Happy Memorial Day from TTAG

A few holiday weekend must-do items: barbecue something that once had a face, drink a few oat sodas, play with the kids, maybe take a dip in the pool, watch a good war movie, avoid that annoying relative as much as humanly possible . . . and remember those who gave their lives to make all of that possible.

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  1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    If there is a Memorial Day Parade or ceremony in your town, attend it. I am privileged to be able to take part in mine.

    Thank those who have served and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedoms.

  2. avatar Somebody Special says:

    As a veteran, I am reminded that any sacrifice I ever made is nothing in comparison to those who gave it all for me. I thank God for all those who have given themselves for this country. I pray that we are worthy to deserve it.

  3. avatar Ironhead says:

    Thank you all for your service. And to all of those who didnt make it back, rest on peace. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

    1. avatar O2HeN2 says:

      >>Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

      …though google’s trying hard to ignore it.

      O2

  4. avatar kap says:

    Fair winds and following seas my Friends, may we meet on the other shore!

  5. avatar Andy says:

    Instead of the order in which you intend to celebrate a holiday, which is not meant to be a celebration, how about you start off with…
    “remember those who gave their lives to make all of the folowing possible…”
    When you put the memorial first you don’t sound so much of a disrepectful dick. Lose some friends in combat and you will understand.

    1. avatar Andy says:

      Dan, I sent a reply last night to my original comment but for some reason, a small cell phone screen and fat thumbs do not a message make and it never went through. In that reply I said something along these lines:

      I was reminded by a retired Ranger CSM friend that Memorial day is just that, a Memorial. Sometimes the best we can do to memorialize our fallen is to live as they would want to live if they had not been the ones to give it all. That flicked the light on in my head and I realized I was in fact the one being the disrespectful dick by assuming you didn’t care about this day or what it means. I forgot that we have all lost someone or knows someone that has and we are all affected by these tragedies differently. I typed some other stuff that I don’t remember exactly but I do remember that I ended with an apology to you and any others I offended or hurt with my words and selfishness.

      So, please accept my heartfelt apology for my previous unwarranted outburst.

      Thank you,
      Andy

  6. avatar scooter says:

    Today is for those who never saw it coming, or did and saved their buddy… or maybe their unit. Today is for those who took a blade or a musket ball, those who choked on mustard gas in a trench, those who caught a round in a city street, a muddy field, a craggy mountain, a sweltering jungle, or baking desert. Today is for those who fell from the sky or met a watery grave. Today is for those too near the cannon ball, the grenade, the mortar round, the RPG strike, or the IED. Today is for those who can’t tell their stories, or hear our thanks.

    1. avatar Hank says:

      Amen.

  7. avatar Tom in PA says:

    In memory of my cousin

    Richard Wayne Hibbler
    SP5 US Army, 173rd Airborne
    Rosenberg, TX
    KIA January 9, 1970
    Bihn Dihn Province, South Vietnam

    1. avatar Joe3 says:

      May his memory be for a blessing.

  8. avatar cisco kid says:

    I think it is disrespectful to say “Happy Memorial Day”. Memorial day is not a happy day if you are doing what you are supposed to be doing and remembering the War Dead. When you lose someone in a senseless war which the U.S. certainly as fought consistently since the end of WWII i.e. Vietnam to the present remembering the War Dead is not a happy occasion.

    Saying “Happy Memorial Day” promotes the idea that it is a happy holiday off of work and everyone should have a good time getting all boozed up and eating themselves into a stupor. Where did the original reason of the day evaporate too.

    Even an anti-war parade would be more respectful because at least the emphasis is on the War Dead that should not be dead.

    Or a Pro-War Parade where we can glorify war so that we get more young guys with excess testosterone to sign up for the Military to keep the current multitude of wars going.

    Or perhaps the best option just a quiet get together with none of the Far Right War Mongers or Far Left Anti-war people discussing politics, just coming together in remembrance of the dead. Naaaah, that would be too sensible and civilized and it would never go over.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Yes, Memorial Day is a happy day if you are doing what you are supposed to be doing.
      I’ve spent today and the better part of the weekend traveling to visit brothers, and my father, at their graves.
      I love them and I remember them. I help their causes and I look after their families.
      And I’m happy. I’m happy to have known them, happy to have served with them, happy that I can still help them.
      Because I’m not dead. And I’m pretty happy about that too.
      Never wallow in grief. Never ask someone else to. Duty First.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Word. Even though you wasted your time responding to a troll. Still, the word was good.

    2. avatar Jeff says:

      Amen, Cisco.

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  10. avatar Dave Lewis says:

    I had an English friend who shared what they did on what we call Veterans Day. All of the vets dressed up with their ribbons and regimental tie. They marched down to the local memorial – every town had one because of the price the British paid – and laid a wreath in memory of the fallen. Then they marched to the local pub and put an empty glass on the bar to remember those who never made it home and never got the chance to have another drink with their friends.

    1. avatar Joe in San Antonio says:

      Every dfac has an open spot or table as do most vfws and foreign legion posts. The scary thing about today’s America is that so few serve.

      1. avatar cisco kid says:

        So few serve because the bulk of the American population learned from the Vietnam war i.e. war is the Rich becoming more wealthy and powerful and the Hillbillies getting their heads blown off. Can you really blame educated people for not wanting to have anything to do with the New 21st Century Nazi’s and the Military Industrial Complex?

  11. avatar YellowMyDevil says:

    Attended a small ceremony at my local Veteran’s cemetery in town. It was nice, although we didn’t get the F-18 flyover this year. They were probably elsewhere this year. Some local aviators stepped in to fill the gap though.

  12. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

    4 bedroom house in a nice part of town, actually.

    Care to explain how the last half century of wars has actually protected American citizens, or do you prefer to wallow in ignorance and mouth mindless ritualistic phrases (thank you for your service), as with all members of the militarist cult?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Aluminum Acres is a nice part of town? i guess a double wide could have 4 bedrooms.

      In the last 50+ years a strong military, whether it was always used wisely or not, has made it possible for people like you to continue your mundane pursuits without interference from aggressive foreign .gov.

      And it takes very little to spool you up since your girl hillary lost her bid. It makes since for a statist such as yourself to hate the military. You’d rather have barry or hillary at the head of a blm staffed national police to run your agenda.

      FLAME DELETED

    2. avatar Joe in San Antonio says:

      In a democracy (democratic republic) the people are responsible for war. A strong foreign policy has benefitted the American people over the last 50+ years.

    3. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

      “aggressive foreign .gov”. Like what? North Korea? North Vietnam? Iraq? Afghanistan? Haiti? Panama? Please, make an intellectually honest case for the governments in those countries actually interfering with American domestic life in any way whatsoever.

      In fact, it is fairly simple to make the case that blowback from US interference abroad actually got thousands of Americans killed. So the exact opposite of your argument is far more congruent to reality.

      “It makes since for a statist such as yourself to hate the military”

      The military is the ultimate expression of state power. How can a statist hate the military? What kind of logic is this?

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Russia and China would have loved a weakened America during that time.

        mds “logic” I can cherry pick a few cases of American soldier and cops misbehaving, therefore all cops and soldiers are guilty. Using that ” logic” because American civilians have committed such crimes as rape, murder, child molestation and even cannabilism what does that make all of us?

        As for the expression of state power the American Military, unlike many others world wide, answer to a civilian .gov and the people. They would not, I know you’ll cherry pick a few rare cases, turn on their own people. In spite of your wishes.

        Which is why you, hillary, barry and the other statists hate them. You long for barry’s blm staffed national volunteer force to replace real soldiers and cops.

        And why is it that you hate the .gov with every fiber of your being but when they absolve you of any guilt in their actions you accept that at face value?

        I got news for you. Every taxpaying adult citizen is responsible for the actions of the .gov, military and police.

        The only way to dodge that responsibility is to actively take up arms against what you see as an evil .gov or renounce your citizenship and move out. Have you done either?

        1. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

          “Russia and China would have loved a weakened America during that time.”

          Why would they? They were busy antagonizing each other, do you think either of them wanted the US to pick a side?
          Are you even aware there was a Sino-Soviet split?

          “I know you’ll cherry pick a few rare cases, turn on their own people”

          Goalposts moved. Did I mention anything about the US military turning on Americans? Not once. The overseas crimes of the American military already give plenty of cause for criticism.

          American militarists consider non-Americans to be sub-humans that can be killed for no reason whatsoever. An apt example of their psychopathy.

          As mentioned already, distributed culpability was disavowed by the US government in regards to Nazi Germany, therefore your attempts to blame the civilian population for the volunteer government killers in the military fall far short of logical substance.

          “The only way to dodge that responsibility is to actively take up arms against what you see as an evil .gov or renounce your citizenship and move out. Have you done either?”

          Do you know what civil dissent is?

        2. avatar jwm says:

          “Civil dissent”. You and hillary and barry will stamp that right out if you ever remove the protection of the military from the citizens. You need to remove the military and generate hatred for it to put your new blm brownshirts to work.

          Thanks for playing though. Fortunately we derailed your gravy train by electing Trump.

          You go back to prospering under the protection of the very thing you hate. Since you apparently lack the guts to do anything real against your so called “oppressors”.

          As an afterthought. You’re showing your statist mentality by posting here. This site is private property and you’ve been banned under a couple of names. Blane cooper. Trannysoreass.

          A statist cares nothing for private property rights.

        3. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

          Another history lesson: the Schutzstaffel, a voluntary Nazi organization, was judged by the Nuremberg tribunal to be a criminal organization, unlike the Heer, or other Nazi civil organizations, or the German people themselves.

          Interestingly, the Soviets wanted punitive punishment to be dispensed across the board against anyone associated with the Nazi Party. Sounds like you are advocating the Soviet line of collective guilt. 🙂

        4. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

          “You and hillary and barry will stamp that right out if you ever remove the protection of the military from the citizens”

          Protection from what exactly?

          “You’re showing your statist mentality by posting here.”

          Did I sue TTAG, or advocate government force against TTAG, for removing my posts? No. Is TTAG free to remove any post they wish? Yes. Seems like you don’t even know what “statist” means. 🙂

        5. avatar jwm says:

          Protection from you and hillary and barry is what. Try to keep up.

          And you were banned. Not just a comment deleted. Hell, I’ve had comments deleted but never been banned.

          Typical statist that you are you don’t respect private property rights. This site is private property.

        6. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

          If I am banned, how am I posting? 🙂

          Also you might want to brush up on your understanding of property before you expose your ignorance on the internet.

        7. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

          “Protection from you and hillary and barry is what”

          That’s funny. Try to keep up with reality: the US military took their orders from Barry for eight years.

          “Try to keep up.”

          You ever hear of Posse Comitatus? At least try to come up with a coherent argument… I know it is hard for you.

        8. avatar jwm says:

          And he was well on the way to reducing them to a shell when your girl hillary dropped the ball and let the Trump take the prize.

          Notice how you’ve not addressed your violating private property rights by being here like a true statist.

          My bad. You did address the issue. You’re posting under a different name and using a different ip. Such is the wiles of the internet statist.

        9. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

          “And he was well on the way to reducing them to a shell”

          Like when military spending hit an all-time peak in 2010?

          https://mises.org/library/no-military-has-not-withered-away-under-obama

          Sorry, reality contradicts your fevered delusions once again.

          “You did address the issue”

          Yes, I did: neither TTAG nor I are state actors, therefore there is no possible way “statism” can be in play here. Pretty basic stuff. Try acting like the adult you are supposed to be and learn the meaning of words before you use them.

        10. avatar jwm says:

          You show the attitude of a statist by invading private property at will. The only reason you may not be a statist, and for all I know you may actually work for the .gov, is that your party lost.

          You’re a classic example of that old saying “todays freedom fighter, tomorrows tyrant”. Only stepped over that whole freedom fighter bit and went straight to tyrant.

          Well, it’s late and I gotta get to work in the morning. You have fun lying and misdirecting and invading other folks property now.

        11. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

          Heh. Didn’t you fight for the tyrants against the freedom fighters in Vietnam? You obviously cannot tell one from the other.

          “for all I know you may actually work for the .gov”

          Now you are descending into paranoid delusion. I like it. 🙂

        12. avatar jwm says:

          Nice misdirection, bro. Pull the other one now. It has bells.

        13. avatar jwm says:

          Only a statist would call communist troops “freedom fighters”. As if we needed more proof.

    4. avatar Joe in San Antonio says:

      Also the profession of arms has done pretty good about not interfering in civilian governance in the USA. It’s a history that sadly the rest of the world doesn’t have, Whatever your feeling about a military industrial complex.

    5. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

      “In a democracy (democratic republic) the people are responsible for war. A strong foreign policy has benefitted the American people over the last 50+ years.”

      Firstly, the US is not a democracy. Secondly, the legislature (Congress) has long abdicated all war-making decisions to the Executive. Thirdly, “the people” and the idea of distributive culpability for the actions of government is absurd: that notion was explicitly disavowed by the US government after WW2, why would it be applicable now to the US?

      Your second sentence is meaningless. Please explain what a “strong foreign policy” is, then explain how Americans have benefited from said policy.

    6. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

      “Also the profession of arms has done pretty good about not interfering in civilian governance in the USA. It’s a history that sadly the rest of the world doesn’t have, Whatever your feeling about a military industrial complex.”

      So, just be glad the US military isn’t murdering civilians at home, only abroad? Epic defense.

    7. avatar Bill says:

      FLAME DELETED

      Hillary would have us all speaking Arabic right now out of cultural appropriation. Then we would be fighting for our freedom here in our backyards.

    8. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

      Nice one, Bill. You wrote a completely nonsensical retort when presented with the reality that Hillary was a consistent and ardent warmonger.

      This is what happens when cognitive dissonance is exposed. 🙂

  13. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

    Awww, TTAG gets triggered when the facts of American military intervention is exposed.

    As always, open question to all the militarist shills: explain how the wars of the last century protected Americans or the Constitution in any way.

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