DL/LL Digital Media Enterprises Memorial Day 2016 Issue


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As you arrive you can tell that plans are in full swing for the first 3 day party on the DL/LL Digital Media Readers Resort Mountain. There is a great deal of hustle and bustle in the parking lot centered around loading luggage into shuttle busses, parking cars and the issuing of color coded wrist bands corresponding to privilege levels and shuttle busses to be boarded when you are done. CyberLethals and iLethals abound to oversee all phases of the operation and get you inside as efficiently and swiftly as possible.

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As you are directed towards the building you notice the walkways are lined with simple white crosses, White marble tombstones and battlefield crosses adorned with dog tags softly tinkling in the gentle breeze. Each is attending by one of the DL/LL Veterans standing behind the grave marker at parade rest.

 

 

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As you come abreast of each one in your groups headed for the entryway they snap to attention and recite:

“This is my gone before serviceman. There are legion like him dating back to the first shots fired in the American Revolution but this one is mine. I will honor him and keep the memory of his sacrifice and service alive as I hope one day someone will keep mine, lest we ever forget the high price of freedom.”

 

 

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The grave markers continue though the building to the elevator and again down the corridor to the Conference room.

Inside, there 10 flags are displayed in two ranks in front of the stage watched over by a spit and polished honor guard. To the rear, The American Flag and the POW/MIA flag. In the front rank are flags for the five branches of the military services plus the Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve and the National Guard , each flag attended by one of its own.  Lethal and Impish stand at the podium in full uniform awaiting you.

Staff urge to hurry grab your refreshment of choice and take your seat as soon as possible. As soon as you have Lethal begins:

Good Morning, Thank You all for coming.

We are here today to begin a three day weekend which culminates in Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for our honored dead, our fallen service men and women.

Why is it important we remember the fallen? The answer is simple, a man’s (or woman’s) legacy is all anybody has left after they shuffle off this mortal coil.

More than 500 WWII Veterans die every day. And when the last one dies, we will begin to forget. That is what happens, you see … do you remember World War I? Do you feel the emotional connection to that war? But as long as we take the time to remember and honor those who lost their lives fighting for our great Country they will never really be lost. Their legacy will remain.

Regardless of their background, upbringing, branch of service, where they were stationed or what action they saw, they all have one thing in common. Each of their legacies starts off with the same notation-

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 KJV

When needed, they stepped up, took an oath pledging their lives in the service of their country and defense of friends, family and total strangers. Regardless of all the rest of their accomplishments or failures, that alone is worthy of remembrance and honor. This has happen for eleven separate wars for a total of nearly 1.2 million causalities. Lord only knows how many have lost their lives in covert operations and are not therefore openly counted in these figures. Never should we allow any future generation to forget men and women such as these have lived and died for us.

That Ladies and Gentleman is the reason and importance behind Memorial Day. Please keep it in mind this weekend.

One last thing, there exists an entire category of people whom it appropriate to honor this day. Those who made it back physically but mentally or spiritually died on the field of battle. First it was called ‘Shell Shock’ then ‘Battle Fatigue’. Those in Viet Nam coined the term ‘The Thousand Yard Stare’ then finally came ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’. However you name it, these men too died on the battle field, they just didn’t fall down. So they too deserve our remembrance and honor.

Thank you for your kind attention. I know you are all anxious to get to the issue and what comes after so without further preamble lets get this issue started

Ladies and Gentleman I would ask that you join Impish and I in standing for the raising of the National Colors.

Morning Colors USMC style at Parris Island

 

Please be seated. You may slurp it, munch it, dunk it, smoke it, vape it or toke it (but don’t inhale it!) if you have it.

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Memorial Day Facts at a Glance

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Forgotten anything

 

A proud American seeks an MIA soldier: CBSN Special

 

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Bombardier’s Station in B-17.  The unit behind the chair is the bombing site. The item hanging down above it it’s the site for the remote operated chin turret which he fired. To the right of the chair you see the control yoke for the chin turret.

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The Meaning of Memorial Day – “Freedom is Never Free” – A Vietnam Veteran’s Tribute

 

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USS Missouri sends a 16 inch ‘Hi how are ya?’ to our enemies from her forward turret

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War Lyrics

Edwin Starr

War, huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, oh hoh, oh
War huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, say it again y’all
War, huh good God
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, listen to me

Oh, war, I despise
‘Cause it means destruction of innocent lives
War means tears to thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go off to fight and lose their lives

I said
War, huh good God y’all
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, just say it again
War whoa Lord
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, listen to me
War, it ain’t nothin’ but a heartbreak
War, friend only to the undertaker

Oh war, is an enemy to all mankind
The thought of war blows my mind
War has caused unrest within the younger generation
Induction, then destruction who wants to die

War, good God, y’all
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, say it, say it, say it
War, uh huh, yeah, huh
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, listen to me
War, it ain’t nothin’ but a heartbreaker
War, it’s got one friend that’s the undertaker

Oh, war has shattered many young man’s dreams
Made him disabled bitter and mean
Life is much too short and precious to spend fighting wars these days
War can’t give life it can only take it away, ooh

War, huh, good God y’all
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, say it again
War, whoa, Lord
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, listen to me
War, it ain’t nothin’ but a heartbreaker
War, friend only to the undertaker

Peace love and understanding tell me
Is there no place for them today
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But Lord knows there’s got to be a better way

War, huh, good God y’all
What is it good for?
You tell ’em, say it, say it, say it, say it
War, good Lord, huh
What is it good for?
Stand up and shout it, nothing
War, it ain’t nothin’ but a heartbreaker

 

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Live on PBS From the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol!

Sunday, May 29, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET

The National Memorial Day Concert features uplifting musical performances, documentary footage, and dramatic readings that honor the military service of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. One of PBS’ highest-rated programs, the multi-award-winning television event has become an American tradition, featuring a star-studded lineup performing in tribute to all Americans who have sacrificed for our country.

The program is co-hosted by Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise, two acclaimed actors dedicated to supporting veterans and troops.

The concert’s mission is to unite the country in remembrance and appreciation of the fallen and to serve those who are grieving. Executive Producer Jerry Colbert says, “We think of the agony of the mother or father who lost a child, the spouses and children left behind, the people who are wounded in body and soul. And we do this memorial service to remember and reach out to them. We must remember their sacrifices and continue the mission set forth by Abraham Lincoln to ‘care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.’”

 

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The True Meaning of Memorial Day

 

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National Moment of Remembrance

You’re so focused on unplugging and decompressing over the next few days that an appointment may have slipped your mind.

3 p.m. on Memorial Day, remember?

Sure, Memorial Day weekend is when America pretends that summer has started. And if you’re like 80% of us, that’s where the meaning of the three-day holiday begins and ends.

Which is why, in 2000, Congress passed The National Moment of Remembrance Act, as an added way of honoring America’s fallen heroes.

The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute.

Each year at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, Americans unite in a National Moment of Remembrance which honors America’s fallen and their families. During this Moment, 200 Amtrak trains blast their whistles, approximately 500,000 Major League Baseball fans are joined in silence, and countless other participants make a vow to remember.

Memorial Day was originally established as Decoration Day in 1868, as a way to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. Never before had so many American soldiers died in battle, and as a result national cemeteries began to be formed. On the first Decoration Day, 5,000 participants gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to decorate the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Southern states refused to acknowledge the day, choosing to honor their dead on separate days until after World War 1, when Memorial Day changed from honoring those who died during the Civil War to those fallen in any war.

But as the true meaning of Memorial Day has become obscured over time, shrouded in the haze of BBQ smoke, some were moved to institute a moment of silence. Allegedly, the idea for the moment came when children touring Washington D.C. were asked about the meaning of Memorial Day and responded, “That’s the day the pool opens.”

So the National Moment of Remembrance Act calls us to stop and remember. As noted by the Uniformed Services Benefit Association, here’s what will happen at 3pm on Monday in observance of the National Moment of Remembrance: Trains will blow their whistles. Almost 500,000 Major League Baseball fans will pause for a moment of silence. Cars will drive with their headlights on. Americans everywhere will wave flags. “Taps” will play throughout the nation.

The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather, it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died in service to the United States.

Won’t you please set a reminder on your phones or other digital devices right now and make a promise to take one solitary minute out of your Monday, 1/1440th of your Memorial Day to join with Impish and I in honoring our fallen heroes who paid with their lives for you to have the opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day?

Heart-wrenching story of Lance Cpl. losing his team

 

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Just A Common Soldier

Just A Common Soldier, also known as A Soldier Died Today, is one of the most popular poems on the Internet. Written and published in 1987 by Canadian veteran and columnist A. Lawrence Vaincourt, it now appears in numerous anthologies, on thousands of websites and on July 4, 2008 it was carved into a marble monument at West Point, New York. This year marks the poem’s 25th anniversary.

Thank to Paul K9 for sending this one in.

 

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Wrong question, wrong answer: Army chief of staff rejects on-post carry

[Highlighting and text emphasis is mine- L.L.]

By J.E. Dyer April 9, 2016

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A nice little lesson here in how framing the proposition the wrong way leads to a biased conclusion.

Jack Heretik reports at the Washington Free Beacon on recent Senate testimony given by General Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff.  Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) questioned Milley about personnel security on military facilities, both bases and off-base recruiting stations.

Milley responded that personnel security for recruiting stations is best managed by local commanders, who are familiar with the level of risk, local laws, and other related conditions.  He stipulates the following about the conditions of carry:

[S]ome of the constraints on that: people have to be trained, it must be a government owned weapon, can’t carry privately owned weapons, et cetera.

But here is how he responded on the question of individual soldier carry on bases. 

Note that Senator Lee did not mention concealed carry, with all that implies, in his question.  It’s the general who frames the issue in those terms:

Milley then answered about larger bases, saying that his preference for increased security is that it would be better for more police and guards.

“In terms of carrying privately owned weapons on military bases, concealed, privately owned weapons, that is not authorized. That is a DOD policy. I do not recommend that it be changed. We have adequate law enforcement on those bases to respond,” Milley said.

But hang on.  Who’s talking about carrying privately owned weapons, concealed?

On a military base, the going-in proposition should not be that someone with a concealed weapon might be ready to respond if an attacker starts pumping rounds at people.

The going-in proposition should be that a military base is a hard target because a lot of qualified, trained soldiers (in the case of the Army) are walking around with regulation sidearms in regulation holsters, out where everyone can see them.  Deterrence should be the organizing idea, more than reaction.

Of course there should be rigorous qualifications for this, including (in my view) a minimum grade, or rank, requirement, and a commanding officer’s formal permission, granted only after a soldier meets demanding criteria.  This responsibility isn’t for the most junior soldiers in the enlisted ranks.  It would have to be attended by rules that were part of an entrenched culture of firearm safety and responsibility.

But that last sentence is the key.  General Milley speaks from the mindset of an American culture that has come to treat firearms as too dangerous for the people to be trusted with.  The culture sees the people themselves as inherently untrustworthy, for a number of important purposes.  One of those is being armed, and able to defend yourself and defuse situations in which people’s lives are at risk.

There is a whole world of prejudicial assumptions behind the premise that all handling of dangerous situations must be left to those formally chartered for law enforcement.  Those assumptions have gone unexamined in American public discussions for decades now.

But the price we’re beginning to pay for refusing to examine those assumptions is very high.  It’s costing people their lives, whether they are formally prohibited from defending themselves (as in some states), or discouraged from defending themselves by cultural biases and assumptions.

Ultimately, the bias against seeing the people armed – even trained soldiers on a military base – is a bad trend that works to the advantage of excessive, improper government.

I have the greatest respect for General Milley, and I understand his concern about the administrative challenges of allowing soldiers to go armed on military bases.  The challenges are real.  It’s not like they’ve never been faced before; keeping everyone disarmed, by default, on a military base is a relatively recent development.  But changing the culture back to accepting armed soldiers as a baseline would unquestionably require effort and adjustment.

What Americans need to understand is that the members of the top military brass are not going to push for that.  Now that they don’t have to administer their forces on that basis, it just looks to them like a headache.

The people themselves have to decide that’s how they want their military to operate – because it’s how Americans live.  Not everyone has to embrace the armed life, with its serious responsibilities.  But those who don’t choose it must not be able to set the limits of fear and ignorance on those who do.

Same old story, they can fight and die  on an ill-conceived whim, but most can’t legally buy a beer or vote.

Not tho’ the soldier knew Someone had blunder’d: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die:

Into the valley of Death Rode the service men & women of the US military.…at home…unarmed…but instead armored in targets of terrorist hatred.

 

 

Willie McBride a.k.a. Green Fields of France

Well how do you do young Willie McBride?
do you mind if I sit down here by your graveside
and rest for a while ‘neath the warm summer sun
I’ve been walkin’ all day and I’m nearly done
I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen
when you joined the great fallen of 1916
Well I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean
Willie McBride was it slow and obscene CHORUS

CHORUS
Did they beat the drum slowly did they play the fife lowly,
did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
did the band play the last post and chorus,
did the pipes play the “Flowers of the Forest”

And the beautiful wife or the sweetheart for life
in some faithful heart are you forever enshrined
and although you died back in 1916
in that faithful heart are you forever nineteen?
or are you a stranger without even a name
enshrined forever behind a glass pane
in an ould photograph torn tattered and stained,
fading to yellow in a brown leather frame? CHORUS

Now the sun shines down on the green fields of France
a warm summer wind makes the red poppys dance
The trenches have vanished under the plows,
there’s no gas no barbed wire, there’s no guns firing now
but here in this graveyard it’s still No Man’s land,
the countless white crosses stand mute in the sand
for man’s blind indifference to his fellow man,
to a whole generation that was butchered and damned CHORUS

Now Willie McBride I can’t help wonder why
Do those who lie here do they know why they died
Did they really believe when they answered the call
did they really believe that this war would end wars
For all of suffering and shame
the killing the dying was all done in vain
for young Willie McBride it’s all happened again,
and again, and again, and again and again CHORUS x2

 

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PLEASE Oh Lord, Let it happen in our life time- We’ve more than enough Willie McBrides already!

DL Sigs

About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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9 Responses to DL/LL Digital Media Enterprises Memorial Day 2016 Issue

  1. Leah D says:

    Tears, and cheers for a beautiful remembrance

  2. Maggie says:

    Lethal,, please know that I very much appreciate your efforts and consideration for out MILITARY,,, My Father and several of my Uncles both Paternal and Maternal, served in WW2
    My Farther and his twin both died in WW2. I never had the opportunity to know either of them. My biggest regret was that I was not able to serve in the Military, I would have been proud to. I honor all who have served and are now serving, If not for them we would not enjoy the life we have.
    I do not spend this holiday thinking of pleasure, but of remembering the price that was paid to allow me to be free to choose to do the things I can.
    Leathal I sincerely hope that you, your family and Impish and his family will have and enjoyable weekend of peace and contentment.

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Thanks Maggie, but this is not Impish and my time to be thanked. Our day comes in November This is the time to thank the fallen, those of our band of brothers and sisters who died so that we might one day have the choice to serve or not. Impish and I are the lucky ones, we survived and came home to our friends and families in more or less functional condition. They, unfortunately, never made it. We remember and honor that sacrifice today.

      God Bless them and the memory of their heroic deeds and sacrifices.
      God Bless you and your family.
      God Bless of serving men and woman
      God Bless the United States of America

  3. Outstanding issue as always for Memorial Day. The video of Morning Colors at Parris Island reminded me of the many mornings that I heard them during the summer of 1976 while going through Boot Camp. Thanks for the memory!

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Kinda gets the old blood up don’t it Howard?
      Somehow when ever I had the duty it was never as nice a day as what that was filmed on however.

      • Sounds like you were in during the wrong time of the year. I don’t think it ever rained while I was in Boot Camp. I went straight out of high school, so late June through early October, LOL.

      • lethalleprechaun says:

        USNA was year round.
        Had to love pulling flag duty when it was sleeting and freezing rain in a 20 mph wind.

  4. Ginny says:

    To begin, thank you for your service Lethal and Impish! Lethal this Memorial Day blog is something I know you work on year round, well this by far is the best ever. You bring to light what Memorial Day really means, it isn’t for the BBQ or parade on Main St., it is for the memories of those lives lost defending our country. I for one will bow my head and give a moment of silence on May 30th at 3 p.m. Again, thank you for the beautiful creation you made for all of us.

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Thanks Ginny but this is not Impish and my time to be thanked. Our day comes in November This is the time to thank to fallen those of our band of brothers and sisters who died so that we might one day have the choice to serve or not. Leave us not diminish that.

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