Ignorant, disrespectful visitors should not waste their time visiting the "Tomb of Unknown Soldier" as they are in for an unexpected surprise. (See Video) Rules, even when it involves the deceased should be respected.
The True Story Surrounding This Peaceful Photo
On my wedding day, minutes before the ceremony, the most awaited and precious moment of my life, I was in the dressing room with my bridesmaids waiting for the rite to begin. We were so happy and excited. We were checking every detail of the wedding, what needs to be done in the last minute. Giggle and excitement filled the room when my soon to be mother in law came and called me.
I was so tense and nervous and ask her if the ceremony will start. I was so conscious but I said to myself this is the most excited moment every woman is dreaming of, to walk down the aisle while her groom is waiting at the altar. I was full of anticipation and excitement. Do I look pretty and gorgeous? Does my gown fit me well? My hair, my shoes, everything about me, will he be excited and look at me with adoration and admiration? These expectations made my heart pound at an incredibly fast beat. She lovingly pulled my hand and brought me to her son.
To my surprise my groom was silently waiting in one corner of the room and gently grasped my hand. I broke the silence and told him that wedding is about to begin and finally we will be husband and wife. He said that he knew and he whispered that he wanted to offer a short prayer as we held our hands. In that very moment of our prayer, quietness and solitude filled our hearts in the midst of festive sounds, activities and laughter. As he was whispering prayers about our wedding and the life ahead of us, we felt and experienced the amazing God's love between us. As he was reminiscing how we met, our sweet moments, our fights and quarrels, our indifferences and arguments, my tears began to flow and his voice was shaking. He continuously thanked the Lord Jesus Christ that he was able to protect and respect my purity. He asked the Lord for guidance in our new journey. He asked the Lord to bless us and be the center of our lives. No one and no circumstances will ever separate us neither sickness, poverty not even if we fail each other because our love does not depend only with what we feel but our love comes from the Lord. We are willing to forgive each other flaws and shortcomings. As he ended our prayers, my face was washed with tears, tears of joy and gratefulness.
My bridesmaids needed to retouch and blush me up again. As I looked and gazed in the mirror, I thanked God and my prince charming that in that very moment I am pure as white, my wedding gown signifies purity. Now I am confident and ready to walk down the aisle and meet my groom; what a wonderful and awesome feeling. Walking down the aisle is something I cannot express, beyond my wildest dream. I felt so beautiful that time and I could not help but smile, a smile from my heart with gladness and assurance that I will meet my groom in the altar and be his forever. We will declare our pledge of love in front of many witnesses.
My husband is not only my Prince Charming nor my "Knight in shining armor" because of his good countenance and his sense of humor but because of his will to preserve my treasure, my purity. His ability and determination to protect me is not his own by God's gift to him, to us. We are just human, vulnerable and weak; we were tempted but God is our defense. Our righteousness is God's righteousness and with His mercy and grace, my husband and I were able to protect my purity until our first night, our "honeymoon".
It was not an easy task or endeavor to refrain from rampant doings among what we call "lovers". We also fought and battled against the flesh and its lust but we are constantly reminded of God's Word and His Will. Thank God for His unfailing love.
The moment we prayed before our wedding ceremony was captured in camera that's why I am sharing you our great love story that brought us together as "one". I am not bragging about how we are peculiar and unique but I want to inspire both young men and women that there is God who is able to protect and guide your relationship. It is not impossible to have a pure and clean relationship, not in our own strength and will but by God's righteousness and defense. We need to wrestle against our own will and lust and God will help and give us victory.
This photo has already inspired many people and may God continually use this candid shot to motivate and encourage people in all walks of life that there is still a groom and his bride which remains pure and white until the holy matrimony. Nothing is impossible with God. We bring all the Glory and Praises to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever noticed that at some cemeteries, on the headstone, you can find coins left on them. Did you ever wonder where they came from and WHY they were there?
If these coins were left on a soldier's grave who lost his live while in the US military then there are different meanings based upon which type of coin someone left.
By leaving a coin on a soldier's grave it is meant as a sign of respect for the family. If you just leave a penny it simply means that you have been there. It's not disrespectful, but it doesn't carry special meaning.
If there's a nickel it means that the person who left it participated in training with the deceased. If a dime is left then it means that the person who left it served with the deceased. A quarter left indicates that the person was with the deceased at the time of their death.
The money left at the graves is eventually collected and used for the general upkeep and for helping people with the costs of burying their loved ones at the cemetery.
In the United States it started to be normal for people to do this during the time of the Vietnam War since there was such a separation of viewpoints towards the war at the time. It was an easier way to show your support towards the family than contacting them. You should show your respect without risking a political confrontation with the family.
In some circumstances the coins left were a symbol of treating their friends to a beer when they finally met up again in the world beyond.
This tradition can be seen as far back as the Romans where they also did the same practice.
Have you ever left a coin?
This unbelievable video footage portrays the every day combat soldier life. Insane that he was able to record this on his helmet cam. The sign on his right glove says it all my friends. All I have is respect for our boys in green.
Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'. The Rolling Thunder biker rally during Memorial Day is a classic annual event in Washington DC. The video below is a music tribute to these grateful bikers who choose to honor our brave POWs (prisoners of war) and MIAs (missing in action) soldiers. God Bless America and country :).