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Celebrating Memorial Day – “On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!”

Posted on: May 28, 2017

Good day Widdershins and yes this is Memorial Day weekend, when we honor those men and women who have given their lives in duty to their country.  Enjoy your barbeque, potato salad and whatever other fixin’s you will have, but take a moment to pause and reflect on those who gave their lives for our country.

The quote in the headline is by Thomas William Parsons of Boston.  I have never heard of him previously but his quote was liststed on a site of Memorial Day quotes and I liked it.

Here are a couple of others that we may or may not think of on this day:

to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan –
from Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address

And I liked this one from Longfellow:Boy Visiting Grave on Veterans Day

They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast,
And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.

What I’m going to do today is to put up a series of pictures of our military from the various conflicts our nation has engaged in.

The Revolutionary War

American Revolution Gravestone


The War of 1812

War of 1812

The Civil War

War between the States

World War I

WW I soldiers

World War II

Women in WW II

Korean Conflict

Korean Conflict

Viet Nam

Viet Nam: helo and troops

Iraq – Afghanistan

U.S. Troops leaving Iraq

Female solider Iraq

Woman soldier

What I was looking for, for this post, were pictures/photos of the *people* in the war.  Obviously there are tons and tons of them out there, but I just chose those that seemed to attract my attention.

veterans-who paid priceWhether a veteran has served in a “good war” as some say or a “bad[?]” war, they have all served and those who died gave us the ultimate sacrifice.  So let us pause and reflect on that, and on those they left behind.

Vintage double flag and eagle



58 Responses to "Celebrating Memorial Day – “On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!”"

Hope everyone has an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend and please be careful if you will be on the roads or on the water.

So sad. To me, the only really good Memorial Day will be the one when we remember that there are no more wars.

@2: That’s a good point quixote.


Showdown: U.S. Moving 3rd Carrier Strike Group Near N. Korea

The U.S. Navy, in an unprecedented move, is sending a third carrier strike force to the Western Pacific.

The Nimitz group, Carrier Strike Group 11, will leave Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Thursday to join the strike groups centered around the Carl Vinson and Ronald Reagan.

The presence of three aircraft carriers in the region suggests President Donald Trump is going to force the North Korea issue soon.

The other thing it suggests is that anyone with any strategic sense *cough* Putin *cough* will see a wide open opportunity to do whatever it is militaries do that they normally don’t because there’s a carrier strike group in range. Syria, Mediterranean, Black Sea, cough, cough, cough,cough,cough.

I find it hard to believe than NKorea actually requires 3 strike groups to stop whatever they might do. If they bomb Seoul, nobody really has time to do a thing. Anything else, and one armed Coast Guard cutter would be more than sufficient.

@7: I agree with you and especially concerning Seoul. That city would be toast before anything could really be done. And yes the three carrier groups is, pardon me, overkill.

Fredster, beautiful post. A fitting tribute for Memorial Day.

@9: Thanks annie.

Merkel says Europe may need to go it alone without the U.S. or Britain.

Analysis: Why Merkel’s ‘into our own hands’ comment matters

Thanks Donald.

Good post Fredster, thank you.

RIP to all those that died to protect and serve our great nation.

Thank you Shadow. That’s very nice.

Another article that confirms the previous one about what Merkel feels about the U.S.

Plus this little goodie:

At the end of the G7 summit on Saturday, Trump refused to endorse the Paris climate pact, saying he needed more time to decide.

However, Axios reported that Trump had already made his decision. Trump reportedly told multiple people, including Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, that he would be pulling out of the deal, according to three sources with knowledge of the conversations.

@15: Agree totally about the article annie. That was excellent.

Really good post, Fredster. I hope that soon the military will start vetting the orders that come out of the White House, the way they did when Nixon was in the final days of his Presidency.

As soon as Bernie Sanders came out to campaign for Quist, I knew Quist would lose. I told my husband, “Why would a bunch of Westerners be excited by a Socialist Jew from Vermont yelling about millionaires and billionaires? This means nothing to them.”

I hope Ossoff stays FAR away from him.

Another kind person who acted heroically, and not clamoring for the spotlight.

BTW–hope everyone remembers their first aid.

The lone survivor of Friday’s vicious attack on a crowded MAX train may owe his life in part to another Good Samaritan who rushed to the man’s side to render critical medical aid.

Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, on Sunday continued to recover from knife wounds to his neck.

The unidentified man rushed to Fletcher’s side and used a cloth to apply pressure to his wound.

@17: I hope Ossoff stays FAR away from him.

Amen to that. Ossoff doesn’t need Bernie anywhere near him.

The tRump voters are now realizing they are gonna get butt-hurt by their leader.

‘I don’t know if they thought this through’: Rural Trump voters ‘stunned’ by devastating budget cuts


And here’s the Politico story that’s referenced in the Raw Story article.

Mr. Pundit has “A Poem for Memorial Day“. I think you’ll especially appreciate it Luna.

New pic over on the right.

Uh no, I don’t want one of these.

@22, Fredster, yes. Strong emotion there.

Of the 20 veterans who take their lives each day, about 14 had not been connected to VA care.

The new VA Secretary, David Shulkin, wants to:

expand urgent mental health care to thousands of former service members with less-than-honorable discharges, even while acknowledging his department isn’t seeking additional money to pay for it
“We are not going to let the fact there are not additional monies right now to prevent us from offering these additional services,” Shulkin said.

Proving care to more veterans is laudable, Dr. Shulkin, but just how are you going to do that when the VA is already unstaffed with clinicians and support? (shakes head) Is there some brain disease that affects people once they get into administration?

@26, “Providing” not “Proving”

@26: how are you going to do that when the VA is already unstaffed with clinicians and support?

Don’t worry – Jared will fix that.

@28, that’s what I’m worried about.

“unstaffed” should be “understaffed” My brain doesn’t work well when I’m p-o’d.

@29: Not to worry. Sometimes I experience the brain forging ahead of the fingers when I’m angry or irritated about something.

Flabberghasting to say the least:

President Trump consumes classified intelligence like he does most everything else in life: ravenously and impatiently, eager to ingest glinting nuggets but often indifferent to subtleties.

The president interrupts his briefers with questions but also with random asides.

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, often observes quietly; he receives his own intelligence briefing earlier in the morning, according to two White House officials.–or-does-not-consume–top-secret-intelligence/2017/05/29/1caaca3e-39ae-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trumpbriefings-730pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.b7b5b6b47699

@31: Heh. I wonder if those are “random” asides or rambling asides. Snort!

The poem at RP’s was very moving. It made excellent points about the poor soldiers that kill themselves. I agree that they also gave their lives for their country. Shameful that the country couldn’t help them.

@31, Disgusting, but I’m not surprised.

Love the MAD pic, Fredster! Just what I needed after reading the poem.

@32, pretty sure they are random rambling way-asides. I hope they’re now very, very careful what they decide to inform him of. There’s a lot you could leave out in order to be “concise.”

@34: Saw that somewhere else and grabbed it.

And no one has said anything about the cockroach floatie deal.

This is terrible for me being such a nite owl but I think I’m calling it a night. Hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe holiday.

Here’s an article about the guy who has been handling Hillary’s correspondence for years. Interesting and sad, too.

By Election Day, there was one thing left to do: send the final three-ring binder and set of tabs, prepared to his precise specifications, over to Clinton’s suite at the Peninsula Hotel, where aides would fill it with transition materials — her first briefing book as president-elect.

Interviews with Russo over the last three years — before, during, and after the campaign — depict a career spent producing the materials that, as he describes it, “neatly catalogue the experience” of Hillary Clinton’s life. So he was not prepared, a few days after the blow of Nov. 8, for the letters that started showing up in P.O. Box 5256, the one listed on Clinton’s website. They came by the hundreds, most from people his boss had never met — all about the loss.

Russo put off the writing as long as he could. “Because I didn’t — I didn’t know where to begin,” he says. “I didn’t know what to say.”

@36 ‘Nite Fredster. That cockroach float literally made me shudder just thinking about laying on it.

A cockroach float. I can’t even… That’s all I’ll say.

@38 GAgal – that sounds too sad to read. I still can’t take it that she is not my president. It’s almost worse now then it was Nov 9. I’ve been quiet lately because I’ve given up hope.

Can someone tell me how they can just not cooperate? I just can’t take their crap much more. When will the GOP grow some and do something?

Contrask, I saw that. These people, and I think rethugs in general, are not going to cooperate with anyone unless it suits their purpose, or maybe if there is a subpoena. We must get the Dems in power in ’18 to get anything done.

Speaking of which, I read an interesting take about impeaching Dump over the weekend. I don’t remember where I read it unfortunately, or I would link to it, but the person made a good argument for impeachment, which centered around Dence. A lot of people have wondered if we would be worse off with Dence (I have wondered that myself), but this person said that Dence is so dull and weird that he wouldn’t get the enthusiastic support that Dump has and that it would probably turn off a lot of republican voters from going to the polls. They thought Dump would make dramatic changes, but no one will be excited about Dence.

Anyway, I thought that made sense.

Agree with all of you about that disgusting cockroach float! When I’m in a water environment, I want it to be beautiful and relaxing. Who wants to look at something like that?

So, there are supposed to be big protests again this Saturday.

{{{{{ CONTRASK!!!! }}}}}}

We’ve missed you. Well I’ve missed you.

@38 & 41: I read the article and I would describe it as maybe bittersweet. One of the good things in it was you got to see some of the minutiae that went into crafting Hillary’s correspondence.

Let me see if this pic will resize to fit in here.

Some of the boxes of letters that were sent to Hillary after Nov. 8th.

Poor widdle Trump. Sounds like he’s imploding.

“He now lives within himself, which is a dangerous place for Donald Trump to be,” says someone who speaks with the President. “I see him emotionally withdrawing. He’s gained weight. He doesn’t have anybody whom he trusts.”

The question, he adds, is whether Trump will understand the enormity of what he faces or will instead “be back to being arrogant and stubborn.” He will have to realize that “all this trip really did was hit the pause button.”


@48, reminds of stories I’ve read about Hitler in his bunker in ’45.

@47, I think that’s really wonderful. I know it was extra work for the P.O. and Hillary’s people, but its a boost for her and us.

@49, Good grief.

@53: Well I thought it was an interesting marketing concept.

DYB, if you come by, please check your email.

Check out this new technology being used to catch child predators, human traffickers, etc. They actually got a guy’s finger prints because they could see his hand in the picture.

@50, good post. I read the title to my elderly mom and she loved it.

@57, that is really great news.

@56, Thanks Fredster. Good points in that article.

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