Memorial Day ---- Remember the families also

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Forum topic by firecaster posted 05-25-2009 02:51 PM 844 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2009 02:51 PM

Hello all,
Memorial Day is when the USA remembers those that died fighting for the country. Great sacrifices have been made for us.

We don’t always remember the sacrifice of the families though. My mother’s oldest brother died on Iwo Jima in 1945. He was 19 years old. 4th Marine Division. I have the 48 star flag that was on his casket and the letter he wrote home from Iwo. After just reading Flags of our Fathers the letter sent chills up my spine to realize what he experianced.

It took two years to get his body back. We didn’t leave men on enemy soil. Which Iwo was. My grandparents were farmers and needed their son’s help. Besides that, though, was the horror of losing a child. They never got over it. 50 years later I saw my granny start crying looking at a picture of him in his dress blues.

Families suffer during a war and forever after. Sacrifices may be required at times but we should never forget that families of the service men and women gave to us also.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#1 posted 05-25-2009 04:01 PM

Well said, Thank You.

I hope neither of your sons or their sons have to suffer the horrors of war.

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#2 posted 05-25-2009 07:13 PM

very true. And they continue to make them today.

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#3 posted 05-25-2009 07:41 PM

I will remember them..


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#4 posted 05-25-2009 07:52 PM

thank you.

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#5 posted 05-25-2009 08:06 PM

the only way i know to honor them is with my life also .
by living in the most honest and open way i can ,
by helping others , ( some might be their families or decendents )
and giving back to all around me , and carrying my own weight .
its not so hard to be a good and caring human being ,
i think its probably easyer than being selfish and affraid .
God bless all for your prayers !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 05-25-2009 08:36 PM

Thanks for your careing thoughts there so true.

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#7 posted 05-25-2009 10:39 PM

We must never forget the many millions of brave men women who have sacrificed so that others might live. There are times when we need to defend ourselves against evil and I would join in to those causes.God bless our soldiers who do as they are told whatever they feel about the rights and wrongs of the conflict they find themselves involved in . And god bless the fallen and all their families too who suffer on and on . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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