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I sent Jeanlouise a PM a few minutes ago and made a suggestion that got me to thinking. I was thinking that to honor those who served and are responsible for our freedoms we should set an extra place at the table in their honor. We should invite their spirits to our tables to honor them.
 

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Memorial Day is a very busy day for most members of the American Legion and VFW posts. My VFW Post will serve a free afternoon brunch that is prepared and served by post members and will also be participating in several local events/ceremonies.
As the booze flows the combat stories get better and better. :smile:
 

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Lets raise a glass to all those who have paid the ultimate sacrafice.
 

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The Golden Corral restaurant chain in Indiana always maintains a table and place setting to honor absent Veterans. If there is a VA medical facility near you, the greatest gift you can give the Veterans (as posted) is a little bit of your time. It's too late for this year, but with pre-planning, and authorization, you may be able to host a Veteran for a holiday meal.
 

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I use Memorial Day to reflect upon the vets that paid the ultimate price. Veterans Day is for those of us still fogging mirrors.
Definitely, and I find the two best ways to do this are:
1. Hanging out with other air hogs like us to swap stories about those no longer here.
2. Touching bases with the families of fallen comrades.
 

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I use Memorial Day to reflect upon the vets that paid the ultimate price. Veterans Day is for those of us still fogging mirrors.
I am in this camp. If I am at church or some event on Memorial Day and they ask for those that have served to stand up I do not. The day is not about me or the living. It is one for those that have passed.
 

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Or any day if your serving a Vet as a waitress therapist or whatever be sure your service is golden.
Waitress therapy is some of the best around... and I mean this in a completely upright, non-creepy way. I've seen some waitresses really turn a vet's day around in a way an ugly guy like me just can't. That's the idea that got the whole USO thing started. And with so many guys killing themselves right now, just pouring a cup of joe with a smile, and taking an extra few seconds to listening to someone talk may be doing something much more significant than you think.
 

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i like your suggestion OP. i hate that people in general treat memorial day as veterans day, totally different thing. veterans day is to thank those who have served and memorial day is to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
 

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When I was over in Afghanistan my Canadian Warrant and I watched Remembrance Day Memorial in Ottawa. I think what impressed me is that while they nationally televised the memorial on that day, the importance of remember the sacrifice of our veterans wasn't a day or a weekend. I believe at least several weeks out Canadians and most of the Commonwealth Countries will begin to wear poppies. I really liked this idea and will be wearing one.

Thanks to all who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. My father served in 2 wars, multiple combat wounds and recipient of the Navy Cross. My oldest is now in the US Army and he is now serving us.

God Bless.
 

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The most stirring part of our Memorial Day parade is when a group of people pass by carrying placards commemorating each member of our community that have passed during service to our country. Each placard has name, rank, and dates of service. Fortunately, ours is a fairly small community and there are only 250 placards, so far. I am not sure of the cut-off date, but I know it is post-Vietnam era.
 
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