Memorial Day Tributes

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BFISA

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I wouldn't be me if I didn't kick this weekend off-

From a Special Forces Brother-

Here is part of an article I placed in several local papers for Memorial Day. Whatever way we choose to remember is fine. We, perhaps more than others know the importance of this day. Thanks to all.

Vern, thanks for reminding us of those from the list who have passed.

A Time To Honor And Remember

It's time once again to remember our men and women who have died in service to our country. We owe them more than we may care to admit.

At many military reunions, our dead are remembered with these words:

“You are not forgotten, you are here with us tonight. The table in the center

of the hall is set just for you. Had things been different, you might have been

sitting with us, laughing toasting, telling us just how close you came that time

and how lucky you were. God how we miss you. Why you??



Your tablecloth is white—symbolic of your willing response to your country’s

call to arms. The single rose at your place setting is emblematic of the families

and loved ones forever left behind. The red ribbon is what we still wear to bear

witness to the continuing of POW’s and MIA’s as we unceasingly demand a

proper accounting for those of you still missing and unaccounted for. There is a

slice of lemon at your plate, keeping us mindful of your bitter fate. There is salt

too…symbolic of the river of tears shed by families and loved ones.



Your glass is inverted because you are not with us tonight. Your chair is empty

because you are not here to sit with us tonight. You were there for us—we are

still here for you. In honoring you, each of you, all of you, we stand silently and

face YOUR table—the table where you should be sitting tonight. We stand

silently in your absence, silently except for the saying of your name. We will now

escort our special guest to the table of honor.”



A uniformed soldier advances slowly in break step towards the table, an

American flag clutched to his breast. Upon reaching the table, he ceremoniously

places the triangular folded flag on the table and departs.



“Please rise and raise your glasses…a toast to our honored guest.”


Bruce
 

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BFISA said:
I wouldn't be me if I didn't kick this weekend off-

From a Special Forces Brother-

Here is part of an article I placed in several local papers for Memorial Day. Whatever way we choose to remember is fine. We, perhaps more than others know the importance of this day. Thanks to all.

Vern, thanks for reminding us of those from the list who have passed.

A Time To Honor And Remember

It's time once again to remember our men and women who have died in service to our country. We owe them more than we may care to admit.

At many military reunions, our dead are remembered with these words:

“You are not forgotten, you are here with us tonight. The table in the center

of the hall is set just for you. Had things been different, you might have been

sitting with us, laughing toasting, telling us just how close you came that time

and how lucky you were. God how we miss you. Why you??



Your tablecloth is white—symbolic of your willing response to your country’s

call to arms. The single rose at your place setting is emblematic of the families

and loved ones forever left behind. The red ribbon is what we still wear to bear

witness to the continuing of POW’s and MIA’s as we unceasingly demand a

proper accounting for those of you still missing and unaccounted for. There is a

slice of lemon at your plate, keeping us mindful of your bitter fate. There is salt

too…symbolic of the river of tears shed by families and loved ones.



Your glass is inverted because you are not with us tonight. Your chair is empty

because you are not here to sit with us tonight. You were there for us—we are

still here for you. In honoring you, each of you, all of you, we stand silently and

face YOUR table—the table where you should be sitting tonight. We stand

silently in your absence, silently except for the saying of your name. We will now

escort our special guest to the table of honor.”



A uniformed soldier advances slowly in break step towards the table, an

American flag clutched to his breast. Upon reaching the table, he ceremoniously

places the triangular folded flag on the table and departs.



“Please rise and raise your glasses…a toast to our honored guest.”


Bruce
I did shed one tear when I read this. Very nice. :yes:
 
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BFISA

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I think the following is appropriate for tomorrow, or any day.


I've played a lot of roles in life; I've met a lot of men.

I've done a lot of things I'd like to think I wouldn't do again.



And though I'm young, I'm old enough to know someday I'll die.

And to think about what lies beyond, beside whom I would lie.



Perhaps it doesn't matter much; still if I had my choice,

I'd want a grave 'amongst Soldiers when at last death quells my voice.



I'm sick of the hypocrisy of lectures of the wise.

I'll take the man, with all the flaws, who goes, though scared, and dies.



The troops I knew were common place, they didn't want the war;

They fought because their fathers and their fathers had before.



They cursed and killed and wept...God knows they're easy to deride.

But bury me with men like these; they faced the guns and died.



It's funny when you think of it, the way we got along.

We'd come from different worlds to live in one where no one belongs.



I didn't even like them all; I'm sure they'd all agree.

Yet I would give my life for them, I know some did for me.



So bury me with soldiers, please, though much maligned they be.

Yes, bury me with soldiers, for I miss their company.
 

BFISA

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I shamelessly borrow this from a missive from one of my Special Forces Brothers-

Socrates once said, no man is truly dead, until he is no longer remembered, we remember, yes we remember.
 

rexy2006

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BFISA said:
I shamelessly borrow this from a missive from one of my Special Forces Brothers-

Socrates once said, no man is truly dead, until he is no longer remembered, we remember, yes we remember.
Thank you for these tributes, Toby, makes me stop and think and appreciate all that these men and women have done for us and continue to do.
 
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BFISA said:
I wouldn't be me if I didn't kick this weekend off-

From a Special Forces Brother-

Here is part of an article I placed in several local papers for Memorial Day. Whatever way we choose to remember is fine. We, perhaps more than others know the importance of this day. Thanks to all.

Vern, thanks for reminding us of those from the list who have passed.

A Time To Honor And Remember

It's time once again to remember our men and women who have died in service to our country. We owe them more than we may care to admit.

At many military reunions, our dead are remembered with these words:

“You are not forgotten, you are here with us tonight. The table in the center

of the hall is set just for you. Had things been different, you might have been

sitting with us, laughing toasting, telling us just how close you came that time

and how lucky you were. God how we miss you. Why you??



Your tablecloth is white—symbolic of your willing response to your country’s

call to arms. The single rose at your place setting is emblematic of the families

and loved ones forever left behind. The red ribbon is what we still wear to bear

witness to the continuing of POW’s and MIA’s as we unceasingly demand a

proper accounting for those of you still missing and unaccounted for. There is a

slice of lemon at your plate, keeping us mindful of your bitter fate. There is salt

too…symbolic of the river of tears shed by families and loved ones.



Your glass is inverted because you are not with us tonight. Your chair is empty

because you are not here to sit with us tonight. You were there for us—we are

still here for you. In honoring you, each of you, all of you, we stand silently and

face YOUR table—the table where you should be sitting tonight. We stand

silently in your absence, silently except for the saying of your name. We will now

escort our special guest to the table of honor.”



A uniformed soldier advances slowly in break step towards the table, an

American flag clutched to his breast. Upon reaching the table, he ceremoniously

places the triangular folded flag on the table and departs.



“Please rise and raise your glasses…a toast to our honored guest.”


Bruce
yuppers!!!! Let not forget the rreason for the holiday!
 
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SDRaiderH8er

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I know 2 Soldiers that are not forgotten


My Grandfather. He went up the hill with Teddy in the Spanish American War

 

BFISA

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I received this email from a Special Forces Brother living in Arizona, I think. He was pretty morose yeterday; different story today!!

Gentlemen/

I have got to share this with you all. I hope you don't mind. I was dressed in my memorial day shirt and beret with special stuff on the shirt.

I went into my favorite restaurant here in Sun City AZ. While I was eating breakfast @ 0630 AM hour. A Young man of about 26 or maybe 28. Came over to my table and wanted to shake my hand. He had never seen a green beret hat.
Locally in the town before.

He thanked me for my service and pick up my bill and said Thank you sir for your service and saluted me.

I was sort of embarrassed but it was the first time in my life any thing like this has happen to me. When I was through and getting ready to leave the restaurant I went over to him to thank him again. Also I was curious why he did what he did picking up my tab.

His name is Robert Croft. Said his Uncle who just died in April had a habit of on memorial day to find a service member at a restaurant eating and paying that service man bill. He said he is keeping his uncle memory alive and keeping the tradition going.
I was glad I had sun glasses on because I did not want him to see me tearing up.
This made my day today and I say to you all. America is still alive and we will win that Iraq war our youth dictates that by there action.

God Bless America and our youth over there.
 

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BFISA said:
Trumpie's step-father-

A Helluva Charger Fan!!

Looks like he passed recently... 7/05. :icon_sad:

My dad was born in 32... He is still with us so I won't say much more... but he did serve in the AF.
 

BFISA

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carrie1219 said:
Looks like he passed recently... 7/05. :icon_sad:

My dad was born in 32... He is still with us so I won't say much more... but he did serve in the AF.
CC passed late in July 05!!:icon_sad:
 

rexy2006

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Thank you so much for the Memorial Day rep, BF.

My Dad, who is still with us, and driving me batty:icon_mrgreen: , but in a nice way, is retired NAVY. Made the rank of LT. Commander.

We all seem to have a link to the military. :yes:

God bless them all.
 

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carrie1219 said:
Thanks H8ter. I do remember some of your stories about Michael but didn't know about your grandpa fighting in the Spanish American war.
They are both up in Fort Rosecrans, and they are within a 100 Yards of each other. And that place is huge.

My Dad is buried up on Big Bear Mountain.