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#615259 05/28/22 08:19 PM
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Hello all, I'd like to honor those vets who have gone before us on this most solemn holiday. Those who were KIA, survived a war or served but now passed should have our grateful thanks for the sacrifices they made for our great country.

I'd like to acknowledge my Father, Julius M. Westberg, 3rd Bn, 351st Inf Regt, 88th Inf Div "The Blue Devils" who served in the Italian campaign and was in the unit that liberated Rome. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star and Purple Heart w/OLC along with the normal campaign medals for WWII. He was the finest and most noble man I've ever known.

Lets not forget why we have this day. It's not about BBQ's, fun and games and family and friends. It's about them.

If you'd like to honor someone, please post their story. I think they'd like it.

Best Regards,

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Greg,
Well said! As a vet, it is a time to reflect and remember them. A peaceful Memorial Day to all.
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Father. Pathfinder stick commander, 3 Bn, 508th PIR, 82nd Airborne. KIA 20 June 44 at Pretot in Normandy. I and my twin brother followed in his footsteps. Poster at the WWII memorial on the Mall..beneath the airborne bronze.

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God Bless all who served and wishing everyone a Great Decoration/Memorial Day.

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Forever Young:
SSGT Thomas Henry Laird, "Air Apaches", 500th Bomb Sqdn, 345th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force, MIA/KIA October 16, 1943, Wewak, New Guinea
PFC Robert Hardeman, 2nd Marines, KIA July 2, 1944, Saipan. Mom's oldest brother; mother-in-law's only brother. Gil

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Solemn Memorial Day.

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The "Wall", monuments, memorials, and headstones have the names of our fallen heroes, this is where they live now and forever. Visit the ones you know instead of going to the beach, they are visited so seldom, and will be happy to hear from the ones they died for. Tell the children about them, so they will be remembered. As long as someone remembers them and why they died, they are still with us.
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Respect to those who gave (and are giving) their lives for our freedom. We must not forget them.

My wife’s father, the late Frank Cowley, was one of the lucky ones. A glider borne signaller in the British 1st Airborne he fought through Sicily, Italy and Arnhem but lived to an old age

He had to swim to the beach in Sicily, having first used his fighting knife to slash open the top of the glider to save the carrier pigeons from drowning.

At Arnhem he had to swim the Rhine to escape, being rescued on the far bank by the Polish “Grey Devils” of the 6th Airborne. He said that he recognised them by the smell of their aftershave.

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At my son's recent highschool graduation, the handful of students going into the millitary were singled out and honored with a standing ovation. Absolutely appropriate and with spectacular timing IMHO. I'll be thinking of my Army Air Corps father (& his beloved B-17s) on Monday, and all the kiddies who used to haunt the city park where I went to highschool, on those hot summer nights with all their Chevelles, GTOs, Mustangs, & Barracudas. After 1968 and the Tet Offensive, those gatherings never seemed to happen again. God Bless them all.

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Originally Posted by gjw
Hello all, I'd like to honor those vets who have gone before us on this most solemn holiday. Those who were KIA, survived a war or served but now passed should have our grateful thanks for the sacrifices they made for our great country.

Well said Greg. I heard many stories from my Grandmother and Great Uncle about their baby brother who never made it home from WWII. The sadness they felt from his loss never totally left them. I recall reading telegrams from the War Department that my Grandmother kept, notifying his family that he was missing in action, and then killed in action, and later that eyewitness accounts said that his position took a direct hit from a bomb, and his body was never recovered. Those who died to preserve our freedom made the ultimate sacrifice, and we should be thankful. But those parents and family members who never got to see them again paid a very heavy price too.

Several years ago, my nephew was working in the Butcher and Meats section of a local grocery store while he was in college. An elderly lady customer frequently stared at him when she shopped there for meat. And then one day she told him he was a handsome young man, and he looked just like her fiancé who had been killed in northern Africa during WWII. When she told him the name of her dead fiancé, he was stunned to realize that it was my Grandmother's brother, who would have been his Great-Great Uncle. When she came in a couple weeks later, she brought some letters he had sent her shortly before he was killed. She had kept them for nearly 70 years.

The meaning of Memorial Day hits closer to home for some...


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