MEMORIAL DAY 2018

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MEMORIAL DAY 2018

Post by Taylor Larimore » Sun May 27, 2018 10:36 pm

Bogleheads:

Monday may be the most important American "Holiday" of all -- Memorial Day.

Memorial Day was established in 1868 to honor Civil War soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the Union and give us the freedoms we cherish. Since that date, over 1,000,000 servicemen and women have died in this nation's wars.

As a World War II paratrooper, in one of the the deadliest single battles ever fought by the United States Army (Battle of the Bulge), I will never forget the real heroes of that battle -- the brave men and women who gave us their lives so that I could come home and we can all live in a free and prosperous society.

Please, never forget what is important about this Memorial Day.

Thank you and best wishes.
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Post by Traveller » Sun May 27, 2018 10:49 pm

Taylor -

Thank you for the reminder of the importance of this holiday. We so easily take for granted the freedoms we enjoy each day; freedoms we would not have if it were not for the bravery, courage, sacrifice, and commitment of so many men and women who serve.

Thank you for your service, and happy Memorial Day.

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Post by mindboggling » Sun May 27, 2018 10:56 pm

Taylor...thank you for the reminder. I never served. I registered for the draft in 1971, got a student deferment, then they ended the draft and that was that.

Today, many of the well-known military charities are highly inefficient, spending far too much on direct mail campaigns.

I'd like to recommend the Fisher House Foundation. They provide temporary residence for the families of vets undergoing procedures at VA Hospitals around the country. They don't promote themselves much. Most of the contributions go directly to providing services rather than to marketing themselves.

I am not affiliated with Fisher House in any way.

Persons interested should do an internet search.

Thanks for serving!
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Post by MP123 » Sun May 27, 2018 11:39 pm

Thank you for your service and your many inspirational posts.

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Post by willthrill81 » Sun May 27, 2018 11:59 pm

To the estimated 1,354,664 men and women who died for their brethren and their country, we remember, thank, and salute you.
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Post by DanMahowny » Mon May 28, 2018 12:18 am

If you can read, thank a teacher.

If you read in English, thank a veteran.
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Post by Arinbjorn » Mon May 28, 2018 12:57 am

Taylor, thank you for your service - as a youngblood Army airborne vet myself, I always find myself so pleased to bump into someone who lived through history as you have.

Working nightshift, as usual, in a major Level 1 Trauma hospital tonight. I try to work on Memorial Day, it keeps me grateful to be alive, helping others live - sometimes it's also a bit selfish, being alone on the day can be a heart breaker.

Be safe everyone, enjoy your holiday, and remember those who gave their all.

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Post by mlebuf » Mon May 28, 2018 3:15 am

Hi Taylor and all,

Here is a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives, and those who would have, so that we may live in peace and freedom:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/eEs4ke7cdNQ
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Post by NoMad18 » Mon May 28, 2018 6:09 am

Taylor,

Thank you for your service to our country and the selfless sacrifices. A welcome reminder that we owe a huge debt to all of our service men and women. I also am grateful that you have and continue to share your knowledge and wisdom with all to learn from.

Thank you!

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Post by dwickenh » Mon May 28, 2018 6:50 am

Taylor,

Thank you for your service and the words of wisdom we get on a regular basis here on Bogleheads.

Thank you to all the survivors of veterans who also sacrificed so much for our freedom. They are

also true heroes along with their loved one who didn't come back from war.

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Post by LadyGeek » Mon May 28, 2018 6:53 am

This thread is now in the Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community forum (Bogleheads).

mlebuf - I removed your duplicate posts.

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Thank you to everyone who has served, or continues to serve, in the US military.

For our non-US readers, here is the background: Memorial Day - Wikipedia
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Post by KSOC » Mon May 28, 2018 7:04 am

mlebuf wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 3:15 am
Hi Taylor and all,

Here is a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives, and those who would have, so that we may live in peace and freedom:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/eEs4ke7cdNQ
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Post by Kenkat » Mon May 28, 2018 7:24 am

It is also a great day to fly the American flag proudly outside your residence in memory of all those lost defending it.

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Post by kjvmartin » Mon May 28, 2018 7:49 am

Thank you for your service.

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Post by Sheepdog » Mon May 28, 2018 8:26 am

Thank you to all who have served this country, especially those who were wounded and/or died in their service.
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Post by Kitty Telltales » Mon May 28, 2018 8:32 am

Thank you Taylor for your service to our country and to our community here on Bogleheads. Thank you to all the Bogleheads who served and to the families who supported the loved ones in their service, or worst yet, lost a loved one. And thank you to my father who served in the navy during 3 wars.

2 years ago, when I heard Taylor was receiving an award in Miami for his service at the Battle of the Bulge, I googled his name and that’s how I actually found Bogleheads. You are my all around hero Taylor. Always so happy to see your posts because it let’s me know all is okay in Miami.

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Re: MEMORIAL DAY 2018

Post by PhilosophyAndrew » Mon May 28, 2018 8:36 am

Thank you for your important reminder, Taylor.

This is one area where all Americans can show unity in the face of differences and disagreemens that threaten to pull the nation apart.

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Post by Clever_Username » Mon May 28, 2018 9:33 am

Both of my grandfathers served in World War II. One was super active in the veterans community until he passed away a few years ago. I am very proud of both of them.

Memorial Day is a very important holiday in my household, but being grateful for the sacrifice of those we remember explicitly on Memorial Day is a year-round observance.
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Post by S&L1940 » Mon May 28, 2018 9:40 am

Thanks Taylor, for your service and your wise comments
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Post by 2pedals » Mon May 28, 2018 10:13 am

The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.
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Post by Will do good » Mon May 28, 2018 10:16 am

Thank you Taylor for serving our country and this meaningful reminder.

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Post by Cheyenne » Mon May 28, 2018 10:19 am

Taylor, thank you for your service. DW and I visited Normandy five weeks ago and we saw the flag being lowered at the American Cemetery. There are no words to describe it.

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Post by cfs » Mon May 28, 2018 12:08 pm

I believe every single family have suffered war losses since the founding of the country, and if they have not suffered war losses then they know a family who have lost a love one at war. I never knew my cousin (name withheld for privacy reasons), Corporal, US Army, Korean War, seriously wounded in action in June 1951, returned to duty seven days later, killed in action in September 1951, he was 24 years old. Again, I never knew him, but I remember him, and today I salute our flag and I stand for our national anthem to honor him, to honor those who never came home, to honor everyone who served in our military, and to honor everyone who is currently serving in our military. Gracias por leer ~cfs~
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Post by nedsaid » Mon May 28, 2018 12:57 pm

Thank you to everyone who served in our Armed Forces. Also a good time to remember those who serve in law enforcement and as first responders.
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Post by Hockey10 » Mon May 28, 2018 1:07 pm

Taylor - thanks for your timely Memorial Day message and for your service.

I had trouble sleeping last night, so I got up at about 0200 and turned on the TV and watched The Battle of the Bulge. I have seen the movie many times, but the fact that I am now corresponding with someone who fought in the battle is a great honor. I also was an Army paratrooper, but I only served in peacetime, so our military careers were quite different.

Also, thanks for all the work you have done for Bogleheads.org. I learn something new every day.

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Post by tennisplyr » Mon May 28, 2018 2:21 pm

Thank you Taylor
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Post by lhwerdyt*1791c » Mon May 28, 2018 5:23 pm

Dear Taylor,

I read your post yesterday. I was very moved by it for obvious reasons but also because unless we happen to be listening to the news, we don't hear enough about the meaning of Memorial Day. So thank you for posting about this very important day and more about yourself.

Our service men and women make it possible to live in a free country. Including even being on this great blog right now as trivial as it may sound.

Generations of my own family have also served and continue to serve.

Many service men and women have found themselves right out of high school, jumping from war planes, ships or helicopters, witnessing or suffering brutal injuries or death.

I wish the best to you and all of our service men and women, past, present and future.

With the Greatest Respect,

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Post by pennstater2005 » Mon May 28, 2018 6:07 pm

Thank you Taylor and to all those who gave their lives for our freedom.
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Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Mon May 28, 2018 10:31 pm

We remember those who served selflessly today, we also remember those whose families also had and continue to bear those burdens today. We should remember them everyday.

The NY Times published letters written by children who lost parents in the line of duty while serving. It’s heartbreaking to read those letters.
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