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First_WarriorFirst_Warrior N.C. MountainsPosts: 2,221 ✭✭✭✭✭
I have a dfferent out look on Memorial Day than most. We all are a sum of our parts.
Here a photo I took in Sep 1966 on a little hilltop in Vietnam. I always look at it on Memorial Day to remember. All of these Marines were KIA. Two were killed within days of the photo when we were overrun. I rolled the  the other two into their bloody ponchos seven months later. All from my squad. They died fighting.
The poem is something I wrote a few years ago. I believe it's them speaking from the past into the present. Have a steak, a beer or two,and a cigar this Memorial Day but remember them just for a minute and maybe say a prayer.Remember Me

Remember me is the fire that I light,

Remember me hold me close against the night.

Remember me the flame of memory,

when I am gone remember me.

 

Remember me the fallen say

Remember me night and day.

Remember me in your memory,

On the Hump remember me.

 

Remember me as not died in vain.

Remember me to ease the pain.

Remember me keep your memory

Strong and true remember me.

 

Remember me as you grow old.

Remember me in story told.

Remember me deep in memory,

Forever young remember me.

 

Remember me you know I cannot stay,

you light the fire I move away.

Remember me, search your memory.

Warmth and love remember me.

 

Remember me as a bridge between two worlds,

Remember me when our flags are furled.

Remember me, the light of memory,

burn bright into the night, remember me.

Semper Fi
The Native Peoples of the Americas gave tobacco to the world.

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  • peter4jcpeter4jc Milwaukee, WIPosts: 9,619 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks, Rodger.  I don't have your connection to the true meaning of this day, but try to remember the fallen and what it cost them to give us the freedom that we have.  I need to find a way to make Memorial Day a personal day of remembrance on a more frequent basis.
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  • jd50aejd50ae West Gnawed Pencil, TNPosts: 7,934 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't have your connection either.
    I enlisted during that era but did not go to Vietnam.

    Memorial Day is the only one I care about. Birthdays, Christmas (except for kids), Easter and all the rest don't mean anything to me.

    I will do the same as I always do. At dusk I will grab the best bottle I have. Then I will sit for a few hours remembering the folks I know who went and did not come back. Then I will remember the ones who did. It's no big deal, but if we can't take the time, like you do, what does that say about us?

  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 11,205 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • YaksterYakster I'm on a Buying Freeze / I sent the Coffee Filters!Posts: 14,893 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Settling in for the long smoke (St. Louis Style ribs) with an Ave Maria Holy Grail Salomon 7.1" x 58 from @ForMud, thanks Julian.  


    I'll gladly bomb you Tuesday for an Opus today.

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  • YaksterYakster I'm on a Buying Freeze / I sent the Coffee Filters!Posts: 14,893 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2018
    Yesterday, the Wfie, the youngest kid, and I set off for Carmel to visit Refuge, a sort of day spa with hot pools, quench tanks, saunas, steam baths, fire pits, and lounge chairs for a bit of R&R.  Unfortunately, we weren't the only one's with the bright idea of heading down South so traffic was a nightmare and when we got their they had a waitlist for admission (first time for me).  We ended up eating dinner instead at a Mexican restaurant and heading home.  Quite an outing for dinner.  The only saving grace was that it was 90 degrees F here yesterday and much cooler in Carmel Valley.

    Today it'll only get up to 85 F while I babysit my smoker.  I started early this morning while the Wife and Kid had a quick breakfast and went to go see Deadpool 2.

    ^^ Sorry, wrong thread, thought this was the long weekend thread.

    I'm flying the flag today and thinking about the people and their families who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
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  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 9,970 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Went and visited some old friends at the cemetery for a few minutes. 
    The rest of the day will be spent with family. 
    In Fumo Pax
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  • NorCalR1NorCalR1 San Jose CaPosts: 3,436 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks @First_Warrior for your service as well as all the other Veterans on this forum. As a military brat ( father was 37 years in the Army E9) This day means a lot to me as I was taught the value of this day from him. Today we reflect on all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country you are gone but never forgotten. 

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  • Puff_DougiePuff_Dougie Mr. Rogers NeighborhoodPosts: 4,601 ✭✭✭✭✭
    God bless you Rodger, and all of those who served and have buddies to remember today. 
    "When I have found intense pain relieved, a weary brain soothed, and calm, refreshing sleep obtained by a cigar, I have felt grateful to God, and have blessed His name." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • webmostwebmost Dull-AwarePosts: 6,981 ✭✭✭✭✭


    “It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)


  • Puff_DougiePuff_Dougie Mr. Rogers NeighborhoodPosts: 4,601 ✭✭✭✭✭
    webmost said:


    What a powerful image, Davis. 
    "When I have found intense pain relieved, a weary brain soothed, and calm, refreshing sleep obtained by a cigar, I have felt grateful to God, and have blessed His name." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • webmostwebmost Dull-AwarePosts: 6,981 ✭✭✭✭✭
    webmost said:


    What a powerful image, Davis. 


    Yeah, there's a lot of pictures that aren't worth their proverbial ten thousand words

    ... but that one is.





    For every hero, there's a heroine.

    “It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)


  • ForMudForMud Aka; Quickdraw, Clayton, DelawarePosts: 1,800 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Rodger and all the others who served and sacrificed for this country and it's freedoms are truly what his day is about....So please, take some time today to think and thank them for what they've given us.....I know I will.

  • YaksterYakster I'm on a Buying Freeze / I sent the Coffee Filters!Posts: 14,893 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, thank you for your service, folks.

    I'll gladly bomb you Tuesday for an Opus today.

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  • ShawnOLShawnOL The People's Communist Republic of MassachusettsPosts: 3,441 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like an m1 carbine and a m1911a1 there. Still in use all those years later.

    For all those who never came home, and those who didn't come home all in one piece, thank you.

  • BKDogBKDog NE PAPosts: 1,230 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For me, every day is Memorial Day and Independence Day rolled into one. I may be a combat veteran, but those who fought in Vietnam and WWII always receive my most solemn appreciation and earnest respect.

    "Love is a dung heap, Betty and I am but a c.o.c.k. that climbs upon it to crow."
  • ShawnOLShawnOL The People's Communist Republic of MassachusettsPosts: 3,441 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What? No love for Korea?

  • webmostwebmost Dull-AwarePosts: 6,981 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This story gets better and better... all the way to the end:

    “It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)


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