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Old 05-30-11, 07:56 AM   #1
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Is a Memorial Day post OK?

Taken from my Father's grave in Arlington National.

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Old 05-30-11, 08:11 AM   #2
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Apropriate Tom. Ex son-in-law was Old Guard. Dad was a bombardier/navigator instructor, son an SOC Marine. Blues Frog
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Old 05-30-11, 08:27 AM   #3
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It is always appropriate to recognize the the men and women who gave there lives for our freedom.

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Old 05-30-11, 09:17 AM   #4
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Semper Fi to all those that paid the ultimate price for the defense of our freedoms.

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Old 05-30-11, 09:21 AM   #5
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Freedom isn't free. I thank all for their service.
Very OK in my book Tom.
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Old 05-30-11, 09:33 AM   #6
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I would certainly hope it is okay. Any day is a good day to honor your father and all our other fallen warriors as well, Memorial day hopefully reminds those who were not so close to these heroes to join us in paying our respects on, at least, this one day each year.
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Old 05-30-11, 09:51 AM   #7
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On my ride this morning, I was overtaken by an Army truck, and I couldn't figure out why it would be all by itself out on this little country road. I'd forgotten there was a little old cemetery up around the next bend. When I got there, the truck was pulled over and parked among a handful of cars, and the color guard was preparing for small ceremony, with about 30 other folks in attendance. I stopped and offered up a thought to all the vets, including my late father, who served in the Navy during WWII, and a cousin who was in the infantry in Vietnam.
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Old 05-30-11, 09:54 AM   #8
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Yes, indeed it is. Those who have sacrificed did so to keep us free to do what we feel is right. Thanks for reminding us that families of the fallen still bear the pain of their losses.
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Old 05-30-11, 11:40 AM   #9
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110 KIA from my home town, many of them i grew up with and knew. Was lucky enough to come back in one piece. Viet Nam war vet. My brother and two cousins also were there. Remembering all the dead from all our wars. Praying for all those who serve today. America,land of the Free.
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There is a Confederate War cemetery in Stone Mountain that I ride past every time I ride to SM park.
Today when I rode by a group from the Sons of Confederate Veterans (I think) had a nice display of flags (U.S. and Confederate), flags on the graves, and information about their organization available. You may not agree but the men and women laid to rest there were Americans and died fighting for the America they believed in.
I was very happy to see that all American soldiers and sailors were remembered today.
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Old 05-30-11, 02:15 PM   #11
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Thank You, to lay down ones life is the ultimate sacrifice.
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Tom,

Thank you for the post. It is very OK by me. It is by the sacrifice of so many brave men (and women) that I could enjoy the beautiful weather today and go out for a nice bike ride. I took a few minutes at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon to say a quiet "thank you" to all of them.
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It is always appropriate to recognize the the men and women who gave there lives for our freedom.

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It is a bit upsetting to have many TV news folks mix the meaning of Memorial Day and Veterans Day in their reporting. Swear I heard it several times on different networks.

And now for a history lesson on Memorial Day. I was transferred to Texas in 1980. Said to my boss see you on Tuesday after Memorial Day. He pulled me into his office to explain that Memorial Day is not a holiday in 6 southern states and I better show up for work. The reason, Memorial Day started out as a celebration day for the Union dead. Later on the states decided they would rather have a day off than hold an old grudge.
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On the way to the Tour of Somerville, I passed a cemetery. I saw a group of people, one of them was obviously old, she was sitting in a chair in front of a flag decorated headstone. It's hard to ride with tears in your eyes.
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Old 05-31-11, 04:48 AM   #15
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I saw this thread title earlier in the day on Memorial Day. Later in the afternoon I took my ride to a cemetery. Although I did not know anybody buried there, I walked through the place and offered my respect.

TY to the OP.
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