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.