Tag: Memorial Day

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America return with three crazy martinis.  First, they shake their heads as President Trump tweets that those who died for our country would be really proud of his economic record.  They also roll their eyes as liberal politicians and media figures express outrage over images of illegal immigrant children being confined to cages – until they learn the images are from 2014 during the Obama administration  and then delete their tweets.  And they react to California scrambling to find records for tens of thousands of voters who were mistakenly enrolled twice, all of this just a week before primary day in the state.

How I Remember This Day

 

Our dead brothers still live for us and bid us think of life,
not death-of life to which in their youth
they lent the passion and joy of the spring.
As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again
and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers
and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more.
a note of daring, hope and will.
I see them now, as once I saw them on this earth.
They are the same bright figures that come also before your eyes and when I speak of those who were my brothers,
the same words describe yours.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes ~

Quote of the Day: Memorial Day

 

“The troops, the air, and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.” — Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower’s message in case of failure at D-Day

Over 25,000 of the nation’s finest lost their lives in the D-Day invasion. What a staggering loss. The enormity of it all — including Eisenhower’s willingness to embrace the responsibility for it — astounds me.

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Memorial Day, for some, is nothing more than an excuse to have a picnic and get drunk. It is the unofficial beginning of summer and it is a three day weekend (woo hoo!). Somewhere in the last few decades it became passé to honor the fallen heroes of war. Sure, people will go to parades, […]

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Tropical storm Alberto is on its way, and will soon be bearing down upon the Florida Panhandle. The path of landfall looks like it might be headed for my neighborhood… so I went out earlier and put away the outdoor porch cushions and pried up the assorted sizes of American flags that were flying in […]

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Memorial Day: Meaning and Memory The last Monday of May is Memorial Day in America. How does this differ from Veterans’ Day, or other patriotic holidays? Why do we have both Memorial and Veterans’ Day? How ought we to observe the day? If you are looking for music for the occasion, how might you distinguish […]

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This is an interesting video I ran across on social media. From what I can tell it has been around for a while but it is interesting in that it puts deaths for WWII and all war deaths in perspective.  I don’t think may understand how many died during WWII or how few have died […]

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Two Texas Heroes

 

It was my honor to deliver the keynote address at yesterday’s Memorial Day ceremony at Galveston’s Seawolf Park. Seawolf Park is the home of the American Undersea Warfare Center, and has the destroyer escort Stewart and the submarine Cavalla on display. Cavalla sank the Shokaku, one of the six carriers with which Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Stewart is one of only two destroyer escorts available for public tours.

The audience seemed to enjoy it. I thought it might be worth sharing with the Ricochet audience.

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I’ve barely known anyone who’s been in the military. My parents both served in WWII – Dad in the Army and Mom in the Navy – and I’ve known a handful of others, a couple of teachers and one classmate. But beyond that…I haven’t served, and no one else in my family has, no friends I […]

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“To You from Failing Hands We Throw…”

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Summer 1974: “I’m Gary” Knock-knock…knock. Through the peep-hole, he looked interesting…same height, dark curly hair – perfectly mussed, like Donovan’s, only shorter. He even looked like Donovan. His dark eyes shouted, “I’m lost,” but when I opened the door a quiet voice said simply, “John said I could come over.” I said, “Come-on in.” It […]

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I must state up front and very clearly: I did not write this post. My husband is the author. He has given me permission to post it. He is the veteran in this marriage, and is proud of his service. Unlike me, he is politically liberal, and so I try not to discuss politics with […]

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Nose Art and the Spirit of Our Military

 

The current establishment art world cultivates insularity and isolation as a means to prop up the vapid, dysfunctional art they favor. From sterile white box galleries to haughty elitist attitudes, lots of effort is poured into erecting barriers to separate the experience of art from the despised masses and the realities of life.

But art does not exist to be plaything for decadent crypto-Marxist hipsters. It is a vital outpouring of the human soul, a visual method of spiritual communication. Art can take on surprising and spontaneous forms in the strangest places to remind us of who we really are.

A species of folk art arose when we started taking our wars into the skies. In World War I, for a time the fighting aircraft were painted with bright colors and bold designs that evoked heraldry, like pilots were knights jousting in the air. This was abandoned once it was realized camouflage-type coloration increased survival rates.

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My Father-in-law made some remarks on Memorial Day, 2014 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts–the town that Norman Rockwell memorialized as quintessentially New England in his painting of Main Street at Christmas.  Chet died in April at the age of 91, outliving his combat buddies by many years.  I thought you might enjoy reading his remarks. Memorial Day […]

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