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Butch Moore
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Happy Memorial Day!

[size=24][b][color=blue]Happy Memorial Day![/color][/b][/size]

[size=18][color=red][b]Don't forget to thank a veteran this weekend![/b][/color][/size]

Tom C
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Happy Memorial Day!

Just a point of order, Mr. Chairman.

This is Memorial Day - not Veterans Day. We remember those who have given their lives for this country. As such, it tends to be a somber occasion - not necessarily a "happy" one.

But I am sure the sentiment is appreciated.

[url=http://genealogy.about.com/library/blmemday.htm] Some history on Memorial Day[/url]

Naran
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Happy Memorial Day!

Parades in most towns, please attend one in yours, and thank a Veteran for their service!

It's so wonderful to see the remaining WWII vets riding by in their vehicles every year.
8)

MGReilly
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Happy Memorial Day!

It would be awesome to see large crowds at the parades throughout the state. Especially considering we have so many serving in harms way and some making the supreme sacrifice.

Country
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Happy Memorial Day!

When I was in grammar school, on Memorial Day all us kids would be given little flags on sticks. Cotton flags made in the US of A, and we'd walk up to the town cemetery and place them at every grave of a veteran. I wonder if that still happens...

Naran
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Happy Memorial Day!

May 26, 2007

[b][i]A Day To Remember Those Who Have
Served, Suffered, And Sacrificed[/i][/b]

By Mark J. Ellis

State Chairman Maine Republican Party

As a young boy, I used to peek through the perimeter fence that runs along the tarmac at McChord Air Force Base in Washington State. Some days I would watch crowds of young servicemen board commercial jetliners bound for Vietnam. Their faces were often awash with worry and fright as they left their families behind to climb the steps to an uncertain future.

On other days through the same fence, I would watch as flag draped caskets were rolled from the bellies of C-141 transports that had just arrived from the Far East. There were families gathered and the loss and pain in their faces remain indescribable to this day.

The most vivid memories from this era are those of the moments when some of my classmates would be removed from class as they learned that "something" had happened to their fathers. In some cases, their fathers had been shot down and killed over Vietnam. In other cases, their fathers were missing in action or captured as prisoners of war.

In addition to witnessing the loss that many of my schoolmates experienced, I worried every moment about my own father. While he was never deployed to the battleground, I knew too well that the difference between having a father and not was just a quick trip down a long runway.

Among the few regrets I have in my life is that I never served in the military. My years as a spoiled Air Force brat created in me a longing for a life with less upheaval and fewer good-byes. At the same time, those years left me with a few cherished gifts. Each military base I visit feels like home and with each military person I meet, there is an instant connection. Above all, those years have given me the understanding that I stand on the shoulders of heroes as I live my blessed life in this great and free nation.

It's clear to me that recent debate on the funding of the war in Iraq has taken its toll on the morale of our troops. There is not much we can do to counter the consequences of the debate in Washington, nor is there anything you and I can do that will hasten the return of our heroes or to bring back the ones we have lost forever. However, we can show our military women and men, our veterans, and their families how much we care by actively participating in events in our communities on Memorial Day.

It is the least we can do to honor those who have served, suffered, and sacrificed on our behalf.

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P.S. Click here to view a special video tribute to the Troops from the Maine GOP.

[url=http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=hsk7lacab.0.tc6dmacab.szrdsybab.2410&ts=S0254&p=... Tribute[/url]

Paid for and authorized by the Maine Republican Party | Phil Roy, Jr., Treasurer | 9 Higgins St. | Augusta | ME | 04330

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Happy Memorial Day!

I watched the tribute...it is very stirring.

And don't forget to head on down to the Old Orchard Beach Memorial Park now through Monday -- parents be sure to bring your children to see the Moving Vietnam Wall Memorial. It has all 58,043 (maybe someone can fact check me?) names of those who died in the war. Each evening at 6 PM there will be a ceremony with live patrtiotic music and a reading of the 341 who served from Maine and never made it back home. My kids have had the Vietnam War in modern US history, but the enormity of the list -- complete with notes, momentos, beers, cigars, etc left by grieving loved ones -- is driven home by the Moving Wall.

Don't miss the opportunity to pay tribute to the fallen and soldiers everywhere.

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Happy Memorial Day!

Moving video tribute played to Tim McGraw's [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz8PISGCWh8]"If You're Reading This"[/url].

[i]If you’re reading this
My momma is sitting there
Looks like I only got a one way ticket over here
I sure wish I could give you one more kiss
War was just a game we played when we were kids
Well I’m laying down my gun
I’m hanging up my boots
I’m up here with God
And we’re both watching over you

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed where it would go.
If you’re reading this I’m already home.

If you’re reading this
Half way around the world
I won’t be there to see the birth of our little girl
I hope she looks like you
I hope she fights like me
Stand up for the innocent and the weak
I’m laying down my gun
Hanging up my boots
Tell dad I don’t regret that id follow in his shoes

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul is where my momma always prayed where it would go
If you’re reading this, I’m already home

If you’re reading this, there is going to come a day
You move on and find someone else and that’s okay
Just remember this
I’m in a better place
Soldiers live in peace and angels sing amazing grace

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul is where my momma prayed where that it would go
If you’re reading this
If you’re reading this
I’m already home
[/i]

Thank you all that have served. Happy Memorial Day.

Country
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Happy Memorial Day!

I have served and I know many others who have, including Kenneth Prior, who went ashore at Omaha Beach and, from there, proceeded to fight all the way into Germany. And he had to kill a 16 year old boy along the way who was defending his country.

Before we get too mushy about celebrating Memorial Day, let's remember what it means.

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Happy Memorial Day!

It is simple . Some gave all. my friend ,your uncle, her father, his grandfather, our bothers and sisters.THEY ARE NOT HERE SO YOU CAN BE.Honor Them. SIMPLE TILL IT IS ASKED OF YOU.

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Happy Memorial Day!

[quote][i]Markers of a somber boom[/i]
War deaths stir business, reverence in Vt. stone industry

[img]http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2007/05/28/1180340544_700...
[i]Above, Robert McCallum prepared a headstone
at Granite Industries of Vermont. (Bill Greene/ Globe Staff)[/i]

By Jenna Russell, Globe Staff | May 28, 2007

BARRE, Vt. -- Most of the time, the stone slabs that roll down the production line at Granite Industries of Vermont bear the names of World War II veterans: a lieutenant born in 1916; a sergeant born in 1921; a colonel born in 1925.

But every few days ... a different sort of headstone emerge from the sandblasting station, bound for a fresh grave in a veterans' cemetery.[/quote]

[url=http://www.boston.com/news/local/vermont/articles/2007/05/28/markers_of_...

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Happy Memorial Day!

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

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.

[quote][url=http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/flanders.htm]McCrae's "In Flanders Fields"[/url] remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres salient in the spring of 1915. Here is the story of the making of that poem: ...[/quote]

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Happy Memorial Day!

Both Weekly Rags around here used the occasion to publish antiwar rants and body counts and of course ended the editorials with we support the troops and are patriotic...MORONS :roll: :evil:

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Happy Memorial Day!

I was very impressed with the amount of people that were at the parade and observances in Portland. There have been many parades in the past that have had a sparse attendence. Today was different. Thanks to all who attended the parade in Portland or another parade in the state to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Tom C
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Happy Memorial Day!

Very nice turnout in Topsham/Brunswick, especially on the Brunwick side.

I thought I saw gop there, right near the bridge!

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Happy Memorial Day!

I use to play every memorial day when I was younger...

We planned to go today...but the parade fell directly when the baby goes to sleep. It will be on our yearly planner. Everyone should give thanks to those who died for our country.

J Fred
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Old Orchard Beach...

had a wonderful crowd for the Memorial Day Parade!

I had never seen "the wall", as I've never been to D.C. to visit.
When I saw the 58k+ names written of those who died, I was moved to tears.

I was also reminded how soft we've become, as a general rule.

We have an enemy today that's just as dangerous as that faced by the "greatest generation".
Perhaps even more so, because of the lack of a country to defend against.

We need to learn how to use power, not apologize for having it.

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Happy Memorial Day!

From the Hawkeye state!

Will celebrate Memorial Day and Independence Day out of state...

Happy Memorial Day Maine! D

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Happy Memorial Day!
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