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Bonita
05-29-2011, 11:12 AM
Happy Memorial Day to everyone and remember our servicemen and women and the vetrens who keep our country free. Bonita

tgal
05-29-2011, 12:21 PM
I am posting a couple of my favorite video remembrances for this Memorial Day. This weekend is only a holiday in the US but I know the US is not the only country with military serving so I am trying to add some for everyone. If I left you out please send me a private message and I will get one for you as well.

To all of those serving today and to those who have already served all I have to offer is my sincerest "Thank You". It isn't enough but it is all that I have.

USA


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAZ2vcoMbIs&feature=related




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxNct5GSkK4&feature=fvsr

Canada


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3S10bZCNNw&feature=related

(The Site will only allow 4 images per page. More to follow in another post)

tgal
05-29-2011, 12:21 PM
Australian


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJXLO2AGxNA

British Forces


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JttxCkme1vU

rob
05-29-2011, 03:11 PM
A good friend of mine, a guy who I grew up with, was killed in Mosul, Iraq in 2007. His name was Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan A. Lowery. He was in his 19th year of service in the U.S. Army, and on his third voluntary deployment to Iraq. His actions on the day he died, saved the lives of two of his men. Seeing his two young sons being presented a folded flag at his funeral, is an image that I will never forget.

There have been so many others. There's guys that I served with so many years ago whose names I recognized on Pentagon casualty lists. There have been local kids. And there's been friends of members of my family who are currently serving who have been killed in action. With all of them, uncommon valor was a common trait.

Let us never forget them.

Rob

Peridot20_Gem
05-29-2011, 03:48 PM
First of all thanks Mari for adding for our British soliders and secondly Rob mentioning what they've gone through saving friends.

It is a time to remember for all countries and what they're going through but such a loss of so many lifes, (especially just for the sake of money in our country the UK).

It breaks my heart when you hear of lads 18 who have died and not really saw life and the beloved ones left behind in pain wheather it be family or young wifes.

All my love goes out to them all xxxxxxxxxxx

magistramarla
05-29-2011, 09:18 PM
I'm really thinking of my son-in-law, A1C Tyler Singleton, this weekend. He deployed to Afghanistan just three weeks ago. My daughter and grandson are going to be without him for a year. Please include this little family in your thoughts.
Special Hugs to ALL of our past and present Military members and their families.
Marla

rob
05-30-2011, 08:06 AM
I'm really thinking of my son-in-law, A1C Tyler Singleton, this weekend. He deployed to Afghanistan just three weeks ago. My daughter and grandson are going to be without him for a year. Please include this little family in your thoughts.
Special Hugs to ALL of our past and present Military members and their families.
Marla

My nephew Ben, who is a Green Beret, left the country for his first deployment two weeks ago. Since he's a member of Special Forces, his destination is unknown to us. His mom got a call from him, and he has safely reached his destination, is doing well, and is plenty busy doing whatever he's doing.

I hope your son in law's deployment goes safely, and quickly Marla.

Rob

rob
05-30-2011, 08:38 AM
First of all thanks Mari for adding for our British soliders and secondly Rob mentioning what they've gone through saving friends.

Our allies in the U.K., Australian, and Canadian armed forces are some of the finest troops I've ever had the honor of meeting or serving with. They are true professionals in every sense of the word.

Rob

Peridot20_Gem
05-30-2011, 12:58 PM
I'm really thinking of my son-in-law, A1C Tyler Singleton, this weekend. He deployed to Afghanistan just three weeks ago. My daughter and grandson are going to be without him for a year. Please include this little family in your thoughts.
Special Hugs to ALL of our past and present Military members and their families.
MarlaMarla, my thoughts and love are with your son in law and wife plus your granchild, these are such testing times at the moment throughout the world for everyone.

((Hugs to you & your family marla)) xxxxx

SandyR
05-31-2011, 07:30 AM
Yesterday was my grandfather's 84th birthday and of course it was also Memorial Day too. The fact that the two occured on the same day is really so fitting. My grandfather immigrated to this country in 1940. His mother sent him to live with an uncle partly because she didn't want her son drafted into war and partly because, as a 13 year old smart a$$, grandpa was a bit of a ruffian and she didn't want him behind bars. When he got here, he fell in love with 2 things; my grandmother who lived in the apartment below his family and played the piano for him every day and this country.

Not too long after he arrived, Pearl Harbor was attacked and the US was actively involved in the war abroad. My grandfather begged his uncle to allow him, an underage, immigrated, teen-aged boy without even a high school diploma, to sign the guardianship paperwork to allow this boy to enter the US Army and fight in the war. His uncle denied him that citing his age and his sister's fears so my grandfather did was any smart, sly young guy with ambition and a goal would do. He hopped a ferry across to NJ with a friend and forged his uncle's name and came home an enlisted man in the 503rd Airborne.

Here he was 16, poor, and not even a US citizen and there he went signing up to fight for this country and the ideals it held that he so firmly believed in at such a young age. While he was enlisted, he became a US citizen before shipping out. He actually was responsible for a group of about 20 young men becoming citizens on that same day because he refused to board the train until he was granted citizenship and his commanding officers couldn't direct this soldier to follow their orders since he was, at the time, a foriegn-citizen volunteer, so they disembarked the entire train and asked all those who were citizens to take a step forward and the remaining young men were driven downtown to the courthouse and sworn into the country as newly minted US citizens.

Grandpa fought with his regiment till the end of the war, came home and married my grandmother and has since spent his life living the American dream complete with the house in the burbs, a buick in the front lawn an lots (8) of pig-tailed little girls playing with dolls and tea sets on his porch. He worked at the same job till he retired and he always instilled in his children the importance of patriotism. His sense of it was so strong that 6 of his grandchildren and 2 of his great-grandchildren have since enlisted as a direct result of the pride in country he's passed down onto us. His love of the American flag in it's purist version (flag on a pole) and his dislike of the changing of the flag into a commercial commodity (as a pattern in a shirt or on a set of bedsheets for example) is well known in our family.

Grandpa is pretty old-school when it comes to his values. Honor thy mother and father. Respect your elders. Take care of your siblings and spouses and children. Be good at whatever job it is you chose to do. Value your religion and friends and always be a good citizen. He seldom talks about his war time, although if you ask him about it, he is much more open now than he was in years past, but we know that he saw things that only those who served in war can imagine. We know he lost several friends abroad and that he was a good soldier by all accounts.

Grandpa still, at 84 and in more pain than ever before, goes to his annual Airborne reunion to see his old pals and their wives. The numbers have shrunk so low that the reunion is on the brink of extinction. He is among the last of a great generation of men and woman that really did perserve the freedoms we so often take for granted today. Yesterday, as he was blowing out the candles on his birthday cake, I could see that grandpa's time with us is limited. He won't complain unless you ask him directly how he feels and even then it is likely that he won't. I know that when he is gone I will think of him at every patriotic holiday and family celebration and also at every time I see a man or woman in uniform or see the flag blowing and snapping at attention in the breeze. I am so greatful to him for all he has done for my family but also for all he has taught us about the value of country and the importance of patriotism and for the appreciation he has passed onto us for the service of those who afford us the freedoms to enjoy the everyday simple things like watching our grandfather blow out the candles on a cake.

rob
05-31-2011, 08:29 AM
I knew your Grandpa served in the 103rd, but I didn't know his story. Thank you for sharing it with us Sandy. My family also has a long history of military service, including a young man who, like your Grandpa, lied about his age to serve. That would be my Dad.

If memory serves, the 103rd saw some serious action in '44-'45. Tell your Grandpa, I said hi, the next time you talk to him.

Rob

tgal
05-31-2011, 10:04 AM
Oh what a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing that with us. That is what memorial day is about

SandyR
05-31-2011, 01:01 PM
I knew your Grandpa served in the 103rd, but I didn't know his story. Thank you for sharing it with us Sandy. My family also has a long history of military service, including a young man who, like your Grandpa, lied about his age to serve. That would be my Dad.

If memory serves, the 103rd saw some serious action in '44-'45. Tell your Grandpa, I said hi, the next time you talk to him.

Rob

He did see some action in those years but you made me realize I wrote in the wrong unit. He was in the 503rd - The Rock, in Corrigador.

rob
06-01-2011, 02:14 PM
He did see some action in those years but you made me realize I wrote in the wrong unit. He was in the 503rd - The Rock, in Corrigador.

You know, I got to wondering about that. I remembered you telling me that your Grandpa was in an Airborne Regiment that served in the Pacific Theater. But I was also mistaken, as the 103rd I was thinking of was not Airborne, but a regular infantry regiment that served in central Europe during the final push into Germany and Austria.

The 503rd saw some serious combat fighting the Japanese. Corregidor was one of the hardest engagements of the war in the Pacific.

Rob

SandyR
06-02-2011, 06:46 AM
You know, I got to wondering about that. I remembered you telling me that your Grandpa was in an Airborne Regiment that served in the Pacific Theater. But I was also mistaken, as the 103rd I was thinking of was not Airborne, but a regular infantry regiment that served in central Europe during the final push into Germany and Austria.

The 503rd saw some serious combat fighting the Japanese. Corregidor was one of the hardest engagements of the war in the Pacific.

Rob

For some reason I always confuse the 5 and 1 in the number. SMH. I'm pretty consistant with it. At least I can say that about my confusion. It's consistant...

Yes, that's the unit. He was one of the men to jump in Corrigedor. I read somewhere that there were about 6500 Japanese soldiers on that island when they landed and only 50 when the battle was over. The 503rd lost about 170 men in that battle, some that grandpa knew. The unit won a big medal and (then) General McArthur came in person to deliver it. He told me about that ceremony and how he met McArthur briefly.

Saysusie
06-03-2011, 08:50 PM
SandyR; That was a beautiful story and thank you so much for sharing it with us and what an honor to be given the medal by McArthur. I know that it must have been wonderful to sit and listen to your grandfather speak of his honorable service to our country. You must be so proud of him, as we all are! What a blessing.

To Periodot20, Magistramarla, Mari, and all of the other members who contributed here, I honor each of you and your families!

Peace and Blessings
Namaste
Saysusie

magistramarla
06-04-2011, 10:01 PM
Sandy,
Your Grandpa is really an immigrant ancestor to be proud of!
You are so lucky to still have him in your life. Be sure to take lots of pictures of him, or perhaps get a video of him telling his stories.
Those will be treasures for your family.
Hugs,
Marla

SandyR
06-06-2011, 06:44 AM
Sandy,
Your Grandpa is really an immigrant ancestor to be proud of!
You are so lucky to still have him in your life. Be sure to take lots of pictures of him, or perhaps get a video of him telling his stories.
Those will be treasures for your family.
Hugs,
Marla

That day he and his 4 year old great-grandson (one of many) were sitting on the bench outside and John (ggs) was asking grandpa what all those purple bumpy things were on his arms (vericose veins) and why they were there and mapping out the paths of the veins and intent on comparing them to everyone else's arms. I turned to my cousin and said she'd better get this on video. We were cracking up at them but we knew it was really a treasured moment. Grandpa really hates taking his picture and sitting for a video, but we do have a lot of him on film. One of our family treasures is a tape of Grandpa's mother's brother, who we all knew and grew up with, speaking about his life and the struggles he faced emigrating from his home land. I remember when we saw it after he passed we were all teared up.