Memorial Day 2013

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.

Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.

General George S. Patton

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May we be worthy of their sacrifice.

     “If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.

     Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own.

     And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.”

Major Michael Davis O’Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam

10 comments

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    LC Spare Parts growls and barks:

    That WE are the few, and maybe the last who hold dear what they defended to their ends is foremost in my thoughts every day until we take Our Freedom back from the ignorant, indolent, incompetent, infantile mob, or get crushed under the police powers wielded by the self serving totalitarian despots who live only to possess that power.
    That is all
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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    For us and those like us…..damn few.

    And those outside will never understand, and those inside…well, we can hardly explain it.
    LC Draco recently posted..Heroes HonoredMy Profile

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    According to a survey of George Washington University professors, some 30 percent generally endorse the eventual addition of President Barack Obama’s face to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

    The survey, conducted and reported by The College Fix, is hampered by an extremely limited sample size. Nonetheless, the results are fascinating. Of the 10 history and political science profs queried, three suggested that Obama may eventually be added to the huge sculpture of four enormous presidential heads carved into the granite face of a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

    Professor Paul Wahlbeck, who chairs the political science department at GW, says he believes that Obama could be added to the monument because of his race.

    “History undoubtedly will accord President Obama a special place by virtue of being the first African-American President,” Wahlbeck told The College Fix via email.

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    LadyRaven growls and barks:

    LC Draco @ #:2
    I am one of the outsiders, female of an “era” where women rarely went to war – but many of us know the legacy, the spirit, that MUST be passed along.
    Daniel Greenfield – http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-warriors-tale.html

    And THANK YOU for your service to our country.
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    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    LC Gladiator @ #:

    Of the 10 history and political science profs queried, three suggested that Obama may eventually be added to the huge sculpture of four enormous presidential heads carved into the granite face of a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

    That’s probably a given, considering how outsized a role race plays in modern America. Hell, if you could come back in 200 years (and America still exists) he’ll probably be considered *the* Founding Father, much like how MLK, Jr. is now considered at least equal in importance (if not superior) to Washington (and, for that matter, all of the rest of those dead white slave-owners).

    Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me overly much if Mt. Rushmore gets blown up in the not-all-that-distant future for being insulting to India…sorry, Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, etc. The only one who might save it is Lincoln – otherwise, it’s just two slave owners and an unabashed imperialist.

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    Stole this from Grunt Life Magazine;

    We live in a world of petty jealousies, political squabbles, finger-pointing, and bickering these days, but all of them are hallmarks of a free political system, a republic founded by and bled for by the blood of patriots and servants to something bigger than themselves. Our nation was founded upon the backs of men and women willing to lay their lives down in the service of their country, in the protection of their fellow man, and their sacrifices have served as the mortar that holds the bricks of our nation together. We are often asked to remember the servicemembers who’ve served, and told each year to remember the fallen, well, I say this year to remember not just their service, but how they fell and why.

    Think of a young paratrooper who volunteered to jump into an occupied country in the dark of night, and who was gunned down as he dangled from a tree, cold and scared and far from home. Think of a Marine fighting through malaria and dysentery, battling an unseen foe through heavy vegetation, only to get shot by a sniper, thousands of miles from the woman he loved and dedicated his diary to. Think of the men fighting and dying in a cold, frozen Korean winter, outnumbered and overwhelmed, and wishing to just be warm and safe again. Think of a young G.I. skimming the treetops of Vietnam in a Huey, and the panic-stricken moments as his bird was shot down and he knew he plunged to his death. Think of a young Soldier, watching a grenade fly into the cab of his HMMWV, knowing it would kill his friends, and so making the choice the sacrifice his life to save theirs, as he dove to cover and smother the blast. Think of the SEALs in Afghanistan, trapped and alone on a mountain ridge, surrounded and swarmed by jihadist fighters, and slowly succumbing to the sheer weight of numbers and firepower.

    These men and women who’ve fallen in the service of our great land didn’t die quietly, they died in violent conflicts that abruptly took their lives all too soon, and while we mourn their sacrifice and the loss of those who loved them, we must salute and remember that we live in a great time where men and women like them are willing to risk that violent death to secure the freedoms the rest of us enjoy in our daily lives. May we continue to raise generations of patriots who hear and heed that call, and may their service continue to bless us with the trappings of liberty. May God bless us all, may He continue to bless and protect those who served, may He watch over those who have fallen, and may the greatness of the United States ever measure up to the cost it’s taken to ensure and keep it. Have a blessed Memorial Day, everyone.

    LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. recently posted..Memorial Day 2013My Profile

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    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    At my age I’ve known dozens of Vets I memorialize who came home and did something with their lives and have passed on. I have lost comrades in arms and it humbles me that I too took that risk and could have easily been included in that number.
    I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
    LC Gladiator says:

    Professor Paul Wahlbeck, who chairs the political science department at GW, says he believes that Obama could be added to the monument because of his race.
    LC Gladiator @ #:
    “History undoubtedly will accord President Obama a special place by virtue of being the first African-American President,” Wahlbeck told The College Fix via email.

    Sorry, but there is nary a parcel of rock face that could contain such a big head.
    Besides, if they want a mountain face disfigured in the name of racial disparity they can get their own damn mountain and an army of 0-bots to chisel it out.
    Ef’n nincompoops would take a hundred years (if ever) to complete it.

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    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    LC Gladiator @ #:
    LC Mike in Chi @ #:

    Professor Wahl-fucking-bek may have his ideas, however Mount Rushmore is located in Yet-Independent South Dakota. And he will have his hands full trying to achieve his plan. SoDak has a tradition of the highest per capita rate of military service in the nation. Lay in some extra popcorn for the occasion.


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