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Memorial Day: A Time to Reflect

memorial-day-flag-america-WASHINGTON, DC, May 27 – The barbecue grills will be ablaze this weekend as family and friends come together to celebrate Memorial Day.  But the Association of Mature American Citizens urges us to take a moment to reflect on the purpose of this holiday—to pay tribute to those who have served us in the military—especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Dan Weber, AMAC president, notes that there are more than 19 million veterans among us.  The Veterans Administration records show that 16 million Americans served their nation during World War II and that fewer than 700,000 of them are still with us today.

“They are a living memorial to the valor and gallantry of all who have served in the military throughout our country’s history.  The Second World War was the bloodiest war of all time.  One estimate puts the total number of deaths among the Allied Nations at more than 40 million men, women and children, civilians and military, including nearly one million American service men and women.  They were part of our country’s Greatest Generation, but we mustn’t lose sight of our fellow countrymen who are putting their lives at risk to protect us right now in far flung places around the world.”

According to the VA a total of more than 150,000 service men and women have lost their lives in all the military campaigns since World War II, including Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars and the continuing Global War on terror.

“Most of us will be out playing with our kids and grandkids this weekend.  We’ll probably eat a little too much.  We’ll catch up on the latest doings of our neighbors, friends and family members.  We’ll be busy celebrating the non-official beginning of summer.   Is it too much to ask that we take a few minutes to bow our heads in tribute to the men and women who gave their lives for us?  And, perhaps, you may want to say a little prayer for the safety of those who are in service today,” Weber suggested.

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Beverly Verdery
6 years ago

I would like to honor my late uncle, Monroe Belknap who was killed in
WWII when he stepped on a mine field bomb able serving oh beloved country
The United States of America. My father was the late Marion Sanderson Belknap. My father and mother taught me to love our country. My father said he could he could see many, many years ago America or beloved country losing it’s sovereignty.
May God bless all the men and women who have served in our country armed services in the past and present , four of whom are in my family.

Charles Lopresto
6 years ago

This Memorial Day weekend coincides with President Obama’s latest “apology tour.” He said “World leaders are telling me that he (Donald Trump) rattles them.” He is having all this concern about the reactions of world leaders to the Trump candidacy. I don’t think being “rattled” is a bad thing.
If being “rattled” means these world leaders must finally confront the realities of today’s radical Islamic movement, then so be it.
If being “rattled” means the US is going to assume a return to the role of leadership, and challenge these leaders to respond on their part with new commitments and obligations to combat a problem that is as much their problem as it is our problem, then so be it.
If being “rattled” means the leaders will hear the truth instead of the current president’s fantasies about the threat from these terrorists groups, then so be it.
If being “rattled’ means the truth will include real causes of the problem defined, instead of climate change nonsense, unemployment, and accusations of insensitivity, then so be it.
And if being “rattled” means these leaders must confront demands from their own people regarding clarity, as we the people have tried to demand from our own leader, then so be it.
If electing a leader that acts like a leader, and causes other leaders to be “rattled” is the result of a Trump election, then so be it.

Me Too
6 years ago

I remember Iran was so “rattled” by Reagan taking office that they released the hostages they were holding during the weak and inept Carter administration. Having other countries be “rattled” is a good thing, as it was a good thing then.

Kathy Thompson
6 years ago

As a veteran and member of the American Legion, I will be at ceremonies honoring those who served. Joining the military was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was an honor to serve. God bless this great country.

Charles Lopresto
6 years ago

This weekend as we celebrate Memorial Day, a lot of the talk has been overshadowed by the wreath dedication at Hiroshima on President Obama’s latest “apology tour.”
I can’t help but think about other sites in the Pacific Theatre that could receive wreaths from the President. Places that experienced millions of deaths. And the numbers would have been much higher, if we had not dropped the two bombs that ended the war and the potential invasion. It took the Nagasaki bomb to finally make the stubborn Japanese Empire finally quit, even after refusing still, after the first bomb.
Other sites include Pearl Harbor where the war began for us after we tried to avoid it. The war that we didn’t want, and didn’t start, but we had to finish. Other sites like various parts of the Philippines including the road where the Bataan Death March happened. Sites like Nanking, China, one of so many villages that was massacred.
These and other sites may not be mentioned in our school history classes, if history is even being taught anymore. The folks of academia will sit in the comfort of their ivy halls, benefiting from the luxury of 20/20 hindsight, asking about the “questionable necessity” of dropping the bombs, that prevented “one more day” of these atrocities.
The soldiers, sailors, Marines, and flyers, the Holocaust survivors, the resistance fighters, the aid workers and the Red Cross personal who served and sacrificed are all dying off. Who will be around to tell future generations all the stories?
Unfortunately, we can’t depend on our educational institutions or our politically sensitive administrations.

Ruel D
6 years ago

Charles,
Like both your comments very much. I’ll be interested to see what the Commander in Chief of our armed forces has to say about our fallen veterans today (Monday).

PaulO
6 years ago

I thought Mr. Grimaldi’s article was clear, concise and to the point to take time this Memorial Day (or “Decoration Day” as Union veterans established it at the end of the civil war) to remember all Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and continue to support their families and guarantee that all present day military members and veterans receive the services and respect they deserve.

Ralph
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulO

Paulo did you know that obama wants military personnel to fund their own medical insurance and any rehab required due to combat injuries? He said that since they are volunteers, they knew what they were getting into, and it should no longer be the responsibility of the taxpayer to fund the VA. Guess he wants more money for obamacare, free cell phones, and other assorted freebies for illegals and others who contribute nothing to our country!

LSLS
6 years ago
Reply to  Ralph

Our Veterans funding their own medical insurance is an absolutely disgusting proposal!

All the (ex) Presidents volunteered also. Maybe the people should stop paying for their Secret Service protection, being that they are all millionaires and could very easily afford their own protection. After all, They volunteered to do the job!!!!

Ralph
6 years ago
Reply to  LSLS

He said it LSLS, I saw the video. I think there are a lot of things the people should stop paying for! Could not agree with you more.

Craig
6 years ago

Disappointed that the article didn’t address the proper way of remembrance. Heard it on the radio yesterday so not sure I have it correct: Fly flags at half staff until noon to show respect for those who gave their lives during battle, remembering what they died for. At noon raise the flag to full staff as we purpose to live for those same ideals.

Ralph
6 years ago
Reply to  Craig

Correct

Kathy Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Craig

You are correct! Nice to hear that someone is actually flying the flag properly.

CAPT Mike
6 years ago

POW and MIA……YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.

Norman Blowers
6 years ago

I am embarrassed at this article going to publication. Memorial Day remembers. PERIOD. For those still living we have VETERANS DAY. The writer made the grave mistake of including the still living in this tribute. WHY? I would have thought better of AMAC scholarship. Originally the day was called Decoration Day, a time for decorating the graves of the fallen. How did this get by the staff?

Howard Last
6 years ago
Reply to  Norman Blowers

My parents always called May 30th Decoration Day and November 11th Armistice Day, which were the original names. Sunday I will be at Beth El Cemetery in Cheyenne to lay a wreath during the service. At the house I will be flying a 48 star flag, Gadsden Flag, Stars and Bars and the MIA Flag. I am still not PC.

Kathy Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Howard Last

Good for you, Howard. My dad who was a veteran of WW2 [as well as my mom] used to fly several different American flags. I absolutely refuse to be PC. I would rather be truthful.

Ronald Boss
6 years ago

Abraham Lincoln once said: “The ways of God are mysterious and profound beyond all comprehension — ‘Who by searching can find Him out?’ God only knows the issue of this business. He has destroyed nations from the map of history for their sins. Nevertheless, my hopes prevail generally above my fears for our Republic. The times are dark, the spirits of ruin are abroad in all their power, and the mercy of God alone can save us.” “It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” To honor those who have died in the defense of justice and freedom we must honor the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who gave his life for all.

Alayne
6 years ago
Reply to  Ronald Boss

sorry, I tried voting up unsuccessfully. The down vote was me seeing if those hands work properly. The up vote does not work.. I vote up!!

HAM
6 years ago
Reply to  Alayne

I’ve been having the same problem with the vote up arrow.

Pete Lister
6 years ago
Reply to  Ronald Boss

Sorry, Ron, but if you go to Arlington, or any national cemetery, you can find the graves of numerous Jews and Muslims who laid down their lives in defense of this nation. To suggest that “To honor those who have died in the defense of justice and freedom we must honor the Son of God, Jesus Christ…” is simply Taliban-caliber arrogance. The 1st Amendment gives every American the right to worship as he or she chooses. I honor your right to your religion. In fact, I wore our nation’s uniform for 23 years to protect that right, but don’t you dare suggest that the only way to honor those who have given their lives for this country is to be a Christian. The extremist evangelical right is the source of much of what’s wrong with today’s political environment in this country. So let’s honor our war dead, and thank all who serve and have served, without suggesting that your religion is the only way of doing so.

Ralph
6 years ago
Reply to  Pete Lister

You sound like a left leaner to me, Pete. I don’t know what gives you the right to tell any body not to “dare” a statement in an open forum. You better reread what he said because I think you misunderstood him. Also a veteran.

Ralph
6 years ago
Reply to  Ralph

Also Pete, I think you will be able to count on one hand the number of muslim head stones in Arlington. I was there 3 years ago and don’t recall seeing any!

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