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  • Five World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories (Videos In The Link)

    07/03/2015 7:51:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | July 3, 2015 | Stephen Gutowski and Rae-Lynn Ziegler
    Recently the Free Beacon sat down with several World War II veterans to ask them about Memorial Day. After explaining the importance of the holiday, the veterans were kind enough to share their stories. Each veteran told the Free Beacon about their own unique experience in the military.
  • Coach is Right, Friday Short Stories

    05/29/2015 9:59:52 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/29/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1.) Michelle Obama: Global Warming Is The New Civil Rights Movement Fighting global warming is this generation’s “revolution,” said Michelle Obama to students at Oberlin College during the Memorial Day weekend, just like Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights struggle during the 1960s. “Climate change, economic inequality, human rights, criminal justice -– these are the revolutions of your time.” “And you have as much responsibility and just as much power to wake up and play your part in our great American story. Because it is absolutely still possible to make a difference. The great moments of our history are not...
  • All Gave Some, Some Gave All -- Memorial Day Salute

    05/28/2015 5:30:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Larry Elder
    On November 11, 2011, Congress voted to award a Congressional Gold Medal for the 20,000 black Marines of Montford Point, the first blacks to serve as Marines. I write about Staff Sgt. Elder -- and my struggle to understand him -- in my latest book, "Dear Father, Dear Son." On August 13, 2013, Col. Jason Bohm, commander, "Fighting 5th," United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, made the following remarks: "We are honored that you joined us today to recognize the service of one of our own, Staff Sgt. Randolph Elder. ... "In the days leading up to World War II,...
  • PacSun Feels the Wrath of Customers, Veterans Over American flag shirt

    05/27/2015 7:39:11 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 05/25/15
    UPDATE: Before Memorial Day was over, PacSun announced it will stop selling the T-shirt featuring an upside-down American flag. A photo of the shirt on display in Foley, Alabama, quickly went viral, forcing the retailer to respond.
  • “Six Seconds”

    05/26/2015 7:52:46 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 36 replies
    neveryetmelted ^ | 25 May 2015 | Lt. Gen. John Kelly
    "The truck’s windshield explodes into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tear into the body of the son of a b@@@@ trying to get past them to kill their brothers.....American and Iraqi – bedded down in the barracks, totally unaware that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back....."
  • Mansions of the Lord -- West Point Glee Club

    05/25/2015 9:23:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    You Tube ^ | John Langslov and others
    In honor of Memorial Day and the fallen. This is a moving tribute by the West Point Glee Club with pictures collected by John Langslov. Solos by Ronan Tynan and Sgt. McKenzie. If this does not bring a tear to your eye, you have no heart.
  • Clintons appear together at Memorial Day parade

    05/26/2015 2:31:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 25, 2015 | By Jesse Byrnes
    Bill and Hillary Clinton appeared together at a Memorial Day parade in their adoptive hometown on Monday, their first joint appearance since the unveiling of her 2016 Democratic presidential campaign more than six weeks ago. The Clintons snapped photos with attendees and marched behind veterans at the parade in Chappaqua, N.Y., but avoided talk about the former secretary of State's White House bid. "This is a way of demonstrating that they are not forgotten, and we are going to continue to do everything that we can to make sure that we honor their sacrifice and commitment," Hillary Clinton told a...
  • Obama heralds first U.S. Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years

    05/25/2015 12:57:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    reuters.com ^ | (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Peter Cooney)
    "Today, fewer than 10,000 troops remain on a mission to train and assist Afghan forces. We’ll continue to bring them home and reduce our forces further, down to an embassy presence by the end of next year," Obama said.
  • Pastor Shot Outside Church While Putting Out Memorial Day Flags Hasn't Lost Any Hope": Wife

    05/25/2015 8:39:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WVIT-TV ^ | May 25, 2015 | Stephanie O'Connell, Kristen Johnson and Jessie Sawyer
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Hartford police are investigating two early morning shootings Sunday that happened minutes apart, sending two victims to the hospital, including a beloved pastor shot outside a church while putting out Memorial Day flags. The pastor shot was identified as Rev. Dr. Augustus Sealy, 54, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The victim of the second shooting was Robert Jones, 27. Police responded to the first shooting at 932 Capitol Ave. near Newton Street around 6:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving multiple 911 calls. When they arrived, they discovered a male victim shot multiple on the road outside the First Church of the Nazarene. The...
  • Memory of Rahway World War II vets kept alive in park (map found)

    05/25/2015 1:49:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    5/12/15
    Link only - Memory of Rahway World War II vets kept alive in park
  • Why Memorial Day Has Special Significance for African Americans

    05/25/2015 5:11:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The Root ^ | May 25 2015 | THEODORE R. JOHNSON III
    They have long been overrepresented in the military, serving and dying for a country that has not always celebrated their freedom or rewarded their sacrifice.Memorial Day is a sacred occasion when we pay tribute to all the military men and women who have died in service to the United States. It is also an observance that owes its creation to blacks. This tradition began when newly freed slaves decorated the grave sites of Civil War soldiers as a way to honor those who had fought for their freedom. But blacks were not just passive bystanders. Many of volunteered to...
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/25/2015 6:16:41 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 75 replies
    Self | May 25, 2015 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • In Harm’s Way: The Forgotten Service of Military Chaplains

    05/25/2015 6:14:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    CE.com ^ | 05-25-15 | George J. Galloway
    In Harm’s Way: The Forgotten Service of Military Chaplains George J. Galloway In Otto Preminger’s 1965 classic movie In Harm’s Way, starring John Wayne as “Rock Torrey” and Kirk Douglas as “Commander Paul Eddington,” there’s an interesting dialogue that ensues after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent return of the cruiser Swayback to the lagoon-shaped sanctuary, now burial ground for thousands of American sailors, in Oahu. It’s a direct reference to a famous quote from John Paul Jones: “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm’s...
  • 'Black Bike Week' riders cry foul over security increase at annual gathering

    05/25/2015 5:20:45 PM PDT · by windcliff · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 25 2015 | Max Blau
    For more than two decades, thousands of African American motorcyclists have traveled across the nation to South Carolina, to attend the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest. On the last weekend in May every year, the low hum of customized choppers with high-handle bars and the high-pitched revs of neon-painted street bikes have sounded out on Ocean Boulevard. The 2015 Bikefest, however, was different. Ocean Boulevard, a two-lane commercial strip running parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, was partially closed. Hundreds of police officers enforced a one-way traffic pattern that clogged streets for miles and forced motorcyclists to idle in gridlock for...
  • The 13 Catholics in Statuary Hall: On Memorial Day, Remembering Our Heroes

    05/25/2015 3:22:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | May 25, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
      THE NATIONAL STATUARY HALL COLLECTION By user:Southgeist [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOne of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington, D.C. is National Statuary Hall. Also known as the Old Hall of the House, it’s a semicircular gallery immediately south of the Capitol Rotunda. For nearly fifty years—from 1807 through 1857—Statuary Hall served as the meeting place for the House of Representatives. The Hall now houses many of the 100 statues of great Americans (two from each state) which together comprise the National Statuary Hall Collection.It’s an extraordinary honor for the men and women depicted here to have been...
  • 8 killed, 19 injured in weekend shootings in Baltimore

    05/25/2015 2:37:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WBAL-TV ^ | May 25, 2015 | Saliqa Khan
    BALTIMORE —City police said of 27 people who were shot, at least eight of them were killed in a series of separate shooting in Baltimore since Friday afternoon. In the most recent events, officers were called to the 1600 block of Hazel Street around 10:30 p.m. Sunday for a report of discharging of a firearm. While investigating, police were notified of a walk-in shooting victim to an area hospital. The man at the hospital sustained a gunshot wound to his buttocks. The victim told police he was shot by two masked men. No further details are available. Detectives are investigating...
  • Forgotten WW2 soldier, lost more than 70 years, is finally honored

    05/25/2015 2:37:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It’s difficult to describe anything as a “feel good story” on a day when we are commemorating the Honored Dead, but I suppose this story comes as close as any. CBS News is providing the details of a tale which took place long ago in a small village a bit to the north of where I live, in Gowanda, New York. They have a war memorial in their town just like so many other places around the country. But for the lifetime of most of the current residents, one name has been missing. Carroll Heath was a young boy born...
  • How was Memorial Day in your area?

    05/25/2015 12:42:06 PM PDT · by ThomasThomas · 37 replies
    Me ^ | Today | Thomas
    What did your city do for Memorial Day? This is what happen where I live. I don't think we can post from the local paper so I used West Coast Thunder Facebook page. They road though where I live today. I'll try to post most of my pictures when I get home. But for now
  • Ballad of the Green Baret (Let's sing along!)

    05/25/2015 11:37:23 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 11 replies
    Fallen Heroes Channel ^ | May 25, 205 | SSgt Barry Sadler
    Fighting soldiers from the sky Fearless men who jump and die Men who mean just what they say The brave men of the Green Beret Silver wings upon their chest These are men, America's best One hundred men we'll test today But only three win the Green Beret Trained to live, off nature's land Trained in combat, hand to hand Men who fight by night and day Courage deep, from the Green Beret Silver wings upon their chest These are men, America's best One hundred men we'll test today But only three win the Green Beret Back at home a...
  • Memorial Day 2015: An Open Letter to My Fellow Veterans of the Global War on Terror

    05/25/2015 11:17:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Steve Yen
    To my comrades, fellow veterans of the Global War on Terror (GWOT): on this Memorial Day I call you to action. Do not let others define our generation and our service. Define yourselves. In a time where victimhood is celebrated, where discourse is dominated by ineffectual and verbose liberal academics, and society led by inept deceivers – we alone showed the world for the seven years after 9/11/01 that America was the indisputable world super power and that darkness could never put out the light. To the contrary, the light would come with insurmountable power to punish its enemies. We...
  • Remember

    05/25/2015 11:07:42 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 7 replies
    TomHoefling.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Tom Hoefling
    Remember On this day, remember The men who died And, for their sake, don't ever forget The loved ones they left behind They gave it all For you and me They paid the full and final price To keep us strong and free Despite their worst fears They took the bloody field They faced the awful foe They would not yield Greater love for his friends Can no man show Than to give his life And take the blow Christ set the perfect example Long ago, across the sea Of service, of sacrifice, of suffering To set, and to keep,...
  • Do Americans Really Want to Remember Their War Heroes?

    05/25/2015 10:21:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | David Smith
    Do Americans really want to remember their war heroes? If by saying “remember,” we mean it in the same sense in which we remember things like the 2004 World Series, the television show Cheers, or the Ford administration, then sure, we can take some time to think of those who have given their lives in war. But in reality, Memorial Day ought to involve something more substantive than merely remembering. What the day really calls for is commemorating, but very little in our contemporary culture is particularly attuned to having the orientation toward history that would make this truly...
  • Memorial Day Address By President Reagan

    05/25/2015 10:02:13 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 5-15-15 | Big Reggie
    One of the most stirring Memorial Day speeches given by an American president wasn’t even intended as a Memorial Day speech. It was Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural “We are Americans” address, in which he described the American hero. “Those who say we’re in a time when there are no heroes — they just don’t know where to look,” he said. “The sloping hills of Arlington National Cemetery, with its row upon row of simple white markers bearing crosses or Stars of David, they add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom.”...
  • The Unknown Soldier

    05/25/2015 9:14:30 AM PDT · by heartwood · 3 replies
    David Jay Portfolios ^ | 5/25/2015 | David Jay
    There are no words, only pictures of wounded veterans. Please go to the site, and click through.
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/25/2015 8:09:28 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 33 replies
    Self | May 25, 2015 | Self
    My greatest contact with these men started about age nine when my dad began taking me out golfing on the weekends. There was a man who used the first golf cart I ever saw, because as a brigade commander of the 41th infantry in New Guinea he was debilitated by sickness. I remember one fairly good golfer who had kind of a weird back swing, because he was crippled while serving with the Big Red One in Sicily. I often ended up as a dishwasher at Michelbook Country Club. I noticed the chef always limped as he moved around the...
  • Ladies and gentlemen, the worst Memorial Day photo ever

    05/25/2015 8:52:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/25/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Courtesy of The Democrats (via Twitter), of course I don’t even know what to say about this. It’s almost as if whoever runs the Democrats’ Twitter account decided to take on a personal challenge of coming up with the most inappropriate photo imaginable for the day when the nation honors its war dead. It’s about fallen soldiers? Ha! Screw that! We’ll not only post a photo of our president instead, but we’ll show him eating ice cream with a goofy look on his face, while a bunch of sycophantic photographers click away like the lapdogs they are. Oh, and a...
  • Memorial Day and What We Should be Remembering

    05/25/2015 8:50:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/25/15 | MICHAEL FUMENTO
    The prayer to St, Michael the Archangel: Entreats the Archangel to "defend us in battle" and "be our protection" against wickedness It’s Memorial Day in America. Time to celebrate spring with barbecues and the first trip to the beach. Solemnity is essentially forbidden. Except among we “brave few,” as Shakespeare famously put it in Henry V, “We band of brothers.” Ask a veteran what combat is like and you’ll get as many different answers as there are vets. Still, the clichés hold true: “All your senses are heightened;” “It’s a mixture of fear and excitement;” “It’s the most alive you’ll...
  • Obama’s Memorial Day Ice Cream Gloat

    05/25/2015 8:47:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 37 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/25/15 | Judi Mcleod
    God Bless American soldiers gone to their heavenly rewards forever! The picture Herman Cain writer Dan Calabrese calls “the worst Memorial Day photo ever” should be going viral now if Obama Google pals don’t bury it. The photo shows for once and for all how President Barack Obama really feels about Memorial Day, the one day a year set aside to pay respect to the sacrifice of the highly venerated war dead. Just like the man the photo depicts, the picture not only swaggers across the stage, it leaps, bounds and somersaults into view, walking on stilts across our troubled...
  • The Folded Flags of Freedom

    05/25/2015 8:40:15 AM PDT · by xuberalles · 3 replies
    Self | 05/25/15 | Me
    Courage, bravery, honor, valor…these are but a few of the timeless tributes used to memorialize the silhouette of the American soldier. Yet these fabled words pale in comparison to the greatest embodiment of our Armed Forces: love. Love is the saluted soul of their service, the intrinsic calling of a sacred duty, and the billowing breath of an enduring creed. Love of country, family, and most of all, love of liberty – God’s most precious and nonnegotiable gift – moves ordinary men and women to confront the most unconscionable forms of evil, to stand guard in the growing shadow of...
  • Obama Memorial Day tweet from the Democrats slammed

    05/24/2015 5:57:33 AM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The official Democratic Party Twitter account, @TheDemocrats, is being slammed by a media figure who himself has a history as a Democrat operative. Jake Tapper of CNN has, by almost all accounts, worked hard (harder than George Stephanopoulos by the evidence) to be fair toward Republicans, despite having once worked as press secretary for Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law Majorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, when she was a liberal Democrat member of the House of Representatives. Of course, Tapper did appear on the Clinton Foundation website as a speaker at an event, only to have that mention go poof! and disappear in the wake of...
  • Freedom Is Not Free; It Is Costly – A Memorial Day Recollection

    05/25/2015 7:35:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Freedom Is Not Free; It Is Costly – A Memorial Day Recollection By: Msgr. Charles PopeFor many, Memorial Day means the beginning of summer. To others, it is a day off to go shopping. But as I am sure you know, Memorial Day is really a day to honor those who have died in the service of this country.  The word “memorial” comes from the Latin “memorare,” which an  imperative meaning “Remember!” So Memorial Day is “Remember!” Day. To remember something is to allow it to be present in our minds and hearts such that we are grateful, sober, aware, and different.This...
  • Remember Heroic Dog-Handler Teams on Memorial Day

    05/25/2015 7:24:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/25/2015 | Elise Cooper
    Memorial Day is a holiday to remember all the military men and women who died while serving their country. Americans should observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials, or gathering with a family of the fallen, instead of attending sales. This year, American Thinker decided to pay homage to those who are always on the front lines and have saved many American lives: dog handlers and their four-legged partners.
  • Honor those who gave their lives keeping America safe.

    05/25/2015 6:54:05 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    It’s time for a short American history lesson, especially appropriate on the day we honor our war dead, those killed in combat defending us. Surprisingly, Memorial Day has its genesis not in the Revolutionary War, which we fought to gain our independence from England from 1775 to 1783. Rather, it was the 20th war or conflict of the 74, so far, we as a nation have engaged in — including 20 named against Native Americans. It was our own Civil War, fought from 1861 to 1865. America’s Civil War was a bloody affair and there was nothing civil about it....
  • Memorial Day 2015: A Day of Remembrance

    05/25/2015 6:37:53 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-25-2015 | MOTUS
    "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." —Winston Churchill As we do on this day each year, we pause to remember the men and women who died fighting for our freedom. We stand by humbly, gratefully, silently, to honor their sacrifice.We remember…We mourn for those lost…And we mourn for those they’ve left behind…As we reflect again on the the steep price of freedom.By all means, enjoy your picnics, parades and celebrations today – it is a holiday after all. But do pause to remember and honor all the brave...
  • Memorial Day

    05/25/2015 6:17:42 AM PDT · by Chainmail · 81 replies
    Self | May 25th, 2015 | Myself
    "I don’t trust anyone who was in the military." - sickoflibs, posted last night.
  • A DAY TO REMEMBER THEIR SACRIFICE!

    05/25/2015 6:01:10 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/25/15
    WHEN? In at least 10 major wars, in 18+ conflict situations from the 1898 Spanish American War to the Persian Gulf War and even to the present War on Terrorism, which is like no other war. WHO? More than 1,000,000 lives in the 10 major wars given up for something of greater value, something having a more pressing claim. WHY? Not to aggressively seek to get or to gain what someone else has, whether it be land, power or wealth (see James 4:1-3), but to DEFEND our nation “and secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do...
  • MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE: Ballad of the Bloody Shoes

    05/25/2015 5:26:00 AM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 1 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | May 25, 2015 | R.G. Yoho
    As I sat all alone in the courthouse square, an old man named Sam approached me there. His once-dark locks were now all gray. His eyes were bright, sharp, and clear. They pierced your soul, your heart, your mind, and showed not a trace of fear. He looked tired and weary, aged past his years. His lips held a smile, but his hand wiped a tear
  • A Nation Greater than We Deserve

    05/25/2015 4:48:56 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/25/2015 | David French
    On Memorial Day, be thankful for the world we have — and remember those who helped us create and defend it. There is a place near my home — in a rural county in middle Tennessee — that is especially beautiful. A dirt path leads off from the main road, through a hay field, up to an old barn nestled just at the base of a small hill. It’s like a scene from a painting. For some reason, every time I drive past (which is often), I’m struck by a sense of gratitude — for my family, for the church...
  • Liberals Disgrace Memorial Day

    05/25/2015 4:44:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    As ISIS continues its orgy of rape and beheadings in Ramadi, perhaps our president could show a rare flash of dignity by simply slipping out the back door of the White House and down the road to the links instead of putting on his annual farce of “honoring” the sacred dead at Arlington. If he gave one half a damn about those who gave their lives for this country, the black flag wouldn’t be flying over the cities and towns purchased with the blood of so many valiant warriors. But Barack Obama, like the rest of the liberal elite, cares...
  • Memorial Day 2015, Lest We Forget

    05/25/2015 3:04:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | David Webb
    The easiest way to pay a debt of gratitude is with respect and commemoration. On Memorial Day, remember to pause for a minute of silent honor at 3 PM, local time. Memorial Day is still officially known as Decoration Day. It is a day to remember those who have died in all of our wars.
  • Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten.

    05/24/2015 6:09:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 63 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-24-2015 | Ian Shapira
    MARGRATEN, Netherlands — They haven’t forgotten. For 70 years, the Dutch have come to a verdant U.S. cemetery outside this small village to care for the graves of Americans killed in World War II. On Sunday, they came again, bearing Memorial Day bouquets for men and women they never knew, but whose 8,300 headstones the people of the Netherlands have adopted as their own. For the American relatives of the fallen, it was an outpouring of gratitude almost as stunning as the rows of white marble crosses and Jewish Stars of David at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Each grave has...
  • Last 25 Vietnam vets to come home for burial

    05/24/2015 5:20:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 25th May 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    The remains of 25 Australian servicemen killed in Vietnam will be brought home four decades after the conflict ended. Tony Abbott and Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Ronaldson will announce today that the government will offer the families of Australian servicemen killed in Vietnam War and buried overseas the chance to repatriate their remains. More than 60,000 men and women served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1973 and 521 died. In line with earlier Australian policy, those killed were buried in the nearest Commonwealth war cemetery. After January 1966, a change of policy meant those killed were brought home. However, 24...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Memorial Day 2015 ~ 25 May 2015

    05/24/2015 5:02:41 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 94 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC and The Canteen Crew
        The FReeper Canteen Observes ------------------------Memorial Day 2015 ------------------------     HistoryMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet (see below) carried the dedication "To...
  • Joe Galloway Speech at the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association 2011 Convention

    05/24/2015 5:02:24 PM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Prowler Owners Assn ^ | 2011 | Joe Galloway
    "Thanks to all of you for giving me the honor of speaking to you. I have got to tell you that looking out across this assemblage I must confess: I haven't seen this many bad boys collected in one location since the last time I visited Leavenworth Prison. When I first learned that I would be doing this gig I asked an aviator buddy of mine what else I needed to know......and he said, well, most of you would be bringing your wives along.......that half of you were so deaf that you couldn't hear a word of what I was...
  • National restaurant chain offers veterans a free meal

    05/24/2015 3:28:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KFOX-TV ^ | May 24, 2015 | Victor Venegas
    EL PASO, Texas -- On the day to remember America's war dead, Twin Peaks is saying thank you to military veterans by offering a free meal this Memorial Day. The national chain is making the meals available to all current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces at all its locations in the Borderland and across the country. The offer is valid for lunch or dinner. Veterans will get to choose a free entrée from a special menu, which includes Blackened Chicken Quesadillas and Fish Tacos.
  • US veterans ride with pride at Rolling Thunder biker rally

    05/24/2015 2:28:48 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    AFP ^ | May 24, 2015 | Jenny Vaughan
    Washington (AFP) - With the rev of motorcycle engines, the ground rumbles underfoot, and they're off: hundreds of thousands of military veterans ride out for the annual Rolling Thunder memorial rally in the US capital Sunday. For the one million spectators and bikers -- many from out of state -- it is more than just an excuse to slap on a leather vest and polish their wheels. It's a chance to remember the fallen, raise a call to bring soldiers missing in action back home and boost support for veterans. "It's just an honor to come here with all these...
  • A Memorial Day Tribute in Honor of 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, USMC - KIA 12/09/06 Anbar province, Iraq

    05/24/2015 2:14:16 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    The Concert for Valor ^ | November 19, 1014 | Steven Spielberg & CDR Bill Krissoff, USN
    This video is a moving tribute to honor an outstanding young Marine Officer by his father, Dr. Bill Kristoff. At the age of 61, Dr. Bill Kristoff of Truckee, CA joined the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in order to honor the memory of his oldest son by serving as a surgeon in Afghanistan to treat wounded Marines. While doing some further research on this amazing family, I found this: The outdoor activities were a joy shared by Nathan, his father, and his younger brother, Austin, 24, who joined the Marines shortly before Nathan died.The family kept word of Nathan's death...
  • The Battle of Ramadi

    05/24/2015 12:47:40 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 8 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 5/24/15 | Steve Berman
    In April and May 2004, the 4th Marines—the very same units that stormed the beach at Iwo Jima—took heavy losses while engaging insurgents loyal to Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party in heavy fighting for the city of Ramadi. USA Today posted this report, On April 6, Lance Cpl. Deshon Otey, 24, of Hardin, Ky., was the sole survivor of an attack on his Humvee that killed seven of his comrades in Echo Company. His only wounds were nightmares, Otey said later. "I always see these guys with turbans. They come up and just start slaughtering all of us," he said. A...
  • Memorial Day in Light of Our Day

    05/24/2015 10:47:58 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/25/15
    This Memorial Day we think of those who gave their last full measure on our behalf as Americans; to preserve our freedoms and liberties, which only come from Almighty God (John 8:32, 36, Gal. 1:4, 3:13, 5:1, Titus 2:14). There can NEVER be TRUE liberty without a saving relationship to our Creator and apart from the firm adherence to Almighty God's moral absolutes (Prov. 14:34). Our Founding Fathers knew this to be true and have communicated it to us in their writings and in our nation's birth certificate. Today, America has full well rejected our founder's vision and have squandered...
  • Dog With Big Stick & Prezzy With Big Umbrella: One Is Smarter Than The Other Won

    05/24/2015 7:54:49 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-24-2015 | MOTUS
    Here’s a Memorial Day Weekend Quiz for you: I call it Which One is Smarter Than the Other Won? Cast your vote(s) below for either: A. Our President, figuring out how to get his big umbrella over the gate: Or B) The Dog, figuring out how to get his big stick over the bridge: And in case you missed this heartfelt Memorial Day tweet from the Democrats:They are hoping everyone can join Barry for another brain freeze. Funny, isn’t it, how many stories about umbrellas, ice cream and dogs pop up around Memorial Day now that Obama is here?Cast your...