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  • jeffdoorgunnr
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    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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  • slick_miester
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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.

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  • Checkertail20
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    New Years Day - A day everyone sleeps off there hangover from a night of partying.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day - If you don't observe this holiday your racist.

    Memorial Day - Kicks off the summer season with a lot of drinking while kids run around unsupervised.

    July 4 - A day we prove how patriotic we are by going out at night to watch pretty colors and hear loud noises in the sky.

    Labor Day - A day that honors the workers even though most of those workers still have to work.

    Columbus Day - Not sure why Christopher Columbus gets a holiday.

    Halloween - Children going around with masks telling people to give them candy or else they will do something bad to them.

    Veterans Day - The day we prove how much we appreciate our veterans by sitting down in front of the television and watching hours of war movies.

    Thanksgiving Day - Has become more about football than giving thanks. Lets' not forget about Black Friday when people so just how low the human race has sunk.

    Christmas - Frank Costanza was right about Christmas being to commercial. Think it's time we bring out the aluminum pole and celebrate Festivus.

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  • The Exorcist
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    The adorable Daliah Lavi, who passed away earlier this month.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYDeLyQv5TM

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  • Gixxer86g
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    Originally posted by BigDog View Post
    Dang John you REALLY have been gone a long time. Labor Day now kicks off the Xmas season. Thanksgiving is just a really long sales weekend.
    Well, he thinks kids still deliver newspapers.......

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  • BigDog
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    Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
    IMO we have lost the meaning of most ALL of our holidays. Thanksgiving is the day Xmas season starts and shop til ya drop.
    Dang John you REALLY have been gone a long time. Labor Day now kicks off the Xmas season. Thanksgiving is just a really long sales weekend.

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  • Tuebor
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    And to many Americans it has not. With 325 million and counting it is hardly surprising to find so many that do care.

    Tuebor

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  • TacCovert4
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    I thought Memorial Day was a weekend to drink beer, drive, and beat your wife.....while veterans responded to put up with your crap and hear you tell them "I pay your salary".

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  • wolfhnd
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    Only those that have truly known adversity can appreciate those who dedicated themselves to fighting to preserve our civilization.

    70 years of relative peace is meet with little more than glib references to American economic imperialism. Liberal education is wasted on most people.

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  • Pirateship1982
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    A salute to all vets and recognition for submariners. Every sub I've toured I try to imagine what it must have bee like being in such a small space with a crowd of other guys while underwater and dodging depth charges. Honor to those who didn't surface.

    And thanks to my Dad who worked on his sub "playing hide and seek with Russians" as he described it to three year old me.

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  • Admiral
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    Xtreme right, my Father on shore leave from LST 987 in 1946, Shanghai, China.

    When I found this image of my Father... it was as if my Son had somehow posed for a period photograph...

    If you didn't know better, you'd swear that it almost certainly had to be such a photo.

    Almost unimaginably, me Fathers vessel yet exists as a converted Hopper Dredge called Columbia

    Thank You, Father...

    And To All That Served!

    God Bless!

    Wes
    Last edited by Admiral; 28 May 17, 21:48.

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  • Half Pint John
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    IMO we have lost the meaning of most ALL of our holidays. Thanksgiving is the day Xmas season starts and shop til ya drop.

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  • Mountain Man
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    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.



    Sleep well, Father.

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  • wolfhnd
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    70 years of Pax Americana has made many supposed allies forgetful as well.

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  • Moulin
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    that's how humans are
    they usually don't ''care'' or know if they haven't had a relative die in war
    ...Memorial Day was never a big deal for us growing up--even though my dad was at the Chosin...and a lot of my uncles fought in WW2 and Korea--none died
    ...and the families of lost ones probably re-'member' them everyday of the year

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