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Happy Memorial Day
Just wanted to wish the Board a happy, healthy, safe Memorial Day holiday in advance. I hope all of you can enjoy the day with loved ones and friends. A shout out and huge thanks to all the men and women who served and currently serve in our branches of the military. Both of my grandfathers served in the Navy during WW2 and my Dad [Air Force] and uncle [Army] served during Vietnam.

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The entire world would very likely be a much worse place if not for the sacrifice of their lives by many in the US Military. For the families of those who did not survive, please know that their deaths were not in vain and remain appreciated by many.

Please remember and honor their sacrifice.

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Wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day too. We went to Spring Grove today to visit my in-laws and take flowers. My boy took pennies to honor all the service people that had pasted away on the way to their site and back. We walked around a little until he said he was tried of bending over so much. Thanks to all that gave so much for this great country of ours.
 
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RE: Happy Memorial Day
If you've never visited Arlington National Cemetery, I highly recommend it.

It's truly awesome in the truest sense of the word. You could literally spend the whole day there and not even notice the time.

We just happened to stumble in right at the exact time to see a changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. It was incredible.

The highlight of my history loving sons' day? Kennedy memorial? No.

Seeing the grave of Omar Bradley.
 
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(05-30-2021 07:30 PM)Bear Catlett Wrote:  If you've never visited Arlington National Cemetery, I highly recommend it.

It's truly awesome in the truest sense of the word. You could literally spend the whole day there and not even notice the time.

We just happened to stumble in right at the exact time to see a changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. It was incredible.

The highlight of my history loving sons' day? Kennedy memorial? No.

Seeing the grave of Omar Bradley.

Visitied ANC with my son during his 5th grade field trip to Washington DC. I will never forget that hallowed ground and the changing of the guard every American should see and experience once during their lifetime.
 
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RE: Happy Memorial Day
Until my mother passed away, she always called what we now call Memorial Day, Decoration Day since that was the original name of the holiday. The name was changed in an effort to make southerners accept the holiday since Decoration Day was a northern holiday started after the Civil War. People went to the gravesites of the fallen to decorate the gravesites with flags, bunting, and GAR (grand army of the republic) signs.

When I was a kid, every year we went to the gravesite of my grandmother’s Uncle Gus. He lost his leg during the civil war and passed away circa 1900. Each of my brothers and me would post a small U.S. flag at his gravesite. To this day, I do the same thing for my father who fought in WWII and was awarded a silver star as well as 5 bronze stars.

BTW, I have friends in Virginia that still refer to the Civil War as “The War of Northern Aggression”. Some people hold grudges for a LONG time.
 
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(05-30-2021 09:17 PM)QSECOFR Wrote:  Until my mother passed away, she always called what we now call Memorial Day, Decoration Day since that was the original name of the holiday. The name was changed in an effort to make southerners accept the holiday since Decoration Day was a northern holiday started after the Civil War. People went to the gravesites of the fallen to decorate the gravesites with flags, bunting, and GAR (grand army of the republic) signs.

When I was a kid, every year we went to the gravesite of my grandmother’s Uncle Gus. He lost his leg during the civil war and passed away circa 1900. Each of my brothers and me would post a small U.S. flag at his gravesite. To this day, I do the same thing for my father who fought in WWII and was awarded a silver star as well as 5 bronze stars.

BTW, I have friends in Virginia that still refer to the Civil War as “The War of Northern Aggression”. Some people hold grudges for a LONG time.

Calling the 1861-64 war a "Civil War" is a Northern thing and perhaps not meeting of the definition which is "a war between citizens of the same country".

Calling it The War Between the State is more accurate, but it was the War of Northern Aggression. Many southerners call it the later.
 
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RE: Happy Memorial Day
ANC is beautiful and hallowed. Normandy is very moving too.
Not just for the sea of headstones
but for the view of the sea where they landed, the beach they crossed, the cliffs they climbed and the gun turrets that remain.

So many gave their last full measure to protect our freedom and save the world from Naziis.

It saddens me greatly that younger generations do not seem to carry the reverence for their sacrifice and I wonder if called on to do the same how they would fare.
 
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same to you, ucgrad. I served 4 years in the air force in the 72-76 years and was always proud of that. i LOVE how the communities keep up the tradition of remembering the sacrifices of those that gave all for our nation.
 
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(05-31-2021 04:20 AM)doss2 Wrote:  
(05-30-2021 09:17 PM)QSECOFR Wrote:  Until my mother passed away, she always called what we now call Memorial Day, Decoration Day since that was the original name of the holiday. The name was changed in an effort to make southerners accept the holiday since Decoration Day was a northern holiday started after the Civil War. People went to the gravesites of the fallen to decorate the gravesites with flags, bunting, and GAR (grand army of the republic) signs.

When I was a kid, every year we went to the gravesite of my grandmother’s Uncle Gus. He lost his leg during the civil war and passed away circa 1900. Each of my brothers and me would post a small U.S. flag at his gravesite. To this day, I do the same thing for my father who fought in WWII and was awarded a silver star as well as 5 bronze stars.

BTW, I have friends in Virginia that still refer to the Civil War as “The War of Northern Aggression”. Some people hold grudges for a LONG time.

Calling the 1861-64 war a "Civil War" is a Northern thing and perhaps not meeting of the definition which is "a war between citizens of the same country".

Calling it The War Between the State is more accurate, but it was the War of Northern Aggression. Many southerners call it the later.

most people today have never really been taught the truth of the Civil War in out schools. It wasn't just to end slavery but the south joined sides and were not going to pay taxes. IT was called the seccession (sic) from the union.
 
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My grandfather did not die in the Korean War, but he never fully returned. He carried PTSD and depression for the rest of his life. We lost his brother, my great uncle in that conflict during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. My uncle and great grandfather are buried in the Puerto Rico National Cemetery (the island’s version of Arlington Cemetery).

My great grandfather did not die in combat but did serve during WWI.
 
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(05-31-2021 08:25 AM)bearcat54 Wrote:  
(05-31-2021 04:20 AM)doss2 Wrote:  
(05-30-2021 09:17 PM)QSECOFR Wrote:  Until my mother passed away, she always called what we now call Memorial Day, Decoration Day since that was the original name of the holiday. The name was changed in an effort to make southerners accept the holiday since Decoration Day was a northern holiday started after the Civil War. People went to the gravesites of the fallen to decorate the gravesites with flags, bunting, and GAR (grand army of the republic) signs.

When I was a kid, every year we went to the gravesite of my grandmother’s Uncle Gus. He lost his leg during the civil war and passed away circa 1900. Each of my brothers and me would post a small U.S. flag at his gravesite. To this day, I do the same thing for my father who fought in WWII and was awarded a silver star as well as 5 bronze stars.

BTW, I have friends in Virginia that still refer to the Civil War as “The War of Northern Aggression”. Some people hold grudges for a LONG time.

Calling the 1861-64 war a "Civil War" is a Northern thing and perhaps not meeting of the definition which is "a war between citizens of the same country".

Calling it The War Between the State is more accurate, but it was the War of Northern Aggression. Many southerners call it the later.

most people today have never really been taught the truth of the Civil War in out schools. It wasn't just to end slavery but the south joined sides and were not going to pay taxes. IT was called the seccession (sic) from the union.

The North was able to pass crushing tariffs on the south. That was the true reason.

Slavery would have shortly without the was because mechanization was coming and slave labor would no longer have been needed.
 
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This is why we can't have nice things...

This post was supposed to be in honor of the brave Americans who fought and died for our country over the years...not a reminder of how many of you clearly failed US history or were taught by second rate hacks.
 
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(05-31-2021 11:30 AM)doss2 Wrote:  
(05-31-2021 08:25 AM)bearcat54 Wrote:  
(05-31-2021 04:20 AM)doss2 Wrote:  
(05-30-2021 09:17 PM)QSECOFR Wrote:  Until my mother passed away, she always called what we now call Memorial Day, Decoration Day since that was the original name of the holiday. The name was changed in an effort to make southerners accept the holiday since Decoration Day was a northern holiday started after the Civil War. People went to the gravesites of the fallen to decorate the gravesites with flags, bunting, and GAR (grand army of the republic) signs.

When I was a kid, every year we went to the gravesite of my grandmother’s Uncle Gus. He lost his leg during the civil war and passed away circa 1900. Each of my brothers and me would post a small U.S. flag at his gravesite. To this day, I do the same thing for my father who fought in WWII and was awarded a silver star as well as 5 bronze stars.

BTW, I have friends in Virginia that still refer to the Civil War as “The War of Northern Aggression”. Some people hold grudges for a LONG time.

Calling the 1861-64 war a "Civil War" is a Northern thing and perhaps not meeting of the definition which is "a war between citizens of the same country".

Calling it The War Between the State is more accurate, but it was the War of Northern Aggression. Many southerners call it the later.

most people today have never really been taught the truth of the Civil War in out schools. It wasn't just to end slavery but the south joined sides and were not going to pay taxes. IT was called the seccession (sic) from the union.

The North was able to pass crushing tariffs on the south. That was the true reason.

Slavery would have shortly without the was because mechanization was coming and slave labor would no longer have been needed.

States should be allowed to secede from the US. The constitution does not not forbid it and the constitution says the rights not given to the federal government are reserved for the states. Lincoln stopping the southern states from leaving was unconstitutional and dictatorial.
 
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Are kids even taught this stuff these days?


 
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(05-31-2021 03:06 PM)Bearhawkeye Wrote:  Are kids even taught this stuff these days?



If you have not been, go to Normandy and Omaha Beach. I was there on a cold rainy October Day. The weather was representative of the somberness one felt. It made you cry. Then good and visit the nearby US military graves. Made one so friggin sad and so friggin proud of the greatest generation.

Then look around at the many worthless youth today.
 
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Sad that even this thread goes off the rails with "kids these days" posts.

Thanks to all those served and especially those that gave their lives for this country (and this country not some other dead country some seem to want to celebrate here)
 
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(05-31-2021 06:13 PM)doss2 Wrote:  
(05-31-2021 03:06 PM)Bearhawkeye Wrote:  Are kids even taught this stuff these days?



If you have not been, go to Normandy and Omaha Beach. I was there on a cold rainy October Day. The weather was representative of the somberness one felt. It made you cry. Then good and visit the nearby US military graves. Made one so friggin sad and so friggin proud of the greatest generation.

Then look around at the many worthless youth today.
Most of today's kids don't start as worthless but their heads get filled with useless and untrue crap by left wing teachers and professors that by the time they leave school they have no useful knowledge. On the other hand. the men and women that make up today's all volunteer military make up another "greatest generation".
 
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(05-31-2021 06:19 PM)bearcatmark Wrote:  Sad that even this thread goes off the rails with "kids these days" posts.

Thanks to all those served and especially those that gave their lives for this country (and this country not some other dead country some seem to want to celebrate here)

Mark, I’m afraid that I was the one who took this thread off the rails. Rest assured that it was not intentional. My point, which I failed to make clear, was that Memorial Day is not just a day for remembering, it is a day for doing. The doing part would include things like putting flags up on the graves of our fallen heroes, attending memorial services to commemorate our lost soldiers, and the like.

The holiday that Memorial Day grew out of (i.e., Decoration Day) was a day for visiting, for doing, and thanking those who are no longer with us and gave everything to keep us free.

I’m sorry that this thread turned out the way it has.
 
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Had a pretty awe inspiring day watching my uncle as an officer in attendance at a burial for a sailor recently identified through DNA who had died in the Attack on Pearl Harbor when the USS Oklahoma was sunk. Not a single person alive today knew him (he was from outside of Celina, OH, all of his siblings had passed, and they couldn't find any of his high school classmates to attend the service), but the crowd was probably 500 strong to watch him put to rest next to his parents in his hometown.

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Incredibly humbling to know that this man had given his life for his country and wasn't laid to rest for 80 years, and there are so many out there who won't have that done for them either. If you ever have the chance to take part in a service like that, or just to honor those who have fallen, do it. Political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation, racism, abortion, etc....none of that matters to the fallen soldiers and sailors, but their sacrifice is what allows us to have our own beliefs on those matters, whether we agree or not.
 
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