Discussion in 'ex-Rag Chew Central' started by W5BIB, May 26, 2012.

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  1. W5BIB

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    :confused: What does MEMORIAL DAY mean to you? FYI;... ...A three day weekend? ...or something more. INDY 500?,... B-B-Q?... Or, a SALUTE to our fallen comrades. R.I.P. "you are not forgotten"
    Last edited: May 26, 2012
  2. WF7A

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    I work on Memorial Day so it's no holiday for Yours Truly. However, I will take time out to give tribute to our fallen heroes...and they are all heroes, giving their lives so selflessly.
  3. KC8VWM

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    Memorial day is the one day of the year when we recognize the freedoms granted to us in exchange for those who gave up their own lives fighting for these privileges, and yet we spend the rest of the year giving away those freedoms gained at the airport checkpoints.

    Well nice chatting, but I have to "celebrate" the occasion by going to a memorial day sale now.
    I bet these people who died, had no idea they created another consumer shopping holiday.

    ..Sad really.
  4. N5CEY

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    I've had family members in almost every war since the revolution and lost a lot of friends in Nam - god bless them all, and I hope we never forget what they fought for.
  5. N5PVL

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    To me, memorial day is about honoring our soldiers.
  6. WF7A

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    ...and to host sports events, have picnics and barbecues.
  7. W4HAY

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    It's a day to honor those who defend our freedoms and curse the politicians and bureaucrats who keep trying to take it away from us.
  8. AF6LJ

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    It's a day when I stop and reflect a bit on those who serve, and have served this country to protect it from invasion by a foreign force. While I often disagree with where they are sent I still respect them for putting their lives on the line.
  9. N5XM

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    My Dad was a Marine Sgt. in WW II. I've met many Veterans who were on the beach or in the air at Normandy. I worked for an Ortho Doc, so we had many old timers and talked to many in depth. The same with Veterans of Korea and Vietnam. This kind of courage and sacrifice is absolute. Sue, I agree with you about how we use our troops and where we use them. I'm a War historian of sorts, and I agree with Einstein's remark, "If WW 3 is a Nuclear holocost, WW 4 will be fought with sticks and rocks." It's a great Holiday.
  10. K9STH

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    When I was growing up, Memorial Day started about 6:00 AM with a number of flowers, plants, etc., being loaded into the trunk of the car. Then, my parents went by my grandmother's house and she was added to those in the vehicle. The entire morning was spent driving all over northwestern Indiana putting those flowers and plants on the graves of departed relatives.

    After lunch, my father and uncles listened to the Indianapolis 500 on the radio.

    Although 30 May was declared "Memorial Day" by General Logan (in the Grand Army of the Republic General Order #11 in 1868), other "Memorial Days" had already been declared in several states which had been in Confederate States of America. The actual date of these varied all over. These days were known as "Confederate Memorial Days" and were celebrated as a different event in a couple of states until at least the 1960s. Several states changed the date of their Confederate Memorial Day to 30 May to coincide with the "Yankee Memorial Day".

    Members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars try to place a small United States flag on the grave of every veteran (from the Revolutionary War to the present). The Sons of Confederate Veterans try to place a small Confederate Naval Jack or Battle Flag (these flags are different although both have a blue cross of Saint Andrew with white stars and a red field on them with the Naval Jack being rectangular and the Battle Flag square - this flag is often, incorrectly, called the "Stars and Bars" which is of a completely different design and is also known as the "First National") on every Confederate veteran's grave. In this area, for a number of years, the SCV placed Naval Jacks on the graves of black Confederate veterans (yes, there were a lot of blacks who served in the Confederate Army) in cemeteries that were basically black cemeteries. Then, certain groups started complaining and even attempted to get an injunction against the SCV to prevent this placement. Not having the funds to fight this in court, the SCV stopped placing the flags. However, a number of the descendants of these veterans actually praised the SCV for placing the flags.

    Unfortunately, these days, the vast majority of people only think of Memorial Day as a day off from work to be celebrated with picnics, drinking, and so forth.

    Glen, K9STH
    Former Commander of the Department of the Southwest
    Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
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