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Amazing how cartoonists can often capture the essence of something.

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Guess I am getting old, but I see all of these commercials of Memorial Day sales. Not one word of gratitude for those

this day was designated to remember.  God bless them all.  :FlagAm:

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We know the answer and we'll never forget.

 

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Several years ago, at a Baccalaureate service at the Air Force Academy, I was honored to present a ceremonial religious article to a young woman who would be graduating a few days hence, and being commissioned 2LT.  I asked where she was going on her first assignment.  She replied she was assigned to Joint Base Hickam-Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as an intelligence officer.  I said I thought that would be a nice assignment.  A year later, she volunteered to go to Afghanistan.  She was riding in a vehicle with a LTC, when an IED killed both of them.  Although I didn't know her, other than the few minutes I spent with her, I think of her every Memorial Day.  May she RIP.

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Speaking of cartoonist getting the true picture - I wish more people understood the cost of their 3 day weekend.

 

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:FlagAm:Thanks to all who sacrificed for our great country. RIP 

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Most of the stores are advertising Memorial Day sales on TV, but Texas Mattress Makers, Houston and Katy, TX will be CLOSED Memorial Day to remember the fallen. Their advertisement about being closed is the best way to really show appreciation for the fallen.

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In memory the crew of Ranger 12. 

 

LT Alan A. Levine, LCDR. Ronald R. Callander, LT Stephen H. Batchelder, LT James D. Richards, AT2 Richard A. Herzing, CTI3 Craig R. Rudolf, CTI3 Patrick R. Price.

 

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Found this on a milblog:

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The things they Carried....

They carried P-38 can openers and heat tabs,watches and dog tags,insect repellent, gum, cigarettes, Zippo lighters, salt tablets, compress bandages, ponchos, Kool-Aid, two or three canteens of water, iodine tablets,sterno, LRRP- rations, and C-rations stuffed in socks. They carried standard fatigues, jungle boots, bush hats, flak jackets and steel pots. They carried the M-16 assault rifle. They carried trip flares and Claymore mines, M-60 machine guns, the M-70 grenade launcher, M-14's, CAR-15's, Stoners, Swedish K's, 66mm Laws, shotguns, .45 caliber pistols, silencers, the sound of bullets, rockets, and choppers, and sometimes the sound of silence.They carried C-4 plastic explosives, an assortment of hand grenades, PRC-25 radios, knives and machetes. Some carried napalm, CBU's and largebombs; some risked their lives to rescue others. Some escaped the fear, but dealt with the death and damage. Some made very hard decisions, and some just tried to survive. They carried malaria, dysentery, ringworm, jungle rot and leaches. They carried the land itself as it hardened on their boots.

They carried stationery, pencils, and pictures of their loved ones - real and imagined. They carried love for people in the real world and love for one another. And sometimes they disguised that love: "Don't mean nothin'! "They carried memories. For the most part, they carried themselves with poise and a kind of dignity. Now and then, there were times when panic set in, and people squealed or wanted to, but couldn't; when they twitched and made moaning sounds and covered their heads and said "Dear God" and hugged the earth and fired their weapons blindly and cringed and begged for the noise to stop and went wild and made stupid promises to themselves and God and their parents, hoping not to die.They carried the traditions of the United States Military, and memories and images of those who served before them. They carried grief, terror, longing and their reputations. They carried the soldier's greatest fear: the embarrassment of dishonor. They crawled into tunnels, walked point, and advanced under fire, so as not to die of embarrassment. They were afraid of dying, but too afraid to show it. They carried the emotional baggage of men and women who might die at any moment. They carried the weight of the world.

THEY CARRIED EACH OTHER.

Author Unknown (possibly by Tim O'Brien?)


 

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