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Remembering the Fallen

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A Memorial Day greeting and short editorial.


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Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2014, 4:07 am
Thank you TC.

P A (117)
Monday May 26, 2014, 4:35 am
TC, I completely agree – I wish we hadn't been drawn into these wars by crazy/idiotic leaders, but we were, and we have to take care of all those who go off to fight, in whatever condition they come back, poor souls.

There's an astoundingly haunting song from Australia on the subject of the young men going to fight in the Vietnam War that can be found under 'I was only Nineteen' – it begins "Mum and Dad and Denny, saw the passing out parade at Puckyapunyal' – there is a threnodic line every couple of verses 'God help me, I was only nineteen' – it makes me cry to hear it, but it is so very well worth hearing.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday May 26, 2014, 5:34 am
Thank you for your words Tom I fully agree. I sent around to all my friends two things for this Memorial Day, I will leave both here for those who are not connected to me. One wasn't even on the C2 news the other was but as so much is provided by members it may of not been noticed but was a song that Native American Robert Maribal made concerning his Uncle that had gone to Vietnam.
In The Blood The Dream of Theo First 30 Seconds Are In Silence to Honor so Song Will Start After That
Why You Should Not Say Happy Memorial Day Only 1 minute long but Powerful Reminder

JL A (281)
Monday May 26, 2014, 5:38 am
Solemnity goes with moments of silence to remember-hard to capture in a comment. In support of those who gave all they had to give and their families coping with that grief and other impacts, I rededicate myself to efforts to do all I can to keep their numbers from growing. Thanks TC.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday May 26, 2014, 5:38 am
Yes, let's include those who tried to prevent the wars.

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday May 26, 2014, 5:40 am
I completely agree with what you said, Cat man. Thank you for saying it so well.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2014, 6:11 am
Thanks Tom Cat.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Monday May 26, 2014, 6:25 am
Memorial Days: a time to reflect on the woes of war and to remember and honour those who died. And a time of controversy too, it seems. In America, because the wars were fought in other countries by soldiers, controversy on having been part of it and honouring the soldiers who died there, in Europe on where to start and where to stop and who to include in the remembrances.

We have 2 minutes of national silence at 8 PM on the 4th of May, the evening before Liberation Day, the day the last part of Netherland was liberated from the Germans. After WII only the Dutch who died as a result of the war were included, I'm not sure if those who died in Japanese camps in Indonesia, which was a Dutch colony at the time, were included then, but if not soon after. In 1961 all Dutch people who died in war-conflicts were included, so those who died in the policing actions in Indonesia after it declared itself independent as well as all the soldiers that have died in UN 'peace' missions. No a people want to include the young German soldiers buried here after been killed at the end of WW II, because they were just cannon fodder too. But the Jewish community will have none of that.

I'm very saddened by the controversy around any memorial day. It should unite people and turn their thoughts to peace for every one and not to bickering about who is allowed to be remembered and who is not. So I think that even if it is a national remembrance, most people will turn it into an occasion to remember and honour those that are close to their heart, as do I.

pam w (139)
Monday May 26, 2014, 7:40 am
My father was only 32 when the plane he piloted crashed into the ocean off Monterey, CA. He loved to fly and the US Navy gave him that opportunity.

Gene Jacobson (288)
Monday May 26, 2014, 8:41 am
I was thinking about that same thing in almost the same way this morning, Tom, when I was out. A silent thought for the fallen, not all of whom are veteran's as you point out, we have veteran's day for us, but still this day brings thoughts of them, mostly young men and women who were only doing what they believed right, were told was right, protecting heart, home and loved ones. Their fallen leadership may lay where it fell. But I use this day to reflect on my sons, and the older members of my family who have gone on before me as well. It is not a day of celebration at all, nor military pomp and circumstance, but a day of remembrance, for me. A quiet day - though I did get a free breakfast in the early hours. Then a bit of time here and some reading and thinking, later in the early afternoon a trip of an hour to visit with my dad and my maternal grandparents, as well as far too many relatives in the little cemetery attached to the little country church I was raised in. No radio, it was on when I started out this morning and that noise was most annoying. Not spending any time at the sales either - crass as they are. For all of us still here, blessed be.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Monday May 26, 2014, 9:50 am
"Although I have opposed the wars in my lifetime, I fully believe that while hating the war, we must cherish the warriors. Politicians, and we who elect them, are at fault for criminal wars, not the soldiers." I don't believe I have ever heard that said better.

At least part of the reason the dead and living warriors get commingled is that the only way we can receive the stories of the dead is through the survivors. The dead will not come back to tell their own. Every year I watch the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS (yes, I know, Sinise is a pig but he hides it well, and Mantegna seems like a decent enough fella) and though it is flawed it is both revealing and touching. I don't like the fact they use Chistian music but I take comfort in the fact that "America the Beautiful" was written by a Lesbian and "God Bless America" by a Jew (come to think of it, "The Lord's Prayer was also written by a Jew.) Most of the music is secular.

David C (75)
Monday May 26, 2014, 9:57 am
agree....Memorial Day is not happy...somber is the word I use for it.......sadly, although I am the biggest pacifist on the block, I am also the only one flying a US flag a world flag everyday.....

Dotti L (85)
Monday May 26, 2014, 10:06 am
Thank you,Tom for that lovely tribute.

Arielle S (313)
Monday May 26, 2014, 10:18 am
Beautifully and eloquently put, TomCat - thank you.

JL A (281)
Monday May 26, 2014, 10:28 am
I just received this from Senator Durbin who seems to agree with you TC:
"This Memorial Day, we remember those brave men and women who gave their lives defending our country and our freedoms. We are forever in their debt.

As we grieve for and honor those who died on the battlefield, we should also use today to honor those who are proudly serving now or who served in the past -- and remember the commitments we made to these veterans.

We promised these men and women that if they were willing to serve and even die for our nation, we would never quit on them. When they came home, with wounds visible and invisible, we'd stand behind them completely.

I wish I could say that we were fully holding up to these commitments, but in light of recent allegations surrounding the Veterans Affairs Department, I cannot. It's unacceptable. Not a single one of the 745,000 veterans in Illinois should ever be deceived about what benefits they will receive for their service. Not one should have to wait two years before getting disability benefits.

I promise I will stand by these veterans and do everything I can for them. And I hope you're committed to doing the same.

Thank you,

Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator"

Winn Adams (179)
Monday May 26, 2014, 11:08 am
Thanks Tom Cat. This is a day to reflect on all the people lost and the sacrifices made by them and their families. A sad day but we must hope that the future for us all will be brighter and filled with less conflict. I have to remain and keep positive. There is no other way to get through this Memorial Day.

Pat B (356)
Monday May 26, 2014, 12:25 pm
Thank you. Well said, Tom, well said.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday May 26, 2014, 12:29 pm
"Although I have opposed the wars in my lifetime, I fully believe that while hating the war, we must cherish the warriors. Politicians, and we who elect them, are at fault for criminal wars, not the soldiers."

Amen! Amen! And all of us say Amen!

In Canada, our Memorial Day is Remembrance Day, 11 November. Then we honour the soldiers of WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war (some Canadians fought with the US forces). However, for the first time, 9 May 2014 Canada observed a National Day of Honour, specifically for the soldiers of the Afghanistan war, whether they paid the ultimate price while doing their job, returned home whole or with physical and mental injuries.

Harper said May 9 has been designated a “National Day of Honour.”

“On that day, Canada will recognize those who fought, remember those who fell and salute all those who contributed to this 10-year-mission,”

“We will stand together and honour the strength of our men and women in uniform. We will honour the strength of the Canadian families who have faced heart-wrenching loss. We will honour the strength of our communities that supported them.”

GG David Johnston said:

“You were exposed to the ultimate risk,”

“You proved your diligence, your toughness and your compassion for the plight of others. Many of you have witnessed the worst and the best of humanity.”

For the fallen . . . I remember! Je me souviens!

Chris C (152)
Monday May 26, 2014, 12:41 pm
Memorial Day should be a day of contemplation... for remembering and honoring those who have gone before us, be they soldiers or parents or siblings or friends of children.

Monday May 26, 2014, 1:33 pm
As a British Mother of an ex-Soldier, who served tours of Duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Ireland and others, I know only too well the terror of not seeing my boy again, the sleepless nights, the tears of anguish not knowing where he was, if he was OK. My husband told me afterwards "you sounded like a wounded animal, if you had been an animal so badly wounded I would have put you out of your misery". My Lad came back and I Thank God every day for that - others tragically have not been so lucky. Each time I see a coffin coming home I am bereft as every parent would be. I Honor Every Service Man and Woman of Every Man Made War and pray it will stop, FULL STOP. Have to go Folks can hardly see the key board it always makes me sob.


Birgit W (160)
Monday May 26, 2014, 1:54 pm
Noted, thanks.

James Maynard (84)
Monday May 26, 2014, 3:06 pm
Well spoken Tom. Thank you.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Monday May 26, 2014, 5:42 pm
THANK YOU to all the military people who gave their lives so we could have the freedom to live ours. This is the day for remembrance and we should give a solid thank you to all who died. We need also to say thank you to the veterans who returned for their service as well.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Monday May 26, 2014, 6:28 pm
Thank You TomCat

Edith B (146)
Monday May 26, 2014, 9:02 pm
I fully agree with you TC. Vietnam veterans are still suffering from the way they were treated when they returned home.

Inge B (202)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 12:46 am
Refuse to do military service, it's your life and you only live once
Criminalize war and those who call for war, lock them onto the mental hospital.

Make Peace not war
Make Love not hate

TomCat S (125)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 2:28 am
Thanks to all. Well said.

SuSanne P (193)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7:44 am
Thank you TomCat. Your words say it all.

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Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7:45 am

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