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Old 05-24-2009, 09:58 PM   #1
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Memorial Day is not something to be "happy" about, so I wrote what I felt was a more appropriate adjective.

Jesus of Nazareth said that no man could do a better thing than to lay down his life for his friends.

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Old 05-24-2009, 10:06 PM   #2
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:39 PM   #3
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Old 05-25-2009, 11:48 AM   #4
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Memorial day is one of few holidays that has meaning to me. Veterans day usually gets on my nerves, with people saying Thank You and going to the beach one last time, while some Vets can't get decent medical care after losing a leg in Iraq, or the VA screwing up benefits. If they really cared it would be something they did on a daily basis instead of on the way to a beach.

Memorial day is a time to remember my brothers who I'll never see again. To the general public its the same as Vets day (which annoys me, with people again saying thank you...it's not my effing day I'm standing here talking), and as usual I will celebrate the day as I know my friends would want amongst a close group of friends, cold beer, recounting the good times we all had...then looking for some ass.
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Old 05-25-2009, 01:22 PM   #5
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Memorial day is one of few holidays that has meaning to me. Veterans day usually gets on my nerves, with people saying Thank You and going to the beach one last time, while some Vets can't get decent medical care after losing a leg in Iraq, or the VA screwing up benefits. If they really cared it would be something they did on a daily basis instead of on the way to a beach.
Bingo. Something should be, has to be, done about the VA and the medical care these guys get. It's atrocious. It amazes me we can give millions to banks and so forth but not to accommodate our guys.

My heart goes out to the families that will visit graveyards today and particularly those that will visit a lost military loved ones. Thank you is so little for what your loved one gave and what you have had to sacrifice.

That being said I am happy today. My airforce staff sargent surprised me on Friday and came down with his wife and my 3 grandchildren. I am so thankful for them.
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Old 05-25-2009, 01:29 PM   #6
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Bingo. Something should be, has to be, done about the VA and the medical care these guys get. It's atrocious. It amazes me we can give millions to banks and so forth but not to accommodate our guys.

My heart goes out to the families that will visit graveyards today and particularly those that will visit a lost military loved ones. Thank you is so little for what your loved one gave and what you have had to sacrifice.

That being said I am happy today. My airforce staff sargent surprised me on Friday and came down with his wife and my 3 grandchildren. I am so thankful for them.
I concur and Happy Memorial Day! Here in England, they are having a bank holiday no relation to our Memorial Day, but everything jsut aobut is closed. Blessings to all.
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Old 05-25-2009, 01:39 PM   #7
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great thread!

To all those who have served, my gratitude cannot be expressed.

And to those who have died for my rights, I can only hope that remembering you, not just on this day, but every time I walk the streets freely, every time I wake up in my own bed, and every time I take a breath, can repay even in a small way what your sacrifice has meant to me and my fellow Americans.
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Bingo. Something should be, has to be, done about the VA and the medical care these guys get. It's atrocious. It amazes me we can give millions to banks and so forth but not to accommodate our guys.

I understand where you are coming from, but I think that the VA gets a poor "rap" sometimes. The wait times are often longer than we would like and the entire process can be a real pain, but I cannot complain about the care I receive. Not a perfect system by any stretch, but I'd guess it's better than any other country in the world.

God Bless those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
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We spent the day walking through the memorials in DC today and one in particular had me wondering if either of our most recent and current Presidents have taken the time to walk through, read and contemplate the words, meaning and accomplishments on display in the FDR memorial.

We watched the Presidents motorcade drive past us on his (and our) way to the Arlington cemetary. We had plans to witness the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. But the Presidents engagement to lay the wreath forced us to be turned away.
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When I was in the Army, the medical care was extremely poor and this was just before the first Gulf War. I really hope the care is much better for the troops who get hurt while fighting in a war, but I know many are not being treated very well and that's disgusting to say the least and really, there is no excuse for that. Instead of giving us veterans $250 next month which Obama plans to do(not sure how that amount will stimulate the economy by the way), he might do something about the medical care soldiers are receiving.
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