Memorial Day 2008

Happy Memorial Day 2008–

This picture was taken in 1918. It is a photo of 18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge in Iowa…
A gift from our grandfathers:

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Hat Tip George Lauer

Thank you to all who serve and have served this great nation to keep us safe and free.


Here is an excellent way you can help veterans and America at the same time–
Vets For Freedom is asking for donations to help elect good freedom-loving veterans to Congress.

Vets for Freedom PAC will be actively and aggressively supporting candidates—mostly veterans—who believe in achieving success in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the overall War on Terrorism. To that end, we’re proud to announce our initial slate of candidates—and we hope you will help us raise the money to support them. Our guys include:

Steve Stivers (OH-15) is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard who was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in OIF and is already impressing voters in Ohio.

David Bellavia (NY-26) is a recipient of both the Silver and Bronze Stars for Valor, and nominated for the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Battle of Fallujah in 2004. David helped found Vets for Freedom and will fight for all of us in Congress.

Lee Zeldin (NY-1) served in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division and continues to serve as a Captain in the Army Reserves.

Tom Rooney (FL-16) served as an Army JAG for four years before teaching Constitutional and Criminal Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Duncan Hunter (CA-52) signed up to serve our country the day after September 11th, and served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan with the United States Marine Corps. He remains in the Marine Reserves.

All five of these men have worn the uniform, understand what is at stake in the Global War on Terrorism, and will fight for victory if elected to Congress. Please visit our website for more information.

Also… Move America Forward has launched an effort to ship the largest number of care packages to U.S. troops – in history. Between now and June 26th we’re asking Americans to sponsor personalized care packages that we will then ship over as part of a mass shipment to our troops – just in time for the 4th of July holiday!

More… Here’s a wonderful memorial at Irvine.

UPDATE: This is my niece Mia–

She stopped by this afternoon.

This evening I drove down to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery south of St. Louis.
Here are a couple shots from this magnificent cemetery:

Jefferson Barracks started as the Jefferson Barracks Military Post Cemetery in 1826 and became a United States National Cemetery in 1866 after the Civil War. The cemetery currently covers 331 acres and the number of interments as of 2005 is approximately 158,762. The cemetery is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

UPDATE 2: Jonn Lilyea has several photos from Arlington National Ceremony on Memorial Day.

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