MEMORIAL DAY

WWII Memorial poem at Arlington Cemetery

WWII Memorial poem at Arlington Cemetery

TODAY IS MEMORIAL DAY.  WE HONOR HEROES.  THEY ARE HEROES, NOT BECAUSE THEY DIED, BUT BECAUSE THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE RISKING – AND WENT ANYWAY!

REMEMBER!

Wear your colors proud!

MEMORIAL DAY

by:  CW Johnson
 
We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As Taps began to play.
 
The Chaplain led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
 
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom
They lie here ‘neath the sand.
 
I felt a little guilt
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
 
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
 
Thanks for what you’ve given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.
 

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James J. O'Leary, my uncle, photo courtesy of Mustang Koji.

MSgt. James J. O’Leary, USMC, my uncle, photo courtesy of Mustang Koji.

 Mustang Koji can be located HERE!
 
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Farewell Salutes – 

James “Holly” Black – Easley, SC; US Army, Korea

Keith Borck – Sebring, FL; US Army, Vietnam, helicopter pilot, Distinguish Service Cross

James Crawford – Springfield, IL; US Army Koreaus-flag-and-soldier-1

Henry Davis – Augusta, ME; US Army, Vietnam

Virginia Devine – Joliet, IL; WAVES, WWII

John Hamilton Sr. – Jacksonville, AL; US Navy, Korea, SeaBee, Chief Petty officer, 22years

Hubert “Pete” King – McCook, NE & Minneola, KS; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Charles Long – Ocala, FL; US Navy, WWII

James Pasdertz Sr. – Joliet, IL; US Army, Vietnam

Donald Smith – Jacksonville, FL; US Army & US Air Force, Vietnam 3 tours

Gordon Willis – Falmouth, MA – US Air Force, Korea (Famed Hollywood cinematographer)

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About GP Cox

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 26, 2014, in Introduction, Korean War, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 122 Comments.

  1. GP you may be interested in this project being undertaken in Australia to honour WW2 veterans. http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/04/10/4214050.htm Do you know if there are similar projects happening in the US? It’s a great way to record our living veterans.

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    • That is an outstanding program, Ann. I’m very happy to see that being done. We’ve have a few programs going, usually oral recordings, some contain videos, others have still photos, etc. As usual, all these programs were started AFTER they realized just how many were dying off due to age and the stories were lost. But at least they’re getting some.
      Thank you for the link, it’s great!!

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  2. There is so much in this post that tugs at my heart strings but none more so than the picture of a funeral for a homeless war veteran. How do we as a society not provide a warm home and food for those who have served their countries so selflessly. Surely their sacrifice entitles them to that honour.

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  3. That ‘Missing man formation’ gets me, every time …

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  4. Reblogged this on Aki Solomos and commented:
    A great post by someone who understands Memorial Day and the sacrifices made by those who chose to fight…

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  5. Rasaritul incepe cu prima raza de soare…ploaia incepe cu prima roua…focul incepe de la prima scanteie…iar fericirea?…mereu de la primul zambet! …O seara frumoasa si linistita!
    Dawn begins with the first ray of sunshine … rain … fire dew begins with the first start at first spark … and happiness? … Always the first smile! .. A beautiful evening and quiet!


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  6. One I enjoyed both times around. Thank you for all you do to acknowledge the fallen soldier.

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  7. Beautiful tribute… Thanks for sharing. God Bless all the fallen and their families!

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    • Thank you for sharing this weekend with us and will continue to visit. We have a great bunch of people here who discuss, share or just plain read!!

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  8. Very moving sentiments and the photographs are beautiful. Thank you.

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  9. Reblogged this on Pacific Paratrooper and commented:

    ANOTHER UPDATED REBLOG TO PRELUDE OUR DAY OF HONOR, RESPECT AND REMEMBRANCE FOR THE MEN WHO FOUGHT FOR FREEDOMS.

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  10. With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of plagorism
    or copyright violation? My site has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know
    any solutions to help prevent content from being ripped off?
    I’d really appreciate it.

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    • I don’t really have that problem because any data written here is a public matter of record and available to anyone. All I can suggest is a disclaimer should be put on the side of each post stating what your specifications are, under threat of legal action. Once something is on the internet – without that disclaimer, I don’t think anything could be done. I thank you for stopping in here, and I’m sorry I wasn’t of more assistance. Perhaps you could locate a lawyer in the blogs to give better advice.

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  11. Hi gpcox – just wanted to let you know that I linked your blog in my Throwback Thursday post today…. thanks for all you do!
    https://priorhouse.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/throwback-thursday-a-little-history-of-rva/
    have a nice week sir! 🙂 ❤

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    • It was great to see your photos and the ever-hilarious Abbott & Costello skit!! Thank you for putting a link here for everyone! 😆

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      • my pleasure – and I do not follow any history blogs – and not sure how I came across yours – but it is a gem!

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        • Thank you making my Pacific Paratrooper your one history blog. I don’t remember how we first met either, but I’m very glad we did. Have a wonderful weekend.

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          • well I also get Delancey Place – which is packed with history book excerpts – and then – as you know – a few bloggers have that history theme running through posts – like mustang koji! O_o 🙂 ❤
            peace out! ❤

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  12. A beautiful tribute, and a poem that must be considered a prayer, by those who respect the ultimate sacrifice.
    Ian

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  13. Beautiful tribute !

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  14. Thank you for stopping by my blog this week and for all that you are doing.

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  15. Such a beautifully written poem!

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  16. A very moving Memorial Day tribute! Thank you for making it a day of honor and remembering.

    I came across a slideshow of WWII photos on Life.com. Do you know of anyone who can help with the almost non-existent caption information that accompanies many of Dale Rooks’s photos [specific locations or individuals in the images]? Dale Rooks was a combat photographer with the U.S. Coast Guard during the Second World War.

    You can view the “Rare Photos From the Allied Invasion of Southern France, 1944” on LIFE.com at http://life.time.com/history/rare-photos-from-the-allied-invasion-of-southern-france-1944/?iid=lf%7Cmostpop#1

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  17. I hope your Memorial Day was lovely! I really enjoyed the poem you selected.

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  18. Great poem, and wonderful tribute.

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  19. A remembrance to remember, for Monday and everyday, beautiful words of Love and respect for Soldiers of courage and valour. Thank you gpcox for sharing this Tribute in such a special way.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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  20. Reblogged this on Aquilon's Eyrie and commented:
    A great blog and beautiful poem reminding us of the sacrifices made by our soldiers. Happy Memorial Day!

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    • Thank you very much for helping people to remember what Memorial Day is all about and hoping your readers will keep a portion of their hearts for remembering each day.

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  21. Amazing, inspiring courage covered their whole being and we remember!

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  22. Wonderful tribute and a beautiful post. We went to our town Memorial Day tribute at a local park. I tried taking some pictures but I don’t think any are going to be usable. But it was wonderful. Sad but beautiful.

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  23. Really incredible post!!! Thank you!!

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  24. Maryann Barnes

    Wonderful Memorial Day salute to the true heroes, including your uncle! God bless!

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  25. May we never forget. –Curt

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  26. I like to watch the PBS Capital Hill lawn celebration. Always moves me. When my son was at Walter Reed, we were privy to front row seats and it was very moving.

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  27. I have never read that poem until just now… So beautiful and written with honor. Because he he/she mentions sand, I wonder if this was initially about the Pacific theater of war… The photos were moving – all of them. I will also post other downloadable full rez photos of your uncle’s resting place as well as others.

    For what they saw or had to do, may their souls be at peace.

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  28. Well done, GP. I am so proud of so many Americans.

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  29. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

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  30. ??????????????? But it’s Monday! Phil

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  31. Very thoughtful tribute. Thank you!

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  32. Happy Memorial Day, 2014!

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  33. A lovely post.
    Lillian

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  34. On Memorial Day I think of my wife’s uncle buried in Italy. We have his medals in boxes that smell of mildew and age. I think of the whole he left in his family now mostly gone. The pain at hearing of his death must have been agony. He was honored by his college with a chair dedicated to him. He had a great future and it was cut short. I wished I had met him. So many fallen and today there is a glimmer that the fight will be continued on as new enemies have emerged. America stay strong.

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  35. Love this tribute! Thanks!

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  36. And this is a wonderful link to the US Forces time in New Zealand during WW2.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/us-forces-in-new-zealand

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  37. GP, I thought you might like to see how Memorial Day was honoured here in New Zealand http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2014/us-memorial-day/wellington

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  38. If it doesn’t rain, the lane leading to a war memorial in the local cemetery will be lined with 200 flags that family members donated to a local veterans organization. Each flag covered a service person’s casket at one point, so the impact of walking or driving through this sea of flags is powerful, more meaningful an observance than any other I’ve experienced. The lane is line with mature trees, so the effect is almost like a cathedral in the open.

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  39. gpcox, A Beautiful Tribute for Their Memorial Day! Phil

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