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Old 05-30-2016, 04:36 PM   #21
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For the last hundred years, most of us men in my family and those our spouses have served. My mother as well. None of us were drafted. I was a draft dodger--I enlisted.

This is not our day--we all came back. Today we all remember those who did not.

I rather like Robert Heinlein's idea that full citizenship should be reserved for those who have served. I have the wild idea that there would be fewer wars.

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That is so sad! It must be taught in schools & reinforced at home. My kids & grandkids know what my Dad went thru as a medic in Pacific Theater WW2, Korea, and serving active duty as a reservist at Hamilton & Travis after his 20. Brother was a mechanic at Hamilton AFB
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This is not our day--we all came back. Today we all remember those who did not.
Or we should.

Old Andy Rooney said it nicely:

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For too many Americans, Memorial Day has become just another day off. There's only so much time any of us can spend remembering those we loved who have died, but the men, boys really, who died in our wars deserve at least a few moments of reflection during which we consider what they did for us.

They died.

We use the phrase "gave their lives," but they didn't give their lives. Their lives were taken from them.
A Memorial Day worth remembering
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He sure did. Andy was a WW2 vet himself.

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Oops. A war correspondent. He was there when the concentration camps were liberated. He fiercely responded to holocaust deniers. "It was real. I was there."

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Research showed Andy was in uniform.

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I find it interesting that we have a holiday for the living and one for the casualties. Does any other country do that? Not a rhetorical question, I just don't know.

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Not federal holidays but the UK has 1 day for each. Armed Forces Day is for the living with lots of events around the country. Where we are there will be a fly past of a Lancaster bomber flanked by a Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

November 11th is Remembrance Day for those service folks that have died in the wars and on the Sunday closest to it there are many church services at war memorials including a countrywide minute of silence at 11am.
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