The Honor of Your Presence

is cordially requested

by Ooltewah, Tennessee

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

Post 1697

at the

Memorial Dinner

on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM

in the West Room, Fuller Memorial Community Center,

Collegedale City Hall

in loving remembrance of

Our Distinguished Veterans

who have passed from the scene but not from our hearts

and in grateful appreciation for

Their Spouses who shared in their Service

to our beloved Country

The 2012 Memorial Dinner Guests of Honor

Alice Brown, Pat Herod, Ruth Penney, Dorothy Moon

FOR THE CAPTION HOVER YOUR MOUSE POINTER ON THE PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW AND CLICK TO ENLARGE THE PICTURE.

 

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The following is dedicated to All Surviving Spouses of our Post:

 

MORE THAN MEMORIES

 

 

Why do we care? We care because we love.

 

Why do we love? Because we remember.

 

We remember the promise of youth,

     the shadows of a long life,

     the satisfaction of service.

 

We remember the flush of first love,

     the proud greetings of “Mr. and Mrs.” and later,

     the children by our side.

 

We remember commitments made and commitments endured,

     the sacrifices so many,

     the pleasures so few.

 

I remember waking up with you next to me,

     all the days we worked together,

     and the days that just went by.

 

I remember our children growing,

     and later, going to their own life

     but we still had ours.

 

And then, you were gone!

     Where did you go?

     I miss you so.

 

Looking back, it went so fast.

     Looking ahead, what's left?

     We still have each other because I remember.

 

Someone Else remembers, and loves.

     Someone who made us,

     and will remake us.

 

Then our memories will never catch all the joy

     that's unfolding unstoppable.

 

Then we will have more than memories.

 

 

--Lewis Laszlo Szerecz

Thursday, May 10, 2012