05-22-2009, 08:53 AM
Post your wishes:
Just a couple of mine.
Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.
Remember those who have sacrificed for us to enjoy many things we wouldn't be able to do if it wasn't for their sacrifices.
Bring our troops home as soon as the situation allows them to come home safely.
And in closing, a bumpersticker I saw this morning:
"If you don't feel like standing behind our troops,
Feel free to stand in front of them"!
05-22-2009, 08:56 AM
our troops are the shizzy!!!
05-22-2009, 09:08 AM
our troops are the shizzy!!!
here's the link to the website of one of our troops. Oskie brought his dilemna to our attention some time back. He's progressing mostly due to the positive attitude and streght our troops exihibit.
05-22-2009, 10:50 AM
Memorial Day: More than just a day off from work
Posted 5/22/2009 Email story Print story
Commentary by Kevin Rieders
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office
5/22/2009 - SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- Memorial Day is a holiday, peculiarly observed. If you have not served on a detail, volunteered for honor guard, or flown a missing man formation over a military ceremony on Memorial Day, you may primarily associate this holiday with the running the Indianapolis 500, the beginning of the Critical Days of Summer, or just a glorious three-day weekend at the end of May.
The official function of Memorial Day is to honor the men and women of the United States who have died while serving our nation's military service. It is an American holiday, with obscure origins even though it is less than 150 years old, and claimed by many as their own patriotic invention. Officially proclaimed in 1868, Memorial Day became widespread by 1902, and was named a federal holiday in 1971.
Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday began as the organized honoring of the fallen from the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers, candles and prayer. After World War I, the separate Union and Confederate Decoration Days combined as Memorial Day and recognized those who have died in military service during any war.
During the years, traditional observances of Memorial Day diminished. Many Americans forgot the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day, and at many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are untended. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. Some people think the day is for honoring all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country. Memorial Day used to be a solemn day of mourning. With the memory of the lost still fresh, it was a sacred day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Businesses closed for the day, and towns held parades honoring the fallen, often ending at a local cemeteries. People took the day to clean and decorate graves of those who fell in service to their country with flowers and flags the graves. As the decades passed those observances faded.
Just thought I'd share.
In Memory of Benjamin Belarde (US Army 1968 Vietnam)