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Memorial Day 2019

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Memorial Day 2019

#1 Post by ffuries » Thu May 23, 2019 10:55 pm

Memorial Day 2019

As we all set about getting to where we are going this Memorial Day weekend, with the freedom to celebrate as we wish, let’s take a minute to remember the cost of that freedom. Since 19 April 1775 when the “Colonists” entered into war with Britain, approximately 1,354,664 “Americans” have given their lives for this nation, with an additional 40,031 still unaccounted for, so in reality that number is approximately 1,394,695. That number does not include the number of innocent civilians killed by terrorist attacks, or as collateral damage.

These Americans have come in all colors, races, religions, and sexes, some hadn’t even become US citizens yet, but died for us, so I considered them to be Americans just the same. Some of us know someone who was killed fighting for and defending this freedom. Whether it was a long ago or recent relative, neighbor, coworker, parent, child, etc, we are not immune to the price paid.

Think about it, over 1.3 Million Americans have shed their blood, dying on domestic and foreign battlefields. As in the past, today we have families that have an empty seat at the table and for them family gatherings will never be the same. For a lot of them Memorial Day is spent gathering around a gravesite sharing stories of their “Hero” while shedding tears. In reality they are not just their heroes, they should be and are ours also.

So regardless of where or how you spend your “Hard Earned” 3 day weekend, remember the price paid, how many lives lost before they really started. Remember FREEDOM is not FREE, and has been paid for by those who loved us, loved this country, and loved life, the same life they gave for us.

The battle for freedom is never truly over, let their sacrifices not be forgotten, let the price of freedom not be forgotten, let them not be forgotten.

May God bless our nation and those who have protected it to their deaths. Everyone have a great and safe Memorial Day weekend, and remember to take a moment of silence to reflect upon the price paid for freedom and to remember and thank those whom paid for this holiday with their lives, America’s war dead!
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Re: Memorial Day 2019

#2 Post by 72 usmc » Sat May 25, 2019 10:12 am

Semper Fi to that.
To old to fight and to old to run, a Jar head will just shoot and be done with you.

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Re: Memorial Day 2019

#3 Post by ffuries » Sat May 25, 2019 3:20 pm

My wife finished repainting the flag pole base a few days ago, and I finished repainting the flag pole and putting a new eagle on top.
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Re: Memorial Day 2019

#4 Post by 72 usmc » Sat May 25, 2019 9:59 pm

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae (May 1915)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6BlOkpdkg8

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

They went across the ocean
To fight in that Asian war -
On behalf of freedom, justice
For peoples of that foreign shore.

More than fifty-eight thousand men
Faced wars' reality -
Bravely sacrificed their lives
So that others might be free.

Most of them were very young -
And now, it seems such a waste -
That war accomplished nothing
And has left a bitter taste.

Those who did survive came home
To a country which turned away -
We didn't know how to greet them -
We didn't know what to say.

They came home to a nation
That said it didn't care -
Said it didn't want to know about
What went on over there.

The tide is finally turning -
Don't you think it's about time
We gave some praise to all of those
Who laid their life on the line?
source http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/abejone2.htm
To old to fight and to old to run, a Jar head will just shoot and be done with you.

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