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  1. Gizzy
    Joined: Jan 20, 2008
    Posts: 704

    Gizzy
    Member
    from N.W,Ohio

    My country tis of thee. Sweet land of liberty. Of thee I sing! Land where thy fathers died. Land of the pilgrims pride. From every mountainside. Let freedom ring!
    In deep gratitude to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country's freedom! And thank you to all who have served!
    Honoring them on this Memorial Day!
     
  2. ditto man....thanks to all that have served....
     
  3. Memorial day is a day for those who gave their life. Respectfully we also honor those who have served and are serving.
    Short story for those who take the time to pause in remembrance.

    ''As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my

    cart of groceries towards my car, I saw an old man with the

    hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the

    door open. The old man was looking at the engine. I put my

    groceries away in my car, and continued to watch the old

    gentleman from about twenty five feet away.

    I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in

    his arm walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw

    him coming too, and took a few steps towards him.

    I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something.

    The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand

    new Cadillac Escalade. He then turned back to the old man. I

    heard him yell at the old gentleman saying: 'You shouldn't even

    be allowed to drive a car at your age.' And then with a wave of his

    hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the parking lot.

    I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief, and mop his brow

    as he went back to his car and again looked at the engine. He then

    went to his wife and spoke with her; he appeared to tell her it would

    be okay. I had seen enough, and I approached the old man. He saw

    me coming and stood straight, and as I got near him I said, 'Looks

    like you're having a problem.'

    He smiled sheepishly, and quietly nodded his head. I looked under

    the hood myself, and knew that whatever the problem was, it was

    beyond me. Looking around, I saw a gas station up the road, and

    I told the old man that I would be right back. I drove to the station

    and went inside. I saw three attendants working on cars. I approached

    one of them, and related the problem the old man had with his car.

    I offered to pay them if they could follow me back down and help him.

    The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and

    appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened

    up and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the

    problem (overheated engine), I spoke with the old gentleman.

    When I shook hands with him earlier, he had noticed my Marine

    Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been

    a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, 'What outfit

    did you serve with?'

    He said that he served with the first Marine Division at Guadalcanal ,

    Pelieliu, and Okinawa . He had hit three of the worst ones, and retired

    from the Corps after the war was over. As we talked we heard the car

    engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came

    over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by

    me. I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card.

    He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed

    had his name and address on it, and I stuck it in my pocket. We all

    shook hands all around again, and I said my goodbye's to his wife.

    I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the

    station. Once at the station, I told them that they had interrupted

    their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I

    wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me. One of

    them pulled out a card from his pocket, looking exactly like the card

    the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then that they

    were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around

    and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the

    old man had given to me. I said I would and drove off.

    For some reason I had gone about two blocks, when I pulled over and

    took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time.

    The name of the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf and

    under his name was written: 'Congressional Medal of Honor Society.'

    I sat there motionless, looking at the card and reading it over and over.

    I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled

    that on this day, four Marines had all come together because one of us

    needed help. He was an old man all right, but it felt good to have stood

    next to greatness and courage, and an honor to have been in his presence.

    Remember, as we approach another Memorial Day, OLD men like

    him gave you, and all of us, FREEDOM for America'' .

    Thanks to those who served and still serve, and to all of those who

    supported them, and who continue to support them.

    America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the

    Mall.

    If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in

    front of them! Remember, Freedom isn't Free. Thousands have paid

    the price, so that you can enjoy what you have today.
     
  4. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,598

    Mazooma1
    Member

    Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May.<sup id="cite_ref-1" class="reference">[1]</sup> Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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    just a reminder that we celebrate Veteran's Day for people like my dad who served and led a full, happy life (except for when I was a teenager)
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    Thanks, Dad, ......1922-2002
    Pacific Theater
    he served from Dec. 7, 1941 to the very last day.....
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2013

  5. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 20,552

    Deuces
    Member
    from Michigan

    Got a lump in my throat from reading this one... Remember the fallen!!!:(
     
  6. chevydave1965
    Joined: May 2, 2010
    Posts: 370

    chevydave1965
    Member
    from Iowa

    Thanks to ALL of our brave veteran men & women on hamb & everywhere who give there all everyday to protect our freedom!
    God bless each an every one of you!!!!
     
  7. chevy54man
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 1,683

    chevy54man
    Member
    from NC

    God bless all who have served and thanks to all who ultimately sacrificed for our liberties and freedom!~
     
  8. Thanks to all who served, but a special thanks to the families of those that paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
    Later,
    Dick
     
  9. doinbad
    Joined: Sep 17, 2012
    Posts: 324

    doinbad
    Member
    from celina tn

    thank you for that story. and thank you and all service men and women for your service freedom is not free !
     
  10. A big Thank You to all brave men and woman that gave their all for our freedom, God Bless.
     
  11. In Flanders Fields

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    by John McCrae, May 1915
    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.
    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.
    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.
     
  12. I am a Veteran .... alot of us on this forum are and although I am sure most of us appreciate the "also thanks to the vets" compliments, today is about rememberance of the dead.

    From my g-g-g-grandfather that died at Pea Ridge in 1862 to the neighbor kid that lost his life in Afganistan and those in between.

    In my heart and mind this day is about them ...... "in memory".
     
  13. Jimm56
    Joined: Aug 27, 2010
    Posts: 170

    Jimm56
    Member

    Many thanks to those who gave all for us.

    On a side note, it was returning vets from WWII that gave rise to our hot rod roots. We owe them a double thanks for giving us the freedom we all enjoy.
     
  14. Caddy-O
    Joined: Aug 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,645

    Caddy-O
    Member

    My dad left a small country farm in Texas in may of 1942. After. Boot camp, he headed directly to the south pacific where he was engaged in heavy combat until Japan surrended. His unit was one of the first to occupy Japan afterwards. I'm honoring his memory today.
     
  15. MISCONSTUDE
    Joined: Oct 2, 2011
    Posts: 135

    MISCONSTUDE
    Member

    May god bless all those who made that ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
     
  16. Skotz
    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,473

    Skotz
    Member

    Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to acknowledge this day....a very special day to reflect on and remember the past....and a special remembrance to Captain Lawrence Smith, 506th Fighter Group, Iwo Jima, 1945
     
  17. tjet
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
    Posts: 1,275

    tjet
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    1. Early Hemi Tech

    Thanks to all who served!!

    Cheers!!
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2013
  18. Moedog07
    Joined: Apr 11, 2011
    Posts: 197

    Moedog07
    Member

    Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Forth of July, whatever the day is called who cares, If you served the calling of our Nation I salute you! Thanks for your service.
     
  19. Gizzy
    Joined: Jan 20, 2008
    Posts: 704

    Gizzy
    Member
    from N.W,Ohio

    I just wanted to say Thank You to all who posted replies.
     

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