Appalachia Holidays in Appalachia

In Honor

The video below was made to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice serving in the Armed Forces of The United States of America.

Because of their sacrifice, I am able to abide in freedom today.




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    May 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

    This is so heart touching, Thank You so much for sharing this, and the music topped it off. Thank you. and may God Bless you and yours. Kay

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    May 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    You did a beautiful job and it’s a solemn reminder…

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    May 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    You always seem to know what to say and when to say it. The video was so poignant. Paul and Pap made it complete. When I was a little boy I remember vividly playing on the floor at Momma’s and Granny’s feet and some older ladies of the neighborhood gathered around telling stories of their sons and what happened to them during the war. I remember there was many tears falling since not all the stories had happy endings. I still remember the names of those far away places, Sicily, Leyte, Normandy and Germany, (and the ones that hurt the most) Iwo Jima, The carrier Hornet at the battle of Santa Cruz. I can still remember Granny Ferguson wiping tears as she told of the last letter from her son. All this has instilled such a deep respect for our veterans. Every time I hear The National Anthem and see them go down the street with our flag waving it gives me chill bumps. I’ll stop now but, I just wanted to say how much I appreciate our country and our veterans.

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    Paul Certo
    May 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you for posting this tribute. I have to admit to a small amount of curiosity about the music, why “We Three Kings?”

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    Janice McCall
    May 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    So very special!! Thank you!

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    May 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    What a beautiful tribute using
    your own family for us to hear
    and see. I could tell the music
    was Paul’s too. Thanks you so
    much for remembering Our brave
    families of America…Ken

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    Lonnie Dockery
    May 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    That is great Tipper! Thanks.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I saw pap in one of the pictures!

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    Tim Mc
    May 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Truly words of gratitude fall short of our hearts desire to Thank those whom serve and have served this God given great Nation of ours,, A day of Humbling recognition isn’t enough,, but how do you pay back the ultimate sacrifice of life,, makes ones head bow low to think of the lives given and the lives back home destroyed because the link in that families chain will never be replaced.. The freedoms we enjoy far to often are taken for-granted, until this Day of Memorial.. But from the bottom of Me and My Families heart, Thank you to all those whom have served and are serving in Our Nations Armed Forces..

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    b. Ruth
    May 27, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Paul did beautiful work on this video of pictures and music. I loved it although it was sad in some ways.
    Are any of the pictures, members of your family?
    I remember my Father’s family telling of my Grandfather when he was a young man going to New York to receive the body of my step Uncle that was killed in France. The Grandmother sewed a money belt of sorts inside his pants to hold the money he would need. If he was robbed he could hand over his empty or near empty billfold and still have money inside that secret pants band!
    He had never been out of the mountains to New York and so the stories of the city were fierce. I suppose they were since the mafia was strong daily during those times..
    I think of the story every Memorial Day and how worried they were on his safety and the burden of having to bring back to the mountains to bury their loved one!
    Thanks Tipper and Paul

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    Don Casada
    May 27, 2013 at 9:47 am

    What a touching tribute, Tipper. Thank you and Paul for your work, and especially thank all those who have served. God bless you everyone.

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    Mike McLain
    May 27, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I watched the Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC on public TV last night. It was a very emotional time. Years ago, my job took me to the Netherlands and one weekend, I visited the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten in the Netherlands. There 8,301 US War Dead interred there. It is truly a hallowed place, without a single blade of grass out of place. When I think about the lives cut short by war and see a visual like that, as a veteran combat engineer, I have gotten pretty anti-war, although the guys on the other side sometimes have other ideas. I was fortunate enough to serve my 4 years at Fort Riley, Kansas, but it could easily have been a completely different outcome.
    The Civil War was labeled “Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight”. Unfortunately, in all wars, the men and women who fight and die in wars never start them. I think we should go back to the days when the king (leader) was expected to lead his army into battle. Maybe it would cut down on the number of wars we have.

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    May 27, 2013 at 9:25 am

    God bless them all!

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    May 27, 2013 at 8:56 am

    God bless America! Thanks for such a beautiful dedication to our military and our freedoms. My husband gave thiry-one years to our country and I proud of him.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 27, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Very nice tribute Tipper, thank you for honoring these men.

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    May 27, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Oh what a honorable video! I really stop music & then watch. Thank you.

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    Uncle Al
    May 27, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Thank you for sharing!

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    Ed Ammons
    May 27, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Tipper you have outdone yourself. That was beautiful. I have never seen a Memorial Day tribute done better! And the music, well simply put, Paul is a pro!
    I scanned the faces of the young men in the pictures hoping for a glimpse of my father. The picture of the men gathered around the gun emplacement would have been the most likely. That is how he served. Daddy never saw the enemy but any of them on the receiving end of those 155 mm shells surely knew he was out there.

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    Steve Smith
    May 27, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Great job on the video, Tipper! And Paul’s guitar work is not too shabby, either!
    Steve Smith

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    May 27, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Tipper, Thanks for the solemn reminders of why we observe Memorial Day. Paul’s music was so thought-provoking and appropriate with the photographs. Thank you for reminding us of what a price so many have paid for our freedom. If anyone should want to visit my facebook post (Ethelene Jones), I give some thoughts about Memorial Day there. May we, as we thank God for the heroes who have made such a difference in our freedoms, to turn to God, our Hope, our Refuge, our Mighty Fortress. May all who read Blind Pig have a solemn and thoughtful Memorial Day.

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 27, 2013 at 7:21 am

    All those young faces, so sad.

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