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Legion 424 May 2019 7:27 a.m. PST

As I have said in years passed … This weekend in the USA, 27 May 2019, we take the day to remember those that have died in war. Even though some have little to no idea why this is done. It's only a day off to BBQ, drink beer, etc.
The numbers should be updated but I still think the intent is clear …

And I extend my respect and reverence to all those other nations that fought along side the USA as Allies, etc.

May all our war dead Rest In Peace …


donlowry24 May 2019 7:52 a.m. PST

Too bad it doesn't show the Civil War, for whose casualties the day was originally instituted, and which had the highest total of all.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2019 8:57 a.m. PST

Legion 4: +1

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2019 9:04 a.m. PST

A friend sent me an email with the following:

We have Armed Services Day for those who wear the uniform.

Veterans Day for those who wore the uniform.

And Memorial Day for those who never took off the uniform.

StarCruiser24 May 2019 9:55 a.m. PST

^ This – thousands of times!

TheWhiteDog24 May 2019 10:38 a.m. PST

I'd like to emphasize remembering our allies as well. I served alongside some excellent personnel of Her Majesty's Forces in Afghanistan.

My family has served in every armed conflict involving the United States since prior to our founding, so I have quite a few people I try to reflect on.

Andy ONeill24 May 2019 11:04 a.m. PST

Spare a thought for all those who served and died in war.

We push our little models round on tables and it's fun. I'm lucky enough to have never experienced the reality. I'm reliably informed it often isn't quite so pleasant.

May all those who died in war rip.
May all their relatives know peace.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2019 12:15 p.m. PST

Check out what we do in California for Memorial Day. Scroll down to A Grateful Nation Remembers.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2019 12:29 p.m. PST

Plan on being with the Knights of Columbus & Veteran groups for a parade and outdoor Mass at a local cemetary on Memorial Day.

Wolfhag24 May 2019 12:52 p.m. PST

We are doing a number of them in the SF Bay area in parades and with our Color Corps.

This is a group I help year round and do a 100-mile bike ride fundraiser each year:


torokchar Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2019 1:08 p.m. PST

Plan to visit Fort Sam Houston Military Cemetery and pay my respects. My dad, a WWII Vet, always set aside this day in memory of all his buddies who now rest-in-peace in Europe.

14Bore24 May 2019 3:05 p.m. PST

I go to the local parade and then to the cemetery for the ceremony.

khanscom24 May 2019 4:09 p.m. PST

+1 Don; when I was growing up there were always wreath- layings at the local cemeteries; local VFW chapter had a party for salutes; the local BSA troop provided trumpeters for taps (I was one); an important day that most (I suspect) do not understand.

Lion in the Stars24 May 2019 6:27 p.m. PST
Wolfhag24 May 2019 10:49 p.m. PST

When my son was young on the day after Memorial Day we'd go to the market and get a bunch of flowers and head to the local cemetery. We'd look for military graves without a flag or flowers that no one remembered and put flowers on theirs.


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2019 2:56 a.m. PST

What Don Lowry said. What we know as Memorial Day
was Decoration Day when I was a child. It was a
w/e when families went to the cemetary in town wherein
were interred some of the Union dead from our town.

The gravesites were cleaned of winter's ravages and
flowers, small US flags and, in some cases, small
bronze markers were put in place detailing the
deceased's unit and dates of service.

While the numbers are probably inaccurate, almost
600,000 Union soldiers were counted as casualties
during the ACW, most of them casualties from disease.

The inaccuracy lies in the fact that some wounded and
POW's were counted as casualties (which they were, but
the 'casualty' classification in some states meant
'deceased' while in others it meant 'not available for

Of course, the huge number of ACW dead includes tens
of thousands of immigrant soldiers from many nations
who served in both the US and CS forces, along with
the 30,000 USCT dead (US Colored Troops).

Legion 425 May 2019 5:11 a.m. PST

I agree – I wish that drawing had not only the ACW but Spanish-American War. And possibly the various Indian Wars as like the ACW both sides were Americans.

The local MOAA/ROA goes out and places flags on Vet graves at some graveyards, etc. I may go to a ceremony at one of the oldest cemeteries in town on the 27th in the morning. As I am on the MOAA staff.

I went to my family plot yesterday at a nearby cemetery. To insure flags were posts on my Father and Uncles' graves. All WWII Vets …

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2019 4:44 a.m. PST
Legion 426 May 2019 6:20 a.m. PST

thumbs up

catavar26 May 2019 9:26 a.m. PST

A much deserved day but not nearly enough for their great sacrifice. Please also remember those severely injured whose lives were (will) never (be) the same.

Legion 426 May 2019 3:53 p.m. PST

Amen …

Legion 427 May 2019 5:48 a.m. PST


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