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timerover51 May 28th, 2017 02:42 PM

Memorial Day
 
First, to all those who have served in the military, a very big

THANK YOU!!!

For all of those who have lost relatives or friends that were serving in the military, my genuine, prayerful condolences. Without their sacrifice, we would not be participating in this forum.

While driving about yesterday, I heard a radio commentator wish everyone a "Happy Memorial Day". That started my brain going. I am a veteran, a disabled one, and have quite a lot of knowledge of military history, and not of just the US. There are a few different accounts of the origin of Memorial Day, but all agree that it started after the US Civil War, the deadliest war in US history. (Side Note: Both sides lost more men in deaths than the US lost in World War One, and the Civil War accounts for more than half of the US total war dead.) Somewhere in excess of 2% of the entire US population died in the Civil War. Given that, and then the US losses in World War One, which is the origin of Veteran's Day, which originally was called Armistice Day, commemorating the Armistice on November 11th that ended World War One, and the losses in World War 2, Korea (the forgotten war, except for those who served or lost someone), and Vietnam, I am not sure that "Happy" is a good word to use for Memorial Day. Reflecting on why we celebrate it, the word that comes to my mind in "Thankful". Without the services of all of those who have died while in the service of the United States, we would not be here today.

To all those on the forum, both in the US and those in other countries. have a

THANKFUL MEMORIAL DAY.

Spartan159 May 28th, 2017 03:06 PM

Thank you for this post Timerover51, and I would echo your thanks to those that have served.

0331 Weapons Company 1Bn/4Mar USMC '82 - '86

McPerth May 28th, 2017 03:23 PM

Excuse my ignorance, but what is today commemorated as Memorial Day?

kilemall May 28th, 2017 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McPerth (Post 566984)
Excuse my ignorance, but what is today commemorated as Memorial Day?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

Xerxeskingofking May 28th, 2017 05:27 PM

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

"For the Fallen"
By Laurence Binyon



the bolded verse is spoken at the English Remembrance Sunday ceremonies.

timerover51 May 28th, 2017 07:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McPerth (Post 566984)
Excuse my ignorance, but what is today commemorated as Memorial Day?

It is a day in the United States to pause and remember all those who have died in the military service of the country.

BlackBat242 May 29th, 2017 12:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Spartan159 (Post 566983)
Thank you for this post Timerover51, and I would echo your thanks to those that have served.

0331 Weapons Company 1Bn/4Mar USMC '82 - '86

Agreed.

Semper Fi - 6477(later 6466) VMA(AW)-242 & VMA(AW)-121 3MAW USMC '82-'89

timerover51 May 29th, 2017 01:15 AM

Since some have posted their units, I will post mine.

1st Lieutenant, U. S. Army Quartermaster Corps. S-1 and Headquarters Detachment Commender, 172nd Support Battalion, 172nd Infantry Brigade (Alaska) October 1975 to March 1978, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, March 1978 to July 1978, Retired in July 1978 for medical reasons.

Xerxeskingofking May 29th, 2017 01:45 AM

Lance-corporal, Communications Systems Operator, Royal Corps of Signals, British Army. 2009-present.

Currently serving with 21 Signal Regiment, previously with 1st NATO Signal Battalion and 1(UK) Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment.

MThompson016 May 29th, 2017 08:06 PM

Gunner's Mate 1st Class, Submarine qualified, US Navy 2006-present.

Currently assigned to LCSRON2 Reserve Section, previously NAVMAG Indian Island, and USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) GOLD.

I went to a National Cemetery this afternoon, and paid my respects to a few there.


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