Memorial Day Tribute

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Today is Memorial Day in the United States of America USA.

A photo was taken by one Mr. Frank Glick who was on his way to work when he saw the eagle perched on the tombstone as he was driving past the cemetery.

You can see it here: This Photo of a Bald Eagle Perched on a Soldier’s Tombstone is Going Viral This Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we look back at a selection of the most striking images of the supreme sacrifice made by America’s armed forces over the last century.

Click through for iconic photos of our military heroes here: Memorial Day 2015: Honoring the fallen through photos

”I’ve lived the literal meaning of the ‘land of the free’ and ‘home of the brave.’ It’s not corny for me. I feel it in my heart…” – Chris Kyle

Memorial Day is all about Americans remembering the men and women who died while serving the country’s armed forces.

Someone particularly remembered is Mr. Chris Kyle, who was a United States Navy SEAL who was dubbed “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history,” with over 160 confirmed kills. Bradley Cooper played him in the box office success, American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood.

Chris Kyle began his military service in 1999 and was honorably discharged in 2009.

“My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.” – Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle’s Awards are too many to name here and you can see them all via: Memorial Day – Remembering Chris Kyle, ‘The American Sniper’

The All-Nations Native American Veterans Memorial

The All-Nations Native American Veterans Memorial was started on April 20 of 2013 after Bill Stam transported a life-size bronze statue of a Native warrior hunting buffalo nearly 800 miles to his home in Jefferson, Oregon.

“As far as I know, we are the only All Nations memorial that also honors all 34 Nations of Code Talkers dating back to WWI,” Stam told ICTMN.

RELATED: A Community Pulls Together To Support One Man’s Plan for a Native Veterans Memorial

Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park

At the base of Window Rock in Arizona sits the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park to honor the many Navajos who served in the U. S. military to include Code Talkers. This park was designed and built by the Navajo as a “living” Veteran’s Memorial designed by Native Vietnam Veterans, Navajo Code Talker’s and Navajo medicine men.

Wesley Bolin Memorial – Plaza Navajo Code Talkers Memorial

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza – in addition to its memorials for public servants, contains the Navajo Code Talkers Memorial, a statue dedicated on February 28, 2008 by the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation. Sculpted by Oreland Joe a member of the Navajo and Cowboy Artists of America, the statue depicts a Navajo Code Talker sending a message via a combat telephone.

American Indian Veterans National Memorial

Though not specifically a memorial for Veterans who have passed, the American Indian Veterans National Memorial at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona honors all Native service members.

Proposed: The Native American Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

In 2013, H.R. 2319, the Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act bill was enacted after being signed into law by The President on December 26, 2013. The National Museum of the American Indian will eventually host the Native Veterans Memorial.

via: In Honor of Memorial Day – Memorials Honoring Our Fallen Native Warriors

Did you know that there is a story behind the rattlesnake chosen as the symbol for the Gadsden flag?

Now more than ever, we need men and women who will lead and embody the qualities of the two symbols of our Republic — the fierce rattlesnake and the powerful bald eagle.

Today on Memorial Day we honor the memory of Dietz, Axelson, Murphy, and so many other brave men and women who since the Minutemen of Lexington and Concord, have and will continue to answer the call, simply responding “Don’t Tread on Me.”

The “Me” in that motto is this Republic, America, the land of the free, because we are the home of the brave.

“There are three types of people — sheep, wolves, and sheep dogs — choose which one you shall be on the day we remember the fallen sheep dogs who stood guard against the wolves.”

via: 3 SEALS and a rattlesnake: a story for Memorial Day – Allen B. West – AllenBWest.com

Further Controversy and Friction today

As nearly all Americans come together on Memorial Day to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the country’s freedom and safety, two CAIR officials spent the holiday weekend differently: questioning whether U.S. troops deserve to be honored and tweeting that the country was “established upon white supremacy.”

This controversy has come about by the Muslin Council on American-Islamic Relations, better known by CAIR.

And they are not the only CAIR officials caught defending terrorists. Last year, the Clarion Project reported on how the chairman of the board for CAIR’s Arizona chapter, sent out tweets depicting the U.S. military as “occupiers” and “murderers.”

via: Muslims Say Fallen U.S. Soldiers Should NOT Be Honored on Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, in the midst of the above controversy and while in other countries many are celebrating with barbecues and binge-watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix, it’s easy to forget that there are families of fallen veterans spending the day grieving for their lost ones. But a photo trending on social media today serves as a sobering reminder of the true purpose of the holiday.

Snapped by Arizona State University student Christopher Stevens, the photo depicts Laureen Lopez-Berry lying next to her husband’s grave at Arlington Cemetery. Lopez-Berry’s husband, Army Staff Sgt. Richard Berry, was killed by a roadside bomb while on combat deployment in Afghanistan in 2012.He was only 27 years old.

via: This photo of an Army widow at her husband’s grave reminds us what Memorial Day is all about

Again, Upsets and Violence today Memorial Day

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–It’s been a violent  weekend in Baltimore after a surge of shootings–some deadly across the city.

Amy Yensi has more.

Police say 28 people were shot, 9 of them killed over this weekend, adding to the  record-breaking violence.

The shooting didn’t stop on Monday night after a 9-year-old boy and another man were both injured by gun fire in the 2900 block of Arunah Avenue. Police say the child was shot in the leg and another man suffered a graze wound to the head.

New police video of a person of interest in Sunday’s deadly shooting in Druid Heights. It’s one of several active investigations following a Memorial Day weekend riddled with gun violence across Baltimore City.

From one district to the next leaving 26 people shot and 9 dead.

Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke links the violence to a city still reeling from weeks of unrest.

“It was an earthquake kind of time and i think we’re still dealing with the aftershock,” she says.

via: 28 Shootings, 9 Fatal, Over Memorial Day Weekend In Baltimore

A private moment captured by a photographer prior to a young couple’s wedding this weekend has unexpectedly generated a flood of negative comments.

The photo shows the couple, Marine Corps Corporal Caleb Earwood and his new wife Maggie, praying together before the ceremony, while honoring the tradition of bride and groom not seeing one another beforehand.

Though some loved the image, others on Facebook took exception to it, commenting below the WLOS ABC 13 Facebook post of it.

For some, the image was inappropriate:

“You do realize that Memorial Day is to honor the fallen soldiers and not a wedding, right?

Given that, this is not the perfect image for Memorial Day.”

And for some, the offense was more personal:

“My brother was a Marine and dying from it now…Where was their parade, help, thank you when they came back from Vietnam? Nowhere. All he got when he got off the plane in the airport was spit on and called names. He’s hooked up to a machine; he’s never had a ‘thank you’ except from family. Wow, a wedding — it’s supposed to be for the ones that are gone…”

The backlash became so overwhelming that the couple’s family decided it was time to step in.

The bride’s mother had a simple statement about the beauty of the private moment:

“…if you had been in that room when Caleb and Maggie prayed you would have felt God in a mighty way!! This was not just a picture. This was real.”

The bride’s cousin reminded people that this was a private moment, made public by someone else:

via: Let’s Just Say a Couple’s Memorial Day Wedding Photo Didn’t Sit Well With Some People…

PacSun upside-down flag T upsets Memorial Day shoppers

On Memorial Day, plenty of shoppers are talking about PacSun… but not because of the clothing store’s big sales.

via: PacSun upside-down flag T upsets Memorial Day shoppers

Ronald Reagan: Let the man speak for himself

“Memorial Day is a day of ceremonies and speeches. Throughout America today, we honor the dead of our wars. We recall their valor and their sacrifices. We remember they gave their lives so that others might live.

We’re also gathered here for a special event — the national funeral for an unknown soldier who will today join the heroes of three other wars.

When he spoke at a ceremony at Gettysburg in 1863, President Lincoln reminded us that through their deeds, the dead had spoken more eloquently for themselves than any of the living ever could, and that we living could only honor them by rededicating ourselves to the cause for which they so willingly gave a last full measure of devotion.

Well, this is especially so today, for in our minds and hearts is the memory of Vietnam and all that that conflict meant for those who sacrificed on the field of battle and for their loved ones who suffered here at home.”

via: VIDEO: Ronald Reagan’s Memorial Day Message

Whoever runs the Democrats’ Twitter account decided to take on a personal challenge of coming up with the most inappropriate photo imaginable for the day when the nation honors its war dead. It’s about fallen soldiers? Ha! Screw that! We’ll not only post a photo of our president instead, but we’ll show him eating ice cream with a goofy look on his face, while a bunch of sycophantic photographers click away like the lapdogs they are. Oh, and a cute blonde female on her knees in front of him too, that will be a nice touch.

Who actually thinks about it and decides that this is a good idea?

via: Ladies and gentlemen, the worst Memorial Day photo ever

 

 

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