By on May 25, 2018

Memorial Day

You may have noticed a slowdown in posts this afternoon. That’s because it’s Memorial Day weekend and I told the staff to knock off early.

Hopefully, you’ve already punched out and are reading this from someplace other than your office.

We’ll have a few posts here and there throughout the weekend, but we’re off Monday. So enjoy the barbecues, the Indy 500, and the pool, and don’t forget why this holiday exists in the first place (to honor war dead, since you forgot).

See you Tuesday. Until then, play nice and don’t drink and/or text and drive.

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25 Comments on “Housekeeping: Happy Memorial Day...”

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    Waiting on buses to finish their routes on the last day for students of the 17-18 SY (another 45 min – Mountain Time Zone.) Got a grant application due on Tuesday at 9 am (volun-told to apply).

    I’ll try to pause and remember the men and women who served so that I would have the freedom to not relax like I really should.

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    When I was a boy, we called it Decoration Day. We went around to several cemeteries and put flowers on the graves of our relatives. Everyone have a wonderful weekend but remember those who have gone before us.

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      Oh, and I forgot to mention that on Sunday, our family went on a picnic and listened to the Indianapolis 500 on the radio. Back then, the race was broadcast live on the radio, and shown the day after on TV. So we listened very intently to the broadcast. The picnic was at a local park, where cars raced on a track around a lake. There were many classes of cars, and it was my first exposure to foreign (sports) cars.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Happy Memorial Day?

    I do believe the title is incorrect.

    Happy Birthday, or Anniversary is apt, but Happy Memorial Day isn’t.

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      It isn’t “happy,” I agree, but people have taken to treating it as a party weekend no matter how we phrase it.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        Thanks Tim for the time,

        I’m in the Aussie military and have worked closely with US Marines, Navy and Air Force on a number of occasions (incl ME) throughout my career and have immense respect for the work they do.

        • 0 avatar
          Tele Vision

          This likely old news to you, then, but I read an article years ago for which a former North Vietnamese officer was interviewed. It was long after the war but he said that when they knew that American soldiers were in the area they’d dig in to fight. When Special Forces were in the area they’d dig in harder; call up reinforcements and supplies; and get ready for a fight. When they heard that Australians were in the area – they left. The Aussies had such a fearsome reputation in jungle warfare because, according to the officer, they fought just like the North Vietnamese did – but were better-equipped.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            Tele Vision,
            Here’s a link to the Battle of Long Tan, near Nui Dat.
            Long Tan is sort of a legendary Vietnam encounter the Aussies and Kiwis faced. I do believe many Australian historians put Long Tan as the battle that defined Australia in Vietnam.

            The article is long, but jumping to the assessment will give you an indication of the Battle.


            It’s been nice “talking” to you.

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    One of the benefits of living in Upstate New York is the number of old military graveyards from the Revolutionary War and Civil War eras. Some of the headstones are indecipherable save for the occasional date or partial name. Each of them represented a person though, a person with hopes and dreams, cut short. When I visit these sites I often wonder what they’d think of the current state of affairs and if their sacrifice was worth it.

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      “When I visit these sites I often wonder what they’d think of the current state of affairs and if their sacrifice was worth it.”

      Of course they’d think it was worth it. Their untested experiment in Constitutional democracy eventually saved the world and set the course for the development of human rights.

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      Current state of affairs? You mean the one where certain people cant stop baby raging about the current president? Or the one where certain people are wasting millions of dollars slandering the current president trying to make bogus “trumped up” charges stick and failing miserably? Yeah, its pretty sad alright.

    • 0 avatar

      I am sorry that you couldn’t help yourself.

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    I told some guy (at AutoZone) “Happy Memorial Day” today, then I felt weird about it. It’s a solemn occasion, and it bugs me when people try it make it a day to thank veterans, the police, firefighters, paramedics, etc. It’s not that.

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      “Good morning, sir. Just want you to know that if and when you die in the line of duty, I’ll do my best to remember ya.”

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      As I said above…”It isn’t “happy,” I agree, but people have taken to treating it as a party weekend no matter how we phrase it.”

      I felt a little odd using that headline, but people (myself included) are using the weekend to go to barbecues, watch a car race, or go to the pool. I will be going to a barbecue and watching the Indy 500. The holiday has gotten away from the meaning.

    • 0 avatar

      People tend to forget (or just don’t care) that the day is set aside for those who gave their last full measure in defense of our nation. Armed Forces Day is for those who currently serve. Veterans Day is for those that served in the past.

      We should never forget…

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    SCE to AUX

    It *is* “Happy” Memorial Day, in the same fashion as Christians refer to “Good” Friday.

    I’m happy for the freedoms we enjoy, bought at the ultimate price. This helps us appreciate the holiday even more.

    “You’re sad. You mourn the loss. But you don’t wear the black armband forever.” -Wally Schirra on the loss of the Apollo 1 crew, 1967

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    “I told the staff to knock off early.”

    Thanks for reminding me there are still bosses like you. And yes, will pause to remember the fallen, and then embrace the living.

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    I’m going on record and predicting a fourth Indy 500 win for Helio tomorrow.

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    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    Just got back from a trip to Europe including Normandy Beach and the American Cemetery where (40%) of those who were killed are buried. It should be noted that the other 60% of the dead were relocated back to the states-by the U.S government if that was what the family wanted. You look at all those white crosses and you really realize “freedom isn’t free”.

    I currently have a Son serving in a place I can’t even mention…..

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      Big Al from Oz

      CKNSLS Sierra SLT, (a mouthful)
      I’ve visited Omaha Beach back in 2011 and found it to be well presented. The vegetated dunes down to the beach must of been a challenge, especially under fire. From the top the beach was very exposed.

      I visited Aeromanche as well. Because of it’s location it was not affected by the Atlantic currents and some of the sunken barges that made for a “safe” port still exist, sort of.

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      +1. And I hope your son comes back safely and thank him for his service.

      I watched “Saving Private Ryan” yesterday to get my head on straight, about what this “ holiday” really means. My stepfather fought in the Korean War and it always makes me hurt to hear his stories. I’ve given up 20+ first class seats becausie the soldiers deserved the upgrade more than I. I’ve been sent a number of letters, I really enjoyed the letters from the ones going into the Seal Team, truly amazing what th

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    Memorial Day is about remembering and honoring dead soldiers. I think of all the 18, 19, 20 year old’s that were killed far from their families. Most died violently before their life really got started while we pound hot dogs or buy a new car or appliance on sale. The fact people celebrate this day makes me cringe.

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      SCE to AUX

      “The fact people celebrate this day makes me cringe.”

      Why? Celebrate your freedom while remembering its cost – there is no shame in it. Memorial Day is a time to memorialize, not mourn.

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