Happy Memorial Day

Discussion in 'Holidays & Traditions' started by Hal Pollner, May 24, 2019.

  1. Cody Fousnaugh

    Cody Fousnaugh Veteran Member
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    I've learned that there are those that don't honor Memorial Day or Veterans Day and have their reasons for not. They haven't lost anyone in the military or even know anyone in or a Veteran. So, to them, it's just a day off of work that they get paid for. Even though I'm a Veteran, I never took Veterans Day off during my employment years and Memorial Day was basically just a day off for me. Since being married, my wife changed that for me and.........I'm very happy about that.
     
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  2. Jerry Adams

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    @Hal Pollner
    Hal, There is a Confederate Memorial day observed in several states.

    When Is Confederate Memorial Day 2019?

    19Jan2019USA (Texas)Sat, Jan 19, 2019 Add to calendar

    22Apr2019USA (Alabama and Georgia)Mon, Apr 22, 2019 Add to calendar

    26Apr2019USA (Florida)Fri, Apr 26, 2019 Add to calendar

    29Apr2019USA (Mississippi)Mon, Apr 29, 2019 Add to calendar

    10May2019USA (North Carolina and South Carolina)Fri, May 10, 2019 Add to calendar
     
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  3. Lon Tanner

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    Just what is Happy about memorial day? I served in the USAF from 1953 to 1957 Korean Vet
     
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  4. Jerry Adams

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    @ Lon Tanner
    Lon, the "happy" part of this years Memorial Day is that you're here to observe it. Thank you

    USN 1956-1960 USS Forrest Sherman DD931
     
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  5. Von Jones

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    This past week my 12 year old grandson asked me 'Just what is Memorial Day about? Then he asked me do I celebrate it? I said "No, I use to but not any more.' Why? because it's not to celebrate but to remember those who have lost their lives for this country.'

    The conversation was more than that but it moved me that he even asked about it.
     
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  6. Hal Pollner

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    I volunteered for the Draft, because I wanted to do my duty by serving in the Military, but Draftees are only required to serve 2 years active duty, while Enlistees are required to serve 3 years. In 1960, I was already 24, and I wanted to get my service time over with quickly.

    Still, at the checkout counters, they all say "Thank you for your Service."

    Hal
     
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  7. Lon Tanner

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    Memorials were never mean't to be Happy event.
     
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    My brother who recently died served in Viet Nam. He was exposed to Agent Orange. He died from lung cancer. They played Taps at his funeral. I never hear that music without crying for the brave soldier for whom it is being played.

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  9. Craig Swanson

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    That must have been devastating for you.
     
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