Memorial Day

Posted May 28th, 2011 by Jim Ettwein

 To many it’s a picnic. To others a long weekend.  To some it’s an occasion for a sale.  To me, it’s always a time to remember all those who gave everything for our country.  Everything to keep us free.  Everything to keep us safe. 

I never take these memories lightly.  Whether it’s noticing a flag that needs to be replaced on someone’s flagpole, a grave marker that needs adjustment, or just a pat on the back of someone who served in war time.  I served aboard the USS Fred T. Berry.  We didn’t do anything special or particularly dangerous while I was aboard.  We were in the Mediterranean during the ’67 War, but that was as close as we got. 

Many more men and women did things far riskier.  Some came home safely (like me), some were injured, some never returned.  Monday is a day for thinking of and honoring those who didn’t return.  It’s a solemn day.  If you have a chance to go to a parade, please do.  It’s a way of showing your support.  And it’s a way of teaching your children how important these things are.  Like NEVER forgetting. Spend time with your family.  Thankful that you have the time to do it and that someone else made it possible.

With heartfelt thanks to those who didn’t return to spend holidays like this with their families, and love to all who paid the ultimate sacrifice,  I will NEVER forget,

The Rabid Republican (Jim)

One Response to “Memorial Day”

  1. Flick

    rr, I salute your pride in serving. You know you were my inspiration for the path I chose to serve my Country. I too did not see action, but I can never forget that I took an oath to serve my Country and uphold the precious values of my Country’s Constitution.
    It’s painfully obvious that the same Constitution means nothing to those who should be following it to the letter and continue to ensure its success in keeping the USA the strongest nation in the world. It is the business plan of America, and without it we will no longer be in business. I pray that our newly elected leaders can steer this ship back on its intended course.