Taps..now Taps,

By: Patrap , 2:16 AM GMT on May 24, 2013

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Taps..now Taps,


Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.











As a 21-year-old infantryman, Charles Durning, one America's premier character actors, was among the first wave of men to land on Omaha Beach during World War II. In this exclusive video clip introduced by Tom Hanks, Durning talks about his war experiences for which he was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. From 2007.



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27. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:19 PM GMT on May 28, 2013
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26. Patrap
6:30 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Thank you all for stopping by here this Memorial Weekend.

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25. hydrus
3:56 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Great Photo,s Pat. I was rather moved by the soldier at the Tomb of the Unknowns quieting the crowd. A blessed Memorial Day to you and yours.. Thank you for serving.
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24. gulfshoresAL
3:43 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Thanks Patrap for the photos. A special day indeed for all those that were lost
Fighting for our freedom.
I was a medic from 1966-69. The military taught me so much.
Just got back from Normandy 2weeks ago. So moving!
The cemetery has over 9,000 Americans buried right by Omaha Beach.
My good friend Brent Burns an myself were asked to assist in folding the flag at the end of the day, while taps was played. Not a dry eye in the place.
God Bless America...and all of those that serve to keep us free.
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23. mikatnight
1:17 PM GMT on May 27, 2013


WARM LIKE HOME

I talk to her for a little while
At nights before I go to sleep,
And if I die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to...

Mother's on the telephone -
Her voice is far, but warm like home -
Father can you hear me too?
I've worn the soles now on these shoes.

Everybody has a cross to bear,
Road ahead, well, you walk alone.
Cut your hand and now the skin it bleeds
From the hard work where your life is drawn.

Million ways to skin the cat,
To try a few you sure can't lose.
Day is done, I'll lay my hat
On the barstool next to you.

Strangers is what we've become.
Something was has been undone.
If a branch falls from this tree,
All hands are clean from dirt, they're free.


Wayne Healy
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22. mikatnight
12:56 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
From the Concert for New York City after 911:



HEROES

You will be mean.
I drink all the time.
For we're lovers, that is a fact.
Yes, we're lovers, and that is that.

Though nothing will keep us together,
We can beat them forever and ever.
Ah, we can be heroes just for one day.

I, well, I wish I could swim
Like dolphins, like dolphins can swim.

Though nothing will keep us together,
We can beat them forever and ever.
We can be heroes just for one day!
What you say, yeah?

I, I will be King,
And you, you will be my Queen.
Though nothing will drive them away,
We can beat them forever and ever.
We can be heroes just for one day.

I, I can remember
(I remember)
Standing by the wall,
(By the wall)
And the guns, the guns shot above our heads,
(Over our heads)
And we kissed, as though nothing could fall
(Nothing could fall).

And the shame is there on the other side.
We can beat them, forever and ever.
Yeah, we can be heroes just for one day.

We can be heroes...
What'd I say?
I said, we can be heroes!
Oh yeah, I said,
We can be heroes just for one day.
We can be heroes.

We're nothing, and nothing can help us.
Maybe we're lying, then you better not stay,
But we can be heroes just for one day.


David Bowie, Brian Eno
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21. BriarCraft
9:14 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
very nice tribute
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20. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
11:43 PM GMT on May 25, 2013
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19. LowerCal
8:08 PM GMT on May 25, 2013
On the origins of Memorial Day...

Garlands of Remembrance | The Task at Hand
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18. LowerCal
8:01 PM GMT on May 25, 2013
Daylight again, following me to bed
I think about a hundred years ago, how my fathers bled
I think I see a valley, covered with bones in blue
All the brave soldiers that cannot get older been askin' after
you
Hear the past a callin', from Ar- -megeddon's side
When everyone's talkin' and noone is listenin', how can we
decide?

(Do we) find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground

Mother earth will swallow you, lay your body down
Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground
Mother earth will swallow you, lay your body down
(Find the cost of freedom buried in the ground)


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17. Patrap
7:54 PM GMT on May 25, 2013
September seventeen for a girl I know, it's Mother's day
Her son has gone alee and that's where he will stay
Wind on the weather vane, tearin' blue eyes sailor mean
As Falstaff sings a sorrowful refrain, for a boy in Fiddler's Green

His tiny knotted heart, well, I guess it never worked too good
The timber tore apart and the water gorged the wood
You can hear her whispered prayer for men at masts that always lean
The same wind that moves her hair, moves her boy through Fiddler's Green

Nothing's changed anyway
Nothing's changed anyway
Anytime today

It doesn't know a soul, there's nowhere that he's really been
But he won't travel long alone no, not in Fiddler's Green
Balloons all filled with rain as children's eyes turn sleepy mean
And Falstaff sings a sorrowful refrain for a boy in Fiddler's Green


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16. whitewabit (Mod)
7:05 PM GMT on May 25, 2013
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15. MississippiWx
3:36 AM GMT on May 25, 2013
Great blog, Pat. Great reminder to Americans that Memorial Day is not National BBQ day.
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14. Patrap
3:31 AM GMT on May 25, 2013
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13. Patrap
3:06 AM GMT on May 25, 2013






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12. Patrap
2:40 AM GMT on May 25, 2013








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11. Patrap
2:18 AM GMT on May 25, 2013


Samuel W. Leak

Army WW-2
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10. Patrap
2:15 AM GMT on May 25, 2013
J. D. Pearson

WW-2 Pacific theater

105mm Howitzer Gunner, F/O.

Battle of Okinawa.


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9. Patrap
2:05 AM GMT on May 25, 2013
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8. LowerCal
11:51 PM GMT on May 24, 2013


SGT Larry William McKee, US Army

On the night of 27/28 March 1971 Fire Support Base (FSB) Mary Ann was occupied by 209 Americans from several units of the Americal Division:

* HHC 1/46th Infantry;
* C Co 1/46th Infantry;
* a Recon Platoon;
* elements of a Mortar Platoon;
* two 155mm howitzer sections, 3/16th Arty; and
* twenty ARVN artillerymen.

At approximately 0230 hours, 28 March 1971, the VC mounted a coordinated mortar and sapper attack. Almost simultaneously with the mortar attack, sappers employed satchel charges and rocket propelled grenades (RPG) to penetrate the south side of the FSB's perimeter. Americans in the perimeter bunkers hunkered down until the explosions from the mortar rounds, satchel charges, and RPGs had subsided, but by then the sappers had breached the trench line and were inside the base. Once inside FSB Mary Ann, the sappers struck over half the bunkers. By the time the VC withdrew, 30 American soldiers were dead and 76 wounded - sadly, according to Army records 12 of the 30 dead were killed by friendly fire brought down to force the VC from the over-run areas of the base.
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7. LowerCal
8:19 PM GMT on May 24, 2013
The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall Page
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.

Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own.

And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.
"


Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
Listed as KIA February 7, 1978






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6. RobDaHood
8:14 PM GMT on May 24, 2013
Nice Pat.
Thanks!
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5. LowerCal
8:03 PM GMT on May 24, 2013

Photo credit: 365 los angeles

In front of the chapel at the entrance to the Los Angeles National Cemetery are six markers inscribed with words adapted from the poem "Bivouac of the Dead" by Theodore O'Hara.

THE MUFFLED DRUM'S SAD ROLL HAS BEAT
THE SOLDIER'S LAST TATTOO.
NO MORE ON LIFE'S PARADE SHALL MEET
THAT BRAVE AND FALLEN FEW.

ON FAME'S ETERNAL CAMPING-GROUND,
THEIR SILENT TENTS ARE SPREAD,
AND GLORY GUARDS WITH SOLEMN ROUND
THE BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD.

NO RUMOR OF THE FOE'S ADVANCE
NOW SWEEPS UPON THE WIND,
NO TROUBLED THOUGHT AT MIDNIGHT HAUNTS
OF LOVED ONES LEFT BEHIND.

NO VISION OF THE MORROW'S STRIFE
THE WARRIOR'S DREAM ALARMS.
NO BRAYING HORN NOR SCREAMING FIFE
AT DAWN SHALL CALL TO ARMS.

THE NEIGHING TROOP, THE FLASHING BLADE,
THE BUGLE'S STIRRING BLAST,
THE CHARGE, THE DREADFUL CANNONADE,
THE DIN AND SHOUT ARE PAST.

YOUR OWN PROUD LAND'S HEROIC SOIL
MUST BE YOUR FITTER GRAVE,
SHE CLAIMS FROM WAR HIS RICHEST SPOIL
THE ASHES OF THE BRAVE.
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4. masshysteria
5:04 PM GMT on May 24, 2013
Good Morning, PAT!

Thought you might like to see what Boston, MA volunteers have done to honor the 33,000 or so MA servicemen who've died for their Country. They planted 33,000 flags in the Boston Common in memory of each for a large Memorial Day service to be held on Monday. Quite a moving and spectacular sight!

From www.bostonmagazine.com





Thanks for again posting such wonderful Memorial Day tributes in your blogheader and for your honorable service to our Country!







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3. RenoSoHill
3:02 AM GMT on May 24, 2013
I will never forget the first time I saw Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. Our National Hero's, Thank You!

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2. Patrap
2:34 AM GMT on May 24, 2013
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