Why do we even have to have a Memorial Day?

It's so vitally important to cherish the memories of the people that have given their lives so that we can enjoy and embrace the freedoms we have. That's why... 

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Memorial Day began as a commemoration of fallen American soldiers called Decoration Day.

In May 1868, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, a Union general who went on to serve in both the House and Senate, issued an order calling for a national day of remembrance to decorate graves of the war dead with flowers.  

At the time he issued the order, Logan headed the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a Union veteran organization, and may have chosen the day because flowers would be blooming all over the country, according to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
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'Earn it'
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You're a 19 year old kid. 

You are critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam. Its November 14, 1965 . LZ (landing zone) X-ray.
Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again.
As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter.
You look up to see a Huey coming in. But it doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it. Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.


He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway. And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety. And, he kept coming back!! 13 more times!! 
  
Until all the wounded were out. 

No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm. He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.


Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Army, died in 2008 at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho. May God Bless and Rest His Soul.
https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/Story/Article/1822476/medal-of-honor-monday-army-capt-ed-freeman/
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I am proud to be an Army veteran. I know that guys I went through Basic with didn't make it our of  'Nam alive. I treasure what few but dear memories I have of them.
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Imagine, just for a moment if you possibly can, what it must have been like the moment that gate dropped and you realized you'd just entered Hell on Earth.
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When the 'Baby Boomers' (like me) are gone, who will remember the 'Greatest Generation'?

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Spring time is 'get out the grill' time. Go in to summer with a great new grill tool set like this one...


You'll find one for yourself here:
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Imagine if you lied about your age - say you were 15 and told them you were 18. You got in to WWII at the very last minute and saw only the very last day of action.

If you're still alive, you're 90 years old now.
 
That's the absolute youngest a WWII veteran can be today.
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We'll be travelling and camping and hiking again very soon.
Are you ready to get out and get going?




Here's a great bug-out bag for travel & 
overnights for less then $ 34.00. 

Get one for yourself here:
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Richard Overton, who was the nation’s oldest World War II veteran, died on December 28th, 2018 at a rehabilitation facility near his home in Austin, Texas. At the time that he died, he was 112 years old.

Mr. Overton was in his 30s when he volunteered for the Army and was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attack in 1941. He served in the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion in the Pacific Theater.

He told The Austin American-Statesman in 2013 that combat had helped his segregated unit gain acceptance.
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What average Americans do to remember:

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Please tell me what the fuck possible good can come from doing stupid shit like this. Can ya tell me? I doubt it.


How is this miserable piece of shit rag still in business?
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Summer's almost here - time to get the hell outta the house and have some fun. 
How about this cool cornhole setup?



Folds up and stores easily. Find yours here:
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NY Times on Memorial Day Weekend: US Military celebrates white supremacism .


Given the chance, I'd beat the living fuck out of everyone who works there. 

As Americans reeling from coronavirus stay-at-home orders struggle to celebrate the nation's heroes on Memorial Day, The New York Times published an editorial over the weekend that claimed the U.S. military 'celebrates white supremacy'.

On Sunday, The New York Times Editorial Board published the piece titled “Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy?” The editorial made the argument that it’s time to rename military bases after “American heroes, not racist traitors.”

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman tweeted Sunday night in response: “On a solemn day for remembering those that have given their lives for our country fighting against tyranny and subjugation, the NYT has more than a million possible stories of the ultimate sacrifice by American patriots that they could tell. But they don’t.”

He followed up, in a statement: “The Department of Defense is the most diverse meritocracy in the country and the most powerful force for good in world history. We have many stories of valor still waiting to be told this Memorial Day weekend.”
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The Washington Post is another despicable fuckin' toilet paper-worthy rag. 
This was THEIR lead headline this morning:

Memorial Day weekend crowds cause concern as U.S. death toll nears 100,000
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This piece of shit isn't worthy of the bottom of a litter box. It was once a proud and great newspaper.
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Because fuck them and fuck their fuckin' rules and 'recommendations'. Right? We need to get the fuck outta our houses and back to whatever the fuck we wanna do when and where we wanna do it.
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Long Beach - on Long Island -  which is just to the east of New York City, called its decision to limit beach access to its own residents a “lifesaving” measure. 
Because, basically, Fuck You New York City.

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Basically, fuck your clown of a mayor too...

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Was there doubt in anyone's mind that people would go a little batshit after coming out of a fuckin' lockdown? C'mon, man...


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To all of you who are veterans, I thank you with all my heart for your service. A person more religious than me would say 'God Bless Each And Every One Of You'.
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Memorial Day is here and then gone. 
Before the 4th of July gets here, do yourself a favor and get a new flag or two for yourself. 

Better yet, get 50 and line your front lawn like we do.



You'll find them here at less than 50 cents each:
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2 comments:

  1. The bash at the Lake of the Ozarks makes me proud to be a Missourian.

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  2. Mighta been interesting to float by...

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