Remembering on Memorial Day...

Remembering on Memorial Day...

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    Remembering on Memorial Day...

    I so deeply appreciate the men and women who defend this great country that I am privileged to live in.

    When I think about them, I always think about my grandfather. He was colorblind, but wanted to serve in the Air Force, so he memorized the eye chart so that he could join. He served in the Korean war. I've seen him in black and white photos and he's that one guy- the one so strikingly handsome that you wonder if he was an actor. A man of few words, and quiet grace and conviction of beliefs so strong that... well, I'm not even sure I have words that do it justice.

    Kinda rambling, I know. I just wanted to pay tribute to all of them who are going above and beyond for all of us back home. Thank you.
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    I'm the guy next door that is polite, but does not tell you crap.
    Instead of starting another thread, I thought I would post this here.

    Read the back story before watching the video. Then be prepared to be very emotional when watching the video.


    .........on Memorial Day when a story came on the local NPR station in Oxford, Miss. It was about a father whose son had been killed in action in northwest Afghanistan. The father was Paul Monti; his son was Sergeant Jared Monti. Jared died in Afghanistan trying to save the life of one of his men. Jared was 30 years old when he died, and was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroism under fire. But that was small consolation to his father: The son he loved and admired was gone, forever.

    .........Last month, the song reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

    The YouTube video has nearly 5 million views. If you watch it, bring a stack of Kleenex tissues. It is that moving.

    But this remarkable story didn’t end there. It turns out that Jared’s father got a message on Facebook from a woman whose son had died in the same battle Jared died in.

    “She sent me a message that she had heard the song,” Paul Monti told NPR last week, “and that I had to listen to it. She knew I drove Jared’s truck and she drove her son’s truck.”

    Paul Monti told NPR that he remembered not being able to get through the entire song. “I’d get into it a few bars or so and kind of welled up,” he explained.

    But he still didn’t know that it was his interview — his own words — that inspired the song. That the song was about him and his son and his son’s truck.

    Read the whole article here: I Drive Your Truck | National Review Online

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    We were at a Christian bookstore getting things for our church VBS and I was looking at a book of local city history on their counter while the clerk rang up our order.

    In the back of the book was a picture of my Grandfather in his WW I "Doughboy" uniform. "This is my Grandfather!" I exclaimed and showed the clerk and the other customers the photo and I gave a brief story of him.

    He had all the original Uniform from the War and when I was a boy, he would dress in it, take me along to a local cemetary and honour the fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. As he read the poem "In Flanders Fields", I would take the paper Poppies provided by the local VFW and place them at the base of each cross. A bayoneted M1 Garand rifle with chrome plated WW II style was stuck in the ground by the crosses as well. When I finished, I would take my place beside of him in my little boy uniform and salute as Taps was played.

    Then an Honour Guard would fire M1 Garands in a salute and afterwards I would go collect the spent shell casings to take home.

    My Grand Dad died in 1988 and was the last charter member of the local VFW. I remember him so much on this holiday.

    My "salute" to all the soldiers living and gone for their service to our country.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day!


    We bought two of the books, one for me, one for my dad.
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    Regardless of dictionary definitions, I think this best describes what a Veteran is:

    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including my life." Author Unknown
    Many of us here on this forum, at some point signed that check. Some once, others many times. Our oath of enlistment is not something that was taken lightly, and still isn't. While we may no longer wear the uniform, we are still willing to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

    To all my brothers and sisters in arms. I wish you a blessed Memorial Day. Please take a moment out of your weekend to say a prayer for those of us, past, present and future who have had that blank check called in.
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    Lest we forget.

    Here's to my grandad who served in the Royal Navy in WW1 and the RAF in WW2, my other grandad who served Royal Navy in WW2 and my dad who was in the RAF.

    God bless all who serve and have served.
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    Sadly,there are people,who take them for granted,or,don't care about those who has served,past or present.
    A close friend,told me about a couple,she was friends with.The husband was a gunman,on a medivac,in the vietnam war.She was telling me,how hard it was,for him to adjust to life,when he came back.It was really a sad story,but,there are so many like him,i know.
    I would never take them for granted,or ever mistreat one.I pray for all serving past and present,and their families,who have had the hardships,of dealing with it.

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    I'll just leave this one here too.

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    animated_flag2.gif Thank you to all the veterans out there. I truly appreciate your service. A Memorial Day wish also to my father, my 3 uncles, and my father-in-law who all served in WWII, Korea, or Viet Nam. I have special thoughts today for those who are no longer with uncle who died in service to his country as a Capt. in the US Army Air Corp as an aviator and to my recently deceased father-in-law who served in the US Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in theater during WWII and in Korea. Thank you all for your service!
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