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DenverChief
05-26-2008, 04:54 AM
Today while we BBQ in our backyards and drink our favorite adult beverages while chatting with good friends and family that it was all made possible by those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms -- let us also not forget those that have served and come home to be our neighbors and those that cannot be at home because they are protecting our freedoms abroad -- thank you my fellow veterans for all you have done and a very special thank you to the families that have lost sons/daughters/brothers/sisters/mothers and fathers for your sacrifice is much appreciated by a grateful nation --Happy Memorial Day Everyone :)

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Hog Farmer
05-26-2008, 06:47 AM
:clap: Amen brother!

Braincase
05-26-2008, 06:56 AM
Today while we BBQ in our backyards and drink our favorite adult beverages while chatting with good friends and family that it was all made possible by those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms -- let us also not forget those that have served and come home to be our neighbors and those that cannot be at home because they are protecting our freedoms abroad -- thank you my fellow veterans for all you have done and a very special thank you to the families that have lost sons/daughters/brothers/sisters/mothers and fathers for your sacrifice is much appreciated by a grateful nation --Happy Memorial Day Everyone :)

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Remember our policemen and fire fighters who died in the line of duty as well.

patteeu
05-26-2008, 07:42 AM
Hear! Hear!

mikey23545
05-26-2008, 07:47 AM
Ditto.

OnTheWarpath58
05-26-2008, 07:54 AM
Heading to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (pictured) here in an hour or so to visit the gravesite of my Grandfather, who was a Naval Officer during the Korean War.

When I was 9, he taught me how to play golf, and some of my fondest memories of childhood are of being with him on the golf course.

So every Memorial Day, I head to the cemetery, and tee up a golf ball in front of his headstone.

Here's to the others who have served this country so proudly.

Happy Memorial Day to all.

Baconeater
05-26-2008, 08:13 AM
Thank you to all that have served, past present and future. If not for the sacrifices you have made the rest of us would not have the freedom to act like complete douchebags. God bless America!

big nasty kcnut
05-26-2008, 08:42 AM
Happy memorial day to my granddads and my dad if i didn't have this cerebal palsy i would of joined up. One of my heros is dwight eisenhower. So thanks for serving and god bless.

DJ_is_the_realdeal
05-26-2008, 08:49 AM
God bless are soldiers. Without you there would be no America. Keep on the strong fight. Stay safe and may God be with you and your family.

stumppy
05-26-2008, 09:15 AM
Thank you to all of the men and women who protect our way of life.

A special thanks to my Father, a WW2 and Korean War vet. RIP
And my Stepfather, a WW2 vet. RIP

Smed1065
05-26-2008, 09:20 AM
Thank you all for serving!:clap::clap:

Adept Havelock
05-26-2008, 09:44 AM
Thank you to all who wear the uniform of this Nation, past and present.


THE 'EATHEN by Rudyard Kipling

The 'eathen in 'is blindness bows down to wood an' stone;
'E don't obey no orders unless they is 'is own;
'E keeps 'is side-arms awful: 'e leaves 'em all about,
An' then comes up the regiment an' pokes the 'eathen out.

All along o' dirtiness, all along o' mess,
All along o' doin' things rather-more-or-less,
All along of abby-nay, kul, an' hazar-ho, *
Mind you keep your rifle an' yourself jus' so!

* abby-nay: Not now. kul: To-morrow. hazar-ho: Wait a bit.

The young recruit is 'aughty -- 'e draf's from Gawd knows where;
They bid 'im show 'is stockin's an' lay 'is mattress square;
'E calls it bloomin' nonsense -- 'e doesn't know no more --
An' then up comes 'is Company an' kicks 'im round the floor!

The young recruit is 'ammered -- 'e takes it very 'ard;
'E 'angs 'is 'ead an' mutters -- 'e sulks about the yard;
'E talks o' "cruel tyrants" 'e'll swing for by-an'-by,
An' the others 'ears an' mocks 'im, an' the boy goes orf to cry.

The young recruit is silly -- 'e thinks o' suicide;
'E's lost 'is gutter-devil; 'e 'asn't got 'is pride;
But day by day they kicks 'im, which 'elps 'im on a bit,
Till 'e finds 'isself one mornin' with a full an' proper kit.

Gettin' clear o' dirtiness, gettin' done with mess,
Gettin' shut o' doin' things rather-more-or-less;
Not so fond of abby-nay, kul, nor hazar-ho,
Learns to keep 'is rifle an' 'isself jus' so!

The young recruit is 'appy -- 'e throws a chest to suit;
You see 'im grow mustaches; you 'ear 'im slap 'is boot;
'E learns to drop the "bloodies" from every word 'e slings,
An' 'e shows an 'ealthy brisket when 'e strips for bars an' rings.

The cruel-tyrant-sergeants they watch 'im 'arf a year;
They watch 'im with 'is comrades, they watch 'im with 'is beer;
They watch 'im with the women at the regimental dance,
And the cruel-tyrant-sergeants send 'is name along for "Lance".

An' now 'e's 'arf o' nothin', an' all a private yet,
'Is room they up an' rags 'im to see what they will get;
They rags 'im low an' cunnin', each dirty trick they can,
But 'e learns to sweat 'is temper an' 'e learns to sweat 'is man.

An', last, a Colour-Sergeant, as such to be obeyed,
'E schools 'is men at cricket, 'e tells 'em on parade;
They sees 'em quick an' 'andy, uncommon set an' smart,
An' so 'e talks to orficers which 'ave the Core at 'eart.

'E learns to do 'is watchin' without it showin' plain;
'E learns to save a dummy, an' shove 'im straight again;
'E learns to check a ranker that's buyin' leave to shirk;
An' 'e learns to make men like 'im so they'll learn to like their work.

An' when it comes to marchin' he'll see their socks are right,
An' when it comes to action 'e shows 'em 'ow to sight;
'E knows their ways of thinkin' and just what's in their mind;
'E knows when they are takin' on an' when they've fell be'ind.

'E knows each talkin' corpril that leads a squad astray;
'E feels 'is innards 'eavin', 'is bowels givin' way;
'E sees the blue-white faces all tryin' 'ard to grin,
An' 'e stands an' waits an' suffers till it's time to cap 'em in.

An' now the hugly bullets come peckin' through the dust,
An' no one wants to face 'em, but every beggar must;
So, like a man in irons which isn't glad to go,
They moves 'em off by companies uncommon stiff an' slow.

Of all 'is five years' schoolin' they don't remember much
Excep' the not retreatin', the step an' keepin' touch.
It looks like teachin' wasted when they duck an' spread an' 'op,
But if 'e 'adn't learned 'em they'd be all about the shop!

An' now it's "'Oo goes backward?" an' now it's "'Oo comes on?"
And now it's "Get the doolies," an' now the captain's gone;
An' now it's bloody murder, but all the while they 'ear
'Is voice, the same as barrick drill, a-shepherdin' the rear.

'E's just as sick as they are, 'is 'eart is like to split,
But 'e works 'em, works 'em, works 'em till he feels 'em take the bit;
The rest is 'oldin' steady till the watchful bugles play,
An' 'e lifts 'em, lifts 'em, lifts 'em through the charge that wins the day!

The 'eathen in 'is blindness bows down to wood an' stone;
'E don't obey no orders unless they is 'is own;
The 'eathen in 'is blindness must end where 'e began,
But the backbone of the Army is the non-commissioned man!

Keep away from dirtiness -- keep away from mess.
Don't get into doin' things rather-more-or-less!
Let's ha' done with abby-nay, kul, an' hazar-ho;
Mind you keep your rifle an' yourself jus' so!

JohninGpt
05-26-2008, 10:10 AM
Thanks fellow Vets, and those still serving.

WilliamTheIrish
05-26-2008, 10:20 AM
I gotta tell ya, those stills of parents, wives, children at these funerals just cuts right through me.

OnTheWarpath58
05-26-2008, 11:58 AM
I gotta tell ya, those stills of parents, wives, children at these funerals just cuts right through me.

Me too.

And today, while most of us are BBQing and enjoying a cold adult beverage, there are families getting that unthinkable knock on the door by someone in a military uniform...

Extra Point
05-26-2008, 12:22 PM
Here's to the men and women who have served, and thanks to them, we have the freedoms with which we're blessed.

go bowe
05-26-2008, 03:34 PM
Today while we BBQ in our backyards and drink our favorite adult beverages while chatting with good friends and family that it was all made possible by those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms -- let us also not forget those that have served and come home to be our neighbors and those that cannot be at home because they are protecting our freedoms abroad -- thank you my fellow veterans for all you have done and a very special thank you to the families that have lost sons/daughters/brothers/sisters/mothers and fathers for your sacrifice is much appreciated by a grateful nation --Happy Memorial Day Everyone :)

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i wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments...

and thanks for recognizing the service of all who have served this country so honorably...

as a vet myself, let me thank you for your service to our country...

luv
05-26-2008, 03:41 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (in 2008 on May 26). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who perished while in military service to their country. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include casualties of any war or military action.

Traditional observance

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. US Eastern time. Another tradition is to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers usually place an American flag upon each grave site located in a National Cemetery.

In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also used as a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Some Americans also view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer and Labor Day as the unofficial end of the season. The national "Click It or Ticket" campaign ramps up beginning Memorial Day weekend, noting the beginning of the most dangerous season for auto accidents and other safety related incidents. The U.S. Air Force's "101 Critical Days of Summer" begin on this day as well. Many Americans use Memorial Day to also honor other family members who have died.


Flags flying at Fort Logan National Cemetery during Memorial Day 2006.Memorial Day formerly occurred on May 30, and some, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), advocate returning to this fixed date, although the significance of the date is tenuous. The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address, "Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed a lot to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day."[1] Hawaii's Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, has repeatedly introduced measures to return Memorial Day to its traditional day since 1987.

History

Following the end of the Civil War, many communities set aside a day to mark the end of the war or as a memorial to those who had died. Some of the places creating an early memorial day include Charleston, South Carolina; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Carbondale, Illinois; Columbus, Mississippi; many communities in Vermont; and some two dozen other cities and towns. These observances eventually coalesced around Decoration Day, honoring the Union dead, and the several Confederate Memorial Days.

According to Professor David Blight of the Yale University History Department, the first memorial day was observed in 1865 by liberated slaves at the historic race track in Charleston. The site was a former Confederate prison camp as well as a mass grave for Union soldiers who had died while captive. The freed slaves reinterred the dead Union soldiers from the mass grave to individual graves, fenced in the graveyard & built an entry arch declaring it a Union graveyard; a very daring thing to do in the South shortly after North's victory. On May 30 1868 the freed slaves returned to the graveyard with flowers they'd picked from the countryside & decorated the individual gravesites, thereby creating the 1st Decoration Day. A parade with thousands of freed blacks and Union soldiers was followed by patriotic singing and a picnic.

The official birthplace of Memorial Day is Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. The village was credited with being the birthplace because it observed the day on May 5, 1866, and each year thereafter, and because it is likely that the friendship of General John Murray, a distinguished citizen of Waterloo, and General John A. Logan, who led the call for the day to be observed each year and helped spread the event nationwide, was a key factor in its growth.

General Logan had been impressed by the way the South honored their dead with a special day and decided the Union needed a similar day. Reportedly, Logan said that it was most fitting; that the ancients, especially the Greeks, had honored their dead, particularly their heroes, by chaplets of laurel and flowers, and that he intended to issue an order designating a day for decorating the grave of every soldier in the land, and if he could he would have made it a holiday.

Logan had been the principal speaker in a citywide memorial observation on April 29, 1866, at a cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois, an event that likely gave him the idea to make it a national holiday. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans' organization, Logan issued a proclamation that "Decoration Day" be observed nationwide. It was observed for the first time on May 30 of the same year; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a battle. The tombs of fallen Union soldiers were decorated in remembrance of this day.

Many of the states of the U.S. South refused to celebrate Decoration Day, due to lingering hostility towards the Union Army and also because there were very few veterans of the Union Army who lived in the South. A notable exception was Columbus, Mississippi, which on April 25, 1866 at its Decoration Day commemorated both the Union and Confederate casualties buried in its cemetery.[1]


Troops at the Washington, D.C. Memorial Day parade, 1942.The alternative name of "Memorial Day" was first used in 1882, but did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967 . On June 28, 1968, the United States Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend and for the first time recognized Columbus Day as a federal holiday. The holidays included Washington's Birthday (which evolved into Presidents' Day), Veterans Day, and Memorial Day. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971 . After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply at the state level, all fifty states adopted the measure within a few years, although Veterans Day was eventually changed back to its traditional date. Ironically, most corporate businesses no longer close on Columbus Day or Veterans Day, and an increasing number are staying open on President's Day as well. Memorial Day, however, has endured as one holiday during which most businesses stay closed because it marks the beginning of the "summer vacation season." Likewise is it in neighboring Canada's Victoria Day, where it occurs on the third Monday in May.

Demonpenz
05-26-2008, 03:50 PM
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OnTheWarpath58
05-26-2008, 05:01 PM
Pretty pathetic that this thread only has 20 posts in 12 hours...

:(

DenverChief
05-26-2008, 05:11 PM
Pretty pathetic that this thread only has 20 posts in 12 hours...

:(

Agreed...not one person in my family has called to thank me for my service today...nobody remembers

OnTheWarpath58
05-26-2008, 05:17 PM
Agreed...not one person in my family has called to thank me for my service today...nobody remembers


There are few holidays anymore that are actually celebrated as intended, not just as an excuse for a long weekend.

What's the first thing kids think of when Christmas is mentioned?

Presents.

Easter?

Chocolate rabbits and colored eggs.

Memorial Day?

Three day weekend.

To each their own, I guess.

DenverChief
05-26-2008, 05:26 PM
There are few holidays anymore that are actually celebrated as intended, not just as an excuse for a long weekend.

What's the first thing kids think of when Christmas is mentioned?

Presents.

Easter?

Chocolate rabbits and colored eggs.

Memorial Day?

Three day weekend.

To each their own, I guess.

Agreed the sad part is that someone in the family has to die in the line of duty for anyone to remember ....only 2 houses on my block have the flag flying today mine and the guy two doors down...sad very sad

DenverChief
05-26-2008, 05:26 PM
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Remember our policemen and fire fighters who died in the line of duty as well.

agreed and thank you for reminding us :)

luv
05-26-2008, 06:09 PM
This isn't about veterans, but I think it's just as relevant.

Today, my mom and I went to my grandparents gravesite. They are my dad's parents, but my grandmother died before they divorced, and she was my grandpa's daughter-in-law for 20 years. Her and I go out there every year to put out new flowers. I always take a second to remember one thing about each one. I try to remember something different each year.

I just got back a little bit ago from a visitation. I grew up roller skating competitively. We were at the rink everyday. The owners of the rink were an older couple and their son and daughter-in-law. The man passed away several years ago when I was young, so I don't remember him as well. However, the lady was like a grandmother to most of us kids. My brother and I couldn't misbehave during a session, or my mom would surely find out. She passed a couple of days ago. I saw so many people I haven't seen in 10-15 years. Seeing them and visiting with them brought back so many memories. I'm really glad I went, because I almost backed out last minute. One memory in particular I have of her is when my brother fell and broke his arm at the rink. My parents rushed him off to the hospital, but she insisted that I stay there with her. She knew I was little and the focus would be on my brother. She kept me at the rink until my brother got his cast put on and was released from the hospital.

While we do remember veterans and people of service on this day (my grandfather was a Navy veteran), it's also important to remember those who may have passed on who had a big influence in your life.

DenverChief
05-27-2008, 05:24 AM
wow I am very disappointed in Chiefsplanet today

seclark
05-27-2008, 08:38 AM
wow I am very disappointed in Chiefsplanet today

it might not be so bad...this thread was started yesterday morning. speaking for myself, i never even logged on since friday night.
we visited 4 cemeteries sunday and yesterday.

got a phone call from my son who's currently stationed in the middle east saturday night. first time in over a month i've heard his voice.
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Mojo Rising
05-31-2008, 07:38 AM
Thank you to everyone who has served our country.

Your sacrifice is appreciated.

(bump)

crazycoffey
05-31-2008, 07:57 AM
wow I am very disappointed in Chiefsplanet today


It happened last year too, IIRC. I think it's just more that people didn't get on the site as much, not as a sign of disrespect.

Good video, the pictures cut through me as well. Hope all was well for everyone, special shout out to fellow vets, military, police, firefighters, public servant brotherhood and family of those we've lost.