Memorial Day 2015

It’s Memorial Day – but please don’t put a “Happy” in front of it like the clueless, tactless @TheDemocrats. Memorial Day is a somber day – a day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our freedom.

For many vets, remembering those sacrifices, stings.

Marine Corps vet Jenny Haskamp wrote in the Chicago Trib about her mixed feelings this Memorial Day weekend.

I didn’t know why I was upset, at first. I paused, and while I was sitting there contemplating my outburst, I heard a commercial on the radio screaming through the tinny speakers.

“Beaches, beats and BBQs!” it said. “We’re your Memorial Day station with everything you need to kick off the summer in style!”

That’s when it hit me. I’m angry. I’ve come to realize people think Memorial Day is the official start of summer. It’s grilled meat, super-duper discounts, a day (or two) off work, beer, potato salad and porches draped in bunting.

But it shouldn’t be. It’s more than that.

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A friend reminded me that plenty of people use the weekend the way it was designed: to pause and remember the men and women who paid the price of our freedom, and then go on about enjoying those freedoms.

But I argue not enough people use it that way. Not enough people pause. Not enough people remember.

Pause to remember this Memorial Day.

Via my Aunt Margie, the true story of the recovery of 19 US Marines Killed in Action on Makin Island in WWII and their return home to Arlington National Cemetery 58 years later.

Warning: This is a bit of a tear-jerker.

The Old Guard places over 228,000 flags at Arlington National Cemetery:

Soldier’s from the US Army’s Old Guard placed over 228,000 flags at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers.

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3 thoughts on “Memorial Day 2015

  1. Here in Manila. Yesterday visited the American-Manila Cemetery to pay tribute, honor and remembrance of the more than 37,000 who died freeing the Philippines from Japanese occupation in WWII. Don’t forget to keep in mind the many fronts on which the fight for freedom has been fought, and will continue to be fought by freedom loving people. God bless their souls and may they rest in peace.

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  2. It is almost unbelievable that the same president who thinks we are winning the war with the Islamic State will also send out a message showing the him eating an ice cream cone. Then again, if he is so delusional that he thinks weather patterns are more threatening than Islamists with knives, what can you say? Hopefully, he will prove his “jihad-loving” point and go to the beaches of Libya.

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