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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkStar View Post
    Thank you for proving my point.
    Not sure how I did.
    I'm a firefighter, have been for years. Do you think the general public can tell me how many FDNY were lost that day? Nope, but do I preach to them that they need to know it. Nope. Some people don't care, and others do. Opposite of what you think I proved, I do take time out of my day to honor my grandparents who all took part in WWII to some extent. Then I surround myself with my family the way we always did before they passed away. To say that I don't know about current events or the enormity of the holiday is ignorant and disrespectful on your part.


    Fyi, it's 343.



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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

    DarkStar,
    Fill me in. What, in your words is the proper protocol for this day? I'm not trying to start anything I'm just curious.



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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

    http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memda...t+Memorial+Day


    To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.
    The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”


    Last edited by Acylum; 05-21-2014 at 02:06 PM.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkStar View Post
    No.

    But as a vet myself, I learned a long time ago that the general American population does not know or care to know much about what our servicemen and women do on a daily basis to protect our great country.

    Want to test my theory?

    Ask people you meet this weekend who America fought in its last war, when did it end and how many American military personal died in that conflict.

    Here are the answers.
    Afghanistan/Taliban. You know. The people behind September 11th 2001 attacks.
    We are still engaged in the war. It has not ended yet.
    US causalities in this war. 2,229 dead. 18,675 wounded.

    As a follow up, the Taliban spring offensive is underway and those numbers will be increasing as we are enjoying our families and friends this weekend.

    Enjoy your 3 day weekend. There are Americans fighting and dieing TODAY so you can enjoy it.
    Easy there, professor dickweed. She said:

    "I'd have to think that for those who died serving our country - enjoying time outdoors, grilling, spending time with family and friends (whether for graduations, get-togethers, whatever) is just about exactly how they would have liked to spend the weekend as well."

    & while this may not be how you prefer to spend a long weekend, I can assure you many, MANY vets would choose just that. Including a close friend of mine who is currently active duty Army infantry, just got back from Afghanistan a few months ago. What she listed is EXACTLY what he's doing this weekend, so hop off your high horse for a second.



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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

    Personally, fly out Sunday to Reno USBC Bowling Tournament).

    For those interested, http://treetownfestival.com/


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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

    Memorial Day started as Decoration Day to honor those in the Civil War:

    DECORATION DAY

    On May 5, 1862, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
    On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Many Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.


    EVOLUTION OF MEMORIAL DAY

    Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.
    For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

    If drinking and hanging out with friends is good enough for the Blue Angels it is good enough for me.

    Check out @DustyLeeCook's Tweet: https://twitter.com/DustyLeeCook/sta...20133855424512



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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    If drinking and hanging out with friends is good enough for the Blue Angels it is good enough for me.

    Check out @DustyLeeCook's Tweet: https://twitter.com/DustyLeeCook/sta...20133855424512

    Nope, not allowed. Our resident CF "I was in the military, so I can tell you what you can or can't do on Memorial Day" has declared that drinking and hanging out with friends is not appropriate. Sorry Blue Angels, you're horrible Americans.




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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonesurveyor View Post
    Begin moving to Overland Park
    Hey we are also doing this. Actually, moving our son (just graduated ISU) down there today and tuesday. He is slightly demoralized about living in Kansas, just on general principles.

    Ordinarily, would go visit some relatives at the cemetery.



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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

    My wife and I were enjoying a drink on the back deck while grilling out dinner last night. My jerk of a next-door neighbor decided to mow his lawn while we were out there. Normally he does this on Sundays, when we are out on the deck.



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    Re: Memorial weekend-what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by urb1 View Post
    My wife and I were enjoying a drink on the back deck while grilling out dinner last night. My jerk of a next-door neighbor decided to mow his lawn while we were out there. Normally he does this on Sundays, when we are out on the deck.

    So he's a jerk in general, or because his timing of mowing lawn is inconvenient for you?



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    So he's a jerk in general, or because his timing of mowing lawn is inconvenient for you?
    Both.



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