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[Update] Memorial Day 2008

All Posts  May 26 2008
 — By CJ Grisham

Update: I wanted to add a few things to this post since it has to do with something LTG Caldwell wrote on his blog. Please check out his tribute to CPL Jeremy Allbaugh and also this video tribute to him.

I was going to write an awesome Memorial Day post when I received the following from LTG William B. Caldwell, Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center, Ft. Leavenworth. (of which, I’m not a member by the way):

Image courtesy of Theodores World.

On this Memorial Day let’s all remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and those who fight for our freedoms today around the world. Since antiquity, service to country has been recognized as one of mankind’s most noble pursuits.

Fallen warriors have been immortalized and remembered on Egyptian papyrus, in Greek classics, and in poetry and art throughout history. As Pericles so eloquently stated in his famous “Funeral Oration,” in 431 B.C., “Bestowing thus their lives on the public, they have ever one received a praise that will never decay, a sepulcher that will always be most illustrious not that in which their bones lie moldering, but that in which their fame is preserved, to be on every occasion, when honor is the employ of either word or act, eternally remembered.”

Our country is at war on two fronts. We face insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. This generation is giving so much – over 4,000 American have given their lives to preserve our freedoms. I’ve visited the wounded in Army hospitals and seen their scars – scare they will live with for the rest of their lives – scars that will remind their children and grandchildren of the price of freedom.

It is our sacred obligation to our dead and wounded…it is a sacred obligation to their children and our children to never forget what they have given. I hope you and your families can take a moment today to remember a loved one or neighbor you know who proudly served, or a fallen comrade who has forever left our ranks.

FDR said at the onset of WWII, “When we resort to force, as now we must, we are determined that this force shall be directed toward ultimate good as well as against immediate evil. We Americans are not destroyers – we are builders.”

Today, we are again fighting a global ideology that seeks to destroy our way of life. We will win this conflict, and we will reassure the world that we will protect democracy regardless of whether Al Qaeda and other extremists attempt to destroy it. My sincere thanks go out to all the men and women in uniform who preserve our freedoms and to their Families who also serve. May God bless you, and may God bless America. Enjoy your Memorial Day and have a safe weekend.

//S//
WILLIAM B. CALDWELL, IV
Lieutenant General, USA
Commanding

(14) Readers Comments

  1. Thank You CJ for posting that and Thank You Lt. General Caldwell. That is a wonderful post.

    Happy Memorial Day to all of our troops and veterans and “Thank You All” for what you do and have done to keep our country free! May God Bless you everyone!!

  2. Happy Memorial Day to all of our troops (Our Heroes)!! Thank You All for what you do to keep us free!!

    Yes, I said heroes Morton, despite what you may think.

  3. Morton,
    Ok, I understand that you are saying that the military are not heroes and that they did not fight for your freedom. Is that what you are trying to say?

  4. Thanks, CJ, for the post. God bless our troops having gotten rid of a bad guy and getting a country back to their people by showing them that America is the “builders” of the world!!
    David

  5. Although I certainly don’t agree with Morton, personally, I think Father Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC, said it Best:

    “Remember…It is the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, Whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

    Veterans Day recognizes the contributions of all Military personnel, but Memorial Day, begun on May 5th, 1866, when veterans and residents of Waterloo, New York, placed flowers on the graves at each of the town’s cemeteries to honor the local Soldiers and Sailors who had fallen during the Civil War, is a recognition of those who paid the ultimate price, so that the rest of us, to include Morton and those like him could continue to live in freedom.

    I’m sure, none of those who perished wanted to die, and those who served along side of them have long maintained that there but for the grace of God go I, but nothing could or should ever diminish their ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our freedom and country.

  6. In response to Morton and his disgusting remarks ~ might I remind you that many of our Heroes and Warriors DID NOT get their parade. Many probably would have preferred simply NOT to have a parade as opposed to the “welcome home” receptions they got; I daresay because of zeroes such as you.

    Yesterday as members of each branch of the military along with the Old Guard were placing American flags at the graves of every fallen hero buried at Arlington National Cemetary Marine Sgt David Gray was quoted as saying, “It’s a privilege to be alive and able to support those Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country,” he said. “We can’t bring them back. The only thing we can do is honor them and pay tribute to them.”

    This is OUR nation. These are OUR Heroes. OUR defenders of freedom. When a whiney a$$ like you makes a comment like you did it angers me to no end. Perhaps that was your goal. Regardless, NOTHING we do, say or build in honor of our Heroes will ever be enough to show our respect and appreciation to them and their families. NOTHING.

    Morton ~ it is YOU that I spit on for every single one of those Fallen Heroes and every single Soldier, Marine, Airman or Sailor past or present who has served or currently serves this great nation.

  7. Folks, unfortunately I can’t be on the internet 24 hours a day, unlike the BUMorton. So, I can’t moderate him all the time. He also likes to jump IPs but I’m closing in on him with each post and he won’t be a problem for too much longer. Just ignore him to the best of your ability and know that as soon I get the chance, his comments will be deleted. I have banned him from commenting, but like any good asshat, he will keep finding a way around it.

    Personally, I think he’s sexually attracted to me and I’m both disgusted and flattered that now BOTH sexes find me utterly irresistible. I’d send him an autographed copy of my 1SG photo, but those are so rare that I don’t want to cheapen their worth!

  8. CJ,
    LOL, nice. But I suggest you don’t ban him, he spawns interesting and often funny responses such as the one you just gave.

    Really CJ, just leave him be, he is funny.

  9. Morton,
    Excatly what “truth” are you talking about Morton?

    CJ is in the Army, has been to Iraq, so I ask, who are you to argue? Did you warm the frozen hearts of the Iraqis to the concept of freedom? No? WELL SHUT UP THEN.

  10. MORTON IS GONE??!! NOOOOO!!! LOL.

  11. We’ll always honor and remember them as long as we have memory.

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  13. Well, I hate that I missed Morton’s comments; but love the CJ response. SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE Soldier! (everyone is attracted to you.. men & women! LOL!!)

    Seriously, though, even with all the activities going on around me, I’m always reminded that it was a man (or woman) in uniform that allows me to participate in life.

    – Pamela

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