Memorial Day: Fun in the sun

Memorial Day: Fun in the sun

There are 12 comments on the Erie Times News story from May 29, 2012, titled Memorial Day: Fun in the sun. In it, Erie Times News reports that:

Monday's high temperature fell just short of setting a record for Erie. For thousands of people, however, it was plenty hot -- making Memorial Day 2012 feel as if it had fallen in July or August rather than the end of May.

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Jane Goodall

Bowling Green, OH

#1 May 29, 2012
global warming.... leads to genital warming.... leads to race riots.

Early estrus in the jungle this year
Smoked Ham Bone

United States

#2 May 29, 2012
Cut off all dangling parts and send them to Takis to be deep fried.

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#3 May 29, 2012
This might be a bit long for most folks, but it does fit the topic.

Semper Fi,
Storm

Marine’s letter marks Memorial Day in Kabul

By Sebastian Abbot - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday May 28, 2012 11:08:01 EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — Marine Sgt. William Stacey was killed earlier this year by a homemade bomb in southern Afghanistan, a tragedy for which he prepared by writing a letter to his family explaining why he was fighting that was to be read in the event of his death.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, read the 23-year-old’s letter during a Memorial Day service Monday in Kabul in memory of all the troops who have died in the country since the war started in 2001.


“Today we remember his life and his words, for they speak resoundingly and timelessly for our fallen brothers and sisters in arms,” said Allen, who also leads the NATO coalition in Afghanistan.

Stacey was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed on Jan. 31 in Helmand province. The young Marine from Redding, Calif., told his family that he was motivated to fight in Afghanistan to protect the country’s children and provide them the opportunity to go to school and live out their dreams.

“There will be a child who will live because men left the security they enjoyed in their home to come to his,” Stacey wrote in his letter.“He will have the gift of freedom which I have enjoyed for so long myself, and if my life brings the safety of a child who will one day change the world, then I know that it was all worth it.”

Stacey deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division out of Camp Pendleton, California.

At least 1,851 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, according to the latest Associated Press count.

Allen said that since he took over command in Afghanistan in July 2011, at least 251 American troops, 76 other NATO coalition members and 1,296 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in the country.

Three more members of the NATO coalition were killed Monday, two in a helicopter crash in the east and one in an insurgent attack in the south, the force said.

During Monday’s ceremony at NATO coalition headquarters, Allen helped lay a large wreath at the base of a pedestal holding a battlefield cross — the traditional memorial to a fallen soldier, constructed using the troop’s boots, rifle, helmet and dog tags. Allen stepped back and crisply saluted as Taps played over a speaker.

Support for the Afghan war has waned in the U.S. and other countries in the coalition as casualties have mounted and progress has seemed elusive. The U.S. plans to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan forces by the middle of 2013 and withdraw most of its combat troops by the end of the following year.

Despite the human cost of the war, Allen said the soldiers who have fallen did not die in vain.

“While our brothers and sisters fell in a place far from home, far from their families, the values for which they stood and for which they lived and for which they died occupy an enduring place in our hearts,” said Allen.“Those values: freedom, duty, selflessness and sacrifice.”
citi

Erie, PA

#4 May 30, 2012
Thanks for posting this SR.
Remembering you and yours.

:) citi

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#5 May 31, 2012
citi wrote:
Thanks for posting this SR.
Remembering you and yours.
:) citi
Well, you know what they say, "Behind every successful man, there is a strong beautiful woman keeping him straight." It might not exactly go like that, but you know what I mean... Thanks. TOY!

Storm
citi

United States

#6 Jun 1, 2012
Storm Rider wrote:
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Well, you know what they say, "Behind every successful man, there is a strong beautiful woman keeping him straight." It might not exactly go like that, but you know what I mean... Thanks. TOY!
Storm
Indeed I do! But let's not forget that behind every successful woman is a strong and brave man...keeping her SAFE! LOL!

Miss you SR...

:) citi

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#7 Jun 1, 2012
citi wrote:
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Miss you SR...
:) citi
Then all is still the same, and 600 miles still sucks!!
citi

Erie, PA

#8 Jun 1, 2012
Storm Rider wrote:
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Then all is still the same, and 600 miles still sucks!!
True dat my friend..true dat.
But we'll always have...TOPIX!! LOL!
Sorry, just don't want to end the week on a downer note.
How are you really?

:) citi

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#9 Jun 1, 2012
citi wrote:
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True dat my friend..true dat.
But we'll always have...TOPIX!! LOL!
Sorry, just don't want to end the week on a downer note.
How are you really?
:) citi
I'm great, and I hope you are also. No sense on getting down, I guess I instigated that, my bad.. Miss you also.

Make it a great weekend, and have a lovely martini at your favorite place. TOY, with a BIG thumpa...

Storm
citi

Erie, PA

#10 Jun 1, 2012
Storm Rider wrote:
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I'm great, and I hope you are also. No sense on getting down, I guess I instigated that, my bad.. Miss you also.
Make it a great weekend, and have a lovely martini at your favorite place. TOY, with a BIG thumpa...
Storm
LOL! You know me too well. It is Friday and it is martini time!
Don't be down or sad. We're blessed to still be in contact and I know that I pray for you and you do the same for me.
Time and distance can't diminish one single thing.
I'm glad to know you're well and as always, I love to read your posts!
Have a wonderful weekend Storm.

:) citi

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#11 Jun 1, 2012
citi wrote:
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LOL! You know me too well. It is Friday and it is martini time!
Don't be down or sad. We're blessed to still be in contact and I know that I pray for you and you do the same for me.
Time and distance can't diminish one single thing.
I'm glad to know you're well and as always, I love to read your posts!
Have a wonderful weekend Storm.
:) citi
Good night, and Good weekend Dear. I count my blessings for having you at my side. I pray that when the time comes that I'm not too late.

Storm
cheetos

United States

#12 Jun 1, 2012
600 miles are you kidding me? that's 300 half way, only a few hours. seriously? why don't you drive it?

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