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Old 05-23-2010, 03:17 AM
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On monday the 31st of May, will will be having Memorial Day in the USA, it has become a reason to enjoy family & friends, a day to tip a few & have hamburgers & hot dogs & i will not deny that I have done it also, just give a thought to the real reason for this Memorial Day.

The "Memorial" in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice:


by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.

by visiting memorials.

by flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.

by flying the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).

by participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance": at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.

by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
Also, please consider adding your voice in support of the efforts to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day back to May 30th (instead of "the last Monday in May"). This would help greatly to return the solemn meaning back to the day, and to help return minds and hearts to think upon the ultimate sacrifices made by those in service to our country. Just one day out of the year to honor our loved ones, our ancestors, our friends who died in conflicts and wars -- not to honor war, but those that died in those conflicts and wars.

I am called Grizzly Tom, I served on the USS Oriskany CVA 34 1962 - 1966, Aviation Ordinanceman 3rd class, G division, among other places i spent a couple visits to the Gulf of Tonkin, I left the 'O' boat in September '66 & then shortly after, I lost several ship mates due to accidental fire on board.

USS ORISKANY suffers a major fire while operating off Vietnam. The fire starts when a crewman panics and throws a magnesium paraflare, which had accidently ignited while being moved, into a storage locker located at the forward starboard corner of hangar bay 1. The locker contains some 650 other flares which ignite in turn. The resulting fire takes three hours to control, kills 44, destroys or damages six aircraft
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