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"We Can Be Heroes.....Just For One Day"-----MEMORIAL DAY 2005--Thread#1
5/22/05 | redrock--(some old guy in Utah)

Posted on 05/22/2005 7:48:26 AM PDT by redrock

Paul Edward Speaks........Michael Wayne Ramsey........Alejandro Diaz........John Raymond Jackson.......Frank March Jr.......Anthony Dwight Hatcher........Joseph Verbert Czajkowski........Thomas Carmine De Palma.

The names come at you like a spring run-off. 216 of them.

All of them with one crucial distinction that would separate them from the norm.

All of them died today....on the 22nd of May.

All of them died...doing what their Nation asked.

All of them died...wearing the uniform. Be it Army...Marines...Navy...Air Force.

All of them died...in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

Vietnam.

Cambodia.

All of them died....doing what they were asked....in a far off land...away from their families....putting their dreams on hold for their Nation.

All of them died.......

and were promtly forgotten.

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In just 8 days.....Memorial Day will be here. A day set aside to Honour those who have fallen in defense of our Nation. Who have put on the uniform.....who have gone to the places asked...who have put their lives on the line. ...

...and who have forfeited those lives.

In 8 days we have a chance, and a greater responsibility, to REMEMBER the names and the lives of those died in the service of their Nation.

We have a chance this Memorial Day to stand up....and do our Duty. To just take one day and say "Thank You". To NOT forget....

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This MEMORIAL DAY.......we can be Heroes.

We can remember....we can give up our 3 day weekend (it isn't much compared to what they gave up)....and take the time to visit the graves and just remember.

It's all they would ask......

This MEMORIAL DAY......we can be Heroes.....just for one day.

redrock


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1 posted on 05/22/2005 7:48:27 AM PDT by redrock
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Ragtime Cowgirl; Alamo-Girl; ALOHA RONNIE
Yep....this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY.

redrock

2 posted on 05/22/2005 7:50:36 AM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: Lexington Green; joesnuffy; TomServo; MikeinIraq; Americanexpat; E.G.C.; M Kehoe
Yep...this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

3 posted on 05/22/2005 7:54:21 AM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: AuntB; Jeff Head; Washington_minuteman; GrandmaC; blackie; Jim Robinson
Yep....this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

4 posted on 05/22/2005 7:56:20 AM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: SAMWolf; McGavin999; DeSoto; Mare; MEG33; tertiary01; LindaSOG; cyborg
Yep....this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

5 posted on 05/22/2005 7:57:23 AM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: alaska-sgt; MoJo2001; Kathy in Alaska; Fawnn; RonDog; nunya bidness; Long Cut; Brad's Gramma; ...
Yep...this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

6 posted on 05/22/2005 7:59:23 AM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: redrock


7 posted on 05/22/2005 8:00:19 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Miss Marple; Howlin; CWOJackson; MeekOneGOP; Blood of Tyrants; FairOpinion; MJY1288; Endeavor; ...
Yep....this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

8 posted on 05/22/2005 8:00:50 AM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: dcwusmc; Eagle Eye; NWU Army ROTC; Victoria Delsoul; Rockyrich; Libertarianize the GOP; carlo3b; ...
Yep.....this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

9 posted on 05/22/2005 8:02:53 AM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: JudyB1938; Pukin Dog; PhilDragoo; Nowhere Man; ambrose; exit82; Ann Archy; Burkeman1; fella; ...
Yep....this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

10 posted on 05/22/2005 8:05:10 AM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: StarCMC; forest; jellybean; Benighted; F-117A; vetwife; DoughtyOne; AlligatorEyes; PoisedWoman
Yep....this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

11 posted on 05/22/2005 8:06:32 AM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: redrock; The Sailor; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; Blue Scourge; Cool Multiservice Soldier; ...

"We Can Be Heroes.....Just For One Day"
-----MEMORIAL DAY 2005--Thread#1

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1408120/posts

redrock annual Memorial Day threads PING


12 posted on 05/22/2005 8:42:02 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: ducks1944; Ragtime Cowgirl; Alamo-Girl; TrueBeliever9; anniegetyourgun; maestro; TEXOKIE; ...
In just 8 days.....Memorial Day will be here. A day set aside to Honour those who have fallen in defense of our Nation. Who have put on the uniform.....who have gone to the places asked...who have put their lives on the line. ...

...and who have forfeited those lives.

In 8 days we have a chance, and a greater responsibility, to REMEMBER the names and the lives of those died in the service of their Nation.

We have a chance this Memorial Day to stand up....and do our Duty. To just take one day and say "Thank You". To NOT forget....

13 posted on 05/22/2005 8:46:28 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: redrock

Many of us in our 60s today recall the names of friends and squadron mates, wing men and bar buddies who did not know their children and grandchildren, who didn't get to enjoy the vast increases in technology, or see the seasons pass. I choose to remember them laughing after the mission brief or making plans for that night at the O-club. Rather than a day of fishing or baseball watching, I choose to visit a national cemetery and slowly walk past the myriad headstones and markers of men and women of several generations who are, or should be, remembered by us all.


14 posted on 05/22/2005 8:49:36 AM PDT by middie
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To: redrock

Lest We Forget ~ Bump!

Be Ever Vigilant!


15 posted on 05/22/2005 8:56:17 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping Tonk.


16 posted on 05/22/2005 8:57:11 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - L O V E - my attitude problem!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub


17 posted on 05/22/2005 9:05:49 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: redrock

http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/ItisPeke/VDay.html

My gratitude to all who have served..some gave all.


18 posted on 05/22/2005 9:17:46 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: redrock
I will never forget. My Dad. My uncles. My friends' dads. My friends from the Air Force. The guys I went to high school with. People I've worked with and grew up around. Some were highly decorated, and others not. We all just did our duty.



And all of us would go back and do it again if we were needed. My uniform may not fit anymore, and my old flightsuit might be a bit tight around the middle, but if my Country needs me, I'll do one more tour and always be ready to fly one more mission.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, and THANK YOU to those who went before, and those who came after. We owe them all so much.

19 posted on 05/22/2005 9:18:20 AM PDT by Bombardier (Ready to suit up for one more mission.....)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping, Tonk.


20 posted on 05/22/2005 9:19:24 AM PDT by El Gran Salseron ( The comments of this poster are meant for self-amusement only! Read at your own risk! :-))
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping, Tonk. Going to visit my Marine nephew's grave and maybe go to the VA hospital to thank our brothers.


21 posted on 05/22/2005 9:28:16 AM PDT by Mustng959 (Honoring those that gave their all in support of our freedoms)
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To: redrock
In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

22 posted on 05/22/2005 9:29:04 AM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (The only 180 Flipper John hasn't done is the SF-180.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

Good Day Master Chief

Thank You for your service to our country.


23 posted on 05/22/2005 9:32:26 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: redrock

Bump!


24 posted on 05/22/2005 9:48:12 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Top of the morning to you Guns.
And THANK YOU for your service to our Country.

Saturday I'll be doing my part, via Poppy, to educate the Alabama public.

25 posted on 05/22/2005 9:53:16 AM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (The only 180 Flipper John hasn't done is the SF-180.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER



"Almighty God, our gracious Father: in simple faith and
trust we seek Thy blessing. Help us fittingly to honor our
unknown soldiers who gave their all in laying sure
foundations of international commenweal.
Help us to keep
clear the obligation we have toward all worthy soldiers,
living and dead, that their sacrifices and their valor fade
not from our memory. Temper our sorrow, we pray Thee,
through the assurance, which came from
the sweetest lips that
ever uttered words, 'Blessed are they that mourn, for they
shall be comforted.' Be Thou our comforter.
"Facing the events on the morrow, when from the work
bench of the world there will be taken an unusual task, we
ask Thou wilt accord exceptional judgement,
foresight and
tactfulness of approach to those who seek to bring about a discord, which provokes war, may disappear that
there may be world tranquility.

"Hear us, O Lord, as now, in obedience to the call of
our President, there sounds throughout
the land the national
Angels calling to prayer, and we stand with
bowed heads and
reverent hearts in silent thanks for the valor and valorous
lives and in supplication for divine mercy
and blessing upon
our beloved country: And upon the
nations of the earth and to
Thee, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace, shall be ascribed
all glory and honor forever.   Amen."



26 posted on 05/22/2005 10:11:50 AM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: redrock
Heroes
27 posted on 05/22/2005 10:39:47 AM PDT by Eaker (..Let them throw cake!! . (TheMom)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Big community plans. I'll try to get photos and post them. Ceremony at the AzVeterans Cemetery to honor the vets and VFW is doing a Flag Retirement there. A veteran Flag being with the veterans that defended her. Big Doings at City Park now Named Veteran's Park Army Band is playing.


28 posted on 05/22/2005 10:52:37 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; redrock

bump


Thanks for the ping.


29 posted on 05/22/2005 10:54:11 AM PDT by Soaring Feather
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To: redrock

Thanks for the reminder, redrock.

SALUTE to our heros one and all. Especially those who gave their all.


30 posted on 05/22/2005 11:57:07 AM PDT by amom
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To: redrock

redrock, it simply WOULDN'T BE Memorial Day without these threads of yours...


31 posted on 05/22/2005 12:00:55 PM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*)
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To: redrock
How Memorial Day got started...

In 1865, Henry C. Welles, a druggist in the village of Waterloo, NY, mentioned at a social gathering that honor should be shown to the patriotic dead of the Civil War by decorating their graves. In the Spring of 1866, he again mentioned this subject to General John B. Murray, Seneca County Clerk. General Murray embraced the idea and a committee was formulated to plan a day devoted to honoring the dead. Townspeople adopted the idea wholeheartedly. Wreaths, crosses and bouquets were made for each veteran's grave.

The village was decorated with flags at half mast and draped with evergreen boughs and mourning black streamers. On May 5, 1866, civic societies joined the procession to the three existing cemeteries and were led by veterans marching to martial music. At each cemetery there were impressive and lengthy services including speeches by General Murray and a local clergyman. The ceremonies were repeated on May 5, 1867.

The first official recognition of Memorial Day as such was issued by General John A. Logan, first commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. This was General Order No. 11 establishing "Decoration Day" as it was then known. The date of the order was May 5, 1868, exactly two years after Waterloo's first observance. That year Waterloo joined other communities in the nation by having their ceremony on May 30.

32 posted on 05/22/2005 12:06:03 PM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*)
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To: redrock
Thanks for the reminder, Redrock.

May our fallen heroes rest in God's harmony and in eternal peace.

The Soldier stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as bright as his brass.

"Step forward you Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The Solider squared his shoulders and said
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work on Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just to steep,

And I never passed a cry for help
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burden well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

~ "Final Inspection" Author Unknown

33 posted on 05/22/2005 12:23:15 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Bombardier
"And all of us would go back and do it again if we were needed. My uniform may not fit anymore, and my old flightsuit might be a bit tight around the middle, but if my Country needs me, I'll do one more tour and always be ready to fly one more mission."

I'm with ya.

redrock

34 posted on 05/22/2005 12:58:21 PM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: Molly Pitcher
Thank You.

redrock

35 posted on 05/22/2005 1:06:06 PM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: AFPhys; BykrBayb; larryjohnson; Vn_survivor_67-68; seamole; Warrior Nurse
Yep....this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

36 posted on 05/22/2005 1:12:41 PM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: redrock
Air Show next weekend with Memorial Day Parade Monday morning, than Memorial Service at the Court House here in Columbia, MO.

Thanks Redrock

37 posted on 05/22/2005 2:04:38 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (Freedom is worth FIGHTIN FOR, for if we don't fight for it, we WILL lose it!)
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To: redrock; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Calpernia
The men and women who have served our country and serve now are heroes EVERY day. :-)

Those who have given all will never be forgotten.
There are too many of us who will make sure that will never happen.


38 posted on 05/22/2005 2:27:10 PM PDT by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
We give thanks to all who have served and are presently serving in all branches of the military for this great nation.

Our service men and women have been and are the "elite" of humanity. We are so very proud of all of you.

To the families who their loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice, we honor you. You too gave for all of us.


God bless America!!

"TT", Beth & Nana
39 posted on 05/22/2005 3:02:43 PM PDT by Texas Termite (Please pray for Texas Cowboy and our little angel, Malachi.... Amen)
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To: Texas Termite

AMEN


40 posted on 05/22/2005 3:41:03 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the PING Tonk.
Memorial Day is always a day of remembrance for me. But, now we remember our Heroes, our Fallen, and our Veterans and their families daily as well. THis Memorial Day we will be spending time visiting our local WWII Memorial and remembering those who have fallen in various conflicts at home and around the world.
Thank you to all of our veterans and our current military members,whether active, reservists, or Guards. I too would stand beside any of you and fight to the death for our freedoms, if called upon to do so.
God Bless each of you, and your families who pray for your safe return. We Pray for you and your families daily. And we thank you for standing in the gap for us here at home.
We SALUTE YOU!!
Jimm


41 posted on 05/22/2005 6:32:17 PM PDT by SafeReturn (Praying for Their Safe Return and for the families who wait for them. www.bluestarsforsafereturn.com)
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To: paul_fromatlanta; wagglebee; Clintonfatigued; Fiddlstix; tet68; sauropod; treeclimber; x1stcav; ...
Yep....this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

42 posted on 05/22/2005 7:25:29 PM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: Smartass; writer33; Happy2BMe; F.J. Mitchell; Grampa Dave; Indie; SeeRushToldU_So; ODC-GIRL; ...
Yep...this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

43 posted on 05/22/2005 7:28:45 PM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: tobyhill; FreeReign; Old Sarge; Northern Yankee; kayak; VOA; Tribune7; Ben Hecks; alpha-8-25-02; ...
Yep...this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

44 posted on 05/22/2005 7:33:08 PM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: redrock; Molly Pitcher
Thanks for the ping, Redrock.

This was General Order No. 11 establishing "Decoration Day" as it was then known.

Most older residents in this area still call it "Decoration Day".

45 posted on 05/22/2005 8:19:48 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: txradioguy; MS.BEHAVIN; MoJo2001; HiJinx; gubamyster; Dan from Michigan; TexKat
Yep...this year too.

MEMORIAL DAY

redrock

46 posted on 05/22/2005 9:10:23 PM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: redrock
Thank you for the ping redrock

"Your silent tents of green 
We deck with fragrant flowers; 
Yours has the suffering been, 
The memory shall be ours." 

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - 

47 posted on 05/22/2005 10:02:05 PM PDT by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Ben Hecks
"Decoration Day".

My Grandparents always called it 'Decoration Day'.

I don't think that I knew it as 'Memorial Day'...until Jr. High.

redrock

48 posted on 05/23/2005 8:41:15 PM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thank you for the ping. No Memorial Day goes by without me and my family being thankful to and for all those who have served this nation of our's. Hugs!


49 posted on 05/24/2005 1:52:09 AM PDT by CelticLass (Have you thanked a soldier today? Have you thanked the Lord for that soldier?)
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To: JDoutrider
Penance.....

redrock

50 posted on 05/26/2005 8:12:11 AM PDT by redrock (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. --Will Rogers)
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