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Memorial Day - Never Forget

While we enjoy ourselves this weekend, let's not forget who is being honored.
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Tomorrow I will be in full dress blues at Bushnell planting flags for our fallen brothers. It has always been my honor to have served and helped ensure our way of life and bring a better life to others who cannot defend themselves. I've never fought for a flag, a policy or POTUS. I've fought for the troops fighting with me. Everybody comes home, nobody gets left behind. Don't thank us but honor us by never taking for granted what you have.
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I will always have the utmost respect for those that serve. They risk everything to protect people they don't even know and protect our way of life. There aren't words to describe how appreciative we should be
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My daughter is currently a Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan. I was a firefighter serving during the 9/11 attack. My wife was within blocks of the Pentagon on that day and could see the heavy black plume as I told her to skip the airport and get in her rental car and drive home to Arkansas.

We take nothing for granted here.

Thanks for the Wake Up call Barry. You're "the man"
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Thanks to all is never saying enough.

I have all the respect in the world for these brave men and women.

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We can and should say thank you to our living veterans and troops.
Memorial Day is specifically meant to remember and to honor those who have given their lives while in the service of our country. They have given everything for us. I choked up when I saw the image I posted here.
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We can and should say thank you to our living veterans and troops.
Memorial Day is specifically meant to remember and to honor those who have given their lives while in the service of our country. They have given everything for us. I choked up when I saw the image I posted here.
Barry,
I couldn't agree more.
The first time I saw the image I thought it was awesome, brought tears to my eyes as I know someone who was buried this year at Arlington.
It took me the third time of seeing the image to realize there was a soldier in there also...I was hung up on the markers and flag.

Thank you for posting that.


Going to Arlington is on my bucket list.
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You don't have to go to Arlington necessarily. Our brave troops have final resting places all over this country. The state cemetery I'm planting flags at is huge and very natural in setting. A peaceful final resting place. A VFW in Tampa has a small area adjacent to the club that they keep immaculate. Having been to Arlington and the Wall is a very moving experience. I hate the fact that some people treat it as a tourist attraction.
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As a Sons of the American Legion I have helped with the flags at our local cemetery. I agree that you don't have to go to Arlington to pay respect for our freedom.
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William H Cawley, my great-grandfather, served as an infantryman in the 15th NJ Regiment of the Sixth Corps of the Army of the Potomac. While the 15th fought in nearly every major engagement of the Civil War, it is perhaps best known for it's assault on the Salient of the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania Court House.

Richard C Cawley, my father, was a codebreaker in WWII, and served as a Lieutenant in the USNR at Pearl Harbor.

Thank you to all the men and women who have fought and died for this great experiment in freedom, the United States of America.

W.H. was wounded several times. Approx. 1/3 of the 15th were killed in the war.






Dad on left; Uncle Teddy on Right. Uncle Ted was a marine who's war was in the Pacific. They both survived the war.
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