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Ten years ago I worked for a year at Whitemarsh Memorial Park in Ambler, Pennsylvania. We set out two hundred flag poles in the morning and took them down at night for the four day weekend of Memorial Day. 





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In 1968 a young man from Nicholson, Pennsylvania was killed in Vietnam. He was 18 years old. He was a friend of mine. He and I had worked farms and put in hay together when we were young. 

He was the only person from Nicholson killed in Vietnam.




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In 1967 a young man from Dimock, Pennsylvania was killed in Vietnam. He was a Marine. He rode on my school bus. He was older than me but I knew him and his family. 

He was the only person killed in the war from Dimock, Pennsylvania. 



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I visit the cemeteries where my friends and family members that served are in, on every Memorial Day.
It took the better part of the day yesterday.
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It’s really important to remember all those who went, not just came those who didn’t come back.

My maternal grandfather was an armourer with the RAF. I have a funny memory of him – as a kid we went for a birthday to see an aircraft museum. My Grandparents came along. When one of the museum staff was showing us some old guns, he turned round, and in a few moments while he pointed to some posters, my grandfather had disassembled the .303 Browning that the museum had on display. Got a bit of a chuckle when the museum staff looked so confused as to why his artefact was in neatly laid out bits 😉

We sadly lost my great uncle in the second world war. He was a navigator for bomber command pathfinders. We’re not sure if he flew in Lancasters or Mosquitos, I should look it up one day. (pathfinders – illuminated with flares and radio targets for the main night bombing force). Anyway, his plane went down over the Bay of Biscay and his name is recorded on the RAF memorial at Runnymede. Runnymede is fitting because it is where in 1215 the Magna Carta was signed, one of the first documents limiting the absolute power of a monarch and as such one of the first documents setting out the rights of free man.

It is important that we all remember in amongst the flag waving is a great deal of personal sacrifice and we should never stop watching and holding governments (to paraphrase, both foreign and domestic) accountable.

Recently, we've had some commemoration of the 75th anniversary dambusters raids. My uncle, who's named after my deceased caused great uncle, confusion amongst his kids when he ran outside to watch as a Lancaster Bomber flew over. Sadly, my cousins didn't realise the significance of what that represented. Here's a link to a video of a Lancaster going over a reservoir where the dambusters practiced. If the sound of 4 Rolls-Royce Merlins doesn't make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, not sure what will.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsWDp-hDHa8

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One of the graves I visit is the father of a very good friend of mine. He was a waist gunner on a B17 in the European theater. He never talked about his combat, just life in the barracks. He was a very interesting and intelligent man, and a great shot. I always thought he was a wrench turner on a ground crew. It wasn't until his funeral that I found out he was a waist gunner; and I had known the man for decades.
The air war over Europe was every bit as bloody, if not more, as the war on the ground.
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Originally posted by Scrumbag Scrumbag wrote:

It’s really important to remember all those who went, not just came those who didn’t come back.

My maternal grandfather was an armourer with the RAF. I have a funny memory of him – as a kid we went for a birthday to see an aircraft museum. My Grandparents came along. When one of the museum staff was showing us some old guns, he turned round, and in a few moments while he pointed to some posters, my grandfather had disassembled the .303 Browning that the museum had on display. Got a bit of a chuckle when the museum staff looked so confused as to why his artefact was in neatly laid out bits 😉

We sadly lost my great uncle in the second world war. He was a navigator for bomber command pathfinders. We’re not sure if he flew in Lancasters or Mosquitos, I should look it up one day. (pathfinders – illuminated with flares and radio targets for the main night bombing force). Anyway, his plane went down over the Bay of Biscay and his name is recorded on the RAF memorial at Runnymede. Runnymede is fitting because it is where in 1215 the Magna Carta was signed, one of the first documents limiting the absolute power of a monarch and as such one of the first documents setting out the rights of free man.

It is important that we all remember in amongst the flag waving is a great deal of personal sacrifice and we should never stop watching and holding governments (to paraphrase, both foreign and domestic) accountable.

Recently, we've had some commemoration of the 75th anniversary dambusters raids. My uncle, who's named after my deceased caused great uncle, confusion amongst his kids when he ran outside to watch as a Lancaster Bomber flew over. Sadly, my cousins didn't realise the significance of what that represented. Here's a link to a video of a Lancaster going over a reservoir where the dambusters practiced. If the sound of 4 Rolls-Royce Merlins doesn't make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, not sure what will.


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My father lost the middle finger on his right hand in WWII, shot off.  He was bandaged and shipped to the Pacific theater.  He did not see home for over 4 years.  

One of my uncles served in Leyte Gulf... he would never speak of it.

Another uncle, Air Force, was at Midway... a plane exploded on landing and he was burned 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 50% of his body... not expected to live, but he recovered... he suffered every day from the pain of the scar tissue... he never complained.

One of my very best friends got 3 Purple Hearts, Bronze Star, put in for Silver Star (refused because he was an asshole), Meritorious Service Medal, etc... he died because the VA would not take care of him...

I have a number of other tales... some I will never tell... but I NEVER forget...

I'm PROUD to be an AMERICAN...
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 I'm glad that you all remember. Seems that the number of people who understand what those flags represent grows smaller every year. I watch people, how some sights and sounds effect them. I watch a crowd of people when the flag is raised, I watch people when the anthem plays. You can see who's heart is invested in this country and what it costs to keep her.............Seems to be getting harder to keep back the tears when I see and hear those things. Honor, Courage, Service, Duty. Hooah!!

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