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veryone made a difference. During past wars, there was no “I support the troops but not the war” phrases. It was support America by returning chewing gum aluminum wrappers in order to help build airplanes. It was “buying” war bonds to support the fight, it was a united effort. When we were attacked in Pearl Harbor, the country was at war.  Now after 9/11 and we were attacked again but the Marine Corps was at war, America was at the mall. 

Funny how times change, how America has changed. Back in the day, Memorial Day was massive and servicemembers were stars in television shows and role models for kids. Now, much of America, knows we have a military, but really only “thanks” them on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Before you hit me with your flame thrower, those that read OMV do appreciate their warriors, yes you guys get it. But I’m referring to the other 90% of America that has the opinion of “let him go join the Marines, so my kid doesn’t have to.” Sad.


Back during WWII, of course parents were hesitant of letting their sons join the military, they knew it was a massive war and the chances were slim of their return, but they were proud as hell of the sons decision to fight for their country. Despite signing your own death warrant, those steely eyed warriors went into the valley of death and kicked the crap out of the enemy.

 Lest we never forget their sacrifice


Those that didn’t come back and those fortunate to return are the ones we need to remember from all wars on Memorial Day. The heroes of yesterday that helped make America strong are those particularly addressed on Memorial Day. Today, your young warriors have the same fight in their gut, doing more with less, minimizing civilian casualties and making life threatening decisions in a blink of an eye. Your young warriors are doing this and have the same DNA as those gunfighters did in places like Guadalcanal, Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima. Like back in WWII, warriors do it for reasons other than, financial, political, gain. Of course they know the risks. Of course they will go regardless. I sleep well at night knowing that we have young warriors with solid ethos and morals that will someday become America’s leaders. They are out there America, keeping the enemy at bay and making me damn proud to serve next to them.  To them, everyone in America needs to make a difference; however, they are on the pointy end of the deal making sure the job gets done. That’s something to remember this Memorial Day.


Time for a Cgar!


  1. —Sleeping Well at Night—
    As a nation that has dropped our guard down,
    This caused our defense to fall and drown.
    By this we forget about what our nation was founded on,
    Without our defense then we will grow to be a weak nation.
    If a person reads into what is trying to be said written here,
    They can finally feel strong and see that if our country ever got attack there is nothing to fear.
    Now let’s think about where we get the freedom of speech,
    Yes, that includes something rude like a person being disrespectful to our heroes come home to be honored.
    It also covers as heroes come home and they are honored and laid to rest as the pastor starts to preach.
    This also gives us the freedom to organize,
    But this also gives our rude like person being disrespectful to our heroes and cause problems to arise,
    Well this causes our fellow veterans come and up and roar their motorcycle exhaust as a loud surprise,
    Yes this can cause them to want to go up and try to get a trial,
    But with everyone needing to give respect to everyone, this will help us keep our nation’s defense up on our border every mile.
    So lets us please remember this without each of our Servicemen/women then we would not be able to put up a fight.
    By this we would not feel safe and Sleep Well at Night.
    So as heroes come and go, please remember this that we need to give them the honor they need.
    Because without this we will not have a strong defense and succeed.
    There are two more things that needs to be thought about is as you see that flag,
    First of all we need to make sure it flies high and not burned or not stomped on or even dragged,
    As we see it fly high or it drapes on our honored hero as he passes by,
    Please either salute or hand over each or our hearts because they have proved to be a hell of a girl or guy.
    By Frank P.

  2. I have two sons in law who are serving ( dont hit me with your flame thrower since they are Army ), one of which deploys tomorrow for Afganistan. I could not be more proud and would recommend service to our country to any young person. We dont live in big cities…but the “fly over” parts of the country are deep believers in duty, honor and country.
    God bless all who serve and have served.

  3. Thanks warriors for all the comments. Want to help your warriors, help me spread the word about them and send them a post from OMV. Like that of “Reckless” above, if we don’t teach others of those that have gone before us, they will disappear into history and we cant let that happen to your Marines. Semper Fi

  4. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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