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#1 Posted on 31.5.04 1014.06
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To all my fellow Vets, as well as current Soldiers, Sailors, Marines or Airmen, I wish each of you a happy, safe Memorial Day.

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#2 Posted on 31.5.04 1420.57
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May we all take a moment today and everyday to spare a moment and pray that all of our troops in harms way remain safe and come home to their families. May we also thank all those who for over 225 years have given their lives for our freedom and security.
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#3 Posted on 31.5.04 1815.56
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    Originally posted by DrDirt
    May we all take a moment today and everyday to spare a moment and pray that all of our troops in harms way remain safe and come home to their families. May we also thank all those who for over 225 years have given their lives for our freedom and security.


I was thinking today, as I watched my traditional Memorial Day film, "The Longest Day", that our time is short, but so many who serve or have served, even in the safest peacetime service (like me, during the Carter years - we wouldn't have first-responded an attack from Arcturas); their years are shorter. Filled with life, but alive for one thing: a way of life all of us hold dear: able to argue about Presidents and elected officials, about the goodness or badness or various TV shows, expressing our universal (ringmistress excluded) hate of Triple H and extolling or ripping the lastest crap from EA Sports. We have the right and ability to do that because of men and women like Audie Murphy, Pat Tillman, Chesty Puller. Bull Halsey, Doctor Mary Walker, John McCain, John Kerry (See, I can put a Lib in there!), George Herbert Walker Bush, Ike, US Grant, Zachary Taylor, Blackjack Pershing, Alvin York, Emilio De LaGarza and George Washington.

Emilio De La Garza, who grew up in East Chicago, was a guy who I sort of knew. I saw him around growing up and I knew his parents and his younger brothers. Here's his citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a machine gunner with Company E. Returning with his squad from a night ambush operation, L/Cpl. De La Garza joined his platoon commander and another marine in searching for 2 enemy soldiers who had been observed fleeing for cover toward a small pond. Moments later, he located 1 of the enemy soldiers hiding among the reeds and brush. As the 3 marines attempted to remove the resisting soldier from the pond, L/Cpl. De La Garza observed him pull the pin on a grenade. Shouting a warning, L/Cpl. De La Garza placed himself between the other 2 marines and the ensuing blast from the grenade, thereby saving the lives of his comrades at the sacrifice of his life. By his prompt and decisive action, and his great personal valor in the face of almost certain death, L/Cpl. De La Garza upheld and further enhanced the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.

Lio (among others) made it possible for us to be the kind of people we are. I'm sure part of the reason I entered the military was because I knew Lio's family. (But I didn't go in the marines. I'm patriotic, not crazy!)

Yep. Moment of silence and moment of detrmination for our fallen heros. alive and dead.

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#4 Posted on 31.5.04 1946.07
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edit: wrong thread!

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#5 Posted on 1.6.04 0935.58
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Work prevented me from getting here any earlier...but I'll echo the sentiments of you other Wieners that wore a uniform and boots, like I did with the 32nd "Red Arrow" Brigade, Wisconsin Army National Guard.

I always make it a point to visit our local Memorial Day musicfest, Celebrate De Pere, buy a brat & a beer from the Vietnam Veterans of America tent, and make sure to shake a vet's hand and say "thank you" for his Vietnam service. They always appreciate it...God bless 'em.

It always reminds me of my grandpa's WWII service in the Army Air Corps, and my uncle's two tours in Vietnam with the Marine Corps (Semper Fi!) He had a high school buddy who joined the Army, also went to Vietnam...and never came back, except for his name on that long black wall in Washington, D.C. When I found it for my uncle in 1991, I cried like a baby.

And lest we forget...

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God bless, gentlemen.
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