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Got around to swapping out my every-day flag with the one I use for special occasions like tomorrow's remembrance. IMG_20190526_095725446_HDR.thumb.jpg.090179858a750dcbbcc1f044f38e935b.jpg

This particular example is very special to me. It is number 1138 and was flown over the USS Arizona on July 4, 2016. I remember the minute I walked onto the grounds of that facility and first looked across the water to the memorial...I was blubbering like a baby and even writing about that experience right now still brings back seriously misty eyes.

I never wish anyone a "happy" Memorial Day-nothing "happy" about it in my mind. While the majority of folks simply use this day as extra time off, I know better, and tomorrow is a whole lot bigger day for the most solemn of reasons. I think of my Great Uncle who was killed while landing in Normandy June 1944. Another Great Uncle who was killed by a Kamikaze attack off of Okinawa in 1945. My Grandfathers who served and survived WWII, and all my family who served in Vietnam. All long gone now. Then I think of all those boys on the Arizona who remain entombed with her...

I raise a toast to all of our fallen and lost Service Men & women. If not for your service, dedication and sacrifice to our country, we would not enjoy the freedoms that many have come to take for granted. I for one, will never forget and will never take what we have for granted. Like you, I will continue to fight for it. RIP fellow warriors.

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Yes. Memorial Day is a special day. It’s the day that we remember the men and women who have served our country with honor and pride. Ultimately giving their life so that we can be free. Many service men and women made it home, many did not. We salute those who proudly serve, and we remember the ones who didn’t come home. Thank you for your sacrifice. “Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life down for his friends” John 15:13 (KJV). 

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I couldn’t agree more guys. I always dislike when people say happy Memorial Day or ask “How are you going to celebrate Memorial Day”. I just politely say there isn’t anything happy about it to me or I don’t celebrate Memorial Day. I HONOR Memorial Day by remembering those that payed the ultimate price to ensure our freedoms that we do often take for granted.


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31 minutes ago, blackngold_blood said:

I couldn’t agree more guys. I always dislike when people say happy Memorial Day or ask “How are you going to celebrate Memorial Day”. I just politely say there isn’t anything happy about it to me or I don’t celebrate Memorial Day. I HONOR Memorial Day by remembering those that payed the ultimate price to ensure our freedoms that we do often take for granted.


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Well stated my friend. Cheers.

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5 hours ago, PING Apologist #9 said:

Got around to swapping out my every-day flag with the one I use for special occasions like tomorrow's remembrance. IMG_20190526_095725446_HDR.thumb.jpg.090179858a750dcbbcc1f044f38e935b.jpg

This particular example is very special to me. It is number 1138 and was flown over the USS Arizona on July 4, 2016. I remember the minute I walked onto the grounds of that facility and first looked across the water to the memorial...I was blubbering like a baby and even writing about that experience right now still brings back seriously misty eyes.

I never wish anyone a "happy" Memorial Day-nothing "happy" about it in my mind. While the majority of folks simply use this day as extra time off, I know better, and tomorrow is a whole lot bigger day for the most solemn of reasons. I think of my Great Uncle who was killed while landing in Normandy June 1944. Another Great Uncle who was killed by a Kamikaze attack off of Okinawa in 1945. My Grandfathers who served and survived WWII, and all my family who served in Vietnam. All long gone now. Then I think of all those boys on the Arizona who remain entombed with her...

I raise a toast to all of our fallen and lost Service Men & women. If not for your service, dedication and sacrifice to our country, we would not enjoy the freedoms that many have come to take for granted. I for one, will never forget and will never take what we have for granted. Like you, I will continue to fight for it. RIP fellow warriors.

Thank you PA#9, and other contributors, for sharing your thoughts here. It *is* sad that it's so often forgotten what this day really means.

Thank you all active and former service members on this forum, and everywhere.

Oh and dude.. nice flag! It's really something when you have a meaningful flag like that for special occasions!

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14 minutes ago, cksurfdude said:

Thank you PA#9, and other contributors, for sharing your thoughts here. It *is* sad that it's so often forgotten what this day really means.

Thank you all active and former service members on this forum, and everywhere.

Oh and dude.. nice flag! It's really something when you have a meaningful flag like that for special occasions!

Thanks Man...really...heart-felt thank-you. A little misty...👊

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. I HONOR Memorial Day by remembering those that payed the ultimate price to ensure our freedoms that we do often take for granted.


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What a great response!

Our Memorial Day "service" is the highlight of our Club. It was held again today as it has for the past 19 years. In addition to the traditional agenda which includes a prayer by our Chaplin to memorialize the fallen, honor guard, cannon salute, local chorale,laying of a wreath (into Lake Erie), we also had a speaker present how the Great Lakes were involved in all of the wars. Perhaps the most starling comment is that 51% of our youth today don't understand what Memorial Day stands for.




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Love this post. Much love to everyone whose ever worn the cloth of this nation. To those who never made it out of uniform, We Remember. -Cliff. Active Duty USN, EODCS.


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I’m forever thankful for all of those who gave their lives for our freedom. God bless their souls!!!


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I’ll be remembering all of our fallen service members, the sacrifices too often go under appreciated.

Both of my grandfathers served, they made it home safely along with the rest of the gentlemen below, but have since passed.

WWII, and Korean wars.

My Great Uncles WWII, Korean.

My Great Great Grandfather WWI.

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Memorial Day is very special to me and let us pay tribute to our fallen Hero’s.

 

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3 hours ago, CFrazier said:

Love this post. Much love to everyone whose ever worn the cloth of this nation. To those who never made it out of uniform, We Remember. -Cliff. Active Duty USN, EODCS.


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Thank you Brother. 

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2 hours ago, ole gray said:

Memorial Day is very special to me and let us pay tribute to our fallen Hero’s. emoji631.png

 

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Amen

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