Memorial Day……Days Gone By

I did not want to pee on anybody’s day yesterday….so I decided to post this the day after.

Today Memorial Day is just a holiday for food, fun and drink….but it has not always been so…..we use to remember our fallen young in our numerous wars…..today is it not that important….

I read an article that talks about this……

My mental picture of Memorial Day in 1945 is a spare but deeply etched scene of joy and tears. We lived in a New England town of 500 that rustled up enough veterans to march up the main street to the odd strains of a handful of sincere but unrehearsed musicians. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sunday school regulars and the town selectman fell in line, followed by the volunteer fireman’s truck and, finally, we the townspeople trooped along behind on our way to the cemetery.

There the honor guard from the three services fired their salutes to those who had died in wars, prayers were invoked for the living and the dead, and wreaths and flowers were laid on graves, some of them freshly dug. A heavy silence prevailed over words and ceremonies. Tears of loss mingled with sighs of relief that soon all the killing would stop.

https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/ncr-today/memorial-day-was-once-time-feel-actual-price-war

People that know me know what I think of Memorial Day but am I alone?  What do vets really think about Memorial Day?

As a wounded veteran who served two tours in Iraq, I’ve been asked to give speeches at Memorial Day celebrations. It’s one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done.

Veterans Day is easy. Fourth of July, a piece of cake.
But Memorial Day, that’s a tough one.
Service members like me think about the soldiers we lost pretty often. I remember when he was alive, all the stuff we did — the training, combat and even just hanging out together off duty. Then my mind usually goes to the day of his death. I remember where I was when I heard about it, or what it felt like to see him catastrophically wounded. I picture their faces. They’re young; they never get old.

We need to do better than we are these days……few people remember the young that are fighting and dying almost daily.

Remember the fallen….always.

Remember but not in the style of our president…….these are Trump Tweets on Memorial Day

I would like to wish everyone, including all haters and losers (of which, sadly, there are many) a truly happy and enjoyable Memorial Day!

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!

This is pathetic and despicable…..Giving himself a pat on the back on a day when we try to remember our fallen troops…..I have no use for this!

4 thoughts on “Memorial Day……Days Gone By

  1. Very undignified tweets from Mr Trump. But that’s hardly surprising, let’s face it.
    I am sure that many, like you, treat the day with due reverence and respect. Behind the barbecues and beers, there are a lot of hard and painful memories. And it never stops. People will be having to remember troops killed in Afghanistan only recently, so let’s hope more families do not have to mourn for anyone killed in a pointless war against Iran.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. What we really need to do as a nation is to remember those war dead who died actually defending our freedoms here in America rather than being used as cannon fodder by the Military/Industrial Complex to secure the oil lines in some craphole country somewhere. There is a difference between fighting for “OUR” freedoms as the unaware often say and fighting for the sake of oil, profits and nation building which, unless I am severely mistaken, is what most of our deployed Service People are doing these days. I am not aware that our troops are “Fighting” in any theater of war right now where an enemy has the military power to pose a threat to the freedoms of Americans here at home or around the world. I believe today’s wars are being fought for an entirely different reason than that which wars should be fought for. Yes, let us always honor our war dead but let us also pay attention to where they are fighting, what they are fighting for and who sent them into harm’s way and for what reason.

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