We must also remember those brave men and woman who continue to stand the watch.These brave men and woman will continue to do what ever is necessary to secure our Homeland. It bothers me that the True meaning of Memorial Day has been allowed to fade from our collective memory and schools. Many Americans growing up today do not know the true meaning of Freedom because it isn’t taught in schools. They don’t know that Freedom is given to us by those brave Americans who lost their mortal lives fighting to suppress the tyrants of the world.
On this Memorial Day, lets remember that this day is a day of “REMEMBRANCE” remember to pay tribute to the Brave Men and Woman that paid the ” ULTIMATE SACRIFICE” to help keep this country FREE. We must also remember those that are still not accounted for, the ” MISSING IN ACTION” (MIA’S) and the “Prisoners of War” (POW’S). On this special Day, if you fly the National Ensign, keep in mind that at 0800 the flag is at half-staff and is raised to full staff at 12:20 to coincide with the with the firing of a twenty-one gun salute at Arlington National Cemetery and the USS Constitution in Boston, MA.
Hope all of you have a safe and Patriotic Day, Please get involved with the Memorial Day Festivities in your area.
BMCS Jack Crowley USCG Ret.
My sister posted the above on our family web site in 2007, the picture I posted is my Uncle Jack Quinn a Dracut resident killed in WWII long before I or his 2 sons Jack & Mike got to know him. His namesake son Jack turned 68 on May 21st this year and shared this picture and his remembrance with us on the family site several year ago:
The photo on the front page of the Boston Globe a few weeks ago of the remains of our soldiers reminded me of this photo taken almost 56 years ago to the day. I was 5 years old and Mike 3 years of age. It was the first memory of my life. I can remember standing in the light rain at the depot and seeing the door open to the baggage car and there was my father’s flagged draped coffin. Uncle Bob probably took the photo’s. I can’t identify the sailors. It could be Uncle John and maybe Uncle George. The man in front is Uncle Walter, Bill is second from right in back. The Army notified my mother that she had a choice of having my father buried in the permanent American Cemetery at Omaha Beach or brought home. I am glad she brought him home. Most, if not all, of his friends were buried in that cemetery. Strangely, I received an e-mail with an attachment last July 15 from a women who maintains a website of the 134th Infantry Regiment indicating both my father and his best friend were buried the same day, July 31, 1944. My father was KIA on July 15, his friend Richard Campbell on July 17. Of the 150 or so men in his company 42 were KIA in the first 15 days. Almost all were KIA or WIA.
So today we pay tribute to all the men and women who served their country and remember not only them but their families who paid dearly in the loss of a Son, Dad, Husband, brother and friend.
GOD BLESS ALL WHO HAVE SERVED AND GOD BLESS THE USA!