Memorial Day 2013

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A day to thank our veterans and their families, who have given so much to protect our many freedoms

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a fact-filled site with a treasure trove of historic information regarding the observance of Memorial Day.

We invite you to listen to this haunting rendition of “Taps” played by the U.S. Marine Band.

The following event takes place yearly at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, where over 80,000 Veterans —  including 10,000 from the Civil War — are buried.

Several thousand Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Scout leaders and parent volunteers assemble for the annual Memorial Day Weekend placement of flags at the grave of every veteran. Each scout reads the name of the veteran aloud, places an American flag in the ground, observes a brief moment of silence….and salutes each fallen patriot. Within a hour, the entire cemetery is decorated with thousands of American flags. Most importantly, the lesson of gratitude these young scouts learn will stay with them throughout their lives.

Seeing Red AZ has used this image previously and likely will again.  It is a poignant reminder of the need to teach American children the valuable lessons of honor, duty and commitment.

Freedom isn’t free.

7 Responses to Memorial Day 2013

  1. eubykdisop says:

    B. Hussein Obama has his own unique way of thanking our veterans with a program called “Operation Vigilant Eagle”. Here is an example of how it works:

    “WND EXCLUSIVE”

    “Jailed for Facebook comments, Marine sues”

    “Case exposes government system that is targeting military veterans”

    “It happens in China routinely. It frequently happened in the old Soviet Union. Undoubtedly in North Korea, although generally there’s no one around to witness it. But in the United States? It happens here, too, apparently.”

    “A lawsuit has been filed by officials with the Rutherford Institute on behalf of a Marine who was jailed and held for the comments he made on Facebook – comments that expressed a dissatisfaction with the present direction of the U.S. government.”

    “According to officials at Rutherford, the civil rights action names as defendants members of law enforcement and the government who were involved in last year’s episode where Marine veteran Brandon Raub, 27, was arrested by a swarm of FBI and Secret Service and forcibly detained in a psychiatric ward for a week.”

    “When Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett, however, found out about the case, he ordered it dismissed and Raub released, because there was no evidence of a case.”

    “The lawsuit asks for damages for Raub for the attack he endured. It was filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., and claims Raub’s seizure and detention were part of a plan executed by the Obama administration called “Operation Vigilant Eagle.”

    “Brandon Raub’s case exposed the seedy underbelly of a governmental system that is targeting military veterans for expressing their discontent over America’s rapid transition to a police state,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.”

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/05/jailed-for-facebook-comments-marine-sues/?cat_orig=politics

  2. American Dad says:

    From a very young age, our children were taught that Memorial Day was not about sales at the mall or barbeques, but is a time to express gratitude to those who served in our various branches of the military and gave the ultimate sacrifice for the USA. We made sure they understood that others died to keep them free. Thanks for this post.

    • eubykdisop says:

      You’re a good parent and a good American, American Dad. It would be nice if all thought, felt and acted as you have regarding our veterans.

      “War memorials across the country are crumbling to the ground as communities struggle to maintain costly structures”

      “Hawaii’s Waikiki Natatorium pool was built in 1927 as a memorial to the 10,000 Hawaiian soldiers who served in WWI. The gates have been closed to the public since 1979. The state is considering replacing the pool with a beach but critics dismiss the idea as disrespectful to those who served. Many other structures dedicated to the memory of fallen soldiers across the country are falling into disrepair. Communities are grappling with the question of how to maintain war memorials on a tight budget.”

      “The war was a long time ago,” Wharton said. “I don’t think it’s meaningful for most people.”

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2331320/War-memorials-country-fall-disrepair-communities-struggle-maintain-costly-structures.html

  3. Maggie says:

    This picture of the young scout saluting the veteran’s grave after addressing him by name, is very moving.

    • eubykdisop says:

      While those like the young man above pay homage to our veterans, the liberal media distorts fiscal conservatism, seeking to use it as a rational to do away with military honors at veteran’s funerals.

      “McClellan: One last call to service – end military funeral honors”

      “by Bill McClellan, March 27, 2013”

      “Both the federal government and the state government are broke. So why are we providing military funeral honors for all veterans? It is a nice gesture we can’t afford.”

      “Bear in mind that most veterans did nothing heroic.”

      “Everybody knows government needs to cut costs. This is exactly how you do it. You identify things you don’t need, and you cut them.”

      http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/bill-mcclellan/mcclellan-one-last-call-to-service—-end/article_8495bfa5-33b5-5fd0-bfd9-9415fde97e13.html

  4. Kathy says:

    On this Memorial Day – McCain meets with Syrian Rebels, this man is *********. I cant even find the words to express my disdain.
    God Bless those who fought so valiantly and died for this great Nation – may we honor them daily.

    • eubykdisop says:

      McCain’s “comprehensive immigration reform” contains two slush funds totaling $150 million for organizations like the National Council of La Raza but I don’t hear McCain lobbying for money for military funerals.

      “Budget Cuts Deny Veterans Military Funerals”

      “by Rob Kane, September 27, 2012”

      “But starting Monday, the number of military funerals may be cut almost in half in Minnesota and some families hoping for that last recognition for their loved one will be left wanting, the result of a dispute over Pentagon budget cuts to the program that pays for the funerals.”

      “The state’s lone bugler even has been told his services will no longer be needed. He’ll be replaced in some ceremonies by a digital version of taps from a device inserted into a bugle to make it look and sound like the real thing.”

      “For many veterans, a military funeral is often the only request they make for their military service. As many as seven out of 10 Minnesota veterans receive no federal benefits other than a military funeral.”

      http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/2012/09/27/budget-cuts-deny-veterans-military-funerals/