Tag: Memorial Day

A Brief Memorial Day Observation


I am happy to report that our local veterans’ organizations have shaken off the COVID coma and reinitiated the long-standing Memorial Day ceremony at the old Mesa Cemetery. A decades-long tradition was suspended by public authorities for the past two years, in the name of safety. Starting with this past Veterans Day, we saw a return to sanity and a bit of perspective offered by the occasions of public holidays commemorating military service in our nation’s wars.

This year’s Memorial Day ceremony was small but a good start, getting local veterans’ organizations back into the groove of annual planning for two major remembrances. The Mesa police department added a brief early morning flag raising and taps ceremony, a brief yet meaningful observance. Well done, Mesa.

‘Corregidor Used to Be a Nice Place; It’s Haunted Now’


The Allied command center on Corregidor.

The Japanese Imperial Navy began shelling Corregidor three weeks after their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The Philippine island was the strongest fort in the Pacific, nicknamed “the Gibraltar of the East” by the US troops stationed there. Corregidor was a two-square-mile tangle of tunnels, bunkers, and heavy guns preventing the Japanese from securing Manila Bay.

So the enemy kept bombarding. For four months, a valiant group of US Marines, Army, and Navy fighters — joined by Filipino soldiers — held out against the incessant Japanese aerial, naval, and artillery attacks. But they couldn’t hold out forever.

Quote of the Day: From ‘Old Blood and Guts’


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It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

This is the quote attributed to General George S. Patton in his extemporaneous remarks at Boston’s Copely Plaza, on June 7, 1945. There’s no written record (on his part) of his saying such a thing, and the historical recounting depends on William Blair’s New York Times article of June 8 of that year for substantiation. Bartleby.com reports that “other newspapers of that day have variant wording.

As the the nation pauses for Memorial Day, Jim and Greg also take time to honor the brave Americans who gave their lives for this nation and their families who have sacrificed so much. They also take some time to give you the background on how this podcast began and how each of them became conservatives


Memorial Day: More Than the First Day of Summer


Memorial Day brings back memories of rich traditions in my mother’s and father’s households, and service in our Armed Forces by multiple generations.

Growing up, my parents would have their three children dress up a little and visit cemeteries in Oklahoma and Lincoln Counties to pay homage to deceased family members. It was a wonderful tradition capped by a picnic lunch at terrific Tilghman Park in Chandler, Oklahoma, complete with fried chicken. It used to be a historic National Guard encampment site.

Memorial Day: Submarine Lifeguard League


My late father enlisted in the Navy as a 17-year-old. Shortly before his 18th birthday, he completed Submarine School and was in combat as an 18-year-old. The Submarine Lifeguard League in the Pacific rescued about 500 airmen from all services.

When the numbers were added up after the surrender and using Japanese records, U.S. submarines had sunk 1,314 enemy vessels of 5.3 millions tons including a battleship, eight carriers, eleven cruisers and innumerable destroyers and escort ships.

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This weekend is Memorial Day weekend.  It’s often thought of as the traditional start of Summer.  It’s a time for putting the dock in, getting the deck or patio ready for outdoor gatherings and meals, or putting in your garden (for  us northerners).  However, it’s still a holiday meant for remembering those who have served […]

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This article was written by Michelle Black and published in the NY Times (I know collectively our favorite). I truly love this article. It captures the surreal rawness of dealing with death interspersed with bursts of humor that somehow accompany emotionally charged events. I thought it appropriate in light of the pending holiday and remembering […]

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Lincoln’s Second Inaugural and Memorial Day


She began to read aloud. We stood, my daughter and I, inside the Lincoln Memorial in 1999. Etched to the right of the president’s statue, Chelsea read from Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. The boisterous noise of others around subsided to silence as this 12-year-old recited the heart-rending words from a leader whose nation had been wounded by The Civil War.  Perhaps the audience was suddenly quiet out of respect for a young woman’s voice emboldened to repeat a historical text.  But I would like to think that the words themselves brought solemnity to the monument. America, torn by internal strife, reflected the soul of Abraham Lincoln.

Upon the occasion of his reelection, Lincoln chose to be generous with those who opposed him.  In part he said,

May Day: Indianapolis 500


The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 was glorious. It was the fastest qualifying field ever and the fastest ever race on the track. And, a wonderfully positive, emotional driving star won his fourth Indy 500 checkered flag in a race that was a battle to the very last lap. The race was largely unmarred by accidents and was run entirely under bright blue skies. The very best part: the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 was before a full stadium of unmuzzled fans.

This great American tradition, signaling the start of summer, was a loud rejection of the entire leftist agenda, with the sweet smell of racing fuel and hot tires savored by Americans shoulder to shoulder in the sunshine without any sign of leftist plandemic fear and virtue signaling face coverings in the sea of normal humanity. The cherry on top was the winner; Helio Castroneves won at age 46.

True, there was a scattering of masks, frequently pulled down, in the press and event officiating crew. Yet, there was no solidarity in that stance. The masks have dropped. The official story was that track management limited fans to 40 percent, in submission to so-called public health officials or “experts.” On camera, it looked like the stands were full.

‘You Can Blame the Submarine Service’


One of my dad’s golfing buddies did not care too much for President George H. W. Bush. He started ranting about George H. W. Bush one afternoon, and my dad ended that part of the conversation by simply saying; “You can blame the Submarine Service.”

My dad served in the Submarine Service in the Pacific during WWII. President George H.W. Bush was rescued by a submarine after being shot down in the Pacific. George H.W. Bush spent another 30 days on the USS Finback as the Finback completed its’ war patrol. He called that experience another 30 days of terror.

Remembrance and Gratitude


I am grateful to those who have come before me. I am grateful for those who sacrificed themselves to build and keep the civilization we have. May God continue to preserve us through his children.

Let us take time today to remember those who came before us, those who fought and died to build and preserve the civilization we grew up in, the civilization that has rights and freedoms based on the Bible, on Christian and Jewish tradition, and on Enlightenment values. Let us remember those who fought to end slavery, whether centuries ago or in recent decades.

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Emily Domenech joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss how she banded together with the Travis Manion Foundation to found The Honor Project and encourage Americans to gather to recognize the fallen on Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day is more than just the “unofficial start of summer.” It was originally a celebration of the lives sacrificed on both sides during the War Between the States. Not an official federal holiday until 1971, the history of Memorial Day is one of controversy. This guide traces the origins of this American day dedicated to remembering […]

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