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Another Memorial Day!!

It is the holiday of the Indy 500 - and dragging out the barbecue or heading to the lake. Whatever you find yourself doing, take a minute to remember the reason for Memorial Day. You  enjoy freedoms because people have fought and died for your liberty. These soldiers that have made such a huge sacrifice for you do not ask for much. They frequently receive even less. Take a minute over the holiday to return some thanks for these people. Snap a salute to the flag or actually sing the National Anthem - -

This is excerpted from a writing by Major Micheal Davis O'Donnel - January 1969 - Republic of Vietnam - Three months before the Major and his helo went missing over Cambodia.


"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places that they can no longer go. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes that you left behind."

Enjoy a happy and addiction free holiday!!     Thanks
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511409 tn?1373395178
Great Post. I just  hope the Generations that came after mine can learn to understand that Memorial day is a day of remembrance. Not National BBQ Day.  A few months back my youngest was learning about his lineage and doing a report for school. As he worked on his "Tree" he found out we descended from J. Adams. Which my son thought was cool. But as he worked his way up the tree, he begins to to see just how many men were not only in the service, but how many gave the ultimate sacrifice for the message of freedom.  It was tough to explain.  Especially knowing, that this ten year old was destined to follow.(he's been obsessed with military life since he could walk.. Not too many ten year olds that can tell the difference between a C7 and C16).  It's something in the bloodline.  And it weighs heavy on my heart, as I watch so many take these freedoms for granted.  But, for all who take the time to remember those who walk the walk. Thank you.  And to all my brothers, keeping us safe in an uncertain world. Thank you, and may the Lord bring you back to your Families.  Happy Memorial Day.
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What a great post!  Thank you for this; I know that I get caught up in my own life and drama and often take for granted how lucky I am to have these freedoms that so many have fought and died for - and are still doing so right this minute all over the world.  Thanks again for this reminder - and Happy Memorial Weekend to everyone!

And LOVE the 500; spent many weekends of my life during the Month of May at IMS :)
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Eagle, thank you so much for shining the spotlight where it truly belongs. We owe our freedom to these many brave and unselfish heroes . Wishing everyone a safe and joyous Memorial day.
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thank you for this post!  made me tear up....so proud of our military men and women!!  past, present and future!!  
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Thanks.....its a very special day for me - I am a Vietnam era Vet. My brother was shot in the Mekong Delta on Memorial Day of 1966 - - - A very close friend lost his life on his first active mission in  a B-52 over North Vietnam....on a different Memorial Day. My father served in all four arenas of WW2. It should be more than just a day to get drunk!!  Its a day to enjoy, honor, and remember ...................and be thankful for.
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I remember living on the military base, Lawton Okla. 1967.  I remember the times the big black car pulled up and 2 men always got out and walked up to someone's trailer.  It was never good news.  On a brighter note the ice cream truck came thru 2 times a week, he was such a friendly guy and loved us military kids.  We also had a park, just for us...Dodo Park.  The peacocks were friendly and would fan their magnificent feathers out for us.  We shopped at Piggly Wiggly where the carry out guy would tell us in his southern accent, Y'all come back now!  I also met Ronald McDonald and got a balloon from him as they had just opened one up in that town.  I experienced all of this becuz of all of you, the veterans, who fought to keep us free~

eagle..I can still shoot a mean .357!!!
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Sara - gun control is being able to hit what you shoot at!! I have no doubt that you would give me a run for my money with a wheelgun.......eagle
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Remember the antennas they had on cars?  My dad and i used to go best of 5 to see who could hit the antenna with a bb gun.  I beat him everytime!!!
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eagle.....you better what out...a sara smackdown is headed your way.. or she  will shoot your antennas off......oh my sara. when i read what you wrote about the antennas i laughed out loud.
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Thank You!  
Unable to finish reading this thread for the tears.  Thank You for posting!
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Sara - - My TI in basic in 1969 continually drummed one thing into us......We only give you a pistol in order for you to fight your way back to your rifle, which you should never have been separated from in the first place!!!!!

Have to tell ya - - ya get out a Colt model 1911 - preferably a lightweight combat commander - -  and we could have a good time!!  

Thank you sara, for your fathers service and for experiencing those tender young experiences during a war that few understood - -  It was very hard on many entire families.
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Hey Nice Post!! I two have lost many to these Wars. Like a Uncle in the Korean & many, many Friends in Vietnam. I have relatives that are still in service too!! This day should be looked at as the biggest most important day of the Year!! Because with out all the Men & Women who fought for the Country, We might not be on here right now!!
Oh The Guns & Rifles..Alot of Hunters where I live..I have many Rifles too! But I Love my Critters and so we Do Not Hunt!! If we needed it right now to Survive then Yes. But thanks to these People who have fought... I still can drive, work, have fun and go to the stores..Ya!!!!
God Bless America!!!!
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It was very hard times during the Vietnam War.  So much hate and protesting.  I remember the protestors by the base and comments even made to us kids on our way to school.  They thought they were doing the right thing but they didnt understand that they could protest cuz of the ones who sacrificed their lives for our country.  They didnt have a real grasp on freedom at that time.  I remember when my best friends dad died.  Her 2 brothers were in Vietnam.  They came home for the funeral and my dad and our neighbor(Korean vet) walked over to them and shook their hands, gave their condolences and thanked them for serving our country.  Military runs thru my blood as i lived it all my life.  If you see someone not standing, not taking off their cap or not putting their hand over their heart it is me who will walk up to them and kindly ask them to respect our flag and our servicemen both past and present.
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AMEN Sarah..I just get all teared up on the commercial about that..Do you know which one..It is so so good!! The one with the Kid in the coffee shop with the Young and then the Older Vet! Oh that one gets to me in a good way every time!
Bless them All!!!
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Hi Eagle.. I Pray that " And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call war insane,' This is happening for you..  Thank you for you Sacrifices and Thank you to the many other Men/Women.. Our Flag is waving Proudly.. lesa
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Memorial Day Parades arent until Monday - - bump for the night
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lets bump this for the Monday Holiday!
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Well put, all of you.  Thank you to the men and women and families who sacrifice so much. More than I can ever imagine. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
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I will be taking a trip to the cemetary tomorrow to pay my respects.  The Avenue of Flags just takes my breath away~
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Bump this for the Monday Holiday.........lest we forget how our country came to be. And what is required to keep our country. We owe many people through the ages for the right to live in freedom.  Have a great holiday - -
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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for my freedom~
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Todays the day for remembering sacrifices made. Few realize that the Infantry casualty rate in Vietnam was 40% higher than that in the European Theater of WW2.....mostly because if improvised explosives and booby traps. And no one else received the welcome home that Vietnam Vets got. I was spit on and called a "baby killer" in Atlantas Hartsfield Airport.    Fortunately our current Troops and Vets dont have that to contend with!

Everybody have a great Holiday with friends and family......that is what will make these Veterans Happy!!!  And I might add that the USofA is the greatest country on the face of the earth!!!!!!!!!!!!  Honor those who fought to make and keep it that way.
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I hope you know how much you are appreciated here eagle for your sacrifices~
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pm'd you bud, only 3 others on here know my past.  I've done the ptsd therapy off and on for 30 yrs.  Somedays like today are the worst.

But hey, our greatgrandfathers had it worse, no radios using pigions, nothing for pain and infection.  

Took my dad to the wall, he had a hand written paper with 23 names, he found 22 on the wall.
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