β€œHe which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother. Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten.” β€” W. Shakespeare

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My family is headed to the local Memorial Day parade soon, but I wanted to wish all my readers who serve or have served a hearty “thanks for your service” on this Memorial Day of 2012. On this day we honor those who have fallen in service of this great country.

Memorial Day resonates deeply for many reasons — in appreciation of the sacrifices made for the preservation our freedoms mainly — but also because 45% of Americans have a family member or friend who died serving.

President Obama will speak today at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. My cousin is included among the names on the Wall.

“Memorial Day”:

Ronald Reagan’s 1984 speech in Normandy on the 40th anniversary of D-Day has become a Memorial Day tradition here, so once again we’ll close with The Gipper honoring “the boys of Pointe du Hoc”:

God bless our veterans and active service members!

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6 Responses to “Memorial Day 2012”

  1. SignPainterGuy on May 28th, 2012 12:54 pm

    To all the fellow Powerettes, have a great day of remembrance for our fighting men and women, who because wars are sometimes necessary, gave their all in defense of liberty !

    It is such a joy and a privilege to live in the best country the world has ever known, so great that men and women no longer must be forced by a draft to participate in our country`s defense.

    May God Bless ALL who gave their all throughout eternity !

  2. jeffythequick on May 28th, 2012 11:56 pm

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  3. jeffythequick on May 29th, 2012 12:12 am

    Regarding Reagan's speech, there are nine mentions of himself there, and they are used to personalize the experience to the honor of those brave men of Point du Hoc:

    "And behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there."

    "Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender's poem. You are men who in your "lives fought for life and left the vivid air signed with your honor.""

    "I think I know what you may be thinking right now — thinking "we were just part of a bigger effort; everyone was brave that day." Well everyone was."

    "I tell you from my heart that we in the United States do not want war. We want to wipe from the face of the earth the terrible weapons that man now has in his hands. And I tell you, we are ready to seize that beachhead."

    It was proud to have him as our president. I still carry his speeches on my IPhone, and listen to him when I want to hear a president who was wise (he wrote all of his 3 minute radio addresses prior to being US President), cared about our country, and earned the respect of the world. That was evident at his funeral.

  4. SignPainterGuy on May 29th, 2012 1:34 am

    I switched to Bing and began making a concerted effort to avoid Google (except G. Earth) over a year ago, when others pointed out their obvious bias to and avoidance of anything Christian and American Patriotic !

    Bing is smaller, but only slightly less capable than Google, so I feel I`m not missing much AND I`m limiting my exposure to Google`s data-mining !

  5. SignPainterGuy on May 29th, 2012 2:06 am

    In all ways that matter, Ronaldus Magnus was from the ground he stood on to the top of his shiny black hair better than the usurper who currently occupies the Resolute Desk !

  6. era on December 10th, 2012 3:45 am

    this is so touching..They deserved all the respect.
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