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Memorial Day Weekend

I’ve tried to post this beautiful short film on Memorial Day every year.

It’s a reminder that those who served are brothers and sisters, despite inter-service rivalries that may result in some good-natured ribbing.

It’s a reminder of the ties that bind us.

It’s a reminder to honor those whom we lost.

This year  I once again honor friends with whom I deployed and whom we lost, spouses of friends killed in combat, and every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine who lost his or her life defending ours and supporting and defending our country and Constitution.

This year, I also honor David Huddleston – the talented and prolific actor who played the Sailor in this short film, and who died last August, and who was also an Air Force veteran.

I weep for them. I remember them. I love each and every one of them.

This is a solemn time for the veterans you may know. It’s a time to remember their brothers and sisters and to honor their lives and their sacrifices.

Remember that as you grill and frolic in the sunshine and enjoy the long weekend.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

William Shakespeare, Henry V

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21 responses

  1. That video always gets me.

    When I first enlisted, waiting to go off to boot camp, a family friend’s sister happened to be in town. She found out I was waiting to ship out for boot and she made the comment that, as an Air Force wife, she’d learned that the military is one great, big family.

    It really is. You mention the ribbing we give one another (and we do), but when you screw with one of us, you screw with all of us.

    I was in Corps School when the Battle of Mogadishu took place. We watched video of Gordon and Shugart being dragged through the streets. Rumors swirled that we were going to war.

    Our instructors came in and addressed the rumors by starting out with telling us that all “C” schools had been canceled and we were going to Field Medical Service School and deploy to Somalia.

    My response? “Good.”

    I wanted a piece of those bastards who had dragged MY brothers through the streets. I wanted to hunt them down to the ends of the Earth because they fucked with my family.

    I honestly don’t know if anyone else views their military dead like we do, but I’m damn proud of what we do. At some point this weekend, I’ll watch Taking Chance, cry a lot, and remember our brothers and sisters who we’ve lost. I’ll also enjoy my family and pray neither of my children will have to make that sacrifice. I’ll pray that no one else’s will, though I know that prayer will be in vain.

    Fair winds and following seas, to all we have lost.

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    1. Oh, just realized I should add that when our instructors told us that we were going to Somalia, it turned out to be an exercise in reminding us that we were in the military and war was our primary purpose.

      We didn’t go anywhere.

      Was still kind of telling for me, though. I certainly believed them, after all.

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      1. I was in basic when panama happened, and they were sending us home for holiday leave in the sixth week of basic. Because of flight times, me and four other guys were still around when it started. Our drill sgts gathered us together and said we were being sent to Panama instead of going home for the holidays…

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        1. So you know what it was like when I heard I was going to Somalia.

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        2. yes, same thing really…

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        3. I have in my brain, an image of a training Decanus telling some legionnares-in-traning that they are being deployed to Alesia….

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        4. Now, so do I.

          FWIW, I think it was an important point in our training, in part because so many of my peers simply looked at enlistment as “easy college money” or something like that. That moment drove home that we were instruments of foreign policy that might have to die for our country.

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        5. Never in the military — but one of the “fake anthrax powder” incidents after 9/11 was in the building where I worked at Standard Systems Group on then Gunter AFS in Montgomery AL.

          Having your building put on lockdown with armed troops surrounding it while they did the checks for anthrax is interesting….

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        6. I was in HM “A” school in San Dog when Iraq invaded Kuwait. They did the same to us, except that we actually did get sent to FMSS.

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  2. Pardon my use of slang but Dammit, Nicky! Right in the feelz!

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    1. I’m assuming you haven’t seen that before?

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      1. First time today. OK, so I was hoping for a twist when a Coastie moved in and they attacked him but that’s just me. 🙂

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  3. Well done. I too spend this weekend remembering friends/others who didn’t come home. May their souls rest in peace.

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  4. *hoists a drink*

    Absent companions, ladies and gentlemen!

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  5. I hadn’t seen it either – I reposted it to my old mil-blog and to Book of Face.

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  6. Add one more that had not had the privilege of seeing this until today. Sharing.

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  8. I had not seen it before either. Thank you.

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  9. I’d seen it before, but still had to watch it all the way through; to this day I still have to cry at the end. God rest all our beloved military dead, and keep them safely in the palm of His hand.

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  10. The more I think about it the more I think this fits better with Veteran’s Day, since Memorial Day is to recognize those who fell while active service.

    Regardless…Yesterday wasn’t about firing up the grill.

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