Friday, May 26, 2017

Remember. Always Remember.


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Covered by the Flag
Drums beaten, flowers laid. 
Words spoken, music played.
Choruses sung, veterans praised.

Fewer veterans, heroes all,
Some stood in place of comrades now fallen
Answer  "Here! Sir!" at roll call.

Like their comrades before
Fading into history and lore,
A grateful nation heartfelt calls
To the warriors, once strong and tall: 
Thank you, thank youthank you

Susan Kane, 28 May 2012
A re-post


Note: The photo of veterans above was taken when the World War 2 memorial in the Washington Mall opened.  Veterans were flown in to be present at the opening.  

Sequester of funds had made a decision to close this memorial, even though all National Park memorials are under the umbrella of  Park Services, which is permanently funded by gov't and also by contributions.  These parks cannot be sequestered.

Veterans said many words, some of them very expressive, and they pushed aside barriers in their wheelchairs. No one stopped them.


23 comments:

  1. And no one should stop them.

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  2. What a shame - why would they close it? Good for the veterans for breaking through.

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    1. Money--trying to show what 2012 government could and would do.

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    2. Any veteran who fought in landing in Normandy, fought to German under enemy fire, flew in CBI, who slugged through rice fields in Vietnam, carried American flag every where, Korea war, Afghanistan--nothing is going to stop them from pushing over a simple barrier.

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  3. Good for them......tough old birds they are...they fought for us and now they are fighting for their memorials.

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    1. This memorial opening was part of 2012 (hah, see what we can about that!) struggles. It bounced back on them to bite them in their collective butts.

      Memorial stayed open after that.

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  4. Good to remember for this weekend.

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    1. Always makes proud of our military.

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  5. Military mom on board. I respect those who served. I'm sorry to hear of the closing.

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    1. It was decided that this closing had been a mistake, that ignorance led to this. No kidding.

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  6. I love your poetry from 2012. So meaningful. I had to smile when you said the veterans plowed through the barriers in their wheelchairs. You can't keep good men and women down.

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    1. It also was on the news, showing these brave veterans for WW2 charging through them. Good memory.

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  7. The vets have every right to enjoy the memorial

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    1. Politics have no right to mess with veterans.

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  8. Pushed aside barriers in their wheelchairs? Well done!!

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  9. In Flanders fields the poppies grow...

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    1. And never let history be re-written to be non-offensive.

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  11. Dear Susan, am I understanding what you are saying here--that the WWII memorial is being sequestered and will no longer be funded? I so hope I misunderstood. Peace.

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    1. The sequestration scaled back immediately. It was set out on the Memorial to stir up public anger for Congress not approving budget plan set forth.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!