2019-04-27 Holly National Cemetery

With a bucket of water and brush in hand, the Oakleaf Region of MARC was faced with a new mission. Many were called, but few were chosen. In front of us lay a sea of ivory white marble cascading the rolling terrain at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. Names, rank, and military branch were artfully inscribed onto every stone. Each one had its own story. World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Dessert Storm were represented.

We could only imagine what suffering and sacrifices that many of them had endured. As we silently read off their names and washed their final resting place, we thanked them for their service. We saluted them for our freedom and prayed for their eternal rest. These were American heroes, regardless of race, creed and color. God bless them and God bless America.

As we concluded our reverent task, two bald eagles soared overhead. A wisp of cloud and they appeared to touch the hand of God. This was a parting tribute to our American heroes. (Submitted by Jim Zellen)