Happy Memorial Day!

Last Update: May 29, 2023

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Hi, WA Friends

If you are American, then chances are you celebrate Memorial Day. It isn't just another holiday. This is a day that's ingrained in the very fabric of America's history, a day of somber tribute and patriotic pride.

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, was established to honor and remember the men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The name gradually changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day, and it was declared a federal holiday in 1971. Since then, it has been observed on the last Monday in May. This move created a three-day weekend, sparking additional traditions such as parades, picnics, and the unofficial start of summer.

Although I never had the honor of serving in the US military, many of my family members and friends have, and some of them made the Ultimate Sacrifice.

I was lucky enough to care for some fantastic people at the Veterans Hospital when I was doing my residency in Internal Medicine. That was a true honor!

Things To Do On Memorial Day๏ปฟ

Ok, here's my magic four-step process for celebrating Memorial Day. It's all a "must-do," so don't skip any steps (I'll be watching you)!

Pay Tribute

My wife and I begin by going to the cemetery to visit passed-on relatives who were military veterans, and we bring flowers wrapped in cellophane with an imprint of the American Flag. My dad is one of those dearly departed Army Vets, and an uncle was awarded a Purple Heart in World War II for bravery!

Eat As Much Food As You Possibly Can

From there, we end up at a big family barbecue, and the festivities begin with more food than you could ever imagine. There are usually 3 or 4 grills running, and everyone's having way too much fun eating, drinking, and swimming in the pool.

In my high school days, back in the late 60s and early 70s, I would bring my band, and we'd play music until the police showed up because of a noise disturbance. Then, of course, my family fed the police officers, too!

Attend A Parade

Memorial Day parades are a quintessential part of American culture, embodying a mix of pride and community spirit. These parades trace their origins back to the late 1860s, following the Civil War, and serve as a visible reminder of the sacrifices made by brave men and women of the military.

Many include a ceremonial honor guard carrying the American flag, followed by marching bands playing patriotic tunes and floats representing community organizations.

We like to go to our local "Italian Memorial Day parade" while taking a break from all the food at the barbecue, and it gives us a chance to have some doughboys smothered with sugar or pepper before returning to eat the next course back at the house! It's our way of getting a little exercise to help us digest. Lol

See Some Movies

Later in the evening, we typically watch a Rambo movie. Unfortunately, these movies are based on how our soldiers with PTSD were treated harshly by the American public when they returned from Vietnam. It's one of the things in our history that saddens me about the mid-60s to early 70s; everything else from that era was great, especially the music!

The other movie we like to watch on Memorial Day is "Good Morning Vietnam," with Robin Williams. Most of you have probably seen it, but check it out if you haven't!

Here is a list of ten other movies to watch on Memorial Day, courtesy of ChatGPT.

1. "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) - Steven Spielberg's gripping depiction of D-Day and its aftermath.

2. "Black Hawk Down" (2001) - A powerful recounting of the Battle of Mogadishu, focusing on a unit of U.S. Army Rangers.

3. "The Great Escape" (1963) - A classic WWII movie about an ambitious escape plan by POWs.

4. "We Were Soldiers" (2002) - Mel Gibson leads in this visceral depiction of one of the first major American battles in the Vietnam War.

5. "Band of Brothers" (2001) - Though technically a mini-series, this offers an in-depth look at the experiences of a company of paratroopers in WWII.

6. "American Sniper" (2014) - A biographical film about Chris Kyle, a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper.

7. "The Hurt Locker" (2008) - A gripping film about an Army bomb squad during the Iraq War.

8. "Hacksaw Ridge" (2016) - True story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who saved 75 men in Okinawa during WWII without firing a single shot.

9. "Glory" (1989) - A powerful Civil War film about the first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both the Confederacy and their own Union Army.

10. "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006) - A unique film that explores the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers.

(Hacksaw Ridge is another excellent movie we frequently watch on Memorial Day)

It's Important To Give Thanks!

If you know some Veterans, please wish them a happy Memorial Day and thank them for their service to our great country!

So, THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE, WA Vets! I hope you have a great time because it's your day, and you certainly deserve it!

Freedom isn't free, and I honor you all! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

All Veterans Rock! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿค˜
๏ปฟFrank ๐ŸŽธ

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I like your movie selections. My brother-in-law made a movie about his time in Vietnam for therapy. It's about 40 minutes long - very personal and not available anywhere. He called it "Once I was a Soldier." It's the most moving thing I have ever seen. I watch it every Memorial Day to honor him and all who served and are serving.
Jim

Hi, Jim

It's great that you honor him and all Vets on Memorial Day by watching the movie!

I would do the same thing! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Frank ๐Ÿค˜๐ŸŽธ

More than half my family is Military from all branches. I was adopted through the military and owe my life and freedom to all those who have served and supported those who serve. We celebrate with a BBQ and watching "Down Periscope" and "Red October". Hope you and yours enjoy this day!

Hi, Tammylou

Yeah, The Hunt For Red October is another excellent movie! I'll have to check out Down Periscope.

Happy Memorial Day! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

Happy Memorial Day, Frank! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

My Dad is a Vietnam vet, and his older brothers served in the Korean War and WWII. He also lost a cousin in Vietnam.

I would have enlisted, but my parents thought it would be best that I stayed in school at that time.

Excellent list! The Great Escape is a personal favorite of mine, and I was actually watching a few episodes of Band of Brothers this weekend.

Isaiah ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hi, Isaiah

Yeah, I love The Great Escape, too! I haven't seen any Band of Brothers episodes yet, so maybe I'll check it out.

Happy Memorial Day! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

God bless America!

Absolutely, Bob! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Frank ๐Ÿค˜๐ŸŽธ

I'm a retired veteran too!

Thank You for your service, Bob, and enjoy your day! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Frank ๐ŸŽธ

Happy Memorial Day, Frank.

Greetings,
Slavka ๐Ÿ‘‹ ๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿค˜

Thanks, Slavka! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Rock On! ๐Ÿค˜
Frank ๐ŸŽธ

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