran standing in the crowd. He stopped the car, walked over to this veteran and said to him, "No veteran in this town is going to stand on the sidelines and watch a parade. They are going to ride in it." He then led this veteran into the car and continued on the parade route.
I have met countless people who have retold story after story of my brother's selfless acts of kindness and how he had changed their lives for the better; all without public recognition or asking for anything in return. He made a habit of everyday making it his personal mission to serve his community come what may in order to provide a safer, more comfortable place for all of us to live and raise our families, despite the time and energy it took away from his own life.
So here's to you my dear brother.
You are at peace now.
You are with mommy and I love you.

25 comments:

Angie said...

carmie, this is beautiful and as a member of the military, I can't tell you how much we appreciate people who appreciates and respects what we do. I am sure your brother is missed by those he helped.

Lisalulu said...

This was a beautiful tribute. Made me cry. Thank you for sharing and helping me remember all those who have helped others and our country.

Dawn Stout said...

Wow! That is a powerful story. Sounds like your brother was an angel even when he walked the earth. Thank you for sharing.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Oh what a beautiful tribute and story of your brother. I know God has blessed him for his sacrifice and service to keep us safe. I wish more people heard real hero stories, like your brother's.
Thank you for sharing it with us.

Kimberly said...

Thank you for sharing that powerful story, and that reminder that we serve those who served.

Sandy said...

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear brother.. I too lost mine, whow, 26 years ago now.. he too was always in the Parades, (he dressed as a clown and collected money for the Jaycees)... We have been military since my birth and traveled the world.. but there is "NO place like HOME"!
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog today...
Lovely Post for Memorial Day!
Sandy

The Harris Family said...

What a beautiful tribute to your brother. I am sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a wonderful person.
-Crystal

Baye said...

My eyes are tearing up. You are a lucky lady to have had him in your life. He was lucky to have been so well loved. Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

Thank you for sharing your touching tribute to your brother. What an awesome man he must have been.

Leslie said...

Thank you for sharing that story with us, you showed us the true meaning and beauty of the human spirit. Your brother was a fine man.
Have a happy Weekend Carmie!

Threeundertwo said...

My heart is with you today. Thank you for sharing this lovely tribute.

Gretchen Seefried said...

He is at peace. He truly is.
Coming over from the blog hop and following your story now....God Bless you.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Carmie, I'm so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you today.
And thank you for coming by the party & participating & all of your great comments over the months.

But, I will have to take your link off from the party links, since this is not on track with the Thrifty Treasures party. I hate to do it, but I've had to delete 2 this a.m. Sorry, but if I let everyone link up any post, it would just get too long & I need to keep the party on track. Hope you understand. I wanted to at least tell you before I deleted.

Kathy said...

Carmie,
It does make a difference when people share the impact made in their lives the people we have loved and lost. Great tribute
God Bless,
Kathy

Mom2fur said...

Your brother must have been a wonderful human being! May he sing with the angels and march in all of Heaven's parades!

Stephanie Lynn said...

I am so sorry for your loss and have you and your family in my prayers. Thank you for sharing this powerful story - what a wonderful tribute to your brother. Thanks for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Mom2fur said...

Thank you for taking the time to visit me, after all you have been through. I, too, have lost a brother--two, in fact. One passed away back in 1971. He was a Vietnam veteran. My other brother died 10 years ago. Both seemed to have happened yesterday, and yet so long ago, too. All of a sudden you wake up and forty years have gone by. But the memories will always be there, and thank God for that.
Take care of yourself, okay?

LiLu said...

This is absolutely beautiful. My heart goes out to you, but I love how proud you are of him. He sounds like a truly amazing person, and a hero at that.

Fifi Flowers said...

VERY nice tribute to your brother and our brave men and women that fight to keep us safe!

Rockzann said...

Carmie,
I found your blog via The Inspired Room. I read your post about your dad and I have not been able to get you both out of my mind. Your brother sounds like a wonderful person. I wanted to tell you that you will recover in your own time frame and to not let anyone tell you otherwise. When you want to reminse about your brother your friends in blog land will understand. I am touched by your compassion to your father and I wish you both a bright and happy summer. I think your brother may just visit your garden this year and give it a special touch. Hang in there!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a wonderful tribute to your brother. Beautiful post. God Bless.

Thank you for your comments on my Living Rm. reveal. YOu asked how to get your picture larger.

After you upload a picture, while you are in the html code you will see a line that says something like 400px;height;300ox;" you want to delete all of this including the collin. Then on the next line down you will see /400/100 or something similar change the 4 to 8 and then hit save. Go back into edit and look at your pic and it will be large. Hope this helps. Hugs, Marty

Jerri said...

Thank you for sharing this story of your brother. We need more citizens like him!

Thanks for linking up with me!

Michelle Rayburn said...

Thanks for sharing your heart.

Michelle

Shugee @ Blue Heron Cottage said...

Carmie, your post touches me so much. Your brother stopping when he saw the veteran and brought him into the car is wonderful.
My father served in the Korean War and I love the memorial you posted of it. Thank you for you post and please know you have many praying and thinking of you during this difficult, sad time for you. It will get better, I know you know this, but I think we need reminders of that when we're in grief like this.
Hugs,
Kim

Struggler said...

This is lovely, so very moving.
I'm glad you have such a wonderful memory and hope it helps just a little.

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