Some Gave All

Please, do not say “Happy Memorial Day.” Memorial Day isn’t a day to be “happy.” It is not “celebrated,” it is observed.

It is a day to be reflective, to remember the men and women that have sacrificed and gave all defending the freedom and liberty that we all enjoy today.

Visit a National Cemetery or maybe the grave of someone you knew who gave their life to protect our freedom.

At least pause, sometime during the long weekend, to remember, say a prayer for, and honor those men and women who served.

Please, just remember to thank a vet you may meet, for his or her service, and God bless those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

And to anyone that greets you with “Happy Memorial Day,” politely remind them to do the same.

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Much is written on this holiday by people far more eloquent than me. I tried for a half hour to put my reverence and awe of such men and women into words and cannot cobble together a tribute worthy of such warriors. The following will suffice for now as a THANK YOU for those who selflessly heeded the call to grant us the freedom and prosperity that is the envy of the world.

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Mourning Bald Eage At Arlington National Cemetery

THIS VIDEO WAS PRODUCED BY TWO SOLDIERS CURRENTLY SERVING. I POSTED THE STORY IN THE COMMENT SECTION, BUT THIS WAS TOO GOOD NOT TO INCLUDE HERE.

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  1. Pistol Pete

    Just A Thought On Memorial Day Greetings…

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  2. Pistol Pete

    The Army Rangers honor America with song about what Memorial Day means to the troops

    After an all night jam session, the two friends went to work making videos together. “Hometown Hero” was their first collaboration. Their second, just in time for this Memorial Day weekend, is an awesome tribute to the families of fallen soldiers called “I’m Gonna Miss You.”

    The duo collaborated even though they are currently serving in different parts of the country. Part of the video is even shot in Afghanistan. According to Andrew, “If you could see what was behind the camera, it was interesting. Taped things over here, headlamps sitting around bunkers to light the scene using our flashlights. Just to make it all right.”

    It’s a great song and a great video, and a great way, in the midst of the barbecues and time with family and friends, to remember the true purpose of the holiday weekend.


    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2016/05/29/army-rangers-honor-america-song-memorial-day-means-troops-345761#ixzz4A9fUf177

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  3. Pistol Pete

    In Remembrance of the Fallen and the Unknown

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  4. Pistol Pete

    Go Behind The Scenes At The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier As Mysteries Are Revealed…

    “The Unknowns,” a documentary produced by Ethan Morse and Neal Schrodetzki — two Army veterans who were both previously stationed at the site — takes viewers behind-the-scenes to see the rigorous training process that soldiers go through to prepare them to serve at the Tomb.

    The film also answers key questions and dispels myths that have raged since the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was first opened in 1921.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/05/30/myths-and-mystery-revealed-surrounding-the-tomb-of-the-unknown-soldier-freedom-is-not-free/?utm_source=TheBlaze.com&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=story&utm_content=myths-and-mystery-revealed-surrounding-the-tomb-of-the-unknown-soldier-freedom-is-not-free&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

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  5. Pistol Pete

    Paying tribute to the fallen: War widow left in tears after President Obama’s moving speech to families of soldiers killed fighting for their country during his final Memorial Day as Commander-in-Chief

    THE MOST UNFORTUNATE ASPECT OF THIS DAY OF SOLEMN REMEMBRANCE IS THAT THE COWARDLY AND CLASSLESS COME FORWARD TO TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT FROM PEOPLE THEY ARE NOT WORTHY TO CARRY THEIR LAUNDRY.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3616595/Paying-tribute-fallen-War-widow-left-tears-President-Obama-s-moving-speech-families-soldiers-killed-fighting-country-final-Memorial-Day-Commander-Chief.html#ixzz4AAb91Sef

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  6. Ting

    Just beautiful. Thanks, Pete.

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  7. During the first forty years of my life when my dad was alive, I only saw him cry twice. The first time was on the telephone, when he got the news his best friend had been killed in a traffic accident.

    The second time was years later, at the Crystal Cathedral, when they lowered the largest flag we’d ever seen (30 feet across?) from the ceiling on the 4th of July. Dad had served in Korea, and even though I was an adult by then, I was still in my protracted “young-and-stupid” phase and in thrall to the radical left. I didn’t say anything, but his tears at the Cathedral were sort of embarrassing to me.

    As they say: If I’d only known then what I know now, I’d understand his tears. I’d thank him for his service (he never once talked about it). I’d probably be crying right along with him (like I am now).

    The only constant in this story is, I’m still an iconoclast: as our nation drifts further from fealty to our patriotic principles and devotion to our Fallen Warriors, I finally understand the sacrifice they made. I’m humbled to be the beneficiary of that sacrifice. Patriotic now that patriotism isn’t cool.

    So even though in Dad’s case this might be a more appropriate Veteran’s Day than Memorial Day acknowledgement — even so, a couple decades later, allow me to say: Thanks, Dad.

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  8. jbob45

    And Willy was doing what back during the heat of Nam? Not inhaling, not unevading the draft…all depending on your definition of “not”. What a fraud.

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