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Old 05-17-2013, 11:17   #1
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Memorial Day

I really don't know how to put this without sounding like a putz so I'll just come out and say it.

I see a lot of "Thank a Veteran for Memorial Day" stuff and every year there are a couple threads on exactly that.

There's one problem. The Veterans have their own day. It's at the end of the year in November. Memorial Day is not for the living.

Memorial Day is for my buddy that I flew with in Bosnia in '97-98:
20 AUG 02
CW2 Phillip Rochlitz

who crashed at Ft Polk in 2002 leaving a young wife.

It's for another buddy of mine that I flew with in 4/2 ACR:
26 MAY 05
CW4 Matthew S. Lourey
who was shot down in Iraq and is now buried at Arlington.

If you want to really do something for the day, find a family of a Vet who ended up giving everything, literally, for the job and do something nice for them.

I have no idea if this makes sense outside of my head but it kinda bugs me every year.

(had to correct that, Matt IS buried in Arlington. Dunno how that said not instead of now)
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:36   #2
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Yes, Memorial Day and Veterans Day are two very different things for me. I was taught very early the distinction between the two.

My father who was in the Army Air Corps (Pacific Theater) during WWII lost two brothers during the war. His oldest brother William was killed in France and buried there. His little brother Timothy was lost on the USS Quincy and body never recovered. Two Uncles I never knew. Graves my Father nor his parents never got to visit.

Veterans Day is for the survivors who can remember those lost.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:51   #3
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They are public sector holidays.

That's what really matters, anymore.

Time for parades and shooting at gatherings of people in the park.
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Old 05-17-2013, 14:09   #4
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They are public sector holidays.

That's what really matters, anymore.

Time for parades and shooting at gatherings of people in the park.
This sounds like some kind of poor attempt at humor......and, it's not going to go over very well with very many who read it.

No, the fact that Memorial Day is a national holiday isn't what is important. It is important because men and women served and gave their lives for your right to speak in such a disrespectful way.

Memorial Day is not only for those who gave their lives in battle.......it is also to honor those who made it home, but have since departed.

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This sounds like some kind of poor attempt at humor......and, it's not going to go over very well with very many who read it.
You are preaching to the choir, with me.

And, no, my humor doesn't carry far here.

Ask the 99% what it means to them.

A holiday.
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Old 05-17-2013, 19:15   #6
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You are preaching to the choir, with me.

And, no, my humor doesn't carry far here.

Ask the 99% what it means to them.

A holiday.
The thought occurred to me that you meant the comments to be sarcasm after I had posted......and, it looks like that's how you intended it to be taken. It's easy to mistake the meaning of written words on these forums. My posts are sometimes interpreted to mean something I hadn't intended, and one thing you might want to use is the little smiley icons available to you. If you had, it would avoid some (but not all misconceptions).......no written words are perfect, though!

My apologies to you, and may your Memorial Day be meaningful in the way it was intended to be. It will for me, because I'll be taking my annual trip to the local veteran's memorial and cemetery to pay my respects.....and to honor a few good men whom I knew that didn't come home.

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I agree with you. Memorial Day is for those who gave all.

I used to volunteer placing flags on the graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Awesome place.
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My family goes to Andersonville National Cemetery every memorial day to pay our respects. It kills me to see the new graves of the young kids from our current conflict.
I also get the thank you emails I just realize they mean well and their heart is in the right place and let it go at that.
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Old 05-18-2013, 17:33   #9
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I have no idea if this makes sense outside of my head but it kinda bugs me every year.

It's annoying. And now 'first responders' are considered as veterans in some cases.
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Agreed,
there is a secretary at work who is very diligent about posting the "Happy Birthdays" and "Happy Holidays" ect... in the boardroom. I walked into that room on Memorial Day one year and she had written happily in red/white/blue "Happy Memorial Day" and listed all of us vets on the board with a special thank you. I went into her office and sat down and explained the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day- she just didn't know the difference and thanked me for taking the time to explain. I have ran into that more than once- some people just don't know that Memorial Day is only for the ones who made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Sorry for your losses HerrGlock.
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, "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes—and I see many of them in the audience here today—our sense of patriotism is particularly strong"

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I really don't know how to put this without sounding like a putz so I'll just come out and say it.

I see a lot of "Thank a Veteran for Memorial Day" stuff and every year there are a couple threads on exactly that.

There's one problem. The Veterans have their own day. It's at the end of the year in November. Memorial Day is not for the living.

Memorial Day is for my buddy that I flew with in Bosnia in '97-98:
20 AUG 02
CW2 Phillip Rochlitz

who crashed at Ft Polk in 2002 leaving a young wife.

It's for another buddy of mine that I flew with in 4/2 ACR:
26 MAY 05
CW4 Matthew S. Lourey
who was shot down in Iraq and is now buried at Arlington.

If you want to really do something for the day, find a family of a Vet who ended up giving everything, literally, for the job and do something nice for them.

I have no idea if this makes sense outside of my head but it kinda bugs me every year.

(had to correct that, Matt IS buried in Arlington. Dunno how that said not instead of now)
I hope you don't mind if I borrow this. I've been trying to think of a way to express this on a few other forums and (yes) Facebook without sounding ungrateful, but you put it far more eloquently than I could.
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