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    I hope everyone's unofficial start to their Summer is off to a great start!


    Very warm and humid here.

    Discovered yesterday that our favorite fishing hole is now off limits. Bright clean new "No Trespassing" sign. Too bad, it's a great little pond full of bass surrounded by forest. Recently I've noticed an increasing amount of garbage left there. We always packed out more waste than we produced but others clearly didn't have the same philosophy.

    We still have three ponds that remain unposted within a couple miles. But, I will miss the other one it was the most peaceful.
    [IMG]Memorial Day Weekend 2018 by Skip Kilpatrick, on Flickr[/IMG]

    Just fishing with live bait we caught a couple of small ones, yesterday morning.

    [IMG]Memorial Day Weekend 2018 by Skip Kilpatrick, on Flickr[/IMG]



    [IMG]Memorial Day Weekend 2018 by Skip Kilpatrick, on Flickr[/IMG]



    Have a great summer! Cheers!

    [IMG]Memorial Day Weekend 2018 by Skip Kilpatrick, on Flickr[/IMG]
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    I think of my late father on Memorial day. A veteran of WWII and the Korean conflict.

    I miss you daddy.
    War is peace.
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    Ignorance is strength.
    Truth is not the truth.
    Crimes are not crimes.
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    nice
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Lt. Cmdr. Charles F. Kilpatrick USN.


    May he rest in peace Arlington National Cemetery.
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    I found this photo recently. My father's LST 502. My dad was also aboard on 6 June 1944. He was 19 years old.

    War is peace.
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    Ignorance is strength.
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    Crimes are not crimes.
    Trump is doing beautifully.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Montgomery View Post
    I think of my late father on Memorial day. A veteran of WWII and the Korean conflict.

    I miss you daddy.
    Memorial Day is a time for reflection on sacrifices made by those who served. I realize it may be common usage, but please do not use the term, Korean Conflict. With 37,000 American dead, make no mistake, this was a WAR and a very brutal one. I am personally offended by calling that war and my service there a conflict. A conflict is kids fighting over who gets to play with a toy.
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    Sorry Tom. I get your point and completely understand. But WWII was the last U.S. war declared by the U.S. Congress.

    Let us try to keep politics out of a Memorial Day thread.
    War is peace.
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    Truth is not the truth.
    Crimes are not crimes.
    Trump is doing beautifully.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Lathrop View Post
    Memorial Day is a time for reflection on sacrifices made by those who served. I realize it may be common usage, but please do not use the term, Korean Conflict. With 37,000 American dead, make no mistake, this was a WAR and a very brutal one. I am personally offended by calling that war and my service there a conflict. A conflict is kids fighting over who gets to play with a toy.
    You are correct. And last night at the memorial concert in Washington aired on PBS they highlighted some actions during the war.

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    My father understood the difference. There is much today he would no longer understand.
    War is peace.
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    Ignorance is strength.
    Truth is not the truth.
    Crimes are not crimes.
    Trump is doing beautifully.





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    Thank you all, both living and dead, who've served and who serve now.

    Pop, LST 639.

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    I've been thinking about My Old Man for a few days since his birthday was a few days ago, he would have been ninety. He enlisted in the navy but was too young to sign up until the war was nearly over and he never got shipped overseas. He spent his 'the duration and six months' on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

    HIs Old Man was a marine scout in France in World War One. Survived the troop ship being torpedoed in the Atlantic, got a battlefield promotion, in the Belleau Wood, to lieutentant when everyone senior had been KIA. The only war story I ever heard was that one, my old man told about my grandfather in the trenches. The lieutenant and my granddad were reading a map, stuff was blowing up all around, and a part of a bloody skull and brain landed right on the map, and the officer just swiped away the gore with his sleeve and kept on about the mission, going over the top and into no man's land. And just a moment later the lieutentant took a bullet and died on the spot. The part about being a scout was him sneaking through what was left of the woods, armed with a pair of forty-fives which had had the trigger sears filed to make them fire like a machine gun. So the story goes.

    An uncle on my mother's side was in a bomber that was shot down.
    I don't care to know what the tough do when the going gets tough.

    I am interested in what the enlightened do.

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    Happy Memorial Day is not a proper thing to say. The holiday was paid for with blood.
    Ratus ratus bilgeous snipeous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Adams View Post
    Happy Memorial Day is not a proper thing to say. The holiday was paid for with blood.
    Your point is well taken. My family and friends have lost loved ones in present and past wars too.
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    God forbid anyone have a barbecue party today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Montgomery View Post
    God forbid anyone have a barbecue party today.
    Many will enjoy the day off. I'm not saying not to. Simply be mindful of what is being commemorated.
    Ratus ratus bilgeous snipeous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    primarily non-American lives
    Does that matter?
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the tap root of the day a commemorating of the dead from our Civil War? Not American lives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Montgomery View Post
    God forbid anyone have a barbecue party today.
    had smoked brisket last night, good left overs today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Montgomery View Post
    Sorry Tom. I get your point and completely understand. But WWII was the last U.S. war declared by the U.S. Congress.

    Let us try to keep politics out of a Memorial Day thread.
    Hopefully, there was nothing posted that could be taken as political but people will interpret as they will. Korean Conflict is a political term which I am trying to get rid of. Those who were there know what a war is, declared or not and the bullets don't give a damn who they hit.
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    This is neither the day nor the thread to debate the point.
    War is peace.
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    If anyone wants to stop by for a mojito or two this afternoon, mi casa, su casa!


    [IMG]Mojitos by Skip Kilpatrick, on Flickr[/IMG]
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    Quote Originally Posted by ishmael View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the tap root of the day a commemorating of the dead from our Civil War? Not American lives?


    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

    Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.[1]

    The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day," which was first used in 1882.[56] Memorial Day did not become the more common name until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.[57] On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.[58] The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.[58] After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress' change of date within a few years.

    https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nyti....04fonert.html

    In ''Race and Reunion,'' David W. Blight demonstrates that as soon as the guns fell silent, debate over how to remember the Civil War began. In recent years, the study of historical memory has become something of a scholarly cottage industry. Rather than being straightforward and unproblematic, it is ''constructed,'' battled over and in many ways political. Moreover, forgetting some aspects of the past is as much a part of historical understanding as remembering others. Blight's study of how Americans remembered the Civil War in the 50 years after Appomattox exemplifies these themes. It is the most comprehensive and insightful study of the memory of the Civil War yet to appear.

    Blight touches on a wide range of subjects, including how political battles over Reconstruction contributed to conflicting attitudes toward the war's legacy, the origins of Memorial Day and the rise of the ''reminiscence industry,'' through which published memoirs by former soldiers helped lay the groundwork for sectional reconciliation. He gives black Americans a voice they are often denied in works on memory, scouring the black press for accounts of Emancipation celebrations and articles about the war's meaning. As his title suggests, Blight, who teaches history and black studies at Amherst College, believes that how we think about the Civil War has everything to do with how we think about race and its history in American life.
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    Apparently, I needed work on the title!

    Now, I hope everyone has a nice Summer!
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    thx Skip, appreciate the sentiment

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    It is perfectly fine to "be happy" on Memorial Day and enjoy a carefree day with family, friends and children.

    At dinner, before we eat, we always pause for a moment to remember and give thanks to those that died in service to the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    If anyone wants to stop by for a mojito or two this afternoon, mi casa, su casa!


    [IMG]Mojitos by Skip Kilpatrick, on Flickr[/IMG]
    Thanks much for the invite Skip. I'm only a couple hundred miles down the ICW and will enjoy my usual bourbon sippin' inside where its dry.
    Tom L

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    My dad served during WWll and Korea. He loved to go to Burroughs Farms and golf on holiday weekends while my mom, my sister, and I spent the day at the lake.

    Nobody is wrong on this thread, folks. Honor our fallen by having a blast today, because every vet and every first responder will tell you that what keeps the madness away is the thought of coming home when it's over and enjoying a normal life and having some fun with the people who matter the most.

    Keep them in your hearts, keep them in your prayers, and offset the sacrifice as best you can by living as fully as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    If anyone wants to stop by for a mojito or two this afternoon, mi casa, su casa!


    [IMG]Mojitos by Skip Kilpatrick, on Flickr[/IMG]

    Thanks, Skip! I’m off to the store to buy some limes so I can have a Mojito with you in spirit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Skip - I would love to take you up on that offer. If you didn't live on the Wrong Danged Coast <G>

    And a Happy Summer to you, too!!

    +1 to you, David and Skip, and all the rest of the Forumites !!



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    An interesting and enlightening for me, bit of history on Memorial Day:


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