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wishbone
2012-05-27, 19:16
last week as we went to church ,a native georgian was killed in afganistan-can 't rember his name but he had a wife and kids=as we pause and reflect on the blessings and freedom our warriors have kept for us,let us pray for this country to return to the days of sacrifice and commitment

Tin Man
2012-05-28, 11:45
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sheepdog
2012-05-28, 11:51
Many thanks to all who served.

chumpchange
2012-05-28, 12:03
and paid the ultimate.

Cuffs
2012-05-28, 12:11
You know I love and respect all who have served, but please know that today is Memorial Day, to remember those who died for our freedoms. Veterans Day is in November, and I'll give my thanks again then.

www.usmemorialday.org

Russell
2012-05-28, 13:02
So you disapprove of this on Memorial Day:


http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21802559&topic_id=8877600

Cuffs
2012-05-28, 13:08
I'm not disapproving of any military recognition. But I think many people do not understand the reason for the days significance. The same confusion is apparent at fourth of July, veterans day, labor day... There's a specific reason for each of the days, and people have forgotten the significance of each and run them all together.

Russell
2012-05-28, 13:25
Cuffs, the fact is that most Americans think Memorial Day is the start of picnic season.

Cuffs
2012-05-28, 13:30
aint that the truth! And the unofficial start of summer, and national bbq day... truly sad...

sheepdog
2012-05-28, 13:43
I wonder if Cuffs ever worked in Corrections? :angel::aetsch:

Tin Man
2012-05-28, 14:01
I am going to say a prayer today for all the fallen ... over my beer and grilling steak...

Cuffs
2012-05-28, 14:03
I wonder if Cuffs ever worked in Corrections? :angel::aetsch:

Yes and no. While I trained for LE, I did have to do a stint in the jail as part of crossover training. I'll take the road job any day over the jail!!

Superman
2012-05-28, 14:16
I am going to say a prayer today for all the fallen ... over my beer and grilling steak...

You are a fine representation of the average American....Mr Connecticut man.:eviltongu

Tin Man
2012-05-28, 14:23
You are a fine representation of the average American....Mr Connecticut man.:eviltongu

As opposed to what? Sit around and mope? Is that what the fallen fought for?

Superman
2012-05-28, 14:30
As opposed to what? Sit around and mope? Is that what the fallen fought for?

Relax...as it was said in "Saving Private Ryan" all that was asked of Private Ryan was to live the best life he could. We should all do that for those who gave it all.

Tin Man
2012-05-28, 14:50
I'm relaxed....

...and I am remembering stories of family who fought and some died on both sides of the civil war, www II, and my own father who volunteered to fly supply missions into da nang as a weekend warrior and thankfully lived to tell about it.

Superman
2012-05-28, 14:59
I'm relaxed....

...and I am remembering stories of family who fought and some died on both sides of the civil war, www II, and my own father who volunteered to fly supply missions into da nang as a weekend warrior and thankfully lived to tell about it.

Well....you know how you CT people get.

Kanga
2012-05-28, 15:45
I wonder if Cuffs ever worked in Corrections? :angel::aetsch:

no, cuffs isn't one of you sick fucks. she's just a true patriot. there is a reason for the season and all that shit.

Kanga
2012-05-28, 15:47
Well....you know how you CT people get.

it comes from living in an uncertain state..

JDBaughman
2012-05-28, 16:12
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RIP LCPL WILLIAM CHAMBERS KIA
2007 OIF
4066

RIP LCPL SETH SHARP KIA 2009 OEF
4067

Two of my personal friends who I knew prior to joining the military, who I had the pleasure of shedding my blood, sweat, and tears along side while in the military, and not a day goes by that you are not remembered.

SEMPER FI BROTHERS!

sheepdog
2012-05-28, 16:23
Sorry for your loss and eternal thanks to those that gave all.

SGT Rock
2012-05-28, 17:31
Lift one of whatever your pick is to the fallen.

Something I thought of while on the trail this week some a fallen comrade of mine, Maj Brian Mescall, said. The best way to piss off the enemies of America is to keep drinking alcohol and eating pork while doing the things we Americans always do like going to baseball games and watching football instead of acting like we give a fuck about their fatwas and such. As Superman said, all we can do is live life to the fullest and do the best we can to deserve what we have.

JDBaughman
2012-05-28, 17:43
I like that

chumpchange
2012-05-28, 21:57
i had the honor of meeting Seth.

was there when they brought him home to Adairsville.

hats off to the Patriot Guard riders.

JDBaughman
2012-05-29, 00:22
The funnest times I had, in my early days in the corps, was with Seth.

sheepdog
2012-05-29, 10:04
no, cuffs isn't one of you sick fucks. she's just a true patriot. there is a reason for the season and all that shit.

I think walking into a prison or jail everyday for 32 years to keep the public safe makes me a true patriot.


........as well as a sick fuck.........but you're just calling the kettle black. :aetsch:

SGT Rock
2012-05-29, 12:18
I just saw this today:

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/120529024952-facebook-beer-memorial-story-top.jpg


A bar patron's toast to a fallen sailor has become a phenomenon on Facebook.

On March 28, Hannah Hobbs, a waitress at a Bennigan's restaurant near Borger in the Texas Panhandle, posted a photo of a glass of beer, with a handwritten note from the customer that read:

In memory of Lt. j.g. Francis Toner, USN.
Killed in action 27 March 2009,
Baikh Province, Afghanistan
"Non Sibi Sed Patriae"
NOT FORGOTTEN!

In her photo caption Hobbs explained:

"This guy came in today and asked if it was ok if he left this on the bar.. I cried I left it there until like 1130 tonight.... I didn't want to pour it out but I had to. So I'm posting this pic so it can stay forever!! So can I get some likes people??"

Yes, yes she could get some likes. As of 10 p.m. ET Monday, Memorial Day, 1,239,045 people had clicked the "Like" button, and the numbers were continuing to skyrocket as the image was shared more than 117,000 times.

Toner, from Narragansett, Rhode Island, was one of two sailors killed when an Afghan National Army soldier opened fire on four officers who were jogging along the perimeter of Camp Shaheen in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, on March 27, 2009. After the shooting began, Toner, who was unarmed, verbally challenged the attacker and continued to advance until he was fatally wounded. His actions distracted the attacker from shooting other wounded officers and allowed another officer to seek help. For his actions, Toner was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest military decoration for valor. He was 26.

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/120529024758-lt-j-g-frank-toner-iv-t1-main.jpg
Lt. j.g. Francis Toner IV was awarded a posthumous Silver Star for his courage in Afghanistan.

Toner is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, whose website carries a news obituary written by Paul Davis of the Providence (Rhode Island) Journal. He was born in Panorama City, California, was an athlete and homecoming king at Westlake High School in suburban Los Angeles and trained at the Merchant Marine Academy on Long Island, New York, according to the article and Navy information on the website.

When he was killed, Toner was a week away from a leave of absence to visit his wife, Brooke, in Idaho, the article said. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, personally handed the Silver Star to Brooke Toner during a ceremony in September 2011.

"He was basically walking straight into the enemy's fire," Mullen said. "We shouldn't - and we won't - ever, ever forget that service, that sacrifice. Because that is what makes us strong, as a military and as a nation."

Toner faced death "tragically and heroically," Mullen said.

Hobbs, the Bennigan's waitress, said she has been surprised by the Facebook community's strong reaction.

"I never meant it to be more than a personal gesture," she said in a Bennigan's news release. "I felt taking a photo and sharing it on Facebook would keep the memorial alive. Several family and friends have served in the military, and I feel we don't do enough as a country to show our appreciation to those that put their lives on the line to keep us safe."

Taking a cue from Hobbs, the restaurant chain has created the "Bennigan's Wall of Heroes." Patrons may purchase a beer and leave a note for any member in the U.S. military, past or present.

Pictures of the beer and note should be posted on the company's Facebook timeline. Bennigan's has pledged to donate $1 for every photo, through Memorial Day, to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.

It reminds me of the place we always set at a military formal dinner for fallen comrades. In the future I plan to set one up every memorial day for my friends.

JDBaughman
2012-06-10, 00:47
I just saw this today:

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/120529024952-facebook-beer-memorial-story-top.jpg



It reminds me of the place we always set at a military formal dinner for fallen comrades. In the future I plan to set one up every memorial day for my friends.

When we would have mess night, we'd save open seats at the front for our brothers.