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What Does Memorial Day Mean to You?

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    It's a simple question, but one that will undoubtedly elicit a different reaction from a variety of people: What does Memorial Day mean to you? Is it a somber day when you think of a loved one lost in a conflict abroad? Is it a day that makes you think about all those who fought and died while serving our country? Or is it a day that makes you lament the millions of American citizens who have died fighting wars countless leaders have sent them into?

    When I sit back and think about Memorial Day, I admit that I have contradictory feelings about many things. I don't have any direct relatives who have died in foreign wars, but I do have direct relatives who have fought in them. I consider myself lucky that they have all returned safely from whatever engagement they have been sent off to and remind myself how lucky I am, especially since I have friends and acquaintances who aren't as fortunate.

    Memorial Day is definitely a day when I sit and think about all the countless citizens who have died fighting for our country and I admit to spending a lot of time lamenting the fact that so many millions of our citizens have died in foreign engagements our leaders have sent them in to for a variety of reasons. When I think about Memorial Day, a quote by Jean-Paul Sartre often pops up in my head: "when the rich wage war, it's the poor who die." It's a powerful, but true, statement which continues to ring true to this day.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Freedom is paid for by the blood and sacrifice of those that go forth into war and conflict, fighting for beliefs in how people should live. Our Armed Forces men and women who died throughout America and in the world deserve our upmost thoughts, prayers and thanks for job well done. However, the job is not done, America still fights for freedom and against tyranny around the world. Our parents, friends and people we revere are also thought of on Memorial Day. So, military and all people who have died comes a Day where we can reflect good thought and a privilege to remember their good life.

    I will be remembering my parents, friends, and all military people that have died for service to our country. A day for memories and give thanks for knowing them. I remember last year while visiting family that lives in England. One Uncle who served both American and British forces in WWII, which he retired from the RAF. He was in a home for the aged and living comfortably. I thought this would be the last time I would get to see him, so I took an special opportunity upon departing. I took his hand holding it a good firm handshake and said, "Thank you for your service to our countries". Tears welled up in his eyes, which I took as he knew full well of what I was saying and he appreciated it.

    Memorial Day is about keeping memories of departed friends, family and those that serve our country. God Bless those that fight for freedom and the blessings that God bestows to all of us.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Amc good answer, and you are mostly correct.

    Memorial Day is for us to remember those who died in military service. Not for those who served, not for those who were injured, it's for those that died while in service.

    But you are closer than many people who think it's only about getting a day off work, the unofficial start of summer, a drinking holiday, the day the pool opens...etc.

    If you want to be true to the meaning...Let's remember those who DIED while in service, so that we can all enjoy our freedom.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Sheesh James --

    AMC writes an emotional post of remembering his loved ones that serve and died for our country, and you have to find something to be picky about it. Why? Can't you just once appreciate his post without applying a "school teacher" grade?
  • Democrat
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    As a veteran , I know of several of my friends ,including two school mates of mine, who did not make the trip home alive, but instead arrived home in a casket, I remember everyone of them, I also remember those who came home damaged, wounded inside , and then forgotten about, a dirty little secret that our government did not want the citizens to know about, I remember Bobby ,one of my schoolmates who was drafted and did not want to serve in a combat capacity, so instead he became a navy corpsman and was attached to the Marines, and was killed as he was administering first aid to a fallen marine, Bobby just saw 19 years of life, tommy was another , a lanky kid from north philly who had the biggest toothiest grin of anyone I ever knew, he also died in his 19th year as a member of the 173rd, airborne,, it's not just about those who died but about insuring that those who came back will always see that their memories will not be forgotten, 'All gave some ,but some gave all", a silent prayer of thanks will do before the hot dogs and fireworks begin, that's all we ask.
  • Liberal
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    I'm going to Canada to spend some time with my "real American friends"! A few ex-pats, also that never came back after moving there in the "60's" will drop in I'm sure.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Yes lets remember those men and women who lost their lives; not always for the good or safety of his country; what a terrible waste of human live.
    Let us think for a change and make sure our leaders do not play with slogans only : "This keeps our country safe" before we enter another war or far from our bed conflict.
  • Democrat
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    pr Wrote: I'm going to Canada to spend some time with my "real American friends"! A few ex-pats, also that never came back after moving there in the "60's" will drop in I'm sure.



    The difference between your ex-pats and the soldiers that paid the price for duty to their country, is that your friends can elect to come back as they received a pardon several years ago, while the many war dead do not have that option. It's a sad thing to claim that you do not have any "real American friends" here in the contiguous United States.
  • Independent
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    johnnycee Wrote:
    pr Wrote: I'm going to Canada to spend some time with my "real American friends"! A few ex-pats, also that never came back after moving there in the "60's" will drop in I'm sure.
    The difference between your ex-pats and the soldiers that paid the price for duty to their country, is that your friends can elect to come back as they received a pardon several years ago, while the many war dead do not have that option. It's a sad thing to claim that you do not have any "real American friends" here in the contiguous United States.
    Sorry, I doubt that he has no friends here. People who ducked the "draft" were smart. They did not duck it without reason; Vietnam and many other wars were huge mistakes; for instance the lives of our soldiers wasted in Iraq just for "revenge" was double the lives lost on 9/11. Is that something to be proud of? I sure have respect for all these wasted lives. Because of having the wrong leaders; this rememberance day makes me even more sad, because these people were totally wasted without any protest of the people here. This was only done for Vietnam after the fact. Wake up America; wars are not just Nintendo games.
  • Other Party
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    Schmidt Wrote: Sheesh James --

    AMC writes an emotional post of remembering his loved ones that serve and died for our country, and you have to find something to be picky about it. Why? Can't you just once appreciate his post without applying a "school teacher" grade?
    Schmidt Sorry if you misinterpreted the meaning of my reply to Amc. I certainly did not mean to offend Amc or anyone else, and if you read my post you can see that I said ..."Amc good answer, and you are mostly correct"... The reason I said that is because I thought he gave a good answer, and he was mostly correct. He was far more correct than many Americans would be, because many of our population would not even know that Memorial Day had anything to do with our military, don't you agree?

    Memorial Day used to be referred to as Decoration Day for decorating graves of veterans, and started mostly in the South after the Civil War and was quickly adopted nationwide.

    Many people, mistake the meanings of Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Memorial Day is for remembering those who died in military service, while Veterans Day is for remembering the service of all our veterans.

    Amc and I were just answering jareds post, where he asked ..."what does Memorial Day mean to you?"... I think it is always good to get our facts straight.

    Please accept my apologies if my reply to Amc and jared offended you. But I DID appreciate his reply and DID NOT apply a school teacher grade.
  • Liberal
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    johnnycee Wrote:
    pr Wrote: I'm going to Canada to spend some time with my "real American friends"! A few ex-pats, also that never came back after moving there in the "60's" will drop in I'm sure.



    The difference between your ex-pats and the soldiers that paid the price for duty to their country, is that your friends can elect to come back as they received a pardon several years ago, while the many war dead do not have that option. It's a sad thing to claim that you do not have any "real American friends" here in the contiguous United States.
    Don't put words in my mouth. I didn't say I didn't have any real American friends, I said I had real American friends in Canada. Big difference!
  • Democrat
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    pr Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote:
    pr Wrote: I'm going to Canada to spend some time with my "real American friends"! A few ex-pats, also that never came back after moving there in the "60's" will drop in I'm sure.
    The difference between your ex-pats and the soldiers that paid the price for duty to their country, is that your friends can elect to come back as they received a pardon several years ago, while the many war dead do not have that option. It's a sad thing to claim that you do not have any "real American friends" here in the contiguous United States.
    Don't put words in my mouth. I didn't say I didn't have any real American friends, I said I had real American friends in Canada. Big difference!




    Didn't put any words in your mouth merely quoted you " I'm going to Canada to spend some time with my "real American friends", the implication being that you don't have real American friends where you reside, now by saying that you are going to spend some time with your real friends means that you are not with any real friends here, so where was I putting words in your mouth? I also sympathized with you for not having any real friends here, so what's the problem, you either have real friends here or not, you certainly can have both ,but by including only one, you deny the other.
  • Independent
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    johnnycee Wrote:
    pr Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote:
    pr Wrote: I'm going to Canada to spend some time with my "real American friends"! A few ex-pats, also that never came back after moving there in the "60's" will drop in I'm sure.
    The difference between your ex-pats and the soldiers that paid the price for duty to their country, is that your friends can elect to come back as they received a pardon several years ago, while the many war dead do not have that option. It's a sad thing to claim that you do not have any "real American friends" here in the contiguous United States.
    Don't put words in my mouth. I didn't say I didn't have any real American friends, I said I had real American friends in Canada. Big difference!
    Didn't put any words in your mouth merely quoted you " I'm going to Canada to spend some time with my "real American friends", the implication being that you don't have real American friends where you reside, now by saying that you are going to spend some time with your real friends means that you are not with any real friends here, so where was I putting words in your mouth? I also sympathized with you for not having any real friends here, so what's the problem, you either have real friends here or not, you certainly can have both ,but by including only one, you deny the other.
    J.C. I repeat what I said before; may be you did not read it:

    Sorry, I doubt that he has no friends here. People who ducked the "draft" were smart. They did not duck it without reason; Vietnam and many other wars were huge mistakes; for instance the lives of our soldiers wasted in Iraq just for "revenge" was double the lives lost on 9/11. Is that something to be proud of? I sure have respect for all these wasted lives. Because of having the wrong leaders; this rememberance day makes me even more sad, because these people were totally wasted without any protest of the people here. This was only done for Vietnam after the fact. Wake up America; wars are not just Nintendo games.

    So the point is we should be aware that all those soldiers would be still alive if we would not have invaded all those countries who did not attack us in the first place. Especially the Vietnam and Iraq wars did nothing "to keep us safe" the biggest B.S. slogan ever. So I feel pity for all the families etc. who lost their loved ones for nothing.
  • Liberal
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    JC seems to forget that "American" means anyone whom is living in North or South America. Like most things in life, US Americans believe they are the only real Americans rather than just a part of the whole picture! Just for the record, many of my real American friends were born in Canada - sorta like that great American patriot Ted Cruz!
  • Democrat
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    pr Wrote: JC seems to forget that "American" means anyone whom is living in North or South America. Like most things in life, US Americans believe they are the only real Americans rather than just a part of the whole picture! Just for the record, many of my real American friends were born in Canada - sorta like that great American patriot Ted Cruz!
    Nice try,Pr, whenever I asked anyone , and I do know many, from both Central America and South America, never once did they say they were Americans, as a matter of fact most places around the world take for granted that whenever anyone says American they automaticly assume it's meant to mean the United States of America. I don't know many Canadians to ask or survey but I bet that they call themselves Canadians and not Americans or North Americans.