Memorial Day is Today but kinda tomorrow...

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  1. Capman2k

    Capman2k 3/4 ton status

    Jun 22, 2001
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    And I have to work /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif... It's cold, windy, and cloudy here today, so I can't enjoy it a day early... I guess I can go to the parade in the morning or something...

    Here's some reading material I found online... If y'all have anything else, this seems like a good place to put it /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

    Freedom Isn't Free
    I watched the flag pass by one day
    It fluttered in the breeze.
    A young Marine saluted it
    And then he stood at ease.
    I looked at him in uniform
    So young, so tall, so proud.
    With hair cut square and eyes alert
    He'd stand out in any crowd.
    I thought how many men like him
    Had fallen through the years.
    How many die of foreign soil?
    How many mother's tears?
    How many pilot's planes shot down?
    How many die at sea?
    How many foxholes were soldier's graves?
    No, freedom isn't free.

    I heard the sound of taps one night,
    When everything was still.
    I listened to the bugler play
    And felt a sudden chill.
    I wondered just how many times
    The taps had meant "Amen"
    When a flag had draped a coffin
    Of a brother or a friend.
    I thought of all the children
    Of the mothers and the wives
    Of fathers, sons and husbands
    With interrupted lives.
    I thought about a graveyard
    At the bottom of a sea
    Of unmarked graves in Arlington
    No, freedom isn't free.

    He stood beside his daddy
    And watched the soldiers marching by.
    It was Memorial Day and he wondered
    Why there were tears in Daddy's eyes.

    Later they laid flowers
    Beside a monumental stone.
    He said, "Son, my daddy went to fight...
    He didn't make it home.
    He's fallen, but not forgotten
    He was a hero,
    Who stood so tall.
    And forever, we will remember,
    With honor and glory...
    He gave his all."

    They left behind their families
    And the towns which they was born.
    For the rice paddies of Vietnam,
    And sand in Desert Storm.
    There were soldiers in Korea,
    And World War One and World War Two.
    They paid the price, some gave their lives,
    As they fought for me and you.

    They're fallen, but not forgotten
    They were the heroes,
    Who stood so tall.
    And forever, we will remember,
    With honor and glory...
    They gave their all.

    Freedom is a blessing,
    But freedom has a price.
    We must remember those,
    Who paid it with their lives.

    They're fallen, but not forgotten
    They were the heroes,
    Who stood so tall.
    And forever, we will remember,
    With honor and glory...
    They gave their all.

    - Ray Boltz

    O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
    What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
    O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
    O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
    Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
    In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
    'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
    A home and a country should leave us no more?
    Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
    Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
    Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
    Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    You can be sure that the Guards of The Tomb Of The Unknowns are ever
    mindful of the price that was paid for our freedoms.

    This takes a special kind of person.

    1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb
    of the Unknowns and why?

    21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the
    highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

    2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return
    walk and why?

    21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1.

    3. Why are his gloves wet?

    His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

    4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if
    not, why not?

    He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his
    march across the path, he executes an about face, and moves the rifle
    to the outside shoulder.

    5. How often are the guards changed?

    Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365
    days a year.

    6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

    For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be
    between 5'10" and 6'2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30."

    Other requirements of the Guard:

    They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a
    barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty
    for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest
    of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb
    in any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is
    worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb.
    There are only 400 presently worn.

    The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give
    up the wreath pin.

    The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat
    and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to
    the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come
    to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform.

    Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

    Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for
    guard duty.

    The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch

    All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to
    rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they
    are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President
    Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie
    Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.

    Please check out this site. It's really interesting and points out
    some common misconceptions.

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  2. 75-K5

    75-K5 3/4 ton status

    Apr 28, 2002
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    Re: Memorial Day is Tomorrow

    Today is Memorial Day, tomorrow is Memorial Day Observed. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
  3. Capman2k

    Capman2k 3/4 ton status

    Jun 22, 2001
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    Re: Memorial Day is Tomorrow

    Even better then /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

    Aug 14, 2001
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    Re: Memorial Day is Tomorrow

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  5. skratch

    skratch 1/2 ton status

    Oct 28, 2003
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    Gorveport, OH
    We need a smilie that salutes!
  6. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

    Mar 30, 2002
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    I'll be BBQing monday. Have the steaks, cleaned the grill out, I'm ready !!! /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
  7. NE79

    NE79 1/2 ton status

    Mar 10, 2000
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    Nebraska City, NE
    Saw something this morning on D. James Kennedy.

    A man's son had died in Afghanistan, and he was sent home for burial. The funeral procession was over 6 miles long. The man thought to himself, "Wow. It's as if someone important had died." Then, moments later he realized, "Someone important did die, he just wasn't famous."

    That got me pretty good at 8:00 this morning.

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