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Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend for most people is all about BBQing, getting drunk, boating, and having a good time at the lake.

My Dad was at Pearl Harbor, relatives in the navy , air force, army , etc. friends fought and died in Vietnam . Two grandchildren in air force. myself in government service in south east asia in the early 70's. People are out there protecting our nation so you can bbq and drink this weekend.

In the movie Saving Private Ryan the part that still breaks me up is at the end when the older Ryan asks his wife if he had been a good man. Hanks' character had told the younger Ryan to "earn this" before he died.

I hope I earn it almost everyday of my life.

Thank You.

have a safe and happy weekend

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My Dad served in the US Navy 1959 to 1961. He was a signalman on the USS Fort Mandan. Dad passed away 10 years ago this summer, but i'll always be proud of him and his service.


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I want to thank all who served our country. Thanks to every one here, and thanks to all not here.

I don't get it either. Can only happen in US. Some employees get paid for these holidays, paid to BBQ and get drunk. Way too many have given their lives for us. It's become a disgraceful debacle. In my opinion
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I think as we age we get wiser and understand the great sacrifices others have given so we can live in great USA. 20-30 yo just donít get it yet. When I was 20 i was drunk bbq guy. Now Iím attending ceremony
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Thanks Orange, sscotsman and the rest of the veterans and veteran families.

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The Navy had a doctors draft in the early 1950's and my dad was assigned to The Naval Home in Philadelphia where he took care of aging sailors. The Naval Home had its own turn of the century garbage wagon pulled by a horse named Dexter and a brass band which gave concerts every week for the seamen. Here's an article about Dexter:https://www.philly.com/news/philadel...-20181217.html

My Uncle was a fighter pilot in WWII in the Pacific theatre and made it back home. He fought the Japanese and specifically remembered dueling against a machine gun mounted on the back of a moving train. He pitted his P38 fighter against the train with the gunner firing up at him and won.

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just watched SGT William Gardner on Netflix about the plight of Veterans in this country.

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I will be giving thanks to all our Vets this weekend in particular to my Dad and his 2 brothers. All 3 served in WWII, all 3 were in different branches. My uncles fought in the Pacific Theater, one in the Navy and the other Army/Air Force. My Dad fought in the Army in the European Theater. He served in 4 war campaigns including the Normandy Beach invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. All 3 never did much talking about their service but I'm sure it must of been difficult to keep that all in. My one uncle just passed away in February at the age of 93, he left me his Naval information of service which I am proud to own along with my Dad's.

To all Vets - Thank you for your Service!!!

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I will be giving thanks to all our Vets this weekend in particular to my Dad and his 2 brothers. All 3 served in WWII, all 3 were in different branches. My uncles fought in the Pacific Theater, one in the Navy and the other Army/Air Force. My Dad fought in the Army in the European Theater. He served in 4 war campaigns including the Normandy Beach invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. All 3 never did much talking about their service but I'm sure it must of been difficult to keep that all in. My one uncle just passed away in February at the age of 93, he left me his Naval information of service which I am proud to own along with my Dad's.

To all Vets - Thank you for your Service!!!
when i was young and dumb I asked my Dad about Pearl Harbor and he just said quietly he did not want to talk about it. I used to hang with a bunch of Hispanic bikers and we rode all over the state of California , Arizona , and Mexico. I was in government service in South East Asia but not a military branch.

Those bikers were mostly Vietnam Vets and they never spoke about the war unless they were drunk around a campfire. I used to listen in awe to the stories and what they went thru. When they were really drunk they would speak in Spanish and would usually be crying. I had so much respect for those guys. They never took kaka from anyone when we were on the road. Even the Federalis in Mexico would show us respect. And those guys rode big ol Harleys and were mucho macho.

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