Whom do you remember on Memorial Day?

Today is Memorial Day, a holiday established in 1868 to honor the country’s war dead. Today’s Question: Whom do you remember on Memorial Day?

  • Bob

    I remember the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces to keep this country free. I forget the corporations who ignore what those troops did and how they could serve them on their return with a job, but freely choose to send those jobs outside our country to foreigners with no stake in America, just to save a buck.

  • Steve the Cynic

    All those brave warriors who fought and died to preserve our freedom to exploit each other for fun and profit, the freedom of banksters to drive the economy into the ground and still get their bonuses, the freedom to elect politicians who will spend our money on football stadiums more freely than on education, the freedom to exploit the earth without regard to future generations, the freedom to not care whether the country they died for is worthy of their sacrifice, and the freedom to be appropriately ashamed of ourselves.

  • allie

    I think of the vets who return after losing friends and fellow soldiers, and who return missing pieces of themselves in trying to cope.

  • Jim G

    I remember the all the young men and women who fought and are forever changed by their wars. I remember those who never came back, but also their surviving comrades who came back scarred by their wounds, visible and an invisible to start families also touched by a parent’s wounds. They live life dramatically altered by the wars fought over the last 70 years. I have personal memories of these veterans of our foreign wars.

    • World War II – Leonard, Marine, and 20 MM gun/loader on the light cruiser USS Chester torpedoed off Guadalcanal.

    • Cart, Army Air Corp, European Theater.

    • Korea- Merl, Marine, wounded in one of the 1st attacks of Chinese volunteers on Nov. 3rd, 1950.

    • Vietnam- Classmates who had low draft numbers and working class parents.

    I remember all these veterans of our many incursions/police actions. Thank you for your service.

    • Granada

    • Panama

    • El Salvador

    • The First Gulf War

    • Afghanistan

    • Iraq

    • The Undeclared Wars…

  • Rich

    The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation. — George Washington

  • Eric

    I recommend to everyone here “The Twins Platoon” by Christy Sauro. It follows a group of Minnesota Marines sworn in at a Twins game through Vietnam and beyond.

  • JasonB

    My uncle and my father. One fought in WWII, the other just fought to make sure I had a good life and raise me well.

    I also will remember a grandfather who fought in WWI. While he made it home OK, he took his gun and buried it in his field, never wanting to see it again. Though I never knew him I understood how he felt about war: he would not forget his experiences but had no desire to be constantly reminded.

  • suzie

    I just came for our city’s Memorial Day Service. Beside the speakers and the music, they read the names of all the men and women who died during our wars and actions and also those who have died since. I knew many of these good people as neighbors and parents of friends and classmates and classmates themselves. I just hope that all those who drove by with their boats and ATVs also take time to stop remember. So many gave up their lives and futures, but some today couldn’t give up an hour of their time. That’s sad.

  • Jen

    I remember and honor my brother, SPC. Jacob Fairbanks who died in 2008 while in Iraq. I also remember all those men and women who continue to serve our country. We must support and remember those who were sent far from home and honor those who never made it back.

  • georges

    I remember my Grandfather who was a medic in the first World War, and in one battle alone pulled 27 wounded soldiers to safety under heavy fire, for which he was honored with the highest award for bravery the country could give. He later suffered severely with chronic illnesses steming from exposure to mustard gas and other poisons

    I think of my Father, top sergeant in an artillery unit, landing on D-Day and fighting all across Europe until the bitter end victory.

    And other family members who fought in the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, as my ancestors came to this country 70 years before it declared itself to be a seperate country.

    And then I think of the community organizer who is going around right now proclaiming himself to be “America’s Greatest Hero”, and I get a good feeling that my Dad & Grandpa did so much for this country so that even those who did nothing have the freedom to pretend they did.

  • Jim G

    After weeding the garden and ruminating more on the today’s question I have to add two additional veterans who served their country.

    • World War 2: My uncle Jim who served on PT boats in the Solomon Islands.

    • Korea: During the retreat from the Chosen Reservoir in November, 1950. Jim Brown, Marine Reserve from Minneapolis, won a Silver Star for holding off an overwhelming force of Chinese attacking his position. Jim was seriously wounded during the attack. He was evacuated, as were all wounded and dead Marines on trucks in sub-zero temperatures as the Marines fought their way south. Jim succumbed to his wartime injuries five years ago.

  • Gerald carl

    My Dad, Roger Edward/Ed Carl, who served in the Navy, trained in Bremerton, WA, and left at home a wife and two boys to get along without him. Although he was spared the riskey active duty he did serve so that his family could enjoy the freedoms of the USA.

    My uncle Aruther Carl who served in the Army and was involved in the the south pacific islands and experienced war so bad that he led a life of alcohol and distancing himself from his family. He was killed and robbed by a unknown in Nevada’s hard life area.

  • David P

    georges – FYI – President Obama has never claimed to be “America’s Greatest Hero”. The Harris Poll conducted a survey asking that question, and President Obama came out on top. Or are you referring to the the recent comic book cover? President Obama’s picture was phot-shopped onto a “Greatest American Hero” (#3) comic book cover, posing with the comic’s superhero. I doubt he had anything to do with that.

  • Steve the Cynic

    Apparently, David P, you’re under the misapprehension that the truth has anything to do with georges’ opinions.

  • Steve the Cynic

    Apparently, David P, you’re laboring under the misconception that the truth has anything to do with the opinions of folks like georges.