Memorial Day Flashback


This post was originally published on 5/27/13. Since then we have had the Barrycades and VA scandals.

Today is the day we honor those who died in the service of our nation. Most of them were just kids who died far from home. They didn’t all die heroically, but they were all heroes.

One of the things that always stuck in my craw is the contemptuous way so many progressives dismiss our military. They pay lip service to “support the troops” but they treat them as criminals and victims rather than heroes. They didn’t serve and think everyone who does serve is either a dumb redneck or a loser who can’t find a better job than cannon fodder.

It’s true that our government has wasted the lives of far too many of our service men and women. It’s also true that far too often they have failed to treat our living veterans with the respect they deserve. But that does not diminish the sacrifice those men and women made.

Today is not about glorifying war, it is about honoring those who gave their lives for our country.

They earned it.

“Roman matrons used to say to their sons: “Come back with your shield, or on it.” Later on, this custom declined. So did Rome.” – Robert A. Heinlein

Vietnam Memorial Statue, Washington D.C.

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46 Responses to Memorial Day Flashback

  1. The Klown says:

    Obama made a “surprise” trip to Afghanistan yesterday to visit the troops. Just another in a long line of meaningless gestures.

  2. The Klown says:

    Every year we lose more and more of our WWII and Korea vets and our Vietnam vets are retiring in big numbers.

    • piper says:

      Sadly many of our Vietnam vets are suffering from Agent Orange exposure pathologies (heart, lung, cancers, neuropathies, and more) and more have died here than in combat.

  3. DandyTIger says:

    Happy Memorial day! I occasionally get negative responses when I say that on FB, etc. Almost always from vile progs who say it isn’t happy. Never from vet friends and family or conservative friends for some reason. Some progs have very confused feelings.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Nah, vile progs are never happy about anything these days and George Patton would agree with you ๐Ÿ™‚

      “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived” George S. Patton

    • piper says:

      Who knows what our beautiful country would be like without our military fighting for freedom. Would the vile progs be able to enjoy their voices and activities if they lived under regimes like the North Korea, Saudi Arabia, USSR and so many others.

      Happy Memorial Day!

  4. DeniseVB says:

    “Flags In” at Arlington. Now I know our President can’t be everywhere and do everything, but wouldn’t it have been nice if he helped these troops for an hour rather than fly all the way to Afghanistan to give a speech ?

    • DeniseVB says:

      Wrong video, here’s the story…. i hope….

      • DeniseVB says:

        The Old Guard youtube channel seems to be on a playlist loop, the 2 min. story I’m trying to post follows the time lapse snippet.

      • elliesmom says:

        The week before Memorial Day I used to help my dad put fresh new flags on all of the veterans’ graves in the cemeteries in our town. The American Legion supplied them. My mom’s dad was born in the US, but his parents took him home to Canada right after he was born. In WWI he served in the Canadian army, but he was a proud US citizen and brought his family here to live as soon as he could. He proudly flew the American flag from a flag pole in his yard. My dad tried to get the cemetery where he’s buried to put a flag on his grave but they wouldn’t because he had served in Canada. My dad was sharing how sad that made him one day while we were putting the flags out. I mused that we didn’t check the names of the people we put flags on. We just filled the empty holders. We only looked for names when we had a new holder to put out. Dad gave me a big hug and stuffed me in the car and drove 35 miles to where my grandfather is buried. We put a flag holder at his grave and stuck a flag in it. Every year the people putting out the flags refill it for us. My dad was a very honest man, and I knew that day how much he must have loved and respected his father-in-law to break the rules that way. He also kept a closer eye on me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • The Klown says:

      It would be nice if Obama did something for our vets without the press and WH photographer along. He leaves them behind for fundraisers, WH parties and his golf games.

    • leslie says:

      It would have been honorable to help the troops place the flags. But words like honorable, and work or job don’t fit with Obama or bronco. “Selfie”? That’s something he can wrap his head around. “Photo op” even better.

  5. piper says:

    BTW – where is the Mrs and the little ones today. They certainly wouldn’t be at Arlington Cemetery honoring our military.

  6. gumsnapper says:

    A soldier’s farewell letter:

  7. mothy67 says:

    You wanna talk about underpaid Those individuals who sacrififice life and limb to protect us earn a pittance. I know many who as well as loving their country enlist because they want to build a better life. The options are so few. Unfathomable how one could slight them. Disagree you rich vile progies with the wars but give these soldiers respect. Nothing has been done about the VA cause these rodgers in power care only for their own agenda.
    Too often these days I am mortified by my country and the idiots in charge. Happily a reflection upon those who have given all I am proud because of them.

    • DeniseVB says:

      It used to be the same way for “federal” employees, which were considered a public service and paid much less than their civilian counterparts in the private sector. Somehow, the feds kept losing good workers to those private jobs and then kept upping those salaries and benefits to keep them. And our government grew larger and larger….and it seems, more redundant and lazy.

      If Obama were a civilian CEO, he would have been fired long ago.

      • 49erDweet says:

        ..and so would the board of directors that hired him. Which reminds me. How come stupid voters get to vote the next time? Shouldn’t there be a rule?

      • 1539days says:

        At one time, the job security and benefits in the public sector were supposed to make up for the lower pay scale. Now the private sector has to cut back on coverage for exploding health care costs and the government employees still get benefits, pensions, lifetime employment and higher pay.

  8. leslie says:

    I’ve been trying to get stuff done here before children and grandchildren magically appear. But I wanted to check in and say Happy Memorial Day all.

  9. 1539days says:

    I was just thinking. If Benghazi isn’t a “real” scandal and Obama is “mad as hell” over the VA scandal, maybe someone should ask Carney to provide a color code for each Obama scandal and how seriously the administration is taking it.

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    Yellow is a good color for Obama. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. DeniseVB says:

    This is pretty cool, take your Dramamine first….;)

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  14. Falstaff says:

    โ€œRoman matrons used to say to their sons: โ€œCome back with your shield, or on it.โ€ Later on, this custom declined. So did Rome.โ€ โ€“ Robert A. Heinlein

    This apocryphal saying is due to Plutarch (a Roman author of Greek origin) who attributed it to Spartan mothers some centuries before he wrote. There’s no reason to think any mothers in the ancient world made a practice of giving this injunction to their sons. Quoting Heinlein on history is about as wise as using Martha Stewart as a tax advisor. Read VDH if you want to know something about Classical Antiquity.

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