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This is what’s it’s about, the cost of Freedom and all that which we hold dear:

Caisson

Sentry

I couldn’t do a better job than Trace Adkins, besides my vision tends to get blurry writing about this peaceful piece of property, overlooking the river.

Arlington

I never thought that this is where I’d settle down.
I thought I’d die an old man back in my hometown.
They gave me this plot of land,
Me and some other men, for a job well done.

There’s a big White House sits on a hill just up the road.
The man inside, he cried the day they brought me home.
They folded up a flag and told my Mom and Dad:
“We’re proud of your son.”

And I’m proud to be on this peaceful piece of property.
I’m on sacred ground and I’m in the best of company.
I’m thankful for those thankful for the things I’ve done.
I can rest in peace;
I’m one of the chosen ones:
I made it to Arlington.

I remember Daddy brought me here when I was eight.
We searched all day to find out where my grand-dad lay.
And when we finally found that cross,
He said: “Son, this is what it cost to keep us free.”

Now here I am, a thousand stones away from him.
He recognized me on the first day I came in.
And it gave me a chill when he clicked his heels,
And saluted me.

And I’m proud to be on this peaceful piece of property.
I’m on sacred ground and I’m in the best of company.
I’m thankful for those thankful for the things I’ve done.
I can rest in peace;
I’m one of the chosen ones:
I made it to Arlington.

And everytime I hear twenty-one guns,
I know they brought another hero home to us.

And I’m proud to be on this peaceful piece of property.
I’m on sacred ground and I’m in the best of company.
We’re thankful for those thankful for the things we’ve done.
We can rest in peace;
‘Cause we are the chosen ones:
We made it to Arlington.

Yeah, dust to dust,
Don’t cry for us:
We made it to Arlington.

To Jack Murtha, John Edwards and the rest of your ilk, you know who you are. You aren’t fit to look at, let alone touch this sacred ground, bought and paid for by much better men than us all.

In a fitting and proper salute to those we honor today, RadioCIA will be airing an appropriate special Memorial Day-2007 show tonight at 9 pm CT. In addition to our music, I managed to choke out a few fitting words honoring those that have made the Ultimate Sacrifice before, and the many to come.

68 Responses to “Here Rests In Honored Glory”
  1. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    Thank you, Jackboot.

    I’m taking the girls today to visit. We live about 12 miles away, and try to go a couple of times a year.

    Hard to imagine that a country could ever deserve this many Heros.

    Via con Dios.

  2. LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR Comment by LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR

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    Good for you Wil, our children must see and feel what the true price heroes pay for the elusive, precious thing we call Freedom. It’s not found in protest flags and talking points, it lies quietly beneath rows and rows of simple, white markers in many places around the world.

    G_d Bless you for raising the next generation of Americans in a fitting and proper fashion.

    And no, we don’t deserve what they have given us, not by any measure, yet they always have and will.

    -JB-

  3. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Today, ask yourselves; are we living lives worthy of their sacrifice?

    Beautiful photos Jackboot, thank you. Wil, do me a favor while you’re at Arlington. Pick a grave, any will do, and say thank you from me.

    I always read the following two poems on Memorial Day. I would like to share them with you all.

    Unknown USMC

    The chaplain wore no helmet,
    his head was bowed in prayer.
    his face was seamed with sorrow,
    but a trace of hope was there.

    Our ranks were hushed and silent,
    and diminished by our loss.
    At our feet, the rows of crosses
    told how much a battle cost.

    Rows of neat, white wooden crosses
    and Stars of David too,
    marked the grave sites of our brothers
    whose fighting days were through.

    Friends of mine were lying there;
    Ski, and Ace, and Slim,
    Bo, and Jack, Bill and Joe,
    Dusty, Tex, and Jim.
    Each had a simple marker,
    but the closest one to me
    was a plain white wooden headboard
    marked “Unknown USMC”.

    In this final camp of comrades
    it was somehow strange and odd,
    that a man should lie among them
    known to none except his God.

    Who can he be, I wondered.
    Was he white or black or red?
    This man who shares a resting place
    with our loved and honored dead.

    He cannot be a stranger
    but a friend whose lonely track
    has brought him here among us.
    I think I’ll call him Mac.

    Mac is a name we often use,
    and it’s been used on me.
    Far better than the epitaph,
    “Unknown USMC”.

    So many times I heard it
    in the blackness of the night.
    Through the swirling mist of combat,
    with a battle at its height.
    “Hey Mac” a voice would call,
    “We could use some help out here.
    I’ve got a man that’s wounded.
    Can you get him to the rear?”

    “Hey Mac, I’m really burning up.
    The suns so blazing hot-
    Could you spare a drop of water?
    Gee thanks Mac, thanks a lot.”

    The day when I was wounded,
    hurt and lying in the snow,
    a cigarette offered to me
    by a man I didn’t know.

    He quickly stopped the bleeding
    and rolled me on my back,
    grinned and gripped his rifle,
    and said, “Take it easy Mac”.

    A simple word. A simple name.
    but still it proves to me,
    that no man ever really is
    “Unknown USMC”.

    The chaplain prayer is finished,
    our colors gently dip,
    the rifle squad is ready;
    the bugler wets his lips.

    With blurry eye and saddened heart
    I hear the rifles crack.
    Taps floats softly on the air
    - I say goodbye to Mac

    Anonymous

    and;

    If you are able,
    save for them a place
    inside of you,
    and save one backwards glance
    when you are leaving
    for the places they can no longer go.
    Be not ashamed to say
    you loved them,
    though you may
    or may not have always.
    Take what they have taught you
    with their dying
    and keep it with your own.
    And in that time
    when men decide and feel safe
    to call war insane,
    take one moment to embrace
    those gentle heroes
    you left behind.

    Maj. Michael Davis O’Donnell
    1 January, 1970
    Dak To, Viet Nam

  4. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911

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    ..but, I do like to brag.. say’s Johhny Cash in Ragged Old Flag.

  5. LC SkyeChild Comment by LC SkyeChild

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    Crunchie,

    Thanks for the poem. That was very moving. We’re nowhere near Arlington, but I think I may to visit our local base cemetery. It’s the least I can do.

  6. Rurik Comment by Rurik

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    Thank you. Somehow “Happy Memorial Day” sounds a little shallow to my ear.
    Tonight the toast is “To those not with us”.

    A visit to some of the milblogs might also be very timely. I’d recommend the classic No Tears in Heaven at Sergeant Hook

  7. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911

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    Well, leave it to Crunchie to go straight for the heart.

    Today, ask yourselves; are we living lives worthy of their sacrifice?

    There’s a tuff one Bro’.
    ‘Reckon being worthy is an ongoing,, er, thing. Livin’ the life, like ya say, as opposed to just slappin’ on a bumper sticker. “cough-spit”.

    The Original Inhabitants of this place often regarded the world through which we pass not as an inheritance from our ancestors, but as a trust, a loan from our future posterity.

    Though we well know the cost of securing it for them, today we will count the price again. And again next year. And on.

    I only hope we can give our children something to enjoy and be proud of, and that our posterity is kind in their judgment.

    Peace to you and all of yours,
    These heroes give treasured hope to us all.

  8. Unregistered Comment by Blue Star Rider

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    Yes, the greatest country in the world has produced the greatest heroes, those who selflessly gave their lives. I carry a photo remembrance from a hero’s funeral I attended, a POW named Tommy Tucker, who was brutally butchered last year. His photo reminds me that no matter how life gets me down this hero gave his life for me, a citizen of the United States. It is my duty to cherish the freedom he fought and died for.

  9. L.C. Rowane Comment by L.C. Rowane

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    I have two brothers in arms who reside in that hallowed neighborhood. Wil, if y’all happen to get by SSgt Ronald Wright say “Hi,” because I won’t be able to make it this year.

  10. Unregistered Comment by LC Theresa

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    I visited Arlington last June. There were several Honor Guards performing funerals. As we walked to the Tomb of the Unknown with the crowd of visitors, there wasn’t any talking above a whisper. My kids asked me if we, my husband and I, will be buried there. I told them we hadn’t earned the privilege. There is a feeling of peace and pride at Arlington. But I also felt it at the VA cementary in Denver, CO last year when we buried my Vietnam Vet uncle. I would like to say Thank You to all those who have served and those who continue to serve. A special shout out to my nephew, Private (soon to be Specialist)Ryan Dawkins, 72nd MAC, 1st ENBN, stationed at Camp Anaconda. Praying for you and all our troops safe return. God Bless the US Military and God Bless America

  11. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN

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    I don’t get to post much anymore. Life changes. What doesn’t change is the heartfelt feelings I have for my American friends and for the very idea of “America” itself. Though coming from two families, and a country, with proud military tradions, I am always in awe of the courage, determination and sacrifice of my brothers “to the south” and hold your military in the highest of esteem.
    At a time when the soldiers of our two countries are fighting and dying together on the inhospitable plains and mountains of Afghanistan, I just wanted to take time on this Memorial Day to pass on the message to the families of all the unsung heroes that you are
    not alone. There is more than one Northern heart that grieves with you and more than one Northern arm that will carry a sword in defence of all that we love and cherish. To those who wish us ill, and to their fellow travellers, lie in your soft, warm beds and listen and be warned. Do not take the tears and sentiments that you hear today as weakness. It is the sounds of free men and women grieving their lost loved ones and, in doing so, reaffirming their willingness to step forward and say “Take me Lord, I will go”

    I would just like to take my leave by relating the following Toast. It is the Airborne Toast but, today, it is for all the fallen heroes of all of the Services
    of the the United States:

    “I have ridden the skies in great machines, hooked up and jumped with the best of men. I have fought long and hard, and when I felt I had no energy left, I have been fired by the fear that if I stopped fighting, my comrades would die. And when I was in danger, enemy all around, I heard the thunder from my left and my right, as my life was defended. I have never been alone. I will live, jump, fight and battle to the death, if needed, with the greatest assemblage of men on earth.

    Gentlemen, to the brotherhood of the Airborne.

    God Bless America and The Maple Leaf Forever.

    Joe D.

  12. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    The very first thing that I do when I visit any battlefield is to walk the national cemetary there. I’ve done it at Gettysburg, Antietam/Sharpsburg, and have walked the Punchbowl at Pearl Harbor. It’s done to remind me of what happened there and to pay homage to the heroes that reside there permanently.

    My plan this summer was to travel to Gettysburg for a week, and to go to Arlington. I’ve never been there but have always wanted to. Now, due to work requirements I won’t be making that trip…will do it next year though.

    so this is what I will do to honor our brave departed this Memorial Day:

    Fly the Flag high (I have no means to put it to half staff)
    Go to the local Memorial Day parade
    Shake the hand of any soldier/sailor/airman/marine that I see there and wish them well
    Read, reflect, and remember this poem:

    He’s gone.
    I do not understand.
    I only know
    That, as he turned to go
    And waved his hand,
    In his young eyes a sudden glory shone,
    And I was dazzled by a sunset glow –
    And he was gone.

    Here is a site called The Poetry of War, take some time to read what is there

    Remember them

  13. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Joe…………you touched my soul…..wet-eyed….thanks, Brother. Good to see you. I will consider your dad again on this day. Yes, I remember…….one of a legion of silent men having left a precious legacy behind for their children. Now it rests in our hands, for we have big shoes to fill. I will consider that in about half an hour……as will many others in this small town.

  14. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

  15. LC&IB Vulcanrider Comment by LC&IB Vulcanrider

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    The first photo and the words to Arlington brought back a flood of memories. JFK’s funeral procession, growing up within sight of Arlington, going to the cemetary on field trips in elementary school, seeing the Tomb of the Unknowns and thinking even back then how much I’d like to one day be one of those doing the honors, attending the funerals of heroes from my time in uniform, and finally, walking behind the riderless horse as we took my uncle to his rest in that hallowed ground.

    Thanks for the memories, JB. Some might find them macabre and sorrowful, but each has a special place for me on this special day.

    Do not stand by my grave and weep … I am not there;
    I do not sleep.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds
    circling in flight.
    Do not stand by my grave and cry …
    I am not there. I did not die.
    — Royster

  16. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Joe D, we’ve sorely missed you around here. Glad to see you again, I some how knew that you would be here today. God bless ya Joe, don’t be such a stranger.

  17. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    Thank you, to those who stand, or stood, or fell.

    Without you, there would likely be no freedom to discuss your sacrifice, or peace to give us time for idle words.

  18. Princess Natasha Comment by Princess Natasha

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    LC Mrs. M, I had to shamelessly steal that quote you posted. I hope it is OK with you.

  19. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    Be my guest Nat. It was just one of several I got from searching for Memorial Day quotes to use for my graphic on CIA. Glad you liked it.

  20. patriot73 Comment by patriot73

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    Amazing photos. Thank you to all who have served and allowed my family to live free in this country. Thank you to those who protect our walls from the barbarians who so want this shining example of freedom to be destroyed. Rest in peace to those have gone. Job well done!!!

  21. Beth* A. Comment by Beth* A.

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    I’m very glad to have friends and family, and the LCs here, who DO understand what today means, how valuable it is to each of us personally. How GRAND was the gift our Men and Women, our Troops, have given us all here in the United States.

    I’ve shed some tears this day for this honorable, elite group of Americans to whom we owe our very existence. We need to remember them. We owe that back, to them. If not today, when?…..

  22. bdfaith Comment by bdfaith

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    LC 0311 crunchie, I’m copying that first poem to a separate post at my place. If you object please let me know and I’ll take it down.

    Bill Faith
    USAF 1970-1974
    Viet Nam 1971-1972
    Proud Veteran-American

  23. LC & IB GuyS Comment by LC & IB GuyS

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    To all my brothers; Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, thank you for your (past and present) service. To all who have given “that last full measure of devotion” my silent and heartfelt prayer.

    May God bless you all, and God bless America.

  24. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    Crunchie (@ # 3):

    Done, Sir!

    We watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb (worth going to, all for itself). This was about an hour after the Presidential Wreath laying. Following this, we were in section # 35, and I asked my youngest to pick one of the grave markers. Her eyes got big (she’s seven), and asked “ME, Daddy?” I nodded yes, and she looked around, walked in about three rows, looked again, and pointed to one, and said “This one, Daddy!” We said “thank you” and a short prayer as a family. Just so you will know, Crunchie, the one she picked was one of the plain white, small grave markers that exist by the tens of thousands at Arlington. Captain Charles Ray, United States Army Air Corps, Pilot, Died in Action April 1, 1944.

    We did this at the grave sites of a couple of other random Heros today, but this was the only one I wrote down.

    Rowane, If I had seen your post before I left, I would have been happy to look the marker up. I’m sure we came somewhere close, though, and we did say Thanks quite a lot. As info, we were near the Lee House as you were making your post.

    ================

    “Absent Friends.”

  25. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    It proved not as I expected. Not quite…for I believe this time we were not alone.
    Parking the truck. Silently we pad up the walkway, flags on both sides waving us on….MIA, California Republic, Old Glory….big ones, little ones……….to see familiar faces, hand shakes, silent appreciation given and accepted. Smelling burgers cooking.
    The young are starting to return….in uniform…….to sit and wait for it to begin. The honor guard approaching from the left flank, standing to pay our respects.
    A man of Mexican ancestry behind us, his little son in tow…..instructing him to place his hand on his heart reciting the pledge….the American ideal, to be shared among all peoples seeking freedom……..how utterly wonderful. A community, together as one people, a silent somber recognition of what we have been given…..
    The pledge, a quiet determination.
    The national anthem…..
    Affirmations and stories related, some making the eyes sting.
    Gently a trumpet cries…….Taps………….
    Behind the silent tombstones…..
    Somehow I do not think they remained silent…not today.
    History was shared by one man having fought at Iwo……his tear stained eyes as he repeated seeing five thousand crosses and stars of David before him…men he had only yesterday laughed with, eaten with, shipped with and fought with.
    Now worlds apart…………..forever silent.
    But what I and others felt today….different and compelling. A group of us fanning out among the graves, seeking anyone overlooked. We found several.
    To be overlooked no longer…..including M.E. Armstrong, died 1896…the oldest soldier buried here…from the civil war. Kansas Cavalry, Illinois, Wisconsin…………
    He never saw a day of the twentieth century, now to be remembered in the twenty-first.
    We vets and wives gathered around in a group finding this mans grave. Our old minister….leading us in prayer. He is remembered now.
    Even to the tune of the old woman placing her little flag in the dirt by his grave. Yes, the old people know…they remember.
    We found some others, plans now afoot to have a plaque made.
    But until my final day on this rock I will believe I felt them walk amonst us, silent footfalls knowing of their grateful progeny. So to rest in peace, my brothers…….we remember.

    Kent

  26. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    bdfaith, the poems not mine to object about it being used. I posted it hoping more would read it so you are doing a good thing by spreading it.

    I wish often I knew who wrote it, but then I think it’s much more appropriate that the author, like “Mac”, is anonymous.

  27. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Wil, Thank you so very much, and thank your daughter for me as well. As I am on duty today I was unable to attend a service personally. It has been bothering me all day, until I read your comment. Thank You! And thank you especially for writing his name down for me. I will say a prayer for the soul of Capt. Ray, USAAC, and his family tonight.

  28. bdfaith Comment by bdfaith

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    Thanks, Crunchie. I googled it up on a couple of other sites but didn’t find anyone who seemed to know where it came from. How about a trade? This one’s up at my place but I don’t know who wrote it either:

    The Final Inspection

    The soldier stood and faced his God,
    Which must always come to pass.
    He hoped his shoes were shining,
    Just as brightly as his brass.

    “Step forward now, you soldier,
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you always turned the other cheek?
    To My Church have you been true?”

    The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
    “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
    Because those of us who carry guns,
    Can’t always be a saint.

    I’ve had to work most Sundays,
    And at times my talk was tough.
    And sometimes I’ve been violent,
    Because the world is awfully rough.

    But, I never took a penny,
    That wasn’t mine to keep…
    Though I worked a lot of overtime,
    When the bills got just too steep.

    And I never passed a cry for help,
    Though at times I shook with fear.
    And sometimes, God, forgive me,
    I’ve wept unmanly tears.

    I know I don’t deserve a place,
    Among the people here.
    They never wanted me around,
    Except to calm their fears.

    If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
    It needn’t be so grand.
    I never expected or had too much,
    But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”

    There was a silence all around the throne,
    Where the saints had often trod.
    As the soldier waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God.

    “Step forward now, you soldier,
    You’ve borne your burdens well.
    Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
    You’ve done your time in Hell.”

    Author unknown.

  29. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Thats nice bdfaith, thanks. As far as “Unknown USMC” goes, I received it from a Marine Major, mustang, who said that when he had retired from the Corps, one of his young Corporals had approached him. He took a crumpled piece of paper from his wallet and gave it to the Major, saying he wanted him to have it. The Corporal didn’t remember where he had come across it either. So that’s the way that poem has been getting around, from one Marine to another. Thanks for doing your part to spread it around.

  30. bdfaith Comment by bdfaith

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    Thanks for the info, Crunchie. I’ve been doing most of my Memorial Day posting at Bill’s Bites but now that I know that much I’ll cross-post it at Old War Dogs where it will get more exposure.

  31. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Thanks bdfaith!

  32. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    Crunchie, believe me, please , you owe no thanks for doing what I was going to do anyway.

    I do this several times a year (although Memorial Day seems apropo), and use it as an exercize in the Cost of Freedom for my girls. They enjoy it as both a family outing, and as a way to touch the past.

    Someday, they will fly from the nest. When they do, I will be happy if they are Patriots and Citizens. I don’t go though this little exercize to make “Subjects”.

  33. bdfaith Comment by bdfaith

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    Rest in peace, Mac. Semper Fi.

    We don’t get nearly the traffic Misha does — He can give us a big day just by mentioning us — but maybe a few people will see it as a separate post at our place that might have missed it in the comments here.

  34. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    That was nice, bdfaith. Cool site.

  35. Spartan24 Comment by Spartan24

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    Awesome.

  36. Unregistered Comment by larry

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    Arlington was Robert E. Lee’s estate, confiscated by a vindictive Federal Government after the War Between the States.
    Using it for the purpose that it is honors Robert E. Lee, soldier, much more than anyone in that vindictive Federal Government ever could have imagined.
    Happy Memorial Day, veterans.

  37. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    btw, harking back to the photos:

    If you are a horse person, and near Arlington / Fort Myer, stop by their stables, if you can. A better matched set of both Black and White Stallions you will never find, and they love visitors (especially if you have a carrot or two in yer pocket!)

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    Wonderfully sad post(if that makes sense) about what this day SHOULD be about. Are we worthy? Very few people(myself not included) are worthy of what they have given up. We must try and be worthy, and never take our country for granted. We must take advantage of our freedoms, and speak up, even if it is unpopular. They died for freedom, let’s take advantage.

  39. LC SkyeChild Comment by LC SkyeChild

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    Link from LGF (click on it only if your blood pressure isn’t already at maximum):

    Flags replaced with swastikas in Wash.

    http://tinyurl.com/36addl

  40. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    SkyeChild, I am speechless. Honest to God speechless.

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    SkyeChild
    Thaanks for this horrific post. I have a US map listing all the known hate groups. I will have to see what is in that area.

  42. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    It wont show up on your map psychochick, hippie moonbats aren’t listed as hate groups. This wasn’t done by neo-nazis, if I understand your train of thought. It was done by people on your side of the aisle, the tolerant peace activists, who think that vandalizing the graves of our honored dead on the day we are supposed to memorialize them is “courage” and “speaking truth to power”. They were calling our dead Nazis, not saying that they themselves were Nazis. Fucking assholes!

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    SkyeChild

    Jesus Christ almighty, I was just up on Orcas and San Juan Island last weekend doing a little salmon fishing. Of all the islands up there Orcas is my least favorite, it is an enclave of the most fringe idiotic groups on both sides that you will ever find. It also seems to be a haven for a lot of malcontents and misfits. There is a strong American Legion presence on the island next door…San Juan Island…I wouldn’t want to be the guilty party once those guys get wind of this.

    Shooting’s too good for shitstains like this, how disgraceful.

    Psychochick,
    I’ll save you a little research, Orcas Island is home to a rather fringe anarchist group…known for vandalizing and burning. There is also a neo-nazi presence in the islands (centered mostly on Whidbey Island), I wouldn’t put it past those assholes to do something like this either.

    I couldn’t care less about the ideaology of the group that did this, the guilty party/patties should be made extinct…VIOLENTLY!!

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    jaybear sed:

    the guilty party/pattiesshould be made extinct

    I meant to say parties……that’s what I get for typing in anger…..

  45. Gang of One Comment by Gang of One

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    I can only peak my head into this room, filled with those who have served or have family who served or are serving. Every now and then I meet someone in uniform, and I make it a point to thank him or her for wearing the uniform of my nation, for putting their life on the line so that I can enjoy mine. There really are no words I can speak when I think about the men and women who serve and who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
    I sincerely believe I am not worthy to be in the same room as these individuals who have more honor and courage than I ever had or will have.

    To all of you in uniform now or at some past time, my heartfelt thanks for going where I had not the courage to go. You are the best, you are what makes this nation the greatest gift to humanity.

  46. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Disgusting fucking roaches, crawl in under cover of darkness…..gives a whole new meaning to the name Raid…….. Nothing personal, really, but I would have no compunction sighting in one of these dirtbags and watching them flop…then watching the rest of them scurry off as roaches do.

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    One from my father (WWII vet)

    The Life of a Man

    When he was a young lad and living on a farm,
    He loved the cool clean air.
    Each morning, awakened, he’d bless the day,
    For he loved to be living there.

    He loved to see the growing grains,
    As each sprout pierced the soil,
    Bringing life throughout the land,
    Like a carpet of beautiful green oil.

    Each day he thanked the smiling sun,
    For the energy it brought the land,
    He thanked the passing summer shower,
    Spreading water with an even hand.

    Slowly, through the years, there grew a love,
    A love that was deep and abiding,
    A reverence for the land he farmed each day,
    A thanks for the bounty beside him.

    When was came upon this beautiful land,
    He knew what he must do,
    Knowing that he might never return,
    Reluctantly, he’d see this through.

    He left his land, but pledged his return,
    KNowing it was his to defend,
    Through long and bitter nights and days,
    He fought the foe to the end.

    He returns today to the land he loved,
    The land he will never leave.
    Again, he will be a part of this land,
    It’s his countrymen’s turn to grieve.

    The mournful last notes of taps fill the air,
    His casket is lowered in the ground,
    Here he lies where he wanted to be,
    His beloved land all around.

    We who live do honor this man,
    For what he was willing to give,
    His life, his fortune and all that he had,
    So his neighbors and country could live!

  48. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    They do this to hurt us, Jaybear…..lacking the guts to confront us directly they demonstrate their hatred by cowardly acts committed against men that cannot fight back……. Remembering my brief time in…a machinist’s mate on the Enterprise…and those I knew, those I cared for, and those I will never see again. Somehow the roaches fall short, the contrast simply too damning. And they forget one thing…..many of us would be willing to take them on, and we wouldn’t hide……and we have our guns. One day it may come to that, some roach picking off one of us, only to discover the rest hunting him down relentlessly.

  49. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    His spirit is here, tweell, back on the farm. Awesome bit of literature there. Thanks.

  50. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Crunchieand JayBear
    Jaybear–very interesting that there are groups of anarchists and neo-Nazis in the area. It sounds more like an Anarchist thing with the flag-burning, but not the swastikas. Although I would think neo-Nazis would have better quality swastikas than those on pieces of paper. Also flag burning is such an incendiary event. It’s usually done in public to make a point. (I think it should be legitimate free speech, but I would never do it.) It seems odd to secretly burn the flags.

    Crunchie–I think you are really dead wrong on this. Hippie moonbeams want to improve the world. The whole point of being a peace activist is to make the world a better place (even if you think they are seditious bastards). There is no way that these folks would burn flags on Memorial Day and replace them with swastikas. They would hate swastikas and find them creepy and evil! I feel very strongly about this. Let’s have a Yakuza pact. If I’m wrong, you can cut off my left pinkie.

  51. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    I don’t think I’d want to shoot scum like these Cave. I’d rather just beat them to a pulp….and yes, you’re right…they hurt me badly by doing something like this, they hurt me almost to tears.

  52. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Sorry psychochick, but I ain’t buying this

    There is no way that these folks would burn flags on Memorial Day and replace them with swastikas.

    They’ve already done far worse. They’ve threatened troops coming home, displayed signs at their protests saying “We support our troops, when they shoot their officers”, displayed hanging soldier effigies, and thats just this war. They are taking their cue form the seditious defeatist bastards from the ’60’s whom they wish to emulate, or relive in some cases.

    They are not a bunch of drugged out peacenicks sitting around singing kumbyah, they are treasonous fifth columnists so full of hatred for America and our ideals, and for Bush, and for me, that they willing side with and advance the cause of our enemies. Ala Mikey Moore and Cindy Sheehan calling the AQI terrorists “Freedom Fighters”.

    Good night all

    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord.
    And let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
    Amen

  53. LC SkyeChild Comment by LC SkyeChild

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    I don’t think it’s the neo-nazis. They may protest having blacks in society, but I’ve never heard of them protesting the war to this degree. I may be wrong.

    And, from what I’ve seen, they are happy to protest in public. They don’t usually hide like cowards.

    I despise them to the very core of my being, but I don’t think they are this cowardly.

  54. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    Psychochick sez:

    Jaybear–very interesting that there are groups of anarchists and neo-Nazis in the area. It sounds more like an Anarchist thing with the flag-burning, but not the swastikas. Although I would think neo-Nazis would have better quality swastikas than those on pieces of paper. Also flag burning is such an incendiary event. It’s usually done in public to make a point. (I think it should be legitimate free speech, but I would never do it.) It seems odd to secretly burn the flags.

    It’s a wierd area up here in the Pacific Northwest Psycho (can I call you that?), we seem to have more than our share of crazies wandering around….must have something to do with all of the rain and mold spores…

    However, I disagree with your premise that flag burning should be considered 1st Amendment protected. It’s my belief that any statement that is known to inflame emotions, i.e. burning a flag, is NOT freedom of speech but a flat out provocation. You provoke me by doing something like that and you’d better be prepared to meet the blunt end of my response.

    Now compare burning the American Flag with my burning a Gay Pride flag, if I do that…it’s considered hate speech and I will be prosecuted for it. What’s the difference? did I provoke someone? was it offensive to someone?…but…but don’t I have 1st Amendment rights to do that? Or do those rights only pertain to the persecuted group du jour?

    see the point?

    You may have the Constitutionally guaranteed right to burn the American Flag, and that same Constitution guarantees me the right to call someone a dirty faggot. But what most people forget is that rights come with responsibilities, I don’t have carte blanche to yell “HIJACKER” on a crowded airplane or “CAR BOMB” in a public market, or faggot at a gay pride rally. I must exercise my guaranteed rights responsibly…with an awareness of the consequences of my statements and actions. It’s also called being an adult.

    So if someone wants to tell me that this country sucks, well…by God…they have that right, and…by God…I have the right to tell them how wrong they are. THAT is free speech, That is public discourse, flag burning is not.

    I hope you’re feeling better Psychochick, Sinus infections are not nice. I have a history of sinus trouble…bad enough to have ended my Scuba diving days.

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    Jaybear
    Hi,
    Thanks for being civil about this and not just going off on me. I do think it’s protected free speech that should be used extremely sparingly, given how upsetting it is to many people. Like I said, I would never do it, and I don’t think it’s a good thing to do.
    The gay pride flag thing is a great question. I would think that burning it would be protected, but I couldn’t say you wouldn’t be called off for a hate crime. I think it should also be protected free speech.
    Thanks for your health concerns. These damn things drag on forever. I’m on stronger antibiotics now. I should be doing research, but at least I’m well enough to sit at my desk in the home office and read science papers. I’m sure they would bore you to tears.
    Well I should go reply to Crunchie. One thing I can correct. The rest is a matter of opinion.

    Have a good night.

    Helga

  56. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Crunchie

    Good night, sleep tight, bedbugs are on the rise!

    Wasn’t the soldier effigy thing done by anarchists? They are totally unreasonable by any stretch of the imagination.

    My God–are things really that bad? Troops threatened? I thougt they were greeted at the airports by phalanxes of civilians.

    I find it really hard to believe that most of the peace protestors are like that. This sounds like a really left-wing fringe, not that that makes it okay. I find it hard to believe that the grandmother groups opposing the war would put up signs like that.

    Actually, I thought (and could be wrong) that one difference with this war is that the returning soldiers were getting great welcomes, rather than being spit on, like from Vietnam.

    Are you sure Michael Moore called AQ freedom fighters. could he have been being ironic? They are freedom fighters to themselves. I know it’s a death penalty offense on this site, but I always admired Michael Moore. There–the truth comes out. I always thought he was doing what he thought was best for the country. (which is not what anyone else on this blog thinks is best)

    Checking out Cuba’s health care system wasn’t really that psycho. Cuba rated fairly well in a World Health Organization study. (That does not mean that I like Castro’s regime.)

    Well I should go before I say anything else inflammatory and get myself in trouble. Yes, I’m psycho.

    Helga

    PS I hope the swastika thing gets figured out. Some forensics should do wonders.

  57. Princess Natasha Comment by Princess Natasha

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    All right… A few words on so-called peace-protesters. I went to Boston College for a while before transferring, voluntarily (my SAT was 1490 out of 1600 and my GPA was 3.85) to a less expensive school in a more rational part of the US, not because I was too poor or too stupid, just because there is only so much bullshit a rational human being can put up with.

    Every time there was a “peace” protest in Boston, the self-described peaceniks carried posters encouraging “class war” (aka a load of fucking crap), advocating jihad, expressing solidarity with suicide bombers, cheering the deaths of US soldiers. They vandalized others’ property, smashing expensive vehicles, breaking windows in buildings. They acted like swine, vomiting, shitting, pissing in the streets, throwing objects, breaking stuff, starting fights with onlookers, etc. The scary part was, it was not the tiny obnoxious minority. It was the majority. Overall, these protests looked like mass temper tantrums thrown by a bunch of dangerously insane, unwashed, violent, incontinent, retarded children.

    Then they would pop into the Starbucks I regularly had my coffee and studied in and order some fancy latte thingy, whipping out a Platinum card with their parents’ name on it. Excuse me if I have no regard for these pieces of trash.

  58. Princess Natasha Comment by Princess Natasha

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    Michael Moore is doing one thing right–making assloads of money off the gullible useful idiots. He may rant and rave against capitalism–but he is laughing his enormous ass off on his way to the bank. Note that he is not moving anywhere out of the good old US of A, despite bashing this country. He knows where the cash-cow is at. He is a fucking hypocritical cunt.

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    Of course Cuba’s health system is going to rate high!!.. Fuck, this is too easy. See, I was born and raised in commie Russia. I am pretty damn keen on the tricks such regimes routinely pull to fool the gullible, complacent Western “observers”, let alone bribing their fellow-dictators in corrupt little cesspools such as the UN. Commie regimes are NOTORIOUS for an elaborate system of lies and propaganda fed to international bodies such as the W.H.O. Good Lord, that is elementary stuff! That anyone still believes it is really news to me!
    P.S. Excuse my language, but I have no kind words for commies and their sympathizers. The whole thing is revolting to me. I do sincerely believe that a good collectivist is a dead one.

  60. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Princess Natasha

    Am I a commie or a sympathizer?

    What year were you in Boston? That sounded really horrible. When I was an undergrad in the early 1980s, the peace protestors were pretty mellow.

    Actually, I’ve haven’t seen everything, but the stuff of Michael Moore’s I’ve seen does not rant against capitalism. Criticizing fast food and the Bush administration is hardly bashing the country. Last I knew, it was a democratic right to disagree with the president. Maybe if I saw more of the later films, I would disagree. Now I’ll have to rent them all, so I can argue intelligently. It’s really annoying to be unsure.

  61. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    PS Cuba supplies biotech drugs to Latin America, indicating some sophistication of health care

  62. Cannon Fodder Comment by Cannon Fodder

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    I sit here and honor these people on this day and wonder if our country is worthy of their sacrifice these days. Our troops are out there sacrificing their lives and our government is here ready to give it away to millions of illegal immigrants that will never care for this country as we do. Nor will they make an effort to assimilate into our society. Top that off with the MSM trying their best to destroy the resolve of our troops while increasing the resolve of our enemies!

    I am saddened that there are so many that feel so strongly about what they are doing and at home so many trying to hurt them at every chance offered. I fear that this will be like Vietnam. They will come home to protesters and a poor quality of life. They deal with stresses that we cannot imagine unless we have been there. I know I can’t begin to imagine.

    I hope and pray that none of them will have made this sacrifice in vein! May every last government official that tries to make it mean nothing burn in a special hell!

  63. DдrтH бдкфи Comment by DдrтH бдкфи

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    Psychochick,

    Cuba’s so-called ‘healthcare’ system rated highly in that recent survey for one reason- the survey weighed heavily the extent to which each country’s system was socialized.

    Natch, Cuba will do well.

    Val Prieto would have a thing or two to say about Cuba’s alleged ‘healthcare’ system. You are free to investigate Val’s Bona Fides so as to determine the ‘authenticity’ of his ‘narrative’, if you so choose.

    You may find it curious that the woman who was formerly at the head of Cuba’s medical system has been under house arrest for a few years now over her criticism of Cuba’s “Medical Tourism” Industry, which sells high-quality care (consuming scarce resources on an impoverished island) to wealthy Europeans while relegating ordinary (non party-affiliated) Cubans to the nightmare you’ll have seen on Val’s site. It makes the sickrooms in the movie ‘Papillion’ look like a private suite at the Mayo clinic. You may find it similarly curious that given his recent hovering like some great, murderous hummingbird at Death’s very door, Comrade Fidel chose to fly in a medical team from someplace competent by comparison- Spain.

    High Commentary, if you will, on Cuba’s vaunted ‘healthcare’ system. To do as Fidel does is simply monstrous.

    Why does Cuba live in poverty and hunger while Fidel is worth nearly a billion dollars, according to Forbes Magazine’s survey of wealthiest world rulers? His export of drugs and doctors to other places- as is the celebration-via-implication by the utterly despicable and thoroughly debunked Michael Moore- a way of scoring cheap points by playing to the cheap seats. In other words, any party or person that promises to rob Peter to pay Paul can always depend on Paul’s vote.

    Michael Moore- for some motive I’ll let you be the one to ascribe, as charitably as you are inclined to justify- is attempting to portray a system which subjects the vast majority of its hapless victims to the conditons you should be aghast over having seen (now that you’ve pored over the link I posted), as somehow being superior to ours- for all its flaws. It’s the very height of mendacity. It’s the height of venality. It’s also the very depth of hypocrisy to ridicule by false implication the very society which makes him a multimillionaire. Moore has been demonstrated- to the point of being repeatedly sued by people appearing in his dramatizations- to have used people’s statements and very likenesses to their objection, and in exception to the way their appearances were solicited by his organization.

    Socialized healthcare accomplishes the exact opposite of that which it puports- it creats a three-tiered system as opposed to the egalitarian, single-tiered one it pitches to the intellectually lazy, the greedy, and those easily gulled. Here’s why…

    First (or, to those keeping score at home, ‘those at the bottom’), there’s everyone who waits their turn (regularly to their detriment) and plays by the rules.

    Second, there’s people who by dint of shrewdness or rudeness, barge their way to the front of the line.

    Last, there’s the people with money (and no patience) who simply come to America and get what they want. Yay us.

    I’ll leave you with the little conundrum I like to present socialized healthcare advocates:

    Is not abortion a deeply personal, intensely private issue?

    Then why on the great green fuggin’ earth would you want to involve the government with that?

    Hopefully, I’ve managed to disabuse you of a few misapprehensions. If you don’t mind, I’d like to resume honoring our dead with this thread.

  64. DдrтH бдкфи Comment by DдrтH бдкфи

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    Sorry…

    Chief among the misapprehensions I meant to address was the notion of any measure of honesty or rationality on the part of Michael Moore.

    He’s not simply “excercising his rights by disagreeing” with Bush- he meant to throw a Presidential election by propagating the corrosive lie that Bush was somehow “MIHOP/LIHOP”-responsible for 9/11, and that he cooked the rationale behind invading Iraq on behalf of his enablers/beneficiaries, the Nooo York Money Men/PNAC and AIPAC Jooos, and his Halliburton/Big Oil buddies.

    Both obvious lies.

    It it is his stock and trade to weasel, manipulate, and edit the living daylights out of things his ideological opponents say on camera, but you won’t find a single instance of him answering an opponent’s questions in an unedited format. Not even a web-based forum.

    Why is that?

    How can such a man be regarded as some truth-saying champion?

    For a primer on Moore’s documented excesses, you may wish to have a look at Moorewatch.com

  65. DдrтH бдкфи Comment by DдrтH бдкфи

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    Dammit.

    “Excesses”. Someone please fix that for me!

    [Fixed Buddy- JB]

  66. Princess Natasha Comment by Princess Natasha

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    Psychochick, you are neither a commie nor a sympathizer, that is why I am not being a mean evil beyotch ;)
    But I wonder, if imprisoning AIDS patients and committing dissidents to insane asylums are just those super-advanced methods in that lovely health-care system of theirs. Also, I wonder just who do they test those biotech drugs on. In Russia it was done on prisoners, especially political ones.
    I hope and pray for the day that filthy scumbag Castro kicks the bucket.

  67. L.C. Rowane Comment by L.C. Rowane

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    LC SkyeChild

    Link from LGF (click on it only if your blood pressure isn’t already at maximum):

    Flags replaced with swastikas in Wash.

    I’d gladly use my last round on one of these asses. Damn fools don’t realize that it is because of the ones they denigrate by their actions that they have ANY freedoms.