the last full measure

Memorial Day, Wilmington National Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina


  1. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 6:20 am |

  2. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 7:22 am |

    When I was in grade school, we were loaded into our school bus on Memorial Day and taken to all the cemetaries in our township, where we put flowers on all the graves of soldiers from WWI and WWII (Korean war hadn`t happened yet…).

    We were all greatly affected by this, and felt very proud of our duty!

    I doubt grade schools today continue this type of thing anymore……

  3. geezerette
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 8:06 am |

    #2 Col. J. — I doubt if our President ever did. We did and than in the band marched in the parade to the cemetery for the Memorial Day service.

  4. geezerette
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 8:24 am |

    Here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Sun. there was a more than 3 mile long 375 motorcycle 9th annual riding for Veterans Never Forget tribute ride which raised over $7,000.00 in entry fees. Starting at the VA hospital in Iron Mountain,MI going to Armories in different cities here in the U.P.. They also have an honor guard that escorts all veterans to their funerals and burials and all National Guard departures and home comings.

  5. JoeBandMember ≠
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 8:42 am |

    A heart felt thank you to our Veterans.

    Especially to those and their families who made the ultimate sacrifice.

    i will ALWAYS remember.

  6. Jess
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 9:13 am |

    There’s too damned many headstones.

  7. TomR,armed in Texas
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 9:57 am |

    Every headstone has a story. All the stories have a central message. Freedom isn’t free and America has always had people willing to step forward and buy that freedom for all the rest.

  8. Anon.
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 10:07 am |

    In my past, a young man who had become my best friend in the Air Force, traded his life for mine in the “closing” days of the Viet Nam war. He “saved” me… I met his mother after he was buried; a simple woman who could never figure out why her son traded his life for mine. I’ve never had an answer for her. I’m still here; he’s not. And to her dying days, she could never figure out why.

    Neither could I.

    I still see the ghosts… they still ask me why I’m alive and they are not. I live every day of my life wondering why I am still here and he is not. And what I might have told his mother. She is gone now, but I still need to explain….

  9. Melissa In Texas
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 10:25 am |

    Anon… you who survived… are alive to tell his story.
    Those stones, could they speak would break our hearts into a million pieces.
    I kneel down in memory and thank God for those who gave everything, I kneel down in memory and pray comfort for those who lost a friend, a son, a daughter, mother or father.

  10. PeggyU
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm |

    Anon – There is no explaining some things, as frustrating and unfulfilling as that may be. The best you can do to repay his sacrifice is by leading the best life you can and honoring his memory often. Given the thoughtfulness of your comment, I imagine you are doing just this – so cut yourself some slack! :) I am sure there are people who are very grateful you are here with them today.

  11. Posted May 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm |

    What Peggy said to Anon. I can’t put it as well.

  12. Posted May 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm |

    Some ideas are worth dying for…

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

    The spirit of 1776:

    And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

    Don’t piss it away, Mr. President!

  13. Chuck from Tacoma
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 12:21 am |

    My granddaughter and I went to visit the resting hero’s at Mt Tahoma National Cemetery yesterday. Students from the local middle school have put up and then secured the flags after. Those kids show a great deal of pride and reverence in the job they do. The flags are precisely placed on both the graves and crypts.
    The local High School band provides the music.
    The grand had tears rolling down her cheeks as we left.