Absurd Glimpses of Memorial Day 2007

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So why look at the “absurd” and “disrespectful” on this Day set aside to honor valor and sacrifice? We need to know what these people are up to.

Winston Churchill said “When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber.”

Churchill also said: “Danger – if you meet it promptly and without flinching – you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”

The parrots are screeching. It’s time to stop flinching – meet them head-on and let this jabbering minority know that it will not take away our beloved traditions in the name of civil liberty.

Here’s the absurd. A few quotes have been snatched from each below, (in context) but a link is provided to the original.

Watchdog group protests military participation in Memorial Day activities from examiner.com:

Stone Mountain Park’s Memorial Day weekend festivities are being criticized by a watchdog group for religious freedom that says the patriotic event also promotes Christianity.

…Americans United called for the military to make clear to the public that the weekend is not an official military event, to ensure that military events are not integrated into worship services or other religious activity, and to ensure that active-duty military personnel maintain compliance with constitutional requirements.

Memorial Day: Hijacked from WorldNetDaily by Robert Knight:

“…Sen. John Edwards, whose website supportthetroopsendthewar.com is urging people to crash Memorial Day ceremonies and parades with anti-war protests. He’s even asking people to take pictures of it all and post them to his website. What nifty souvenirs!

We’re still waiting for the media outrage over this hijacking of a sacred day to honor the war dead.

Can you imagine being a U.S. Marine and going out today on a mission in Fallujah, Iraq, searching for the killers in the latest civilian massacre,…”

Dishonoring the dead: No Memorial Day protests from UnionLeader.com:

Edwards urged Americans to use Memorial Day to protest the war in Iraq.

Meanwhile, anti-war protesters across the country are planning to take Edwards’ advice and turn out at Memorial Day parades tomorrow to protest the war, thus insulting the sacrifices of all who lost their lives and their innocence in the swirling desert sands of Iraq.

Edwards Calls for Protests on Memorial Day??!!?? from Wake up America:

While in the Senate, Edwards Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999), Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999), Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002) and Voted NO on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003).

ACLU condemned for ‘attacking’ veterans memorials during time of war from OneNewsNow:

“The American Legion has announced that it is teaming up with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and Liberty Legal Institute in a campaign to fight ACLU efforts to remove religious symbols from war memorials. The ACLU has already filed suit to remove crosses at veterans’ memorials, like the Mt. Soledad cross in San Diego and the Sunrise Rock cross in the Mojave Desert, which is now covered by a box.

“Let us see this claim for exactly what it is,” Infranco continued. “These individuals assert that their being offended should override the public’s desire to honor veterans as we have since the founding of our nation,” he said.

Veterans go to battle for memorials from WorldNet Daily:

The American Legion and the Alliance Defense Fund will mark Memorial Day 2007 observances by launching a nationwide Defense of Veterans Memorials Project to fight secular attacks by the American Civil Liberties Union, atheists and others against veterans memorials – as exemplified by lawsuits against the Mt. Soledad National War Memorial in San Diego and the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial.

The American Legion, the largest wartime veterans organization in the world with 2.7million members in 15,000 posts, and the Alliance Defense Fund, believed to be the largest public interest legal firm defending freedom of religion with some 1,000 pro bono attorneys, are to formally announce and detail the Defense of Veterans Memorials Project

ACLU Observers Will Monitor Miami Beach Police During Holiday from NBC6.net South Florida:

The president of the Greater Miami ACLU chapter said the organization was concerned about the number of arrests made on the beach last Memorial Day weekend.

The ACLU and NAACP have criticized Miami Beach police for “overzealous” DUI arrests.

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…is this weekend. It’s quickly becoming a Memorial Day Tradition. That’s where you’ll find me and Shelby (my daughter) on Saturday (after work) and all day Sunday.

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Today is the day we set aside to honor the memory of this nation’s warriors, those who have fallen in battle and given their lives to protect our freedom and our way of life.

Memorial Day Round-Up from Blue Star Chronicles. Excerpt: A couple of groups of Southerners held Memorial Day services as early as 1866, in honor of their fallen. These are just a few of the several versions of how Memorial Day started.

Maggie’s Notebook pinged Memorial Day Thoughts…RightTruth. Excerpt: Memorial Day is a time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future. It’s a time to give thanks for those who have given their lives and health to keep this nation safe.

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