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For our Memorial Day ... May 30, 2011

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There are two military days to remember. Memorial Day has to do with remembering our losses  dating way back from WWI up to and including our military losses in the Middle East.


The other day is Veterans Day where we celebrate the veterans, veteran survivors and those who made it home. It acknowledges with celebrations all  those who have served honorably in our collective military service.


Our upcoming Memorial Day needs to be reconsidered. All I ask is that you fly a flag in front of your house, take a moment to observe something that acknowledges those who were killed in war and then do your BBQ or whatever else you're doing.  Do you know, we have people on our site that are still in mourning over sons, daughters, husbands and wives that have recently been killed in the Middle East?


And, ya know, that flag you fly in front of you house? Take a moment, salute it with you hand over your heart or a hand salute in the usual way. Physically make yourself remember what we are supposed to be memorializing.


Memorial Day is NOT a day to celebrate. Ignore the idiots who only see it as a time to hit the stores to buy underwear on sale, a day off work, or to get stupid drunk or to ignore the very freedom you are able to enjoy. Even watching a show on TV that nighlights military service is good.


No, Memorial Day is not for law enforcement. It is for the military. If you have an iPhone, check out the Medal of Honor app. It's humbling reading. Many of the CMH's are awarded posthumously.


If you can get to a national cemetery or another cemetery where they have a flag display or where they put flags on each grave, that's good.


I am currently browzing through the book, Character is Destiny, by McCain. It documents in 5-6 page chapters remarkable honor, heroism and character qualities from quality people. I have been zeroing in on the military folks. Also, I am reading through my coffee table copy of Medal of Honor, Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. Actual accounts of highly remarkable people who were awarded the Medal of Honor. (For the record, you never 'win' the CMH, you receive it or are awarded it.)


Just some thoughts folks for you to consider. Have a peaceful Memorial Day and let's remember our fallen heroes. The families will appreciate it.


Respectfull submitted,


TheSarge


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By way of postscript, also consider donating something to the American Red Cross. Our country's breadbasket has ben destroyed to the tune of billions of dollars and lost of life through catastrophic and horrific devastation with tornados and weather anomalies. We all can't drop into Joplin to help clear debris but we can give to a reliable relief organization that is already there extending an American hand of assistance.


 


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Bump, Sarge.


OO-rah.

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Thank you for posting this.  Bump.

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Excellent post,


Thank You.


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Nicely stated for a very important day.  Bump Sarge!


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Thank you for this eloquent and heart felt post, Sarge.  

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Bump Sarge...I'll be spending the weekend with my Cub Scout Pack "planting" flags at the grave sites of fallen veterans, teaching them what Memorial Day is really about. We always end with a Memorial Service at the Veterans park in my town. If we teach them young they will never forget the sacrifice our Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen have made in the name of freedom.


My deepest thanks to all those who gave all for freedom. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and I salute you, the true American Hero.


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There's a cemetary behind my house that goes back to Civil War and before. At this time of year I often walk through and pay my respects. Some of the names are difficult to read, but there are records posted online somewhere.


Not too far north of me is Waterloo, NY--purported to be the originator of Memorial Day. I went for their events one year--there's plenty of respectful observance, but there is still a celebratory tone. I suppose their take is it is fine to celebrate the fruits of these sacrifices.




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Excellent post once again, Sarge..


Those of us who take just the slightest time out of our busy day to pay honor and respect to all of the sacrifices our military has made for this great nation, no amount of tribute or gratitude can ever be enough to truly appreciate what our veterans have done for us. Anyone who disagrees, or (as Sarge pointed out) just uses this solemn occasion solely as a justification for getting out of work, shopping for bargains, and/or getting stupid drunk, should just go and try living for any length of time under the dictatorship or socialist flag of another country.


The freedom which we enjoy, and so many of us take for granted each day, definitely does not come free.  And now is the time to honor the blood which has been spilled to ensure that this freedom endures.  

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Bump: I never forget I am very proud of our military!

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 Bump! Great post! They maybe gone but they will never be forgotten. 


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Bump Sarge.

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BUMP!  Thanks for all of your service Sarge. 

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Can we circulate this post from Sarge in our schools?  Far to many kids seem to have lost touch with this "holiday"



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Thank you Sarge for posting this, but most importanty, THANK YOU to ALL of the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that this country can enjoy the freedoms that we have. I come from a military family, so I understand what it means. I am proud to say that my son will be carrying on the tradition of military service when he starts boot camp this year.


I am going to make my Memorial Day an Internet and PoliceLink free day. I will be at the cemetary placeing flags at the different war memorials nearby as well as placing flags at the headstones of my grandparents. They did not lose their lives in battle, but they are veterans, and this is something I do each memorial and Veterans day.


Again, THANK YOU to all of our Service men and women!!!


 


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Beautiful.


Bump Donating to the Red Cross.


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 HUGE BUMP!!!!!!


For those of you that have a Flag Pole in your front yard (or side yard), there is a proper way to display the US Flag for Memorial Day.


The US Flag Code (USC Title 36), Chapter 10, section 175 (m) states:  "On Memorial Day the Flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff."


The Flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The Flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.


In Honor of those that paid the Ultimate Sacrifice for our Freedoms, I Salute You!!!!



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Bump Sarge, I will be riding to the Wall for the Memorial Day Motorcycle run, To Honor our fallen Hero's as well as the Hero's abroad. 


To all Military Thank You for your service, To all Vet's Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.


Thank you for My freedom.......


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Memorial day is when we say thanks to those who went away. They left during battle, but not in vain, because we have our freedom, in America's name.

Our tears run saltly, but theirs are dry, let us not forget why.

Gratefulness could not fill the void of families who have lost, yet, let us pray; God, who gave his only begotten son, that whosoever sined, shold not perish....but have everlasting life.

As well, our neighboors, family, and peers, have given their last breath, that whosoever has a voice/ or idea, should not be suppressed, but has the liberty to be one own person. Thank God for the sacrifices made on not only his behalf, but on the behalf of every mother, father, sibling, wife, husband, and any individual that has buried a loved one serving in the mlitary.

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Consider it done. My late father (WWII / Iwo JIma vet) instilled a very strong sense of the importance of BOTH days in me at a very young age. I fly the flag on his homemade flagpole.


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Thanks, Sarge.

From a greatful American.

RIP Dad, Army, Korea x2 tours.


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BUMP to ALL...


 


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BUMP! Thank you Sarge  for such a great post. I can't say enough about our fine men and women, who have served our country. I can say, "Thank You" from from the bottom of my heart, I do appreciate each and every one that serves and has served. God bless each and every one.


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 Bump.


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Bump to the Sarge and to mz66.It should be much more meaningful than beer and hotdogs.It's dedicated to those who no longer can enjoy these things.

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