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JPTravis
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Interesting Memorial Day map of Americans who have died for their country since 9/11, by county:

https://www.axios.com/map-hometowns-of-americas-fallen-servicemembers-since-911-3d64f6a3-fc0b-421d-8dbb-06a6b94a1b66.html

Notice all those dark spots in Michigan. I’ve often remarked that Michigan has a history of going off to fight that is second to no other state. In the Civil War, take a look at how many Michigan men died… and Michigan was barely more than a backwoods frontier state at the time. We are ornery people here. Ornery, easily offended, and eager to fight. Remember General Custer and his Last Stand? Yep, he was a Michigan guy. “What do you mean the Indians have us outnumbered ten to one and we should turn back? That sounds like a damn good fight!” Two of his brothers were with him at the Bighorn massacre and they probably agreed. They talk about Texans and their guns but I wonder if Texans are anywhere near as well armed as Michiganders. I go on a three-day golf trip every summer where we stay at a cabin in the woods and it sounds like the invasion of Normandy every evening. Everybody (except me) has something to shoot with. I’m surprised the vehicles’ suspensions don’t bottom out from all the armament the guys bring. They’ve got everything except rocket launchers out there. A couple years ago a nearby farmer showed up to see what kind of war had broken out in the woods, and he was armed too. He wasn’t coming to complain, he was coming to participate! When he found out we were only shooting at targets he was a little disappointed but he joined right in and started blasting away at the target with the rest of them. I don’t participate in that. I am instead famous for being able to peacefully sleep in a recliner ten feet from where Armageddon is taking place.

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

Lol…New Mexico may be a sparcely populated state but we are a proud state and a lot of good men have been killed in wars over the years. We don’t hear many gunshots out here in the sticks but the brother who lives in Albuquerque says it sounds like WWIII is starting on New Years Eve. Goofy fools fire whatever kind of weapon they have up in the air at the stroke of midnight to celebrate the new year. They don’t understand that what goes up must come down!

whiskeyriver
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I don’t watch CNN but they did a good job with this. President Trump honors fallen veterans at Arlington ceremony. And if you notice Trump never says me or I, he always says we and us, something the Obummer rarely did. He was always saying I did this or me, me, me.

https://youtu.be/UKN8QClWTFQ

whiskeyriver
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I’m done folks. Gotta go check on mom, fix something to eat, then relax. Been a stressful day like all Memorial Days are but there was some laughter, a few tears shed, but it has been a good day. God and guns folks, that is what built this great country. Hug your loved ones, see y’all tomorrow.

https://youtu.be/tdk5JIYn3Ko

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whiskeyriver
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I can’t stay long, I have to be in town at 9am to speak at our Memorial Day celebration. Then the parade where the entire town lines the main drag to cheer. We may be a small town but we are a proud town!

All the businesses on the main drag will be flying our flag, many of the homes will be flying a flag. And we will have an opening prayer and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Gotta go, time to shower and shave then head in.

MGAP
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Make us proud, you old fart.

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

Who you calling an old fart you old fart!

It was a great ceremony. I know the commander of an Air Force base not far from here, several of them, and every year I call up and ask it they could do a flyover and I have never been refused. This morning the Chaplain had just finished the opening prayer, the national anthem had just started and here they come! I bet they were under 300 feet and hauling ass! I did my little speech then the only Korean vet here came to the podium and that old man blew my speech away! One simple story of what the solders faced in Korea and it brought tears to a lot of eyes, including mine.

Our little monument is on the library property, not a lot of room for parking. 60, 70 people has been the norm but today the parking lot was full of people! I don’t have an exact count but I am betting close to 300 people were there. It was awesome for this little town. Then we headed down the street to watch the parade. People were lined up on the sidewalks, blocking entrance ways to the two convenience stores, they were packed in to watch.

And this is a little county in eastern New Mexico with a population of about 1700. And us old farts got to ride in a 1967, fully restored 1967 Cadillac convertible with a few younger veterans with us to lead off. I think I did a good job if I do say so myself and it was a great morning.

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For my uncles cousins who went served came home and taught us all what was expected. To S Sgt Dale White, Michelle and the kids miss you. They are taken care of. Rest my brother we have those here who are left. We’ll see you one day.

For Mark Andrew Wells, we are still amazed at what you did. We are as proud of you today as the day the knock came at the door.

To all those who have love ones who gave it all, there are those of us who will not forget the pain and suffering you feel.

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whiskeyriver
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I was going to post this later but your post made me change my mind.

https://youtu.be/ydWhRObVxrM

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whiskeyriver
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I tell people all the time they need to understand only two men have died for you. The first was Jesus, who we worship. The second is the American soldier, who we honor.

JPTravis
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My father was the oldest of nine boys. Served with great distinction in WWII (http://www.travelynpublishing.com/WorldWarII.html). The next oldest, my Uncle Bob, who I never met of course, did not come back. Bomber pilot. Went down somewhere over France they think. The family never even got a body back. When I think about the life my father has had, the children, the grandchildren, the great-grandchildren, the great-great-grandchildren, the long and happy marriage, the successful business career, the happy retirement, it all comes home to me just how much Uncle Bob missed out on. God bless the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

whiskeyriver
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Last one for the day. I won’t be around much tomorrow, going to speak at a rally tomorrow and attend the festivities honoring all our veterans who are no longer with us. We may be a little town but we a proud town. I will check in though when I get back home. Hug your loved ones, and try to help a vet if you can.

https://youtu.be/k1STL6E0AIk

whiskeyriver
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We have to remember those who served in Korea, the forgotten war. When I was in Washington I visited the memorial and it is an awesome sight. Get a chance, go see it.

https://youtu.be/byGdY4F4Xzc

whiskeyriver
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And we cannot forget the women who served. 68 women died in Vietnam, some of the bravest women anyone will ever know. I remember the first time I was wounded I was flown out to a hospital ship and those nurses were as dedicated to their job as I was to mine. Women have been serving, and dying, since our Revolutionary War. They didn’t carry weapons but they risked their lives to help the men who were wounded.

https://youtu.be/22VX0CJcIWo

whiskeyriver
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I found this song and brought it here. I think I have told you guys I have been to The Wall twice and in some strange way it helps men heal. And check out the panel at the 2:30 mark, look at how many names are on that panel, those men died in 1975. Gooberment clowns and those who don’t know shit still claim the war ended in 1972.

https://youtu.be/6y64zTRlrmo

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

Just got back from town, four of us were putting flags up on the graves of our fellow veterans. American Legion, VFW, DAV, even volunteers do this every year to remember our veterans who are no longer with us.

https://youtu.be/Osxq3PR8smk

whiskeyriver
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And we cannot forget the Navajo Code Talkers who served in WWII. They were very important to the victory in the Pacific over the Japanese. They used their own language, even made up words, and the Japanese never could figure out what was being said. Almost all of them are gone now so lets remember them too.

https://youtu.be/DvnfMzA58O0

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

This song is a story of a black man, a medic, who received a Congressional Medal of Honor. The first living black men to get our nations highest honor since the Spanish-American war. And the song is about one man that he helped, one of the few on the 8th of November who got out alive.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=big+and+rich+8th+of+november&&view=detail&mid=F351EA405F31F33CCABBF351EA405F31F33CCABB&&FORM=VRDGAR

whiskeyriver
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Some of y’all may be wondering what I was doing on the Mark II’s with the Navy. Most people don’t know that back then the Coast Guard was under Navy supervision during war times and if they wanted men we would go. I know this is a repeat but I want to try to get people to understand the hell that war is. The men in this video made it home, I made it home, but 58,220 from all branches of our military did not. Those are the people we honor today along with the over 400,000 Americans who died during WWII. We honor the 6831 men and women who have died in this war on terror bullshit.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=vietnam+brown+water+sailor+videos+&&view=detail&mid=0F37A70741DC18D744340F37A70741DC18D74434&&FORM=VRDGAR

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

I know some of these songs are not about Memorial Day but they are a tribute to those who fought and died.

https://youtu.be/PdRx8ZduncM

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

My son was not in the military but he was killed in a car crash Memorial Day, 2006 so I have to remember him too. Losing a child is the hardest thing a parent can face, I know, it’s not right for a parent to outlive their children.

https://youtu.be/PgvYcf2Lxnk

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

Good morning everyone. Oh God, where to start. Little John, Keith, Bill, Stan, J.R. Jim, so many names and so many years ago it’s hard to remember them all. This song is a tribute to all our brave men and women who died in combat, they made it to Arlington.

https://youtu.be/rJO7lJIxG10

Dave K
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Thankfully, despite my father, uncle, two brothers and nephew serving in multiple conflicts from WWII through Iraqi Freedom. none of them lost their lives in combat.

Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of those that did.

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

Glad all of yours made it home. My grandson is a Marine, served 3 tours in Afghanistan, and now he is home safe. I worked with a lot of Marines. We would take 5 man recon units up or down a river, stream whatever, and drop them off. Then 3, 5, 7 days later we would pick them up at a designated site. Those Mark II PBR’s would go in pretty shallow water so we went into some wild places. If the team wasn’t there we would beach the boat, grab our weapons and try to find them. We always did and sometimes it was a fight all the way back to the boat. Load up and haul ass! .50 cal blasting away, M-16’s blasting away, and we couldn’t see anything because the jungle went to the waters edge. One thing about them jarheads, they had balls that clanged when they walked! And they never ran away, always toward the danger.

https://youtu.be/gD99I3gn52U

Dave K
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My nephew was in the USMC during Iraqi Freedom and he did multiple tours there. His father(My brother) was in the Army during ‘Nam and had a pretty good idea what he was going through so he was worried sick.

A month before both his commitment and tour were over, a Humvee he was riding in hit an IED.

One of his buddies was killed but the rest survived, they were lucky. His one leg was screwed up big time but he recovered well over time and is now a state trooper back in NJ with a wife and little girl.

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

I know several men who were in Iraqi Freedom and from what they have told me those people are frigging animals. The way they treat their women and girl children, the way they would hide among the innocent threatening to murder everyone if they didn’t help them. They are not warriors, they are cowards afraid to face their enemy.