Memorial Day 2020

  
By:  Vic Eldred  •  one week ago  •  48 comments


Memorial Day 2020
"I can't claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don't know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask.".....Ronald Reagan..Arlington National Cemetery

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Monday May 25 is Memorial Day, the day we honor our veterans and the weekend that normally launches the summer season. There is nothing normal about this Memorial day. This time we are a nation suffering from the effects of a once in a lifetime pandemic, needlessly heaved upon the world by Communist China. We are also a nation divided. We are divided via a segment of the population that has chosen to use all the death and misery for political ends. They are conspicuous for their silence on the source of the pandemic. They are the ones who have openly said that the destruction of a prosperous economy was a "silver lining." They are the ones who have subtly tried to take possession of the common precaution of wearing a mask. They are a threat to our freedom and I'm sorry for the need to mention them here.

As we try to return to some semblance of normalcy this weekend, let us try to follow the common sense guidelines of wearing a mask when appropriate, frequently washing our hands and maintaining social distancing. Our senior citizens are still the vulnerable members of our society. Many beaches are open, our back yards (for those who have one) are ideal for a barbecue or a variety of family activities. Most of all let us try and remember what this holiday is all about.


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Memorial Day this year will be even more important as America begins to re-open the economy. It's the starting point for the long road back to restoring what was decimated in 2 months of lockdowns. I'm confident that America will come back stronger than ever!

Enjoy and stay safe.




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Vic Eldred
1  author  Vic Eldred    one week ago

Have a good weekend

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one week ago

Very good post Vic. Happy weekend to you also.

 
 
 
Heartland American
1.2  Heartland American  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one week ago

Great seed and it’s right on!  We should all take time on Monday to remember those who sacrificed their all through out our history so that we can be free.  We must be vigilant and on  guard to ensure that we preserve our liberty, all of it so that their sacrifice can never ever be said to have been in vain because we threw it all away.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Heartland American @1.2    one week ago
We must be vigilant and on  guard to ensure that we preserve our liberty,

That's the point - we can loose our liberty from internal enemies as well as the foreign ones.

 
 
 
Kathleen
2  Kathleen    one week ago

Thank you to all the Veterans that fought for our freedoms and paid the ultimate price. Nice post.

Have a nice weekend all.

 
 
 
shona1
2.1  shona1  replied to  Kathleen @2    one week ago

A/noon...We have ANZAC Day April 25th to remember all our veterans but this year it was not to be..No marches, no gatherings, no Dawn Service....So someone came up with the idea to put candles at the end of your driveway at Dawn...to remember all the vets..It worked out really well as whole streets were lit up...Have a good weekend and celebrate the lives that have gone before us in battle..Lest We Forget....

 
 
 
Kathleen
2.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  shona1 @2.1    one week ago

I like that idea... it’s a nice way to honor them. I put out small flags all around my front garden. This year if a tough year to do anything. We have to be creative. You have a good relaxing weekend too....

 
 
 
It Is ME
3  It Is ME    one week ago

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  It Is ME @3    6 days ago

Wreath-laying ceremony will be held.

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JohnRussell
4  JohnRussell    one week ago

An editorial decrying politicization that blatantly politicizes itself. You cant make this stuff up folks. 

Here is a clue for you, when people tout a president who has a 40% approval rating as the greatest thing that ever happened to the country you are guaranteed polarization. 

Throw in his off the charts stupidity , narcissism and criminality and you have a troubled country.  It's not going to get better until Trump is gone and his supporters realize they are a minority group, not "America". 

I wish a Happy Memorial Day to all and hope we all think of the true and exact meaning of Memorial Day , which is to commemorate those who died in wartime in U.S. military service. 

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John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle for Henderson Field in the Guadalcanal Campaign, and the Navy Cross posthumously for extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

In February 1945, he was killed in action on the first day of the invasion of Iwo Jima, after he single-handedly destroyed an enemy blockhouse and led a Marine tank under fire safely through a minefield.

He has received many honors including being the namesake for streets, military locations, and two   United States Navy   destroyers.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @4    one week ago

Charles Gene Abrell   (August 12, 1931 – June 10, 1951) was a   United States Marine Corps   corporal   who was killed in action during the   UN May–June 1951 counteroffensive   in the   Korean War .

Abrell was   posthumously   awarded the   Medal of Honor   for his heroic actions and sacrifice of life on June 10, 1951 at   Hwacheon ,   Korea   while advancing under fire with his platoon against enemy hill positions. After being wounded twice during a single-handed assault against an enemy   bunker , he pulled the pin from a   hand grenade   and hurled himself into the bunker, killing the enemy gun crew and himself in the explosion.

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Born August 12, 1931
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Died June 10, 1951   (aged 19)
Gangwon Province ,   Korea
 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5  Buzz of the Orient    one week ago
"Monday May 25 is Memorial Day, the day we honor our veterans..."

I wasn't aware that Memorial Day was a day to remember the veterans, I had always thought it was for the same purpose as Remembrance Day (November 11) in Canada and other Commonwealth countries, to remember those who lost their lives in military service while fighting for victory for their country. 

"They are conspicuous for their silence on the source of the pandemic."

Of course, it's MUCH more important to focus on that rather than to cooperate with the rest of the world in working towards a recovery for all.  But then, after all, it's what's dictated in the O'Donnell Republican playbook where the sole purpose for Americans is to focus on assuring the reelection of Trump.

Will it be necessary to politicize ALL American holidays from now on, or just until November?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
5.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    one week ago
I wasn't aware that Memorial Day was a day to remember the veterans,

There is certainly no harm in honoring living veterans on Memorial Day, but it is not the purpose of the day. The day originally remembered those in the military who died during the Civil War, and was called Decoration Day in reference to placing flowers and wreaths and other tributes at soldiers graves. Over time it became Memorial Day and was expanded to include anyone who died while serving in the military.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @5.1    one week ago
"There is certainly no harm in honoring living veterans on Memorial Day..."

Of course not, but the article seemed to indicate that was the purpose of the day, while the word "memorial" does have a particular meaning. 

 
 
 
1stwarrior
5.1.2  1stwarrior  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1.1    one week ago

Agreed

 
 
 
Snuffy
5.2  Snuffy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    one week ago
I wasn't aware that Memorial Day was a day to remember the veterans, I had always thought it was for the same purpose as Remembrance Day (November 11) in Canada and other Commonwealth countries, to remember those who lost their lives in military service while fighting for victory for their country. 

Memorial Day in the USA was originally set as a day to honor the military personal who lost their lives in the U.S. Civil War. It was expanded to now honor all who died in any war while serving with the United States. It is also known as Poppy Day in keeping with the traditions of Remembrance Day. When I was younger our small town would have a parade (I remember it well as I played the trumpet in HS Band) and the parade would end in the town park where there was also a war memorial for all the boys of the area who died in wars.  There would be a reading of the fallen with a poppy dropped in front of the memorial for each name.

As a child the weekend was more known for the beginning of summer,  and a weekend of BBQ's and watermelon and freedom from school. Now that I'm older and at one time was in our armed services,  and knowing a couple of friends who have paid that great price,  the day has become much more meaningful to me.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
5.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    one week ago
I wasn't aware that Memorial Day was a day to remember the veterans, I had always thought it was for the same purpose as Remembrance Day (November 11) in Canada and other Commonwealth countries, to remember those who lost their lives in military service while fighting for victory for their country. 

The day is specifically for those who gave their lives for the nation and it's values, but remembrance & gratitude extends to the living as well.


Of course, it's MUCH more important to focus on that rather than to cooperate with the rest of the world in working towards a recovery for all.  But then, after all, it's what's dictated in the O'Donnell Republican playbook where the sole purpose for Americans is to focus on assuring the reelection of Trump.

Is that what the brutal, murderous regime in China is now claiming?


Will it be necessary to politicize ALL American holidays from now on, or just until November?

You'll have to ask the spokesmen for the hate-filled left.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.3    one week ago
"Is that what the brutal, murderous regime in China is now claiming?"

Although my comment was my opinion and was aimed at those who thump their O'Donnell bible, I'm sure the rest of the world agrees with its sarcasm.  

"You'll have to ask the spokesmen for the hate-filled left."

You posted this article that politicized a day where everyone's thoughts should be aimed at those who lost their lives fighting for YOUR freedom, so that's why I asked YOU.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
5.3.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3.1    one week ago
You posted this article that politicized a day where everyone's thoughts should be aimed at those who lost their lives fighting for YOUR freedom, so that's why I asked YOU.

I wish I could have left the progressives out of it, but obviously, that's not possible.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.3.2    one week ago

Not so.  It could easily have been a totally apolitical article about Memorial Day, even if the Covid-19 situation was referred to. Surely both Republicans and Democrats died fighting in the wars, and both Republicans and Democrats have and still mourn them.  It did not need any partisan reference or blame-pointing to be timely, proper and effective.  

 
 
 
1stwarrior
5.3.4  1stwarrior  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.3.2    one week ago

Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and the other 77 political parties fought and died in our wars.  Why should any - ANY - negative be placed on any of the parties?  The enemy shooting at you doesn't give a shyte what your political affiliation is.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
5.3.5  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3.3    one week ago

The point was that this year was anything but normal and I pointed out the reasons why.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
5.3.6  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  1stwarrior @5.3.4    one week ago
Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and the other 77 political parties fought and died in our wars.  Why should any - ANY - negative be placed on any of the parties?  The enemy shooting at you doesn't give a shyte what your political affiliation is.

All of that is true, however this year is a lot different, is it not?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.3.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.3.5    one week ago

[A swing and a miss, off topic]

 
 
 
squiggy
5.3.8  squiggy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3.7    one week ago

The entire USA is battling an invader. Do you really mean that the USA hasn't funded and completed some global eradication effort?

 
 
 
squiggy
5.3.9  squiggy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3.7    one week ago

...I'd really rather ignore the intrusion on a Memorial Day theme but you keep going like a chihuahua at the heels.

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
5.3.10  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3.7    one week ago
battling the virus, and deaths are occurring, and all countries that are capable of doing so are joining forces to fight that world wide war,  EXCEPT the USA. 

more communist propaganda...

meanwhile; over half the countries in the world demand an investigation be done in china.

this call for investigations is not led by the usa but is led by australia and the eu.

get used to it buzz.. china has real problems ahead...

trump had nothng to do with that.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.3.11  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  squiggy @5.3.8    one week ago

Funded?  I thought he DEfunded the WHO.  Thank you for your correction. 

Anyway, don't ask me, ask Trump.  Like he told a reporter to ask China. 

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
5.3.12  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.3.6    one week ago
All of that is true, however this year is a lot different, is it not?

Why? How does this year change the fact that Democrats, Independents and Republicans have given their lives defending our nation? Only hyper-partisan dick nuggets can't appreciate that fact on Memorial day, when we should all be thinking about those heroes, not bitter partisan politics that simply attempts to further divide us.

 
 
 
squiggy
5.3.14  squiggy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3.11    one week ago

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XDm9mm
5.3.15  XDm9mm  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @5.3.12    one week ago
Only hyper-partisan dick nuggets can't appreciate that fact on Memorial day, when we should all be thinking about those heroes, not bitter partisan politics that simply attempts to further divide us.

Pot.....   meet kettle.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.3.16  XDm9mm  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @5.3.10    one week ago
this call for investigations is not led by the usa but is led by australia and the eu.

Hell, even Russia and Turkey are pissed at Xi Jinping and Communist China.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
5.3.17  Greg Jones  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3.7    one week ago

Total BS

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
5.3.18  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @5.3.12    6 days ago
Why?

Because a good many people won't be at cemeteries or beaches or Churches tomorrow. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
5.3.19  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.3.18    5 days ago

"For all they have done, our fallen and their families deserve the tributes that will be recited on this day of days, but on this Memorial Day, perhaps we feel loyalty to their memory and gratitude for their service just a little more deeply, for it comes at a momentous time in the life of our nation, when all of us have been reminded just how precious our freedom truly is.

From the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, the American people have made great personal sacrifices to protect the health and safety of our nation. In a very real sense, the American people have been willing to voluntarily forfeit aspects of their personal freedom to protect the lives and safety of their family, their neighbors and people they’d never met.

While our doctors, nurses, health care workers and first responders rendered care for our families as if they were their own, the American people stayed home from school, from work and from worship. Some closed down a business that took a lifetime to build. They have canceled weddings and graduations. They have foregone seeing parents, grandparents and loved ones.

This Memorial Day, the American people have just come through a lot."........Mike Pence

 
 
 
It Is ME
6  It Is ME    one week ago

"when people tout a president who has a 40% approval rating as the greatest thing that ever happened to the country you are guaranteed polarization. "

Off Topic..... to the "OFF TOPIC", but what the heck !

I hear The Liberal Gods  are even lower than Trump: Nancy's sitting at 14% and Schumers at 26%.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
6.1  JohnRussell  replied to  It Is ME @6    one week ago

If Vic can mention Chinese Communists and "a segment of the population that has chosen to use all the death and misery for political ends", I can mention the source of most of our national misery. 

 
 
 
It Is ME
6.1.1  It Is ME  replied to  JohnRussell @6.1    one week ago
I can mention the source of most of our national misery. 

I'm sure you can …… Pass the buck very well. (Trump caused covid-19)

Whatever "Floats your boat". 

"Well he jumped off the bridge.....so can I" ! jrSmiley_88_smiley_image.gif

Won't get you here though:

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Just Jim NC TttH
6.1.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JohnRussell @6.1    one week ago
the source of most of our national misery

Only to you and your "fellow travelers" 

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Vic Eldred
6.1.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @6.1    one week ago
If Vic can mention Chinese Communists and "a segment of the population that has chosen to use all the death and misery for political ends", I can mention the source of most of our national misery. 

Actually, it doesn't work that way. Trump was not mentioned in the article, but I let you give the rant because it seems to be the only topic you ever want to talk about. Our readers will decide on the merits of the commentary.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
6.1.4  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @6.1.2    one week ago
Only to you and your "fellow travelers" 

...aka the majority of Americans. Only the small minded minority continue to circle their broken weak wagons around this pitiful piece of trash President and his woefully inadequate response to this pandemic.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
6.1.5  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @6.1.4    one week ago
...aka the majority of Americans.

Progressive ideology does not and never has represented a majority.

"The size of ideological groups varies slightly depending on the poll. Gallup/USA Today polling in June 2010 revealed that 42% of those surveyed  identify  as conservative, 35% as moderate and 20% as  liberal ."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_ideologies_in_the_United_States

 
 
 
Heartland American
7  Heartland American    one week ago

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
9  author  Vic Eldred    6 days ago
On Decoration (Memorial) Day, this week 1922, Chief Justice William Howard Taft, President Warren Harding and Robert Lincoln dedicated Lincoln Memorial: #LOC


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Vic Eldred
10  author  Vic Eldred    5 days ago

I'm missing our Chappaqua Memorial Day parade today while also feeling grateful to leaders like @NYGovCuomo for making responsible decisions to keep people safe. Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday. @BillClinton and I will be waving our flags at home.". ....Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton giving credit to the Governor who sent COVID patients into nursing homes while locking out family & visitors in the name of not spreading the virus.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
11  author  Vic Eldred    5 days ago

JUST IN: Biden makes first public appearance in months on Memorial Day http:// hill.cm/ORIsoGE


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Vic Eldred
12  author  Vic Eldred    5 days ago

Trump marks Memorial Day at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier http:// hill.cm/nRmmXuA


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