A NATION REMEMBERS: Honoring Memorial Day at GovX

A NATION REMEMBERS: Honoring Memorial Day at GovX

Memorial Day is way more than just BBQs, burgers, and beer, but that doesn’t mean we should feel guilty for joining friends and family for a great weekend. By all means, be with your loved ones, and raise a glass. Here in San Diego, in what many of us—with a slight bias—believe to be the Beer Capital of the World, the GovX staff will probably raise several.

But just be sure to stop and recognize what gives you the freedom to do that this weekend.

Memorial Day is a time to honor members of the military who have fallen in military service to the United States. Men and women throughout history have died on battlefields, making the ultimate sacrifice during combat operations in support of the mission, their allies, and their brothers and sisters in arms.

History is replete with examples of the US military defending the American way of life from infringements around the world. Heroes stopped the Nazi jackbooted thugs from dominating much of the world. Brave fighters defended the world from Japan’s fanatical Imperial military. Cold warriors resisted the advance of Communist influence. And today, courageous service men and women fight overseas against radical threats.

Now think about how different the world would be without those who’ve laid down their lives in defense of those causes.

We’d like to ask everyone reading this post to comment under this blog and leave a note to honor either someone you know who has made the ultimate sacrifice, or just to thank a current or former service member. Tell us their name, tell us their story, or just leave a general note of gratitude.

We look forward to reading your comments.

Leave a comment:

Jonathan A.

5/22/2015 5:19 AM

I know for most like minded veterans, this can be a difficult weekend to really enjoy. We have all lost somebody, and the pain of that lose will never go away. However as time marches on, as does our battle abroad, I have grown to live in honor of the memory of by fallen brothers and sisters. This weekend I will be living for my good friend and a phenomenal Marine Kevin C. I served with Kevin in I Co. 3/9 as well as MCSFCO. He embodied traditions and standards of what it means to be Marine. Kevin gave his life for his country on June 22 2010 in Afghanistan. I love you buddy. Semper Fi.

John S.

5/22/2015 6:24 AM

I will stop and remember at the cemetery of our fallen heroes. God bless them and their families. I also ask for protection for those men and women standing in harms way to protect our freedoms. May we never forget. John D. Stutzman Commander Middletown Memorial VFW Post 1620

Bogumila K.

5/22/2015 7:32 AM

Thank you my brothers and sisters. I want you to know that I will fight my fight to live well in your honor. Because you sacrificed your lives, I will never give up fighting for the quality of my own life and that of my family. I will not squander your precious gift which you gave to me so willingly. Thank you. I love you. Semper Fi.

David G.

5/22/2015 8:45 AM

Happy Memorial Day to all my fellow Veterans. May we all find peace and joy while remembering those who served beside us in the good and bad times. Not only in the line of duty but the times following the service. You will not be forgotten.

Samantha P.

5/22/2015 11:29 AM

Happy Memorial Day to all Veterans! Thank you for those who have served, are currently serving and who will serve in the future! Also don't forget the spouses and families who hold down the home front and support those serving each and every day. No ones sacrifice should go unnoticed. Best,Sam

Geof K.

5/22/2015 3:18 PM

To all those who have given everything you will be in my thoughts this weekend. Especially those lost on 3/4/2002 USN SEAL PO1 Neil Roberts USAF Combat Controller TSgt John Chapman USAF Pararescue SrA Jason Cunningham USA 1st Ranger Battalion SPC Marc Anderson CPL Matt Commons SGT Bradley Crose USA 160th SOAR SGT Phillip Svitak Rangers Lead The Way! Night Stalkers Don't Quit!

Shawn H.

5/23/2015 3:02 PM

To ALL of my brothers and sisters in arms nolonger here, Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice made by you. GOD bless you and the families that also sacrificed for our freedom.

Alan P.

5/23/2015 4:28 PM

Lt Stern A.K. KIA Fallujah, Iraq 2004 1st Tank Battalion Sgt Richardson J.L. Suicide 2011 2nd Tank Battalion LCpl Fontanez Suicide 2014 2nd Tank Battion Cpl Molina J. Police Officer Killed off duty in El Paso, Texas 2012

Alan P.

5/23/2015 4:32 PM

I'll come visit you guys one of these days.

Todd B.

5/23/2015 6:22 PM

To Lt. Colonel James McCormick, thank you for your guidance and direction during times that we all expected not to survive. You passed too soon my friend. SSgt Todd Brewer 609th TCS Bad Muender

troy P.

5/23/2015 6:51 PM

I am greatful for the time that I served and shared with fellow soldiers. No civilians could ever understand the love and familyhood shared by soldiers all across the united States of America. So for those who have served or are serving thank you very much. I love you and we will always be family

Raymond T.

5/24/2015 1:54 PM

I like to remember the 241that paid the price at the Marine HQ Beirut Lebanon October 1983. Semper Fi brothers

Gerald wayne M.

5/24/2015 1:56 PM

Sgt Bradley Marshall KIA 07/31/2007

Christopher B.

5/24/2015 3:05 PM

For Contafio, Ramey, O'Donnel, Warns, and Simon. Never forgotten, brothers. Semper Fi

James H.

5/24/2015 6:09 PM

Passing of my Uncle John, 82nd Airborne, 307th Engineers WWII. I will remember what he did for our country with his brothers in arms. May God Bless him.

james f.

5/25/2015 2:22 AM

I will be remembering all of my fallen brothers that gave their lives for our great nation and for all of their family members that they left behind. I serve with the memory and pride of those who have gone before me for they loved to fight, fought to win and would rather die than quit. Night Stalkers Don't Quit!

John B.

5/25/2015 3:13 AM

To all those I served, fought, sweat and bled with. You are always in my thoughts, today tomorrow and forever.

Ralph M.

5/25/2015 3:17 AM

You will never be forgotten I can celebrate this day because of your sacrifice GOD BLess you all


5/25/2015 3:20 AM

As a Viet Nam veteran,i say to the young men and women of all the armed services,I will be with you always.May GOD bless you and your families as well.

Robert D.

5/25/2015 3:28 AM

Today is in remembrance of those that gave all for their country so that we remain a free nation; my family members, friends, classmates and comrades in arms. I salute you! Major Robert E. Demchak, USAF (Ret)

Brooke P.

5/25/2015 4:01 AM

As a military member and a veteran, I am constantly thankful that I got to know PFC. Le Ron Wilson. We were both assigned to A Company, 16th Ordnance Battalion in A.I.T. He died by an I.E.D. In 2007 in Iraq.

John M.

5/25/2015 4:17 AM

Remembering 1LT Forrest P. Ewens, C/1-32 IN. Dag, Pech Valley, Afghanistan. 16 June 2006. The best of the best. He made the ultimate sacrifice that others may live.

Loren C.

5/25/2015 4:24 AM

To those that I served with that did not come home from RVN, I think of you everyday. SFC (R) Collett

Bruce Figureid F.

5/25/2015 4:27 AM

While station in Thailand in 1972 USAF I had a good friend shot down in Nam in a 130 Gun Ship Keith Reid God Bless He is a A American Hero Bruce Figureid Sgt USAF

Sean A.

5/25/2015 4:32 AM

I will honor those who have served and those currently serving .Especially mindful of the ones who have fallen.You're the reason why our country is so great!

Alfred S.

5/25/2015 4:37 AM

Thankful for all who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. May we never forget the freedoms they have made possible. Fireman 2nd Class Robert E. Schenk, MIA, 8 Aug1942, USS Elliot. Ensign Harold E Schenk, MIA, 12 Dec 1944, USS Wasp.

Gary M.

5/25/2015 4:42 AM

Honor, courage, and commitment. Honor the men and women today that have made the ultimate price so that we may have the freedom to live our lives of our own free will. It takes great courage to face the enemy knowing the price of freedom. The commitment of our military is what makes this country the land of the free.

Kenneth W.

5/25/2015 4:46 AM

To all my fallen 3/5 brothers, and to those you've left behind, you are in my thoughts today, and every day. Love you, miss you and Semper Fi

Jason C.

5/25/2015 4:50 AM

Requiescat in pace my brothers and sisters. May I one day have the honor of feasting by your side in the halls of Valhalla.

Michael T.

5/25/2015 5:04 AM

It's not about us. We came home. Honor the fallen, honor them. M. Tarbox, MR2, USN ODS/DS

Anthony C.

5/25/2015 5:08 AM

"All gave some, Some Gave All" I will keep all our service men and woman in my prayers and in my heart today! Especially those who gave their lives so we can have the Freedoms we enjoy in America! Thank You for your service and sacrifice. Tony Corona & Family

Chris D.

5/25/2015 5:10 AM

The only books I read are about WW 2. The stories of what these soldiers did are amazing. Then to realize that many of them were 18 and 19 years old, it boogles the mind. I want to thank all of them and their families and ones who continue to fight for us. Thank you... Chris D. FDNY

Jason J.

5/25/2015 5:13 AM

I find it difficult to read" Happy" Memorial Day messages. I don't think anyone can be "happy" when they understand what Memorial Day is truly about. I will have a Glorious Memorial Day because I am here thanks to so very many Marines that laid down their lives for me. I survived because many of them personally stood toe to toe with the enemy and fought for me and with me. They will be remembered as glorious Heroes. My family will toast them and honor them all with prayers and pray that the remaining families and friends of these fallen heroes receive the benefits of those sacrifices for decades to come. Semper Fidelis. Jason L. Joiner SgtMaj ( Ret) USMC

William B.

5/25/2015 5:15 AM

Rest easy Corporal Conner T. Lowry. KIA 3/1/2012, OEF. Til Valhalla.

Brian D.

5/25/2015 5:26 AM

685TC USAR: Never forget!!! IMO Roy Buckley. You are still with us, your memory will forever live on. From the 685tc Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom.

paul z.

5/25/2015 5:34 AM

"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15:13 (NABRE but al translations are essentially the same and pretty well cover it)

Raymond H.

5/25/2015 5:42 AM

Happy Memorial Day to all fellow Veterans. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Let's all remember those who died so that we could endure and come home. May god bless each and all their families. 545th MP Co, 1st Air Cavalry Division, Vietnam 69-70

Robert F.

5/25/2015 6:04 AM

To all my fallen brothers you are and always will be remembered.... Rangers Lead The Way...!

Krystel N.

5/25/2015 6:10 AM

We will always remember our fallen brothers and sisters for their sacrifices, their bravery in the face of danger, and the amazing souls that we carry in our hearts. Semper Fi!

John D.

5/25/2015 6:27 AM

Thanks to all that have served their country and those currently serving our country. Airborne.

GovX Member

5/25/2015 6:33 AM

To all my brothers from 2/505th PIR 82nd Airborne Division who gave their all when we fought next to each other! Rest in Peace brothers.. Wait for me in formation in the halls of Vahalla!!

Marvin C.

5/25/2015 6:33 AM

A special thank you to all of our fallen SOLDIERS. Veterans and Current Military members.

elliott k.

5/25/2015 6:33 AM

Nick, Ricky, Tim, Joey,William, ssgt Ram, John, and David. I love you all and you are not forgotten. And to all those who paid the ultimate price. Semper Fi

John B.

5/25/2015 6:46 AM

God Bless all who have gone before us, may we remain true to your fight, your cause and most importantly your memory and sacrifice for those left behind. May we forever continue to honor you. We are forever grateful!

Robert C.

5/25/2015 6:49 AM

Thank you to all that are serving and have served.

Ronald W.

5/25/2015 6:51 AM

A very happy Memorial Day to all my fellow veterans, and a special thank you to all those on active duty and our Guard and Reserve units also and our families, thank you all for your sacrifice, and God Bless you.

Benjamin J.

5/25/2015 6:56 AM

Sgt. 1st Class Shawn T. Hannon,  Capt. Nicholas J. Rozanski,and Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey J. Rieck  killed 4-4-2012 in Maimannah, Afghanistan. Never Forget!

John T.

5/25/2015 7:00 AM

My father, grandfather, and I have all served out country during times of war. We have all lost friends, family, and loved ones to the enemy and we will never forget their sacrifice. Semper Fi

James N.

5/25/2015 7:11 AM

To those who still wear the uniform that cannot come off, I salute you. You walk in Heaven, or you watch over those who follow in our path, or you watch over us. Thank you for your sacrifice. Some were family, some were known or unknown, but you Few who were my friends, to you I say, Semper Fidelis, Semper Superbia!

Sunao W.

5/25/2015 7:37 AM

Thank you my all fellow service members and there families.

Thomas H.

5/25/2015 7:43 AM

God Bless them All

Thomas H.

5/25/2015 7:44 AM

God Bless them All

Joshua P.

5/25/2015 7:45 AM

I Don't have the words to describe my gratitude and pride for all that have served but, Ultimately to the ones that did not come home . Thank You God Bless you and your families and you are remembered and loved thank you .

Roger G.

5/25/2015 7:55 AM

Thank you to all my fellow Servicemen and women for your daily sacrifices, but today I remember all those Fallen, MIA and POW. Your ultimate sacrifice is not in vain. God Bless America. IT2 (SW/AW) Gibson, USN Veteran

Elena E.

5/25/2015 7:55 AM

Several Soldiers passed during my service in the Army. For them I bow my head and she some tears. For all my friends and co-workers who still serve I salute you. You are all honorable people who give up more than those who don't serve will ever know. Thank you.

Montie W.

5/25/2015 7:58 AM

I just want to say Thank You to all my Beothers and Sisters out there still in harms way and may you come home safe soon!! Thank You for all that served and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I know that all of us that served and made it home safe think of you everyday and will never forget your ultimate sacrifice.

John S.

5/25/2015 8:10 AM

For those who served before me and those yet to make the ultimate sacrifice, thank you for your service and sacrifice. RIP

Aaron B.

5/25/2015 8:17 AM

Thanks to my dad who served in Vietnam, my grandfather who served in WW2, and thanks to my uncle serving now in Aghanistan. Thank you for your sacrifices to protect America. And God Please continue to watch over and protect all the Americans protecting your people.

Robert P.

5/25/2015 8:18 AM

Thank you to all those who have had the guts to serve, to do something not just for themselves but for a country that needed them to step up when it counted. For the brothers and sisters, past, present and future; I will not forget you or what you have done to protect the millions of our beloved country; even those who didn't deserve it or speak ill of it. We held true so they could at least have that right. More so for the families that supported us, giving us the strength to continue in the late hours of the night, hundreds of miles away from home. Again, thank you and remember those who can no longer hug their their families this day because they gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Max M.

5/25/2015 8:18 AM

The only other, but greatest, Marine in my family...LCpl James Ray "Jimmy" Majors, G Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Marines, 1st MarDiv. KIA 8/2/67 in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam just 3 weeks shy of his 21st birthday. Never forgotten Uncle Jimmy. Semper Fi!

Ryan O.

5/25/2015 8:28 AM

Hard to swallow everyone saying "Happy" Memorial Day. Like it is a celebration. Just have a peaceful day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our Freedom. Let none be forgotten, but all remembered.

Steven J.

5/25/2015 8:29 AM

Remembering my brothers and sisters who have the ultimate sacrifice. Please take a moment to remember and thanking them. Also give a special thanks to the Lord himself for the blessings he has given for our military and this nation. Take another moment and look up at our flag. Listen to it flap in the wind and think about how much hell that flag has seen in its lifetime. To my fellow brothers and sisters in arms, Semper Fi and God Bless!

Michael P.

5/25/2015 8:38 AM

Today we enjoy time with our families in honor of those that cannot. We hold onto the memory of brother and sisters that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Today we raise a glass and throw a nickel on the grass for Flounder, Skunk, Wardo, and Piston

Tacy C.

5/25/2015 8:50 AM

We are all blessed to be here today, in the land of the free and the home of the BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE! To all of our brothers and sister who paid the ultimate price- we thank you. May you rest in peace. RIP SSG Leroy O. Webster SGT Christopher M. Kurth SFC Johnny R. "Smoke" Polk RED DRAGONS!!

Christopher A.

5/25/2015 9:00 AM

I believe General Patton got it right, when he said the following mobile.brainyquote.com/.../georgespa12... Mobile-friendly - "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men existed." Today should be a day for pride, a pride that was earned in heroes blood, in an effort to preserve freedom, in a world where tyranny is the norm. For us Veterans we know exactly what that sacrifice involves and are responsible in seeing the sacrifices are not done in vain, but for a larger purpose: ensuring liberty and justice for all!

Bruce S.

5/25/2015 9:08 AM

This is a day of solemnity, a day to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice that our brothers and sisters, our comrades in arms, made to keep America free, and to allow others the opportunity to live in a democracy, free of tyranny and oppression. My war was Vietnam, others fought in other wars, just as nasty and miserable I am sure. Yet I am so fortunate as to be here today, and to get down on my knees and pray for all those who did not come home, in all the wars. And for those of us, disabled and still living the war, through illness and injury, who will become statistics in the future. God Bless America!

Chad W.

5/25/2015 9:14 AM

I would like to thanks all those that severed A and gave their lives and to their families for their service to our country THANK YOU And thanks to my brother's and sisters who are currently serving and served to them and their families

Ricardo B.

5/25/2015 9:17 AM

Thanks to all the soldiers, past and present, who dedicate their lives everyday for our freedom!!!

Herman H.

5/25/2015 9:21 AM

As a retired USN combat veteran I always remember my friend, Sol who did not return home. He was captured in Hue during the Communist Tet Offensive in 1968 and died in captivity. Although I served with many brave men in Vietnam, none gave more in defense of freedom than my friend, Sol. May the Lord hold him in His hands and may his memory forever remain in my grateful heart.

george v.

5/25/2015 9:29 AM

i wish to thank all those that served in all branches of our military and made the ultimate sacrifice so we may enjoy the freedom we have today, and to the troops serving today, thank you.

David P.

5/25/2015 9:37 AM

Each Memorial Day weekend I post flags along the western property line of our home. I think of the thousands upon thousands of graves, marked and unmarked, here and around the world, that await the resurrection of those who gave their lives in order to obtain or maintain the freedom we in the United States of America enjoy. Rest in peace, sisters and brothers in arms. We honor your sacrifice on our behalf and we give thanks to God for you. May God give peace, comfort, and strength to those who mourn your loss, and may God bring all war to end throughout the earth.

Dennis C.

5/25/2015 9:38 AM

many will find them selves at the pub,i say order two glasses, one empty and one full.remember ones you lost and to live for those still here!!!! semper fi

Johnny L.

5/25/2015 9:40 AM

It shouldn't just be today that we homer those who have served us, but we should thank them every chance we get because they have are still are dedicating their life for the freedoms we have.

Michael J.

5/25/2015 10:07 AM

Welcome Home my Brothers

norman s.

5/25/2015 10:11 AM

Sgt. Corey E. Spates, LaGrange, Ga. Born July 3 1986, Sgt Spates was on his second tour to Iraq serving with Grim Troop 2/3ACR ..... KIA FEBRUARY 10, 2008 .... He was a son, brother, loving husband , and a dear friend . Miss you every day brother .... BLOOD AND STEEL

Sheldon N.

5/25/2015 10:20 AM

As a Vietnam veteran, I have gone through 45 Memorial Days and they never seem to get easier for me. I always think and pray that those who gave all will know that I still remember them and keep them alive in my heart. Sheldon Nadler Bravo Co., 1st Bat/5th Reg 1st MarDiv

Terry B.

5/25/2015 10:39 AM

This weekend is for my father (James W. Blankenship WW ll) On the grave of my Father and others the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! If not for you and others there would be no nation! With great respect I honor my Father and Men that died upon the field of glory, This Memorial Day. I will never forget what you and others have done for this country! Rest in peace my father who I never knew but I do not need to know you to know you are my Hero! Your Loving Son Terry Blankenship

Richard S.

5/25/2015 11:09 AM

We live in peace because of them. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God". Matt 5:9

Larry L.

5/25/2015 11:35 AM

Today I remember 2Lt James Michael Goins.

Donny O.

5/25/2015 11:48 AM

For two of my team mates who's names will be remembered forever inscribed on the EOD Memorial Wall, Eglin AFB, Florida: FRANK E. MORRISON (We Remember) and Joseph A. (Tony) Ricco (We Remember) May God rest your souls, Team Mates!

Jack D.

5/25/2015 11:54 AM

To my brothers and sisters, across every branch, those that have fallen and those that are still standing, I thank you. Semper Fi

Marvin S.

5/25/2015 12:14 PM

This is a day to remember our fallen Brothers and Sisters.

Miguel P.

5/25/2015 12:16 PM

in 1997 i was 19 years old when decided to join the US ARMY and on my way to fort Jackson South Carolina i remember thinking how many people have crossed paths to these very unique training bases and will never forget the service many people have given to the US god bless those who gave everything and also who volunteered

Ted H.

5/25/2015 3:07 PM

Those Soldiers who returned home with on going disabilities. I understand. Get into a VA program and stay with it living with hope is The start. God Bless.. Ted

Michael D.

5/25/2015 6:14 PM

My never ending gratitude to those men and women who laid down their lives for my freedom and ability to live my life without fear.

Jeremiah F.

5/25/2015 6:23 PM

For past, present, and future fellow veterans, this is a day to remember what has been sacrificed for our families and country. Remember our fallen brothers and sisters with good memories. That's how they stay living. Thank you for everything.

David S.

5/25/2015 7:32 PM

To those veterans who have fought, God-Spead. To the souls of EVERY American that has gotten lost, died, or wounded (like me) along the way <my prayers go out to you all>, and.. Well... "In God We Trust"! #Salute.

Craig N.

5/25/2015 8:11 PM

Michael Leo Nathe, KIA, 29 AUG, 1968, Wounded at Hoc Man, 12th Med Evac to Cu Chi where you died...Damnit, I sure miss you Brother. God Speed and God Bess.

Jon G.

5/25/2015 9:03 PM

LTC. Lloyd Mills - Battalion CO. 3/327 Infantry. 'Battleforce' 2 June 1995 SSG Mark Gibson - B.Co 2/505 PIR- 23 March 1994 MSG Michael McNulty - 17 June 2005 I am a better person because I have served with and or under these three Gentlemen. I can't help but think of them all of the time.

Brian M.

5/25/2015 10:14 PM

I am a vet. US Navy, 95-99. But this or Veterans Day is not about me-these holidays are for the men and women, alive and passed, who have sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy what we enjoy today. My best friend, a Corpsman like myself, killed himself after two tours overseas. And while now out myself, and working as a security officer, I remain committed to trying to live with courage, honor and integrity. However, upon arriving to work tonite, I was painfully reminded of the naivete of the general population when a coworker asked if "i enjoyed the day and did something fun". I felt like telling her off and explaining that Memorial day isn't about doing something "fun" but instead mentally bit my tongue and replied "no". This is a problem that will continue to plague vets though, as long as these holidays are recognized by free blooming onions or 10% off at home depot. Businesses want to do something-great. Donate to the local VA hospital. Work with vets doing outreach. Fly a flag at half mast. As CEO, donate a days pay to a homeless shelter. But Please, dont offer me an appetizer or discount and call it good. And don't ask if I had fun-because if you ask, then you truly don't understand the meaning of the holiday. In Memory of HM2 P. Salazar ("Doc" Sal), U.S Navy 1995-2001 HM3 Morris, U.S. Navy (Ret)

Timothy A.

5/26/2015 6:54 AM

For the uncle I never met, PFC Donald Allenby, who died shortly after the D-Day invasion, June 30, 1944, now resting in peace in Normandy. Thank you, Uncle Donald.for your sacrifice.

stephen R.

5/26/2015 7:52 AM

Steve R. 511 M.P. CO. Veteran I want to sincerely thank all my Brothers and Sisters who have served our country in the Military Service. My prayers go out to all my Brothers and Sisters who were wounded or have issues related to their service. And last but not least all those men and women who gave everything for this country when called to duty. My dad served in the Army, Father in Law was a Green Beret and served in three wars. And especially to my long time friend and mentor Charlie Hubbs who served in the bloodiest battles of WWII with Patton. Charlie carried a bullet and schrapnal for the remainder of his 87 years as a reminder of his service and sacrafise. A Good man, Honorable and Humble. May he rest in Pease. We will survive this regime and return to our place at the top of the mountain. Because no other country can accomplish what America has done and what we stand for. God Bless our troops and God bless America.

Cole A.

5/26/2015 8:11 AM

To all those past and present who have given there lives for my own life and freedoms there is truly nothing great I can do to honor you other then saying thank you. To those who will lose there lives for the fight God bless you and watch over you and yours. Semper fi. And I hope to see you in Valhalla one day

Dennis C.

5/26/2015 8:22 AM

I praise God for those willing to die for us but always pray for peace. As Grand Marshal of this years Memorial Day I was honored and humbled to speak these words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv_IVu71Y9s&feature=youtu.be If you have 28 minutes, please watch the youtube video at the link.

David D.

5/26/2015 10:32 PM

Memorial Day! Our day or is it? I know that I have Uncles and Cousins who fought on D-day, Korea and Germany. Today my thoughts and prayers are for them; both those who have departed and are still here, becoming fewer with each passing year. I am frustrated that our culture and citizens find solace in hollow sentiments of a discount for something or some comment lacking in true feelings. I do not know with certainty for all Veterans, but I think most if not all would prefer the respect we all earned while we were in uniform. Still serving and damn proud to have worn the uniform for 20 years on active duty. HOOOAH !!!