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Memorial Day

Discussion in 'The Atrium' started by vikesrule, May 28, 2007.

  1. vikesrule

    vikesrule Cheesehead

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    To all of our service men and women past and present...I thank you for my freedom.

    True Meaning of Memorial Day

    And especially to those that gave the ultimate...

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    Eulogy for a Veteran

    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there, I do not sleep.

    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.

    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the Gentle autumn rain.

    When you awaken in the mornings hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    of quiet birds in circled flight,
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.

    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there, I did not die.
    --Author Unknown
     
  2. Heatherthepackgirl

    Heatherthepackgirl Cheesehead

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    I Stand Before You

    I stand before you all today
    But not one eye can see my way

    My time arrived, to leave this earth
    A fact so planned, to every birth

    It happened where I had to go
    My torch for life was so aglow

    I transferred while in uniform
    Protecting freedom, through a storm

    Should I resent I died for you
    Not on my life, red white and blue

    Please help my family through each day
    Tell all my friends, try not to stray

    And of the country I did love
    Do think of me, through God above

    Your memories, brought forth this day
    Send love to us, who could not stay

    ©2001Roger J. Robicheau
    Former SP5 US Army
     
  3. Heatherthepackgirl

    Heatherthepackgirl Cheesehead

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    God Bless America!! Thanks for starting this thread Vikesrule..
     
  4. Green_Bay_Packers

    Green_Bay_Packers Cheesehead

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    you Americans are so patriotic, if only we were like you.
     
  5. Raider Pride

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    Thank You Vikes for this video.

    This is a day that is about "All" of the people who served our country. Too often the beginning warriors are forgotten. Too often it is about every war after WW II.

    There were more.

    I have a little Memorial Day Tradition. I pick out one C.M.H. winner grave site and visit it. I say my thanks in person. I do not usually go to parades or festivities; I pick a grave of a C.M.H. winner and pay my respects one on one.

    They are all over the place. They are in just about every city.

    I am in Milwaukee this weekend. The grave I chose to visit was that of John Breen. I do an internet search and find a C.M.H. winner every year on Memorial Day. In this case it did not matter that he may have been responsible for the death of some of my ancestors. He was fighting for his country.

    By searching on the internet it gives me personal knowledge about one persons’ ultimate sacrifice, and it makes it the grave visit so much more interesting and respectful.

    Here is the spot I paid my Memorial Day Respect.

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7932028

    R.P.
     
  6. vikesrule

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    That is a very unique and honorable tradition R.P. ....Salute!

    I too have a special Memorial Day tradition, it is a day of remberance for me of a very special person.
    It was 1971, we were in a place called Binh Thuy, Vietnam.
    I was 19 years old, and a very good friend Jim Wall, was killed in night action over the Mekong Delta.
    He was a mentor to me, and he died at the "old" age of 21.

    36 years ago, and at times it seems like yesterday.
     
  7. Raider Pride

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    Was that day April 19th, 1971?

    R.P.
     
  8. vikesrule

    vikesrule Cheesehead

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    Oh my God, how did you know that?
     
  9. Raider Pride

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    I will P.M. You...

    R.P.
     
  10. cheesey

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    This is the most important thread on the site.
    I have my own "tradition" that i try to do all the time.
    Whenever i see a veteran (usually it's when i see them wearing a hat that says WWII, Vietnam, Korea, or a VFW hat or shirt) I will go up to them, ask them if they served, then i thank them and shake their hand.
    You would be surprised at the reactions i get. Especially if it's a Vietnam vet. Some of them will answer "Yes" and you can SEE it in their eyes, they are ready for the "attack" that they are used to getting. My brother in law was spit on when he returned from Vietnam. So they are not used to getting thanked for their service to OUR country, OUR freedom. I have had grown men start crying when i did this. I have had them say "In all the years since i came back, i have NEVER had someone do what you just did". I even had a woman come up to me and thank me, as her husband had tears running down his face. She told me i would never know just how much that meant to him, AND to her. It shouldn't be like that of course, they SHOULD be thanked all the time. Whether you agreed with Vietnam or not, the men that fought are brave men, that were serving their country for ALL of us.
    I try not to draw attention to myself when i do this, i try to keep it low key. It's not about me, it's about THEM. Sometimes i will follow them out of a store or restaurant to do this. That way they arn't put on the spot.
    I do this at all times of the year, not Memorial day.
    Everyone should try this. I have got so many blessings myself from doing this small thing. And the honor of being able to shake the hands of so many REAL heroes!
    To ALL the Vets on this site, a heartfelt THANK YOU from me for your service! It's people like you that make it possible for us to have the freedoms that so many take for granted! I will NEVER take what i have for granted!
    THANK YOU!!!!
    Alan (Cheesey)
     

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