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Blessed Memorial Day
« on: May 27, 2019, 11:47:55 AM »
Today is a day of reflection, and a day to honor all those that never made it home, sacrificing their lives so that we all may live the lives, that many times we take for granted. Not fully remembering that many gave their own lives for this thing called freedom, and out rights to live as free Americans, to pursue the American dream.

We need tp not only honor them, but remember and understand, that they too had thoughts of the American dream, and they had lives that they wanted to live in pursuit of the things that were important to them, but never made it back home to pursue them, because on some battlefield, they gave their lives for a greater good, for something the believed in enough, to die for.

I heard a veteran once remark, when someone called him a hero. He replied that the real hero's were the ones that didn't make it out alive. The gave all in service of this country.

God bless America, and may God watch over all those men who never made it back alive.  :salute:
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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2019, 12:01:41 PM »
AMEN.

And an incredible photo.
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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2019, 02:11:27 PM »
AMEN.

And an incredible photo.


Beautiful picture TXAZ. I saw it yesterday, and was amazed by it.  :th_thicon_idea:
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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2019, 04:20:48 PM »
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I was wondering if anyone here was going to post regards Memorial Day - thanks Axxe for doing so

I had a tedious job of Fence staining all morning and it gave me time to reflect of my time in the Service and of the friends that were killed in combat

and then I began to wonder what "Memorial Day" means to the masses.....the unofficial 1st day of summer - a 3 day weekend - BBQ and Beer poolside with invited friends - having some service plant a Flag outside your home

so sad   :th_thicon_cry:
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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2019, 04:58:27 PM »
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I was wondering if anyone here was going to post regards Memorial Day - thanks Axxe for doing so

I had a tedious job of Fence staining all morning and it gave me time to reflect of my time in the Service and of the friends that were killed in combat

and then I began to wonder what "Memorial Day" means to the masses.....the unofficial 1st day of summer - a 3 day weekend - BBQ and Beer poolside with invited friends - having some service plant a Flag outside your home

so sad   :th_thicon_cry:

You are so right Tango. To the majority, that is exactly what Memorial Day means to them. Sad, that they don't take the time to remember that if not for those that died, and those that served hadn't felt the need to heed that call to serve their country, I shudder to think of the country we would be living in today. That to me is scary thought, and why I try to remember the true meaning of the day.

My pleasure Tango.  :salute:
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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2019, 06:18:07 PM »
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I was wondering if anyone here was going to post regards Memorial Day - thanks Axxe for doing so

I had a tedious job of Fence staining all morning and it gave me time to reflect of my time in the Service and of the friends that were killed in combat

and then I began to wonder what "Memorial Day" means to the masses.....the unofficial 1st day of summer - a 3 day weekend - BBQ and Beer poolside with invited friends - having some service plant a Flag outside your home

so sad   :th_thicon_cry:
Was repairing a hose today and had the same thoughts. Friends made and friends lost. The good times and the rough times.
Grandson interrupted those thoughts when he wandered in asking for gas money. Parents not home and he knows his grandma and I are an easy touch. I chided him about barely getting a C in calculus. He responded "why do I need to know calculus when I'm going into the Marine Corps right after high school".
Me: :afraid4: "Your dad know about this?" "Dad want's me to go to college first and go in as an officer but I have my own plan".  "PaPa I told you this when I was 10 and I haven't changed my mind. I've got two years to go so I'm just going to see how things play out.
He was walking away when I asked him if he had a backup plan." Yeah if the Marines doesn't work out I thought about being a pimp. Good money in that."  Smart ass.
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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2019, 04:37:46 PM »
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personally I'm disappointed with the lack of comments on this thread   :frown:
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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2019, 05:32:01 PM »
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personally I'm disappointed with the lack of comments on this thread   :frown:

Me too Tango. My hope is that instead of posting, they were quietly reflecting on the day's observance.
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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2019, 06:20:02 PM »
I didnt do much for Memorial Day. At least not in my mind to start out.
There is this fella in the nursing home where my wife works. He is a very nice fella, and his mother is also in the same home. She is in her late 90's. He is 72. A widower, with 3 sons and a daughter, all of whom never come to see him. He is now confined to a wheel chair since the agent orange screwed his nervous system up. Yes,  He is also a Vietnam veteran. A combat engineer from I believe 1st echelon, stationed at PhuBia.

Sunday was also his birthday. ( my wife knew this info from work stuff and had told me.) She said he was kinda depressed when she ask about if he was having a birthday party, and he said not a chance in hell since nobody comes to see him.
Ive met and talked to him several times, some just anything talk, and some about his military service. He also knows my wife and I served, which is why I think he seems to be really friendly with us both. That mutual experience does seem to mean something to Veterans.
So I suggested to my wife that I do exactly this.
Sunday, I stopped at Rural King and bought a nice O.D. green ball cap with a U.S. flag on it, picked up a nice birthday card, and also bought a flag (about 10 x 14, or so inches, ). All total less that $10.

I stopped by in his room, and he had the tv on about 1/2  asleep, but he instantly went wide eyed and awake.
I told him I had heard it was his birthday, he correctly guessed how, and I had a little gift I thought he , as a veteran, should have.
He was absolutely delighted.  We sat around for the next 2 hours and talked about everything from the military, his service, to our  meaning of memorial day. We hung the flag in his room, and he wanted that hat set up all by itself on the big dresser,  not on the desk where everything else was.

He has some of his Vietnam memories hung  in his room, and we sat together and looked through 3 photo albums he had from Vietnam. I found that extremely interesting as he explained every picture, and some related a story that had to do with that photo.

I found this to be one of my most memorable Memorial Day activities that Ive done in a good many years. While I always went to my veteran ancestors graves, did the service at the cementary, etc, I always was slightly depressed myself afterwards. This year, instead, I did something a little different.

So while Memorial Day is about remembering the fallen,, there are some who have not fallen yet, and are also  totally deserving of our love, respect, and attention.

When I left, I said there was one last thing I would like to say to him. I would extend this to ALL Vietnam Veterans. I told him I grew up in the late 60's and early 70's, and I remember the day my uncle, also a Vietnam combat engineer came home. I also remember all the controversy. And from my extensive study of the Vietnam War, and my Uncle, I had a pretty good idea what they did over there, and the inexcusable shameful welcome they got when they came home.
I also said that while they called Ww2 vets the greatest generation, that I think they overlooked a few others.
The Korean and Vietnam vets came home to no welcome at all, and in many case were not only disrespected, but outright shunned. But they ask for little to nothing. They just dealt with it all themselves, ask nothing from anyone, and went on with their lives. This is testament to just how tough those guys really were/are. I also said I was proud, as  an American, to have a  group of men that tough, and of that high caliber, representing OUR COUNTRY.

 I extended my hand and said "THANK YOU , for your honorable service to our country. "

He grabbed my hand and wouldnt let go. And I held his handshake as his eyes welled up. I bet he held my handshake for over a minute.

It really made me wonder if he had ever been Thanked before.
Here is this frail veteran in a bed, decimated my some nerve disease, giving me one of the firmest, and best handshakes I ever had.
That told me all I needed to know about how much he appreciated my Thanks.

And since I went through the time to explain WHY I feel the way I do about our Korean and Vietnam  vets, I would like to extend that same Thanks and appreciation to ALL of them.

Not telling this story for kudos, or anything like that, NONE NEEDED or wanted. So please guys, dont respond or quote this.  But I learned something and maybe others can too.. Just a kinda selfless thing I did, (possibly me just trying to escape a solem almost depressing  service at the cementary ), expecting nothing in return,, but I dare say, I may have enjoyed it as much, if not more than he did.

These guys are out there everywhere. And alot of them feel forgotten. Take a few minutes sometime and say Thanks, before your only option is putting a flag on their grave.

Dont just say if off the cuff, or to pay lip service. A guy thanked me today with his back to me while typing on a computer. I just ignored what he said and didnt reply.

LOOK THEM IN THE EYE, AND MEAN IT.  Cause  ^ that^ sure as hell will mean something to them.

Sunday was planned on spur of the moment, not expecting a thing out of it. But boy did I get something out of it. Kinda hard to explain really.

I know its  the first Memorial Day in memory, that I didnt walk away feeling depressed. 😊

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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2019, 06:27:40 PM »
Today is a day of reflection, and a day to honor all those that never made it home, sacrificing their lives so that we all may live the lives, that many times we take for granted. Not fully remembering that many gave their own lives for this thing called freedom, and out rights to live as free Americans, to pursue the American dream.

We need tp not only honor them, but remember and understand, that they too had thoughts of the American dream, and they had lives that they wanted to live in pursuit of the things that were important to them, but never made it back home to pursue them, because on some battlefield, they gave their lives for a greater good, for something the believed in enough, to die for.

I heard a veteran once remark, when someone called him a hero. He replied that the real hero's were the ones that didn't make it out alive. The gave all in service of this country.

God bless America, and may God watch over all those men who never made it back alive.  :salute:

Spot on Axxe.   :thumbsup1:
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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2019, 06:35:37 PM »
Damn DCD, that was a most awesome and wonderful gesture you did for that veteran. I even had a tear in my eye after reading it.

I only wished I could multi-like that post. Mucho respect for doing that for him.  :th_thicon_idea: :rocknroll2:

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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2019, 07:26:25 PM »
DCD great story ,thanks for sharing it.
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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2019, 10:23:22 PM »
I didn’t post anything on Monday on this forum, but I did remind my students over google classroom, to remember why we all had the day to BBQ, go to the beach, hang out with friends and family FREELY! I asked them to remember the many selfless soldiers and sailors that whom sacrificed their very own BBQs and beach parties with their friends and family so that WE all could enjoy ours.
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Re: Blessed Memorial Day
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2019, 01:31:55 PM »
. . .and then I began to wonder what "Memorial Day" means to the masses.....the unofficial 1st day of summer - a 3 day weekend - BBQ and Beer poolside with invited friends - having some service plant a Flag outside your home. . .

pretty much it ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

around here, most any kind of "holiday" is an excuse to cut loose,
and displaying a flag means a mex flag to those in this area.
no swimming pools here. there's a public city pool just 2 blocks
away, but they had to shut it down a few years back because of
all the hood rats pooping and pissing in it.

no reverence at all for America around this area.
just lust for the taxpayer supplied loot.
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