Friday, May 27, 2016

GCF: Memorial Day 2016 (Serious, Not Humor)

 



The joke for today has been sent.

What follows wasn't sent to me by another person or list, nor was it
found posted elsewhere. It's just a few thoughts about a holiday
which is special to me. It's one of those few times when I share
something serious instead of humorous. -Tom

GCF: Memorial Day 2016 (Serious, Not Humor)

In the United States, Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday
in May and honors those men and women who lost their lives serving
their country. What we celebrate as Memorial Day today, began at the
end of the Civil War. Family members of the many soldiers slain in
battle would visit the grave sites of their fallen relatives or
friends and decorate the graves with flowers.

On May 5, 1868, General John Logan proclaimed this day a holiday
through his General Order No. 11. The day was entitled Decoration Day
and was first observed on May 30, 1868. The northern states
celebrated this day every year, but the southern states celebrated a
day similar to this on a different day until sometime after World War I.

In 1882, the name Decoration day was changed to Memorial Day, and in
1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be held on the
last Monday of May every year. Over the years it has come to serve as
a day to remember all U.S. men and women killed or missing in action
in all wars.

I am truly grateful for the freedoms which we enjoy today. Too often,
we take these gifts for granted, little realizing the sacrifice which
was involved in ensuring that these freedoms continue to be a part of
all our lives. Be honest, how many of us think of Memorial Day as
just another chance for a three-day weekend? A chance to go the lakes
or beaches or mountains? A trip to Disneyland or Six Flags or some
other amusement/theme park?

I know there are probably some people on the GCF mailing list who
might not agree with my views in these special emails, but as a
former Hospital Corpsman (US Navy), I want to give my humble thanks
to those who gave their lives so that we have the right to disagree
with each other.

If you are here in the United States, please remember to display the
flag, not just for the day but for the whole weekend. Let's not
forget the real reason for having this holiday. The quotes below say
it all. Please take the time to read them.

Take care everyone.

Tom
(HM2, USN 65-69)

"It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of
our country in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see
these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something
like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray-haired. But most of them
were boys when they died, they gave up two lives -- the one they were
living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave
up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They
gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything
for their county, for us. All we can do is remember."

-- Ronald Wilson Reagan
Remarks at Veteran's Day ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia, November 11, 1985

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We
didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought
for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we
will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's
children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

-- Ronald Wilson Reagan
Address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
March 30, 1961

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Let's all pause and take a minute to REMEMBER.

Pearl Harbor 1941 ... Normandy 1944 ... Pork Chop Hill Korea 1953 ...
Tet Offensive Vietnam 1968 ... Desert Storm Kuwait 1991 ...
The World Trade Center 9/11 2001 ... Shock and Awe Iraq 2003 ...
Iraq War Surge 2007 ... Afghanistan TODAY.

After having taken a minute to REMEMBER Let's take one more minute to
say THANK YOU for all that was given, all that was lost and all that
was gained for us to enjoy our Hot-Dogs, Soft Ball, Picnics, Swimming
Pools, Beaches, Iced Tea and Kids in Peace in the Greatest Country on
God's Green Earth.

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A final thought and addition to the words above.....

Over the years the meaning of Memorial Day has faded too much from
the public consciousness. From a solemn day of mourning, remembrance,
and honor to the men and women who died in providing the freedoms we
enjoy, it has been reduced to a weekend of BBQ's, shopping bargains
and beaches where only token nods toward our honored dead is given,
if at all. Too many don't know what the day stands for.

So, let's not forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They are
remembered in all our prayers. Also, let's not forget a prayer for
the safety of all service men and women, whether they serve at home
or overseas. Finally, a heartfelt Semper Fi from this former Hospital
Corpsman is sent to all the Marines I knew. -Tom

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a greeting card tried to get a moment to finalize her selection.

She said, "I do not want to hear the word 'Mom' for five minutes."

Seconds later, the boy tugged her skirt and said, "Excuse me, lady."

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All this talk about death by chocolate, yet chocolate still roams free.

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