MEMORIAL DAY 2021

Our nation marks Memorial Day to honor and pay tribute to brave Americans who gave their life for this country. Many generations have sacrificed in defense of our nation, our liberty, and our desire to improve our country. On Memorial Day, we humbly honor these incredible patriots and have a solemn duty to uphold their legacy.

At its core, Memorial Day speaks of personal sacrifice for a greater good. It resonates in the stories of ordinary Americans, who fought for a better world and were willing to lay down their lives. Our way of life is shaped by those who have served and those who were lost. We have benefited from their positive influence on our world. It is our solemn duty to honor for our fallen brothers and sisters in arms and their families. This day reflects on heroes from historically distant wars passed and current operations. We honor their legacy and work toward a peaceful future, in which wars are a faded memory.

I encourage you all to keep the legacy of our fallen brothers and sisters in arms alive within your communities. Take time to reflect together with your friends, neighbors, groups, and communities, so those stories and sacrifices are never forgotten.

Respectfully, Colonel Christopher K. Lacouture 913th Airlift Group Commander

The image of the poppy is from: Marylou at natuurfreak3 click on image to enlarge.

I know that many are looking forward to their bar-b-ques and celebrations, especially after a year and a half of lockdowns, and quarantines, but Please take a moment to remember why we have this commemorative weekend.

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Also from Marylou is this wonderful Memorial Day ecard…

https://www.jacquielawson.com/ecard/pickup/r84d51b776ded4f769f2bacd6c8e9f2b4?source=jl999&utm_medium=pickup&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=receivercontent

From: Lt. Colonel Sam Lombardo (Ret.) _____

 “This is our Memorial Day/ In our land of the free/ It’s because of those who sacrificed/ Whose graves you’re here to see/ They fought on foreign lands/ And across the open sea/ And paid the ultimate price/ To keep you and I free/ So put all things aside/ And honor this important day/ Which we have dedicated/ As our Memorial Day.”

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NOT YOUR USUAL MILITARY HUMOR    –    PLEASE click on each to enlarge.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Wayne L. Adams Sr. (102) – Dolton, IL; US Army, WWII

Carl D. Berry Jr. – Hinsdale, IL; US Army, WWII  /  US Air Force, Korea

Carl M. Bradley – Shelly, ID; US Navy, WWII, PTO, Fireman 2nd Class, USS Oklahoma, KIA (Pearl Harbor)

Wayne M. Evans – Hamilton, MT; US Army, WWII, PTO, Pvt., Battery G/59th Coast Artillery Reg., POW/KIA (Cabanatuan Camp, Luzon, P.I.)

Charlton H. Ferguson – Kosciusko, MS; US Navy, WWII, PTO, Musician 2nd Class, USS Oklahoma, KIA (Pearl Harbor)

Nicholas H. Hamilton – Las Vegas, NE; US Air Force, pilot

Brenda McDaniel – Springfield, VA; US Army, Nurse Corps

Edward McDaniel Jr. – US Army, Colonel, Medical Corps (MD)

Joseph R. Mooradian – Union Grove, WI; US Merchant Marines, WWII  /  US Army, Korea

Burl Mullins – Dorton, KY; US Army, Korea, Cpl., Heavy Mortar Co/ 3/31/7th Infantry Division, KIA (Chosin Reservoir)

William D. Tucker – Bedford, IA; US Navy, WWII, PTO, Fireman 1st Class, USS Oklahoma, KIA (Pearl Harbor)

John Warner – Alexandria, VA; US Navy / USMC, Korea / Secretary of the Navy / 30 y. US Senator

About GP

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

Posted on May 31, 2021, in Current News, Home Front, Korean War, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 189 Comments.

  1. Thank you.
    Also, that is a painfully beautiful ecard.

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  2. May they rest in peace.

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  3. Thank you for your service.

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  4. GP, I just came across this and thought you would like it.

    When I see this and think about January 6, it makes me sick. (if this last sentence is too political, please delete it. but share the URL)

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  5. I know I am late in seeing your post, but thank you anyway. It is excelent!

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  6. Good way to put it: “For those who never made it out of their uniform.” There’s a group or 2 that has volunteers after training to ‘do no harm’, clean veteran grave markers of dirt and algae/moss. The transformation of their markers is incredible. They use a solution called D-2 I believe from cemetery supply outlets.

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  7. Ohhh agree with that,Pete.May you follow your dreams and always believe in yourself. Keep your eyes on the stars and hope in your heart.

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  8. Thanks for your like of my post, “Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 9 – The Time Of The Tribulation 1;” you are very kind.

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  9. Thanks to all the heros and brave soldiers. Because of them we all are safe at home.
    Solute to them from kind heart.

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  10. Happy Memorial Day, Belated.

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  11. Thank you for honoring them in your post and allowing us to read and know more.

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  12. Even though I didn’t get here on Memorial Day itself, it seems to me that remembering those who served should happen every day. It pleases me that our town still has the flags lining the streets. They went up early, and now they’re staying up. I think it’s at least a bit of proof that people are taking the day’s meaning more seriously.

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  13. GOD BLESS ALL our Veterans and their Families and Friends!!

    Love ❤ Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  14. I hesitate to comment since you have so many. But, I do want to say that I like your slideshow. I never know of ..and never saw so many crosses. I was in Luxembourg in 1973 and would look out the hotel window and see a faded red cross painted on a rooftop. It was left there -never removed. I did not see the massive graves of lost souls from these devastating wars. Impressive. I am quickly reminded of “Flanders Fields” we memorized in school… between the crosses row on row…WOW. Thanks again for such an excellent depiction of days gone by..a good reminder! 💖

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  15. Thank you for the distinctions. I always wondered why we say “Happy” Memorial Day. It’s a somber day of reflection and thanks to those who sacrificed.

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