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May 28, 2010


Have a great Memorial Day weekend. But also remember the Memorial Day part, OK?


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They sacrificed so that you could have this.

As it should be, Dave.

For Mr. Bonmot.

Amen to that (the Memorial part, not the Manilow part).

& remember: Absolutely No Flonking dwile Driving!
No Bonking dwile Blogging!
No Jilling dwile Jacking!! No.... oh... Nevermind...
(our driving sux!...butt our Beaches 'n bItches are better than yours!!)

<3'Memorialize those that truly deserve Memorializing'<3

Nosh a Bratwurst

What Dave said, and thanks to all veterans including my father (who enlisted at 17 after Pearl harbor was attacked).

Although I can't help but quote Mia Farrow in Radio Days: "Who's Pearl Harbor?"

(For the record, I meant no disrespect to any veteran, including a number of my own kinfolk. But I know they all had a sense of humor.)

What? We're tossing Barry Manilow into Pearl Harbor??

*dons swimsuit, gathers ropes & weights*

I'm ready!

Happy Memorial Day and Thank You to all who serv(ed).


He's baaaaack !


i'll flonk the dwile
the beast i'll roast
and misty eyed
i'll raise a toast
to those that died
to make me free
and filled with pride

(thanks, dad)

I'm never sure how to answer the "Thank you for your service" thing. Would it be pretentious to say something like, "You're welcome. It was my pleasure."? It's the truth. It was an honor and I'd do it all again. Have a nice weekend.

Have a fun and SAFE Memorial Day weekend Dave & judi and all you crrrrrrrrraaaaaaaazies here in blogland!

Taking the time to honor and thank our heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice and to those who have served and are currently serving. God Bless You!

In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

**tears up***

My Dad enlisted after Pearl, too. His marker is in Ft. Snelling near the airport now, but his ashes are in Colorado mountains.

Freedom is not Free..

OtheU, that's beautiful. Thanks for posting.

I try to do that every year, about this time, Siouxie ... a Memorial, if you will, for a friend ... he was a Veteran, and active in veterans' affairs ... a great guy ...

His "job" ... every year ... was reading that poem during the VFW/American Legion graveside ceremonies on memorial day ... he did a fine job of it ...

I miss him ...

My dad is buried at Fort Snelling as well....

1,000 dead in Afghanistan

grieving, honoring, remembering.

*sniff* thanks for sharing OtheU.

That is my favorite poem OtheU. Thank you for that. I will be hugging a WWII and Vietnam Vet on Monday. My uncle and my dad respectively. Both will tell me they're not into that mushy stuff but they will like it anyway. I will also be flying my U.S. flag on the front of my house. May I offer my thanks to all the veterans on this blog and all veterans who may read this.

I'll have the National Colors out all weekend, weather permitting ... and the POW/MIA flag will join it on Monday, if not sooner ... also, my vehicles have the "ribbon" on 'em ...

One of my nephews is home for a few days ... he goes back to base next week, and to Afghanistan from there ... he's a rotor-head (flies an Apache), and I know he's good ... but we'll be worryin' nearly as much as his mom & dad ...

Had an interesting "getting to know" conversation with a VVA the other nite ... and all the other connections will be in special remembrance ...

Fly the Flag, folks ... even if the POTUS won't salute it ...

O the U,

Sir, your perspective and heart are in the right place.

btw, in addition to being Memorial Day it is race week here in the Carolinas. Any NASCAR fans? Jeff Gordon fans don't count.

Saying "thank you" seems so inadequate to the families of those who gave all.

My father fought the "battle of Arizona", as he put it. He trained the gunners that flew over Europe. My sister was a toddler before he got a leave long enough to come see her and my mother. That time was hard on everyone and deadly for many.
The cemetery is only 3 hours drive away but I rarely go.
I prefer to remember him coming out to greet us as we drove into his driveway. We did not realize was his last Christmas. "I'm SO glad you could make it!"
So am I, Daddy.

As long as we're quoting poems, here's another from another World War I veteran. While we remember those who have served and are serving, let's remember the peacemakers as well.

(((Steve))) Sorry about your dad. I've had family fight in every war since the Revolutionary War but fortunately only one was killed in battle and he is buried at Gettysburg. I have letters that he wrote to my 3 great grandmother's ago. I treasure them and absolutely marvel at his beautiful, flowing handwriting. He didn't want to be there and says so many times. He always signed them, Your Obedient Son, Benjamin. They make me teary. Can you imagine your 19 year old son writing you a letter and signing it like that? Can you imagine your 19 year old son writing a letter? My dad says we've been in every war because we can't get along with anybody. God Bless our veterans of every age!

btw, by 'we' can't get along with anybody I meant my family. Which is not true. I like a few people I've met.

Everybody's gone now but I'll post it anyway: As the wife and the mother of military veterans, let's also remember 9/11 and the first responders who also gave all.

We're not gone Nannie. Just lurking around. I agree about the first responders. My son is a volunteer fireman and I'm also a paramedic. I don't know how they did what they did.

God Bless

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