Memorial Day

Here in the United States, today is Memorial Day. To many it is a three-day weekend providing opportunities for trips to the beach, picnics, barbecues, camping, or an extra day off from work – all good things.

However, the real reason for today is to remember…

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24 Responses to Memorial Day

  1. Joyce says:

    You always do such a beautiful tribute to the fallen, to both your uncles and to everyone else who served bravely alongside them in too many wars. God bless them all.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the beautiful reminder, Judy.

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  3. Suzanne says:

    Sobering reminder that it is more than just a long weekend. Thank you.

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Moving tribute to your uncles and all those men and women who fought so we could be free. So many wars, so many lives lost. I hope no American thinks this is ‘just’ a long weekend.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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  5. Remembering all who served today and those whom defended our freedom, and the freedom of others around the world by giving their lives. I went to a retirement ceremony on Thursday for a man I used to work with. He served his 20 years in the Air Force. He deployed 8 or 9 times for 6 months or more into war zones, leaving behind his family. All but 3 years of his career were spent “post 9-11”, ready for war at a moments notice. Bless those serving today and pray for an end to hostilities around the world.

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  6. Laurie Graves says:

    It has also become a day to remember those nearest and dearest who have died. Today is the tenth anniversary of my mother’s death. And on Friday we lost our dear dog Liam. A sad day of remembrance for us.

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  7. A day of remembrance and a day of profound gratitude.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    As the saying goes, ‘Freedom is not free.’ It is with gratitude that we remember the fallen for the sacrifices they made.

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  9. Oddment says:

    Very sobering photos. It isn’t just about the men and women who died but it’s also about the daily deaths of the loved ones who had to go on living without them. As your family knows so well. Thanks, John and Allen.

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  10. We’ve just had ANZAC Day here, which commemorates events of more than 100 years ago. But each year, it grows bigger and more people participate in one way or another. It’s so important that young people know why we remember – may they never have to face what your uncles did. I’m proud to have been an army wife.

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    • Yes, you and your husband should be proud of his service and your family’s sacrifice. I was so glad you shared your ANZAC Day because I went and read about it. I can only imagine how beautiful a Dawn Service is as people gather to remember those who sacrificed so much.

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      • It’s a special day. At my school we have a service the day before, with children and adults speaking and the choirs singing. It’s always very moving.

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      • Oh, and I’m glad you remember the family sacrifice too. We had many times when Mr ET was on exercises or serving in East Timor on Peacekeeping duties. He missed many of our daughters’ birthdays and other family events. We never made a big deal of it, just got on with it. I don’t miss that time now but I’m proud of what he did.

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  11. Marilyn says:

    We have a National cemetery near us. We’ll probably take a ride out there this week to pay our respect.

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  12. All honor to you and those you have loved.

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  13. Almost Iowa says:

    Judy, it is hard to imagine a more elegant tribute.

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  14. Honor and Country.

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  15. Nancy says:

    A beautiful reminder my friend! And a loving tribute to your Uncles and all who gave it their ALL!

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  16. debrapugh says:

    In our area we have the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies where many of our local soldiers are buried / one of Scott’s close war buddies was there taking pictures of the graves he’s visited. Scott and Tallica went to DC with a local group and they went to the WALL …..her dad and others went to the PA Flight 93 memorial

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  17. Tina Schell says:

    Beautifully said Judy. Freedom in NOT free indeed.

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