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Most people see it as Thank a Veteran Day.
Some people see it as Wear Something Patriotic Day.
Almost everyone sees it as Grill-Out With the Family Day.
Almost the same number of people will see it as Take the Family to the Beach (Lake) Day.
The holiday used to be on May 30th every year.
In 1968, it was moved to the last Monday of the month to give people a three day weekend.
There are some veteran groups that would like to see the weekend disappear, because it became just another family holiday, and the real meaning or remembrance is disappearing.
Memorial Day isn’t about veterans, what you wear, grilling out, or going to swim.
Memorial Day is somber.
The purpose is to remember the fallen.
People fought and died for “liberty” and “freedom” for us!
Tommy (A true story), please share this with EVERYONE.
Tommy was 17 years of age.
At 18, he signed papers and swore an oath to defend the constitution of the United States.
At 18, He went to bootcamp.
He came home on leave.
He went to school after leave.
Then he was sent to join his platoon.
He was given a new job of Gunner for the Lieutenant’s Humvee because he was one of the best shots.
One day, they were travelling. They were the second Humvee.
The first Humvee was hit by an Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP).
#2, where Gomez, Tommy, and the Lieutenant were, was hit.
The medic ran over to #2 humvee.
After hours of pain and agony, Tommy and a few others were rescued.
Tommy lives today and this was not the only explosion he had been in.
He suffers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) today.
But this is not a story about Tommy, he was just the window for you to look through.
Sure we honor Tommy and his sacrifice, but this is about:
Gomez didn’t die on the spot.
Gomez was Tommy’s best friend.
He watched his friends die.
He watched Gomez’s neck splatter through the Humvee.
Tommy lost 8 friends while in service.
This is EIGHT PEOPLE DEAD. They did this for YOUR freedom.
Their parents paid the price for you as well.
They lost a beloved child
They are the ones that decorate their graves every:
You think those in DC give a rip about these kids?
Do you really think Iraq was for our freedom?
These kids died for what?! Oil? Politics? So some Fat Cat can feel important about their role in “the war on terror?”
Who cares about the politics of DC today? These kids died because THEY BELIEVED in YOUR FREEDOM.
While you enjoy:
Remember that you are doing this in remembrance of the fallen and Missing in Action (MIA).
You want to make this holiday worth it? Why don’t you have a talk with a veteran about the wonderful people they knew. About their Fellow Fallen Soldiers.
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