airtran737
Posts: 3218
Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2004 3:47 am

Memorial Day

Sun May 27, 2007 12:43 am

Well a weekend of family time is upon us. Right now millions of Americans are traveling for the long weekend. They will enjoy going to the beach, boating, playing catch, watching the Indy 500, ect. I hope that everyone takes the time to reflect what this weekend, and Memorial Day is truly about. We need to honor the millions of men and women who have put their lives in harms way to defend our country, and those who could not defend themselves. Many of these men and women did not come home, and on this Memorial Day there will be millions of people who have lost a father, mother, brother, sister, nephew, niece, grand father or grand mother. I personally would like to offer my gratitude to them for making their ultimate sacrifice. May God bless them, and America.

"From Valley Forge to Vietnam, from Kuwait to Kandahar, from Berlin to Baghdad, brave men and women have given up their own futures so that others might have a future of freedom. Because of their sacrifice, millions here and around the world enjoy the blessings of liberty. And wherever these patriots rest, we offer them the respect and gratitude of our nation." - George Bush



http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/photos/uploaded_images/052705%20OH%20memorial%2013-748665.JPG



Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
 
ANCFlyer
Posts: 21391
Joined: Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:51 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Sun May 27, 2007 12:56 am

Salute to every person that ever served an honorable day in military uniform . . . .





Some fun times for sure:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/AirborneAbrams.jpg

Some not so fun:



Some enduring motivators:



I proud to say I served . . .



. . . and that these will never run . . .

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/csmpep/OldGloryArmyFlagCampingJul06.jpg
FOR THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR IT, FREEDOM HAS A FLAVOR THE PROTECTED WILL NEVER KNOW OR UNDERSTAND
 
comorin
Posts: 3857
Joined: Sun May 29, 2005 5:52 am

RE: Memorial Day

Sun May 27, 2007 2:32 am

A salute today to all in the Armed Forces - its to easy to forget them in times of peace and prosperity - they keep the put their lives on the line, keeping wolves at bay so the rest of us can lead happy lives and fulfill our dreams.

I was especially moved last night watching a Coast Guard rescue operation from a trawler in the Bering Sea by Helicopter - what courage and risk of life by the crew to airlift just one woman to hospital in ANC.
 
srbmod
Posts: 15446
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2001 1:32 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Sun May 27, 2007 9:08 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):

Can we start a pool on when the first photochop using that photo will appear?  duck 

There are several towns that I drive through on my delivery route that have crosses and flags set up along the sides of the road of the names of locals who had died and what conflict they were killed in. It makes you think when you see multiple crosses with the same last name that died either in the same conflict or by generation (WWI, WWII, Vietnam) because in these small towns, these people were more than likely related. One of the towns I go through actually has someone listed who died in the Revolutionary War and in another town, the War of 1812; I found that interesting since this part of the state was at that time, still primarily Cherokee and Creek territory. In the same town that I see the cross for a solider that died in the War of 1812, there is also one from Beirut and another for Panama (Operation Just Cause), and I also believe there is at least one for Iraq. But for the most part, the World War 2 and Vietnam are the conflicts most seen on these crosses, with the Civil War and WWI being following. These same towns also put these displays up for Veteran's Day as well; it's a very fitting and moving tribute to those who gave their lives while fighting for our country.
 
flynavy
Posts: 2177
Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2002 1:48 am

RE: Memorial Day

Sun May 27, 2007 10:21 am

Quoting AirTran737 (Thread starter):
May God bless them, and America.

Well said! Here's to the American dream!

Change is: one airline, six continents!
 
airtran737
Posts: 3218
Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2004 3:47 am

RE: Memorial Day

Sun May 27, 2007 8:40 pm

Quoting Flynavy (Reply 4):
Well said! Here's to the American dream

It is still a very good dream to have.
Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
 
miamiair
Posts: 4249
Joined: Thu Jul 15, 2004 9:42 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Sun May 27, 2007 8:41 pm

Rest In Peace my brothers and sisters.
Molon Labe - Proud member of SMASH
 
ShyFlyer
Posts: 4698
Joined: Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:38 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Mon May 28, 2007 5:05 am

Quoting AirTran737 (Thread starter):
Posted Sat May 26 2007 09:43:56 your local time (1 day 4 hours 10 minutes ago)

And yet, only six posts (or seven if you count mine) so far. This saddens me.  crying 


I think President Kennedy said it best:
"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."


To all of those who have answered the call , you have me deepest graditude and sincerest thanks.

Phillip M. Overgaard
2nd Lt. Civil Air Patrol
I lift things up and put them down.
 
Duff44
Posts: 1561
Joined: Fri Apr 21, 2006 11:48 am

RE: Memorial Day

Mon May 28, 2007 5:14 am

I will definitely be calling my grandfather (WWII vet) and EMailing my friend's brother (somewhere in the middle east... can't give it up for OPSEC reasons) to thank them for their efforts

Thanks to all those who have given their lives for this country, and may all those currently in the line of fire get home safely...
I'll rassle ya for a bowl of bacon!
 
User avatar
fxramper
Posts: 5837
Joined: Sun Dec 04, 2005 12:03 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Mon May 28, 2007 5:15 am

My grandfather is coming over tomorrow. We are grilling outside and watching some war movies!  bouncy 

He's an 84 year old World War II veteran. Served in the 5th Air Force, 387th Squadron, 312th Bomb Group. He was a combat fighter pilot in the South Pacific flying 65 missions. He was shot down over the beaches of New Guinea on his 49th mission. He managed to save his gunner's life but wasn't able to locate the Crew Chief on his A-20 bomber. He wasn't aware the guy was flying with him until after he had taken off that day.

He was rescued by a Navy PBY after 4 hours of floating in the water. He recovered from his injuries and made it back to the fight and flew another 16 missions before being sent home. He received a Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart for his bravery and service to his country.

He's the reason why I want to serve my country in the not to distant future.  yes 

Hats off to all veterans this Memorial Day!  highfive 
 
User avatar
bwest
Posts: 1115
Joined: Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:54 am

RE: Memorial Day

Mon May 28, 2007 6:31 am

There was a ceremony overhere as well, honouring those who fought and died in the both World Wars...




Let their sacrifice never be forgotten, or taken lightly, or abused...
I love my Airport Job! :)
 
MCOflyer
Posts: 7069
Joined: Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:51 am

RE: Memorial Day

Mon May 28, 2007 6:37 am

I salute to all who have served in the military.

Hunter
Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
 
airtran737
Posts: 3218
Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2004 3:47 am

RE: Memorial Day

Mon May 28, 2007 6:39 am

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 7):
And yet, only six posts (or seven if you count mine) so far. This saddens me.

I agree, I really hope that my fellow Americans are not as disconnected as I am begining to think that they are

Quoting FXramper (Reply 9):
My grandfather is coming over tomorrow. We are grilling outside and watching some war movies!

I miss doing that with my grandfather, growing up we always watched movies like, "Where Eagles Dare, Kelly's Hero's, Bridge Over the River Kwai, The Green Beret's, ect. I miss those days, my grandfather passed a few years back, but his stories and memory will always be with me.
Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
 
ANCFlyer
Posts: 21391
Joined: Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:51 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Mon May 28, 2007 6:51 am

And the resting place of one of the Greatest Military leaders in Modern U.S. history . . .

FOR THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR IT, FREEDOM HAS A FLAVOR THE PROTECTED WILL NEVER KNOW OR UNDERSTAND
 
Gunships
Posts: 555
Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2001 11:32 am

RE: Memorial Day

Mon May 28, 2007 7:40 am

Remember the families, also.

The wives, parents, and kids often have the toughest job in the military.

To all who have served and are serving, thank you.
 
UH60FtRucker
Posts: 3252
Joined: Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:15 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 12:45 am

Thanks AirTran for the thread. I'm disappointed that there are so few replies to this thread.

I'm on my way out the door to attend a Memorial Day service. This one will touch a little closer to home, because between today and last year's Memorial Day, I lost some very good friends in Iraq.

Thanks and remembrance to all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. *SALUTE*



-UH60
Your men have to follow your orders. They don't have to go to your funeral.
 
Confuscius
Posts: 3568
Joined: Wed Aug 29, 2001 12:29 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 12:50 am

Ain't I a stinker?
 
KPDX
Posts: 2371
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:04 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 12:55 am

God bless all the men and women that have served in the armed forces! May all those killed rest in peace.

KPDX  Smile
View my aviation videos on Youtube by searching for zildjiandrummr12
 
AirportSeven
Posts: 309
Joined: Sat Feb 24, 2007 1:08 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 1:50 am



PFC Travis Haslip
1st Battalion 5th Cavalry Regiment
20, Ooltewah, Tennessee
Killed by enemy forces in Baghdad, Iraq
19 May 2007

PFC Haslip will be laid to rest in Chattanooga National Cemetary today. He has been awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

 
airtran737
Posts: 3218
Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2004 3:47 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 1:57 am

Quoting AirportSeven (Reply 18):
"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

A great letter written by Abraham Lincoln.
Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
 
AGM100
Posts: 5077
Joined: Thu Dec 04, 2003 2:16 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 2:12 am

Air Tran I love that Linclon clip... just Awsome .

I am really trying to be reflective today, I just did not feel like drinking beer and eating steaks . Although I know thats what the boys would want us to do.

I am not sure what else to say ,, its all just two much to think of people dying so we can live in peace and freedome.
You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
 
airtran737
Posts: 3218
Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2004 3:47 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 2:33 am

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 20):
I am really trying to be reflective today, I just did not feel like drinking beer and eating steaks . Although I know thats what the boys would want us to do.

I am not sure what else to say ,, its all just two much to think of people dying so we can live in peace and freedome

I think that it's perfectly ok to drink the beer, and eat the steaks, as long as you know why you have the day off today. I am one who didn't have the day off. I spent my work day coordinating military charters that we are coming and going from the war, so I have definately taken time to reflect today. When I called March AFB Ops this morning, I thanked the SGT for his service. I think that he was a bit surprised to hear it, but I am glad that he took the compliment. Thanks again to all who are serving, who have served, and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
 
adopim88
Posts: 1988
Joined: Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:33 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 3:09 am

I send my deepest thanks to those who serve our country in the military branches. My thoughts go to them and their families. And I salute them for everything they (in the past and the present) have done for this country.

I also want to take the time to extend thanks to those soldiers in other corners of the world who have stood up with us in difficult times. And all the rest who have stood up and done their job for their own country to protect or gain freedom.

"I'm proud to be an American - American Soldier Tribute"


[Edited 2007-05-28 20:09:58]
Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
 
allstarflyer
Posts: 3264
Joined: Mon Jan 10, 2005 7:32 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 3:43 am

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 15):
Thanks AirTran for the thread. I'm disappointed that there are so few replies to this thread.

I think, UH, in part, it's due to the fact that the thread was started on Saturday. I saw it up here then, but thought(and maybe I'm wrong) it best to share my thoughts on the actual day. I'm proud of you guys in uniform now and all that have gone before us. The military was long on my mind when I was younger, and it's still on my mind now (perhaps Navy Corpsmen, but, as in times past, I couldn't decide whether that, Marines, a/c mechanic, ground pounder or something else, but anyway). When I think of ANCflyer, MDorBust (I think he was in the military) and others who are/were in the military and/or a police officer, I think it's the most thankless job on the planet (well, alongside being a preacher who tells/lives the truth and gives a care and also being mom/wife - not that I've been either  sarcastic , but I've seen quite a few of the good ones, like my mom). So, anyway, my hats off to you guys. Sick to see that the only guy standing in that pic was the guy in the wheelchair.

-R
Living the American Dream
 
User avatar
fxramper
Posts: 5837
Joined: Sun Dec 04, 2005 12:03 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 3:48 am

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 12):
Where Eagles Dare, Kelly's Hero's

Just watched "Where Eagles Dare" and we are watching Midway, 12 O'Clock High, and Kelly's Heros tonight!

Started the grill a bit ago, got a fresh beer!

Happy Memorial Day all!
 
KaiGywer
Crew
Posts: 11182
Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2003 9:59 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 3:54 am

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 15):



Quoting Adopim88 (Reply 22):

Great videos.
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, an
 
Confuscius
Posts: 3568
Joined: Wed Aug 29, 2001 12:29 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 3:57 am

A great letter written by Abraham Lincoln.

Probably written without help from speechwriters unlike recent presidents.


Just watched "Where Eagles Dare" and we are watching Midway...

Saw portions of Patton last night and will watch portions of Tora! Tora! Tora! tonight on AMC. I have short attention span ya know.  Wink
Ain't I a stinker?
 
SNCNtry32
Posts: 552
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:22 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 4:18 am

I am proud to say my father served in the Army for 24 years. He retired a master sergeant and he has taught me that even thought I may no respect the policies of the current administration, we still need to pay respect to our men and women in uniform.

Thank You to all in uniform.

=C
Long Live Memphis!
 
AGM100
Posts: 5077
Joined: Thu Dec 04, 2003 2:16 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 4:23 am

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 21):
I think that it's perfectly ok to drink the beer, and eat the steaks,

Did not mean to imply that AirTran ,,

Thanks for your service to man , have a good one.
You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
 
davestanKSAN
Posts: 1532
Joined: Fri Sep 23, 2005 3:32 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 6:43 am

You know, it's hard to put it into words what this day means to me, and what I think it means to most people. There are always far too many funerals, far too many injured, far too many left to grieve, and far too many mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, wives, husbands, and loved ones far away from home that are fighting and have fought selflessly for freedoms that we often take for granted. There will never be enough gratitude in the entire world that can compare to what these men and women have done for us.

You know, as I write this, thousands of men and women are fighting. Countless are mourning the loss of loved ones. Many mothers are waiting to hear their child's voice. Little children are missing their mommies and daddies. A nation is hugging its Veterans and telling them thanks. It is a humbling thought, and as I contemplate that and even though a billion thank yous will never be enough, I offer my eternal thanks and gratitude to all those who have served and those serving now.

May God be with you all and all of your families, and I pray that you will know how much you've helped each and every one of us live in freedom so that we can live, love, laugh, cry, and chase our dreams. God speed, and thanks forever....




 pray 



Dave
Yesterday we've sinned, today we move towards God. Touch the sky....love and respect...Safe Star!
 
Falcon84
Posts: 13775
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:52 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 12:02 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):

Hey Pep, why so small with the Navy/Coast Guard flags? You afraid to swim?  Big grin

Seriously, we remember today those who fell in defense of the freedom of this nation: from it's inception in the 1770's, through those who have died recently in our current conflicts. They are remember by a grateful, thankful nation. And their sacrifice, no matter on what foreign field, or, in some cases, in battles here on our own soil, will never be forgotten.

I thank all those like Pep, and UH60, who have served, or are currently serving, for their dedication to this nation.

And I pray God's peace on all those who perished in the service of this nation.

Salute.
Work Right, Fly Hard
 
halls120
Posts: 8724
Joined: Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:24 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 12:15 pm

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 30):
Hey Pep, why so small with the Navy/Coast Guard flags? You afraid to swim?

He's just jealous.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 15):
I'm on my way out the door to attend a Memorial Day service. This one will touch a little closer to home, because between today and last year's Memorial Day, I lost some very good friends in Iraq

Excellent video. I have the music on frequent rotation on my Ipod. A haunting but fitting tribute to those ho have given the full measure of devotion.

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 30):
Seriously, we remember today those who fell in defense of the freedom of this nation: from it's inception in the 1770's, through those who have died recently in our current conflicts. They are remember by a grateful, thankful nation. And their sacrifice, no matter on what foreign field, or, in some cases, in battles here on our own soil, will never be forgotten.I thank all those like Pep, and UH60, who have served, or are currently serving, for their dedication to this nation.And I pray God's peace on all those who perished in the service of this nation.

Well said.

I salute all who have served, and those still serving.
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." Mark Twain, a Biography
 
Mir
Posts: 19092
Joined: Mon Jan 05, 2004 3:55 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 12:32 pm

Many in this thread have said it more eloquently than I could, but thanks to all the current and former members of the military who have fought bravely for the freedom of others, and especially those who paid the ultimate price for it. May they rest in peace, and may their sacrifices never be forgotten.


Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):

Slightly off-topic, but I used to hate the Air Force logo until this thread, when I finally saw the star in it (like the arrow in the FedEx logo). Now I think it's awesome. Still could use a head, though.

-Mir
7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
 
User avatar
NWOrientDC10
Posts: 1283
Joined: Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:18 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 1:23 pm

"Our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but right or wrong, our country!"

Commodore Stephen Decatur



God Bless America  Smile

Russell
Things aren't always as they seem
 
Gunships
Posts: 555
Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2001 11:32 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 1:41 pm

I attended a very touching and well done Memorial Day ceremony at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery today.

Several speeches from the Governor and members of Congress and the Senate were followed by some touching remarks by Major General Lafrenze, Idaho Army National Guard Commander. In attendance were several Medal of Honor recipients along with several hundered Veterans from all branches of the U.S. Military.

Kudos to the bagpipe detail for an emotional rendition of "Amazing Grace" and to the A-10's of the 190th Fighter Squadron who flew a flawless "Missing Man" formation to conclude today's ceremony.
 
dw9115
Posts: 382
Joined: Sun Dec 04, 2005 1:54 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 2:36 pm

I think one of the best ways to sum today up is what Gen. George Patton said during a Memorial Day service, 'In my mind, we came here to thank God that men like these lived, rather than regret that they died.'
 
miamiair
Posts: 4249
Joined: Thu Jul 15, 2004 9:42 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 10:21 pm

Damn sad...

My house was the only one on my street flying the Stars & Stripes.

I had the POW/MIA flying as well.

It pisses me off that Memorial Day only means a day off from work these days.
Molon Labe - Proud member of SMASH
 
Falcon84
Posts: 13775
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:52 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 10:34 pm

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 36):
My house was the only one on my street flying the Stars & Stripes.

My flag is always up, day and night. Lighted up at night, of course.  Big grin
Work Right, Fly Hard
 
User avatar
HAWK21M
Posts: 29867
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 10:37 pm


Amazing pic.So true of the Majority of people today.

Out here the Armed forces are very respected."They gave their today for our Tommorrow"

Does this Memorial day remember only American troops or all Troops worldwide.

regds
MEL
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
 
Falcon84
Posts: 13775
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:52 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 10:54 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 38):
Does this Memorial day remember only American troops or all Troops worldwide.

It includes honoring all those who have served in uniform. In most parades, fomer and current soldiers are present, and do march in those parades.

Obviously, special emphasis is placed on those who lost their lives n the service of this nation. The President visits the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier each Memorial Day, a place of special reverence at Arlington National Cemetary.
Work Right, Fly Hard
 
AGM100
Posts: 5077
Joined: Thu Dec 04, 2003 2:16 am

RE: Memorial Day

Tue May 29, 2007 11:06 pm

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 36):
I had the POW/MIA flying as well.

I flew the POW MIA as well, with the 2 soldiers still missing in Baghdad I flew it for them especially. Something about the missing guys that really bothers me.

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 36):
My house was the only one on my street flying the Stars & Stripes.

Their was only 3 flags on my street that I saw, My neighbour , Ex USMC has a lighted flag that is up all the time and one guy at the end of the street ex Army.
Most of my neighbours pretty much just use the day to get drunk and barbeque. Nothing against it but this year It just felt different to me. I dont know why.

Hope everyone had a great day !
You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
 
ANCFlyer
Posts: 21391
Joined: Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:51 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Wed May 30, 2007 12:15 am

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 31):
Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 30):
Hey Pep, why so small with the Navy/Coast Guard flags? You afraid to swim?

He's just jealous.

I don't know. I copied them onto photbucket from the individual service website . . . maybe it's just shrinkage - you know - cold water will do that  duck 

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 39):
Tomb of The Unknown Soldier

If you have never been witness to the Changing of Guard at the Tomb, it is something you must do . . . if you visit Washington, DC and miss this - you've missed something for certain. Those soldiers of the 3rd Infantry patrol that tomb day and night, 24/7, 365, weather be damned. And they look good.

Every movement, every step, every turn of the weapon, has a meaning.

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org/ceremonies/sentinelsotu.html
FOR THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR IT, FREEDOM HAS A FLAVOR THE PROTECTED WILL NEVER KNOW OR UNDERSTAND
 
miamiair
Posts: 4249
Joined: Thu Jul 15, 2004 9:42 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Wed May 30, 2007 12:39 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 41):
If you have never been witness to the Changing of Guard at the Tomb, it is something you must do . . . if you visit Washington, DC and miss this - you've missed something for certain. Those soldiers of the 3rd Infantry patrol that tomb day and night, 24/7, 365, weather be damned. And they look good.

I went again last October and took my soon to see it. He's at the age where he should see it. A few years back I went to Arlington on Memorial day. The Tomb of the Unknowns was packed; every organization was there laying a wreath. Half of them near shit their drawers when the 105's barked out their 21-gun salute.



http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c325/miamiair/IMG_4149.jpg
Molon Labe - Proud member of SMASH
 
KaiGywer
Crew
Posts: 11182
Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2003 9:59 am

RE: Memorial Day

Wed May 30, 2007 12:43 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 41):
If you have never been witness to the Changing of Guard at the Tomb, it is something you must do . . . if you visit Washington, DC and miss this - you've missed something for certain. Those soldiers of the 3rd Infantry patrol that tomb day and night, 24/7, 365, weather be damned. And they look good.

I saw this back in 2001. Unfortunately though, they were doing maintenance on the actual tomb, so there was a big plywood fence around it  Sad
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, an
 
Confuscius
Posts: 3568
Joined: Wed Aug 29, 2001 12:29 am

RE: Memorial Day

Wed May 30, 2007 1:03 am

I hope everyone enjoyed their day off yesterday...and the Memorial Day Sale.
Ain't I a stinker?
 
User avatar
fxramper
Posts: 5837
Joined: Sun Dec 04, 2005 12:03 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Wed May 30, 2007 1:39 am



Very touching.
 
User avatar
HAWK21M
Posts: 29867
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

RE: Memorial Day

Wed May 30, 2007 6:42 pm

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 39):
It includes honoring all those who have served in uniform.

Nice to hear that.
regds
MEL
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
 
baylorairbear
Posts: 2841
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2005 5:25 am

RE: Memorial Day

Wed May 30, 2007 8:18 pm

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 8):
I will definitely be calling my grandfather



Quoting FXramper (Reply 9):
My grandfather is coming over tomorrow.

Spend as much time as you can with these great men. I can't impress that enough.

My grandfather served initially in the Army/Army Air Corps, then in the Air Force, retiring as a Tech-Seargent after fighting in WWII and the Korean War. The knowledge that these souls bear and the great wealth of experiences that built their characters are things of legend.

My grandfather died three weeks ago, and everything he knew went with him. There are things that no one in this world will ever know, stories you can't imagine. All of these men and women have them. Take the time to talk with them. Be a listener. I am proud to be Aubrey Richards's grandson.

My father is a former Marine. He served in Vietnam with a force recon. unit. Again, the stories he and his peers choose to share are like nothing imaginable. I followed in my father's footsteps, became a Marine, a went force-recon. While what I and my comrades experienced was never a day in the sunshine, it never compared to the hardships generations before have endured on the battlefield.

Everyone in my family family faces the Flag and covers their hearts when our anthem is played. We all pay our respects to all who have served. Often times, my heart is saddened when I see someone acting with disrespect to the wounded and the fallen. I only have to realize, though, that this is more a product time, rather than disposition. When you encounter these individuals, take a moment to educate them.

Doing our part goes beyond hanging a flag on our doors or removing your hat at a parade. Let us share the knowledge we have gained with others, and we will see that they, too, share a deep-rooted affinity for those who serve.

To all my brothers on eternal watch, Semper Fi.

BAB
I'm just skipping stones...
 
KaiGywer
Crew
Posts: 11182
Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2003 9:59 am

RE: Memorial Day

Wed May 30, 2007 8:42 pm

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 47):

Good post BAB. Sorry to hear about your grandpa. They always have such great stories.
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, an

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: aerlingus747, mbmbos, Yahoo [Bot] and 28 guests