All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
via: Michelle Malkin
Memorial Day is about those who gave up their tomorrows for our today. They’re the men and women who forever gave up the chance to see and hold the child born while they were at war. The chance to again caress their husband or wife and tell them they love them. The chance to hold their mother's hand and bask in her sweet smile one last time. Or to stare in pure awe at their first grandchild.
They gave it all in the service of their country, and it is our job as citizens of this great land to remember them and their sacrifice. So the next time you are near a national cemetery, take some time and stop in with your family and spend a moment with the heroes who are buried there.
They are all someone you should know.
Barack Obama is a freakin' joke. John at Power Line:
Barack Obama must be the most gaffe-prone politician in memory. Today, he delivered a Memorial Day speech in New Mexico. After greeting the local Democratic Party dignitaries, he began:
On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.
Memorial Day honors those who have died in our nation's military service. Is it possible that Obama does not know this? Sometimes the things that come out of his mouth defy understanding.
The fact that Obama is about to be nominated for President of the United States defies understanding.
Jonn Lilyea at This Ain't Hell has it covered:
Every year this event gets bigger. This year, according to Fox News, Rolling Thunder included 350,000 motorcycles. I walked the route from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol and after an hour and a half, there were still riders passing me. There were thousands more parked at various spots that didn’t participate.
Jonn has some great pictures and video.
Via Gateway Pundit, video of President Bush and members of Rolling Thunder:
The pro-veterans and MIA biker group gave President Bush a leather jacket and vest when they stopped by the White House during their annual ride to support veterans.
Rolling Thunder is a national organization that spends hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial support, food, clothing and other essentials to sanctioned veterans' groups, veterans and veterans' families in need, homeless veteran programs, women's' crisis centers, and toys for children. It is comprised of men and women with 40-45% being non-veterans with the balance being veterans from all wars and peace-time.
Thank you, Rolling Thunder. Thank you, Veterans. Scott Ott:
Every war exacts its toll.
We left our youth on the beach, and in the sweltering jungles, among the snowclad hilltops and in the choking sands.
Yet green limbs, pruned in the flower of life, have somehow rejuvenated this land.
Those who died inspire us, and those who live return to lead and transform us.
We live in freedom because of those who left their youth on the beach, in the jungles, on the hilltops and in the choking sands. They not only left their youth, they left their families. We owe them all a debt of gratitude that we can never fully repay.
I was disappointed this morning to see the City of Alabaster taking down the American Flags on Hwy. 31. Traditionally Memorial Day was May 30th, it was changed in 1971 to the last Monday in May so everyone could have a three day week-end. There are differing viewpoints about whether the date should be changed back to May 30th, many Veteran's groups believing changing the date just to accommodate a three day week-end diminishes it's importance:
Memorial Day formerly occurred on May 30, and some, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), advocate returning to this fixed date, although the significance of the date is tenuous. The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address, "Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day." Hawaii's Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, has repeatedly introduced measures to return Memorial Day to its traditional day since 1998.
Maybe it's a small thing to most people, but I really think the flags should be left up at least through May 30th.
I am not surprised. NewsBusters has the details.
Well, citizens, America’s leading search engine, and one of the most powerful forces on the Internet, has once again ignored Memorial Day.
Read the whole thing to find out what "important" events Google has chosen to recognize.
Thousands of motorcycle riders, many of them Vietnam veterans, rode into our Nation's Capital as they have every Memorial Day since 1987 to honor our U.S. military members "past and present":
Known as Rolling Thunder, the riders honked, waved and gunned their engines to the delight of onlookers as they circled the Mall and rode up and down Constitution and Independence avenues. Clad in leather vests adorned with pins and buttons, bandannas, black helmets and motorcycle boots, riders cheered speakers who extolled the nation's veterans and urged the U.S. government to bring home its dead and missing, in Vietnam and elsewhere.
Talk about Great Americans. What a fitting tribute to our "honored dead". As I sit here comfortably in my worn out chair I thank the riders of Rolling Thunder for making the trip to Washington to show support for our military. According to organizers it was a record turnout:
As it has been every Memorial Day since 1987, the ride was attended by thousands of Vietnam veterans, many of whom rode with their families. Organizers said it was the largest ride yet.
I find myself so discouraged sometimes about the state of our Nation, but just when I think all is lost (or going down the drain quickly) true American patriots like the riders of Rolling Thunder give me optimism and hope for our future.
With all the political maneuvering in Washington it's sometimes hard to tell fact from fiction when it comes to the War on Terror. Democrats especially (with help from some Republicans) are determined to undermine the war in Iraq in order to score political points with the far left base. Their rhetoric has reached the point of absurdity, especially with the 2008 presidential race heating up. Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama just yesterday voted against funding our troops. Clinton defended her vote with the worn out "I fully support our troops, but..." shibboleth. Obama followed the play book with "We must fund the troops, but....".
Another Democrat who wants the job of Commander-in-Chief claimed the War on Terror was just a bumper sticker slogan.
"It is now clear that George Bush's misnamed 'War on Terror' has backfired — and is now part of the problem," Edwards told the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. "The War on Terror is a slogan designed only for politics, not a strategy to make America safe. It's a bumper sticker, not a plan."
Tell that to our troops, would you Mr. Edwards? The troops you voted to send to Iraq. Add these words to those of Harry Reid, John Murtha, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry and their puppeteers, and the scheme to bring down President Bush, at any cost, becomes clear.
There is another battle being fought and it's the battle for truth, something the anti-war propagandists don't want us to hear. But there are other voices. Vets For Freedom is one of them:
Vets for Freedom is a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts by applying our first-hand knowlege to issues of American strategy and tactics—namely "the surge" in Iraq. We support policymakers from both sides of the aisle who have stood behind our great generation of American warriors on the battlefield, and who have put long-term national security before short-term partisan political gain.
Alabama Improper posted an email from Executive Director Pete Hegseth. It is worth your time to read and respond to. Overcoming the hostile rhetoric coming from Washington is a difficult mission at best. Those of us who believe in our troops, who believe they are fighting for a just cause, and believe they will win, can help by supporting this fine organization. Join Vets For Truth, send a donation if you can, and help spread the word.
The mission of the Vets for Freedom Action Fund is to ensure that our troops and veterans are represented in Washington by people of character who understand the stakes of our long war against Islamofascism. Steadfastness in this fight is critical to our long-term nation security, and it is the aim of our organization to stand by those in Washington who stand by our shared values as we fight our nation's Global War on Terror.
The long term goal of the Vets for Freedom Action Fund is to serve as a voice for American veterans who believe in the fight for freedom around the world, despite the hardships, sacrifices, and grim realities that are synonymous with that fight. We believe our mission is just, we will support this mission and do whatever it takes to support our the troops in the combat zone.
Here is a worthy cause that deserves our support:
This Memorial Day weekend, while most folks are heading to the beach, Operation Gratitude will be kicking off one of its biggest events of the year, what the group's founder, Carolyn Blashek, calls their "Patriotic Drive." The drive will have the group packing boxes starting this weekend and running non-stop until July 1--boxes that will be shipped to American servicemen in Iraq throughout the summer.
This is an outstanding organization, so please support them if you can. They support our military all over the world:
OPERATION GRATITUDE sends packages to members of all military branches deployed anywhere in the world. To date, packages have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Korea, Africa, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Guantanamo Bay and onto ships in international waters.
The "Patriotic Drive" is apparently specific to Iraq so if you have a family member or friend serving there this will be a great chance to show your support.
If you have a friend or family member serving in Iraq, you can head to the website and request that the group send them a package. I'm sure they'd be extremely grateful for any donation you can make as well. And if you want to see your donation at work, Fox News will be covering the kick-off all afternoon tomorrow.
This is a grass roots effort to show our support for the troops and their families. We tried to think of
something we could send Dad or Mom that they could easily send back to their kids. This is something easy to
ship and something the kids can hang on to until Dad or Mom gets back home. Your donation will help send a tag in
the appropriate service color to an appreciative service member. There is NO charge to the service member or
his family for these tags. As of May 10th we have sent over 240,000 tags to the troops in Iraq to send home to
Be sure to check out the photo gallery and read the stories.
I also want to mention Soldiers Angels. I have adopted three soldiers through this organization and I highly recommend it. Through SA I have also had the opportunity to meet an Alabama soldier home from Iraq. He needed some help and Soldiers Angels sent a shout out to Alabama Angels and I can't believe the response. Please consider supporting this awesome organization. They have many different ways you can help. One of their programs dear to my heart (I'm an animal lover) is GASP (Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet). Believe me, Soldiers Angels has thought of everything.
This Memorial Day week-end while we remember our fallen dead, we can honor them by supporting the troops who have followed them.