Memorial Day Grave



This is dedicated to all my brothers and sisters who have worn the uniform, walked the wall, stood on hollowed ground, suffered the grief of loss, known the heat of battle, tasted defeat and victory, shared the company of comrades, broken bread with kindred souls, and donned the tags for flag and country! And especially to all those who gave “the last full measure of devotion.”



In granite, marble and simple stone blocks
Dates and names are carved in endless number:
Cemeteries of brave devotion in rows and walks
Where the slain heroes of our nation slumber.
Oh, Maytime celebration and tradition
Evoke such remembrances and respect:
A brief tribute, a toast of recognition,
A day to honor the dead and reflect.
For flag and country these battles were fought
And these precious lives we sacrificed and gave.
With their blood, peace and liberty were wrought:

Once a year, freedom lives in a Memorial Day Grave.

Marching bands and smirking, festive parades pass by
And wreaths are strewn among frolicking picnic crowds.
Darkness exhumes these tombs of infinite earth and sky,
And patriotism decays beneath holiday shrines and shrouds!
But in some small contrite gestures of impious shame,
A lonely banner is left above each passive stone,
Until another desolate war and another forgotten name
Are added to the hallowed rows lying sullen and alone.
And though the flags fly wild, they are worn and old,
And the endless stretch of graves is covered with neglect.
Though the hours of tribute may be a thousandfold,

From life, there is no greater gratitude death can expect!

Yet here, with my own modest offering to place above
The sepulcher of one who sleeps loveless and forlorn,
I grope to ponder the essence of freedom and love
That I am sanctioned on holidays to honor and mourn!
For what is patriotism, but cemeteries of lost causes?
When none dare counts or remembers the losses?
Who in their comfortable havens of liberty and security
Can surrender these sacrosanct stones to holiday obscurity?
The flowers wilt and rage amidst the Maytime solitude
As last year’s old, tattered flag I stoop to claim and save.
The shameful dirge is silenced and darkness is renewed,

While freedom lies dead again in a Memorial Day Grave.



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The 59 Vets Project Knows What Memorial Day is. Do You?



Tomorrow is Memorial Day. It is not a holiday. It is a day of remembrance, commemoration and observance. A day to remember our fallen heroes and all the military members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and all reserve/national guard units who fought and died and gave “the last full measure of devotion” to our country and so that all of us may live in freedom and liberty.

Memorial Day is to remember and honor all these valiant souls.

Thus, it is our sacred duty and greatest honor for all of us here at the 59 VETERANS PROJECT to observe, respect and devote tomorrow, Memorial Day, to all who have served and fought and died for the United States of America. So…

Bugler, commence TAPS!
Veterans and military personnel, PRESENT…ARMS!

All Americans, HAND SALUTE!

The 59 Vets Project Has a Beautiful Video for You!



A warm and affectionate reunion with family is what every member of our Armed Forces deserves and relishes after a long deployment. And this means with every member of the family! As this heartwarming video shows:

Well, some people can say what they want, but dogs know what family is. And friendship. And love. Likewise, all of us here at the 59 VETERANS PROJECT know how much we love our veterans and can’t wait to be traversing, videographing and photographing our 59 national parks with them. To learn more about our mission to help veterans, visit us on Facebook here…  And join us as we ascend this summit together!

The first combat amputee to climb and reach the summit of Mount Everest!


Wounded Vet Charlie Linville


Wounded U.S. vet Charlie Linville became the first combat amputee to climb and reach the summit of Mount Everest. This is what we mean here at the 59 VETERANS PROJECT when we talk about ascending the summit with our military veterans and with your support and participation!

The Heroes Project announced Thursday that 30-year-old Idaho native and retired U.S. Marine Corp Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville had reached the 29,029-foot summit of the famous mountain. It was the third attempt to reach the summit by the Boise High School graduate after previous tries in 2014 and 2015. Linville was defusing bombs in Afghanistan in 2011 when he was injured as an explosive device detonated, leading to the amputation of his right leg.

Thus it is our honor and pleasure to share this inspiring story and historical event with all our online friends and supporters. Watch the attached video and be inspired! And please visit our online site to learn more about the 59 VETERANS PROJECT. And our soon-to-launch enterprise to help veterans find careers in 4K and VR videography and photography while traveling, filming and ascending many lofty summits throughout our magnificent 59 national parks! Here:

59 VETERANS PROJECT: Coins On Military Veteran Gravestones!

Coin on Gravestone
There’s a tradition that’s been around for a very long time when it comes to our national cemeteries and the grave sites of our military heroes. If you’ve ever visited these reverent precincts you may have seen this tradition in practice.
What you may have seen is a penny or nickel or dime or other coin on a veteran’s gravestone. And wondered why it was there and what is its significance. Well, all of us here at the 59 VETERANS PROJECT can tell you that its significance is rather profound and very meaningful. Watch this very poignant and informative video here and join us in honoring our U.S. veterans and fallen heroes. It’s an event we enjoy doing all year-long!
And when you get a chance, click on the Contact Us button near the right top of our FB page to visit our online website and learn more about our project and how you can participate and get involved in our noble enterprise. We can’t wait to hear from you!  But first go here:


Courtesy of the 59 VETERANS PROJECT, veteran boots are now hitting the ground in our National Parks, as our project draws ever closer to fruition and actuality. Here we have the pleasure of sharing two unique pics–one of an early morning frame from a 4K3D video taken in Joshua Tree National Park on December 9th 2015.
As you may know, Joshua Tree National Park is one of our most treasured 59 national parks, and it is a reverent and phenomenal region of our country worthy of the most dedicated hiker, biker, jogger, rafter, bird-watcher, photographer, videographer, camper, tourist and outdoors person among us! Beauty and splendor are just two words that aptly define and vividly express Joshua Tree National Park!
We hope you enjoy our two video frame photos and become part of our enterprise to help military veterans when we formally commence our project to teach and find them careers in 4K3D videography and photography. To learn more, visit our headquarters company online here: For you know, we simply can’t wait to start ascending the summit together!

The 59 Veterans Project Wishes All Our Veterans & Armed Forces a Happy New Year!




On behalf of our staff and volunteers and contributors, the 59 VETERANS PROJECT wishes a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR to our online fans and friends and followers–and a special salute to all our veterans and military men and women currently serving our great nation.

May 2016 be a fabulous year for all of you and for all of us as our enterprise kicks off soon and begins to ascend the summit!

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