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

Permission from Joe Heller to post received on 5/27/2011

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Comment by Double Dad on May 27, 2013 at 9:32pm

Good for you Sandy. Too many people forget what the day really means.


I was fortunate enough to spend part of the day with my wife and daughter at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, just outside of St. Louis. Thousands of others were there, too, to pay tribute and to remember. Lord, how I hope we always remember.


Each grave was decorated with small American flag, placed their by Boy and Cub scouts and other volunteers. As we walked to my father's grave we passed two middle-aged men kneeling in front of the tombstone of one of their buddies, who fell in combat during the war in Iraq. They stayed bent over that small marble slab for a long time. There were many such acts unfolding around us as people of all ages, races and backgrounds took time to make the pilgrammage to honor our vets and their spouses.

Comment by ProudClydeMom on May 24, 2013 at 9:55pm
Thanks for sharing!
Comment by kyles mom on May 24, 2013 at 6:12pm

Thanks for sharing. I too bite my tongue when I hear that phrase Sandy. A talk radio show I listen to has an annual segment every year dedicated to Memorial Day. People call in and pay tribute to their loved ones that paid the ultimate price. It's incredibly moving. I look forward to it every year and always have tissues handy when I listen to these emotional calls.

Comment by willow on May 24, 2013 at 5:20pm
Thanks for sharing!
Comment by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM on May 24, 2013 at 8:49am

Featuring my favorite editorial cartoon once more...

My aquacise instructor yesterday ended class telling us to have a fun Memoiral Day.  I gritted my teeth, got control of myself, smiled, and reminded everyone to take time to remember all those who have given their lives to preserve our Freedom.  There was a stunned silence and then that moment of awareness...brief as it was before we left the pool.

As I've written in previous years:

We can never forget our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day and every day of each and every year.

With pride in and prayers for all who serve our country,

Sandy (1~sandyr)

MFN:  Director of Online Support Services

VPMM of Brian

Comment by KirkstersMom on May 25, 2012 at 3:26pm

Thank you for such a wonderful 'cartoon'. I've always been patriotic, but now that my son is in the Marines, it takes on another meaning.

Comment by Deborah Anne on May 10, 2012 at 2:08pm

Oh my goodness, how Memorial Day festivities have changed for me, it use to be pools, bar b ques, and craziness, not since my son literally went to do a job for our country, something since Junior High, he has been driven to do and that was to fight to undo the wrong....This year I am the proudest Marine Mom ever and will be praying

Comment by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM on May 3, 2012 at 11:42am


I thought it was time to again feature this classic editorial cartoon for the upcoming Memorial Day 2012.


As I wrote a year ago:


We can never forget our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day and every day of each and every year.


Sandy (1~sandyr) - MFN Volunteer

VPMM of Brian
Six years active duty:  3/7 K - Al Qaim '04, Ramadi '05-'06, IL MEPS '06-'08

Currently Active Reserves:   2/24 Weapons Co.


Comment by 3milemom on June 2, 2011 at 7:58am
thanks for posting this!
Comment by JakesMom on May 28, 2011 at 12:11pm
I had a co-worker ask me yesterday what Memorial Day meant. She is 28 and a mother of one. How does some one get to be this age without knowing this? I explained that we honor the fallen on this day and on Veterans Day we celebrate the living service members as well as remember the fallen. This is what the two days mean to me.

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