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Happy Memorial Day

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, May 25, 2020.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,213

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    Happy Memorial Day


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  2. 1.1 million service men & women have paid the ultimate price to ensure the freedoms we enjoy. HRP
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  3. olcurmdgeon
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 2,107


    Only old timers remember that this day used to be Decoration Day, on which you went to the cemetery and decorated graves of fallen veterans. Then it became Memorial Day on May 30th each year. Next it became a movable date to ensure a three day weekend for a lot of puposes, none having anything to do with fallen heroes. Like HRP said, a lot of great men and women gave all to ensure our freedom. God rest their souls!
    J.T. Linville MM1(SS)
  4. Bigmac48
    Joined: Apr 3, 2017
    Posts: 245

    from Dundalk Md

    What's more traditional -American tradition then honoring the brave men and women who fought for our freedom .So today I would like to honor , thank my fellow Vets for there sacrifice and service to our country . for all who gave all for our freedom ,we thank you . God bless America , Home of the free because of the willing .D.M.M. 9th div. 3rd 47th mobile riverine
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  5. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 468


    You are so right, Danny. “ Lest We Forget “. Lloyd, the same for your father.
  6. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,868

    Harms Way

    They're not just names on a tin tag. Each one had a heartbeat, a smile, a tear, a laugh, somebody they loved and loved them back, a history, a story, a sense of duty,.... And my unwavering gratitude.

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  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,367


    Each memorial day when I go to the cemetery to place flowers on my son's grave, the graves of my grandparents Uncle and cousin and my stepfather I also place flowers on the graves of one of the "older guys" from school who was a senior when I was a sophomore who lost his life in Nam when his helicopter was shot down.
    It is a tradition here in Central Washington that you place flowers on the graves of family, friends and those who were special to you on Memorial day.
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  8. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 468


    “C” Battery 1/11 Artillery 9th Infantry Division
    Dong Tam Base Camp
    Mekong Delta
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  9. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 5,026

    Staff Member

    Americans Died.
    Republicans, Democrats, Independants all died.

    This post is to honor and appreciate all those men, women who gave their lives in the military resulting in death, and their families who lost love ones.

    No politics is allowed nor necessary.

    That’s it.
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  10. Right you are my friend, and they represent a wide segment of nationality's & ethnicity's that were Americans.

    I, like many others here have lost family members who served and paid the price, memorializing these fallen Hero's is necessary, we should never forget their sacrifice. HRP
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  11. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 2,482

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    Happy Memorial Day to all of those guys that have served our country and secured my rights to cruise these streets in some sweet ass rides :D Screenshot_20200525-134143_Gallery.jpg
    Last edited: May 25, 2020
  12. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,868

    Harms Way

    Wonderful comments,... But if I can humbly ask,

    Please know the difference......

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  13. Flying Fortress by Ed Tillrock.jpg
    by Ed @ewt2 Tillrock

    NOTE: “Flying Fortress” was inspired by a conversation that Ed had with Alex Xydias. Alex was a Flight Mechanic & Turret Gunner on B-17’s in California near the end of the war.
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  14. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,078


    Never forget those who came before us and pray for those who will follow after us.

    Pat Co. D, 2nd., 8th. Cav. Vietnam 69
  15. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,085


    Veterans Day: The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
  16. Memorial Day.JPG
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  17. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 468


    You are totally correct by your statement. Memorial Day - For Those That Died
    Veterans Day - For Those That Served
    I think that on either day, we as Americans, tend to think of Those Who Died and Those That Served As One.
  18. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 4,124

    from Ioway

    Couple things I noticed over the years.

    "Happy Memorial Day", now there isn't anything really wrong with that, the intentions are of course good, but it sure sounds awkward. I haven't heard any alternatives that aren't a little wordy. I suppose at the end of the day we should be "happy", as the saying goes, not that such men died, but that such men lived.

    It also seems in recent years somebody always wants to appropriate a special day, that was specifically and exclusively set aside every year to honor Americans killed in battle, and somehow use it to honor "first responders" or truck drivers, or life coaches or whatever. etc. Those are all noble pursuits I'm sure, and deserve recognition but they have absolutely nothing to do with Memorial Day. Just quit it.
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  19. RIP, all that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Two air force jets just did a low fly over our house. Gave me and my bride goosebumps while we were sitting on the front porch. God Bless the USA.

    Sent from my iPad using H.A.M.B.
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  20. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,267


    God Bless Them All.
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  21. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 4,959

    Deuce Daddy Don

    My memorial daily. 1951--1955 MY KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL PIX 001.jpg MY KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL PIX 002.jpg
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  22. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 1,193

    41 GMC K-18

    May the wings of freedom never loose a feather. Lest we never forget, to remember, those that served our country and died.
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  23. hemihotrod66
    Joined: May 5, 2019
    Posts: 218


    And Armed Forces Day honors the ones on active duty now...
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  24. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,677



    Up here we say Lest We Forget...As Allies I extend my thoughts to those your way as well to those who have made the sacrifices and many times gave their lives for the Freedom we enjoy today extending right to the Hamb.

    You are in my and every day...

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  25. Not staff cars, but here's some other "hot rodded" WWII vehicles:

    Here's Wally Parks and his modified 1941 Ford GP V8 jeep (most probably re captured from the Japanese) nicknamed 'sigue na' meaning 'gotta go.' Wally built this "hot rod" in 1945 while on tour in the Philippines using a Ford V8-60 out of a surrendered Japanese truck. In a letter he wrote home he said, "Things are going fine and my little V-jeep is really a peach. It really goes, and I claim to have the hottest thing on the island.":

    Wally Parks Hot Rodded Jeep.jpg

    The "Iwo Jima Hot Rod":

    WWII Iwo Jima Hot Rod.jpg

    This belly tank car was built by some "hot rodders" stationed at the 15 USAAF 94 Fighter Squadron base in Foggia, Italy. Note that @rustynutz's father was the Master Sargent of the Air Maintenance Platoon that built this car from salvaged P-38 parts to run around the base:

    P-38L drop tank Hot Rod.jpg
    early 1944 photo from the USAAF archives, colorized by Rui Candeia
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  26. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,720

    rusty valley

    wally parks with a v8 jeep!! who wudda thunk! wonder which general's staff car is missing its beauty rings!
  27. cfmvw
    Joined: Aug 24, 2015
    Posts: 400


    My great uncle Conrad Bryant served in the Navy during WWII, and survived three ships being sunk. My grandfather's best friend Lloyd Rainier was in the Battle of the Bulge under Patton and lost his toes to frostbite. And a friend of our family, Roy Morris, worked on the Manhattan Project.
  28. AVater
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,300

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    You folks all said it so well so let me share that I live near a cemetery and this morning, an honor guard came by at the same time I arrived home from an errand to my son’s home. They played taps and I stopped and put my hat over my heart and tears came to my eyes with the thought of all those who gave their all so we could have our freedom. I was never in the military but many of my cousins and uncles were. Not all of them made it back home.
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  29. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 468


    Your reverence and respect speaks volumes about you, Sir.
  30. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,030

    anthony myrick

    Each one
    A life lost
    A life not fully lived
    Hopes and dreams sacrificed for ours.
    Loved ones left, no longer whole.

    A humble thank you.
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