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  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Memorial Day ! !
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, May 28, 2018 7:01 AM


 I seem to remember small solemn parades  , get togethers with retired service members in the family and generally spending the day remembering those , who the final act was the supreme one  for them .

 Of course now the ads for car , clothing and houseware sales to commemorate this day started a month ago .Yeah , Buy a new Audi and show a veteran you remember and care . Bul* &^%*$# ! I have this to say . 

 Those who've gone before and made it possible to allow me to grow up in the Greatest ( With all it's faults )Freest Country in this world ! ! Thank You for the sacrifice You and Your Family made for me .

 You didn't know me , But I grew up to the standards your generation valued . I became a respected Navy , Marine and Civilian Maritime officer because you gave me the chance !

   Someday we will meet and all I'll be able to say Is Thank You , Did I make you proud after what you did ? That's what Memorial day is supposed to be about ! 

 I lost two Brothers in Fallujah .Why ? because they saw it as their duty ! God Bless All Who served , Who are serving and Who Will Serve , and Thank You by the Bushel .

 I just hope in closing that I brought as much Honor to the Uniform , Service and Country as You did .

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, May 28, 2018 9:30 AM

I have seen a renewal of good observances, local and regional, in the last couple of years.  Our local paper has a page listing these observances, and the space is growing each year.  I think it is better now than at the turn of the century.  It was bad around that time.  More programs on radio and TV now about what Memorial Day celebrates, and more of them are about earlier wars, not just post WW2 stuff.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, May 28, 2018 10:33 AM

I get really tired of car dealers, mattress companies, department stores and furniture stores wanting me to "celebrate" Memorial Day by spending my money. Yes, Memorial Day sort of marks the beginning of summer, but Memorial Day is supposed to be a day of rememberance and intospection. Today is the day we remember those who gave their all for our freedom. My dad never saw combat. I never saw combat. My oldest brother served his tour of duty at Ft. Lee, in Virginia, 1966-1968. One of my younger brothers was assigned to Anderson AFB on Guam in the 80s. One of my uncles was a top turret gunner on a B-24. Another uncle earned a Distinguished Flying Cross. I remember them today too. We all volunteered to serve. Service in our family goes all the way back to the Civil War. A cousin named Claude served in the Union Army. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war at Stone Mountain in Georgia.

I'm sorry, I'm rambling. Memorial Day and Veterans Day are two very important days for me.

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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Monday, May 28, 2018 10:34 AM

    Well put TB, until recently,( last 10-15yrs), I fell in line with most, a day off of work, a chance to "party". Now I really understand the purpose of this day and try to avoid doing any business, rather I reflect like you on those who gave the ultimate sacrifice which allowed me to grow up with every opportunity avaiable to me.

      I also served, and again beat my chest and shouted UUUHHHRAA, like many, now I question if I served honorably enough to be tagged with the monicare of Veteran. "Never before in history was so much been owed to so few". Big shoes to fill. My only excuse is I was never put in a position to lay down my life for my brother, I want to think I would without fear or hesitation as those who have gone before me. By the grace of God I have not had that test....yet.

    Thank you soldier, sailor, airman, marine for all you gave for all of us.

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  • Member since
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  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Monday, May 28, 2018 1:09 PM


I get really tired of car dealers, mattress companies, department stores and furniture stores wanting me to "celebrate" Memorial Day by spending my money. 


Ditto It's a bit infuriating, to say the least.
I wouldn't say we "celebrate". We do get together and cook out at my parents place, on the lake. We have a few "sips", just to get Dad telling Army stories. My Dad is a great man, and there's nobody I'd rather spend this day with.
Prior to my Great grandfather (fought in WW1), I don't know the families military history. After him, my Grampa was a radio operator on TBF's and PBY's during WW2(sub patrol on the East coast). My moms 2 brothers were Coast Guard and Navy(no combat). Dad was Army (Huey pilot, no combat), my older brother was a WSO on F-18D's in the Corp(combat), and two of my wifes brothers saw combat in Iraq/A-stan (Marines and Army).

  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, May 28, 2018 3:12 PM

Fermis ;

 If you can , say Thank You to them for me . Just one tired old Marine !

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, May 28, 2018 4:15 PM

I just don’t care for the phrase “Happy Memorial Day”. It’s like saying “Happy Pearl Harbor Day”, ”Happy 9/11”, or ”Happy Holocaust Day”. We remember our war dead, and perhaps celebrate the memory of one or a few we may have known personally. But still take the time and reason to remember their loss. 


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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, May 28, 2018 5:45 PM

I usually ignore those car, mattress, store ads 99% of the time but I take solace in my own way thanking our service men and women for their service as well as remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifrice. 

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, May 28, 2018 7:02 PM
I completely ignore all the advertisements. Memorial Day has taken on a different meaning for me after I got back from Iraq. I'll go to a family cookout and have a beer or two for myself and those that didn't come home. While I think about my buddies that didn't come back every day, I'll take extra time to reflect on those that gave their lives before.

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