Remembering the Fallen – Memorial Day 2011

Memorial Day 2011 will historically have it’s own very personal meaning to many Americans, as this year our Military brought down the instigator of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden. The sacrifices of our troops, their families and loved ones, since that terrible September day weighs heavily on each of us.

And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will ever have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice. ~ President Ronald Reagan 1982

Address about Memorial Day 2011 by Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

For many people, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, but for millions of American families it holds a much deeper meaning. It is that day we set aside solemnly to remember the brave who did not make it home, to celebrate their courage, mourn their loss, and appreciate what they did to make this country a safer place. Sadly, more than 6,000 names have been added to that roll call in the last 10 years. Please take a moment to remember them and their families. Thank you.

Memorial Day is set aside to express our deepest gratitude to those, who for the love of our country, accepted death. I know no better words to describe their sacrifices than those of former President Ronald Reagan, along with a short but powerful video after the photos.

As we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, please consider donating a care package for Troopathon 2011. From the comfort of your home, you can make life a bit more comfortable for those who are protecting your freedom. Read the details here or click the badge below.

Unknown Soldier Carried Down Steps of U.S. Capitol

Grave of Revolutionary War Soldier Obed Aaron - Hilltown, PA

Civil War Markers

World War I Memorial, Section 34 Arlington National Cemetary

Soldiers Decorate World War II Memorial Markers

Tombstone of Lawrence Tracy, Veteran of WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam

Photo credit for above David Paul Morris Photography

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who had been killed in the Korean War.

Photo credit and caption above: Neptunus Lex

The War on Terror

President Ronald Reagan at Arlington National Cemetery May 31, 1982 (partial transcript) – don’t miss the last line:

The willingness of some to give their lives so that others might live never fails to evoke in us a sense of wonder and mystery. One gets that feeling here on this hallowed ground, and I have known that same poignant feeling as I looked out across the rows of white crosses and Stars of David in Europe, in the Philippines, and the military cemeteries here in our own land. Each one marks the resting place of an American hero and, in my lifetime, the heroes of World War I, the Doughboys, the GI’s of World War II or Korea or Vietnam. They span several generations of young Americans, all different and yet all alike, like the markers above their resting places, all alike in a truly meaningful way.

Winston Churchill said of those he knew in World War II they seemed to be the only young men who could laugh and fight at the same time. A great general in that war called them our secret weapon, “just the best darn kids in the world.” Each died for a cause he considered more important than his own life. Well, they didn’t volunteer to die; they volunteered to defend values for which men have always been willing to die if need be, the values which make up what we call civilization. And how they must have wished, in all the ugliness that war brings, that no other generation of young men to follow would have to undergo that same experience.

As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.

Reagan ended the speech by reminding us to always ask the question which ends our National Anthem:

Does that flag still wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask.


Others talking about the ultimate sacrifice:

Holger Awakens – Memorial Day – Freedom’s Colors

The Lonely Conservative – Remember the Sacrifice

No Sheeples Here – This Memorial Day, Be Their Hero

Western Hero – Superman’s Dead, Happy Memorial Day

Conservative Perspective – Memorial Day 2011 – watch and hear Taps played by a young girl, as perhaps you’ve never heard it before.

American Perspective – Tears of Youth Soak Arlington

The Lonely Conservative – The Independent Film Channel Releases Video Mocking Pledge of Allegiance

Reaganite Republican – Ronald Reagan 1984 Memorial Day Speech: The Unknown Soldier Video

Michelle Malkin – Memorial Day 2011: Honoring the Fallen

Muskogee Politico – Memorial Day

Proof Positive – Troopathon IV – Remembering Those Still Serving

Hot Air – Memorial Day hero: SSgt Robert J. Miller, US Army

Monkey in the Middle – In Memory

Sentry Journal – Memorial Day Tribute

Conservative Hideout 2.0 – A Thank You for the Ultimate Sacrifice

The POH Diaries – The Last Full Measure

The Noisy Room – Memorial Day 2011

Left Coast Rebel: Show Your Gratitude: This Memorial Day Purchase a Care Package for a Service Member

Adrienne’s Corner – Memorial Day

Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then Go Ahead – Remember

Remembering Those Who Who Have Fallen (video)

  • Thomas Jefferson wrote … “Adore God. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself. ” He also said later … ”The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots.” History has proved him right. God bless the fallen heroes.

    • Carl, thanks for that wonderful and inspiring quotation. And they want us to believe Jefferson was an agnostic.

  • No other nation has given so much without conquest.

    • Trestin, such truthful words. And today in Iraq, women are voting – in fact they are manning the voting booths.

  • We must continue to educate our youth on this matter in that failing to do so will mean that the deaths of our troops from colonial days til today will be in vain.

  • Everything we have we owe to our fallen heroes.

    • Opus, just a few words that say so much.

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  • Maggie, thank you so much for such a beautiful remembrance of our Fallen. To quote a Marine who served two tours in Vietnam in the 60’s….”the only heroes are those up on that Wall…the rest of us were just doing our jobs.”

    G_d Bless America’s Troops

    G_d Bless America

    • Holger, that Wall was a long time coming. What a terrible time that was for our Military and their families.

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  • What a beautiful memorial. Thanks.

    • Euripides, thank you for coming by. I appreciate it.

  • This post was a beautiful and touching piece on Memorial Day. Thanks Maggie.

    • Thank you Stogie. I appreciate your visit. Nice to “see” you.

  • “The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.” — Aaron Kilbourn

    Great post, Maggie.

    • Bob, I haven heard that quote before, but it is very fitting.

  • LCR

    Beautiful Memorial Day post, Maggie. My hat is eternally tipped to those that sacrificed for this nation.

    • LCR, thank you and I hope we can be successful for Troopathon.

  • Those care packages come in handy. Troops on the big bases enjoy many of the comforts of home, but there are others out in forward operating bases and small outposts who often go without creature comforts or even running water.

    • Silver, these days we seem to think our troops have all that they need but the truth is, as you say, those on forward operating bases and outposts really, really need our help. Even the troop on the bigger bases can enjoy a little comfort from home.

    • Yes they do, Silver, but you gotta keep ’em safe from the nibblers at the APO. I received a package from the Girl Scouts in ’67 that had but one cookie left by the time it got to me!

  • Thank you for the wonderful post Maggie. Thank you for all you do to support our troops. And thank you for the link. Have a great Memorial Day.

    • John, I can echo that right back to you, and the link is my pleasure.

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