Memorial Day 2014

posted at 8:01 am on May 26, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

It is worth noting, and providing a reminder to friends and family, on this and every Memorial Day that today is not Veteran’s Day. While there is never a bad time to give a thought – and thanks – to our nation’s veterans, today is the day when we come together in reverence to commemorate the Honored Dead. We commiserate with the Gold Star families, old and new, who have paid the ultimate price to ensure that the United States of America will endure. Most any veteran you ask will echo this sentiment, as Paul Szoldra notes in a touching piece at Business Insider this morning.

Do not thank me for my service because today is not about me at all.

That’s what a number of fellow military veterans said, when I asked what they wanted people to know about Memorial Day.

“It’s not about us,” said Staff Sgt. Jay Arnold, a soldier with the Illinois Army National Guard. “It’s about those who went before us.”

I would also not discourage anyone from celebrating and relaxing on this day, firing up the barbeque grill, kicking back with friends and taking a day to rest from your normal labors. It’s good to do that now and again, and perhaps it provides an even better atmosphere where we can remember the fallen, not just with tears or mourning, but with smiles and appreciation. It would probably also help to take a moment to reacquaint ourselves with the original order which established this day of recognition, as The Lid does over at this place.

In our family, I suppose would could consider ourselves exceptionally lucky. We have only had two soldiers fall in battle out of all the men who served on both my maternal and paternal sides. But of course, two is too many. One is too many for any family in the moment of loss when they are informed that one of their own has given the last full measure of devotion. And yet for every family who experiences this, with the passage of time the healing begins. And on Memorial Day, at American Legion or VFW posts, at all the parades which may seem silly and outdated to the young who have not been touched by such a loss, at the backyard cookouts and the ceremonies at graveyards draped with flowers and flags, these families who paid such an awful price come together and realize that they are not alone. And with the healing that comes with time, the pain fades into the background and we join together with others who also sacrificed so much and remember that it was all for a reason.

And we find a way to smile.

With that, I leave you with one of the better tributes ever put to paper by the hand of man… In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae.

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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We finally turned on the AC today. It is 83 and humid on the front porch, and 72 & cool inside…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Google isn’t any better than Bing for searching.

crankyoldlady on May 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Is this QOTD?

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

crankyoldlady on May 26, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Funny you should mention thatMom has it on now, COL.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:16 PM

31giddyup on May 26, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Amazing story!

Sad to say my best family war story is about my great uncle who lost his eyesight during WW2. When I was very young, I’m sure I was told his ship was torpedoed. When I was older, and in the Air Force, my Dad changed the story and said, “Aww no his ship wasn’t torpedoed. He and his buddies made a bad batch of torpedo juice. A couple guys died and a couple others survived, but went blind.”

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Is this QOTD?

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

It isn’t 8 o’clock yet.

crankyoldlady on May 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

It isn’t 8 o’clock yet.

crankyoldlady on May 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Last year we used the Memorial Day thread as QOTD…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Is this QOTD?

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

It’s better, OC–we’re on topic ;-)

Ray Charles – America the Beautiful

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:18 PM

It isn’t 8 o’clock yet.

crankyoldlady on May 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Ya, but AP was really early the other night – like late afternoon.
Must have wanted to get to the bar earlier…..

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM

It isn’t 8 o’clock yet.

crankyoldlady on May 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

It is somewhere, COL ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Ratso is intrigued/confused by the changes we made for the AC…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:21 PM

On that note, not considered a top “patriotic” tune but -
Louis Armstrong

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Ratso is intrigued/confused by the changes we made for the AC…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Winston stretches out behind the fan.

crankyoldlady on May 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

I actually switched a long time ago, but the difference today gives good reason why.
My wife still uses google, so I’m trying to convince her to switch as well.

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Get her with the program…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

This is also a good version of it, by Iz.

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

donabernathy on May 26, 2014

I’m not going to apologize to say that donabernathy won’t be joining us any more. I rarely do this, as I respect the right of many opinions to be aired. But I’ve been to too many funerals.

Goodbye.

Jazz Shaw on May 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM

There have been those who, on occasion have had less than kind words to say about Jazz. This is a perfect example of why when they do, I say, you are wrong, Jazz is a good man. Ok, a mostly harmless moderate, but still, a good man.

Thank you Jazz.

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Ratso needed his its complacency shook a wee bit… :P

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Well done, DAD :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Thank you Jazz.

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

No matter what you say someone won’t like it. You can’t please everybody.

crankyoldlady on May 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Winston stretches out behind the fan.

crankyoldlady on May 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

We use window AC’s and he is very wary. We also closed a curtain that keeps us from air conditioning the room his litter box and food are in. He spent an hour messing with that curtain…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Hagfish is one of his biggest critics. She usually shits all over his threads. I like Jazz…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Well done, DAD :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Darn – I messed up the post – it was also supposed to reference your Ray Charles link.

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM

There have been those who, on occasion have had less than kind words to say about Jazz. This is a perfect example of why when they do, I say, you are wrong, Jazz is a good man. Ok, a mostly harmless moderate, but still, a good man.

Thank you Jazz.

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Where did that happen? I’m just curious.

VegasRick on May 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I think your selection fit in rather well for today’s topic, DAD.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Hagfish is one of his biggest critics. She usually shits all over his threads. I like Jazz…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I’ve got nothing against any of them. They are what they are, but they’re mainly trying to put out a product that will get responses.
I just wish they were better at getting threads out in a timely manner for the high interest stories of the day.

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Ratso needed his its complacency shook a wee bit… :P

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

He is now afraid of one of his favorite perches, the back of a wingback chair by the window with the AC in it…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I think your selection fit in rather well for today’s topic, DAD.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I try to stay relevant…..
If you haven’t figured out, my music tastes are very, uhhh, eclectic – I think is the right word.
Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Temptations, Santana, Charlie Daniels, AC/DC, Judas Priest, The Cars, Jethro Tull, The Who, Earth Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Aerosmith….

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Welcome to The Club…we’ve got jackets ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I just wish they were better at getting threads out in a timely manner for the high interest stories of the day.

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

That would be nice. It would also be nice if they didn’t leave a lot of relevant stories just sit out there, w/o covering them…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Welcome to The Club…we’ve got jackets ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Must be the “straight” kind, right?…..

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM

That would be nice. It would also be nice if they didn’t leave a lot of relevant stories just sit out there, w/o covering them…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Ya, that was part of my point. Far too often there are major stories they don’t cover at all, let alone a day or 2 late.
There was one a few days ago that came up in Headlines and got over 100 comments, and THEN the next day they had an actual thread – too late, we all already posted our best in the headlines thread – not going to repeat everything again.

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

– too late, we all already posted our best in the headlines thread – not going to repeat everything again.

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Oh, that always drives me crazy when it happens…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Thank you Jazz.

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

No matter what you say someone won’t like it. You can’t please everybody.

crankyoldlady on May 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I am surprisingly tolerant of people saying offensive things. There are, however, limit’s to that tolerance. I never served in the US Military, I am however a Military brat.

I grew up living in the largest military housing project on earth. During the Vietnam War. Nearly every Navy or Marine Corps service member who served in Vietnam went through either the Naval Training Station in San Diego or the Marine Corp Recruit Depot here.

When they received their duty station orders, an amazing number of them were stationed here in San Diego, either at one of the Naval Stations here, or Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

They may have called some other city or state home, but this is where they lived. When I was a kid growing up, they were my neighbors, literally.

We did not watch the news to hear about how many died, we watched the Navy or Marine Corps come to our neighbor’s houses and inform their widows and children, that their father’s or mothers were never coming home again.

I would walk to school in the morning, and talk to my friends, who were grief stricken because their older brothers or sisters had been killed in Vietnam.

I do not care if you do not respect America’s military decisions, but when you disrespect her Veterans, especially when you do it on Memorial Day, while people are showing their respect for America’s Military Veterans, then I have no tolerance what so ever.

I am a very simple man that way.

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Tailored–nothing but the best for Our Members! ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

I do not care if you do not respect America’s military decisions, but when you disrespect her Veterans, especially when you do it on Memorial Day, while people are showing their respect for America’s Military Veterans, then I have no tolerance what so ever.

I am a very simple man that way.

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Hear, Hear!

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Spoken most eloquently and passionately, Dear Oscar.

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Tailored–nothing but the best for Our Members! ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Nice, but, for any club that would let me in, I was thinking basic white, with handy straps from the arms going around the back….

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM

dentarthurdent on May 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM

That, too, can be arranged if’n you like… [scratching head here...]

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

And a very good-hearted man, too. Well said, OW!

Think you could turn that into take-down form some day? It would be epic! ;-)

lineholder on May 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Where did that happen? I’m just curious.

VegasRick on May 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Well, just as an example, Jazz posted a thread yesterday morning, where several people were unnecessarily rude to him. There are more than a few people here who think Jazz is, well, to much of a squishy.

I don’t mind giving Jazz a good bonk on the head when he get’s goofy as hell, which he does do from time to time. But I have read enough of his postings to know that he is a good man, even if goofy as hell at times. His heart is in the right place, even if he can’t get all four brain cells firing at the same time. ;)

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I thought Jazz was an 8-cylinder, but in need of a timing light… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I don’t mind giving Jazz a good bonk on the head when he get’s goofy as hell, which he does do from time to time. But I have read enough of his postings to know that he is a good man, even if goofy as hell at times. His heart is in the right place, even if he can’t get all four brain cells firing at the same time. ;)

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I never complain about a host. If I don’t like the content of a post or the way that it presented I just move on to a different one. Just like if I’m invited to a party that I am not enjoying I just leave.

VegasRick on May 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I never complain about a host. If I don’t like the content of a post or the way that it presented I just move on to a different one. Just like if I’m invited to a party that I am not enjoying I just leave.

VegasRick on May 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Too bad Hagfish doesn’t follow your example. She is always crapping up his threads…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:57 PM

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I thought Jazz was an 8-cylinder, but in need of a timing light… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I think he is a weed eater motor pretending to be a 96cc Harley engine…

I kid… I kid… <— Insert evil laughter here…

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM

VegasRick on May 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Too bad Hagfish doesn’t follow your example. She is always crapping up his threads…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Which is amusing since she has the most banal trite posts and can’t even keep a twitter amount.

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM

She is always crapping up his threads…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I’m not a snob or anything but isn’t that pretty rude.

VegasRick on May 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Which is amusing since she has the most banal trite posts and can’t even keep a twitter amount.

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM

She craps up on MKH as well. Remember about a week ago when she deleted an imaginary tweet for fear MKH would swing the hammer at her?

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I’m not a snob or anything but isn’t that pretty rude.

VegasRick on May 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I always think so…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Lol, I always bumped by 350 to around 12 degrees
in my hay day!:)

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Well, you are a Canadian, so, with the whole conversion rate thing, I guess it takes 12 Canadian degrees to get 8 American… <— Insert evil laughter here…

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

To my American Patriots and Neighbours,
I will always hold your sacrifices dear
to my heart, and a shining beacon of Free
dom that illuminates the World!

From Canada,…I think-You.

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM

She craps up on MKH as well. Remember about a week ago when she deleted an imaginary tweet for fear MKH would swing the hammer at her?

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 8:05 PM

ROTFLMAO… Yea, as if MKH has even ever noticed that she exists.

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

QOTD is up…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

ROTFLMAO… Yea, as if MKH has even ever noticed that she exists.

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

ALMOST felt sorry for the Hag that night…

OmahaConservative on May 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

From Canada,…I think-You.

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Well, I think you too canopfor… ;)

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Well, you are a Canadian, so, with the whole conversion rate thing, I guess it takes 12 Canadian degrees to get 8 American… <— Insert evil laughter here…

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

oscarwilde: Ooh dats good,….and may I suggest, for Lefty
Americans, after sticking ones finger into the
the number one spark plug hole, and feel the puff,
its at TDC (top dead centre), remove the distrubutor
and put it over one,…and thats how a Lefty will
operate,..confused and back-firing!:)

(snark)

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

From Canada,…I think-You.

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Well, I think you too canopfor… ;)

oscarwilde on May 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

oscarwilde: D*mn,ya, thats I Thank-You,….ughs!:)

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 42m

Many very moving #MemorialDay tributes to vets on @jaketapper & @DarrellIssa twitter feeds. History behind these photos incredible. Thanks.

https://twitter.com/jaketapper

https://twitter.com/DarrellIssa

canopfor on May 25, 2014 at 11:22 PM

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 6h

Counselor to the Pres @Podesta44 got to see his son yesterday during Obama visit to Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/0kfOMA7WNi

https://twitter.com/Podesta44/status/470971134981058560/photo/1/large

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 9h

Today’s Memorial Day observance comes as @ArlingtonNatl marks its 150th year. It hosted its first military burials in May 1864.

https://twitter.com/ArlingtonNatl

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Sobering.

Cleombrotus on May 26, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Memorial Day

National Memorial Day Parade

WASHINGTON, DC — The 2014 National Memorial Day Parade will be hosted by Rita Cosby of Inside Edition and wounded warrior and Dancing with the Stars winner JR Martinez, that features actor Gary Sinise, Grammy Award Winner Kristian Bush from the band Sugarland, and Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, as well as senior military leadership from all branches of service. The parade will take place Monday, May 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.

The parade will also feature 30 High School bands from states across the U.S. including Texas, California, Maine and others. The parade will process along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. on May 26th beginning at 2:00pm at 7th Street and moving to 17th Street. Hundreds of uniformed troops from each service branch will march in the parade. They will gather for a special luncheon on the National Mall beforehand.

Veterans from every conflict from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan will be represented in this year’s parade. A co-pilot of the daring Doolittle Tokyo Raid from World War II, Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, will be this year’s Grand Marshal. Lt. Col. Cole is 98 years old, and is one of only four living participants in the raid.

“With the parade set against the backdrop of the National Mall, this is more than a parade, it is an event that brings out people from all walks of life to thank our troops for their service and honors the fallen. The parade serves three vital civic purposes: It allows the general public to honor our service members, teaches children the history of all of those who have helped make the country free, and pays tribute to veterans of the American Revolution to the present,” said Gen. Richard B. Myers (Chairman of The American Veterans Center Advisory Board).

Click here to watch a live feed on the day of of the parade. to take part in the parade virtually, visit the virtualbootsontheground.com website.

The 2014 National Memorial Day Parade will be televised nationwide; visit http://www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com for broadcast partners. The parade is founded and organized by the American Veterans Center (AVC) a 501(c) (3) non-profit educational foundation dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of our military personnel. The Memorial Day Parade is held annually in Washington D.C. For more information, please visit http://www.americanveteranscenter.org.

This webcast has ended. Please visit http://www.dvidshub.net/video/339499/national-memorial-day-parade to see a playback of the live event.

http://www.military.com/memorial-day/memorial-day-parade.html

VIDEO:

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/339499/national-memorial-day-parade#.U4PfOnbDWgY

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Memorial Day

National Memorial Day Parade

WASHINGTON, DC — The 2014 National Memorial Day Parade will be hosted by Rita Cosby of Inside Edition and wounded warrior and Dancing with the Stars winner JR Martinez, that features actor Gary Sinise, Grammy Award Winner Kristian Bush from the band Sugarland, and Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, as well as senior military leadership from all branches of service. The parade will take place Monday, May 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.

This webcast has ended. Please visit http://www.dvidshub.net/video/339499/national-memorial-day-parade to see a playback of the live event.
(More)

http://www.military.com/memorial-day/memorial-day-parade.html

Video:

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/339499/national-memorial-day-parade#.U4PfOnbDWgY

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM

canopfor on May 26, 2014 at 8:56 PM

abernathy is gone, huh? good…

22044 on May 26, 2014 at 10:34 PM

It is a disgrace that there is no official national monument in Washington for those who served or gave their lives in The Great War, where more American servicemen died than in all the wars following World War II – COMBINED! As we near the 100th anniversary of that war, this terrible slight must be corrected!

It is somewhat of a mystery to me why this is so, but I have been a passionate student of World War One for over a decade. I can’t understand why it is so unknown to most people, because it was one of the most fascinating, tragic and consequential times in human history, let alone the 20th Century!

–snip –

Logic on May 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I think the lack of a monument to WWI has two main reasons. The first is that WWII came along and seemed like WWI all over again only worse. The second was a seemingly strong dislike for Woodrow Wilson by the Washington establishment. (It was noted in print by someone that his “monument” was a bridge that everyone hated [the first Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River, the second is much better, for now].)

While there is a WWI memorial on the National Mall, it is specifically for Washington, DC, servicemen, both who served and who died, and attempts to use it as the national memorial have met with much resistance.

Kevin K. on May 26, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I think that was a fair call Jazz.

Wait …

Jazz has ban rights?

Did I mention how much I enjoy your articles and how nice that sport jacket looks on you?

Seriously, good call.

hawkdriver on May 26, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I have always felt humbled by Memorial Day. Nobody in my family died in an American uniform. We are dp’s who have become citizens due to the fact that American soldiers fought in Europe during WWII and saved our lives.

I will never forget and I will always be grateful and my tears are pouring down my elderly face as I write this.

Thank you, America.

Mariadee on May 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Thank you, Mariadee. I am glad that my ancestors and the ancestors of others who post here have, in concert with one another, created a country that you would want to be a part of.

Kevin K. on May 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Muslim cleric who backed fatwa on ‘killing of U.S. soldiers’ promoted by State Dept.

Schadenfreude on May 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Revolutionary War
American Civil War
World War I
World War II
Korean Conflict
Vietnam Conflict
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 8:51 AM

I think the lack of a monument to WWI has two main reasons. The first is that WWII came along and seemed like WWI all over again only worse. The second was a seemingly strong dislike for Woodrow Wilson by the Washington establishment. (It was noted in print by someone that his “monument” was a bridge that everyone hated [the first Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River, the second is much better, for now].)

While there is a WWI memorial on the National Mall, it is specifically for Washington, DC, servicemen, both who served and who died, and attempts to use it as the national memorial have met with much resistance.

Kevin K. on May 26, 2014 at 10:35 PM

There is still no excuse for not having a national memorial for World War One. For better or worse, it is the war that made the United States a world power and the sacrifices of those who answered the call should not be forgotten by their nation.

Logic on May 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

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