Memorial Day

Thania Sayne, 2013

Thania Sayne at the grave of her husband, Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne, one day before what would have been their third wedding anniversary in October 2013. Sgt. Sayne, 31, of Reno, NV, was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, September 18, 2011.

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Memorial Day

Christian Golczynski, 2007


Christian Golczynski, 8, is given the flag from his father’s casket in 2007. His father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marcus A. Golczynski, was killed in Anbar Provice, Iraq, March 27, 2007.

For Memorial Day

A letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby from Abraham Lincoln:

Executive Mansion, Washington,

Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,–

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln