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Memorial Day: Tell Me Again What I Should Be Remembering?


I spent some time in two digital worlds today -- Marine Family Network and Facebook.  In one world, I read with growing disgust the illiterate bickering of posters responding to a corporate page advising they would "go off the air" over the weekend and asking all to remember our military and veterans.  Some posters ignored the message and bashed the company for their lousy service.  Others posted that the company was stupid because Memorial Day was for the dead, and Veterans Day was…


Added by 17smom on May 28, 2011 at 9:17am — 24 Comments

Memorial Day - A Personal Perspective

Like many of us, when Memorial Day comes around I start thinking about all of the losses this country has absorbed at the expense of acquiring and maintaining freedom and democracy for it’s citizens.  It never fails to bring an ache to my heart that so many thousands of men and women sacrificed their physical and/or mental health, their peace of mind, their mobility of movement, their own freedoms, or their lives for all of us.  I remember, as a child, visiting the cemeteries on Decoration…


Added by WestPlainsMom (Jan) on May 21, 2014 at 10:02am — 3 Comments

Memorial Day: It's More Than a Chance to Cook Out.

Permission from Joe Heller to post received on…


Added by Double Dad on May 27, 2011 at 3:00pm — 12 Comments

A Gold Star Sister Remembers

I received this email and these photos late last night from the sister of Sgt. Frank Zaehringer III.  Her brother's information will be added to our Fallen Heroes Trbutes website.  But I thought it was important to read her heartfelt words here, on Memorial Day.  We will never forget.....



Added by 1~Good2GoMom (Barb) on May 30, 2011 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Reflections from two volunteers on the 1/5 Memorial Ceremony

I wanted to share some poignant writings that came to my email box after the 1/5 Memorial Ceremony held at Camp Pendleton on November 4, 2011 upon their return from Afghanistan last fall.

From Joyce: a Marine Mom and manager of our PHHS-West outreach program:

Dear Tracy,

I don't know whether you would be interested in posting Buck's…


Added by Marine Parents Inc on January 1, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

The Men I Love to Hate and Hate to Love????

Well, I know, "hate" is a potent word. But coupled with the word "love" might suggest some hidden deep dark emotion, as we say in the counseling world. You know love-hate relationships. All of us experience this psychological oxymoron, if you will, at least once in our lifetimes, whether we ever admit it or not. In my…

Added by 88 Days on September 23, 2012 at 6:00pm — 15 Comments

I'm thinking about Memorial Day....

Once again I'm writing late at night, though this time on a tablet instead of my computer. This seems to be time that I start thinking about things to write about. Tonight I'm thinking about Memorial Day tomorrow and how facebook will be filled with posts and pictures about it and how this day has changed for me over the years. The church I grew up in has always honored those that have served around days like tomorrow and those that have died. And as a kid it and the people there taught me…


Added by Ians_sis (Devyn) on May 26, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Greatest Generation

I've been in a bit of a funk lately. I'd like to blame it on the heat and humidity we're having here in Wisconsin, but it goes much deeper than that. A couple nights ago my husband and I watched several episodes of "Band of Brothers". Since there was nothing to watch on TV and it was too hot outside to do anything else (guess maybe I can blame it on the heat) it seemed like a good way to pass a couple hours. After watching 3 episodes I cried, "uncle" and sat there and cried, OK sobbed for a…


Added by kyles mom on July 18, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Tattoos Carry Special Meaning on Memorial Day

My two Marines are typical of so many other Marines: they have tattoos. And, as one of them patiently explained to me one day when I asked why they had to have so many, “Because, Dad, each one means something special.”


Who am I to question young men who have been in combat, I asked myself. “Go ahead, then, and enjoy your ink,” I told him.


One of my Marines has the following tattooed across his ribs: “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.” It’s a line from…


Added by Double Dad on May 29, 2011 at 9:50am — 7 Comments

You Can Walk on By This One -- Nothing to Do with the Marine Corps -- or Maybe It Does.

Today, I was thinking about "tidiness of thought."


I had a silly exchange with a MFN moderator about where things "belonged" on this site, and mentioned that, while I was obsessive about conceptual organization - I hate topics mis-filed, half-assed explanations, sloppy thinking -- I am not much bothered by a messy house, unless it becomes extreme.  My husband has been known to comment that I lied to him before we married, insisting I claimed to be neat.  I carefully explain…


Added by 17smom on September 7, 2011 at 3:06pm — 21 Comments

Thanks for the info about MART. USE AMAZON SMILE

Thanks, everyone. I've heard from my son several times since my last post. Recon traning is at Pendleton, mostly. Son is now in a "holding" unit with 4 others, training and waiting for further orders.

I want everyone here to know that whenever you shop on Amazon, you should use Amazon Smile and donate to this wonderful group. It's painless, doesn't add to the cost and it provides support to this group. WHAT A DEAL!


Added by Neckbone on February 15, 2016 at 7:43pm — 3 Comments

LCPL Konnichiwa

PFC Aloha is now LCPL Konnichiwa as he is off in Okinawa now.

I don't mind.  I'm glad he's on the other side of the world. Not that I don't miss him. I miss him.

But I wonder sometimes, "If he wasn't on the other side of the world right now...what would he be doing?"

And usually the answer is: Finding fault with his mother.

So, I'm glad he's over there.  His life is way more interesting than it would be if he wasn't over there.  I have no…


Added by Michelle on January 21, 2016 at 11:23pm — 7 Comments

The little things

Well I have been so consumed with work it helps me not cry daily but Funny thing is I received a short letter which was the best!! He said he had to purchase things enclosed he sent $7 with the letter saying "I can never repay when you always gave me whatever money you had left mom but here is for a redbull or monster! Know that I am not the boy who left in December I'm gonna make you proud mom..."it's the little things that now matter to me seeing him become a future marine and strong young… Continue

Added by Proud2bmom on January 16, 2016 at 11:35am — 1 Comment

We Got Drafted, But We Still Have to Play: Marine Parent Survival Skills

I don't know why, but lately I've been thinking about what it takes to survive as a Marine parent.  Maybe it's because my son's second deployment is coming up, and I can feel that low-grade anxiety starting up again, like a music turned down low...I don't notice it most of the time, but it's there, and likely to get louder.  Or maybe it's because I've had my first exposure to the Recruit Parent forums -- I didn't discover MarineParents until after my son graduated, which spared all the…


Added by 17smom on July 29, 2011 at 12:19am — 19 Comments

Another Christmas ... Another Day on the Job

Tonight is Christmas Eve and my sons will be working ... and tomorrow, too.

So it will be, too, with many of your sons and daughters. The holidays can be a tough time and I wish I really had a sure-fire way to help anyone who is fighting a case of the blues. Prayer has always worked best…


Added by Double Dad on December 24, 2015 at 11:51am — 4 Comments

This Thanksgiving, I Will Remember the 80/20 Rule

I wrote and published this blog on 11/22/2011 while my son was deployed for the second time to Afghanistan.  While I was thinking about writing a blog this year, I went back and read this one, and realized that what I'm grateful for has only gotten grander -- my son has finished his four years active in the Corps, is two weeks away from receiving his AA and is already registered at the University, and everything else I wrote is still true.  So I'm knocking the Gratitude meter up to 90%,…


Added by 1~17smom (Julie) on November 22, 2011 at 10:30pm — 21 Comments

Giving Thanks for Our Freedoms and Those Who Protect Them

Note: I posted this last Thanksgiving, but thought it worthy of a repeat on Thanksgiving this year, and no, not just because I was too lazy to think up something new for the holiday. (OK, maybe I'm a little bit lazy....) The real reason I wanted to re-post this blog was because I wanted to update the status of the two men I mentioned. Both were deployed in Afghanistan, one with the Army and the other with the Marines. Both had something to say, and what they said bears repeating on this and…


Added by Double Dad on November 21, 2012 at 11:17pm — 8 Comments

America's Children

He's any Marine, yours or mine, back to WWII for sure, probably every war since there have been Marines.  It's winter, and he's got on every layer he carries with him.  He has a dark knit cap pulled down low, covering his ears.  If you could see his hands, they'd be covered in ragged gloves, the tips cut…


Added by 1~17smom (Julie) on January 23, 2012 at 8:03pm — 14 Comments

Happy Birthday Marines, Happy Birthday To You! OOORAH!

   Good morning Marine family.  As all of you know today is a most special day for the United States Marine Corps.  Today they celebrate the two hundered and thirty eighth year of their founding.  OOORAH!  Balls will be held, speeches made and very speial meals will be served in every place Marines are stationed. 


   Marines all over the world will be treated to the best the Corps has to offer.  But wait, they already are.  Every day Marines wake with the knowledge that he or…


Added by raisedhimright on November 10, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

A Message for Future Marine Moms

Dear Future Marine Mom,


While I do not know you… I know you.  When something isn’t quite right with one of your children you sense it.  God wired us this way.  He created us moms with an invisible cord to our children.  Over the years I’ve come to realize that the purpose of this cord is to gently tug at us; drawing us into prayer.  Often times we cannot pick up a phone to reach our children to find out what’s wrong… it’s ok.  It is enough to kneel before the Lord and say “Be…


Added by Marcy on December 3, 2012 at 7:02am — 125 Comments

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