What are you doing for Memorial Day?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by canebrake, May 21, 2009.

  1. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    What are you doing for Memorial Day?

    That's a canebrake LOADED QUESTION!

    Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (on May 25 in 2009). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action. From Wikipedia

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    To me, it is a day to give thanks to my Father (1919-1998) for his heroic service 1943-1945 and returned to permit me to experience the fruits of his service.

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    To myself for carrying my own water and return safely to my family where my service and that of my Dad eliminated the need for my three sons to go to war. (None during their age cycle.)

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    And it is equally important that we recognize those gallant souls that were not as fortunate as us who destiny has smiled upon.

    This Memorial Day weighs heavy on me because of the forces at play which is hell-bent on changing this beloved country of mine! There seems to be a disdain rather than a celebration of those who have given the Ultimate Sacrifice.

    They (you know who they are) seem to be embarrassed, and find the need to apologize for us enjoying our earned freedoms. This is because they would never have the mettle to dirty their hands to assist in the continuation of our American Heritage.

    Guilt is a very powerful force!

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” - Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell)

    This is a photo of G W Bush at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France on May 27, 2002. His Memorial Day visit was just eight short months after 9/11!

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    The same cemetery BHO refused to visit, as POTUS because he didn’t want to embarrass the Germans and doing so, slapped the face of every US Soldier ever to wear the uniform! (BASTARD!)

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    ^ ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY: US burials 300,000+

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    ^ Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Philippines: US burials 16,636 WWII

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    ^ North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Tunisia: US burials 2,841 WWII

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    ^ Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in England: US burials 3,812 WWII

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    ^ Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France: US burials 9,387 D-Day WWII



    This is a scant few look at the hallowed ground we honor around this globe. The only territory we claim from those countries in which men in the US Uniform have fallen.

    We have a monumental battle before us gentlemen, the taking back of our American Heritage.

    We are up to the task, we have done it before and it will be done over and over again long into the future. It Must!

    I am proud to be counted as one of you in this FTF Band of Brothers.

    And that’s what I’m doing for Memorial Day! God Bless our country and be safe out there!

    cane
     
  2. Benning Boy

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    Second picture got me unaware. You're an @$$.

    Seriously, award worthy thread, people tend to forget.

    I unfortunately will be working.

    Thanks, Cane.
     

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I'll be working because my employer sucks and doesn't respect the men and women who have served this great nation. Maybe I'll call in patriotic...
     
  4. Jo da Plumbr

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    A beautiful post Cane, Thank you.

    I'll be spending the weekend in the mountains. But the Stars and Stripes will be flying over my campsite. It always does. And a prayer of thanks will be given to all who have served.
     
  5. mrm14

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    My guys are getting the day off. Most of them are Nam veterans, and some of them with their wives are comong to my house for a BBQ. It'll be good this year as I'm fireing up the smoker and am doing a beef brisket.
     
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  6. Bighead

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    A couple of my heros.

    Excellent post Cane. Thanking your father made me think about my family that have that served...

    An early shot of my grandfather, a WWII paratrooper.
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    My grandfather seeing my uncle off, June 1968.
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  7. propex

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    I have four members of my family in Arlington National, but this memorial day I will be in DC attending my sons graduation from college. I will still remember those who fought and died to make us free
     
  8. SGT-MILLER

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    I was just released from duty, and I won't be back until Tuesday.

    One of the things I will do is I will visit my Grandfather's grave. He is a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He was Army, then moved over to the USAF when it was created in 1947.

    My Grandfather was one of the privileged that walked form Normandy to Germany.

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    THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HUMBLY WEAR THE UNIFORM!!!

    US MARINE CORPS

    US ARMY

    US NAVY

    US AIR FORCE

    US COAST GUARD

    .......TO ALL MILITARY MEMBERS, REMEMBER YOUR FELLOW COMRADES IN ARMS THAT ARE IN HARM'S WAY AT THIS VERY MOMENT. INCLUDE THEM ALWAYS IN YOUR PRAYERS.

    KEEP CHARGIN' FORWARD!!!!!!!
     
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  9. CA357

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    I will fly my U.S. and P.O.W. flags. I will not fly my Gadsden flag, although I possibly should.

    One of the organizations I support is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. It maintains and archives the items that are left at the Wall in D.C. They also sponsor the two travelling Wall exhibits that tour the Country.
    They also put on educational programs in schools to educate youth about the Vietnam war and our troops sacrifices.

    On the fun side, my buddy and I and our gals will have dinner together on Sunday. We're still figuring that part out. But first, on Saturday morning, I'm going to the range with Garand and my M1 carbine.

    I also just installed a red insert factory front sight on my GP160, so it will make the trip too.

    God bless our troops living and dead, may He watch over our men and women in harms way right now and God bless America.
     
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  11. skullcrusher

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    I will be thinking of my Uncles. 'Tween the 3, all enlisted, they fought for our freedom in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. All survied the wars, but only 1 is still with us.

    I will remember my visits to Arlington and to Omaha Beach. I will also be thinking of our bravest men and women who now volunteer to protect us and the US Constitution.

    Thanks, Cane and every other member here who served and are serving. My family thanks all. I will remember as the grill is fired that I can do so without fear because of the most amazing people on the planet.

    I will also think of a man I never met, but wish I had. He was a college student at Dayton University. When his father went to pick him up after his freshman year and asked how he did on his finals, the student replied, "I did not take my finals. I went to the recruiter's offfice instead." He gave his life in Vietnam despite the doctor's effort at hospital in Tokyo. He suffered and so did his family. He was the oldest of 7, four of them girls. There is a recreational ball park in Marietta, Ohio named for him. He was the oldest brother of my ex-wife. He held her once when she was a baby. She never knew him. He had the chance to stay away and get an education. Instead, he decided he loved God, country and family more. His name was T. Michael Brockmeier. A true American hero that I never knew, but I knew the pain of the family.

    Bless them all!

    SC (teary eyed now)
     
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  12. Bighead

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    Arlington Cemetary. The Tomb of the Unknowns
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  13. c3shooter

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    Will spend the afternoon at the range with 2 young shooters.

    They are patients at McGuire VA hospital. Healing from wounds. Docs let them out for furloughs.

    They get a chance to get a cheeseburger, fries, and a shake (no beer), go put some .22 ammo downrange (have to keep a caldwell led sled for some of the kids- missing hand) and to drive thru local college, girl watching.

    My brothers-in-arms that are no longer here would approve, I think.
     
  14. RL357Mag

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    Will be hanging the flag and remembering my Dad and his service from 1942-1945, and probably watching "Band of Brothers" to remind myself of the hardships and sacrifices he and tens of thousands of GI's made. He never spoke about his experiences until a year before his death, but I know he didn't enjoy "winter camping" during the Battle of the Bulge. In fact two things he never did after the war were hunt and camp. Here's to you Dad - hoping to see you again.
     

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  15. flyingbrickracing

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    I will say a prayer for all of those who serve,and sometime during the day I will tell my children (5 & 7) the reason why they have the day off from school,but for the most part I will enjoy the freedom that was given to by the brave members of our Armed Forces.
    Past,present,and future,I salute you my brothers(and sisters) in arms
    All the Veterans in my family are currently on the sunny side of the top soil so I think I'll spend some time with them this weekend .
     
  16. johnsteele

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    My wife and I are planning to visit the VA hospital in Miami to say hello and thank the vets. My wife has done this every year since we buried my father at Arlington in 2001 and now that I've retired this is the first year I have a chance to go with her.
     
  17. canebrake

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    Props C3! They would all approve. [​IMG]
     
  18. skullcrusher

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    I got an e-mail from an old high school chum yesterday. He is back in Mosul saving the world from the tyranny of man as he put it. I will be thinking of him and his family as well.
     
  19. WDB

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    I spent today with a group of people putting flags on the stones of military men, then came home to put out my own flag and a fresh yellow ribbon. My son is Iraq, his 4th tod in 3 1/2 years. He is to be home in August and will finish his service a few months latter. My son is 4th generation Marine. While the Marine in me understands why he is doing what he's doing, the farther in me just wants him home.

    Memorial Day I'm attending the service at the Cemetery, my nephew is there, he was KIA in Iraq less than a year ago and then going home for some quite time.

    Thanks Cane, I hope this reminds people it's more than a long weekend.