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05-30-2004, 11:46 AM
Just another day off of work for many people. A time to enjoy a 3 day weekend and some extra summer. I can only hope people can reflect on sacrafice, which is what I believe the day is intended before.

When I was in California I worked with a youth military group. Every memorial day would would place flags at a local cemetary. I was also on the Honor Guard, so military funerals were part of my life. It forced me to put up a wall, and not think about the fallen.

Since I serve, I try not to think of the worst. I try to think of the best parts of my job. Since I fly, I don't see the front line danger. So I can compartmentalize death away.

However, since I've become a father, the fear and sadness of death seems closer. Now when I think of a fallen comrade in battle, I don't think of his sacrifice. I think of his family, and how it affects them.

If my son served, and was lost in a just cause, I would be proud of his dedication, but profoundly sad at his loss. On Memorial Day, I don't think just of the service and sacrafice of the service members, but of the families that stood by him, and suffered because of his absence.

So to everyone who takes some time to think of our Service members, past and present, please also give consideration to the spouses, children, parents, and family that also 'serve' their country.

I am often reminded that the hardest job in the U.S. Navy is that of the Navy wife.


Enjoy your Memorial Day! Please be safe!

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05-30-2004, 11:46 AM
Just another day off of work for many people. A time to enjoy a 3 day weekend and some extra summer. I can only hope people can reflect on sacrafice, which is what I believe the day is intended before.

When I was in California I worked with a youth military group. Every memorial day would would place flags at a local cemetary. I was also on the Honor Guard, so military funerals were part of my life. It forced me to put up a wall, and not think about the fallen.

Since I serve, I try not to think of the worst. I try to think of the best parts of my job. Since I fly, I don't see the front line danger. So I can compartmentalize death away.

However, since I've become a father, the fear and sadness of death seems closer. Now when I think of a fallen comrade in battle, I don't think of his sacrifice. I think of his family, and how it affects them.

If my son served, and was lost in a just cause, I would be proud of his dedication, but profoundly sad at his loss. On Memorial Day, I don't think just of the service and sacrafice of the service members, but of the families that stood by him, and suffered because of his absence.

So to everyone who takes some time to think of our Service members, past and present, please also give consideration to the spouses, children, parents, and family that also 'serve' their country.

I am often reminded that the hardest job in the U.S. Navy is that of the Navy wife.


Enjoy your Memorial Day! Please be safe!

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heywooood
05-30-2004, 12:15 PM
Living in San Diego - I am close to many that are here whos' mother or father serve.. As a youth hockey coach/instructor I see these kids often. And when I do - all I can think of is a prayer or wish to bring their fathers or mothers home safe. No one knows what sacrafice is that isn't close to these families. Get to know a family of someone who serves and do whatever small thing you can do to help, it will lessen their feelings of isolation.

And please - lets not turn this thread into a diatribe on the current political situation.
These are good people doing their duty (and more than their fair share)for their country.

phelan24h
05-30-2004, 02:03 PM
I am a son of a retired Navy vet and we are luck he missed out on being deployed in Desert Storm, I
still think about the other vets that gave their lives and are over their giving it all for our country I salute you alll that are giving of your selfs for our freedom. I wish I could join but my
back injury keeps me from it. MY grandfather on both sides served during WWII one navy one army I think of them and wish we can live upto the sacifices they made for us back then and go forth and keep our country we so dear together for the future generations to look and remember what they did and ask themselves ehat can they do for their country but not what the country can do for them.

Thanka
Phelan24h

flyingbullseye
05-30-2004, 02:09 PM
As we enjoy this Memorial Day with friends and family lets take some extra time to thank any vet around us. As each of these threads are written many will talk of freedom. That freedom that we so often take for granted and in many regards squander was not given to us by the demonstrator, student, activist or politician but was paid with the life of those past and present serving in our armed forces. They do not look for glory but just go about doing their job. I am not good with words and the feelings my heart wishes to express can not be put down into words fitting to pay tribute. If you can read this thread thank a teacher, if you can read any of these threads and do so in total freedom thank a vet. WE WILL NOT FORGET. For all those that have or are presently serving from the bottom of my heart, Thank You.