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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Memorial Day History

Just got an email from our base commandor here in Iraq and thought you guys might enjoy a little history lesson. Happy Holidays from Iraq.

Memorial Day is the time for Americans to reconnect with their history and core values by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals we cherish. More than a million American service members died in wars and conflicts this nation fought since the first Colonial soldiers took up arms in 1775 to fight for independence. Each person who died during those conflicts was a loved one cherished by family and friends. Each was a loss to the community and the nation.

The observance of this day was born of compassion and empathy in 1863. As the Civil War raged, grieving mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and other loved ones were cleaning Confederate soldiers’ graves in Columbus, Mississippi, placing flowers on them. They noticed nearby Union soldiers’ graves, dusty, overgrown with weeds. Grieving for their own fallen soldiers, the Confederate women understood that the dead Union soldiers buried nearby where the cherished loved ones of families and communities far away. They cleared the tangled brush and mud from those graves as well as their own soldiers’ graves and laid flowers on them too.

Soon the tradition of a “Decoration Day’ for the graves of fallen soldiers spread. On May 5, 1866, when the Civil War was over, Henry Welles of Waterloo, New York, closed his drugstore and suggested that all other shops in town close up for the a day to honor all soldiers killed in the Civil War, Union and Confederate alike. It was a gesture of healing and reconciliation in a land ripped apart by conflict. Sixteen years later, in 1882, the nation observed its first official Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember and honor the sacrifice of those who died in all our nation’s wars.

Memorial Day is not about picnics and ballgames. It is about those brave Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Airmen who died wearing their country’s uniform…. Fighting for and defending their country and what it stood for. They died defending a way of life that they felt was worth dying for…. duty, honor, families, freedom and American values. On this most solemn holiday, we must stop and consider the great sacrifices that others have made so that we may have the freedom and prosperity we enjoy today. Let us consider what those valiant warriors were fighting for….and let us honor each and every one of them this coming Monday….with a thought and prayer….it is the least we can do. Because of their sacrifice they have given us our tomorrows.
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I honor my brother Sp4 Allan Cameron Benson, who died in Dinh Tuong, South Vietnam on May 12, 1969. He was 19 years old.

He was a great guy, my best friend and would have been a car designer today. He sacrificed his life to save others in his unit, taking a direct mortar hit. I am very proud of him and miss him dearly.

Has anyone else lost a loved one in the service of their country?
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Spencer -

Thank you v much for posting this. It meant a lot to many of us, I'm sure. My dad still limps from a D-Day wound.

Thank you also for volunteering to serve our country.

You are both brave and thoughtful.

I am sending the Memorial Day history to friends.

May you and your unit have the best of luck and come home safely.

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Memorial Day Poem

Cover them over with beautiful flowers,
Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours,
Lying so silent by night and by day
Sleeping the years of their manhood away.
Give them the meed they have won in the past;
Give them the honors their future forecast;
Give them the chaplets they won in the strife;
Give them the laurels they lost with their life.

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Thanks for posting and thanks to you and all the guys over there. Be safe, hope you guys return home soon.

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I figured someone would like to read about the history of Memorial Day. I thank each and everyone that gives us the support for what we are doing over here. There are a lot of people that do not agree with the war and all the politics that goes a long with it but seeing how these people live first hand I think it's the right thing to do and help these people live a better life. Running water to them is a privilege and we look at it everyday and not think twice about having it. This is my second time over here and most like will not be my last time over. Both of them I volunteered for and I like to think I'm doing my part to help someone and protect my home at the same time. Thank you all and have a good holiday.
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Reading your post today was the first chance I had to pause and think about the sacrifices that have been made in the cause for freedom. Thanks to you and your fellow servicemen and women for your service to our country and mankind. Please return home safely and soon.

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Good luck and godspeed during your time in Iraq and on your journey home. As a young copilot I know I'll be deploying soon enough and I just wanted to let you know that you and the rest of the armed forces are in our thoughts. A little cheesey yeah but it's the truth. Be safe man.

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Thanks for all your support. It's really people like this that make me happy to do my job over here. I really do appreciate it.
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A thread worth reviving...

To those who have given their lives.....and to those serving now......thank you.
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I was in Afghanistan last year and was surprised at how much support we got from people at home. Letters from elementary school students, loads of care packages, tons of autographed pictures (can you say "personalized jenna jamison picture"?). My point is, all of that is very much appreciated. Keep up the support.

Stay safe Spencer.

P.S. Use this opportunity to send requests out to celebrities for autographs. You'll be surprised at how many responses you get when you mention you're in a war zone. Getting your NCOIC/LPO to do it for the group of you might not be a bad idea, either.


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For Chris, and everyone who is serving, and has served in the past in any conflict.
Both pictures included(I couldnt choose which ONE to post), the first is from the heart, and the second one, well how can you not include women in bikinis for our men overseas.
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the post. I wasn't aware how Memorial Day came about until now. Like you, I have always believed that Memorial Day is about honoring those that gave their lives for us and not just another vacation day.

I consider myself lucky that I was too young for Viet Nam and too old for Iraq (Desert Storm).

I have the utmost respect for those that volunteer. I never served, but I have a good idea of what combat is like (of course, not like actually experiencing it) and to think people willingly volunteer, to risk their lives, just for us is beyond imagination.

With that said, be smart, young man. Pay heed to your instructors (they've been there, done that) so you can accomplish your missions and come home safely to enjoy your Lotus.

...........and kill the Hell out of them.

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I know this thread was started last year, but I just read it for the first time. I feel an overwhelming sense of pride and gratitude to our soldiers overseas now and those that fought in past conflicts.

Knowing, for the first time, how memorial day came about, will make me reflect a little differently this year. It's not a day off, it a day to reflect and give thanks. Over a million American lives have ended defending our great country and the ideals we share as her citizens, and many more millions were affected by the loss of their loved ones. Brothers, fathers, husbands, sons, sisters, mothers, wives, daughters, friends, and heros. Our soldiers made our freedoms possible, they kept our country together, and they defend her from those who do not appreciate what the United States of America stands for. I salute the fallen, the injured, the enlisted, and their families who must deal with the heartache that must accompany the devastating loss of a loved one. Thank you and god bless you all.

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