Memorial Day, 2018

Two days ago, a commentary written by Robert O’Neil, the SEAL who shot Bin Laden was entitled, “Don’t Wish Me a Happy Memorial Day.”


Don’t wish me a happy Memorial Day. There is nothing happy about the loss of the brave men and women of our armed forces who died in combat defending America. Memorial Day is not a celebration.

Memorial Day is a time for reflection, pause, remembrance and thanksgiving for patriots who gave up their own lives to protect the lives and freedom of us all – including the freedom of generations long gone and generations yet unborn. We owe the fallen a debt so enormous that it can never be repaid.

Memorial Day is a time to honor the lives of those who would rather die than take a knee when our national anthem is played. But they will fight and die for the rights of those who kneel.

This holiday is a time to think of young lives cut short, of wives and husbands turned into widows and widowers, of children growing up without a father or mother, of parents burying their children.

Memorial Day is a time to think of might have beens that never were. Of brave Americans who put their country before themselves. Without these heroes, America would not be America.

I see his point.

I have received several emails from companies that want to sell more of their products because of this holiday.  They have included:

  1. “Happy Memorial Day” – the Big Brown Bag sale from Bloomingdales
  2. “Memorial Day is coming in HOT” (including a percentage off goods.) from Lord and Taylor.  [Note:  To their credit, they did include “Charity Days” meant to be a force for good in supporting our service members.]
  3. “Plans for Memorial Day?” from Shoemall [At least that was more generic.]
  4. “Memorial Day calls for Cense sangria!” – Weight Watchers [Then they added:  “What better way to celebrate?”
  5. “Memorial Day steals are ending! – Bed, Bath and Beyond.

I must give credit where credit is due.  Received an email from “Living Fuel” which read:

Dear Living Fuel Family,

We at Living Fuel take this opportunity to pause from our normal activities in honor of Memorial Day.  It’s a day to commemorate the heroic men and women of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice, or as Abraham Lincoln put it, “gave the last full measure of devotion.”

We are grateful for all active and retired military personnel and their families and join with you and the rest of the country in honoring the fallen service members who so valiantly gave of themselves on behalf of others.  We do not take for granted the freedoms we enjoy because of their selfless courage.

I hope that visitors will click on the link above and read Robert O’Neill’s commentary.

My stats here recently have included a lot of interest in the Memorial Day post written back in 2016.  You can read it via this link:

What Is Memorial Day All About?

Very interesting and informative comments at that link. It’s like a mini history lesson (which those young people interviewed on video by Jesse Watters could REALLY use!)



3 Responses to “Memorial Day, 2018”

  1. GMpilot Says:

    Then you won’t mind if I repeat what I told you back then:

    Memorial Day is for honoring our war dead.
    Veterans’ Day is for honoring our war living.

    It has nothing whatever to do with public education, or ‘LGBTQ leaders’. It does not concern itself with radical Islamic terrorism, nor climate change, nor ‘lurid sexual deviancy’. It is not to mark the end of the school year, nor for celebrating the beginning of summer, nor for merchants to hold sales. It is for remembering our war dead.

    You didn’t seem to know the difference two years ago. I’m glad you do now.
    As far as I’m concerned, “Happy Memorial Day” is an insult, from people who subconsciously feel that our soldiers died in battle decades ago so that the present generation could have the day off. Nearly all such people have of course never worn the uniform themselves.


    • christinewjc Says:


      Can’t you just rest in the few times that we agree on things and just “agree to disagree” on other things? It would make for more pleasant exchanges here at this blog.

      You need to view that video linked at the end of this post. The astounding ignorance of most (but not all – to their individual credit) people interviewed in that video is really alarming and very sad. And, their ignorance about Memorial Day IS BECAUSE of the LACK of education by mostly leftist teachers and professors! Why do they not teach about proper history?

      Because they would rather teach about “gay” rights, promote sexual deviancy of all sorts, and yes – they tell perpetual LIES about the FACT that radical Islamic terrorism is a current war that we face.

      More recently the crazy Dems (like Nancy PeLIARsi) take the side of MS-13 gang members rather than giving the Trump Administration credit for going after them, capturing them, putting them on trial, and then deport or jail them for their crimes.

      The climate change stooges who use their skewed “beliefs” to cause hysteria (and make money – like Al Gore) should be ashamed of themselves! You really should read (the late) John Coleman’s blog. It’s funny (no, it’s actually sad) that after Mister Coleman appeared on CNN sharing FACTS that criticize the climate change hysteria, he was never invited on that network ever again. Too much truth for that fake news channel.

      Well, that’s my rant.

      And, it’s not true that I “didn’t know the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.” However, like Robert O’Neill, I don’t see anything wrong with also thanking veterans today.

      As far as your last paragraph is concerned, perhaps some do think that way but I don’t think that all people mean it as an insult. I believe that they are mostly ignorant of history and do not realize the important connection between their current freedoms because we live in a Constitutional Republic and because of the ultimate sacrifices given by such brave Americans in our military throughout all the wars in our history as a nation.


      • GMpilot Says:

        You need to re-read the post you’ve just written and then decide who’s injecting other things into this topic. Because I was quoting your claims from your same holiday post of two years ago. This year, you’ve added a couple more:

        “crazy Dems”
        “Nancy PeLIARsi”
        “take the side of MS-13 gang members”
        “climate change stooges”
        “skewed ‘beliefs’”
        “that fake news channel”

        Please tell us how any of this has to do with remembering the war dead!

        If “agree to disagree” actually worked, then no one would ever be harassed or hurt or killed over differences of opinion. You and I both know that is not the case. You and I do it all the time, and we’ve seen others do it, from sports fans to politicians, to music fans to clergy.
        I’ll restrain from quoting what some other people have said regarding this day. I’ll only agree that many people are ignorant about the things they profess to admire—and that all politics should be set aside on this day. Republican or Democrat, Catholic or Methodist, black or white, conservative or liberal—it means nothing now to those lying under those marble slabs.
        Honor their deeds, and respect their memory.


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