Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of our country.
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05-31-2004, 10:05 AM #1
Memorial DayALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
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05-31-2004, 11:11 AM #2
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God Bless Our Veterans
I remember as a kid growing up, as a Cub Scout, we would go out to the cemetery on Saturday morning and place the flags on the graves of the veterans. We were careful not to step directly on the graves.
And when we were done, the cemetery looked so majestic with the little flags waving in the wind and we were all full of pride. And when you think about the sacrifices that our soldiers had made, what we did seemed so insignificant.
As I watched the dedication of the WW II Memorial, I couldn't help but feel some sadness. My father passed away in 1992. He had served for 3-1/2 years during WW II in both the Pacific And European theaters. He was very proud of his service to his country, but he didn't talk about it too much. He was too humble for that.
When our government started talking about a memorial back in 1987, I thought Dad would see it built and that I could send him and Mom to see it. It never happened.
So as I stood there and watched the ceremony on Saturday, I was sad and so very proud at the same time. It was emotional for me to see how many of our greatest generation was still alive and showing their colors at the service.
It is unfortunate that today's generation doesn't understand the magnitude and importance of the sacrifices that were made by our country during WW II. Not only our soldiers, but the men and women here at home, who took to the factories and hospitals to support our war effort.
Try to imagine what would have happened had we not committed our troops to stopping the German and Japanese aggression.
Fast forward to Afghanistan/Iraq and thank God for our men and women who serve this country in the name of Freedom.
God bless America.
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05-31-2004, 11:53 AM #3
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05-31-2004, 12:47 PM #4
The city where I work holds an annual Memorial Day ceremony. It is too bad that more people dont take an hour out of their day to remember all of those who gave everything for things many of us too often take for granted.IAFF-IACOJ PROUD
05-31-2004, 02:31 PM #5
Our town has it's annual parade.
From Cub Scouts to Fire Company, been a quarter century marching (usually) in my town's parade.
While we have our ups and downs, this year's attendance was particulary disappointing. We usually put 20 to in a very good year 30 firefighters in the line of march, we struggled to free up 14 guys for the line this year. We weren't alone -- Chief Reason mentioned his cub scout days, my count here today was 3 cub scouts and 2 boy scouts. A couple of the little league teams only had 3 kids in uniform.
We don't have our own high school -- they're split mostly between two schools, one of which has a really good marching band. But they didn't come this year -- one almost hopes it was some political B.S. over whether we'll formally combine with them on a cooperative or regional H.S. going on since that would almost be a good excuse. Our town's middle school band played, as they always do, but they had to take on the harder pieces like the Star Spangled Banner & Taps the high schoolers normally do. It's not just practice, those are tough pieces for most 12 year olds to pull off (muscle tone & control isn't as well developed). We play taps in two places, and all four times there were notes blown and you could feel for the kid when you hear him stop playing so he could re-compose himself.
Kinda makes one reflect on how many more years we'll have Memorial
Day as anyone living in town can remember it. We have noticeably few veterans in the parade now, and while this isn't Veteran's Day but Memorial Day, I'm sure the declining size of our military and the fewer and fewer families affected by military service must have a big impact. To put in perspective, if we had the same percentage of the population under arms as we did in the Civil War or World War II, we'd have 45,000,000 in the service today. We have what today, one-and-a-half million including the reserves & guard?
Oh life goes on, and traditions continue. But makes you wonder why people can't take a couple hours out of the morning and go to their picnics and parties afterwards.IACOJ Canine Officer
05-31-2004, 08:44 PM #6
We have a town parade too, as a little kid I was always with my father in one of the FD's rigs, now I march in front of them...
Of course as a little kid I never really understood the concept of Memorial Day, because I had no sense of enviroment let alone self actualization. But regardless I grew up and now have my vested love for our country, and therefore a great deal of respect and pride for our armed forces, whether KIA, MIA, POW, or vetran. So this day is always special, as is the 4th of July and Veterans Day and such.
Previous to my involvement with the FD, I never really had anyone close to me that was a verteran. But I met one, one from Vietnam and Desert Storm, and he became my unofficial second grandfather. He later passed on, but that is not the point. And I know Memorial Day is for the deceased service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, you and I alike, but it still bears a touch of specialness to me even if he did not have an L.O.D.D.
I think E40FDNYL35 put it best, so I will leave it at that.JLS
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05-31-2004, 08:57 PM #7
We too have Memorial Day Parade............always on the Sunday before though.........pretty good participation from the townsfolk.
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05-31-2004, 09:08 PM #8
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We have Remembrance Day November 11.
Nice touch on 60 Minutes last night, showing the pictures of the 800 Americans who have lost their lives in Iraq.September 11th - Never Forget
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05-31-2004, 10:48 PM #9
We did our usual parades today. IN one of the neighboring towns that we march in every other year, a vetran dropped during the parade. From what I heard, the EMT's in the parade defibed him and got him back. I haven't heard anything else about it.
This year it was more heartfelt to our dept because we lost a former member in Iraq in March. We had the Doonsbury comic from the Sunday paper with his name listed posted at the firehouse as well. The town we marched in this year, after the ceremony was over, gave flowers to all the former and present service members in the audience. I was amazed at how many people it was.
Let's keep Memorial Day alive and not just remember on Memorial Day, but every day....The comments made by me are my opinions only, not of the Fire and EMS services I am affiliated with.
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