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Cricket 05-14-2019 14:46

All Gave Some, Some Gave All
 

With Memorial Day rapidly approaching, my social media feeds are already filling with planned celebrations, backyard barbeque plans, and family get-togethers. I just want to make sure that while we spend time with friends and family over the upcoming 3 day weekend that we never forget the reason for this holiday, to remember and honor those who gave all.

How do you spend Memorial Day weekend?

itissteve 05-14-2019 15:26

Besides putting the flag out (as I do for all national holidays which are not Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas), we're pretty fluid in what we do.

A few local cemeteries offer short concerts of patriotic songs. Sometimes we go. We have no graves to decorate -- and I wonder if the increasing option for cremation without a gravesite will affect that aspect of Memorial Day. My dad served but his ashes were scattered at a location we can barely visit (legally) now. There might be a cookout -- but around here, the weather may not be very cooperative.

div2live 05-14-2019 16:08

My late father fought with George Patton. He saw the general once and said he was all they say he was...Dad got wounded while crossing a bridge outside of Dusseldorf, Germany, on April 16, 1945 about one month prior to the surrender of Germany. He had the 'million dollar' wounds and eventually was returned to the United States for treatment and rehab. Thankfully, the war ended before he was healed up enough to return to service.


I read lots of history and enjoy reading about this war and the men who served to save the world. That generation was a special 'tough' group of Americans. AS they proved in combat all over the world and at home in America....

I always remember them on Memorial Day.....as it is very personal to me!


My wife's Father was a pilot on a B17. He was stationed in the Pacific arena. He contracted malaria, but following treatment was allowed back in the air. He served throughout the war and returned to the USA after the war ended in August of 1945. He ended up being a Major in the Army Air Corp!

My wife and I were very lucky to have been born, if you know what I mean!

rsfletcher 05-14-2019 18:27

I usually post the images of 2 of my great uncles (my dad's uncles) on FB. One was a Tail Gunner of a B17 Flying Fortress for the US Army Air force who was killed in Action over China in 1943 and the other was a Combat Engineer for the US Navy who participated in the building of the airfields on the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska during the second world war. The biggest enemy there was the weather and harsh conditions. Fortunately the second great Uncle survived. I currently have a kid in the Navy - she's on a NATO deployment in the Med - Interesting times.

div2live 05-14-2019 22:15

Unfortunately, many of the young adults today don't understand that the generations during WWI and WWII left home to fight in a foreign land, knowing that many of them would be killed or wounded in war. Most of them volunteered as soon as the could go and serve their country.

Many of the younger adults today, do not understand our history, and I fear they will not grasp what this country is all about! That is a dangerous thing for our country...and for them!

alamogirl 05-16-2019 03:19

Really enjoyed reading all the stories. My Dad was a WWII vet. He was drafted while he was a senior in high school. We weren't really allowed to ask Dad any questions about the war, so I don't have any stories. He was infantry, and he served in Germany. When his tour was over, he went back to high school to finish his senior year!

I was always proud of Dad, but I remember feeling prouder than ever at his funeral. When they played Taps, 21 gun salute, and folding and the presenting of the flag. I was sad, but I felt so proud.

RIP Dad, and thank you for your service.

mbuster 05-16-2019 13:04

Please remember, too, that the flags were flying at half mast the past couple of days for Police Officers Memorial Day.

Squawkx 05-19-2019 21:24

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Originally Posted by div2live (Post 1319339)
Unfortunately, many of the young adults today don't understand that the generations during WWI and WWII left home to fight in a foreign land, knowing that many of them would be killed or wounded in war. Most of them volunteered as soon as the could go and serve their country.

Many of the younger adults today, do not understand our history, and I fear they will not grasp what this country is all about! That is a dangerous thing for our country...and for them!

I concur with that sentiment, and not only are they ignorant, many or most are cowards, who are afraid to join the Army. We are in terra incognita in America, we have generations who are historical idiots, plus they are fear filled.

Memorial Day was once a sequestered celebration, that honored the war dead of America, and nothing more; but I am not sure what it has morphed into.

I personally made friends with a D-Day soldier, who was mostly deaf; but he was a great guy, and a good friend. Memorial Day was meant to honor those men buried in Holland and all over Europe and Asia.
And that is who I honor, the war dead.

Note To Self: Sequester: to set apart : SEGREGATE [OK I think that is the right word.]

rsfletcher 05-21-2019 14:41

Here's one young person who understands the importance of Memorial Day and committing to military service. Just a couple of months left in her NATO Mission. She certainly has seen a lot and how other people live - she told me we are very lucky to live in the west. Very lucky! This was taken off the coast of Albania. Not bad for a 24 year old women! My little girl ...
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itissteve 05-21-2019 15:33

Awesome, rs! There is nothing like travel to broaden a person's understanding of their own life. And she has done it in the service of her country. Both of you should be proud.


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