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The FReeper Foxhole - Memorial Day - May 26, 2008
May 26, 2008 | snippy and samwolf

Posted on 05/26/2008 7:03:26 AM PDT by snippy_about_it



Lord,

Keep our Troops forever in Your care

Give them victory over the enemy...

Grant them a safe and swift return...

Bless those who mourn the lost.

Amen.
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FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer
for all those serving their country at this time.



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Memorial Day 2008






"Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day." -- VFW 2002 Memorial Day address

Memorial Day used to be a solemn day of mourning, a sacred day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Businesses closed for the day. Towns held parades honoring the fallen, the parade routes often times ending at a local cemetery, where Memorial Day speeches were given and prayers offered up. People took the time that day to clean and decorate with flowers and flags the graves of those the fell in service to their country.

Unfortunately, when Congress made Memorial day into a mandatory three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363), it made it all the easier for us to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day.





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A Day of Remembrance for Those Who Have Died In Service To Our Country











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MOMENT OF SILENCE

Along with other Americans, you are asked to spend a Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day at 3:00 p.m. local time (duration: one minute). The time 3:00 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when many Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.

The Moment does not replace the traditional Memorial Day observances. It is intended to a be a unifying act of remembrance for Americans of all ages. As you participate in the Moment you are helping reclaim Memorial Day for the noble and sacred reason for which it was intended—to honor those who died in service to our Nation.

During that brief time, except for a bugler sounding "Taps," Americans of every nationality are being urged to take a moment to reflect on the blessings of this country.


If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.

Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own.

And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind."


Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
Listed as KIA February 7, 1978


1 posted on 05/26/2008 7:03:26 AM PDT by snippy_about_it
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To: PROCON; Berlin_Freeper; DieHard the Hunter; James Ewell Brown Stuart; alfa6; Allen H; ...



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2 posted on 05/26/2008 7:07:05 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it

Howdy folks.


3 posted on 05/26/2008 7:10:35 AM PDT by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: snippy_about_it; bentfeather; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; Wneighbor; Valin; alfa6; Iris7; SAMWolf; ...
Good morning ladies and gents. Flag-o-Gram.


4 posted on 05/26/2008 7:12:21 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (www.pinupsforvets.com)
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To: snippy_about_it

Checking in.


5 posted on 05/26/2008 7:17:13 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: snippy_about_it; All

Never forget

6 posted on 05/26/2008 7:18:06 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Huckabee & McCain say -- Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.)
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To: All

In deepest gratitude - to the Warriors lost and living and their beloved families.


7 posted on 05/26/2008 7:20:30 AM PDT by imintrouble
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To: snippy_about_it
((HUGS))Good morning, Snippy and everyone at the Freeper Foxhole.

In tribute to all those who gave their lives on the line for the freedoms we enjoy today.

8 posted on 05/26/2008 7:30:47 AM PDT by E.G.C. (To read a freeper's FR postings, click on his or her screen name and then "In Forum".)
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To: snippy_about_it

http://www.gopachy.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=19276


9 posted on 05/26/2008 7:36:35 AM PDT by pookie18 (Of course I'm voting for the Republican nominee!)
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To: pookie18; snippy_about_it

If you click the link, Ms. Snippy, take a box of tissues. Thanks for all you do, Pookie.


10 posted on 05/26/2008 7:42:43 AM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support our Troops ~ www.americasupportsyou.mil ~)
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To: snippy_about_it

May 26, 2008
Gone The Sun
Your sun shall no longer go down , . . . for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. —Isaiah 60:20

In 1862, during the US Civil War, General Daniel Butterfield wanted a new melody for “lights out.” And so, without any musical training, he composed one in his head.

Years later, the general wrote, “I called in someone who could write music, and practiced a change in the call of ‘Taps’ until I had it suit my ear, and then . . . got it to my taste without being able to write music or knowing the technical name of any note, but, simply by ear, arranged it.” General Butterfield gave the music to the brigade bugler, and the rest is history.

While there are no official lyrics to the hauntingly familiar strains of TAPS, here is a commonly accepted version of one verse:

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

What a comforting lyric as faithful members of the military are laid to rest! And what hope in the acknowledgment that God is near, even—especially—in death!

At a time when death and evil reigned, the prophet Isaiah anticipated a day when death itself would die. “Your sun shall no longer go down,” he wrote to Israel, “for the Lord will be Your everlasting light” (60:20).

For those who follow Jesus, the strains of “Taps” are not a funeral dirge but a song of hope. “The days of your mourning shall be ended” (v.20). All is well. God is nigh.

 

Sunset in one land is sunrise in another.


Bible in One Year: 1 Kings 16–18; Proverbs 20:1-10


11 posted on 05/26/2008 7:48:58 AM PDT by The Mayor ("A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps" (Prov. 16:9))
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To: HiJinx
My pleasure, HiJinx!


12 posted on 05/26/2008 7:58:04 AM PDT by pookie18 (Of course I'm voting for the Republican nominee!)
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To: SAMWolf; snippy_about_it; Professional Engineer; All




We Remember


We remember, your answer to your nation’s call
we remember, when so many of you gave your all
we remember, so many of you whose blood was shed
so the rest of us did not have to dread, a bomb at dawn
on our shores, terror in our streets,
trembling behind locked doors,
lest we open them to an enemy.


Our rights you secured with your life
Old Glory, flies freely this day for us
it was the price you paid for your fellowman
to live in freedom in this great land.


We remember, the price was far to costly
the price of war is never cheap
lives are spent as families weep, we remember
your valor on this day, your precious life was taken away.
Hale to Heroes of all past and current wars.


We Remember.


Soaring Feather © 2007





Mansions Of The Lord






13 posted on 05/26/2008 8:19:22 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can...)
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To: snippy_about_it

Joyce Kilmer wrote more than ‘Trees’ before he died in WW I combat.


Rouge Bouquet
By Joyce Kilmer
1886-1918

In a wood they call the Rouge Bouquet
There is a new-made grave to-day,
Built by never a spade nor pick
Yet covered with earth ten metres thick.
There lie many fighting men,
Dead in their youthful prime,
Never to laugh nor love again
Nor taste the Summertime.
For Death came flying through the air
And stopped his flight at the dugout stair,
Touched his prey and left them there,
Clay to clay.
He hid their bodies stealthily
In the soil of the land they fought to free
And fled away.
Now over the grave abrupt and clear
Three volleys ring;
And perhaps their brave young spirits hear
The bugle sing:
“Go to sleep!
Go to sleep!
Slumber well where the shell screamed and fell.
Let your rifles rest on the muddy floor,
You will not need them any more.
Danger’s past;
Now at last,
Go to sleep!”

There is on earth no worthier grave
To hold the bodies of the brave
Than this place of pain and pride
Where they nobly fought and nobly died.
Never fear but in the skies
Saints and angels stand
Smiling with their holy eyes
On this new-come band.
St. Michael’s sword darts through the air
And touches the aureole on his hair
As he sees them stand saluting there,
His stalwart sons;
And Patrick, Brigid, Columkill
Rejoice that in veins of warriors still
The Gael’s blood runs.
And up to Heaven’s doorway floats,
From the wood called Rouge Bouquet,
A delicate cloud of buglenotes
That softly say:
“Farewell!
Farewell!
Comrades true, born anew, peace to you!
Your souls shall be where the heroes are
And your memory shine like the morning-star.
Brave and dear,
Shield us here.
Farewell!”


14 posted on 05/26/2008 8:21:23 AM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: U S Army EOD; All

Hi U S Army EOD,

Haven’t talked with you in ages.

I wanted to come on the foxhole to say thanks to all our veterans of all wars, and those who serve in peacetime. All of them are America’s finest.

I just got off the phone with an army active serviceman in Afghanistan. I thanked him. I also thank my dear friend and fishing buddy, a WWII vet and Silver Star recipient, who is crossing over to Heavan as we speak(86 years old and dying with cancer).

My friend and I are going to, this week, bake and put together some care packages for our friend in Afghanistan. Please pray for his safety, as his mission is dangerous.


15 posted on 05/26/2008 8:23:48 AM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf

Happy Memorial Day!


16 posted on 05/26/2008 8:36:30 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Lord, Keep Barack Obama safe. Otherwise, we'll have to change all them street names.)
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To: ex-snook

Thank you so much for this poetry by Kilmer. Very appropriate and beautifully written.

Good to see you FRiend.


17 posted on 05/26/2008 9:00:30 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: Soaring Feather
Thank you miss feather, we Remember...

A ragged little country girl
turned this Sailor's heart
He gave his all for our nation grand
his scars did not show
He gave his love to one and all
My Uncle Fran
YOU were very tall!
You'll Be In MY Heart
now and forever more..

bentfeather ©

18 posted on 05/26/2008 9:04:51 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: U S Army EOD

Howdy. Beautiful day for flying.


19 posted on 05/26/2008 9:05:47 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: Professional Engineer

Good morning to the PE family.


20 posted on 05/26/2008 9:06:22 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: PAR35

Present and accounted for!


21 posted on 05/26/2008 9:07:22 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it

Ah, snippy that’s so thoughtful of you, thank you.

I did love that Sailor so, he was a father to we kids, our own father abandon us.


22 posted on 05/26/2008 9:10:22 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I soar- 'cause I can...)
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To: pookie18

So that’s where you went. Thank you.


23 posted on 05/26/2008 9:26:15 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: HiJinx

Thanks Jinxy. Today is one of those days for tearing up for a few moments, smiling and thanking God through those tears for the blessed sacrifice of others for us and our nation.


24 posted on 05/26/2008 9:28:46 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it
That's 1 of 4 sites on which I post the toons thread nowadays...


25 posted on 05/26/2008 9:36:18 AM PDT by pookie18 (Of course I'm voting for the Republican nominee!)
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To: snippy_about_it
Never, ever forget!

Thanks for todays thread!! :-)
26 posted on 05/26/2008 9:37:55 AM PDT by PROCON (Hillary '08)
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To: The Mayor

Thank you Mayor. I like the new cup.


27 posted on 05/26/2008 9:40:36 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: CholeraJoe

Hiya CJ.


28 posted on 05/26/2008 9:41:03 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: pookie18

Sam will be glad to see this. I’ve bookmarked the site.


29 posted on 05/26/2008 9:42:11 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: PROCON

Thank you for falling in!


30 posted on 05/26/2008 9:42:47 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it; All
on this observance of Memorial Day i am reminded of & HUMBLED BY the honorable service of:

2LT James T. Bankhead,late of the Virginia Line (DOW, American Revolution),

PVT William James (Little Thunder) Freeman, late of the First Mounted Cherokee Rifles & the 4th Missouri Partisan Rangers, CSA,

PVT Jack Stinson Bankhead, 144th IN RGT (WW1),

PO3 Wayne Thomas Bankhead, Acting Chief of the USS Champion, USN (WW2),

SGT Ernest H. Freeman, USAAF, (WW2),

1LT Joseph O. Berry,late of Merrill's Marauders (WW2),

SGT James Carter Grimsley, 82d ABN Div (Korea) &

LCPL Cloyde Pinson, USMC (KIA, RVN).

free dixie,sw

31 posted on 05/26/2008 9:45:29 AM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: snippy_about_it
Glad to hear that! Many FReepers there...


32 posted on 05/26/2008 9:57:17 AM PDT by pookie18 (Of course I'm voting for the Republican nominee!)
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To: pookie18

Thanks for the Memorial Day remembrances!! :-)


33 posted on 05/26/2008 10:51:25 AM PDT by PROCON (Hillary '08)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Professional Engineer; alfa6

USS Saratoga (CV-3) attacked with bombs, strafing, kamikazes while in support of Marines on Iwo Jima. 123 sailors killed.

Sara would return 29,204 U.S. servicemen home in Operation Magic Carpet.

A photo of her underway held a place on the wall of my parents' bedroom.

To those who gave all for this our magic carpet. . . .


34 posted on 05/26/2008 11:26:24 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: PROCON
My pleasure, PROCON!


35 posted on 05/26/2008 11:26:56 AM PDT by pookie18 (Of course I'm voting for the Republican nominee!)
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To: girlangler
bake and put together some care packages for our friend in Afghanistan.

God Bless you good, girl. That's a special task you've taken on.

36 posted on 05/26/2008 11:31:01 AM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support our Troops ~ www.americasupportsyou.mil ~)
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To: girlangler
I also thank my dear friend and fishing buddy, a WWII vet and Silver Star recipient, who is crossing over to Heavan as we speak(86 years old and dying with cancer).

Didn't you run up a thread about him once? Could you ping me back to the URL?

Personal bonus points for today....wifey and I begin our 30th year of marriage today.

37 posted on 05/26/2008 11:33:43 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: stand watie

Thank you sw.


38 posted on 05/26/2008 11:40:32 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: PhilDragoo

Amen Phil, thank you.


39 posted on 05/26/2008 11:48:33 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it
HI, snippy!!

free dixie,sw

40 posted on 05/26/2008 12:33:41 PM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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41 posted on 05/26/2008 12:52:38 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: snippy_about_it

Falling in! :)

Thanks for the ping!


42 posted on 05/26/2008 1:41:24 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (Maranatha!)
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To: GulfWar1Vet

Good to see you!


43 posted on 05/26/2008 2:00:32 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Happy Anniversary Ern.


44 posted on 05/26/2008 2:02:07 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: girlangler

You can be sure the troops you are supporting are grateful. We are too, thanks.


45 posted on 05/26/2008 2:03:36 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it

Thank you for this beautiful thread on this blessed Memorial Day.

May God hold in the palm of his hand all of those warriors who have given their all to protect and preserve the freedoms of the United States. God bless them.

Thanks to those who are still with us and, especially, to those who are in Iraq and Afghanistan. May God continue to cover them with his grace.


46 posted on 05/26/2008 2:08:52 PM PDT by jtill (Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.)
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To: snippy_about_it

Glad to be here :)


47 posted on 05/26/2008 2:55:37 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (Maranatha!)
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To: ErnBatavia

Here they are EB,

http://209.157.64.200/focus/f-news/1920652/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1841255/posts

Gotta go, a storm is blowing up (lots of lightning) so I have to turn off my computer. Thanks for remembering Delbert today.


48 posted on 05/26/2008 4:02:46 PM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: snippy_about_it

Howdy ma’am.

We’ve been watching “Gettysburg” today.


49 posted on 05/26/2008 5:25:00 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (www.pinupsforvets.com)
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To: Professional Engineer

Good choice. We watched Pork Chop Hill yesterday and some other oldies throughout the weekend.


50 posted on 05/26/2008 5:35:56 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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