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Ron/Pa    Posted 05-26-2002 at 04:00:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's memorial day weekend, and for the first time in a few years I have been a little busy with the weekend and nearly forgot the Day!!!
Most years I decorate 2 cemetaries for the VFW and while doing that, I have time to reflect on the meaning of the holiday and it puts me in the right mood for the day. This year my 82 year old father, a vet of WWII decided to do it himself. And without that somber reminder I really never got the spirit of the day. Soooooo, today and tomorrow I will try to go back to some of the vets I know and check in and say thanx.
Now for the Help,,, Les did I recall you saying that you had a son in service? If so Please tell him thanx from me,, and all of you out there please do the same to those that you know.
I used to have a web site from Ann Landers, that let me send e-mails to active service vets, and I lost it when I changed ISP's. If any one has it please post it so I can get it back.
Thanx to all of you and most especially on this holiday,

realfarmer    Posted 05-27-2002 at 01:01:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just got an email from an unknown lady in Mass. who has been wearing a POW/MIA bracelet for my Green Beret buddy MIA '70, due to a remembrance I left on the Most important Memorial day of my life! AIRBORNE! - especially to John B.

Mark in Ely, NV    Posted 05-26-2002 at 19:15:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks to all Vets for what they gave and for what they continue to give!
We have five familys living on their own land around us and not one of them have raised a flag to honor our fallen men.
My family flys the red white and blue all year round so we will always remember what we stand for but when we don't even see one more flag on special days it weighs heavy on our hearts.

And I am surprized when I meet new people who have not served their country. I guess that they feel that someone else will give of their time so they will continue to live free in our great land.

USCG 1980-1986

Again, thanks to all our fallen and still serving vets!

Dennis in Ma    Posted 05-26-2002 at 16:01:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Each year a bunch of fellow vets and I go to all the cemeteries in our town and replace the flags on all the graves. I think we're up to about 3,000 now. This year there were many more VietNam markers and way more WWII markers than last year.

There is a small cemetery near my house with about 25 vets graves from the Revolution and Civil War. I take my 10 year old grandaughter there each year to 'help' me replace the flags. It's getting to be a tradition with us.

Each year I do this I think how great it is to know that someone is still remembering these men and women even after 200 years. And hope that some will be doing the same for my generation 200 years from now. It's sad that many forget what veterans have done but one thing I have learned is the Veterans do not forget veterans.

Not far into the future I'll be placing a flag on my fathers marker - he is a true hero of Utah Beach and the Normandy breakout with 4 Purple Hearts and more commendations that I can remember. He's 77 now and in good health so far but I know the day that I dread will be coming sooner than later. If you know a WWII vet, shake his hand and say "Thank You" while you still have the orportunity to express you gratitude to him/her for your way of life.

Today we had a Memorial Day church service that about 20 vets and I attended. The soloist sang a song called "Remember the Fallen". During this time I watched the faces of the vets there. They were all lost in somber memories with wet eyes. Since I am working with the parade committee for tomorrow's parade and town services, I asked this young lady to sing it at the public services held at our largest cemetery at the end of the parade. She graciously agreed even on such short notice. I know it will be a moving service.

May thanks to all Veterans everywhere.

A Veteran who will never forget,
Dennis E. Foye SP5 US Army Security Agency 1967-71

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-26-2002 at 07:40:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is one Vet who never forgets! I fly my POW Flag high above my place 365 days a year along with the American Flag! I have a 30 ft Flag Pole that can be seen almost any where from my place and the road. Vietnam 71-72 Mark Hendershot

stan saas    Posted 09-30-2004 at 16:33:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
just wanted to know where you were stationed in nam i was there in 70 and 71 was in the americal at hawk hill in chu lai

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