Memorial Day: ‘Forever Grateful’

103 Responses to “Memorial Day: ‘Forever Grateful’”

  1. 2 GGail
    May 29, 2017 at 12:36 pm

  2. 9 GGail
    May 29, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Good West Coast Memorial Day to my TOD family and to all who have served & serve, and my gratitude to those who gave their lives for our freedom. You are loved. ❤

  3. 12 desertflower
    May 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm

  4. 13 desertflower
    May 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Thank you for your service…we honor you today

    • 14 Dudette
      May 29, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      More from his thread…

  5. 17 JER
    May 29, 2017 at 1:09 pm

  6. 18 desertflower
    May 29, 2017 at 1:12 pm


    The World’s Most Famous WAR MEMORIAL POEM
    By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

    Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place: and in the sky
    The larks still bravely singing fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the dead: Short days ago,
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved: and now we lie
    In Flanders fields!

    Take up our quarrel with the foe
    To you, from failing hands, we throw
    The torch: be yours to hold it high
    If ye break faith with us who die,
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields

  7. 19 desertflower
    May 29, 2017 at 1:41 pm


    Today, cities across the North and South claim credit for establishing the first Decoration Day—from Macon, Georgia to Richmond, Virginia to Carbondale, Illinois. Yet, a key story of the holiday has been nearly erased from public memory and most official accounts, including that offered by the the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    During the spring of 1865, African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina—most of them former slaves—held a series of memorials and rituals to honor unnamed fallen Union soldiers and boldly celebrate the struggle against slavery. One of the largest such events took place on May first of that year but had been largely forgotten until David Blight, a history professor at Yale University, found records at a Harvard archive. In a New York Times article published in 2011, Blight described the scene. While it is difficult to pinpoint the precise birthplace of the holiday, it is fair to say that ceremonies like the following are largely erased from the American narrative of Memorial Day.

    During the final year of the war, the Confederates had converted the city’s Washington Race Course and Jockey Club into an outdoor prison. Union captives were kept in horrible conditions in the interior of the track; at least 257 died of disease and were hastily buried in a mass grave behind the grandstand.

    After the Confederate evacuation of Charleston black workmen went to the site, reburied the Union dead properly, and built a high fence around the cemetery. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

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  9. 25 Dudette
    May 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Wow! The GOP really is screwing college students!

  10. 26 Dudette
    May 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    RIP Frank Deford

  11. 27 Dudette
    May 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm

  12. May 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Michelle packs her lunch when she goes to her office, Melania wears $51,500 coat.

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    • May 29, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      No tweet from your President about the terrorists attack in Portland, wonder why? Oh that’s right the terrorists wasn’t a Muslim, he was a white man. A white supremacists like the ones that supported him.

      • 32 Dudette
        May 29, 2017 at 8:26 pm

        A staffer posted a tweet this afternoon from the @POTUS (official) account, which we know he never uses. You could tell from the use of proper syntax and punctuation that it did not come from him.

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  24. 46 GGail
    May 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm

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  26. 48 Nerdy Wonka
    May 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm

  27. 49 GGail
    May 29, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    This is what the Dems should have done

    • 50 carla4obama
      May 29, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Which Russian media outlets were INVITED into the oval office while all our American outlets were banned? The French must be proud of their new leader! We Americans ( well most of us ) are horrified, embarrassed and disgusted with our new leader.

  28. 51 Bill R.
    May 29, 2017 at 4:37 pm

  29. 52 JER
    May 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm

  30. 53 JER
    May 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    @thehill 20m20 minutes ago

    Trump to reverse Obama’s Cuba policies: report. http://hill.cm/tLBo6rC

  31. 54 Bill R.
    May 29, 2017 at 4:51 pm

  32. 55 GGail
    May 29, 2017 at 5:04 pm

  33. May 29, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Media Alert.

    Still Star-Crossed debuts tonight on ABC at 10 pm EST.

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  36. 59 Allison
    May 29, 2017 at 5:21 pm

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    • 64 0388jojothecat
      May 29, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      When the white folks no longer like you or consider you honorary priviledged on of them, they cut you loose real quick…see OJ Simpson. He too thought the white folks would never turn on him.

  39. 66 Allison
    May 29, 2017 at 5:31 pm

  40. 67 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Memorial Day is a Day to remember all those Brave Men & Women who died Defending This Nation. Freedom. Liberty. Constitution.

    ❤ ❤ Rest In Eternal Peace ❤ ❤ .

    No amount of Thanks is Ever Enough.

  41. 68 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Congrats, Don on your Gold ⭐
    I just read about Tiger Woods.
    This guy just can’t get a Break. DWI? Unbelievable.
    TOD, Thanks to all the Photos of Pres Obama & Mrs Obama.
    JFK, always Loved, We will Never forget You. RIP.
    To All our Veterans here at TOD, ❤ ❤ ❤ always. Thank You for your Individual Service. Thank You for Your Families.

  42. 69 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm

  43. 71 sjterrid
    May 29, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I salute you and thank you for all those who died in their service for this country, and my thoughts and prayers for those that lost their loved ones through their sacrifice to our country.

  44. 72 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 6:21 pm

  45. 74 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 6:27 pm

  46. 76 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm

  47. 77 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 6:39 pm

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    May 29, 2017 at 6:40 pm

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    May 29, 2017 at 6:41 pm

  50. 80 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 6:47 pm

  51. 81 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 6:54 pm

  52. 82 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 7:03 pm

  53. 83 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 7:18 pm

  54. 84 Nena20409
    May 29, 2017 at 7:26 pm

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  56. 86 desertflower
    May 29, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Apples didn’t fall far from the rotten tree.

  57. May 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    The price of a populace that does not vote ….

  58. 88 desertflower
    May 29, 2017 at 8:42 pm


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    May 29, 2017 at 8:49 pm


  60. 94 desertflower
    May 29, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    • 95 vcprezofan2
      May 29, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Df. The article features an excerpt from an interview between Mr. Stevenson and Ezra Klein and (as Mr. Stevenson usually is) it is thought-provokingly interesting. Klein shared some good questions too.

      Here’s one question and the answer given. [Afterwards i recommend you go read the article.]

      // ………………………………..
      Ezra Klein
      It seems to me that our politics at the moment, and the rise of this president in particular, is built on a rejection of the idea that we should feel shame. It’s built on a desire to not feel that shame — to in fact say that what has been given back is now more than enough, that the class that should be considered aggrieved, that should be considered disrespected, that should be considered in need of sympathy and empathy and understanding has actually changed to rural whites.

      The project you’re undertaking here feels to me— and I don’t mean this in the way I think the term is often used — un-American. Un-American in the sense that America has been a society that is particularly resistant to shame, that believes in the value and forgetting things quickly and moving on from things fast. Do you see the project of trying to rehabilitate shame and its role in American life as something that is counter to our history and culture?

      Bryan Stevenson
      I agree that we don’t have a political culture that rewards those who recognize they’ve made a mistake. We have a political culture where most of our politicians think that if they stand up and say, “I made a mistake, and I’m sorry,” that makes them look weak.

      In our personal lives, in our familial lives, we understand the importance of remorse and regret. You show me two people who’ve been in love for 50 years, I’ll show you two people who’ve learn how to apologize to one another when they hurt each other, when they fall down. That’s a stronger union. As I mentioned, in the criminal justice context, we insist on it. We insist on offenders expressing their shame before we trust them again.

      I don’t have an interest in humiliating people. In fact, one of the reasons why I think we struggle so much with confronting our failures is that we’ve created such a punitive society. We’re so punitive in America that I think most people think if they say, “I’m wrong,” or, “I made a mistake,” that they’re going to punished for that. I don’t want to punish this country for these decades of abuses. I want to liberate us.

      I actually believe in redemption. I believe in recovery. I believe in rehabilitation. That’s why I advocate for people on death row and children who committed violent crimes and people who have broken the law. I believe in it for our country too. We cannot get to the reconciliation without the truth. We cannot get there if we don’t acknowledge what it is we are struggling to recover from.
      ………………………… //

  61. 99 desertflower
    May 29, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Kids know:)

  62. 101 JER
    May 29, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    @NYDailyNews 2 minutes ago
    EXCLUSIVE: @SenSchumer blasts Trump’s proposed budget that slashes anti-terror funds to help keep NYC safe. http://nydn.us/2r5LD23

  63. 102 JER
    May 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm

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