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What is the real meaning of Memorial Day

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Posted: May 28, 2006, 11:26 am - IP Logged

Just curious as to what everybody thinks the real meaning of "Memorial Day" is. Please try to keep your response to ten(10) words if possible .

                                             

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    Posted: May 28, 2006, 11:32 am - IP Logged

    It is a day to honor our fallen soldiers, sailors, and airmen.

    Sorry...12 words.

     

      takeitez's avatar - japheth
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      Posted: May 28, 2006, 11:50 am - IP Logged

      I am surprised to see the question asked.

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        Posted: May 28, 2006, 12:00 pm - IP Logged

        I am surprised to see the question asked.

        ez

        Me too, but maybe some people do not know.  I know they will enjoy the day off from work, but I doubt very many will show up at their local cemetery to watch and listen to the special ceremony that will be put on by organizations such as the Fleet Reserve Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. 

        For too many Americans, it is a day to go to the beach and/or drink beer, etc.

         

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          Posted: May 28, 2006, 12:05 pm - IP Logged

          I am surprised to see the question asked.

          ez

          What is so surprising about asking that question? I'm curious as to what people  think the real meaning of celebrating "Memorial Day" Is.

                                                       

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            Posted: May 28, 2006, 12:32 pm - IP Logged

            SmashIt sure it means different things to different people just like all other holidays.  Some people lost family to wars and they would most likely be the ones to shed tears with mixed emotions and have moments of silence.  Me, I desensitized myself to it.  I hate dead, I hate cemetaries, I hate TAPS, etc. and even though war is necessary sometimes, I dislike it too. 

            But I do have admiration for those who have fought in our countrie's wars and can identify with what scars it leaves.  My husband was in Vietnam and most men who were in Vietnam still don't talk about it.

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              Posted: May 28, 2006, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

              To me, it's Hero Celebration Day.

              Heros keep us FREE!

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                Posted: May 28, 2006, 12:59 pm - IP Logged

                For too many Americans, it is a day to go to the beach and/or drink beer, etc.

                All too true CD. I'm normally on my way to the "Wall" in DC this time every year for "Memorial Day", but unable to make it this year...!

                                                             

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                  Posted: May 28, 2006, 1:17 pm - IP Logged

                  Honoring those who have fought so we can remain free.

                  Your hearts on the loose, you roll them sevens with nothin to lose, this ain't no place for the weary kind

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                    Posted: May 28, 2006, 1:18 pm - IP Logged

                    Remembrance for dead and disabled in US armed conflicts. (9 words)

                     

                    Absorb the good, ignore the bad, weigh the ugly.

                    It's about number behavior.

                    Egos don't count.

                     

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                      Posted: May 28, 2006, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

                      To me, it's Hero Celebration Day.

                      Heros keep us FREE!

                      Seems to me freedom isn't the issue on this one. 

                      Nor heroism.

                      • We might disagree about whether we're free. 
                      • Makes no difference whether the guys threw themselves on hand grenades or some other act of courage or got knifed by some slikkeeboy in an alleyway behind a bar in Manila. 
                      • Doesn't matter whether the war had anything to do with protecting freedoms we might or mightn't have had then, might or mightn't have now.
                      • Those folks lost their lives or their faculties while wearing uniforms.  They might have been fools, cowards, heroes, or just average people. 

                      Memorial Day's for remembering them.

                      Absorb the good, ignore the bad, weigh the ugly.

                      It's about number behavior.

                      Egos don't count.

                       

                      Dedicated to the memory of Big Loooser

                       

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                        Posted: May 28, 2006, 1:28 pm - IP Logged

                        US FlagAs a veteran, it is a way to remember and honor my comrades that did not make it back to the world. The hell with the word count!

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                          Posted: May 28, 2006, 1:32 pm - IP Logged

                          Honoring those who have preserved our freedoms.  US Flag

                          Found this on another site ............

                          Good luck to everyone!

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                            Posted: May 28, 2006, 4:39 pm - IP Logged

                            i got on the internet a while back and noticed i had a relative that was in the civil war in 1862 in shiloh,tennessee.fought for the south.didn't make it out of shiloh though.....

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                              Posted: May 28, 2006, 5:09 pm - IP Logged

                              Historically it's a day to remember the men & women who died while serving in the military.  But to many it's just the beginning of summer or the end of the school year and a 3 day weekend (not for me) to get away from work.  I guess if someone has lost a loved one, Memorial Day can be a special day to pay a visit to his or her grave, whether or not he/she was in the military. When I grew up, it was always May 30.   I'm not sure when it was changed to the last Monday in May.  Very interesting article on the main site for the Arlington National Cemetery in the visitor's section:

                               http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org/visitor_information/Confederate_Memorial.html

                              For those who don't want to read it, here is what a monument to Confederate soldiers reads. I think its sentiment expresses what Memorial Day is all about...and I'm not just referring to the Civil War. 

                              Not for fame or reward
                              Not for place or for rank
                              Not lured by ambition
                              Or goaded by necessity
                              But in simple
                              Obedience to duty
                              As they understood it
                              These men suffered all
                              Sacrificed all
                              Dared all-and died