Memorial Day...what will you be doing?

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    May 25, 2011 12:47 AM GMT
    As we Americans approach Memorial Day, let us remember this:

    It is the VETERAN,
    not the preacher,
    who has given us freedom of religion.

    It is the VETERAN,
    not the reporter,
    who has given us freedom of the press.

    It is the VETERAN,
    not the poet,
    who has given us freedom of speech.


    It is the VETERAN,
    not the campus organizer,
    who has given us freedom to assemble.

    It is the VETERAN,
    not the lawyer,
    who has given us the right to a fair trial.


    It is the VETERAN,
    not the politician,
    Who has given us the right to vote.


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  • 2PecanDeBeurr...

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    May 25, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    Thank you,Friendrbetter
    We, veterans of all military branches appreciate the acknowledgement of our US citizens for our duty and loyalty.
    To serve and protect this great country is an honor.
    We defend the right of each US citizen to live freely.
    j.c.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 25, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    jprichva saidDon't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.


    What a caustic comment!

    The point the OP is making is we could visit some other topics....something different than the guy above you, below you, in your pants, and popular culture.

    Personally, I am dead set against the two wars we are currently involved in and blame the former (still love saying that word when it comes to George) President for getting us into one war we didn't need to be in and for farting around in the other when we could have blown them off the map. On the other hand, I have nothing but respect for those men and women in uniform and in harm's way on a daily basis.

    Once in a while I will receive a call at work from a soldier stationed in either Iraq or Afganistan. I work in the travel industry and sometimes we are called to book vacations for soldiers when they are on leave. At the end of every conversation, I tell them that I appreciate all they do for us and they have my complete and utmost respect. That's not smoke and mirrors or some sales ploy. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

    Respect for those who have lost their lives in previous battles is what Memorial Day is all about. Let's not forget that.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 25, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    butterpecan2 saidTo ALL veterans who have risked their lives in foreign countries and here
    There are TERRORISTS every where, WE lived/survived them
    And WILL NOT be TERRORIZED by RealJock citizens who don't
    have a CLUE
    j.c.

    You've been on this site for, what, 20 minutes?
    Some of us have history.
    Do yourself a favor and shut up.


    There are guys here that have "history" as well....and they know when to engage their brain before putting their mouth in gear. Butterpecan2 has made some valid points regarding the topic at hand, whereas you have established yourself as a bitter individual that has an issue with the OP, who has done nothing to deserve the wrath of you.
  • TrentGrad

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    May 25, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    butterpecan2 saidwell, thank you fellow veterans for serving so the freedom of speech can be practiced by ALL citizens
    j.c.


    A worthy sentiment...but one you shoot a lot of holes in when you imply that you would physically harm someone for speaking their mind on a community forum.

    I do hold veterans and military men in high esteem...until a small number of those noble men suggest that I don't have the right to use the freedom they suggest they so willingly sacrificed their youth to preserve.

    But even though we don't have Memorial Day here in Canada, thanks to all Veterans who have both fought for Canada, and on the side Canada fought with, for their sacrifices to preserve the freedoms we so cherish!
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    May 25, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    butterpecan2 saidTrentgard, I was saying meet face to face, physical harm is not necessary, rather than telling someone to shut up. That statement puts one on the defense since it is very offensive. Bullying is unacceptable(verbal/non verbal)
    j.c.


    that was not bullying so don't use "the word of the month."

    He has his right to say what he wants and in turn so can you. Isn't that why you're part of the many groups of people we honor on Memorial Day- to keep our freedom? Remember who you represent before you engage in trivial nonsense and arguing, right? Dont mean to offend- just question
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    May 25, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    um.... icon_eek.gif

    Wow. I was going to post a little tribute to my grandfather who was a wounded veteran, but I think i'll hang out on another thread lol.

    Too much bitching and back and forth here.
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    May 25, 2011 6:47 PM GMT
    Let's try this again....with music. I was in the Coast Guard and this was our hymn, back in the late 60's. Guess the Navy liked it...and took it for themselves. ;-(
  • 2PecanDeBeurr...

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    May 25, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    Memories of people who shared their lives,
    their experiences, encouraged "be who you are"
    they came from all walks of life
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    May 25, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    butterpecan2 saidMemories of people who shared their lives,
    their experiences, encouraged "be who you are"
    they came from all walks of life


    This amplifies my thoughts on the benefits of mandatory military service. I can
    recall the camaraderie between myself and the guys I served with. It was a real eye opener into the lives and background of so many other guys my age.
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    May 26, 2011 4:39 AM GMT

    Never had to serve myself, but I have the utmost humility and respect for the guys and gals who keep us all safe.

    God Bless America !!
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    May 29, 2011 12:52 AM GMT

    I recall, as a child, that this day was also a time to reflect on loved ones who had passed on.
    My parent bought a large plot of spaces at a local cemetery long before I was born...I think the number was about 18. Each Memorial Day...and other holidays as well...we would visit the graves of my great-grandparents, my grandparents, aunts, uncles and others in my family who were interred at this place. Flowers were placed on each grave, bronze was polished and we sat in silent respect for those who had gone before us.
    I wonder if anyone ever does that anymore....