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    • Col Mike
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      Tomorrow will bring reflections for many of us here–not only those who served but those who lost ones who did.

      A few years ago my best friend “Elkheart” introduced me to this site and magazine. Not to detract from the solemn occasion of tomorrow–I would like to provide some upbeat reflections.

      In the few years that I have participated I have made many forum friends–we may banter and disagree–but that is what friends do. More importantly I have meet and had the honor of shooting with some really neat folks that I consider friends.

      Thanks Alex Bugnon, Brennan Herr, Wojo,Jim Smithy,Ron Schwartz and those others who I have not personally met but have enjoyed electron conversation.

      Robin–a big thanks to you and all your team at trad bow, you give this old vet a reason to believe all the sacrifice was not in vain.

      Reflect tomorrow–but enjoy the day that’s what “they” would have wanted.

      Semper Fi

      Mike

    • David Coulter
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      Mike, thank you for starting this thread. I was also lead to this site by David Petersen, but by following web leads after reading his interview in the Sun magazine.

      While I’ve never served, I have friends who have, a dad who gave three years of his life in Europe, England and Africa during WWII. I have a deep honor for those who served to protect us against aggression, hatred and greed. Some gave their lives, bodies, and health, while others would have been happy pursuing a life of love and prosperity in peace time.

      This is a special time of deepest reflection. It included remembering who served and appreciating what we have here and what is worth working for now.

      Thank you to all you out there who have become friends and mentors through this site. Thank you to Web Mom for making it possible and keeping us in line. peace, david

    • Robin Conrads
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      I come from a long line of family who served their country, including my husband. Thankfully, none of them paid the ultimate price for our freedom, but this weekend I pray for the families who did lose a loved one in war. Words can’t express my condolences to them.

    • SteveMcD
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      Very nice post, Col Mike.

      Once a soldier, always a soldier.

      Happy Memorial Day, Brothers & Sisters.

      Lest We Forget.

    • paleoman
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      I’ll just say what Mike said…live for them that can’t and be worthy of what’s been given. I’ll be thinking of my Grandmother, who, when I found out as a kid she lost 3 brothers in WWII, couldn’t talk about it and teared up all those years later. Upper right in the pic is her brother Peter I had sent to me years later. He was only 30 when the battles in France took him. I hope all like him over the ages have found eternal peace. I look at that pic everyday and hope he somehow knows he’s not been forgotten.

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    • Brennan Herr
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      Thanks to all that have served and to those that have given pieces and those that gave everything. My family and I truly appreciate the freedoms we have because of such great men.

      Mike and Wojo I truly enjoy our friendship and I am honored to be counted above.

    • Raymond Coffman
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      For all US Veterans –and Allies

      Past, Present, Future, and those who support them!

      my heartfelt thanks and perpetual respect, every day and specifically this Memorial Day-

      siempre

      cyberscout

    • wojo14
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      Thanks to those who served and are serving.

      I always respected my Pap for serving in the Navy during WWII.

      Mike, thank you for putting me in your list of friends! Many more years to come!

      Thanks again to all.

    • Col Mike
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      paleoman wrote: I’ll just say what Mike said…live for them that can’t and be worthy of what’s been given. I’ll be thinking of my Grandmother, who, when I found out as a kid she lost 3 brothers in WWII, couldn’t talk about it and teared up all those years later. Upper right in the pic is her brother Peter I had sent to me years later. He was only 30 when the battles in France took him. I hope all like him over the ages have found eternal peace. I look at that pic everyday and hope he somehow knows he’s not been forgotten.

      Scott

      Neat photo–4 soldiers and a Marine–on right lower level with cigarette in his hand–any idea who that is?

      Mike

    • paleoman
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      colmike wrote: [quote=paleoman]I’ll just say what Mike said…live for them that can’t and be worthy of what’s been given. I’ll be thinking of my Grandmother, who, when I found out as a kid she lost 3 brothers in WWII, couldn’t talk about it and teared up all those years later. Upper right in the pic is her brother Peter I had sent to me years later. He was only 30 when the battles in France took him. I hope all like him over the ages have found eternal peace. I look at that pic everyday and hope he somehow knows he’s not been forgotten.

      Scott

      Neat photo–4 soldiers and a Marine–on right lower level with cigarette in his hand–any idea who that is?

      Mike

      I’ll be damned, I never picked out that the guy on the lower right was a Marine. Leave it to us civilians:oops: The Marine is either a guy named Red DiFrancisco or Eugene Albright. I think it’s Albright, but the pic doesn’t say “bottom right”.

    • Col Mike
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      Scott

      If you can get a possible Id I will see what the historical section at HQMC can come up with–if interested pm on home e-mail.

      Never to late to find out about these hero’s particularly on this day.

      Mike

    • Col Mike
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      [quote=SteveMcD]Very nice post, Col Mike.

      Once a soldier, always a soldier.

      Happy Memorial Day, Brothers & Sisters.

      Lest We Forget.[/quote

      Thanks Steve–but I was never a soldier8)

      Semper Fi –The Marine:lol:

    • James Harvey
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      Lest we forget.

    • Mark Turton
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      Late as ever, Mrs P and I are in France a few years ago we visited a Commonwealth War Grave and have made a point of visiting them each year since. This year we visited a civilian cemetery in the Morvan National Park were four airmen are buried two Brits an Ozzie and a Kewi, the two remaining members of the crew were taken care of by local people and the resistance helped them to Spain from where they were repatriated, it took them a year.

      I guess they don’t get many visitors but the graves are tended and local people maintain a plaque along with a storyboard to commemorate their sacrifice.

      My youngest son is in the RAF, it’s always a time for contemplation.

      Mark.

    • David Coulter
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      Mark, never too late for a post like that and there should never be a day that remembering and respecting isn’t appropriate. I wish your son an exciting, yet safe tour of service. Thank you. best, david

    • Col Mike
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      Mark

      You have been absent for awhile–trust all is well and welcome back. My best to your son!

      Mike

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