Today is Memorial Day- On my soapbox...

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Wally, May 25, 2015.

  1. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I thought today was all about parades and BBQs.
  3. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    It can be, especially when we have someone to thank for it!
  4. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Just because people plan get togethers because of the extra day off does not mean they don't know the meaning of the day.
    We aren't sitting shiva, we are thanking those that made our freedom possible!!
  5. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The vast majority of Americans do not know the true meaning of the day, often confusing it w/Veteran's Day.
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  6. Shifting Contents

    Shifting Contents Most Help Needed

    Local paper did an article on local war casualties.

    Only thing is is that the missed a couple.
  7. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member


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    moreluck golden ticket member

  9. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    Sometime during the day I always enjoy a good war film to watch. One of my favorites starring James Garner and Julie Andrews is the 1964' film "The Americanization of Emily" which both Andrews and Garner have called their all time favorite film. Well worth the watch if you like great film, good war films and of course great acting.

  10. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Garner's speech near the end is a classic.
  11. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    So is his speech to Mrs. Barham in the garden having tea.
  12. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    In memorial to SP4 Richard Hamilton Bridges, killed 4/17/67', Pleiku Province, South Vietnam.

    Richard lived across from my grandparents and was good friends with my uncles. When they were playing sandlot football, I was way too small so I sat watching on the side. Richard came over, threw me up on his big shoulders, handed me the ball and off for the score we went with me laughing and yelling all the way. Now over 50 years later from that day, I never forgot it. And I got mad as hell when I learned that the Gulf of Tonkin was a lie and never happened.

    RIP Richard as I still sit upon your shoulders.

    SP4 Richard Hamilton Bridges
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  13. tonyexpress

    tonyexpress Whac-A-Troll Patrol Staff Member

  14. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    How many of us attended Memorial services, conducted by the American Legion, at your local cemetery today?
  15. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    I attended Memorial service but I don't know if it was by the American Legion and it was not in my hometown.

    I'll say 50%.
  16. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    American Legion typically wear distinct uniforms.
    It would be difficult to miss.
    Was there a 21 gun salute?

    Thanks for being there.

    Bad wars, good warriors.
  17. Operational needs

    Operational needs Non desistas. Non exieras.

    This made me curious. FWIW, I asked the three teenagers in my car today what the meaning of each holiday was. All three knew the difference. Granted, they're in the advanced classes. All hope is not lost.
  18. ZQXC

    ZQXC Guest

    “Older men start wars, but younger men fight them. ”

    Albert Einstein
  19. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    The best way to honor our fallen soldiers is to fight the very people who manipulate the conditions that create more fallen soldiers.
  20. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom