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PostSubject: On Memorial Day, remember the empty chairs   Fri May 27, 2011 8:11 am

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During the past 10 years, more than 6,000 troops have become casualties of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Today, there are permanent empty chairs at the dinner tables of many families across America, which should remind us all that the price of freedom is still very high....

...As you celebrate this holiday, remember that these service men and women are everyday people who have dared to answer the clarion call to serve. They come from hard-working families and hail from big cities, small country towns and humble suburban neighborhoods. They represent different ethnicities, religions and creeds. They are the less than 1% of the population who serve in the U.S. military.

This Monday, let us not allow the commercialization of this holiday to upstage the significance of Memorial Day, which began in 1868 when members of the Grand Army of the Republic heeded the request of their commander, Gen. John A. Logan, to decorate the graves of their fallen compatriots. It has since become the day on which the U.S. honors the dead of all its wars.

So throughout this weekend, and especially on Monday, remember the empty chairs. These brave souls have given their lives so we can continue to enjoy the liberty that our forefathers envisioned for us all.

Excellent article...excellent.



FYI, the reason this thread is in "This, That & The Other"...when adding this to the calendar, automatically puts thread here.
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PostSubject: Re: On Memorial Day, remember the empty chairs   Fri May 27, 2011 10:48 am

Amen and may God watch over our troops. Or Allah, or Jehovah, or Yahweh, or the great Spirit, or the earth mother or, (you get the idea).
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PostSubject: Re: On Memorial Day, remember the empty chairs   Mon May 30, 2011 7:44 am



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We love our men and women who serve and their families...today we recognize your sacrifice and remember your brothers and sisters who gave all.
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PostSubject: Re: On Memorial Day, remember the empty chairs   Mon May 30, 2011 10:22 am

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