Memorial Day - this is what it's about - video

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the Troll
Jan 1, 2007
Not far from the south of Canada, 'Murica!
In Flanders Fields

By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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the Troll
Jan 1, 2007
Not far from the south of Canada, 'Murica!
In Your Honor

Unselfishly, you left your fathers and your mothers,

You left behind your sisters and your brothers.
Leaving your beloved children and wives,

You put on hold, your dreams-your lives.
On foreign soil, you found yourself planted

To fight for those whose freedom you granted.
Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost

But you carried onward, no matter the cost.

Many horrors you had endured and seen.

Many faces had haunted your dreams.
You cheered as your enemies littered the ground;

You cried as your brothers fell all around.

When it was over, you all came back home,

Some were left with memories to face all alone;
Some found themselves in the company of friends

As their crosses cast shadows across the land.

Those who survived were forever scarred

Emotionally, physically, permanently marred.
Those who did not now sleep eternally

'Neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free.

With a hand upon my heart, I feel The pride and respect; my reverence is revealed
In the tears that now stream down my upturned face

As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.
Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave

Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid.
Every day, I give my utmost admiration

To those who had fought to defend our nation.
~ Author Unknown ~

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the Troll
Jan 1, 2007
Not far from the south of Canada, 'Murica!
Our dead brothers still live for us and bid us think of life,
not death-of life to which in their youth
they lent the passion and joy of the spring.
As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again
and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers
and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more.
a note of daring, hope and will.
I see them now, as once I saw them on this earth.
They are the same bright figures that come also before your eyes and when I speak of those who were my brothers,
the same words describe yours.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes ~


Combined Action
Verified Military
Jun 29, 2014
Decisive Terrain
7th Company, 2nd Combined Action Group. Our Brothers who didn't come home, 1970-1971. We knew each other, drank beer together, shared care packages from home. I raise my glass to all of them every year, no matter how many years pass...and to the young men and women from all our wars, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who will remain young forever.

Pfc Andrew Phillips
Pfc Daniel Wood
Sgt Ronald "Ron" Chapman
Pfc Dave Fogg
L/Cpl Frank Dawson
Sgt Ken Whitmer
Pfc Bob Hardwick
L/Cpl Doug Carrol
L/Cpl Larry Hoyt
Cpl Dale Hutchins
Pfc Richard Smith
HM2 Robert Lopez
Cpl Ansel Morse
Sgt John Thornton
Sgt Mahon Kelly
Pfc Johnny Briseno
L/Cpl John Sievers
Pfc Greg Keller
Pfc Glen Fiester
L/Cpl John "JJ" Arteaga
L/Cpl Dan Gallagher
L/Cpl Ronnie Ross
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Verified Military
Apr 15, 2011
Off safe. One away.
Our Fallen

TSgt Timothy Officer, Killed in Training, 8/3/2015

MSgt Joshua Gavulic, Killed in Training, 2/21/2014

MAJ David Gray, Killed in Action, 8/8/2012

SrA Brad Smith, Killed in Action, 1/3/2010

CW2 Dennis Hay, Killed in Action, 8/29/2005

MSgt Steven Auchman, Killed in Action 11/9/2004

A1C Ray Losano, Killed in Action, 4/25/2003

SSgt Jacob Frazier, Killed in Action, 3/29/2003

MAJ Gregory Stone, Killed in Action, 3/25/2003

SSgt Jason Faley, Killed in Training, 3/12/2001

SSgt Brian Daly, Killed in Training, 9/4/1996

SSgt Andre Berkeley, Killed in Training, 7/19/1989