Memorial day


 

 

This video captures the terrible price so many have paid and are paying so we can be free.

These are American Cemeteries around the world and the number of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I suggest watching this in full screen to appreciate the enormity of it all. Staggering.

Wishing everyone an enjoyable day.  “Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams is the background music,

 

Peace.

26 Responses to “Memorial day”

  1. geeez2014 Says:

    That is SO SAD and yet SO AMAZINGLY peaceful and beautiful…thanks, Bunkerville.

    I HAVE A QUESTION I”VE ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT: When an American soldier falls (or fell, in these cases), the families are obviously informed but then WHO DECIDES WHERE HE WILL BE BURIED?

    If they fell in England, or France, or anywhere, did they automatically get buried in the closest American cemetery to where they fell? Or does our government ask the family if they’d like to have them brought home for burial? It’s clearly only after peace that cemeteries like this are finally ‘built’….there is no American cemetery in Viet Nam, right? Or is it only if we WIN a cemetery is built there?

    Anybody know why so many American soldiers are buried overseas and not at home?

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I don’t know the answer…maybe Mustang… I guess as far as celebration, I think of it as in line with a celebration of life for someone.. afterward we gather and after the sadness there is some rather good times with folks we haven’t seen in a long time. We often have laughter recalling times spent with the loved one who is has gone.
      I think having it this time of year has gotten it mixed up with the beginning of Summer… I don’t have a problem wishing folks to have a good day… that is what they died for and after the appropriate acknowledgement of those who gave their lives I think a get together is fine. Just my thoughts.

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      • geeez2014 Says:

        Yup! As I said, have a somber recollection and then party! “Happy”? OK….”mindful”? Maybe better…but who says HAVE A MINDFUL DAY?!!

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Z… yes, agree. We always spent the weekend going to our various family cemeteries and putting flowers on, same on Easter and Christmas, than the parade on Monday, then the get together.

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  2. Always On Watch Says:

    This is a somber day, IMO, so I don’t wish anyone “Happy Memorial Day.”

    Instead, may we all reflect, then determine to be at least somewhat worthy of the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.

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  3. Mustang.Koji Says:

    “A Comrade in Arms”… that one got me.

    Amen.

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  4. Mustang Says:

    Thank you for this tribute. “So we can be free” is questionable, though. None of those who gave their all in defense of liberty and equality for all could possibly imagine where we are today in America. The reality of this makes the number of our war dead even more horrific. Have they died in vain?

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    • bunkerville Says:

      “Can be” – the ability is the operative verb. What we do with freedom is now in our hands.

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    • Mustang Says:

      I received an email from Sen. Marco Rubio this morning saying “Happy Memorial Day.” What an ass. There is nothing happy about Memorial Day.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        I often think the most painful aspect for those who have served is how within the same generation become “friends”– Germany, Japan, Vietnam…. we do it for what.. especially those who are injured for life.

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      • Mustang Says:

        In 1995, someone organized a 50th Anniversary gathering of veterans of the Battle for Iwo Jima. Both American and Japanese veterans were involved in it. There were ceremonies, following which, most but not all, survivors (Japanese or American) crossed over to shake the hands of their former enemies. One Marine who did not, who could not do that was a horribly disfigured man who was by then elderly. Interviewed, he said (paraphrasing), I have lived my entire life as a freak. People avoided me because of my war injuries. Even members of my family shunned me. I have lived my life tormented by the battle that took place here. I am reminded of what happened here every morning when I look in the mirror. Don’t expect me to forgive something that I cannot forget. But then, toward the end of the ceremonies … several hours later, this same gentleman approached one of the Japanese veterans who also could not cross over, with tears streaming down his face. He didn’t say a word, not that the Japanese fellow would have understood anything he might have said. He just offered his hand. The Japanese man took it, and they shook hands. I don’t know what ever happened to these men … but I pray that these two combat veterans found peace at long last.

        This too is the cost of war.

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      • Mustang.Koji Says:

        In response to Mustang’s comment, I am not disfigured – and especially not through war or traffic accidents and I may be just plain ugly… but I feel great sorrow for that Marine who was horribly wounded then survived his wounds. Fifty years is one helluva long time. He was likely a teen and looking forward to being in the back seat with a beautiful girl. It must have eaten at him night and day… 😦

        A hatred caused by war will and has lasted lifetimes for those surviving it. I see that in a couple of my VN veteran buddies. But as a civilian, it would be unforgiveable for me to suggest to a combat vet to forgive and move on… I have no right to do so whatsoever. The emotional moment described by Mustang – when the disfigured elderly Marine and a Japanese counterpart shook hands – is fitting. Only their own souls can move forward. It is even more amazing when you consider the number of Japanese military POWs taken on Iwo (numbers range from 200 up to 1,000 but I am unclear how many were slave laborers) were so few.

        I pray too these two men found peace and acceptance.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Beautiful said.

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  5. Linda Says:

    Thank you Bunk…and thank you for your service.

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  6. GP Cox Says:

    It is hard to comprehend all those lives lost to this world. Yet, we must honor them or we do not deserve the many freedoms we have.

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  7. hocuspocus13 Says:

    🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 THANK 🇺🇸 YOU 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  8. Steve Dennis Says:

    Thanks for that wonderful tribute today!

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