My friend Connie sent this to me and it is a must share. The shame is most Americans have no concept of what we lost defending our freedoms that Progressive-Liberals like Obama are destroying now. C Brewer
Friend sent this and it’s fantastic…….click on the site at the end.
One thing you have to give our European cousins is “their sense and reverence for history”.
When my retired 2d grade teacher wife used to teach her kids about Memorial Day, she would give them a homework assignment…”go home and ask your parents what is and why do we celebrate Memorial Day.”
It’s the 1st long weekend of summer vacation.
There are “door busters” at The Mall.
It’s the weekend we “open our pool”.
We have to go to a picnic at Uncle Dave ‘s and ….. he drinks too much beer and tells boring stories about ancient history from the last century in New Haven.
There’s a parade downtown and it usually backs up traffic and makes my daddy say those words I’m not supposed to repeat.
My Aunt Judy, who always brings a new uncle to our house, wears her “patriot cut off jeans” with the ‘merican flag patch on the back where the pocket used to be.
Okay, a little literary license, (aunt Judy and uncle Dave) but aside from that pretty factual. You see, most all of those parents were born after 1975 (Vietnam).
TAPS …The Last Post
A few years ago, a friend visited the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in the village of Margraten about six miles from Maastricht. There lie buried 8,301 American soldiers killed in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall and winter of 1944-5. Sgt. Bill Dukeman, 101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment Second Battalion, Company C (of “Band of Brothers fame) is buried there. He was killed in the battle of “The Crossroads” in northern Holland.
The Dutch hold an annual memorial concert every September at the above cemetery to remember and honor the Americans who died to free them in Operation Market Garden and subsequent efforts to eject the German army from Holland. Sgt. Dukeman, like many other fallen GIs, was “adopted” by a Dutch family. Dukeman’s family in the States was contacted and hosted in Holland, and his grave site decorated each year by his Dutch “family.” They keep his portrait in their home, displayed in a place of honor. Fathers pass this obligation down to their sons in Holland.
This version of the original “taps” music is played by a 13 year old Dutch girl named Melissa Venema. The conductor of the orchestra is Andre Rieu from Holland . Many of you may never have heard taps played in its entirety. The original version of Taps was called Last Post, and was written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801. It was rather lengthy and formal, as you will hear in this clip, so in 1862 it was shortened to 24 notes and re-named Taps.
Turn on your speakers and get a tissue if you still love this country.