Memorial Day...

... well, I met... talked to... drank with... and, sent off... a few Soldiers last night... most of them gunners on M1 Abrams... they were great people... I wish them all the luck in the world... however, in talking with them about their deployment, one statement caught my attention... evidently, they are going to the west coast to brush up on their Infantry skills first... foot patrolling... urban assault.. house clearing... rifle range... setting road blocks.. in other words.. Tennessee's Tankers are heading to the sandbox.. and, many will fight as Infantry.. still, even with this news, they were enthusiastic and resolute... they will make Tennessee proud....

... this morning, I attended the Memorial Day service of a Church that my Great Grandpa built.... I carried the flag like I had been requested... listened intently to the sermon... it was eloquent, and moving... the main thrust of the Preacher's speech was based on the last scene in "Saving Private Ryan"... he even played the dialog from the movie over the loud speaker... in a nutshell, people... from the mouth of a dying commander on the bridge... speaking to Private Ryan.... "Earn this... make the rest of your life WORTH us dying for it"...

... with that said... enjoy your Memorial Day, everyone... and, to all of the US Armed Forces past and present... Thank you... I hope that I am a good enough American ... and, have led a good enough life... enjoying the Freedoms that you have given me... to somehow validate the sacrifices so many of you have suffered on my behalf... Thank you...

by Eric on May 30, 2004 | Bullshit (4) | SWG Stories
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I hope that I am a good enough American ... and, have led a good enough life... enjoying the Freedoms that you have given me... to somehow validate the sacrifices so many of you have suffered on my behalf... Thank you...

I second that!!!

Bullshitted by Sam on May 30, 2004 04:29 PM

Semper Fi, Buddy. This is a day jam-packed with all sorts of emotions.

Bullshitted by Parkway Rest Stop on May 31, 2004 08:34 PM

..thank you both.. this has just been one helluva weekend....

Bullshitted by Eric on May 31, 2004 09:13 PM

I was gonna rant at ya but thought better of it. I'll make it simple. You answered the call. It don't matter weather it was your contry knocking on the door or a voice inside you demanding you take this path in your life. That, very simply, is what our forefathers, grandfathers, Uncles, Dads, cousins, and brothers did. Some were in harms way, some saw a desk, some never came home.
I guess what I am saying is Memorial Day besides honoring our fallen comrades, honors all that chose to answer the call. And did their duty to the best of their ability. I am willing to bet that is what you did. I know I didnt wear the Globe and Eagle, but I understand the words and the meaning behind them....Semper Fi Marine. Thank You for answering the call.

Bullshitted by Guy S. on June 1, 2004 01:39 AM