QUOTE OF THE DAY
Taken from the Presidents remarks at the Memorial Day Commemorations at Arlington National Cemetery today 30th May 2005
Across the globe, our military is standing directly between our people and the worst dangers in the world, and Americans are grateful to have such brave defenders. (Applause.) The war on terror has brought great costs. For those who have lost loved ones in Afghanistan and Iraq, today is a day of last letters and fresh tears. Because of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, two terror regimes are gone forever, freedom is on the march, and America is more secure. (Applause.)
At our National Cemetery, we take comfort from knowing that the men and women who are serving freedom's cause understand their purpose -- and its price. Marine Captain Ryan Beaupre of St. Anne, Illinois, was killed in the first hours of the war. He wrote his mom and dad a letter that was to be opened only in the event he didn't come home. He wrote: "Realize that I died doing something that I truly love, and for a purpose greater than myself." Army Sergeant Michael Evans of Marrero, Louisiana, felt the same way. He was killed on January 28th while on patrol in Western Baghdad. In his own farewell letter to his family, the 22-year-old reminded those he left behind to stay strong. He said: "My death will mean nothing if you stop now. I know it will be hard, but I gave my life so you could live. Not just live, but live free." (Applause.)
For some of our young heroes, courage and service was a family tradition. Lance Corporal Darrell Schumann of Hampton, Virginia, was a machine gunner for the Marines, but his parents were Air Force. He liked to say, "Air Force by birth, Marine by choice, and American by the grace of God." (Applause.) Corporal Schumann was among the first to enter the battle against insurgents in Fallujah, and he was proud of what he -- what we are achieving. He later died in a helicopter crash. In his last letter from Iraq, he wrote, "I do wish America could see how awesome a job we're doing."
These are the men and women who wear our uniform. These are the men and women who defend our freedom. And these are the men and women who are buried here. As we look across these acres, we begin to tally the cost of our freedom, and we count it a privilege to be citizens of the country served by so many brave men and women. (Applause.) And we must honor them by completing the mission for which they gave their lives, by defeating the terrorists, advancing the cause of liberty, and building a safer world. (Applause.)
A day will come when there will be no one left who knew the men and women buried here. Yet Americans will still come to visit, to pay tribute to the many who gave their lives for freedom, who liberated the oppressed, and who left the world a safer and better place.
Photo of the Day
President Bush's motorcade drives past gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery upon arrival for a ceremony marking Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2005
Dose going up please wait to post or re-post photos until the all clear is given
The transcript of the President speech at Arlington Cemetery today can be found at:-
I keep thinking of how much you have set yourself an extraordinary task, something I could not duplicate if attempted in reverse: to cull the day's top presidential news for a foreign country, to understand what's important and what's not, to interpret, when necessary, what the events mean, and to post it for a foreign audience.
It amazes me every time I consider it, and try to put myself in the shoes of an American attempting to return the favor to a British audience.
You are good!
Ya done good lady. Great work, and I'll add my thanks to the others posted here.
I recently visited Arlington National Cemetary, end of April. The guide at the cemetary stated they have burials there every day now it seems because of the war in Iraq. There is also a new exhibit with the dead in Iraq in memorial.
When we were there was a burial. It really is quite sobering.
great dose - thanks so much!
As we remember our veterans, past and present, our wounded and fallen heroes, I'd like to ask you to remember those who come back from war, whose wounds are not visible, but who are wounded none the less.
I pray that any soldier returning from Iraq or Afganistan who needs counseling, gets it, and is not treated as a pariah, or told they don't have a problem, or is made to feel their rank is in jeopardy for seeking assistance. We owe it to them to take care of all their wounds, not just those that bleed.
OHHH Snugs I know you live in UK but Dick Cheney going be on Larry King live I don't know what time they show Larry in the UK
For American viewers if you really see Cheney go smack chat on Chia Pet Kim Jong 11 of North Korea
It going be TONIGHT at 9pm est 6pm pst
Repeat 12 midnight est 9pm pst
~ Gogranny ..... grandson Jarrett, deployed
~ Inspectorette ..... son Eric
~ LBGA ..... son is deployed
~ Slip18 ..... nephew is aboard ship - active duty USN
~ mrs tiggywinkle .. nephew Michael is in the Navy
~ milagro .. son is deployed in the Mid-East
~ from hoosiermama
.. Shanty & Josh (husband & wife just deployed separately)
.. Bill and Bill (both military academy grads)
..(when you teach, they're all your kids)
~ WomanofStandard .. a dear friend's sons, Troy (Air Force) in Italy and Tyler (Army) at Ft. Bragg, NC
~ Warriormom .. CIA agents whose plane crashed and may have been kidnapped in Colombia
~ Freeper Per-Ling .. active duty in the Navy .. has a wife and 2-year-old
~ leenie312 .. son Nicholas is in the Marines
~ rintense . . friend's brother, Brian Z.
.. friend, Matt (who is a Freeper), deployed to the Mid-East
~ AF_Blue .. active-duty AF
~ JulieRNR21 .. a friend's grandson, Wesley in the USAF
~ bigeasy .. friends husband is deployed .. he asks for prayer for justice, wisdom, swift return home
~ fc2tomschermuly (Navy) he is a FReeper, as is his sister (mjaneangels@aolcom) and their father is a lurker
~ EuroFrog .. husband, SSG Mike, deployed to Kuwait
.. SSG Kris, friend of SSG Mike in Kuwait
~ whoever .. son Adam, on a Navy ship in a hot zone hes a single father (a widower) with a 10 y/o daughter
~ annyokie .. son, Ian (Navy)
~ IncPen .. Sarah (who was IncPens maid of honor at her wedding), Air Force flight nurse, just landed in Kuwait
.. friends son Matt is in Kuwait
.. brother in law Paul is awaiting deployment
~ TruthNtegrity .. cousin's son, Andy, is a Midshipman at the US Navy Academy, studying Astronautical Physics; wants to be a pilot
~ RoseofTexas .. the son of a friend, Leo, an MP in Kuwait
~ goodnesswins .. neighbors husband, Bruce, flying C-17's from Germany to Iraq
~ azGOPgals friends friend, Jeremy who is in the 10th Mountain Division
~ FresnoArmyBrat .. a cousin
~ Jim Robinson .. two nephews
~ Marysecretary .. grand-nephew, Paul, who is in Iraq
~ tinacart .. best friend's son, Cody - 4th Infantry
~ DallasDeb .. niece in Army, posted to Kuwait, may be repairing comm equipment in Iraq
~ hoosiermama .. Callie, in Iraq; Dawn's brother ??? and George in a tank somewhere
.. one of our teachers Dan, working stateside to help "process" military and supplies
~ bigghurtt .. 5 years in the Army, soon-to-be Special Forces
~ JulieRNR21 ..... friend Betty's grandson, Matt, in US Army
~ Scott Speicher from Desert Storm
~ McLynnan .. Seth, closest friends son-in-law, deploying to Iraq
~ PhiKapMoms daughter, Jennifer, U. S. Navy
~ Cate .. son David, in Iraq since June with the 4th ID
~ ladyinred .. Josh, newly deployed to Iraq
.. Also, Josh's sister Pamela
.. their mother now has 2 children over there and one who has just returned home
~ JulieRNR21 .. J.C., now serving in US Army in Iraq
~ ntnychik .. the members of the 10th Mountain Division (which will be in Iraq for the long haul) and their families
~ Pan_Yan & Pan_Yans Wife .. friend, Mike, stateside now but expects to go back to Iraq in late winter
~ MS.BEHAVIN .. friend's son-in-law, Scott, has been deployed to Iraq
~ hoosier_RW_conspirator .. son Jake
~ Happy2BMe .. son Aaron has just left for a year in Iraq
~ Jaguar Girl .. nephew Jimmy is serving in the Air Force
~ hoosierpearl .. friend Robert, deployed to Afghanistan in March. He has three small children and a wife at home and has a particularly dangerous job
~ Lunatic Fringe .. brother deployed with the 2/7 Cavalry
~ Lunatic Fringe .. best friend from high school, deployed with the 1/7 Field Artillery
~ ODC-GIRL ... part of her unit is in Iraq
~ Jaguar Girl .. her cousin, Peter (Marines), has just been deployed to Iraq
~ Keith Matthew Maupin, the soldier who has been taken hostage. Prayers for his well-being and for his safe release and for strength and courage for his family.
~ alaska-sgt .. asks for prayers for himself, his brother, and his brother-in-law, all members of the US Air Force
~ Kewlhand Tek, a FReeper, is currently serving in Iraq
~ bethelgrad, a FReeper, who is leaving for Rhode Island to train this summer as a Navy Chaplain. He especially asks for prayers for his wife and 2 young sons while he is gone.
~ notpoliticallycorewrecked .. CD (Marines) has returned to (light) active duty while his wounds continue to heal. Prayers for his continued recuperation!
~ St.Mark .. nephew, somewhere between Syria and Fallujha (Marines); and son, in Twentynine Palms CA in training (Marines)
~ savagesusie .. son Cory is in Afghanistan
~ redhead .. granddaughter & husband (Stephanie and Josh) serving in Iraq
~ stand 4 something .. son Cade has joined the Air Guard and is in training.
~ Freeper firstiamaussoldier classified assignment, stateside
.. .. Sister-in-law, Deanna, USAF active duty HAFB
.. .. Ex-husband, Benton, 161st Air refueling FT ANG Sky Harbor (All second to fourth generation military.)
~ Texagirl4W .. nephew, Jesse (Navy)
~ Militiaman7 ..... son, Jonathan, who is a FReeper, is in Afghanistan with the Virginia Army National Guard.
~ jonsie .. son Ryan has been in Iraq as a medic with 1st Cav since Sept. 2003, he is now guarding the green zone
~ elder5 .. brother-in-law W0-2 Brian F., Army Reserve Chopper pilot, on his 2nd tour in Iraq
~ firstiamaussoldier .. son has been sworn in as a Marine Reserve in the delayed entry program as he finishes up high school
~ Don'tMessWithTexas .. 2 brothers-in-law in the service
.. a Lt.Cmdr in US Navy deployed in Guam
.. a Major in US Army deployed in the Sunni Triangle outside Baghdad.
~ notpoliticallycorewrecked .. scoutmaster of our BSA troop, Rick (Army National Guard). His unit will be leaving for training in Sept. and shipping over to Iraq before the end of the year though he will not be going with them.
~ reformed_dem .. Luke (Marine), the son of a good friend, who is shipping out to Iraq in early Sept.
~ Texas Princess .. nephew Roland, (Air Force), currently stationed in Korea
~ Himyar ..... son, Robert, is deployed to the Mideast
~ W04Man .. Jared, the son of a high school friend, is in Iraq with the Louisiana National Guard
~ an anonymous FReeper .. son, Stephen (Army), in Baghdad
~ spotbust1 .. husband CW2 Frank (LAARNG), serving in Iraq
~ LUV W .. son David is a Captain in the Air Force, stationed right now in Florida.
~ CyberAnt .. nephew Jody (USMC) is home from Japan but will be redeployed elsewhere in January.
~ Kentucky .. has a request for prayer from a Marine Mom whose son, Ramsey, is in Iraq
~ W04Man .. wifes niece's son, Brooks, is in Iraq
~ Trust but Verify .. friends husband, Donald, infantry scout with the 1st ID
~ snowtigger .. Peter, 1/24 INF (he drives a Stryker armored vehicle) .. just shipped out to Mosul
~ marylina .. friends son, Brandon (Navy) stationed on a destroyer that will be deployed to the MidEast in December
~ Reagan79 .. brother, Chris, a Marine Reservist from MS, will be leaving Jan 5th for Iraq
~ homemom .. Kelsey, a young lady now serving in Iraq
~ Sea2ShiningSea .. cousins son, James, is in Iraq
.. Chad, her adopted soldier
~ TruthNtegrity .. friend from church heading to Iraq for 3 months as a Civilian Analyst. In addition to praying for her safety, please pray for her husband, a retired Navy pilot who is very jittery about his wife going into harm's way.
~ mamaduck .. cousin, Carl, is a Sargeant Major stationed in FL right now and will deployed to Iraq after the new year
~ Pippin .. nieces husband, Sung, (Air Force and brand new American citizen) is deployed to S. Korea
..niece, Melissa, is in the AirForce, currently stationed in GA
~ Blue Scourge .. a Freeper (Air Force), leaving for basic training
~ Collier .. friend, Jim, father of 3 girls....Iowa National Guard, currently in Afghanistan
~ repubmom .. son Brian has enlisted as a Special Forces recruit - he leaves for Basic right after Christmas
~ GOP-Pat .. cousin's husband Tommy, retired from sheriff's department in July to volunteer to go to Iraq to train the Iraqi troops.
~ SE Mom .. son Tommy, 101st AB, home now in Florida undergoing chemotherapy
~ Severa .. husband, Jason (FR screen name Hostel), USN P-3 Aircraft Mechanic
.. .. brother Wes, USAF First Lieutenant
.. .. Jason's cousin David, 101st Airborne
~ BonnieJ .. cousin Doug (Army) has returned from an extended tour in Iraq and a minor injury and is now scheduled to go to Afghanistan early in the new year.
~ FReeper MikeinIraq
~ OldSarge .. a FReeper, Kentucky National Guard, leaving for Iraq in July (18 month deployment) after several months training in MS
~ reformed_dem .. brother Drew has shipped out for Kuwait on his way to a year in Iraq
~ Ladysmith .. brother's fiance's son, Shane, is stationed in Germany and will eventually head to Iraq
~ ntnychik .. friend's son, Erik, an Army Ranger, who just got back from Iraq, re-upped, and is going back
~ gatorbait .. brother-in-law (Army) and nephew (Marine) in the mid-East and a nephew-in-law who has returned home safely.
~ nelibeli .. nephew Tres (Army), is serving his 2nd deployment to Iraq (he volunteered to go back!)
~ Pippin .. niece in the Air Force . nephew in the Army and his daughter, Jazmine back in the states now.
~ Pippin .. nephew's wife is back home from the Far East. (USArmy)
~ pGfwabf .. son Mark (Marines) has been assigned state-side duty after graduating from boot camp.
~ Prophet in the wilderness .. nephew (Marines) is in Iraq. He participated in the battle of Fallujah last Nov.
~ It's_me_K.E.T. .. son, Brian (U.S. Army), deployed March 6 to Iraq for 13 months.
~ FreedomHasACost .. brother Ted (Marines) is in the Middle East
* ~ hoosierkitties .. brother Philip is leaving for bootcamp on April 12th
* ~ arbee4bush .. daughter Kristen (Freeper KB4W) training for loadmaster C-17 US Air Force.
* ~ hoosier_RW_conspirator .. son, Jake (Army) deployed to Afghanistan
..* .. friend's son, Danny (Army) awaiting deployment for 2nd tour in Iraq
* ~ Jewels1091 .. friend of daughter, Chris (Navy), has fulfilled his contract and left the service
* ~ Jewels1091 .. Nick (friend of youngest daughter) is now home after 13 months in Iraq
* ~ DebWisconsin .. nephew is leaving for basic training on Sunday
* ~ jch10 .. son, Maury, US Army, who is in Qatar, soon to be in South Korea before returning home
* ~ BonnieJ .. cousin Josh will be with the Green Berets in Afghanistan when he finishes his training soon
* ~ GVgirl .. son Nathan, active duty, California National Guard
* ~ Kate of Spice Island .. ex-husband leaving for convoy training and then a tour to the Middle East
* ~ patriciaruth ..
.. * In Mosul James, Victor, Kevin, Ron, Mac, Malik, and Sean
.. * In Kirkuk - Antonio
.. * Somewhere in Iraq - Michael, Eric, Jon
.. * In Baghdad Keith
.. * In Bagram, Afghanistan - Mark
.. * Somewhere in Afghanistan - Jerry, Dennis, Mark
* ~ herewego .. brother-in-law Robert has just left for Iraq
* denotes change to the list (an addition or sometimes, thankfully, someone who has come home safely)
This is excellent! Thanks Snugs.
Thank you for today's Dose, snugs. The history of Memorial Day, the quote of the day, and the pictures are all quite special and you have given new meaning to the words "allies" and "friends".
Your efforts are deeply appreciated.
Thanks for taking over for me in posting the DOSE.
Thanks for the ping!
I resorted to coming on line after 9:00PM edt, noboy should be wanting to call me (except someone trying to sell me something) I can't alway do this (But I'll try!)
Of course this means this is the only thread I will coming on for a while.
want to be online when others are online.
Do you observe Memorial Day in England?
WHAT a beautiful tribute to our Fallen soldiers......and I really appreciate ALL YOUR WORK, snugs.....
Thank you for a great tribute to our Military past and present. Your fine work is much appreciated.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
This was a huge undertaking .. it's just
beautifully, wonderfully done with such thoughtfulness and LOVE.
You are such a fantastic friend to America
and to America's BushBabes, CheneyChicks and Rummy's Hunnies ..
A N D
(ps == check your FRmail ;)
I have only just now visited the dose from yesterday. What wonderful photos! Thank you so much. I have had similar thoughts to Gretchen's (but probably couldn't have stated them so eloquently)--you do an amazing job! I certainly could not do what you do regarding the UK news! Thank you so much.