Paying proper respects, reflecting upon lessons learned and benefits of a great and secure nation, bequeathed to us by our forefathers and foremothers who fell in battle, or who have fallen subsequent thereto, from the Revolutionary war, on through every conflict to present day Iraq/Afghanistan, whereby the men and women of America have donned the uniform to serve their country, their fellow citizens, and who have carried the banner of freedom for us, as well as having kept the torch of liberty burning bright for all the world, we pay you all the respect we can muster and encourage all to share in giving you the honors that you deserve.
Whether you, the Patriot-the Citizen-the American Soldier, fell in battle or passed aways in the years thereafter, some naturally, some due to other tragedies, one way or another the only thing that matters on this great day we call Memorial day, is that you served, that you wore the uniform of a branch of the United States Military, and took up the cause to defend us knowing the sacrifices (perhaps the ultimate) you may be asked to make, and knowing the sacrifices your own family may make as well.
It is all so humbling to reflect upon, and so too is the degree of pride mixed with humility that our soldiers exhibit. Heroes all of you! Some for fantastic feats, others for smaller unassuming actions, and yet no matter, that title of hero is not one you have sought.
Just think for a minute, each and every one of you out there reading this message, of the WWII veterans in your family, and how much they bragged and boasted of their great achievements, NOT. They didn’t but yet they still did teach us some very important lessons. Those soldiers and their families, dubbed the greatest generation, have almost all left this mortal earth now, but their history, their memory, and their sacrifices must not be lost. On Memorial day one of our greatest tasks is to ensure their legacy, for one, remains.
This sentiment holds true for the legacy of all our conflicts. One such would be the Vietnam war of which this year marks the 50th anniversary. An additional observance unique to this year, Colonel Oliver North speaks of this commemoration (read in full here) “For the 2.7 million Americans who fought for our nation in Southeast Asia, the Gold Star families who lost loved ones there and those who still yearn to know what happened to the 1,350 who still are unaccounted for, Monday’s ceremony is a long-awaited requital for unacknowledged sacrifice. It’s an overdue but welcome event.”
Finally, there is the present day conflicts of Iraq and Aghanistan of which our 100% volunteer forces serve and continue to serve with such distinction and success, despite many daunting challenges, politically, culturally, physically, emotionally. The astounding men and women of our military have sent some very evil people to hell where they belong, such as Saddam and Osama, and all the while continue to help protect peoples of the same region who are so often brutalized or even murdered their own. Stopping those forces who produce misery and terror, who promote genocide, and who would gladly bring the return of another world war, while also fighting to free those people who desperately seek the taste of liberty, has not come without great sacrifice. As for the 1000’s of American soldiers lost in all of this, first let it be said that 1 is as tragic as a 100 no less a 1000, but that having been said let us also yield to some proper perspective. The losses we have suffered in previous wars so dwarfes the present, hence talk of the lessons of WWII for example of which we lost over 400,000 fellow Americans, but this is not to say that that the men and women of our military today make any less sacrifice or are any less significant, rather it is to say that they have been wildly successful. They have done a remarkable job and despite anyones political views, our military should be recognized for this. Most importantly, as for those soldiers who have lost their lives and the families who therefore have lost a loved one, it must not ever be in vain. Once America enters a conflict we are in it to win it, and in doing so it is the American soldier who carries a certain set of values, and fights for a certain set of principles, unique to the nations of this world, something that cannot and should not ever be foresaken. That above all else is what’s most important, it is what we honor, and as your fellow countrymen, to the fallen; We love you – We respect you – and We remember you, this and every Memorial day!
May God bless and keep you all.
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By Mark Alexander · Thursday, May 24, 2012 – Memorial Day provides a stark contrast between the best of our nation’s Patriot sons and daughters versus the worst of our nation’s civilian culture of consumption. Indeed, Memorial Day has been sold out. And it’s no wonder, as government schools no longer teach civics or any meaningful history, and courts have excluded God (officially) from the public square.
That notwithstanding, there are still tens of millions of genuine American Patriots who will set aside the last Monday in May to honor all those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen who have refreshed the Tree of Liberty with their blood, indeed with their lives, so that we might remain the proud and free.
They Gave Their Fortunes and Lives for Our Liberty
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” –John 15:12-14
In preparation for Memorial Day, a soldier and a Cub Scout place U.S. flags in front of grave markers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Begun as a local observance in the aftermath of the Civil War, the first national commemoration took place May 30, 1868, at the direction of Gen. John A. Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Though his General Order No. 11 specified “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion” — meaning only Union soldiers — those who tended the burial sites at Arlington, Va., Gettysburg, Pa., and Vicksburg, Miss., decided on their own to decorate the biers of both Union and Confederate war dead.
For five decades, the holiday remained essentially unchanged. But in 1919, as the bodies of young Americans were being returned to the U.S. from the battlefields of World War I, May 30 became a truly national event. It persisted as such until 1971, during Vietnam — the war America wanted to forget — when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by Congress went into effect and turned Memorial Day into a “three-day weekend.” Since then, it’s become an occasion for appliance, mattress and auto sales, picnics, barbecues and auto races. Thankfully, there are some places besides Arlington National Cemetery where Memorial Day still is observed as a time to honor America’s war dead. Here in Triangle, Va., the Marines do it right. Read on…
Former Alaska governor and one time presidential hopeful Sarah Palin took to Facebook late Friday to wish her followers a happy Memorial Day weekend.
“Todd and I and our family would like to wish you all a happy Memorial Day weekend. We’d especially like to offer our best wishes to our friends in Rolling Thunder who will be taking part in their Ride for Freedom this weekend in D.C. as they do each year to honor our vets and specifically to bring awareness to POW/MIA issues. We are honored to join them last year,” Palin wrote.
“We were both sad to learn that Preston ‘Jay’ Fairlamb, Jr., one of the organizers of Rolling Thunder and someone who made us welcome last year, tragically died in an accident last week. Jay was a Vietnam vet, a retired New Jersey State Trooper, and a great American who will be dearly missed. Please keep his wife, his children, grandchildren, and his innumerable friends in your prayers.”
“On this Memorial Day weekend, may God bless our brave men and women in uniform,” she wrote.
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Ryan’s Story: Every 90 seconds, another World War II veteran passes away. Time is running out to say thanks. HonorFlightStories.com presents “Ryan’s Story” – (please watch) the first short video in our series to honor living World War II veterans, leading up to the premiere of the feature film Honor Flight. Ryan Jazak is a volunteer for Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, a nonprofit hub out of Wisconsin that flies WWII vets to see their memorial in Washington, DC, at no cost to them. To learn more about this project, the upcoming film, and how you can get involved, visit http://www.honorflightstories.com/about.html
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“Teach your children freedom isn’t free”
by MEREDITH SOMERS- Beginning today, the D.C. area is set to welcome roughly a half-million motorcycle riders for the 25th Rolling Thunder, an annual event to recognize prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.
TURNER: ‘Welcome home’ Vietnam veterans Many reading this probably don’t know it, but at 1 pm Monday afternoon, the Pentagon will host a ‘Welcome home’ ceremony for Vietnam War veterans at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall. If it comes off, it will be a good thing. A lot of very brave men fought nobly in that conflict, only to return home to be treated with scorn and disrespect. (I still remember my own reception while out-processing at Oakland Army Base in California following my second Vietnam tour, when we were warned, ‘Don’t wear your uniforms into town.’)
EDITORIAL: Maintain peace by staying strong Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember.