Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorlal Day 2016






Dad and I are having a quiet day, and will most certainly raise a glass to honor those who have given the last full measure to our country.
It saddens me that there are many that don't know the reason for this day, nor seem to care. I must be getting old, I can remember going to the cemetery with my granny to place flowers and flags on what was then known as Decoration Day.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should THANK GOD that such men lived."  George S. Patton Jr

I'm not sure I agree that it is foolish and wrong to mourn those who died. But I for darn sure THANK GOD that such men lived.

23 comments:

  1. I will always be thankful for their unselfish end. I love them all!

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    1. Woodsterman,
      As do I, there is no greater sacrifice then theirs.

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  2. They gave what they had so that we would have freedom and all that we have. It's not just the dead that we should honor but the wounded who were pulled from the jaws of death. Many of them have been treated shamefully by the VA. I know that your father had good experiences with the VA up there in God's country... But many of the fetid sewers/cities have programs which led to the death of others and that can't be allowed to continue. Elections have consequences, and we need to fix the scandal ridden VA once and for all. The first thing to do is to eliminate their labor union and fire the incompetent. (sorry for the rant)

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    1. LL,
      Amen. I don't consider the truth a rant. This needs to stated, loudly and often, til action is taken to rectify this abysmal system.

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  3. Well I celebrated and raised a toast. Never forget. I loved all the American flags that people put out in their gardens and in businesses to show respect, I thought that was beautiful.
    What's that cabin up there on the top of your blog? That looks proper nice! Wanna rent it out to me? :)

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    1. Jules,
      Thank you for remembering them.
      The cabin is not mine, but if it were you would be most welcome to visit.

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  4. It breaks my heart that we still need young men to give all. Yes I am grateful but my gratitude is touched with guilt that we demand the need for them to never become old men. Sure wish we would learn to do better at solving conflicts.

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    1. Arkansas Patti,
      War is not something I would wish for, but when there are those that wish us great harm there are not a lot of other options. I wonder if the general population understands that there are many factions in this world that are not going to quit trying to kill us. It isn't a case of us doing a better job of solving conflicts, these are not factions that will ever want us here.

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  5. Brig, if the picture on this blog is your house I would think it would be hard to leave. It is awesome. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you will visit again.

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    1. Linda,
      No, but I can enjoy the look of it and don't have to worry about upkeep. It is an awesome place.
      Thanks for coming by, I have enjoyed your garden photos so much.

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  6. I'll raise a glass to the fallen.

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    1. Euripides,
      It is proper and fitting that we honor them.

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  7. My father was in the Army but that is the last person I have been close to who was in the military (except for a step nephew (ex-marine) who felt I was too liberal to continue our relationship) My husband lost his best friend in the Vietnamese war and since he died on his very first landing in Vietnam we both feel it was a terrible waste. But so many of us are far removed from the veterans and the active duty and their lives. It is a bad thing, because we must not forget the reason for this holiday! By the way, if that is your house, maybe I need to visit. ;-)

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    1. Tabor,
      I encourage you to explorer the ways in which you can be involved in the lives of our veterans and active duty military. They deserve our support and our empathy. They are the ones that protect us.

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    2. The house pictured is not mine, but you are welcome to visit here anytime.

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  8. Don't be crazy Brig. Tabor cannot visit you!! But I do love her despite her liberalness. LOL

    Here is a tidbit I posted on Lisa's The Pink Tee Shirt blog comment today just for my own information: Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.

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    1. Granny Annie,
      Shhhh.... I sorta figured we might be able to change her point of view, or at the least amend it.
      Thanks for the tidbit, knowing our history is important to our future.

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  9. I love how our small town is covered with flags on for this day. Several organizations here make sure the cemeteries are covered as well. When I was young I had friends who didn't return from Vietnam and some who returned and died later but far too early from war related injuries to both body and soul. I wish this day was less about BBQ and sales and more about caring for our veterans and their families. Love and respect to them all.

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    1. Celia,
      Our small town does this as well.
      It frustrates me too, when people don't care enough to even give a moments thought to what this day is about. It really makes me mad when people do the "happy memorial day" thing. It is not a happy day, it is a day for respect and remembrance of those who gave all.
      Thank you for your comment.

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  10. I'm glad you had a good day with you dad. I fished on the Brazos with a pal and then went to a friend's ranch for BBQ -- big celeb, but with a somber edge to it. About half the company were vets, and that's just the rodeo...

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    1. LSP,

      Thanks Padre, every day I get with my Dad is a blessing.

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  11. Thanks Brig, great post. I think the fallen might rest easier if people just made a little better use of their gift, were a little more American and a little less egocentric.

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    1. PrairieAdventure,

      Thank you. I agree with your comment, wholeheartedly.

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