Memorial Day Thoughts

Hello.  We’ll get back to the Discussion next week.  Something I think is more important has come up.

So what IS Memorial Day?  Well, it’s not the “Official Start to Summer!” as the TeeWee says.  It’s not a “30% off EVERYTHING in the Store!”  And it’s not Veterans Day.

It is the Day that we, as Americans, are to Remember and Honor those members of the United States Military who Died in Service to the Nation.  Most of those Men and Women we Honor died in Combat.  But for those who died on Active Duty, even if it was a Training Accident, or a Plane Crash, or whatever are to be Honored also.

Veterans Day, though it also Honors those who are no longer with us, also is for Men and Women who are Serving or have Served, and those POW/MIA who aren’t home yet.  But on Veterans Day, you can say “Thank You for Your Service”, and you’ll get a reply.  On Memorial Day, those Thanks need to be said in a Cemetery.

And of course, there’s Protocol and Etiquette and Traditions, etc that goes with the day.  It’s on the Web, just plug in “Memorial Day Meaning” for the answers.

As for me, well I lucked out.  Never saw Combat like my Uncle (Battle of the Bulge, Purple Heart Recipient) or my Cousin (Gulf War Air Force), nor My Buddy the Surplus Dealer (Gulf War, OIF 1, OIF 3) or my Nephew (Navy EOD, just got back from a year in Afghanistan).  But I’ve lost a couple of Shipmates while I was in.  So, come Monday at 3 pm, when we are all supposed to pause and remember while Taps is being played, I’ll be remembering Dave and Larry.  And I’m sure fellow “Vets Who Blog” such as OldNFO, Linoge, DaddyBear, BoatGuy, pedium, and all the rest of us will be Honoring those who went before us in their own ways.  But they WILL be Remembered.  And NOT with a Mattress Sale at Macy’s.

“To Absent Friends.”  See you next week.  Bubblehead Les Out.

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Memorial Day Thoughts

  1. Tennessee Budd

    A salute from this old squid to those who’ve gone ahead. First Memorial Day since my Dad (506 PIR, 101st ABN) died. They’re securing an area for when we get there.
    Bravo Zulu, Les, & thank you.

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  2. RHT447

    The things they Carried….

    They carried P-38 can openers and heat tabs,watches and dog tags,insect repellent, gum, cigarettes, Zippo lighters, salt tablets, compress bandages, ponchos, Kool-Aid, two or three canteens of water, iodine tablets,sterno, LRRP- rations, and C-rations stuffed in socks. They carried standard fatigues, jungle boots, bush hats, flak jackets and steel pots. They carried the M-16 assault rifle. They carried trip flares and Claymore mines, M-60 machine guns, the M-70 grenade launcher, M-14’s, CAR-15’s, Stoners, Swedish K’s, 66mm Laws, shotguns, .45 caliber pistols, silencers, the sound of bullets, rockets, and choppers, and sometimes the sound of silence.They carried C-4 plastic explosives, an assortment of hand grenades, PRC-25 radios, knives and machetes. Some carried napalm, CBU’s and largebombs; some risked their lives to rescue others. Some escaped the fear, but dealt with the death and damage. Some made very hard decisions, and some just tried to survive. They carried malaria, dysentery, ringworm, jungle rot and leaches. They carried the land itself as it hardened on their boots.
    They carried stationery, pencils, and pictures of their loved ones – real and imagined. They carried love for people in the real world and love for one another. And sometimes they disguised that love: “Don’t mean nothin’! “They carried memories. For the most part, they carried themselves with poise and a kind of dignity. Now and then, there were times when panic set in, and people squealed or wanted to, but couldn’t; when they twitched and made moaning sounds and covered their heads and said “Dear God” and hugged the earth and fired their weapons blindly and cringed and begged for the noise to stop and went wild and made stupid promises to themselves and God and their parents, hoping not to die.They carried the traditions of the United States Military, and memories and images of those who served before them. They carried grief, terror, longing and their reputations. They carried the soldier’s greatest fear: the embarrassment of dishonor. They crawled into tunnels, walked point, and advanced under fire, so as not to die of embarrassment. They were afraid of dying, but too afraid to show it.They carried the emotional baggage of men and women who might die at any moment.They carried the weight of the world.

    THEY CARRIED EACH OTHER.

    Author Unknown

    Remember them this Memorial Day.

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  3. Dannytheman

    I am placing flags on graves tomorrow morning. I will shed a tear or two.
    Thank you to all Vets alive or dead. I love you for taking and living the oath.
    Return Salute!

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  4. Boat Guy

    I had some goober in the supermarket wish me a “Happy” Memorial Day. I told him the proper word was “grateful”, that I wasn’t aprticularly “happy” as I remembered a couple of young men who died in the service of our country. Men who missed the opportunity to marry and father children.
    So no, it wasn’t a particularly “happy” day for me; but I was grateful. We lifted our glasses at dinner to these and other of the fallen and were able to tell visitors at our table some of their stories.
    It is good to remember and especially good to be grateful

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