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With Memorial Day rapidly approaching, my social media feeds are already filling with planned celebrations, backyard barbeque plans, and family get-togethers. I just want to make sure that while we spend time with friends and family over the upcoming 3 day weekend that we never forget the reason for this holiday, to remember and honor those who gave all.

How do you spend Memorial Day weekend?
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If any of you are ever in the DC area, you really should visit the wall. I saw it not long after it went up. Took cigarettes and matches, for a guy I ran around with in school. Basically, it's one of those, if you have to have it explained to you, you won't understand anyway, things.
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.

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Thank you, Cricket.
Spot on, Theo. We will never forget.
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I will be taking flowers to put on my Grandfathers, fathers, and my husbands graves, they all gave some.
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Took cigarettes and matches, for a guy I ran around with in school.

We used to put up a shot of whiskey on the stone for the guy who’d miss the round... Cigarettes and matches sounds like very old school.




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We hold a ceremony/toast at the beginning of our festivities...

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The tradition of setting a separate table in honor of our prisoners of war and missing comrades has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War. The manner in which this table is decorated is full of special symbols to help us remember our brothers and sisters in arms.

The POW/MIA table is smaller than the others, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his or her oppressors. This table is separate from the others and can be set for one to four place settings to represent each service participating in the event.

The white tablecloth draped over the table represents the purity of their response to our country’s call to arms.

The empty chair depicts an unknown face, representing no specific Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine, but all who are not here with us.

The table itself is round to show that our concern for them is never ending.

The Bible represents faith in a higher power and the pledge to our country, founded as one nation under God.

The black napkin stands for the emptiness these warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends. A Purple Heart medal can be pinned to the napkin.

The single red rose reminds us of their families and loved ones. The red ribbon represents the love of our country, which inspired them to answer the nation’s call.

The yellow candle and its yellow ribbon symbolize the everlasting hope for a joyous reunion with those yet accounted for.

The slices of lemon on the bread plate remind us of their bitter fate.

The salt upon the bread plate represent the tears of their families.

The wine glass, turned upside down, reminds us that our distinguished comrades cannot be with us to drink a toast or join in the festivities of the evening.


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We used to put up a shot of whiskey on the stone for the guy who’d miss the round... Cigarettes and matches sounds like very old school.
I was just turning 26 when I hit Nam, just in time for the '68 Tet offensive. So I am indeed old school in many ways, do the math.
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Just so we don't forget how many we are commemorating...

1775 - Present

Total Deaths 1,354,664+
Total Wounded 1,498,240+
Total Casualties 2,852,901+

Around 275,000 Total Casualties since Vietnam alone...

And 1.2 million as a result of WWII and Korea...

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Between my wife and I, we know several who are in The Wall. Including one Marine that I went through boot camp with. I have been there a couple of times, once on Memorial Day.

Five months in Viet Nam, 1969-1970.

"Semper Fi" to all my Marine brothers and sisters.
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Last year, our local O'Charley's restaurant had the table set up in the foyer.
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