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Surfed into your website today. It was informative. Realized that my birthday falls on Memorial Day but really never knew the meaning of
this holiday. In 2001, will make an effort to attend a Memorial Day celebration and honor the men and women who gave their lives for this country. As I celebrate another year of living, so many have died for me. I am proud to be an American.
Stephani Beslin <email@example.com>
Denver, CO USA - Fri Dec 29 15:31:11 2000
i, along with other students at pelham high school are trying to get memorial day moved back to the 31st of may where it should be. if you support this move and feel the way we do,or have any information that may be helpfulr, please e-mail me.
cortney keller <firstname.lastname@example.org >
pelham, nh USA - Thu Nov 30 17:59:57 2000
Just a veteran who appreciates the memorial.
Richard A. Lathrop <RLath@Mail.com>
Milwaukee, Wi USA -
My father William Ellis Ray fought for this country and died senior resident agent for the Army Intelligence Agency in 1972. I know nothing about him and have no contact with any of my parents. If you knew him please e-mail me any memories you may have. He's buried at Barrancas National Cemetary. I understand he was in the Air Force and Army (he was a CWO). He also spent time in Japan. email@example.com
Angela Ray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bakkersfield, CA USA - Saturday, July 08, 2000 at 19:15:28 (EDT)
Yes glory to the men who fought and died. But Vietnam was not fought for America, so I do not see how an American can feel freer by having American troops die valienty (and lose) a war half a world away for a rageme they ended up deposing....
Sid Mercury <email@example.com>
Mitburgee, WA USA - Monday, July 03, 2000 at 05:44:01 (EDT)
God Speed and God Bless to all of those who have stood, served, fought, died and forgotten!
San Jose, Ca USA - Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 19:31:36 (EDT)
A late entry for Memorial Day and D-Day, but I write this in memory of our honored dead - those who gave their lives for our freedom. Thank you!
CA USA - Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 15:30:02 (EDT)
God bless them all!
David O. Pritchett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Moultrie, GA USA - Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 14:55:37 (EDT)
This is a wonderful site. Very informative and beautiful in it's tributes.
Kim Haight <email@example.com>
St.Petersburg, FL USA - Thursday, June 22, 2000 at 07:08:49 (EDT)
what ever coward wrote "I am cooler than anybody you stupids" email me i want a word with you
JOSH WOLFE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
MI USA - Thursday, June 22, 2000 at 03:23:43 (EDT)
I would like to thank everyone who gave thier life for me to be free and all of theose who didn't. If anyone could please send me stories of any battles or anything they can remember about any of the wars at my email address I would like to know evey detail of how these men gave me my freedom. I know this will sound very insignificant but i wold like to thank you all again for giving your bodies and for many their lives for me to be free. Thank you
Joshua Richard Wolfe <email@example.com>
Kalamazoo, MI USA - Thursday, June 22, 2000 at 02:54:07 (EDT)
Thanks for the place for Memories! I was born on May 30, 1924, the old Memorial Day. From WWII, 6 of my crew members gave their all on 29th of June, 1944 as our B-24 Bomber went down in flames. May I give their names for a memorial to them. Pilot, Lt. Gerald Westcott: C.P. Lt. Robert Reeves: Bombadier, Lt. Arthur Toepel: Navigator, Lt. Thomas Hine: Engineer, Sgt. Edward Thompson: R. Waist Gun., Sgt. Frank Artym Jr. I am looking for next of kin for these men in order to obtain bio's of their life to place on the Bomb Groups Data base.
Walter Lawrence <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Arkansas City, KS USA - Sunday, June 18, 2000 at 16:21:44 (EDT)
Wonderful site. I have veiwed many sites and I belive this is the best regarding Memorial Day. We will never forget!!
USMC(ret) 1950-76. RVN 1965-66. Semper Fi from the Department of Arizona Marine Corps League.
Bob Canright <email@example.com>
Mesa, AZ USA - Monday, June 12, 2000 at 23:09:11 (EDT)
Remembering you Fred, today and always. Love, Naomi
Naomi Napoles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
National City, CA USA - Thursday, June 08, 2000 at 18:22:06 (EDT)
I was in the 5th Special Forces in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970 and would look forward to hearing from anyone that was there during that time. Thanks
Ward G Jones <Derby email@example.com>
Lyndhurst, NJ USA - Monday, June 05, 2000 at 21:12:31 (EDT)
USA - Sunday, June 04, 2000 at 10:57:52 (EDT)
GREAT SITE!! HEY, CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE BY CLICKING ON THE LINK ABOVE. IT'S ABOUT THE TRUE STORY OF THE ONLY US SERVICEMEN KILLED IN KOREA DURING WWII AND THE KOREAN WHO HELPED AND CONTINUES TO HELP HONOR THEIR SACRIFICE. AFTER THIS MEMORIAL PAGE IS A PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR OF KOREA. COME VISIT!! YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED!
M Lovmo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Sunday, June 04, 2000 at 10:56:54 (EDT)
Memorial Day is a day to remember those that made are counrty free for all. Commerical Buss. has made it a Day of Sales dragging the American Public to spend money and forget In Fairbanks the only flags lowered where at VFW POST 3629 Saddly they get credit for proper display of the flag but the nation colors are still at half mast :( Next Memorial Day avoild the stores spend time remmebering those that serviced and those that died for Your rights and freedoms that you enjoy Fly the flag propper share with family and friends Vietnam era and Gulf War Cmbt VET!!!!!!!!!!!!!
g lebeau <email@example.com>
fairbanks, ak USA - Thursday, June 01, 2000 at 09:15:44 (EDT)
I am cooler than anybody you stupids
caroline wassssdryu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 13:58:50 (EDT)
to all of the HEROS of our great and free life.
bloomburg, tx USA - Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 10:37:31 (EDT)
good luck and god's speed
TSgt Tom White <email@example.com>
Grafton, WV USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 22:36:45 (EDT)
Great site. I spent 21 years in the U.S.Air Force and I take Memorial Day serious. Keep up the good work.
Nick Galizia <Lnwolf54@aol.com>
Ellenville, NY USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 21:22:06 (EDT)
I hope everyone has a woderful Memorial Day!!
Alex Folk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Marion, OH USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 18:49:03 (EDT)
I very much enjoyed this site, and I than God above every day for the brave people who died to keep me FREE. Thank You Very Much.
Ted Witt <email@example.com>
Spring, Tx. USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 18:41:40 (EDT)
Thank for a very informative site. I also thank all the veterans who gave up years of their lives and even in some cases their lives in Defense of our freedom and way of life. I am a Korean War vet but since I spent the time in Alaska and stateside, I do not like to mention it. Thans to you for a very good site. James
James K. Shafer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Norman, OK USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 17:31:16 (EDT)
As a legacy veteran having served my country proud, I wish to thank all of the "Free Americans" today who have stopped to remember those whoe gave thier lives to protect the values set forth by this great Country's forefathers but, mainly thank the good Lord himself for all he has bestowed upon us.
Michael Philips <email@example.com>
Kingwood, Tx USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 17:13:52 (EDT)
Thank you for your site. I have a question regarding the flag and Memorial Day. As a rookie fireman I remember lowering the flag to half staff at 0800 on Memorial Day, then raising it back at noon.Recently this has not been done. Is this tradition still followed? Thank you
Michael Petroff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
St. Louis, MO USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 15:03:33 (EDT)
You have a great site...
terre haute, in USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 04:28:04 (EDT)
To all Veterans and their families I Thank You All for your committment and sacrifice you have each endured. I also am a Veteran and I have been proudly wearing a uniform for over 17 years now. Only now I wear my uniform for law enforcement. It has never left me. To this day I still and always will strive
to serve to protect others.Even though Memorial Day has officially passed it is still alive and strong in my heart and soul daily. We live in a Country where democracy and freedom was bought through sacrifice,courage,and committment.So, to all who have answered the call and proudly served I salute you and Thank You All May God Bless each and everyone of you and your families.
Kevin L. Niewald <email@example.com>
Indianapolis, In USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 02:18:32 (EDT)
The time is now 0100 hrs. and even though Memorial Day has officially passed it has never truly ended in my mind.
Kevin L. Niewald <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Indianapolis, In USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 02:02:29 (EDT)
i enjoyed this web site very much,i spent 16yrs. in the army and now i am a disabled vet, i wish everyone had a chance to see this site so i am sending it to as many people i can and hope they enjoy it and send it on also.
ron newby <email@example.com>
mitchell, in USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 01:14:42 (EDT)
I have really enjoyed navigating this site. I served in the infantry in the Phillippines (Leyte and Mindanao) and came back without any disabling injuries and am forever grateful. The main reason I am writing this is to pay tribute to my wife's only brother (my wife died 9 years ago). At the same time I was in the Phillippines my wife's brother gave his life in Europe (I never met him) in the crash of a B-26 he was flying after many successful missions. God Bless you George Edwards.
Lloyd E. Gardner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bartlesville, OK USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 00:55:49 (EDT)
My father served in WW2 korea and during VietNam I would like to thank everyone who protects our great land and keeps us safe. I spent most of my life on bases and have met many wonderful people. I am proud to say that I was an Army Brat. Thank you for remebering the heros of all the wars..They earned it in way most of us don't understand.
susan schoettgen <email@example.com>
fowler, ca USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 00:53:23 (EDT)
I WAS 23yrs. OLD WHEN I JOINED THE AIR FORCE . I DIDN'T APPECIATE THE FREEDOMS OF THE USA. TAKING THEM FOR GRANTED AS A GOD GIVEN RIGHT AS MANY AMERICANS DO. UNTIL I WENT TO OTHER COUNTRIES, READ NEWSPAPERS, AND OPENED MY EYES TO THE WORLD AROUND ME, I BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND WHAT MY GRANDFATHER'S WORDS ABOUT WWII, MY UNCLES STORIES OF NAM. THE HIGH COST OF THIS FREEDOM MOST OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED. IT IS IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN SOILDERS THAT WE REFLECT ON THIS DAY. THANK YOU ALL , I SALUTE THEM.
JERRY HUFFMAN <FLOYDBARBER60@YAHOO>
FT. WAYNE, IN USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 22:09:12 (EDT)
Grandfather, WW1- Fahter, WW II- Me, Viet Nam, Son, Gulf- Will we ever learn? Some gave all, all gave some.
j.e. Martens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Upton, wy USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 22:07:34 (EDT)
I first husband fought in two wars. I remember how he would talk about the moments of flashback. We love all our men and women of war who has lost their lives to save our country.
Sharon Imafidon <email@example.com>
At;lanta, Georgia USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 20:41:51 (EDT)
Very informative site. Thank you for putting this together. I was unsure of the differences between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day and your site helped me greatly. I was very impressed with the extensive library of related links and the depository of information. More sites like this are needed to explain to my generation why days like this are celebrated.
Josh Rice <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hillsdale, MI USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 20:33:58 (EDT)
my grandfather fought in World War II and even though he has passed away i will never forget the love he had for his country and how much memorial day meant to him.
Dawn Shockey <email@example.com>
Thurmont, Md USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 19:40:41 (EDT)
As Commander of post 5057, I want to wish all a very great day. It's just nice to be alive. Had a wonderful time at the cemetary with flags of valor at Fresno Memoerial Gardens.
Harry Schoener <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fresno, Ca USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 19:20:51 (EDT)
On behalf of all my fellow VFW members of post 5057 in Fresno, CA and for all are comrads who died in action
Bill Collier <email@example.com>
Fresno, CA USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 19:16:25 (EDT)
I just want to say thanks to all the Men and Women Who have gave there life to keep me free.Although i am a soldier And I am ready and willing to pay the same price,I must thank them that i have yet not had to,god rest your souls
SGT Gary Hensley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greeneville, Tn USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 18:55:37 (EDT)
God Bless all who gave their all so we can live in a free and great country. thanks to all who served in all our wars.don't forget the Korean War vets we gave our best and we did win that bloody war and we paid a great price to set a nation free. "Freedon is not Free" I was a 18 year kid when I served their and I am proud of my service and what we accomplished in Korea. GOD BLESS AMERICA. AN OLD SOLDIER WHO GREW UP IN KOREA.
803 Sheffield Ct., Edward E. Stevens <email@example.com>
Carnegie , Pa.15106-1581 USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 18:48:24 (EDT)
My heart felt thanks to all those who servred and died. These brave people are responsible for the freedom I enjoy today.
Blake Kersh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Raton, NM USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 18:17:56 (EDT)
Truly a great site, keep up the wonderful work. Information like this makes sure that people know that this day is around for a reason other than having a picnic.
Michael Cannell, USMC-1986-1994
Michael Cannell <email@example.com>
Yuma, AZ USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 17:02:16 (EDT)
TREMENDOUS WEBSITE, PLEASE KEEP THIS UP TO REINFOCE THE VALUES OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY.
MILES SHAFFER LTC(RET) <SMILES70312@C.S.COM>
JOHNSTOWN , PA USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 16:48:47 (EDT)
On behalf of my family I would like to sincerly thank the individuals that have fought for our freedom.
Alexis Stergios Purses
Canton, OH USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 16:36:32 (EDT)
Completely breathtaking and memorable!
Roger G. Devey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 15:11:38 (EDT)
My husband, Charles W.McManis, Jr., Msgt, Ret., served in the 56th Air Commando Wing, Task Force Alpha at Nakom Phanom, Royal Thai AF Base in Thailand 1969-1970 as a Cartographer. He would to know, "Are there more of us around??" My opinion is that our men fighting this "war" came home and were not given the honor they deserved and have all suffered for that. Thank you for the Memorial!!
Sharon Saunders-McManis <email@example.com>
Mira Loma, CA USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 15:04:51 (EDT)
In this small way, I would like to commemorate this Memorial Day with saying thank you and God bless you USA for all you have done in promoting freedom around the world. Without American participation in WW2 my home country and the rest of the world could never have enjoyed the freedom we have now.
Netherlands - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 14:59:15 (EDT)
From the Birthplace of the United States Navy, I salute all the men and women who have fought to give me and my family the opportunity to live in a free Nation. God Bless America!
Mark DeLuca <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Whitehall, NY USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 13:58:41 (EDT)
I served in the Pacific in World War II. Thank you for this Great Internet Site.
Edward Patton <Kdcm21a@msn.com>
Denver, CO USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 13:50:30 (EDT)
You Have A Great Site Here...I Have Sent It To Everyone I Know Today...I Can Only Imagine The Pain Of Any War And Wish It Never Happened. I Have Been Antiwar All My Life And Wish Someday Our Men And Woman Can Stop Dieing For Such Rediculous Causes. Thanks For Sharing Your Site With Me And Many Others. You Have Done A Great Job.
Rebecca Stevens <email@example.com>
Terre Haute, In USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 13:38:10 (EDT)
this is a greet site congradulations on the work you have done.
larry malcolm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
cottage grove, mn USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 12:59:22 (EDT)
I"m a reporter. This site is great. If people didn't do sites like this, I"m not sure how I'd get the information I need. Thanks.
R. Rauzon <email@example.com>
S.F., CA USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 12:42:10 (EDT)
As a retired Naval Officer, I found this site to be quite worthwhile and heartwarming. Lot`s of my comrades are no longer here to experience the patriotism that is still much alive in this great nation of ours.
Kevin R. Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chesapeake, VA USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 12:19:18 (EDT)
Thank you for reminding us of the true nature of Memorial Day....not a day of picnics and fireworks. A day to honor ALL Veterans,that we have the freedom today that so many take for granted.Thank you for the future generations that shall have this freedom;lest they not forget the forefathers that have fought for this freedom. AMERICA IS BEAUTIFUL AND FREE!
Nancy Baumer <email@example.com>
Fort Myers, Fl USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 12:12:26 (EDT)
I would like to thank all veterans for their sacrifices. My grandfather was in WWII, Patons third army. He was a tank driver. Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to speak to him about his experiences because he passed away when I was eight years old. Let us not forget that today is not just a day for barbecues and an extra day off, but rather a day to thank a neighbor,friend, father, mother, grandmother, or a grandfather. Thank you Vets!
Rene W. Aillon <Rwadoc@excite.com>
Dalton, Ma USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 12:02:10 (EDT)
Thank you to all the men and women who have served our country honorably. It is a debt we can never repay. My father is a 76 year old WWII veteran who 55+ years later still remembers the men he served with; where they were from, what they were like and what they looked like. If you know a veteran whether from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam or the Gulf War thank them for all of us. Thank you for remembering.
Stephen Mahler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Westfield , NJ USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 11:43:48 (EDT)
Ended my camping trip a bit early due to rain, but actually have found more time now to reflect on real meaning for the day. Have spent time in prayer for those families who have lost loved ones in protection of our country and it's values. As a member of the Air National Guard I do see many dedicated folks to American ideals, but on a day like today it is nice to set aside sometime in honor of those who have died on our behalf. Thank you and may God Bless.
Tim Wood <email@example.com>
Waldorf, MD USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 11:37:38 (EDT)
Sally D Creel Brunkow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Waverly , TTN USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 11:16:30 (EDT)
I am only 14 years old. I do not know the pain and suffering every soldier was put through, nor will I pretend to. I cannot even begin to imagine anything they experienced, however, I am very proud to live in the nation they fought and died for. Everything they were, everything they believed, and everything they fought for is reflected in America today and it's incredible power. The Vietnam War was a pointless, unneccesary, avoidable war, and the bravery it took to risk and give their lives exceeds that of any common person who ever lived. They, in my mind, define the word "brave". Not only did they go out into alien grounds knowing nothing of anything surrounded by experts of the area who desired to take their lives, but they did it with courage and convidence. If doing that is not the most respectable thing imaginable, then I do not know what is. All of those soldiers, who died and who survived, truly have all of my respect. For those who died, may you rest in peace forever. You are not, nor will you ever be forgotten.
Brian Klotz <Po12nStAr6@aol.com>
Freehold, NJ USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 11:16:21 (EDT)
To my Dad, a World War II veteran (Army Air Corps), to those with whom I served (Army, 1968-1970), and to the other men and women of the US Armed Forces, "Here's to us, and those like us, and damn few of us left."
Michael Lee <email@example.com>
Houston, Tx USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 11:12:50 (EDT)
What a tribute you have done here by honoring those men and woman who have served their country to endure its freedom from the atrociousness other countrys have been subjected to. My service time in Korea during 1951 allows me to know that freedom does come easy and many have died over the years giving their life helping those of other nations maintain some freedom too.
John C. Montgomery <JCMont@AOL.com>
Elizabethtown, PA USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 10:54:21 (EDT)
I'm thinking about my father, Second Lieutenant Earl Flint, who served in WWII. He was not a casualty, but was disabled. God Bless him and all those who served and are still serving. So much has been sacrificed by these brave people.
Jennifer Flint <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Columbia, Mo USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 10:38:39 (EDT)
My father served in the Viet Nam War twice.He was wounded the second time he went,but his soul died each time. He has never been the same.....God BLess his soul !!!!
Judy P. <email@example.com>
Denton, Tx USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 10:38:10 (EDT)
I thank you for this page, having served in both Vietnam and the Gulf, I am sorrowed that this loss of life to most is nothing but a retail sale day or a long weekend. My Father servered in WWII (North Africa), both my brothers served with me in Vietnam (seperate services). We all lived through it. Todays thoughts should be with those who did not and thier families. Remember YOUR VETS. "There, but for the Grace of God, go I."
Thomas A. Wallace <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Brunswick, GA USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 10:34:31 (EDT)
Today I remember Lt. Terry Plunk, a fine young man who lost his life in the Gulf War. Thanks and honor to him and all others who died for our country.
Mary Lightsey <email@example.com>
Henderson, TN USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 09:37:22 (EDT)
Too many of us Americans have forgotten out veterans. What is it going too take to make us remember.
TRUST..TRieste United States Troops.. 1951-1952
Robert D. Carter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
St. Peters, MO USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 09:21:56 (EDT)
I serve to honor those served and died before me and to protect the country and family that I love
ET3 Peter G Tierney USN <Tierneyp@navstarr.navy.mil>
Roosevelt Roads, PR USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 09:19:14 (EDT)
I can cover my thoughts in 3 little words:GOD BLESS AMERICA
Janet Drexler <email@example.com>
Wapakoneta, Oh USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 09:08:35 (EDT)
On this day, as we Americans play, Lest we not forget the blood that was spent to preserve the freedom we take for granted...please observe the National moment of silence at 3pm..thanks
William Dare <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bennington, VT USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 09:03:24 (EDT)
Lesson learned from fallen comrades - Life is joy and sorrow; freedom and responsibilty, live well and continue to contribute.
Thomas G. Campbell <email@example.com>
Saint Paul, MN USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 08:43:10 (EDT)
Thanks for keeping up such a wonderful, and informational web site. Let us all in some way or another thank those who served, and who gave their lives to keep this country free. Let's also remember the not so always mentioned spouses of these service members, they payed a great price too. God Bless!
SFC B.Harper, Ret. U.S. Army
clarksville, tn USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 08:37:19 (EDT)
many members of my family have served in the military service from my father in ww1 to brothers uncle sister in ww2 continued through the korean into the vietman era with neices and nephews serving today.and a grandfather in the civil war I WROTE THIS POEM OUR FLAG COLORS OF RED WHITEAND BLUE,-HOW MY HEART HEART SKIPS A BEAT- WHEN MY EYE GAZES AT YOU-AS I SEE MEN CARRING YOU HIGH- MY MIND DWELLS ON THOUGHTS-OF YOUIN DAYS GONE BY-MY MIND'S EYE SEES YOU CARRIED FORTH- IN FOREIGN LANDS.- AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS FIGHTING FOR WHAT YOU STAND.-I SEE THE SHORES OF FRANCE AND GERMANY -AND THE COUNTLESS SOULS WHO FOUGHT TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY FREE.-I SEE THE SHORES OF JAPAN AND THE SHORES-OF THE PHILIPPINES IN WORLD WAR 11-ANDTHE SHORES OF OTHER COUNTRIES THAT WERE TOUCHED UPON TOO- I SEE THE CONFLICT OF KOREA AND VIETNAM, TOO,-AND I WATCH IN MY MIND'S EYE THE MEN -WHO CARRIED YOU THROUGH, BLOOD TORN-FIELDS AND STARS OF GLORY TOO.-I WATCHED THE MEN WHO PLACED YOU ON THE-MOON, HOPING THEY WOULD RETURN HOME SOON.-ALL THOSE MEN WHO CARRIED YOU STRAIGHT AND TALL.-AND ALL WHO DIED AND FOUGHT FOR THE FREEDOM OF US ALL.-WHEN I SEE OTHERS SPIT AND BURN,-I REALIZE THEY COULD NEVER CONCERN-THEMSELVES WITH LOVE OF GOD, COUNTRY AND FLAG.-WHEN IN THE DUST THEY LET YOU FADE AND DRAG.-BUT WHEN THEY BURN STARS AND STRIPES-OF RED,WHITE, AND BLUE-AND STAND UP BEFORE ALL AND DECLARE THEIR RIGHT TO DO.----------MY HEART BECOMES INFLAMED-AND IN MY HEART AND SOUL I FEEL THE SHAME.-HOW DARE THEY DO THIS TO YOU, -OH SILENT ONE OF GLORY, THE GRAND OLD RED, WHITE, AND BLUE. BUT NO MATTER HOW HARD THEY TRY,- THEY CAN NEVER DESTROY THE IDEALS FOR WHICH YOU STAND.- THE LOVE OF GOD AND COUNTRY AND FREEDOM, FOR ALL OF MAN. KATHRYN GRANGER SMITH THANK YOU
kathryn smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
delphos , ohiomany members have severed in the service from ww1 to ww USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 08:22:41 (EDT)
I always feel very fortunate to be alive on this day every year. It lets me reflect on my life in the USAF for over twenty years and say to myself "But for the grace of God." Thanks for the opportunity to give thanks for all of the people who gave all there was to give. T/Sgt Retired in Jan 1972
Jack R Parr <J_Parr@msn.com>
Odessa, Tx USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 08:14:51 (EDT)
God Bless our Vets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John Pfaff, IV <email@example.com>
Dumfries, Va USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 06:37:18 (EDT)
I remember, deeply!
Charley Benway <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Virginia Beach, Va USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 04:53:14 (EDT)
I wrote the following poem in memory of my father, Joseph Albert Samons, WWII, Persian Gulf Command.
You fought on a foreign soil;
strange, with intense heat,
snakes and insects.
You were a young man.
A warrior, strong, bold and unafraid,
first time away
from home and family.
Ready to fight for FREEDOM
and a country that stood proud,
to the point of bursting.
Old Glory flew high with pride.
Mom, Sis, Wife, Daughter,
rolled bandages and worked in the factories.
They served coffee and donuts in the USO.
Rosie the Riveter, pulled down her visor,
and gave one more squeeze for the war effort.
YOU, Soldier Boy,
unloaded the Lend-Lease Supplies.
YOU, Soldier Boy,
assembled and drove those supplies to Ivan.
And YOU, Soldier Boy,
sewed the jackets and the shoes
for your comrades in arms.
And, we won't forget you,
Soldier Boy, who strung the wire,
fed the troops and
administered to the wounded of body and soul.
Everyone was charged with a duty.
With strength of single minded conviction,
you worked, sweated and toiled to protect
Fifty some years now, few remember
the Soldier Boy of Persian Gulf Command;
"The Forgotten Bastards of Iran", (The FBI).
A few have only recently just found you,
and not likely to forget you, Soldier Boy!
reliving of experiences and memories.
Remembering friends who have gone ahead,
again, to prepare a better place for us all.
you have laughed, loved,
played and worked hard.
YOU, Soldier Boy,
have served your country well.
And, now that I have found you -
I won't forget you, Soldier Boy.
You were a son, a brother, a husband
and my father!
dolores SAMONS harvell
12 August 1996
Dedicated to the memory of my father
Joseph Albert SAMONS
21 December 1972
Persian Gulf Command
660th Port Battalion
October 1944 - November 1945
My father shiped from the area of Riverside, California, approximately 24 July 1944. If anyone can share any information with me regarding
their experiences in the PGC, WWII and possibly the ship (probably a converted luxury liner) that my father might have sailed on, (or how I
might go about finding this information) I would be very appreciated.
Thank you and Happy Memorial Day
Dolores SAMONS Harvell <email@example.com>
Clinton, md USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 23:47:51 (EDT)
the Military runs deep in my blood,Myself,my brother,my dad,both my grandfathers and a great grandfather have all served this fine Country.Every day i thank my lucky stars that i am a american,thank you to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice,I...will never forget you!
Bill Ekberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
douglas, MA USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 22:47:24 (EDT)
I lost my dad on Memorial Day 1993... He was a gentle, loving father and a downright great man! He was a medic in World War II and received a purple heart! I love you, Daddy and I miss you! God Bless all who fought in the wars to keep us free!
Southern, NJ USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 21:02:15 (EDT)
Dad my deceased friend, I love you more than there are stars in the sky which can be counted from below while on soil which was kept free by heroes like you. You will always be my hero father, and to whom you served with,well you are in great company. I Love you Mr. Joseph B. Szelogowski.
John Joseph Benjamin Szelogowski <email@example.com>
bay, mi USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 18:40:14 (EDT)
May we who live and enjoy the freedoms of Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, remember those who gave their lives so that we still can enjoy those freedoms. May we honor them by making sure that all generations of our families remember those who paid such a heavy price for us. May we instill in our children the importance of never forgetting that this freedom came with a price of some of the best blood of our fellow countrymen.
God Bless America
Ray Johns <RayTer76@aol.com>
Orem, UT USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 17:01:29 (EDT)
God Bless our men and women who fought in the Vietnam war. May I just say, how appauled I am by our government, by opening up world trade with the country we fought against, and still have M.I.A. AND P.O.W.'S. Our government refuses to stand up and make them be accountable for our brave men and women. I watched a program on television about tourism starting up in this country. It made me ill to watch this. Why would we want to give a country our UNITED STATES dollars? They have our men over there, and all your freaks that want to go and spend your holidays over there, are traders to this cause. I watched as my brother went over and fought in the Vietnam War. The fears of him never coming back. I watched many of our friends
go to Canada because they felt it was the right thing to do for a war that made no sense. We all watched as hundreds and thousands of our friends, neighbors, and unknown people died in a war for a bunch of greety politicans. Last year I visited the Vietnam memorial wall in D.C. It was my first time there. I was so moved by finally being able to get there. Let us all not forget why they lost thier lives. They all died heros. The politicians who care enough to open trade to a country that still has our men, let me say this to them, you are not a hero. You have forgotten our men who died for our country. Why have they been "FORGOTTEN"??? Have you no respect for our heros? Get our men back home where they belong. You know they are still there, find them, and get them HOME! NOW.
Deborah Fox <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Orlando, fffl USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 14:50:02 (EDT)
While preparing to be co-master of ceremonies for the Lynbrook, USA, Memorial Day Parade, I was seeking to find descriptive material to educate the many observers. Hands down your site provided everything one could possibly want to know about Memorial Day, it's history and tradition. Your links to other relevant site is as comprehensive as one could possibly expect. You are to be complemented for your thoroughness. You have made my research one-stop-shopping. On behalf of all my military brothers and sisters, thank you.
RADM H. Plimack, NYNM <HEP@Compuserve.com>
Rockville Centre, NY USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 13:29:35 (EDT)
I am glad that we can remember our fallen comrads in arms on this day and it helps me because I lost some very good friends and they will be my brothers in arms as long as we have our vets and our flag and this country!!!
Robbin Hughes <email@example.com>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 13:24:09 (EDT)
We need to remember and honor those brave soldiers that have their lives so that we may have freedom.
Dr. Ben F. Irvin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Globe, AZ USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 12:18:39 (EDT)
"There are many stories as to it's actual beginnings, ...
For possession, the word is its, not "it's."
Steven Najarian <Steven.Najarian@home.com>
Alexandria, VA USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 12:06:39 (EDT)
". . . for those who fought for it, LIFE has a meaning the protected will never know" -- a moment of silence for those comrades who gave the full measure of their existence. They will not be forgotten!
-- Sam CARUSO, United States Navy Retired (1948-1986)
SAM CARUSO <email@example.com>
HONOLULU, HI USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 10:55:20 (EDT)
What a moving site, I shall return often. The various links are a heart warming remembrance of what this Nation's Veterans
Sacrificed to win our freedoms.
A Vietnam Veteran of the 3/4 Cav. 25th Infantry Division
Dave Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lafayette, In USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 03:14:41 (EDT)
I am 32 years of age ,married and have 3 childeren.I have enjoyed 32 years of freedom in the U.S.A and I would like to say think you to everyone who made this possible.I pray that my generation will put our trust in God and keep the spirit of freedom alive for those who follow. Proud to be AMERICAN!
Bryan G. McMorris <email@example.com>
Holden, La. USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 02:46:42 (EDT)
Thank you for the inspiring site. I have been asked to give a sermon tomorrow and will pass along your suggestions for "keeping" memorial day. God bless you!
El Centro, CA USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 02:06:40 (EDT)
MAY GOD BLESS THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR OUR FREEDOM.
MARK KLINE <MARK.KLINE@WCOM.COM>
NEWBURGH, NY USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 01:18:55 (EDT)
I'm glad to have served and thank all those that have done the same.
Wayne Maier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Santa Clarita, CA USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 23:24:07 (EDT)
Thanks for maintaining this website. It helped me to properly prepare a Memorial Day sermon. I really appreciate your statement about setting aside the question of the "correctness" of war for the moment as we honor those who have died in war. I needed that reminder.
Rev. Valerie Mapstone Ackerman <UURevValerie@aol.com>
Park Forest, IL USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 23:19:46 (EDT)
What a disgrace it is that our country has come to elect a draft dodger over a hero.If ever a president should be imprisoned for treason,this one should.He makes a mockery of the fallen heroes.What a shame we don't have a media that tells the real truth.I remember the way they hounded Nixon relentlessly.Ever wonder why they don't have any white house press conferences any more? Remember the way Sam Donaldson used to hound Reagan and Bush.Get ready for the new world order.
USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 23:07:26 (EDT)
This is a lovely site-full of information and images of that which we must never forget.
Megaera Jarvis <email@example.com>
Vancouver, Wa USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 22:47:26 (EDT)
NOTHING REALLY TO SAY BUT SAD WE LOST A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE IN THE WAR HEART BREAKING
JOE HORVATH <TARZAN8228@AOL.COM>
YONGSTOWN, OH USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 22:09:46 (EDT)
Thank you for this web site. For the nam vets reading this Welcome Home, It has has been a long trip home. I losted 15 very good friends in the class of 68 and 69. Memorial Day is a very special day for me. I spend time reflecking on my losted friedships and my new ones. Thank you for this Memorial to are losted friends, and loved ones Bob Anderson
Robert (Bob) Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Oakland, CA USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 21:42:37 (EDT)
Thank you for making this site available. My husband is a veteran of World War II and now a retired Foreign Service Officer. My sister's husband is a Korean War Veteran. My brother is a Vietnam Veteran. My nephew is currently in the Air Force, flew medivac, became a physician, attended war college, and now a full colonel. All these men I am very proud of who served our country. I have prayed and continue to pray for them and will always remember how very brave they were in the times of battle and that God protected them. I hope that all the young ones will see this site
Sharon Novak <email@example.com>
Martinsbug, WV USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 20:14:31 (EDT)
Thank you for the history of the origin of Memorial Day. I visited several sites that didn't give it. I plan on talking to my Sunday School class about the beginning of the observation of this day.
Kim Kirby <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lafayette, TN USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 16:46:39 (EDT)
As a veteran of Viet Nam I would like to thank you for your site. Last weekend I visited the Wall in Washington DC. There were various groups of young people visiting. What really impressed me was the flowers with Candanian flags left by children.
If by any chance someone reads this and know these children. Please thank them.
J C Woodward <email@example.com>
Southeastern, PA USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 13:01:44 (EDT)
Tomorrow, I will be interviewed on WJRT television in Flint, Michigan as a representative of the US Navy, talking about what Memorial Day means. Over the years, for many it has become nothing more than a 3 day weekend to start the summer. My experience as a Naval Reservist, and as a father to a midshipman, has helped me to remain focused on the purpose and meaning of this day. We all must be grateful to the thousands who died in a fight they could not finish - but which others finished for them. It was a fight to preserve freedom for their families, the wives and children left behind, the mothers and fathers who could not fight for themselves. We owe it to each of them today to continue to fight for freedom for all people, so that their death was not in vain, but rather was part of a mission with purpose - and with success. God bless America, and God bless those who died to keep her strong.
"Eternal Father, strong to save,...hear us as we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea." (excerpt from the Navy Hymn.)
LT Tom Taylor, CHC, USNR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lansing, MI USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 12:26:52 (EDT)
My father is now ninety-three years old and fought as a pilot for the Royal Greek Airforce in WWII. After the fall of Greece to the Germans, he fought as a commando being parachuted into German held Greece, and after completing his assigned task, he returned to Cypress, any way he could, to get another assignment. Many of his comrades, Greek, English, and American, never made it back home. I agree with you that we now treat this solemn holiday very shabbily here in the land of freedom. I remember as a high school student in Beloit, Wisconsin, that we always had a city wide parade on Memorial day to honor those who fought and those who died to protect our freedoms. Everyone turned out to cheer the VFW veterans as they marched with everyone waving flags. Today, in the volunteer state, in my neighborhood, I am the only one that proudly flies the American flag. I ask a very sad question, WHY IS THAT?
As for buying Japanese cars, the auto companies now all own each others' stocks so you may be buying American even though it is a Nissan, built in Smyrna, Tennessee. This Internationalization of everything may be part of the problem.
James Egglezos <email@example.com>
La Vergne, TN USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 10:02:12 (EDT)
Thank you for this resource.
S. A. Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
St. Louis, MO USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 09:40:43 (EDT)
The one's who served seek peace - for they know the price of war.
Green Bay, WI USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 07:29:06 (EDT)
This is one of the best sites I have seen to date. My father died this year. He served in WW II under General Patton. He always had stories to tell. When I was young I did not listen. As he & I grew older I listened a lot. He was proud to serve his country and I was pround of him. I lost three friends in Vietnam. I still cannot watch movies or TV on this subject with out the pain returning to my heart. How did my father and all the fathers who were in Germany and the Pacific ever forget? They did not. Nor should we or History will repeat itself. War is hell. To all the men and women who protected me and my sister when we were too small to know, through all the times, even up to today a big Thank YOU and God bless you for keeping us free and alive. May all who have died and served be in a better, peaceful, loving, warless place. Heaven, has many names. Amen
Peggy Bedner <email@example.com>
Erie, PA USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 23:25:36 (EDT)
Friday May 26, 2000
I wish God had made people invincible. This fighting business is really detrimental to peace, harmony, fun and happiness.
Gary Waterbury <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Panorama City, CA USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 21:53:52 (EDT)
Thank You for this page. I lost a good friend in the Vietnam War
IA USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 21:50:51 (EDT)
My father was in RCAF and dad-in-law in Can.Army. We celebrate our war heroes on Nov. 11 each year. I heard there was a lot of traffic at borders (I live near West.Pacific border Peace Arch)so when I heard about the US holiday and saw it on the calendar I decided to look it up on my computer. I now know what Memorial Day in US is, thanks to this site. Odd that each country celebrates similar things but on different dates...A Canadian interested in US news (my sister lives in Olympia, Wash.)
Richmond,BC, Canada - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 21:29:45 (EDT)
From a former U.S.A.F. SSgt who spent six years overseas with AFRTS from 1966 to 1972 in Southeast Asia, Germany and the Azores thank you for a memorable site. Both the site and your guestbook entries have touched my heart. Many thanks.
John W. Noble <email@example.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 20:37:26 (EDT)
Dad was in Korean war.
Patrick Curran <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Easton,, Pa. USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 19:25:22 (EDT)
Cool site, I actually learned something.:)
Bekah Peters <email@example.com>
Anchorage, Alaska USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 19:16:36 (EDT)
they call us our country's greatest generation.to those of us who never heard that phrase we will never forget you. we miss you & those of us who survived.well done, god bless & semper fi.
joe "doc" blanchard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
port orange, fl USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 16:32:34 (EDT)
It was said of the veterans of Iwo Jima, but is true of all who have died for their country: "Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue".
James Lawrence, GySgt, USMC (Ret.) <email@example.com>
Greenville, NC USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 16:14:13 (EDT)
Very nice site. I learned a lot.
Lynn Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pearl City, Hi USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 15:23:56 (EDT)
What does askjeeves stand for?
Ali Pechan <email@example.com>
Reedville, Wi USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 15:09:52 (EDT)
I intend never to forget those whose sacrifice has kept us free. Would that we should make them proud.
Paul Avery <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Blairstown, NJ USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 14:04:03 (EDT)
This is a note to my friends in flight school who did not come home. Dick, George, and Bill as we pledged 30 years ago I always think of you on this day.
just another helicopter pilot <TBL160@aol.com>
Augusta, GA USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 13:47:31 (EDT)
What a great way to honor our men and women who have died in our nation's service. We are eternally indebted to them and their families for the sacrifice(s) they made for our freedom.
Catherine Aten Slangan <email@example.com>
Scranton, PA USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 13:19:53 (EDT)
I pray to God that we never forget. As a proud Vet I am honored to pay tribute to all who fought, died, and served this great country. Those that do not understand the sacrifices made in order for them to enjoy their daily life I hope that you will never be forced to endure those same sacrifices. Thankyou for this website and thankyou to all that have served our country. It is an honor and a privalege to pay tribute to you. MAY WE NEVER FORGET FOR IF WE DO WE SHAL BE NO MORE. GOD BLESS AMERICA.
Plano, TX USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 13:03:36 (EDT)
ian cosgrove <TOMMYKID2001 @ AOL.COM>
homewood, il USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 12:37:12 (EDT)
Thank you for making this website.
Josh Sickman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Homewood, IL USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 12:34:19 (EDT)
this site was interresting
andy zadlo <Biga213@hotmail.com>
homewood, IL USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 12:30:17 (EDT)
this site was interresting and smells
andy zadlo <Biga213@hotmail.com>
homewood, IL USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 12:29:11 (EDT)
May God bless all of those brave men and women who have so selflessly served our great nation! America is still the greatest nation in the world!!!
Rich Bridges <email@example.com>
Anchorage, AK USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 12:27:44 (EDT)
I am glad we got to go on this site (for one of my classes) here at Homewood-Floosmoor High. Because I learned somethings that I didn't really know about Memorial Day that I should have. This is a great website to go to if you don't know much about Memorial Day and I do recommened it if people
want to find out more about it.
Elyse Laxton <TuSweet4u5200@aol.com>
Homewood, IL USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 12:22:26 (EDT)
man dis site kicks BUTT!!!!!! it be frontin!!!!!!! c-ya later and don't foget to email me!!! later tater!
ur momma <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ghetto, FU Bagdaddy - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 12:05:13 (EDT)
For a service member, the meaning of memorial day is very clear, that the sacrifices made for our nation is worth every moment of service, even if it means miss understanding from our own citizens, and any other individuals serving to preserve the national security. Even within our own elected officials and organizations. It is often times miss understood the fact that the greater services have been and always be from those not ever recognized and those serving outside the general knowledge of the public. They choose to protect our nation even if it means obscurity. They are the ones that are and were willing to dye for our country and its ideals. Our nation have benefited from them. They are, if still alive, happy to see that every one in this country has the right to be who they want to be. That is the greatest satisfaction. God bless America and its children.
Leopoldo Azucena-Lagos <email@example.com>
Davis, CA USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 11:55:34 (EDT)
With Memorial Day approaching, there was a comentary on the radio about holidays and their meaning. I teach high school math, and we are going to spend the first 10 or 15 minutes of each class today talking about Memorial Day, our beloved country, and the sacrifices made by so many soldiers.
Lisa Positeri <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Redwood City, CA USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 11:41:16 (EDT)
God's Blessings to ALL who served and continue to serve and, in memory of my beloved Grandfather, Adolphe H. DuBois, who served as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWI and who passed away in May 1999, just 1 month shy of his 105th birthday. He taught me so much about this world and that freedom has a very high price. Thank you, God, for giving me the opportunity to know him.
Pam Roberts <email@example.com>
Escanaba, MI USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 09:45:54 (EDT)
If this is your only legacy, your legacy goes well beyond the reach of the average. Honors to you sir!
Tom Griffith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
gresham, or USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 09:23:41 (EDT)
Die Die Die Die
japan, ch asia - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 08:17:58 (EDT)
A terrific site passed on to me by a friend.
Leslie H. Phillips <email@example.com>
Taunton, Ma USA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 21:00:16 (EDT)
I really enjoyed visiting this site, and will tell other veterans and famiy members about it.
GENE F. Watson JR. <USMCWAT@yahoo.com>
ROCHESTER , NH USA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 18:53:12 (EDT)
" To those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. " -author unknown-
Dedicated to all those who served in military service. God bless the USA.
ABH2 (AW) Anthony Buoscio <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Osceola, IN USA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 14:54:25 (EDT)
Thanks to all who have dared to put on a uniform and serve their Country.
we all have a debt of gratitude for these souls who gave the ultimate so that we may reep the rewards........Thanks!
John T Ross <email@example.com>
kKenmore , wa USA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 14:23:22 (EDT)
Former Marine Sergeant Bill Benson sends: It is my greatest hope that those who enjoy the liberties of this land will take a moment to remember; That good men and women sacrificed their lives in the eternal battle to maintain liberty. I hope that, in the middle of eating that hot dog, or in the middle of that vollyball game, that Americans will give pause, and remember that the freedoms that they enjoy come with a horrific price tag that continues to be paid by the men and women of our Armed Forces, as well as Other Organizations who bravely strive to further humanity and succor the opressed and the voiceless. In addition, remember those who, as they Protect and Serve, gave their last measure of devotion on the streets of our cities, as law enforcement officers and fire-fighters.
To those who have passed on in the service of their country, Thank You.
To those who have lost a loved one who gave his or her life, May God send you comfort.
To those who may someday be asked to lie down their lives, God bless you and give you fortitude.
Bill Benson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Orange, CA USA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 10:37:02 (EDT)
"All Gave Some, Some Gave All." Thank you for remembering this theme has meaning. Our veterans are this nation's dwindling treasure. God bless every one. You are not forgotten.
Trevis R. Badeaux <email@example.com>
New Iberia, La USA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 10:15:06 (EDT)
A outstanding project and I appreciate all the blood, sweat and tears that must have gone into this project. You have done an outstanding remembrance. ... Roy, MSgt, USAF (Ret.), Tan Son Nhut, RVN '70
Roy Woods <Derwebel@aol.com>
Keesler AFB, MS USA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 00:21:47 (EDT)
I am a U.S. Navy Peacetime Veteran, and am very proud to learn of this site dedicated to all veterans. Especially to the ones who gave their all. Tons of information- really great!!!
Wesley E. Bennett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Port Washington, NY USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 22:56:26 (EDT)
I was certainly pleased and surprised to find such a meaningful site from which to gain and share information with our church congregation. We will be celebrating our Annual Memorial Day Celebration on 5/28/00. Thanks to all who made this site possible.
God Speed To All..................
Anita D. Boyd
Anita D. Boyd <ABoyd10193@aol.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 20:22:23 (EDT)
This is such a beautiful site to honor all the veterans. I appreciate the time and effort spent on making this such an educational site. May God Bless.
Beverly Easton <Beaston1014@msn.cm>
GLENDALE, AZ USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 19:13:37 (EDT)
To one of the most important men in my life, James Woodrow Hooper. I have missed you greatly since you passed, but you will never be forgotten. You gave me so much joy, hope, confidence and a wonderful out look on life. I am very proud that you were my grandfather. All my love, Amie
Amy Scriber Faires <email@example.com>
round rock, tx USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 17:59:23 (EDT)
Great site. A lot of useful information. Thanks! May God bless America!
T.R. Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Walnut Cove, NC USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 15:22:07 (EDT)
Thank you for this excellent site! My father served in WWII and did so proudly. He passed away February 12, 2000. I have always made it a point to let my daughters and my three granddaughters and only grandson to know the true meaning of memorial day and veterans day and take them to July 4th services to honor war veterans -- I want them to realize what their grandfather/great-grandfather went through in serving his country so that all of us have the freedoms and liberties that we take for granted each and every day. I want to say a big "THANK YOU" to all of those living and dead who gave their all for us and their country. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart and in the memory of my precious Dad (James Woodrow Hooper, pfc United Sates Army). Thanks Dad, we all love you so very much and miss you immensely. Your daughter, Shirley Anne Hooper Scriber.
PLANO, TX USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 15:17:28 (EDT)
nice site....always remember..BEHIND EACH NAME IS A MAN ONCE KNOWN,FOR THE BRAVERY OF PROTECTING THE FLAGS THAT ARE FLOWN!
nc USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 12:40:47 (EDT)
For my father, Edward C., who served in Korea during World War II.
Matt Ecker <email@example.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 11:39:49 (EDT)
Thanks for the background info for use as part of our ILLINOIS RADIO NETWORD holiday preparation.
Ben Kiningham, LtCol ILANG retd <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Springfield, il USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 11:13:46 (EDT)
A memorial day was a spasal day!
Leah Hamman <email@example.com>
MountVeron, OH USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 09:35:52 (EDT)
lexington, OH USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 09:31:37 (EDT)
This is a very educational page! It tells you what happened back then and it tells you about the revolution and I think that is a very important matter! To tell you about the revolution This site tells you about this memorial day holiday event and how it takes place on the battles and where! I like this website and i think it is very neat for kids like me to come in!
ashley l smith
Ashley Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mansfield , oh USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 09:05:42 (EDT)
this is a very important holiday to celebrate how veterens were brave enough to fight for our county and take the chance to be killed!
Betsy <LeX qT email@example.com>
Mansfield, OH USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 09:03:24 (EDT)
I'll be in Bedford, Virginia on 29 May 2000, for the dedication of the "Overlord" arch being unveiled by the "Nation D-Day Foundation. Bedford would have the highest casualties of any town on D-day, when its hometown unit: Company A, 116th Infantry landed at Omaha Beach. The unit would suffer 96% casualties within the first 15 minutes.
Please view my site: www.ww2dday.com
Tim Roop <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ocean City, MD USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 01:59:10 (EDT)
no greater love than to lay down ones life for a friend
Msgt W. B. Bowen, USAF ret <email@example.com>
Belchertown, MA USA - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 19:17:15 (EDT)
Thank you for a wonderful site. I serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Bethlehem, PA. Very gratifying to see the breadth of information available. I will plan on using the article by Kathleena Peebles. I strive each year to bring the message to all parents to explain what Memorial Day means. I for one would like to see the day recognized on May 30....instead of being done for Corporate America's sake.!!
Mitchell R. Huston <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Northampton, PA USA - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 15:55:37 (EDT)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13. Teach your children what Memorial Day means. Pray for our country and our leaders that we will serve God and remain free. Be vigilant: do not take your freedom and liberty for granted! Pray for the families of those that have given and give their lives, and for those around the world who now live under tyranny, in slavery and in wartime.
Cheryl Wilson <email@example.com>
Coto de Caza, CA USA - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 12:02:40 (EDT)
Memorial Day is important so we can honor the other people that helped save us!
Martinsville, IN USA - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 10:28:44 (EDT)
THANKS, For remembering, so all may remember.
Stan Whitacre <SWhitLORD@aol.com>
Chicopee, MA USA - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 09:48:00 (EDT)
GOD BLESS THOSE WHO PRESERVED OUR FREEDOM
RUBEN CRUZ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
BAYAMON, P.R. USA - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 07:05:19 (EDT)
Thank God for those who fought for our freedom.
Karen J McNamara <email@example.com>
Stanhope, NJ USA - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 16:27:53 (EDT)
God bless all of our veterans. THANK YOU!!!!
Jessica Carrasco <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Houston, TX USA - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 11:48:55 (EDT)
An excellent reference and resource page. When my American Legion Post misplaced it's copy of the "Logan Address" your page saved the day. This "Just Cause" vet thanks you very much. Keep the faith and always may you have fair winds and following seas in all of your endeavors.
John W. Wingfield, Jr. <email@example.com>
Elkton, KY USA - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 10:58:00 (EDT)
The historical beginning of Memorial Day I did not know. Thanks to your site, I am goint to use the information in my upcoming church service observance of this day.
Terry Ellis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Smithfield, NC USA - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 08:46:39 (EDT)
We need more of this type of information in the schools, to the students, and in the now washed out history books. Each Memorial Day, we should require all media to show respect and have special programming about the supreme sacrifice. I am going to read some of the information from this site to my men in the morn.
S. Thomas Tobias <email@example.com>
dayton, oh USA - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 23:29:25 (EDT)
My grandfather served in WWII and he gave his all for this country. I think in honor of all the men (and women) that served for this country should be thanked with gratitude so in honor of my grandfather who died this year may he rest in peace, and for all the people who have died that served may they rest in peace also. And also the people that are still living. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Christina Carapia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chicago, Illinois USA - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 18:49:58 (EDT)
Excellent history and rebirth of patriotic feelings. Keep on rockin'.
Mike Stake <email@example.com>
Woodward, OK USA - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 14:07:24 (EDT)
Mighty fine site and the only thing that bites about this wonderful site is...,SARAH !!! :o) MY DAD AND MANY OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS GAVE THEIR ALL FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND THIS SUPER-SITE IS GRAND PRAISE FOR WHAT THEY DID FOR THEIR GOD,COUNTRY, FAMILY AND THEMSELVES !!! :o) OOOOOOOOORRRRRRAAAAAAAHHHHHHH TO ALL SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA !!! :o)
Semper Fi to all !!!
Sgt. J.B."Wheels"Wegener II <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ash Fork,, Az. USA - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 09:38:07 (EDT)
Wonderful site!This does honor my Dad who was a VET in Korea.My Dad worked for the Federal Gov. for 42 years in many capacities (ARMY and AIR FORCE) until his death in 1993. Thanks for the site it helps honor and remember ours!
DENNIS J.O'CONNOR,III <email@example.com>
East Longmeadow, MA USA - Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 23:06:51 (EDT)
Thank you for this site.
Paul Gauthier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Linwood, Ma USA - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 22:49:09 (EDT)
God Bless America and those who gave their last fill measure of devotion.
Richard P. Schonland <RPSCCK@AOL.com>
Arcadia, CA USA - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 17:43:02 (EDT)
jojo the dancing clown <email@example.com>
seattle, wa USA - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 16:11:04 (EDT)
I will pass this site along to friends and family... excellent source for our children to learn more about Memorial Day and to realize that it's not just for parades.
Naugatuck, CT USA - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 14:57:01 (EDT)
Darryl Childerhose <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Brandon, Mb Canada - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 11:10:13 (EDT)
I am a veteran myself. I'm one of the lucky ones though. Through luck or fate or whatever, in 12 years which covered several "police actions" and "peace keeping missions", I never had to go fight. My life, though, has taught me to respect those who have gone. My father, a WWII and Korean vet; several of my uncles and even an aunt who served in the Marines in WWII come to mind, along with countless people met in while I was in the service to include several Chiefs of Staff and a couple of Medal of Honor winners. Those people ARE heros and have my undying gratitude. How do you say "THANK YOU" to someone who did what they willingly have done? It's only by actions that we can repay those who have come before us.
Mike Schelp <email@example.com>
Kansas City, MO USA - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 09:51:21 (EDT)
This is a very informational page...keep it up
Ben Bruer <HotIntegraGuy@hotmail.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Thursday, May 18, 2000 at 15:59:28 (EDT)
In North Carolina this winter we had snow, Record braking snow. Our schools were shut down for a week. Our school board had to deceide on a day for the students to make up some of this time,you guessed it Memorial Day. This is a fine way of teaching our children respect. I,m appalled they would even conceider Memorial Day. What happened to our state leaders.What are you thinking.
charles riekers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
wake forest, nc USA - Thursday, May 18, 2000 at 09:49:35 (EDT)
Greetings from Portsmouth.
Mark Geduldig-Yatrofsky <email@example.com>
Portsmouth, VA USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 22:45:07 (EDT)
My father is an 81 yr old veteran of WWII. What an honorable page. It makes me proud to see that the honor in America is not dead. One word is best for a description - BRAVO!
Sandi Voyles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Columbus, GA USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 20:24:09 (EDT)
Very nicely done. Its to bad that the authors of many poems did not want them to be shared with the rest of the country. Onward and upward
Howard H. Geddes <email@example.com>
Adel, IA USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 15:42:55 (EDT)
Shipmate, I salute you for putting such a great site together. I will be speaking at Barrancas Ntl. Cemetery in Pensacola this Memorial Day. I have been moved and inspired by your work. Well Done!!
CAPT Ron Jaeh, Commanding Officer,
Naval Air Technical Training Center,
CAPT RON JAEH, USN <CAPTRON@BELLSOUTH.NET>
PENSACOLA, FL USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 13:21:27 (EDT)
Could you please tell me why we celebrate Memorial Day?
Richa Naik <Highlow19@aol.com>
Lititz, PA USA - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 22:15:35 (EDT)
Extremely moving and thought provoking. As a veteran I thoroughly enjoyed the Memorial Day page.
Jack Logan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Schertz, TX USA - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 14:43:14 (EDT)
My Grandfather is a vet, a I love this site!
Joe Vanderburgh <email@example.com>
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 12:35:30 (EDT)
Mark A Sheppard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
oh USA - Friday, May 12, 2000 at 02:48:29 (EDT)
Great site! Keep up the good work of producing such a useful webesite that school students can use so much for homework items. I enjoyed this site.
Ponca, NE USA - Thursday, May 11, 2000 at 14:29:37 (EDT)
THIS ISITE BITES IT NEEDS MORE INFO
BRANT, NY USA - Thursday, May 11, 2000 at 09:32:04 (EDT)
[We are working hard to add more information, images, and links to sources. We are sorry that at this time, the site didn't have enough info for you. We will strive to improve!]
I have been moved by this Webpage. My motive was research for my Father regarding Memorial Day. I brief story: My high school, Fairbanks High, Milford Center, Ohio, erected one of the first memorials, in Ohio, to honor those lost in the VietNam conflict. Two graduates of FHS, David Fisher and Bill Price are listed on the Memorial. Class mates of these fallen heroes raised money for the memorial. An article in the now defunct Columbus (Ohio) Citizen Journal, brought this fact to the publics attention. The newspaper story was published on Memorial Day in the late 1970's.
Mike Chappelear - FHS 1971
Mike Chappelear <MEC1971@AOL.COM>
Westerville, oh USA - Saturday, May 06, 2000 at 08:45:47 (EDT)
no thank you
nisa johnson <nisa@>
vernon, ct USA - Thursday, May 04, 2000 at 13:51:10 (EDT)
Thanks for taking the time to establish such a wonderful site to access for Memorial Day information.
1SG Michael R Trent <MikeRT143@aol.com>
Fort Myers, FL USA - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 16:32:41 (EDT)
It is so nice to finally relize that Memorial Day is a really important day for alot of people. It is also really nice to finally appreciate memorial day. I will always appreciate those who have fought for us and much more. There is much more to memorial day then everybody thinks. I would love to keep chating but I have to go. Ta ta for now people. Luv always TruBlu
kenosha, WI USA - Monday, May 01, 2000 at 15:38:27 (EDT)
Thank you for maintaining this site. I am a veteran of the Occupation Forces in Germany, the Korean War era, and Vietnam. Memorial Day for me is a day to rejoice and to say thanks to my departed comrades for the sacrifices they made, and to realize once again that "the cost of freedom is not cheap". Again, I thank you and God bless.
Thomas Newman <email@example.com>
West Chazy, NY USA - Monday, May 01, 2000 at 14:10:15 (EDT)
I would just like to say a prayer in silence for all the families and friends who lost someone in the war.
~They will never be forgotten~
Michael Lonigro <Redjag12@aol.com>
Mew York, N.Y. USA - Friday, April 28, 2000 at 15:13:40 (EDT)
This sight is wonderful to see what people did for them to be free
Mansfield, OH USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2000 at 13:40:35 (EDT)
I am very interested in the history of why we celebrate Memorial Day, where different celebrations take place, and how people celebrate
Croswell, MI USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2000 at 10:49:57 (EDT)
I have been honored to speak at my home town of Dundee, Ohio every year for the Memorial Day services since 1985. It is a great honor to pay tribute to those who have fought for the freedom my family now knows. Thanks for all the articles & poems that you have. They are a great inspiration to everyone that takes time to check them out.
Pastor Duane A. WIlbur <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Massillon, Ohio USA - Saturday, April 22, 2000 at 18:31:33 (EDT)
As Mayor of my community I participate in our communities Memorial Day Celebration.In the process I am honored by presenting a message to our residents as to what this special day means to each of us.Your site has provided me with some inspiring thought for this years Celebration.
Least we forget;but by the grace of God, and the Faith of our brothers,sisters,fathers,uncles,aunts,grandfathers,and ancestors of years gone by because of their dedication to the principals of what freedom meant to each of them,resulted in their ultimate sacrifice,I am.
Sam Ross Fuller <email@example.com>
Conway, Pa USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 22:34:10 (EDT)
I came to your web site to give me some thoughts and ideas on what Memorial Day is all about. I have been asked to speak at an upcoming service, and have found your site to be very moving and inspirational to me. I will certainly refer others to do the same. Thanks for putting so much into it.
Paul A. Lindstrom <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Leaf River, IL USA - Monday, April 17, 2000 at 17:58:25 (EDT)
Hum!Memorial Day?It now has become stylish to be offended by our State Flying The Confederate Flag atop our Capitol Dome in Columbia,SC.After all aint it a Memorial to our Southron Dead?What if in 100 yrs from now someone becomes offended about the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. DO WE JUST REMOVE IT?What of the 58,404 men who died?What of South Carolinas Dead in the War of Secession?630,000 DEAD after this war both sides combind.More than all our wars put togeather?The Southern Soldier endured 4 yrs of Combat 13 yrs of subjugation after the surrender.135 yrs of Reconstruction! Please visit the URL and learn the truth about this war before you condem my people,their flag and their heritage.The Confederate Flag Flys with Pride for ALL who Died and the Sprit in them is the American in us.1-800-MY-DIXIE,1-800-MY-SOUTH.Remembering those who fell since 1775.
Columbia, SC CSA - Wednesday, April 12, 2000 at 20:50:20 (EDT)
I saw in one of these veteran's website guestbooks a comment about a new war novel,"The Triumph and the Glory". and have been trying to find the listing again. At any rate, I got a copy from amazon.com, read it, and was quite impressed. Like that other fellow, I always appreciate hearing about a good book, so I'm passing on the word whenever I visit a military website. But more to the point, I just wanted to let you know I was here and like what you've done with your webpage. Keep up the good work, it IS appreciated!
St. Paul, MN USA - Sunday, April 09, 2000 at 13:27:41 (EDT)
Plesae tell me if Memorial Day is an official holiday by an act of the Congress of The united Sates. If it is considered a holiday, why is it so? I consider it to be a national day of mourning. This is how we observe this day in our home. Because of what that day represents the rest of the days of the year are our holidays.
F L Lloyd <email@example.com>
West Chester, Pa USA - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 14:12:12 (EST)
As an editor/writer for the Army and a veteran I am often required to prepare a memorial day program for my organization. I have found your site to be very informative and a moving tribute to those who have served our country and particularly those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Marilyn Barrett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fort Belvoir, VA USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2000 at 09:31:40 (EST)
i think that this is a really great site for people to go onto and learn about what happened in the wars. It helps me to understand better of the things that are wrong with so many people and that violence is so not the way to solve anybodies problems.
colfax, WI USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2000 at 09:50:55 (EST)
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