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I have to hand it to the mods here. That's one impressive rolling memorial banner on the top of the screen. I wish more people would remember our vets, our fallen, and our active duty. We've paid a heavy price for freedom ... I wish folks would as least remember it.

Thanks again guys. Good stuff.
 

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I really like the banner. SJ you did good.
 

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It's a good gesture toards those who've sacrificed for us..

Too bad "budget cuts" forced the cancellation of a local veterans day parade in a nearby town,thats nickname is "The City Of Champions"..I think its a shame they cancel it ,what if the veterans had said "we dont feel like fighting a war",and didn't go??...where would we be NOW?..(if we were here at ALL,that is!)...the excuse for cancelling the parade was a combination of no cash,and "public apathy"--seems few show up to watch or participate,other than the veterans themselves..(sigh)..:(
 

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Thanks simple_john (administrator) for the Memorial Day banner. I’m proud to be a part of a web site that is patriotic and makes an effort to remember our brave men and women and their sacrifices for us. :fing32:
 

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I can't say enough Thank Yous for all the people in our Armed Forces. Even though I am not a Veteran, I hold Veterans in very high regard.

My high school added an ROTC program about 4 years ago. Some very top notch students are involved and they have a lot of pride. I am priveleged to have a student in my class that earned a West Point appointment. Based on what I see, I have confidence that our Armed Forces will have excellent personnel.

I encourage all to attend a Memorial Day Program. Sing the Nathional Anthem, listen to the speakers, say the prayers. If the service is held indoors and the rifle salute at a cemetery a distance away, go to the cemetery. Again, listen to the words and say the prayers. Take your hat off for the playing of Taps. Think about family that has served or is serving. If you get a tear in your eye while all this is happening, God Bless You.

Later,
Jerry Christiansen
 

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My sincere thanks to all that have served. I just wish some could appreciate what they have.
 

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That Banner is SWEEEEEEEETT!!!!!!
 

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My Father was a WWII vet. He was proud of our country and was happy to serve those many years ago with so many other proud Americans. He would tell me about the people he served with, those who came home and those who did not. He instilled these feelings into me during my formative years.

He was so proud of our country, I think he planned his last day. He passed away Memorial Day, 2005. I shall remember him always.

And thank all those who serve, whether in a popular war or not. In harms way or during peace time they serve to protect our way of life. I thank you all.

 

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Thank you simple john for the nice banner. Thanks to all the people here who support and respect the Veterans. Finally God Bless the fallen brothers and sisters and their families for their sacrifices to our freedom and this great nation. I have my day on Veterans day but Memorial Day is for those who made that ultimate sacrifice. God bless you all and Semper Fidelis.
 

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Thanks SJ ! This holiday has become a shadow of its former self. So few people today stop to realize why we are able to have the freedoms that we all enjoy. Freedom isn't free - it's earned with the blood of our servicemen. I'm not excluding our allies, I'm assuming ( yehyeh, I know... lol ) that other countries also have their own holidays for the same reason. but........... GOD BLESS AMERICA !
 

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Awesome banner never forget
 

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Each holiday probably means something special to each individual. Veterans Day and Memorial Day have the most meaning to me. I intentionally do nothing, plan nothing and seldom visit anyone so I can reflect on friends and family I‘ve lost. …Just in case you might have missed the banner, it says:


Lord, bless the wives
Who grieve alone
And comfort the mothers
Who mourn their own
Give solace to the fathers
Who lost their sons
On foreign shores and in
Places unknown.
Lord, strengthen the resolve
Of we who remain
To see that they did not
die in vain


Makes me proud to be a veteran…and yes, thanks SJ.
 

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Some Memorial Day facts and trivia:

1st Memorial Day was observed in 1865 at Hampton Raceway, in Charleston S.C. by former slaves liberated during the Civil War. The slaves disinterred Union soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave, and reinterred their bodies in individual graves, fenced in the cemetery and built an arch over the entrance. On May 30 of that year, they returned and decorated the graves with flowers from the local countryside, and this became the first Decoration Day (original name for Memorial Day).


The official birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, NY. It was first celebrated there on May 5, 1866, and every year thereafter.

Many Southern states refused to celebrate Memorial Day because of lingering hostility. One exception was Columbus, Miss, which on April 25, 1866, on its Decoration Day, commemorated both Union and Confederate casualties buried in its cemetery.

The alternative name of "Memorial Day" was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after WWII.

In 1968 Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, and Veteran's Day were changed from their traditional dates by Federal mandate to a specified Monday to create convenient 3-day weekends. The change moved Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May.

Veteran's Day eventually moved back to its original date of Nov 11. There is a movement and some controversy to move Memorial Day back to its original day also.
 

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Very moving thread.
I did not serve, nor did my father. I had uncle's whom served and were P.O.W's in the Korean war.
Although they came back...they did not come back whole. They are gone now, but I do think of them, and the invisible casualties they suffered.

God Bless the strong who have sacrificed, so that we are free to express our thoughts, and share them on sites like MTF, or whichever we choose.
 

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Very nice! :thanku:

I would love to be able to copy that & post it on other forums & emails. Most people need good reminders like this of what this holiday is all about.
 

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Thank-you....By all means...
 

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I have to echo the sentiments of all those above. The banner is great. I had two uncles that served in world war II and my serve in the Korean war. My older brother just retired about 3 years ago from the Air Force, 20 years 6 months. Weather specialist, did one tours in Saudi Arabia during the 1st Gulf war and a tour during the start of the second gulf war. Our veterans are at times the most under appreciated in the country. GOD BLESS THEM ALL.:thanku:
 

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Thanks to all who served, and are serviing to protect my freedom. I served, but never saw combat, and give heartfelt thanks to all who did.

Respectfully,

Seth K. Pyle
 

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Update!...breaking news!..

Headline in Fridays "Brockton Enterprise" front page reads :

"Outcry Saves Parade"...

WWII veteran Frank Pagliuca is planning for memorial day,and wonders why the city didn't do the same..."It took a lot of pressure by the press to wake these people up",he said..(age 83!).."If we can hold a parade for Santa Claus ,we can hold a parade for the guys who fought for our country"!..(amem!).

On Thursday,the city bowed to public pressure,and announced a Memorial Day parade WILL be held,after all..A "scaled down" version of it will march through city streets Monday morning after a public outcry erupted,when the Enterprise reported the parade had been cancelled..

The "City Of Champions" not having a parade was "shameful",said veterans far and near..Some people offered to help the parade funds--Paresh Bhatt,a local bussinessman,offered 2000 dollars,after seeing a news report,another Lakeville man who wished to remain anonamous,also donated 2000 dollars..David Russell of Russell & Pica funeral home also offered donations,among others who stepped up to help restore the traditional parade..

I'm glad they decided NOT to snub the very people who are responsible for us having a country to call our own..its too bad our "leaders" eem to think its OK to forget them,and force US to pay for a parade THEY should have had funds for set aside as a top priority..where are our morals anyway?..

In the words of Marine veteran Bill Patterson :

"It was the most ridiculous,un-American thing"....

I agree..

May all the veterans,living or dead,never be forgotten,or be treated like they were expendable..
 

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Thanks simple_john (administrator) for the Memorial Day banner. I’m proud to be a part of a web site that is patriotic and makes an effort to remember our brave men and women and their sacrifices for us. :fing32:
i love that banner... its one of my favorites...


thanks to all you guys (and ladies) who have served....
 
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