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Old 05-30-2011, 04:01 AM
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Decoration Day

Take some time to remember the father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, neice, nephew.
To remember the friend, the comrade.
To remember the reason they're no longer with us and remember the reason for this Holiday.

May you guys have a good Memorial Day.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:10 AM
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Thanks JJ. I know you served and I thank you for that service...and to everyone else who is or has served, thank you.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:14 AM
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Now . . you wouldn't be getting Memorial Day confused with Veteran's Day, would'juh kg?
No. Somehow I didn't think so.
Have'a good'un buddy.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Java Junky View Post
Now . . you wouldn't be getting Memorial Day confused with Veteran's Day, would'juh kg?
No. Somehow I didn't think so.
Have'a good'un buddy.
Nah, it's just nice to remember the ones still with us as well as the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice.

You too, JJ...(it's a great day for a early bike ride and coffee...)
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:52 AM
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Would be iff'itt wuzz'da 0% chance'a rain'att dey tol' us kg.
'S'@*#&in' pourin' out.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:02 AM
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It's 81 and sunny in Alexandria (and 56 and a bit nippy where I am at the moment).
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:05 AM
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Well put Java. Happy Memorial day.
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:02 AM
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JJ went all English on us? Have a great day! Already 76 and sunny...gonna be a hot one!
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:23 AM
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A big salute to all that served and especially to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:56 AM
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Today I am going to celebrate Memorial Day by doing something I dont ever do...Nothing, I am going to sit on my butt and watch Top Gear on The BBC Top Gear marathon. What a great day!!!!
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Happy Memorial Day Dudes and Dudettes! keep our troops and everyone safe!
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:19 PM
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well worth the read

Victor Davis Hanson

What We Might Remember This Memorial Day

Our willingness to intervene overseas has made the world a better place.


The world is a better place because Adolf Hitler did not preserve his conquest of the European continent, and because the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere of Hideki Tojo and his militarists imploded at Midway, Guadalcanal, and Okinawa. Italy and the Mediterranean were far better off without Benito Mussolini and his mad plans for a renewed but debased Roman Empire, which ended on his own Italian soil at exotic-named places like Anzio and Monte Cassino.

The dream of Soviet rulers from Stalin to Brezhnev was a global gulag overseen from the blood-stained Communist Kremlin. It ended only through the 50-year deterrence of the American military. South Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan are somehow still free and independent — and would not be without American carriers, jets, and submarines.

Our generation’s own rogues’ gallery of killers — Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, Manuel Noriega, and the Taliban — have lost their tyrannies. If South America chooses to become Communist, it will be by its own volition and not because of an unfettered cross-border invasion from Cuba, Nicaragua, or Venezuela. Even our enemies can export or import oil freely from the Middle East without worries of armed intervention or piracy — as long as an American carrier is nearby in the Gulf.
It seems as if the more Europe disarms and gnashes at the United States, the more we are there when it needs us. If an ascendant China decides to bully Japan or Taiwan in earnest, only one country can thwart it. No one will call the European Union or Russia should North Korea tomorrow cross the 38th parallel or Iran decide to launch a missile. If Turkey rearranges the border in Cyprus or claims airspace over the mid-Aegean, anti-American Greece will turn pro-American. There will be no second Holocaust, in part because of American military support for Israel.

The list of American wars, interventions, and campaigns, past and present, is endless — a source of serial political acrimony here at home over the human and financial cost and wisdom of spending American lives to better others. Sometimes we feel we are not good when we are not perfect, whether trying to stop a Stalinist North Vietnamese takeover of the south, or failing to secure Iraq before 2008. But the common story remains the same: For nearly a century, the American soldier has often been the last, indeed the only, impediment to butchery, enslavement, and autocracy.

It was the custom of great leaders from Pericles to Napoleon to declare that the graves of their soldiers in far-off foreign soils were testaments to their nations’ grandeur, power, and reach; yet our white crosses in American cemeteries from Epinal, St.-Mihiel, and Normandy to Manila, Tunisia, and Sicily are tributes to American military courage and competency — and a willingness to see an end to wars that brutal men started and might have won had our youth not crossed the seas.

We should remember all that in the present age of cynicism and nihilism, recalling that nothing has really changed, as some Americans this Memorial Day seek to foster something better than Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, and Moammar Qaddafi. Behind every American soldier, dozens of their countrymen tonight sleep soundly — and hundreds more in their shadow abroad will wake up alive and safe.

—Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and an author.
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Thanks beeb.
That should be required reading for everybody before they vote.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:53 AM
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Hope everyone had a happy and safe Memorial Day!

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