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    Default The Official Memorial Day 2009 thread

    While we all are celebrating this special holiday with our friends and family, let us take a moment to remember those who made this holiday possible.


    HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY TO ALL........



    Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking.

    What is a Vet?

    He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

    He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

    She or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

    He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL.

    He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

    He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

    He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

    He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

    He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

    He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

    He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

    So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

    Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU."

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    God bless anyone & everyone that's served to preserve our freedom.

    *raises glass*

    Cheers.

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    Thanks for starting this before I split. I hope everybody has a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. We are having our veteran's activities on Monday at the cemeteries and then a community dinner with a slide show of all our vets.

    Should be nice. Not to mention hot!
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    Thank you for posting this.

    And thank you to all the members of our military. Your service is greatly appreciated.

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    And just to add one more to my post above.....
    He is my father....drafted 1 month out of high school, handed a rifle and tossed on a plane to Vietnam, where he won the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star in 2 seperate encounters with the enemy. All this while his young bride and infant son (who he had yet to see) waited at home.
    He was wounded 4 times in his last combat action, and ended up returning to the United States with a severe morphine addiction, thanks to the mind-boggling amounts of it used in his recovery. He was welcomed home by hecklers who spit on him and called him "baby killer".
    I still remember being a little kid and waking up in the middle of the night to find him crying over his Vietnam photo album, pointing out pictures of 10 or 20 soldiers, and telling me he was the only one left alive out of those groups.
    He never fully recovered from the morphine addiction, and now has cancer caused by Agent Orange. And yet said he would do it all over again if he was called.
    My parents eventually divorced, due to his addiction. I hated him for a long time for that. I last spoke to him about 10 years ago, and have no idea where he is now.
    And yet, I still have the newspaper clippings detailing his valor, and the medals (which he once wanted to throw away, but I salvaged them) are locked away, awaiting the day when I try to explain to my son what war is.

    THAT is the price of our freedom, folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTheEdHead View Post
    And just to add one more to my post above.....
    He is my father....drafted 1 month out of high school, handed a rifle and tossed on a plane to Vietnam, where he won the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star in 2 seperate encounters with the enemy. All this while his young bride and infant son (who he had yet to see) waited at home.
    He was wounded 4 times in his last combat action, and ended up returning to the United States with a severe morphine addiction, thanks to the mind-boggling amounts of it used in his recovery. He was welcomed home by hecklers who spit on him and called him "baby killer".
    I still remember being a little kid and waking up in the middle of the night to find him crying over his Vietnam photo album, pointing out pictures of 10 or 20 soldiers, and telling me he was the only one left alive out of those groups.
    He never fully recovered from the morphine addiction, and now has cancer caused by Agent Orange. And yet said he would do it all over again if he was called.
    My parents eventually divorced, due to his addiction. I hated him for a long time for that. I last spoke to him about 10 years ago, and have no idea where he is now.
    And yet, I still have the newspaper clippings detailing his valor, and the medals (which he once wanted to throw away, but I salvaged them) are locked away, awaiting the day when I try to explain to my son what war is.

    THAT is the price of our freedom, folks.
    Damn shame what happened to your dad...should never have happened. bless him. I hope he's ok.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    what is there to say but "thanks" to all who have served?

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    I was looking for this tune for another thread, when I ran across this moving slide show.



    And for those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you.

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    My Uncle Julius was an Sargent in WW2. He did some kinda realy above the call of duty stuff at the Battle of the Bulge. He never talked about it my Grandmother would always say dont ask him about it.. Rip Uncle Julius. I had another Uncle who was in the Marines and he was in the Honor Gaurd at Arlington.
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    One of my oldest and best friend's grandfather was in WWII. I never got the chance to meet him. Back then we were young and I was always told that the man was an asshole and was mean to everyone. At 18 years old who wants to be subject to that? Once I was told his story after his death, I was pissed and told my friend I wish he had taken me to meet him.

    A little back story about my family: We are UT/Texas Tech fans...to which both schools' biggest rival is A&M. My sister had a scholarship to A&M that she did not take as my father would have disowned her. (Not really, but it would have been bizarre).

    (I may have some of these facts wrong. If so, please correct me as I do not want to mis-represent this event)

    For those who are unfamiliar with the tradition of Muster, every year for the graduates of A&M who have died a ceremony is held in their honor which all their names are called. I was invited to attend by my friend. As I understand it, only family are supposed to be on the floor during this ceremony. I was there with my friend and his parents.

    Muster originated in the Phillipines when a regimen of US Army soldiers were captured by the Japanese. Alot of these soldiers were Aggies. Many died in battle and the survivors held a roll call of their brothers who died...the first Muster. Actually I believe this was done before the soldiers were captured, but I'm not sure.

    This was on the island of Bataam(sp?) My buddy's grandfather was one of these soldiers. He survived the Death March and was forced to work in the mines during his imprisonment. The few facts I was told of his treatment during this time are horrid and I will not repeat them.

    He wasn't an asshole...he was a hero that was unable to cope with those who never had to suffer anything close to what he was subject to.

    I regret never meeting the man but was honored to stand when the name Tull Ray Louder was called that night.




    BTW, when I told my father I was going to a ceremony at A&M he was a little miffed. When I told him WHAT I was doing, he told me to stand proud.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post
    This was on the island of Bataam(sp?) My buddy's grandfather was one of these soldiers. He survived the Death March and was forced to work in the mines during his imprisonment. The few facts I was told of his treatment during this time are horrid and I will not repeat them.

    Good friend of mine growing, his Dad was one of those taken prisoner by the japanese there in the Philippines. Was a POW the entire war. I believe he was from a National Guard unit based out of North Texas. I know many in that Guard unit were in the Bataan Death March. Horrible stories.

    Anyway, happy Memorial Day to everyone and thanks to all who have served and those who are serving!
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    Everybody be safe this weekend!

    And of course, thank you to all who have served our country in the past.....or currently serving...or will be serving in the future!!

    I salute you!!!
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