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Memorial Day 2017, No. 2…

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I would have posted this on the day a week ago,  but I was surprised by the paucity of hits on the topic and decided to do some real searching.   It was not terribly encouraging.

Originally  known as  Decoration Day,  and intended to honor the dead of the war Between the States,  Memorial Day has always been based on military personnel whose lives were cut short by their service to their country.

Many Presidents have issued remarks on the occasion,  and most of them have acknowledged the ties between patriotism and Christianity,  as did our nation’s founders.   I included  this piece  because John Witherspoon was one of my ancestors.   Former President George W. Bush used social media to  pay tribute  to those who protect us.   Current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  joined the  nearly one million motorcycles which made up this year’s Rolling Thunder  ride from the Pentagon to the National Mall and the Vietnam Memorial.   Conservative Treehouse has a very funny comparison of  Tillerson and Obama’s first Secretary of State John Kerry. President Trump had  no problem  negotiating the throngs of riders to reach the tomb of the Unknown Soldier,  a fact which garnered almost no notice from big media.

An Army veteran and current employee of Fort Bragg is using 7,000 combat boots  to memorialize the fallen.   We should remember the fallen  —  all of  them,  from  every era.   They remain  forever young,  but they live on as long as someone remembers them,  says their name,  tells a story about them.   We should not forget what the survivors of the  conflicts  were promised either.   Haven’t we allowed them to be lied to long enough?

Robert Curry has an  interesting piece  about what should be our common purpose,  but he appears to forget that progressives have never believed in the Constitution or Bill of Rights,  or indeed in the very notion of  America itself.   Vox chose this day  to trash  the Marine Corps.   The piece stands out only because everyone else was busy bashing President Trump and conservatives instead.   Apparently they can not break themselves of Obama’s eight-year long habit of blaming President George W. Bush for everything.

President Nixon’s  observations  seem at once prescient and hopelessly optimistic.   For too many Americans,  Memorial Day engenders no remembrance,  but makes a fine excuse to eat and drink.   Use these eleven quotes on  them.   Happily some of us  still make  the effort.

My general observation is that the small towns still honor Memorial Day, but the big cities do not.   If the latter condescend to even mention the occasion,  they turn it into something else and awful.  The wide spots in the road,  where so many of our military personnel come from, still have parades and speeches and fly flags proudly.

There are many ways to remember the fallen.   You can watch some politically  incorrect movies.   You could contribute to one of the groups which help their families,  or that lobby for veterans’ benefits,  but if you have a more personal connection,  here’s a guide to what  the coins  laid atop the tombstones of some graves mean.   Add to them,  for all of us,  won’t you?

 

 

 

 

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June 5, 2017 at 5:10 pm

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Memorial Day 2017…

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We were due for rain,  but have thus far escaped it,  so we’re busy on the grill and at the coolers and the antique ice cream churn,  which is a grand way to wear the youngsters out while ensuring a great increase in their appreciation for ice cream.   In other words,  I’m having a fine Memorial Day with family and friends.   I’ll update this later,  but have  a couple  of timely cartoons  for now,  plus an overview of  Trump’s speech and how to keep  from confusing  Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

 

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May 29, 2017 at 6:48 pm

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Memorial Day 2016…

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Vandals have been busy this weekend,  at  Petersburg National  Battlefield,  the  Vietnam War   Memorial in Venice,  a  Purple Heart plant bed,  in Anniston, Alabama,  and  in Henderson  where they have caught the culprit.   The Chicago Tribune ran an ad luring subscribers,   but  featuring the  U.S. flag backwards.

On the other side,  we have U.S. Army Rangers in Afghanistan  singing for us,  Steve  McCann giving  thanks, and officers aboard the U.S.S. Bataan saluting the  new greatest generation.   These  four veterans  serve in Congress,  and we are lucky to have them.   When they talk about war,  everyone should listen attentively.   Some families have made stupendous sacrifices for  their country through the years.

Valerie Strauss educates us on  the difference  between Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day.   Walt Whitman wrote about  the reasons  for this day many years ago.   Considering how poorly  people did  on Jesse Watter’s quiz,  many of us could use the information,  since schools apparently don’t teach such politically incorrect nonsense any more.

A tiny community in Illinois has given Civil War soldiers their identities back by  obtaining new  headstones for their graves.   My ancestors were mostly on the opposite side,  but all who served deserve honor and remembrance.

James Roberts sees this Memorial Day  as different  from others.   The rather poisonous atmosphere may be different,   but the occasion is the same for me.   How did you celebrate?   Are you at the lake or beach in party mode,  or have you  spared a thought  for the meaning of the day during the festivities?   Did you buy  your flags  yet,  or are you waiting for Flag Day or July 4th?

James Pinkerton offers a  lovely tribute  to Arlington,  calling it his church.   End with Pres. Ronald Reagan’s  inspiring words,  rendered by the Hillsdale College choir.

 

 

 

 

 

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May 31, 2016 at 12:19 am

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The saluting Marine…

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With Memorial Day coming up,  I thought you’d like to know more about the Marine  veteran who spends hours in full dress uniform saluting the riders of Rolling Thunder.

Marine Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers has been doing this since 2002,  and he’ll be back again this year.   Oorah!

 

 

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May 4, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Memorial Day 2013…Part I

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If His Oneness actually believed any of the things  he said in  his speech,  I would be happy.   Since I know he does not,  the fine words are wasted on me.   Unfortunately,  too many people  share his  lack of respect for the day and those who have fallen,  be they thieves or those looking to  make a buck  off those who do care,  or the  merely disinterested.   How different all that is when compared to a former Commander-in-Chief who  actually respects  the men and women of the military.

The national cemeteries in Houston  were covered  because of volunteers.   So were  many others.   Memorial Day is a somber one,  but it  need not be  a sad one only.   It is primarily a day of gratitude for me  —  gratitude that so many of my family has served in the military and that so many of them have come home,  from the Revolutionary War through the present day.   I am grateful for those who thought their country worth their time and sacrifice,  and I marvel anew that in a nation run by the greedy,  corrupt,  and incompetent,  starting with the Oval Office,  we still produce young men and women willing to put themselves in harm’s way.

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Memorial 2011…

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Rich Terrell  has posted  Lee Teter’s poignant painting of the Vietnam wall for May 30th.      Most of us have friends whose names are chiseled there and in our hearts.

The New York Post offers a look  back to Shakespeare,  and a  modern Gold Star mother’s view.   The New York Times,  unsurprisingly, makes a  political statement  in its remembrance,   as does  the Washington Post.   The Baltimore Sun provides the history of the day  with less political content,  as does The Washington Times,  here.

It’s an American day,  not just for big sales and shopping and picnics,  but for those who are  buried far away  from their birthplaces.

Drop by The Corner at National Review Online for some lovely personal remembrances   and some excellent videos.   David Mills writes  of old men  who deserve our gratitude,  and a modern warrior  looks back   from his civilian life to his recent military past.   A civilian reflects on her brother’s call and includes one  of my favorite descriptions of the military   – —   “Our job is to go to work when diplomacy fails.”

And let us not forget the  dogs of war,  many of whom have both saved human lives and given their own lives protecting those who protect us.   The general rule of thumb is that each dog saves 150 human lives.  Thank goodness they are no longer treated as “surplus property” to be left behind or otherwise disposed of.

UPDATE:    John Hayward has  a fine column  up on history being the soldier’s gift.   Mike Finch points us  to a book  on Marine General Victor Krulak,  which I have already added to my summer reading list.

Gallup poll  finds that retired and active military don’t view His Oneness as the Greatest.   They should know.

Remember the brave…

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Read this  moving tribute to one of the fallen.   Unlike Gary Palmer,   I have known people who have died in action,  and it does make this Memorial Day a bit more special,  even though every generation of my family has seen military service,  including the current crop of 18 and overs.

h/t Quin Hillyer at The American Spectator,  who’s a friend of the author.

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