Today will be a short day for my posts….I will spend most of the day doing what I do on every Memorial Day…..spend the day remembering the members of my team that did not return home to their families….RJ, Jay and Little Tommy….to this day I miss them terribly.
Today is the day set aside for Americans to remember the war dead. To remember those that gave their lives in service of their country. Sadly to most it means nothing more than a day off from work…….our fallen soldiers deserve better than that…..
There will be many fancy words about the day from people that have NO idea what it is like to watch a fellow soldier die…..but they will spout a bunch of “patriotic” crap that means NOTHING. At least our war dead will get one day of what passes for respect by their countrymen……
Please take a few moments out of your day of fun, food and family to remember those brave souls that went off to do their duty and never returned.
If any of my readers are a “Gold Star” family I would like to say to them…I am sorry for your loss….may you never know such grief again.
I end this post with a tune from my past…..
….and I shall return tomorrow with more “cool” stuff. chuq
The Vietnam War gave us over 50,000 dead US troops …in all that number only one woman was killed during those dark days……
Minutes before 6am, Army nurse Martha Green woke with a jolt to a thunderous explosion half a mile away. It was the steamy morning of June 8, 1969, and she was in her bed at Chu Lai base at the height of the Vietnam War. Green’s husband returned with tragic news: A Soviet-built rocket had struck the hospital, and Sharon Lane, 25, a fellow nurse from Ohio, had been killed instantly. “The news struck me like lightning,” said Green, who’d chat with Lane while stationed on the same shift. “She was a very sweet, quiet young woman. The sadness was really palpable.” Today, Lane is immortalized in books and statues: Among the roughly 11,000 American women stationed in Vietnam, Lane was the only one killed by hostile fire during the decades-long war, per the AP. Seven other women died in accidents and illnesses.
Among the hundred or so nurses at Chu Lai, Lane stood out. She was shy, several years older than most, and had volunteered to go to Vietnam instead of being ordered there. Her biographer, Philip Bigler, calls her “a symbol” of nurses at war. This Memorial Day, her friends and colleagues’ thoughts drift back to that fateful day in June of 1969. But some would rather forget. Cannon Sample was a hospital corpsman who was in Lane’s ward when she was killed. Forty-eight years later, he still has nightmares about that morning. “He doesn’t go into details,” said his wife, Joy Sample, by phone. “It’s just bits and pieces.” Still, every year, a group of veterans gather at her grave to pay respects to Lane, vowing to keep her memory alive. “Oh yes,” says Pat Powell, leader of the veteran’s association. “Until we die.” Click for more on Lane.
WE lost so many in the war……at least we can do is remember their sacrifice….and the sorrow of the families.
This day we set aside to remember the war dead…….it is called “Memorial Day” for a reason and it has nothing to do with your day off.
This weekend, Americans will seize the opportunity to sleep in an extra day, fire up the family grill, and maybe – probably not, but maybe – wheel out to a family cemetery, lay flowers on graves, and contemplate the memories of their beloved for a few minutes.
Veterans’ organizations will parade in celebration of their own fallen comrades with star-spangled patriotic spectacle, and families out shopping last-minute for brats, steaks and cold beer may encounter American Legionnaires taking donations for red paper poppies evoking the memory of World War One and Flanders Fields:
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.
Source: This Memorial Day, Remember the Victims of Democide – Antiwar.com Original
Please take some time to remember our war dead….they deserve our acknowledgement….