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“Honey, You Remember Dada?

Bookmark and Share   “I missed you so much.  I’m sorry I went away

Those are the words spoken by this soldier on his return home from the war.  Who is the one he speaks those words to?  It is to the one who rushes to his side before anyone else can get to him.

See for yourself and if you still don’t undersatnd why they are man’s best friend….than you never will.

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Have Some Respect This Memorial Day

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Bookmark and Share  The barbecues are being prepared. Cars are being packed for road trips to spots of recreation and swimming pools and beaches are being prepared for the introduction of summer’s inaugural visitors to usher in the activities of the season.

Like birds flocking south for the winter, it is all a part of summertime rituals that begin at the sounding of a bell that is called Memorial Day.

In some respects it is a wholesome sort of tradition that seems to be quite pleasant, but in truth, the time has become a tragic example of lost sensibilities and respect.

Memorial Day is a national day of mourning. At least that is what it was intended to be. And in case you wondered, that is one reason why the phrase “Happy Memorial Day” is never really appropriate and has never really caught on. The day is a sad one. Yet when this holiday of sincere appreciation for our fallen defenders of freedom approaches, few people utilize it for its intended purpose.

Such disregard is shameful.

Memorial Day was originally honored on May 30th but it was changed to accommodate Americans with an extended weekend. That extra consecutive day off helped to fuel the focus on fun but it also helped dilute the purpose of the day. There were efforts by some, like Hawaii’s Senator Daniel Inouye, who proposed legislation to move the holiday from the last Monday of every May back to it’s original May 30th date.

The merit of that measure is debatable but what is not debatable is the fact that our tributes and heartfelt appreciation for the men and women who gave all in the defense of our nation and its values should not require legislative prompting.

Be it blood shed on the beaches of Normandy, limbs lost in Korea, kamikaze piloted planes crashing on the deck of a battleship in the Pacific, a roadside bomb in Baghdad, the lives lost in such events and under such circumstances, warrant your consideration and require your sincerest debt of gratitude.

The honorable men and women who sacrificed their lives in order for us to have a better life deserve more than a commemoration that is marked by your taking advantage of a summer sale or your eating a funnel cake while strolling down a favorite seaside boardwalk.

That is why this Monday, although I do not ask you to deny yourself the pleasure of a break from work or an enjoyable romp in the surf of a sunny beach, I do ask you to take some time to be thankful and grateful for those who gave their lives for ours.

Decorate the grave of a fallen soldier while reflecting on who that person was, what they did and how meaningful their actions were. Visit with a Gold Star family and offer words of warmth, solace, consolation and appreciation.

At the very least, offer a moment of personal prayer or reflection for those who have died so that you could live. Pay some kind of respect to those who gave their all so that you could have it all.

Oceans of tears have been shed by sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters and husbands and wives who have all lost loved ones that fought in valiant battles meant to preserve all that we take for granted in our nation. But on Memorial Day don’t take anything for granted. Don’t take our freedom or opportunities for granted. Don’t take the efforts of those who died for America and its cause for granted.

On Memorial Day you can make sure you have enough hot dogs for the grill. Make sure you have your swim trunks packed and your Frisbee on hand. Have some fun. That’s fine.

But also have some respect.

Don’t let Memorial Day go by without giving it the meaning it deserves and don’t let its meaning get by you.

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FLAG-GATE

As the Democrats wrapped up their convention they also wrapped up the America flags which they used to show their patriotism. They wrapped them up in garbage bags that were set aside dumpsters outside of INVESCO Field.

According to an Obama official “All of the flags at Invesco were picked up and put in bags and into storage, along with the unused flags and campaign signs. The flags were going to be donated, and the signs were going to be sent out to be used elsewhere”. The official maintained anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

But if he was authorized to speak for them would he actually claim that the garbage that contained these flags along with crumpled, handwritten Obama for President signs and crushed soda and coffee cups, was actually a system of storage?

Was placing the flags in garbage bags filled with garbage next to a dumpster some sort of shipping operation?

Putting aside the actions of the campaign for a moment, I wonder how the flags got left behind on the seats and grounds, by the Obama fans in attendance for his acceptance.

I know that after I have waved an American flag with pride, my pride does not stop when the waving stops. I would have kept that flag and taken it with me. But I guess that sense of patriotic pride and fervor does not exist with the Obama supporters at Invesco Field.

But back to Obama’s campaign, lets get this straight folks, the over 12,000 flags tossed in garbage bags, with garbage and placed next to garbage dumpsters were not intended for future use. They were not going to be recycled for the next Obama campaign stop. No, not in his campaign.

But after being found they were saved from the real and symbolic treatment offered by Obama and they were delivered in 84 neatly packed bundles by Boy Scouts to a McCain-Palin campaign event in Colorado Springs.

Now this issue is really not an issue, I admit. But there is significant symbolism in the Obama campaign’s throwing the flags away. It is also a look into the mindset of the campaign of a man running for President. It demonstrates a lack of respect. It signifies the Obama camp’s reluctance to respect the flag.

A man like John McCain who has fought and almost died for this country understands the significance and symbolism of the flag. He understands the meaning behind it as well as the nation it represent.

Barack apparently does not. The throwing away of 12,000 flags by the Obama campaign shows us that they are not for America but that they think America is for just for them. For them to take advantage of. For them to blame. They use America for themselves and care not about truly doing things for America.

On the other hand we have in John McCain a man who puts country first. A man whose respect for country and flag prohibits him from throwing it all away.

No, the throwing away of our flag is not an issue that can rise to the importance of war or life threatening diseases, but it does rise the occasion of showing us a look at ones respect and love of country.

Barack Obama did not throw these flags away but his campaign people did. They are the type of people that Barack Obama entrusts and surrounds himself with. They are the people who advise him and help reinforce his thinking.

Barack did not throw them away himself but my friend, birds of a feather flock together and his flock is not what we can put stock in.

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