Happy Memorial Day

posted at 10:15 am on May 29, 2006 by Allahpundit

Our tribute.

Michelle has plenty of links. Greyhawk has posted a series of profiles; in particular, don’t miss the ones about Tibor “Ted” Rubin and Rafael Peralta. And here’s the obituary of Donald Rudolph, winner of the Medal of Honor, who died Thursday at age 85. His full MOH citation is at Home of Heroes.

Speaking of HoH, Doug Sterner, its webmaster, e-mailed on Friday to remind us that Jesse Macbeth isn’t the only fake soldier out there. Here are two recent examples of stolen valor; Sterner has more on his website, where he’s soliciting signatures for a petition to make medal fraud a crime.

Finally, VDH salutes the good war, Mark Steyn puts Haditha in perspective, and Christopher Hitchens abjures sentimentality for simple fact:

“Always think of it: never speak of it.” That was the stoic French injunction during the time when the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine had been lost. This resolution might serve us well at the present time, when we are in midconflict with a hideous foe, and when it is too soon to be thinking of memorials to a war not yet won. This Memorial Day, one might think particularly of those of our fallen who also guarded polling-places, opened schools and clinics, and excavated mass graves. They represent the highest form of the citizen, and every man and woman among them was a volunteer. This plain statement requires no further rhetoric.

Update: Bush marks the occasion by signing the “Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act,” which would prevent Fred Phelps and company from protesting within 300 feet of the entrance to a national cemetery during funerals.

Update: Phelps’s group showed up at Arlington today to protest — and the Freepers were there to meet them.

Update: The Political Pitbull has video of Bush’s speech at Arlington.

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God Bless America, and all the brave souls who died for us.


easy87us on May 29, 2006 at 11:31 AM


venmax on May 29, 2006 at 11:36 AM

Take a moment to talk to a veteran today. They have important stories for all of us.

honora on May 29, 2006 at 11:37 AM

Thank you, and may God bless each one of you.

Hening on May 29, 2006 at 2:49 PM

Just finished watching the PBS special on the Washington Mall. Gary Sinese is a great American…I hope you all got a chance to see this…does an American Heart proud. And I would like to mention my Father Frank, who served in WW2..he is gone now but we will never forget his service. Uncle Bob still carries the scars of a shoulder shot away during the taking of Monte Casino, Italy. Thank you Uncle. and I can’t end this unless I mention my brother Carl…seved proudly in the US AirForce, Da Nang, Viet Nam. Came home in one piece but the scares go deeper than what we see on the surface. To all who served us, THANK YOU and GOD Bless you and you families. We can sleep knowing we are free because of them.

Sandys Beach on May 29, 2006 at 3:39 PM

I know I took time out today to give thanks to Jesus Christ who died for our soul, the American G.I. who died for our freedom.

I hope y’all thanked them both today.

doingwhatican on May 29, 2006 at 7:06 PM

The law signed which outlaws protests at funerals in national cemetaries is unique in that ALL Americans and political parties probably support it. It may make Fred Phelps proud that his actions have effected the country in such a way that a Federal Law was passed, mainly against him. His kind-egocentric madmen with delusions of superiority-seem to lack the capacity for ‘shame’. I commend all parties involved in passing this legislation. The ACLU will probably argue against it.
A funeral-even when held in a public cemetary, is a private occasion.

Doug on May 30, 2006 at 12:20 AM