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Memorial Day 2011

Quick year.  

Hundreds more dead.

Thousands of family members, relatives and friends in mourning.

How will you spend your Memorial Day?  To some it’s just another day off.  To others it’s a chance to get together with family and/or friends.

Whatever you decide is okay.

But do keep the spirit of the holiday in mind.  At some point on Monday please take a moment and remember the veterans that paid the ultimate price in service to their Country.

Me?  I’m trying something different this year.  I now feel that I can listen to “Taps” without breaking down and crying like a ten year old school girl ... or not, but for some reason I don’t really care this year.  I will attend two military oriented functions, one at the AMVETS on 206 and one at the VFW on US 1 S.

There’ll be a lot of flag waving, saluting and patriotic music but there’ll also be a heckuva lot of comradery.  Old vets, young vets, families … they’ll all be there.  It’s kinda special.

Wait, did I mention beer???  Oh yes, plenty of that to go around.

So, whatever you choose to do, enjoy yourselves, hug your dog or cat (if the cat allows you to) and remember that it wasn’t just humans that died for their Country … thousands of K9’s never made it home.

I’ll be doing a silent toast to deceased veterans at 1:00 pm Monday, join me wherever you are.

Thanx …


I'll be at VFW Post 3370 near Moriarty NM.

Since last Memorial Day five hundred and twenty-seven (527) United States military have given their lives fighting in the Global War on Terror.

To shipmates who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms gathering SIGINT and ELINT to defend us against our enemies:

One of Maxine's very best!!

Minorities       We need to show more sympathy for these people.
* They travel miles in the heat.
* They risk their lives crossing a border.
* They don't get paid enough wages.
* They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do.
* They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.
* They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day ~ every day..

I'm not talking about illegal  Mexicans ~I'm talking about our troops! Doesn't it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don't support our troops?
Wouldn't it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that's billion) we spend on illegals every year, and spend it on our troops!!!

PEACE To All You Men And Women who Sacrificed So Much for us.
puc reducks

DOVA: "Unchecked Incompetence"

"Unchecked incompetence" at the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Administration is killing veterans.

Here is one tragic--and avoidable--event, the suicide of Marine Clay Hunt:

Tuesday morning, first thing, do what I will do:  Write/e-mail/call the VA Chief, the President, your federal legislators and tell them to fix the Dept. of VA--immediately.  Not "improve."  FIX.  So that all veterans get the help they need and were promised.

Veterans are not receiving benefits, including physical and mental health care.  We must act, as one united nation, to change this.


I'll be joining Phred, spiritually, at 1 p.m.

Edited to correct agency error.

Raising my glass with Phred and all the other Patriots out there.

OhwhatthehellI'tryit wrote:
Raising my glass with Phred and all the other Patriots out there.

I'm there with you

Memorial Day


From my youngest bro:

"Be sure to take the time to honor a soldier today by punching a politician in the face."

"Be sure to take the time to honor a soldier today by punching a politician in the face."

LOL  Luvit !

I'm not talking about illegal  Mexicans ~I'm talking about our troops!

An amazing comparison huh ... good one.

"Unchecked incompetence" at the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Administration is killing veterans.

Oh God, don't get me started.  I could do a major rant on that one.


It was a good Memorial Day.  The full range of emotions was overwhelming.

There's nothing like a good ol flag waving, saluting, high fiving patriotic event to get the blood pumping ... and that was before the beer started flowing.

Memorial Day 2012

1.  Something to remember on this Memorial Day 2012 - the 3,011th US-led coalition/NATO death in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and NATO-International Security Assistance Forces (NATO-ISAF), Afghanistan - the longest war the U.S. has ever fought.


2.  This Memorial Day weekend, please take a minute to watch
"No NATO, No War".

It's the most moving and important part of the week of actions related to the NATO summit in Chicago last week, an event that drew generals, diplomats and activists to struggle over the future of the military alliance, Afghanistan and the dominant narrative that makes war the core of every policy.

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and our partners worked hard to make sure coverage of this historic event included the need to retire NATO, to stop spending money on war, and to fund our communities. After a strenuous media campaign millions heard or read our message in media outlets on television, radio, online, and in print.

With our partners at Peace Action and the Network for a NATO Free Future, our Counter-Summit brought together more than 300 peace activists from across the country and around the world, including Germany, Greece, Britain, France, Sweden, Ireland, and Mexico.

The conference helped build the movement for complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and to move the money from Pentagon spending to meeting human needs.

It also began to deepen people's understandings of NATO as an aggressive global military alliance focused on securing resources. We cast light on NATO war preparations and their impacts on our communities.

The week ended with an historic march led by Iraq Vets Against the War and Afghans for Peace. Nearly 50 veterans threw away their medals in a moving ceremony that was largely ignored by the mainstream media. 

This Memorial Day weekend show your respect for the veterans who had the courage to say yes to life and no to war.

Take the time to watch the ceremony and send the link to your friends.

Wage Peace,
Peter Lems and Mary Zerkel
American Friends Service Committee


3. I'll be at the Final Chapter (San Pablo NM motorcycle club) Memorial Day 3-day cook out and camp out near Golden NM.


4. Support U.S. Troops • Bring Them Home Now - Veterans For Peace

And locally ... watch Jacksonville Living, channel 12 WJXT, at 11:00am or 2:00pm tomorrow, Monday, Memorial Day.

Some of our St Augustine Post 2391 VFW members were selected to be interviewed for this special tribute to Veterans.

As usual, take a minute tomorrow to remember our dead and wounded veterans while enjoying your day.

Toast time remains 1:00pm, where ever you are, join me.

Our Eyes In The Sky

On a day long ago
In a far-away land,
You rose to the skies
To obey a command.

While we who were here
In our safe, secure place,
Never knew of the danger,
Never knew what you'd face.

We live in a land
That today is still free,
Who can measure the gift
To mankind and to me?

Our "Eyes in the Sky",
Looking down from above,
We hope you can see
What you gave us in love.

On a day long ago,
In a far-away land,
When you rose to the skies
To obey a command.

~ Chrystal Krueger Sinn, June, 1997

Over Memorial Day weekend 2012, "spook survivors" Michael A. "Chick" Chicvara, USN SCPO (retired) and Don C. East, USN Capt. (retired) updated the following memorial webpage - a tribute to all the VQ-1/2 shipmates who never returned:
Here's the link,
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