Happy Memorial Day From TTAG by Dan Zimmerman | May 26, 2014 | 57 comments facebook twitter linkedin email comments Jeff the Griz says: May 26, 2014 at 07:07 Thanks to all those that served and died, and a big thank you for those that served and lived. I am sorry for the loss of your brother’s and sister’s in the forces you served. Reply CajunPatriot says: May 26, 2014 at 07:12 To all who have members of their family having made the ultimate sacrifice, the prayers and thoughts pf my family and I are with you all….Happy Memorial Day! To those who are part of a legacy of many generations of service with each generation losing one or more to the effort, we understand and greatly honor you…May we never forget and may it not just be this day only, but each and every day! A special shout out to SouthernPatriot, a great man and friend, who turned me on to this site and blog. It is great to see the unadulterated truth presented and those that post with truth and humor. Reply Anon says: May 26, 2014 at 07:12 Thanks for giving me the day off work. Reply cmeat says: May 26, 2014 at 07:49 thanks for the WHOL5. i promise to spill a little of whatever this and that i get into after 14:00hrs. and to cry some when the anthem gets rocked at the start of the hockey game. standing, hat off, right hand there. if you remember them then they’re not completely gone… Reply Paul T. McCain says: May 26, 2014 at 08:51 Seriously, Anon? On this day when we remember the men and women who have died serving our nation in the military this is what you post? Pathetic. Disgusting. Shameful. Reply tfunk says: May 26, 2014 at 09:55 I’ve lost friends and family. I spent a year in Iraq. Yet I found this amusing. Lighten up. Don’t get upset about something that has no effect on you. Reply Paul T. McCain says: May 26, 2014 at 11:25 No, I’m not going to “lighten up” when a guy posts crap like that, disrespecting all who died in service to our nation. I have too many family members who fought, were grievously wounded, and mourned their fallen comrades, to make light of this day. I have good friends whose lives have been devoted to service in uniform to our nation, who are haunted by the deaths of their friends in combat. This is not the post, time, or place to make stupid jokes. If you did in fact serve, then you should know better. cmeat says: May 26, 2014 at 12:21 any thanks that is genuine is acceptable but not necessary. i took it in the spirit of “like your weekends off? thank the unions.” just add that to the list of things i am grateful for. it did sound crappy out of context, though. Jus Bill says: May 26, 2014 at 15:07 Sounded pretty shallow and crappy in context too, IMO. tfunk says: May 26, 2014 at 18:01 @ Mr McCain I did in fact serve. And don’t tell me what I should know. You should know better than that. What I was saying is why let somebody you don’t even know, you’ll never talk to, and did something of no consequence, get your panties in a bunch? Anon says: May 26, 2014 at 13:46 @Paul T McCain Did you serve? It’s always the mall ninja, military wannabe who acts the way you’re acting. As I told you on the other thread in which you brought this up: you solemnly stuffing your face with a bunch of hot dogs doesn’t make you “patriotic”. Reply Jus Bill says: May 26, 2014 at 15:08 And did you serve? Did any of your friends make the ultimate sacrifice? Today used to be called “Armistice Day.” Not “Labor Day.” Reply tfunk says: May 26, 2014 at 18:03 Did the change to Labor Day for today happen recently? I must’ve missed it… 😉 Barstow Cowboy says: May 26, 2014 at 17:38 As a decorated peace time veteran who has died multiple (simulated) deaths in (simulated) combat both at home and abroad, I accept your (simulated) gratitude; it was nothing. Reply Izat says: May 26, 2014 at 07:16 Just so you know, saying “Happy” Memorial Day is just like saying “Happy” Funeral. Memorial Day is for the Brothers and Sisters that didn’t make it home, Veterans Day is for the living. Reply Narcoossee says: May 26, 2014 at 08:34 Thank you. That’s one of my pet peeves. This is supposed to be a solemn day. Also, many folks confuse the purpose of Memorial Day – this isn’t “Veteran’s Day” – there’s a separate day for that. Reply Tommy Knocker says: May 26, 2014 at 07:17 I’ve never really understood tagging “Happy” to this particular day. I’m not criticizing but it was a solemn day when I was a kid. Multiple family members who died in the Big War were tearfully remembered. I don’t mean to be part of the whole “offended” crowd, but just wish there was a non-descript secular start of summer day to have parties and BBQ on. Reply Jus Bill says: May 26, 2014 at 15:10 Groundhog Day? Or more traditionally, Summer Solstice. Reply Cameron says: May 26, 2014 at 07:18 Thanks Halliburton for giving us war and making today more significant than it would be, had we not been fighting pointless wars. Reply Anon says: May 26, 2014 at 15:49 Happy Military Industrial Complex Day, comrade. Reply Matt in FL says: May 26, 2014 at 16:47 @El Mac & Anon: Both of you, knock it off. Reply El Mac says: May 26, 2014 at 16:51 @Matt in FL, out of respect for you, I will. Larry says: May 26, 2014 at 07:19 I agree with Izat and Tommy. Reply OakRiver says: May 26, 2014 at 07:26 Thank you to all those who served. Reply Curtis in IL says: May 26, 2014 at 07:36 I am happy that, because of the thousands who sacrificed, and especially the thousands made the ultimate sacrifice, our constitutional republic has been preserved and we can live today as free people. We can solemnly and respectfully remember those who died, and still be happy that their sacrifices were not in vain. To the extent that our government has been allowed to infringe on the God-given rights that so many have fought and died to preserve, our happiness is subdued. Reply bob says: May 26, 2014 at 07:50 /\ this Reply 0351 says: May 26, 2014 at 08:14 Well… I’m not particularly happy today, but I know that everyone means well. I suppose it could be thought of as a call to remember the happier memories rather than the negative. I still find it difficult though. Reply Paul T. McCain says: May 26, 2014 at 08:18 A prayer for Memorial Day: Remembering those who have given all for our country and laid the ultimate sacrifice on the altar of freedom; for those who have borne the burdens of deployment; for those who have faithfully served God and country; for those who now wear the cloth of our country and serve with honor, courage and commitment, that we might give thanks for their faithful service this Memorial Day, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. Reply ziplock says: May 28, 2014 at 13:18 Or, you could honor the constitution for which they fought, including the total separation of church and state. I thank the soldiers for keeping us free and honor their memories. I don’t pay tribute to the imaginary, credit-stealing war monger in the sky. Reply El Mac says: May 28, 2014 at 16:07 @ziplock, wow….brilliant. Stunning. So meaningful…. Reply FortWorthColtGuy says: May 26, 2014 at 08:50 May God bless all those who have sacrificed for our freedom and may he also bless our ongoing endeavor to preserve those same freedoms for generations. The day we stop fighting and hand over our freedoms to a government or politician for the promise of security all that has been sacrificed will have been in vein. Reply Barstow Cowboy says: May 26, 2014 at 18:44 vain. Reply SteveInCO says: May 26, 2014 at 09:41 May they never be forgotten May the price they paid never be forgotten And may those who remain not forget what it was they paid that price for. They are now beyond the reach of any possible betrayal other than the one that would happen if we were to forget what it was they were defending. Reply Great Scot says: May 26, 2014 at 10:20 When I saw the title of this post I was going to ask what Memorial Day is but from the comments I can tell so I say: Thank you to all who died fighting for Freedom. Thank you to all who died fighting for Liberty. Thank you to all who died fighting for the American Dream and the preservation of our Rights Mourn the Dead. Fight for the Living. Amen Reply SteveInCO says: May 26, 2014 at 10:37 Whence do you hail? Reply Great Scot says: May 26, 2014 at 11:18 I hail from Scotland, thank you. Reply El Mac says: May 26, 2014 at 12:12 @Great Scot, thank you for that fellow Scot. Reply Great Scot says: May 26, 2014 at 14:57 I thought I was the only Scot on this website…Glad to see I’m not alone! Reply Tom in Oregon says: May 26, 2014 at 10:42 I was proud to be on the honor guard. For our memorial service, we read a list of names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We also read this. 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. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Reply Great Scot says: May 26, 2014 at 11:20 This is the poem that we recite on Armistice Day every year in Scotland, I was going to put this on but I forgot. Lovely poem, very reflective. Reply S_J says: May 26, 2014 at 10:46 Words are unnecessary and inadequate. Reply Christian says: May 26, 2014 at 11:01 Reply Matt in FL says: May 26, 2014 at 11:16 Mike McDaniel, who has written for us a few times of late, posted this over on his home blog, Stately McDaniel Manor, today. For those who chose to go when most wouldn’t. For those who knew it could cost them everything. For those who believed America to be the shining city on the hill, the last, best hope of Mankind. For those for whom duty, honor and country meant more than life itself. For those who gave the last, full measure of devotion and those who gave all their tomorrows that we might have today, for them we pray this day, gracious and merciful Father. Give them the peace that passeth all understanding, and may there always be Americans like them. Click through to see the most evocative Memorial Day image I’ve ever seen, and probably will ever see. Reply Tom in Oregon says: May 26, 2014 at 12:31 Damn you Matt. Now I gotta go find some kleenex Reply Jus Bill says: May 26, 2014 at 15:19 That evokes memories of the times I was privileged to command an Honor Guard team in Central Illinois in the early 70s. We saw similar to that many times. Taps hasn’t sounded the same since. Reply Accur81 says: May 26, 2014 at 11:38 The CEO of Ares Armor wrote and interesting letter regarding Memorial Day. In essence he spoke of the sacrifices made, and that those in the employ of the federal government have some soul-searching to do regarding unconstitutional orders and laws. I believe we honor that sacrifice by continuing in our fight for Liberty. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=8dd5fc4b-a279-40e0-850a-f1d8e14dbf5b&c=ec752a80-b738-11e3-994f-782bcb740129&ch=ed3a9d60-b738-11e3-99be-782bcb740129 That’s definitely worth pondering. Anyways, I’m back to work. Semper Fi, -A81. Reply Paul T. McCain says: May 26, 2014 at 12:41 Powerful letter! Reply Ing says: May 26, 2014 at 12:59 I suppose it’s not really a happy day…but that we are here and have such things to remember is a good thing. My grandpa served in WWII. My dad was drafted into Vietnam as a medic. It was the last thing he wanted to do and he hated every last second of it, but he did his damn job and saved lives. Both of them came home and started families (otherwise I wouldn’t be here). I didn’t grow up on war stories. They’re quiet, kind men who did their best to forget about what they’d had to do — but it was always with them. Still is. Grandpa passed away years ago, but Dad is out there in Southern Utah, still swinging a hammer and keeping his thoughts to himself. So here’s to all those who answered when their country called. Reply David_TheMan says: May 26, 2014 at 13:00 Enjoy yourself folks http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/thomas-dilorenzo/celebrating-militaristic-fascism/ “One of the tenets of militaristic fascism in America is the oft-repeated slogan that “you don’t have to agree with the wars to honor those who fight them for us.” Something to this effect is repeated thousands of times during Memorial Day bloviations all across the fruited plain. And it is all complete nonsense. “Honoring” paid killers for the state for participating in non-defensive, unjust wars only serves to make it more likely that there will be even more unjust wars in the future. And it rewards individuals for engaging in some of the most sinful and reprehensible behavior known to mankind.” The truth hurts but I can no longer act like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and all the other self serving holidays that glorify the state and its thuggery is okay. Reply Anon says: May 26, 2014 at 13:48 The same mindset that says we are to worship the occupying, militaristic cops and thank them for subjugating us with weapons paid for with our own tax money. Reply Curtis in IL says: May 26, 2014 at 14:07 Rubbish. It is we, the people, who elect the politicians who decide what wars are just or unjust, worthy or unworthy of the ultimate sacrifice. If those politicians make poor decisions, the blame is on us for putting them in that role. We get the government we deserve. And for those who answer their nation’s call to leave their families, risk their lives, fight, and maybe come home in a box, I will honor and thank them, regardless of the political justification or lack thereof. Reply David_TheMan says: May 26, 2014 at 14:47 No, nice way to shift the blame but I have nothing to do with these wars. I don’t deserve any of this shit and I have my support to those who are out there on the front lines fighting against US imperialism. To those that go out and kill for the US empire, they don’t deserve any honor or glory for it more than a thug on the street does for fighting and dying for his gang. Reply Doug says: May 26, 2014 at 19:14 Well said. In a world where saints are few and depraved thugs and barbarians have their own countries, and spend their time invading their weaker neighbors, and where we elect corrupt bozos like Lyndon Johnson, don’t get nasty with the guys who obeyed the call. There’s no problem with trying to stop wannabe evil world empires. Failure to step forth is to follow in Neville Chamberlain’s steps. Intervening is intrinsically messy. The only fault I see in the recent wars is the foolish idea of “nation building”. Trying to make nice little pluralistic Republicans out of people who only understand strong man rulers and ‘keeping your foot on the dissidents’ necks’ is expensive, naive and futile. It is just not in their worldview. Reply Anon says: May 26, 2014 at 15:17 “No matter how absurd the state’s lies are, they have always been an easy and expeditious way to dupe Boobus Americanus into supporting its wars.” That line is as relevant as ever today and sadly, always will be. Good article, David_TheMan; thanks for sharing the link. I’ll be sure to pass this along to a few others to read, also. Reply Ralph says: May 26, 2014 at 15:07 This should be a somber day, not a day for backyard barbecues. A lot of good Americans died in wars. Some of those wars were justified, some were not, but the dead don’t know and they don’t care. They fought because their country, or their government, told them to do so, and they responded. This should be a day to commemorate those people who gave their lives, or their health or their years, to that service. It should also be a time to commit to no more Vietnams, no more Koreas, no more Bosnias, Kosovos, Panamas — the list is too extensive because this country has been at war more or less perpetually since before its own independence. Enough. Finally. Enough. Reply Anon says: May 26, 2014 at 15:32 United States Marine Corps Major General and two time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D. Butler – War is a Racket Reply Barstow Cowboy says: May 26, 2014 at 18:48 It could be a day to reconsider blind allegiance. Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.