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Remember, celebrate lives of fallen on Memorial Day

There are 26 comments on the GoErie.com story from May 25, 2008, titled Remember, celebrate lives of fallen on Memorial Day. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Here is a look at Memorial Day parades and observances in Erie and Crawford counties: Albion: Procession, Monday at 9 a.m. on State Street and go east to the War Memorial near Northwestern Senior High School, ...

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waiting

Cleveland, OH

#1 May 25, 2008
Thank you for reinding all of the readers of the meaning of Memorial Day. As the mother of an active duty airman preparing to deploy to the Middle East next week, I appreciate the service of all those who have gone before him and especially those who gave "all" for our nation and the freedom we so often take for granted here in the United States of America.
waiting

Cleveland, OH

#2 May 25, 2008
Sorry for the typo~ should read R-e-m-i-n-d-i-n-g.
Joe Republicini

AOL

#3 May 25, 2008
I remember my friends who died fighting for our so called freedoms only to learn later it was all for lies and busines interests just as this war has been. It does no good to wave the flag without trying to stop the continued madness of the military industrial complex using needless wars to amass wealth for a few....like Haliburton, and KBR, right Mr. Cheney? Aren't you people able to catch onto the game or are you going to be led like sheep all of your lives?

“Home Sweet Home”

Since: May 08

Former SE Erie County Resident

#5 May 25, 2008
The sentiment and the meaning of Memorial Day is long entrenched in the history of this old Veteran and proud father of Veterans.

Keeping History Alive©
I was blessed to grow-up in Pennsylvania. I need not tell you of the wealth of this nation’s history that occurred in the Commonwealth colony of Penn’s Woods. I was exposed, from my earliest remembrances, by family, community and schools to the richness of our history. I was blessed with teachers who took the time to point out our local history, our state’s role in the beginnings of what became the United States and mostly of the people who were part of it all. We learned about not only the well-known’s, but our un-known’s, as well; all the peoples of so many ethnic and religious backgrounds and their origins. We became proud of our diversity through our being united in cause and home and hope for a better future. We did not place our differences ahead of our commonalities. We built our lives on both.
My family, paternal and maternal, has representative histories of most of the early settlers of this continent. Starting in the 1600s, continuing through the 1700’s and 1800’s, they came. They came hopeful, they came brave, they came humble and they came grateful. They adopted and were adopted by the new land they now called home. They built the farms, villages, towns and great cities, they established trade and commerce, they raised and loved their families, they tilled the land, they built their houses of worship, they donned the uniforms of freedom, they depended upon their faith in an Almighty God to see them through and they were part of the development of the greatest experiment in the history of humanity, the experiment of a representative democratic-republic, a land of freedom, a land of expression, a land of liberty, and a land of justice, for all.
To have lived in the once colonial frontiers where Washington walked as a young man in the King’s service during the French and Indian Wars; To have ancestors mentioned in Washington’s early communications with his commanding officer; To have retraced the lawful immigration of ancestors from multiple places in what was then called Europa, to their new homes in the Middle-Atlantic and New England colonies; To follow those brave soul’s paths to and through the known frontiers and beyond; To be familiar and comfortable with the lands and homesteads of those principled adventurers; To visit the hallowed burial spots of so many kin who fought in every war era from the French and Indian Wars, the Revolutionary War , the War of 1812, the Civil War, Spanish American War, WW1, WW2, & Korea. To have experienced these things has kept their history alive in my mind and heart.
I am grateful for the teachers who helped me to learn and understand so much. I am grateful I learned to read the histories of my ancestry, I am grateful I can count my blessings for all the gifts of freedom I have, I am grateful for the sense of history that gives me perspective for today and tomorrow.
Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Keeping History Alive©
Joe Republicini

AOL

#7 May 25, 2008
What about Iraq ? Does that fit into your glorious picture of fighting for freedom? I don't think so!
Smedley

Wheeling, WV

#8 May 25, 2008
Read "War is a Racket" by Marine General Smedley D. Butler, a PA Quaker with two Medals of Honor.
citigirl

Lorain, OH

#9 May 25, 2008
RandomlyRamblingRick wrote:
The sentiment and the meaning of Memorial Day is long entrenched in the history of this old Veteran and proud father of Veterans.
Keeping History Alive©
I was blessed to grow-up in Pennsylvania. I need not tell you of the wealth of this nation’s history that occurred in the Commonwealth colony of Penn’s Woods. I was exposed, from my earliest remembrances, by family, community and schools to the richness of our history. I was blessed with teachers who took the time to point out our local history, our state’s role in the beginnings of what became the United States and mostly of the people who were part of it all. We learned about not only the well-known’s, but our un-known’s, as well; all the peoples of so many ethnic and religious backgrounds and their origins. We became proud of our diversity through our being united in cause and home and hope for a better future. We did not place our differences ahead of our commonalities. We built our lives on both.
My family, paternal and maternal, has representative histories of most of the early settlers of this continent. Starting in the 1600s, continuing through the 1700’s and 1800’s, they came. They came hopeful, they came brave, they came humble and they came grateful. They adopted and were adopted by the new land they now called home. They built the farms, villages, towns and great cities, they established trade and commerce, they raised and loved their families, they tilled the land, they built their houses of worship, they donned the uniforms of freedom, they depended upon their faith in an Almighty God to see them through and they were part of the development of the greatest experiment in the history of humanity, the experiment of a representative democratic-republic, a land of freedom, a land of expression, a land of liberty, and a land of justice, for all.
To have lived in the once colonial frontiers where Washington walked as a young man in the King’s service during the French and Indian Wars; To have ancestors mentioned in Washington’s early communications with his commanding officer; To have retraced the lawful immigration of ancestors from multiple places in what was then called Europa, to their new homes in the Middle-Atlantic and New England colonies; To follow those brave soul’s paths to and through the known frontiers and beyond; To be familiar and comfortable with the lands and homesteads of those principled adventurers; To visit the hallowed burial spots of so many kin who fought in every war era from the French and Indian Wars, the Revolutionary War , the War of 1812, the Civil War, Spanish American War, WW1, WW2, & Korea. To have experienced these things has kept their history alive in my mind and heart.
I am grateful for the teachers who helped me to learn and understand so much. I am grateful I learned to read the histories of my ancestry, I am grateful I can count my blessings for all the gifts of freedom I have, I am grateful for the sense of history that gives me perspective for today and tomorrow.
Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Keeping History Alive©
Rick--ignore the libs...your post is wonderful and thank you.

:) citi
Smedley

Wheeling, WV

#10 May 25, 2008
How come there's no veteran's club in Findley Lake? The closest is the VFW in North East. Now that's a war crime.

“Home Sweet Home”

Since: May 08

Former SE Erie County Resident

#11 May 25, 2008
Thank you, citigirl, for your kind thoughts and words.

I ignore only those who I feel can not endanger those things I value, but I do take seriously those who threaten my freedoms, safety, faith, family, health, and well being.

The radical left wing socialists, the anti-Christ/anti-God fanatics, the changers of history, the haters of wearers of uniforms and what they stand for all are worthy of not-ignoring. Our society has ignored them and tollerated them for most of the past 70 years and that is a large part of why we are in many of the negative situations we are in today.

Being watchful and keeping the powder dry is still sage advise.

Thank you again.

RandomlyRamblingRick
Smedley

Wheeling, WV

#12 May 25, 2008
RandomlyRamblingRick wrote:
Thank you, citigirl, for your kind thoughts and words.
I ignore only those who I feel can not endanger those things I value, but I do take seriously those who threaten my freedoms, safety, faith, family, health, and well being.
The radical left wing socialists, the anti-Christ/anti-God fanatics, the changers of history, the haters of wearers of uniforms and what they stand for all are worthy of not-ignoring. Our society has ignored them and tollerated them for most of the past 70 years and that is a large part of why we are in many of the negative situations we are in today.
Being watchful and keeping the powder dry is still sage advise.
Thank you again.
RandomlyRamblingRick
So when are you checking into the big bivouac in the sky. None too soon for me.

“Home Sweet Home”

Since: May 08

Former SE Erie County Resident

#14 May 25, 2008
Oh yes, and as I recall, distractions aside, this forum was about Memorial Day, not about Smedley or Joe Republicini or about RandomlyRamblingRick.

It is a time to honor all those who have died in or as a result of battle, in service to our country.

“Home Sweet Home”

Since: May 08

Former SE Erie County Resident

#15 May 25, 2008
Together We Are Americans©

My eyes are filled and overflow for my brother.
Though from different clans, we are together in spirit and in pride and have shared the sacred banner and uniform of freedom, for those of past we did and do today, for all those who will follow in the future.

RandomlyRamblingRick, Together we are Americans©

“RVN-'68-'69 25th Infantry ”

Since: Dec 07

USA

#16 May 25, 2008
You really are random Ricky! When did you serve in the 'Corps?

“Home Sweet Home”

Since: May 08

Former SE Erie County Resident

#17 May 25, 2008
Enlisted 1963-1966 US Navy Hospital Corpsman
Vietnam Era Veteran

Father of 3 Gulf War Era Veterans

Lifetime Member V.V.A. Board Member/Secretary V.V.A.#987 Reno, NV

Veterans Guest House, 11 Year Board Member/Vice-President

Veterans of Modern Warfare

Order of Silver Rose and Quilts of Tears

Agent Orange Survivors and Widows

Point Man Ministries

Veterans Coalition
Smedley

Wheeling, WV

#18 May 25, 2008
Vietnam 1969-70, Beirut 1983-84, Desert Storm 1/1 Taskforce Papabear 1990-91. Retired 2002 as a senior field grade officer. If you were a corpsman, you have my respect. So, I'll cease firing. I just don't want any more poor dumb saps (sorry-assed privates) to have to do what we did for no good reason.
General Smedley D. Butler's "War is a Racket" www.warisaracket.com

“Home Sweet Home”

Since: May 08

Former SE Erie County Resident

#19 May 25, 2008
Noting your ISP address.
From my youth in NW PA, I remember much of western NY; Mayville, all around Lake Chautauqua,
Jamestown and other towns, boroughs, villages, and rural areas.
Joe Republicini

AOL

#20 May 25, 2008
Iraq is a bloody killing field to clear the way for American imperialism. Forget the freedom talk and the democracy bull this is pure butchery of a countries people for big business. This will never be covered up. The truth will remain regardless of America's right wing press.

“RVN-'68-'69 25th Infantry ”

Since: Dec 07

USA

#21 May 25, 2008
RandomlyRamblingRick wrote:
Enlisted 1963-1966 US Navy Hospital Corpsman
Vietnam Era Veteran
Father of 3 Gulf War Era Veterans
Lifetime Member V.V.A. Board Member/Secretary V.V.A.#987 Reno, NV
Veterans Guest House, 11 Year Board Member/Vice-President
Veterans of Modern Warfare
Order of Silver Rose and Quilts of Tears
Agent Orange Survivors and Widows
Point Man Ministries
Veterans Coalition
US ARMY 2/68-7/70
USARVN...7/68-7/69
25th Infantry Cu Chi

Former V.V.A. claims Rep.

It is this baggage that compels me to speak out against Dubya's war of choice...

The lessons learned from Viet Nam should be that never again will we allow the C.in C. to commit our young valiant warriors to war based on false pretenses and a non-existent threat to our national security.

On Memorial Day weekend as much as on any other weekend, real combat vets should be striving to prevent the abuse of our military's courage and patriotism in misbegotten ventures.

“RVN-'68-'69 25th Infantry ”

Since: Dec 07

USA

#22 May 25, 2008
RandomlyRamblingRick wrote:
Noting your ISP address.
From my youth in NW PA, I remember much of western NY; Mayville, all around Lake Chautauqua,
Jamestown and other towns, boroughs, villages, and rural areas.
I'm actually closer to Findley lake than Mayville...
beautiful country...
angelstar701

Pittsburgh, PA

#24 May 25, 2008
mel wrote:
bush lied,thousands died,blood for oil.
You sit in your cooshy home, enjoying the benefits of our fallen heros. Shame on you and everyone else. I really wish you all would do your Bush hatng on another thread and eave this one for it's intended purpose which is to honor those who have fallen over the years in sevice o our country.

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