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    Got a real reminder about what Memorial Day is really all about last weekend. Last Saturday, on account of my wife's cousin, whose a crew chief for the USN's Blue Angels, we got an invite to see their show in South Jersey, and got the full VIP treatment from those young Swabbies. . Saw an old Wildcat (the FM1 GM knockoff, not the original Grumman F4F -- just so happened that that FM1 was built in NJ in 1943) a B-25, a team from NJAFNG's 177th JTAC team helicopter into and out of the show -- suspended by ropes from the bellies of their UH-60s, and of course the Angels oohig and aahing the crowd. Great show, can't recommend it enough.

    The next day, the SEALs' "Leap Frogs" put on a demonstration at Liberty State Park. One of the parachutists suffered some kind of malfunction. A whole crowd watched as he plunged to his death. Even when the bullets aren't flying, theirs is still a very risky profession.

    Memorial Day isn't about us old farts. It's about the young guys -- and girls -- still facing those dangers, and those who didn't get the chance to become old farts.
    I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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    • #17
      Originally posted by slick_miester View Post
      Got a real reminder about what Memorial Day is really all about last weekend. Last Saturday, on account of my wife's cousin, whose a crew chief for the USN's Blue Angels, we got an invite to see their show in South Jersey, and got the full VIP treatment from those young Swabbies. . Saw an old Wildcat (the FM1 GM knockoff, not the original Grumman F4F -- just so happened that that FM1 was built in NJ in 1943) a B-25, a team from NJAFNG's 177th JTAC team helicopter into and out of the show -- suspended by ropes from the bellies of their UH-60s, and of course the Angels oohig and aahing the crowd. Great show, can't recommend it enough.

      The next day, the SEALs' "Leap Frogs" put on a demonstration at Liberty State Park. One of the parachutists suffered some kind of malfunction. A whole crowd watched as he plunged to his death. Even when the bullets aren't flying, theirs is still a very risky profession.

      Memorial Day isn't about us old farts. It's about the young guys -- and girls -- still facing those dangers, and those who didn't get the chance to become old farts.
      So true. think of the millions who were not yet even 21 years old...........
      The rest of us still kickin were given a gift............

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