Memorial Day

Totally Off Topic and Totally Relevant

My uncle (my father’s oldest living brother) served in the Second World War and was given a military honor by the French government about two years ago for a feat of heroism that he never spoke of. You see, records of his deed were lost in a fire decades ago, and it took years of work by an army Colonel to recover the information.

John is still hale and hearty at the age of 88 and he still kids around with his baby brother. But nearly all of his friends are gone now, and too many of them died in Europe.

Please take the time today to remember all of them, and especially the ones who serve now, like our own Amy. Casey (and Jayne) would emphasize – “Don’t you forget them.” – with a finger poke and a glare.

Now, what are you doing reading this??? Go out and enjoy a barbecue!

– joe

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About joe

In my life I've been a professor, martial artist, rock 'n roller, rocket scientist, lover, poet and brain surgeon. I'm lying about the brain surgery.
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5 Responses to Memorial Day

  1. amyabn says:

    Joe, thanks for this article. Thanks to all of you out there for your support and encouragement. Thanks to all the veteran’s families who pay the unseen toll of supporting us while we support the mission and nation. Somebody out there drink a beer (or six) for those of us who can’t right now, and enjoy it! That’s an order! 🙂 God Bless!
    Amy

  2. Verkan_Vall says:

    Agreed. Thank you, Amy, and a heartfelt thank you to anyone reading this who is in the service of our country.

    My mother’s oldest brother (who I am named after) went ashore on Normandy beach on D-day plus 1, and fought his way across Europe with the U.S. Army to Dachau.

    He fought through the bocage in Normandy, and was in the Battle of the Bulge where his squad was caught in an ambush by the S.S. He was in the fight for Remagen Bridge, and he was point man for his unit when they found Dachau (which was found by 2 different american units at the same time), and he was stationed at Dachau during the release and treatment of its inmates and during the documentation of the camp by the Allies, until August of 1945. It was 40 years before my uncle was able to willingly speak of what he saw in that camp. By V-E Day, he was the sole survivor of 3 squads; the men in the 4th squad gave him the nickname of Jonah.

    This Memorial Day, remember that what we have now is due to the sacrifices of those who have served, and those who serve today, in our armed forces.

    God Bless them all.

  3. atcDave says:

    I’d also like to extend my thanks to Amy and all who have served. I’d add too that this is Memorial Day, so we should especially remember those who gave their all. And don’t forget, this is the 150th anniversary of the START of the American Civil War; still, BY FAR, the bloodiest war in US history (twice as many US fatalities as WWII which is in second place). All in all, its the sort of history we do not want to ever repeat itself…

  4. Faith says:

    Happy memorial day everyone! A great big puddle of love for our troops. For those that we know (Amy) and those that we don’t and probably never will coz they gave their lives for our freedom, thank you one and all.

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