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Friday, September 24, 2021

Memorial Day: A special time

[vimeo 42963106 w=550 h=309] Normally, I would be on my Harley this weekend, heading to Washington for the annual Rolling Thunder ride to remember those lost and unaccounted for in Vietnam. This year is the 30th anniversary ride of Rolling Thunder but assignments and obligations keep me in Southwestern Virginia reporting on area events for my newspaper job. I rode in the first Rolling Thunder on many others that followed.  It is a special time.
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Normally, I would be on my Harley this weekend, heading to Washington for the annual Rolling Thunder ride to remember those lost and unaccounted for in Vietnam.

This year is the 30th anniversary ride of Rolling Thunder but assignments and obligations keep me in Southwestern Virginia reporting on area events for my newspaper job.

I rode in the first Rolling Thunder on many others that followed.  It is a special time.

On Memorial Day this year, I will visit the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, the Veterans Cemetery in Dublin (both in Virginia) and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Princeton, WV, to remember and honor friends, family and comrades who served and died for their country. Theirs is no greater sacrifice to our nation.

The film clip above was created to remember Memorial Day in 2012 and includes scenes and photos from my time in Washington and other parts of the world.

Please join me this weekend in remembering those who served and gave so much for the land they loved.

1 thought on “Memorial Day: A special time”

  1. Indeed. People like:

    Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen
    Spc. Adrian G. Mills
    Sgt. William C. Spencer
    Pvt. 1st Class Adriana Alvarez
    Chief Warrant Officer Benjamin H. Todd
    Cpl. Lee Churcher
    1st Sgt. Julio C. Ordonez
    Spc. Steven J. Christofferson

    Not all of the above died from hostile fire. Nonetheless, they all perished while in service to the USA. Selected pretty much at random from http://icasualties.org/Iraq/Fatalities.aspx , and I just wanted to state a few names that might otherwise have vanished from history except in dry archives and family memory. All those not mentioned deserve a mention also.

    However, we also get people like Lt. Gen. Michael F. Flynn, and Rear Adm. Robert J. Gilbeau. Do not assume that a uniform always makes good men.

    Thank you,
    Jon

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