How to Observe Memorial Day

Some important information that everyone should know to show support of their military! LET’S SHOW THEM WE CARE!!


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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on May 21, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 49 Comments.

  1. This is so nice to know. I’m sorry I didn’t get around to it sooner.


  2. I am glad you pointed this out. Yesterday, a cousin of mine posted on Facebook about Memorial Day and tagged several of us in the family who served in the military who are all still alive. Absolutely appalling to me, how too many Americans do not understand the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.


  3. Beautiful reminder. I honor three veterans who survived the war but are no longer with us. Eddie Albert, actor, in the US Navy, who received the Bronze Star for bravery under action, saving some 70 men from the water in Tarawa and taking them to safety. Edward Seiz who served in the Pacific, one of the most dangerous of the hot spots, for the Army Air Corps Edwin Brown, my former husband, US Army, who also received the Bronze Star for rescuing fellow soldiers in Germany. To these gentlemen, and all those who served and are still serving, let us remember them with pride and love.


  4. Although I often have issues with holidays set aside to remember our nation’s wars I never have any problems honoring our military men and women. I served during the Vietnam war from 1969-1973, being stationed in Misawa, Japan, Kunsan, Korea & Ubon, Thailand. I was a flightline avionics technician in the Air Force working primarily of the F-4 Phantom fighter bombers. After my honorable discharge in June of 1973 I worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis, MO for 13 years working on the F4, F15, F18 & Harrier jets. I also worked on the Harpoon and Cruise missiles.

    Now retired, I look back at my life and have trouble dealing with how our government involved us in the last three wars, lying about their mission and turning their back on a lot of veterans when they were in need of help. The suicide rate amongst our troops is appalling as is the sexual conduct.

    I appreciate your blog and efforts to highlight the positive aspects of our servicemen and women. – Bob


    • Thank you very much for your history and comments. I thank you for all you’ve done with your life for this country. I also agree wholeheartedly with your remarks on our present wars – They Need To Come Home!


  5. thank you for this – we will participate in a few ways – including flying the flag half-staff tip noon… πŸ™‚


  6. Amazing story of Ash. that should be a movie–drama, intrigue, and a happy ending. I’d expect no less of a man named ‘Tex’.


  7. How easily we forget.


  8. Thankfully my parents were of the greatest generation, thus we were taught the true meaning of Memorial Day. The two years we lived in Bull Shoals, Ar, I was always amazed and delighted with the beauty of the flags placed on each side of the highway between Mountain Home and Bull Shoals. I wish I had photos of them waving in the wind over the damn – exquisitely beautiful. I’m not sure how close together the flags were but so close that it was like a tunnel driving the highway.


  9. This should be a Fridge magnet or a sticker for spots in the home or car we visit every day!


  10. Thanks for this, gpcox. We have a tradition of going out with our local American Legion Post and placing flags on the Saturday morning before Memorial Day. Our kids don’t much appreciate the early rising, but once they get out into the cemetery, they get it.


  11. Well done gpcox, my husband’s father was in the Airforce and my Brother served in Vietnam but I believe that we should remember with thankfulness all those who gave up their regular home lives to safeguard us. In Australia we remember our Soldiers on Anzac day, which was recently.

    I have received e-mails over the years that uphold Soldiers and a few I also adapted and than Posted on our Blog, you may have seen it but I will leave the link for you in case you haven’t.

    Our Soldiers –

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.


  12. Excellent suggestions and advice.


  13. My flag will definitely be out there from sunup to sundown. One of these days I’d like to get a spotlight for it.


  14. Indeed, my friend … indeed.


  15. I posted this list on on Facebook as well. One doesn’t have to go chauvinistic about it, but one should, at a minimum, realize and recognize this is a somber holiday, not just the first holiday to break out the barbeque.


  16. Very good of you, gpcox… Thanks to you and the leansubmariner.


  17. Equipping The Saints

    Really good. Please keep up the good work.


  18. My American flag will again be flying on my home from early morning till sunset. Just like it does every memorial day. But I have been thinking that it’s time to buy a new flag – mine is getting a little faded.


  19. GP, NICE! Check my memorial Day post of 2012 on right margin, click “Holidays,” & then”Memorial Day 2012″ on my father & me with photosof each of us with jeeps, him on the island of Saipan, WWII, & me on Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam. Phil


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