I always am grateful for someone thanking me for my service, but Memorial Day is reserved for those who died in service of their country. Please don't thank me. I came back. My sincere appreciation and gratefulness goes to those who died and whose families sacrificed their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers, and sisters. They are our heroes and on Memorial Day I offer my heartfelt thanks.
I appreciate your original intention of memorial Day, and for that I will say thank you for your service. But then I think if the many graves I have visited all my life. And most of the men (who would feel as you) who died later often due to complications during their service. I think of the red poppy I keep on my auto visor, the flag I fly in their honor, the suffering many continued to endure, and especially my dad. Nearly blown in two Manning an anti kamikazi gun on a battleship. And as a marine never forgave himself when about sixty if his fellow sailors and Marines died in one kamikazi attack and he lived. Then in the Korea conflict he went to re-up and due to his injuries before they told him he had done all he could for his country and his services were no longer required. That devistated him. God bless those of you that served,and peace to those that did not come home. Brad
Thanks Brad. You certainly made my point by the example of your father. Your dad sacrificed an awful lot for this country but whe considered his fellow Marines that did not come home as the heroes. I consider your dad a hero, but I'll bet you he didn't. Incidentally, the "original intention" of Memorial Day is not mine (obviously), but only interpreting it the way it was intended. Veterans Day is for all who served.
I remember several people who gave of their time and/or life for their country: My step-father served in WWI. He came back home, but came back a changed man. My next door neighbor died in Viet Nam when they shot down his helicopter which was trying to rescue our soldiers. My husband served 9 years in the Air Force and, although he didn't see combat, he is still remembered as a veteran who gave of his time. My oldest daughter served in the Army for over 20 years and, although women weren't supposed to be in combat, she was because of where they sent her. The final one I remember is the sheriff of a nearby town. He was a Marine, served in combat, came back home, became a lawman and served 32 years as sheriff. He died at 12:15 this morning, and so far, we don't know why. I have know many men and women who have served their country and I salute them all.
I’ve posted this photo before, but here it is again for those who may not have seen it. My family will be visiting our grandpa’s gravesite again this afternoon.
There are really no words descriptive enough to fully encircle the sacrifice of our heros in the armed forces. I’ll keep it simple with this statement:
God bless you all, both the families of the fallen and of the living soldiers - and the selfless, sincere soldiers who are so often taken for granted by the new generation of today.
You will never be forgotten!
A humble..thank you to all..
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