Memorial Day — Carrying the Torch

Memorial Day – a day set aside to commemorate the brave hearts that laid down their lives for our nation. A day to remember that freedom isn’t really free and the rights we enjoy were paid—and continue to be paid for—with American blood. It is a day to remember those who hover as a cloud of witnesses above. MemorialDay_UnknownSoldierGrave_morguefile Today is a day off work for most; a day to enjoy family, friends and some good eats. While there is a somber tone for many—particularly for those who have recently lost loved ones or Brother/Sisters-in-arms. It is also a day to celebrate our liberty, constitutional rights and freedoms.

Properly planned, I would propose a portion of the day be dedicated to remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedoms. A portion of the day should also be spent rejoicing that sacrifice by enjoying our freedoms. And like all good holidays, a portion for rest and repose.

Whether you choose to remember a lost loved one, burn some meat on the grill, celebrate the day by popping a few caps at the range or something off the beaten path, please remember to take the appropriate time thank the fallen heroes, for the glory is theirs, but the duty to remember and carry the torch forward is ours.

Do you have a hero to remember? Please list him or her in the comment section for all to honor this Memorial Day. I’ll start with Capt. Ricardo A. Crocker.

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Comments (12)

  1. I honor the memory of my friend Daniel C. Orr, who served 2 tours in Viet Nam. Having trouble adjusting to the mysteries of civilian life, he returned to RVN as a civilian contractor, and was shot down in the streets of Saigon. He’s not listed as a KIA, but I’m here to testify that the War took this fine man’s life. You live in my heart Danny, and I’ll never know how I was the one who made it back.

  2. PFC Stephen D. Tingley, USMC of Ellington, CT. Killed on October 23rd, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon.

    May the cowardly scum that committed that act roast in Hell for all eternity.

    Steve was a very funny guy and a heck of an athlete. He will always be missed and never forgotten.

  3. You are so right Dave, and I am grateful to all who have given the ultimate sacrifice, and thank all who have served. We live our lives so hurriedly, thinking only of ourselves much of the time. However, one thing which immediately makes me think of those who have given their lives, is when I hear or read of those who want to re-write The Constitution, at least the Second Amendment, by mis-interpetation. When I hear people suggest that the Second Amendment is outdated, or never meant outside the home, or never was intended for modern arms, the first thing I think of is all the people who have paid in blood for that constitution and those amendments, and it enrages me, as it should each of us. It’s bad enough to have The Second Amendment, and then have to have a license to carry a gun, only to learn that as you cross city limits, and state lines, it can mean you’re breaking laws. I don’t think any of those who have paid the price would expect the rest of us to have to live this way.

  4. Harry Billheimer jr. U.S.N. USS Wasp. Fired 30 round of 20mm into a kamikaze during the last shoot down of the war.
    Hector Rubio USN ret. USS Yorktown . It was the Greatest generation! R.I.P.

    1. Many did not pay the price until years after the war. Fighters from the USS Wasp flew recon THROUGH the cloud of fallout over Hiroshima right after the blast. They landed packed with sand dirt and ash from the bomb. Harry said the flight deck was like a dust storm in the desert. The doctors say this is the ” wound” that got him. Thousands more did not die on the beach or in a rice paddy but did die from the war.

  5. To all those who have gone before and to those who will surely follow… I convey my deepest admiration for your sacrifice. Semper Fidelis

  6. Whether you were a cook, an office worker, a truck driver, a pilot, a sailor, an Army infantryman, a marine, a nurse, or whatever, if you were there then you know what is meant by “The Forgotten War”. God please bless all of the 39,000 men and women who never came back alive, and heal all of those who came back.

  7. In memory of Sergeant Arthur O. Zinnell Machine gun section Able Company 1st Battalion 1st Marine Regiment 1st Marine Division Korea 1952…RIP Semper Fi Art

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