Lost Remberences - Rembered

Last Update: May 27, 2018

Hello WA Community. Many of us, at least for those of us here in the US, are enjoying a holiday weekend. Most are planning to simply get away, even if it is only for a 3-day weekend...to get away from our busy lives before the start of the coming heat of summer days. The average person is already going at full speed with work, kids and family needs.

Most of the WA Community not only have these commitments, but have made the additional commitment of building a future through by using the blue print provide here at WA. A commitment of time and effort that for most turn 8 to 10 hour work days into 12 to 15 hour days or more. In other words almost everyone in the WA Community are even far more busy than most people are.

This weekend here in the US, we have a federal holiday that is always taken on the last Monday of May. Sadly, because most people in our country are so busy, we're are just glad to have an extra day away from work. We for get to take a step back and really think about what that holiday really is all about, any why it is a holiday to start with. Even more sad is the fact that unless today's kids taught what this holiday is all about.

As this weekend is spent doing whatever it is that you may have planned to do...be it a full blow vacation or a sort one, or a cookout with family and/or friends or simply staying at home, at some point I hope each of you will take at least a few minutes to truly think about what this weekend's holiday is all about. Take time to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

A some point today and/or tomorrow please take some time and remember. Remember that without all the sacrifices of so many throughout the history of this great country, none of us would have the freedom we enjoy today.

Sacrifices that began with the first shots of the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord that began our fight for independence, that continued with the signers of our Decoration of Independence and eventually ended with the siege and eventual surrender at Yorktown. There we're smaller wars to remember, such as the Northwsst Territory and both Barbary Wars followed by the War of 1812, as well as those who fell fighting for the independence of Texas and then War with Mexico.

We must also remember those that fought and sacrificed as a young country struggled to find its identity, a struggle that pitted brother against brother a Civil War in which more American lives would be lost than in all our other wars we have fought combined. There we're sacrifices made in smaller wars that followed, such as the Spanish-American War, but as America began to mature, so did our presence in the rest of the world leading us to our eventual late involvement of World War I.

The sacrifices in each of these conflicts are mostly long forgotten memories that exist only on the pages of books, and are only briefly mentioned to our children, if at all, in today's classrooms. So many paid the ultimate price so long ago to give this great nation the foundation it needed to stride forward and become a nation to be looked up to.

Sadly, the sacrifices made by so many in Europe during the "war to end all war", we're not the last that our country has had to give. As the aging few survivors from World War II still pay their respects to their fallen brothers each year on this day, the tremendous sacrifices from that war which ended some 73 years, will very soon be only written memories any a few pictures as the last of those that fought and survived, will soon be no more.

But even with all the sacrifices by those I have already mentioned, there are many, many more. There are thousands more that need to be remembered, for they too paid the ultimate price so that we each enjoy our freedoms and liberty. After WWII, we became involved in the Korea conflict (officially the US never declared a state of war with North Korea), then the Vietnam War, followed by the Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

So many Americans have paid the ultimate price fighting for this great country. Memorial Day has been set aside as a day for each of as to pay our respects to all those that have fallen.

I hope this post finds all WA members well, and that you appreciate the short walk back in time to remind us just how many sacrifices from so many that we should be remembering.

Ted

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MargeCramer Premium
Thanks. I too am so proud of those who are serving and have served. May we never forget the sacrifice these men and women did for the freedom we have today.
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TedP Premium
Hey Marge,

I would like to apologize for such a late response to your comment on my post. I always try to respond back to anyone who takes the time to read what I've written, and are kind enough to leave any comment. I simply over looked your thank you...please know that I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my post.

Thank You Again,
Ted
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RPP080879 Premium
AMEN! Thanks for posting this Ted.

Bob
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TedP Premium
Hey Bob,

I would like to apologize for such a late response to your comment on my post. I always try to respond back to anyone who takes the time to read what I've written, and are kind enough to leave any comment. I simply over looked your thank you...please know that I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my post.

Thank You Again,
Ted
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RPP080879 Premium
No problem for me Ted I was thankful that you wrote it. Have a great week.

Bob
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Steven-A Premium
amen
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TedP Premium
Hey Steven,

I would like to apologize for such a late response to your comment on my post. I always try to respond back to anyone who takes the time to read what I've written, and are kind enough to leave any comment. I simply over looked your thank you...please know that I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my post.

Your one word, says so much....

Thank You Again,
Ted
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Ted.
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TedP Premium
I would like to apologize for such a late response to your comment on my post. I always try to respond back to anyone who takes the time to read what I've written, and are kind enough to leave any comment. I simply over looked your thank you...please know that I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my post.

Thank You Again,
Ted
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bigrog44 Premium
No problem, Ted.
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FlorencioQ Premium
Thank you for the walk back in time Ted, well written. Sadly a lot of people don't realize the meaning of Memorial Day. To them it's just another day to have off and/or party.

I have a son who served in Iraq. We are fortunate that he made it home when some of his friends didn't.

God Bless all who served and are serving so that we may enjoy the freedom so many take for granted. Wishing you and everyone else a safe and happy Memorial Day.
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TedP Premium
Please thank your son for his service to our country. I had 3 uncle's that served in WWII, all made it home. My father served in the Air Force, as did myself, my younger sister and brother. My daughter's husband just left the Army on a medical discharge after 8 years (2 tours in Korea), and my son served a tour in the Navy before being force to leave on a medical as well. God bless all that serve this great country, and never forget those that gave there lives for our freedom.
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FlorencioQ Premium
Will do Ted, thank you and your whole family for their service WOW! That's what you call a military family. Great to hear everyone made it home. I tried to enlist in the army when I was 18 but I had a juvenile record so they wouldn't except me.
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TedP Premium
Thank You,

I would like to apologize for such a late response to your comment on my post. I always try to respond back to anyone who takes the time to read what I've written, and are kind enough to leave any comment. I simply over looked your thank you...please know that I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my post.

Thank You Again,
Ted
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FlorencioQ Premium
No problem Ted and you're very welcome. I understand how busy it gets.
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