Memorial Day is for Remembering

FrgMstr

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Memorial Day is a day to reflect on the service, sacrifice, and honor of the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. So while you enjoy the rest of your three day weekend with friends and family, please take a moment to honor our fallen heroes lest we forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.


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As someone that born on the real Memorial Day from long ago aka May 30th I really have to say - as the son of a man that joined the Navy in 1934 and served in WWII in the Pacific on a carrier and saw plenty of death and pain and suffering and then ended up in Korea as well - I'm disappointed in the "legal holiday" crap they did to give people a 3-day weekend.

Having said that I do appreciate our men and women in the Armed Services, and was part of a Navy family and still am in most respects, and have nothing but respect for those that gave their lives in defense of our country when it was actually fighting for things that truly mattered.
 

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Remembrance and honor to all that have given of themselves for our country and the world, their lives, their health and their comrades. Let us celebrate them and not focus on our divisions. We can all agree to disagree rather than be opposed. Do this so the legacy of hatred and distrust can be dissolved and we can all work toward the ultimate goals.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...ion-on-return-to-campaign-trail-idUSKBN1CO1IU
Could you imagine if the feudal nature of man is minimized at least and have world peace by this administration? Whatever you think of our current administration, the possibility of peace is there if we learn to work together so their sacrifice will be truly remembered.
 
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griff30

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What I find apauling is that we now live in a world where you need to warn people to behave in a thread remembering the fallen veterans on Memorial day.
Damn, our world has fallen off the edge.
Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!
 

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I worked at a large VA hospital here in my City so regarding Memorial Day I'll take the advice that bunny's father gave ...

but for those who served ... thank you
 

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My dad served in Vietnam. He passed away last year. Let us all remember their sacrifice.
This. Mine also passed away last year. 26 years in the army/army reserves. I know at one time he was in Honduras but that is about it.(He brought back a big knife) He never really talked about it that much, if at all.
 

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I just wanted to say I deeply respect US soldiers of the past and the present and that I appreciate their service to maintain the global balance of power from which Finland has benefitted greatly. Thanks to the US, Europe was not overrun by the Soviets at the end of WW2 and the US provided a crucial counterbalance to Soviet power and thus indirectly allowed Finland to remain independant. Even now you check Chinese and Russian power. Thank you!
 

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Remembrance and honor to all that have given of themselves for our country and the world, their lives, their health and their comrades. Let us celebrate them and not focus on our divisions. We can all agree to disagree rather than be opposed. Do this so the legacy of hatred and distrust can be dissolved and we can all work toward the ultimate goals.

I do think some soldiers are in the right, others in the wrong, otherwise we may just be celebrating war for its own sake. I think individuals should take responsibility in justifying their actions and choose which wars to fight in. But like I said, yay USA! You are not perfect of course, but Id rather see US power grow in the world (including military operations) rather than leave that power vacuum to be filled by other actors.
 

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If you've signed up to get shot at, I'm less concerned about the politics involved.

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Politics can be dealt with separately.
 

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My great uncle who passed this year was a marine in ww2 (and then in the airforce for Korea and Vietnam.) The only time he ever said ANYTHING about his service was when my father told him I was thinking about joining. He wrote me a letter telling me I was "much too smart to make such an ignorant decision." Then he told me about a landing he made on some tiny island (it's been too long for me to remember the name) where the brass fucked up and got most of the landing craft stuck a few hundred yards from shore. He only survived because he used a pier as cover while he waded to shore. Not much of a story I know, but it's stuck with me after all these years. That letter and a racially insensitive remark at a gunstore (another memory I'll never forget - he picks up a 1911 and after admiring it turns to the kid behind the counter and damn near shouts "I killed my first *three letter slang for Japanese solder* with one of these... good gun") are the only reasons I know he saw combat. That man loved to talk, gave 0 fucks, and those are very literally the only two times he ever let anything slip about his experiences across three wars. I'll never have any understanding of the shit he must have seen and done.

That was rambly I know, so the TLDR: I'm just a random civilian and I'm damn thankful there are men and women who have (and do) put up with shit I can't even imagine so the rest of us don't have to. Their sacrifices won't be forgotten.
 

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My great uncle who passed this year was a marine in ww2 (and then in the airforce for Korea and Vietnam.) The only time he ever said ANYTHING about his service was when my father told him I was thinking about joining. He wrote me a letter telling me I was "much too smart to make such an ignorant decision." Then he told me about a landing he made on some tiny island (it's been too long for me to remember the name) where the brass fucked up and got most of the landing craft stuck a few hundred yards from shore. He only survived because he used a pier as cover while he waded to shore.
Lordy. That sounds a LOT like Tarawa atoll, specifically Betio island. It was a horrific battle. I have a book written about it here somewhere, but Wikipedia has a decent description, and the Marines even made a 20 min film. Of all the WWII battles, it is the one I'd have least liked to have been involved with.

Much respect to your uncle if he was there (and even if he wasn't).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tarawa

 
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maxz01

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Not the nature of duty. Let us just be grateful for those that have made the sacrifices, some, the ultimate one.

I just think its sad when unjust wars perpetuate because individuals hide behind their social roles and dont take moral responsibility. Sure, its complicated and can be difficult to discern right from wrong in many situations, but one should try. I have big respect for conscientouss objectors too who made a personal sacrifice (their reputation, prison time). But ok this is not the place for it.
 

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Lordy. That sounds a LOT like Tarawa atoll, specifically Betio island. It was a horrific battle. I have a book written about it here somewhere, but Wikipedia has a decent description, and the Marines even made a 20 min film. Of all the WWII battles, it is the one I'd have least liked to have been involved with.

Much respect to your uncle if he was there (and even if he wasn't).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tarawa

My google-foo was weak last night, I'm betting you're right since he was in the 1st battalion 2nd Marine Division.
 

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I served, my dad served and both of my grandfathers served so that others can enjoy their weekends. I signed up not for love of country, but because I needed money for college and did my job. Do Memorial Day as to how you want to do it, not how others dictate to you how to do it.

Enjoy your summer.
 
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"Memorial Day is a day to reflect on the service, sacrifice, and honor of the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms."

Does that count?
 

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Dad did 4 years in AF, another 40+ years in FFA, DOD as an ATC. He died on St. Pats 2018, he is missed and always will be.
He saved 3 planes plus apache with army recon from going down, hero in my book.
 
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