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This Memorial Day, take time to remember

Memorial Day III AP

(Reprinted with permission for a fourth straight year from, well, me.)

You have to admit that, despite the financial woes and political in-fighting and everything other really crappy thing going on, we have a pretty damn good life, living in these United States of America.  It’s a far-from-perfect country, but, dammit, it’s ours.  Ours because our own have and will continue to shed their blood in the ultimate sacrifice.  Gave and will continue to give their lives, their hopes, their dreams so that we — and our children and our children’s children and their children — may live and realize ours and theirs.

As you go about your day today, doing whatever it is that you do on Memorial Day, take a second or two or sixty — or more — to reflect on what exactly this day is all about.

Please.  Just take a moment.  Take a moment to God bless those who have given so much.

God bless those who have paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy day-in and day-out.

God bless those hundreds of thousands who’ve lost fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters in the ultimate sacrifice paid forward to every single one of us, for our freedoms.

And thank you — thank you, thank you, thank you with every fiber of my being — to those who continue serving this country and keeping this great nation safe.

And, again, God bless families torn apart and made lesser by the heartbreaking losses, hellish and unthinkable holes in the soul that allow us to do whatever the hell it is we want to on this day and every other day of the year…

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8 Responses to “This Memorial Day, take time to remember”
  1. ndnut says: May 27, 2013 10:14 AM

    Never Forget: wars, POWs, MIA, 9/11, etc.

    Thank you to all of those on CFT who have served their country.

    God Bless America.

  2. woebegong says: May 27, 2013 10:15 AM

    It is just another day off for most folks, sadly in this country. For those of us who made the military a career and those now serving, it has a special meaning though.
    I will always miss the folks I served with and are no longer on this earth, and I will always be proud of what we all did, unpopular war or not. If you need a reminder about what it really means, visit Arlington or one of the war memorials. It will remind you in a heartbeat.

  3. drez146 says: May 27, 2013 10:54 AM

    Amen brother

  4. allan357 says: May 27, 2013 2:24 PM

    When I was growing up, we always attended Memorial Day services. Mom wouldn’t have it any other way, since my Dad, three uncles and a grandfather all served in time of war.

    It kind of blows my mind that far too many Americans are only concerned about whether they bought enough mustard and ketchup, and won’t take even a brief moment to remember who gave so much for them.

  5. Deb says: May 27, 2013 2:25 PM

    For my dad, for my many friends, and for the total strangers today and throughout our nation’s history who have answered the call to serve … deepest and most profound thanks. God bless you.

  6. tuscaloosaguy says: May 27, 2013 3:50 PM

    Myself, I served22years in the Army-Korea, Europe, Panama, Ft. Lewis, WA; and Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield/Desert Storm. My late parents were WW2 Navy vets; Mom a WAVE and Dad behind Japanese lines in China. Mom’s Second Cousin in WW2 won the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, several Purple Hearts, and foreign decorations from England and Italy..in addition to losing his right arm. Two Uncles served in the USAF; and my Great, Great Grandfather served as a First Sergeant in Co. A, 14th South Carolina Inf. Rgmt. in the Civil War

  7. thefiesty1 says: May 27, 2013 6:19 PM

    My dad was a Pearl Harbor survivor. Thanks, Dad and all of your fellow service members and especially those that did not survive.

  8. southernpatriots says: May 28, 2013 6:00 AM

    Decorations Sunday was filled with going from grave to grave visiting, cleaning up, placing flowers and wreaths, as it has been now for generations. Family members giving the ultimate sacrifice from the Revolutionary War, War of Northern Aggression, Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

    We all noticed some of the older memorial areas are no longer being kept up as they have been in previous years. This requires more work than my family and I could provide, so we called the VA-National Cemetery Administration to discover this was apparently nationwide. A neglect of the burial sites of American Heroes. In some cases we were told it was due to the sequester. Volunteers are needed. If you have a memorial cemetery near you, you can call them to volunteer.

    On Memorial Day Monday, I was blessed to take out our family photo albums and speak to grandchildren and great grandchildren about our heritage and those who fought the good fight and gave their all. From our part, these men and women will never be forgotten. May that be true for all Americans who gave their all. It was a good day with family all around, and great BBQ that for once I did not have to cook. I sat and rocked my great grandchildren in my rocking chair and talked to them.

    Happy Memorial Day and every day to all!

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