Monday, May 31, 2010

MEMORIAL MONDAY



 
CAPON BRIDGE, WV
 *********************************
 AT OUR HOUSE
Dad was in the Navy for about 25 years.  His war was Vietnam but he was in college and flight training for the final years of the war.  He never went to Vietnam or served in combat.  He was assigned other duties and he did as he was ordered to do.  Dad knew lots of classmates and guys from other classes at the Naval Academy that never came home from Vietnam; especially those that selected Marine Corps service.  Dad says that Veteran's Day/Remberance Day in November is to commemorate all of those who served their countries; all gave some.  Dad says that Memorial Day is for the select few of those veterans that made the ultimate sacrifice; some gave all.  Dad doesn't tell anyone to have a "happy" Memorial Day; it's not supposed to be a "happy" day.  Dad doesn't "celebrate" Memorial Day, there's nothing to celebrate, dad "observes" Memorial Day.  When dad was in high school, the students used to be seated alphabetically in "home room."  Dad's last name starts with "ST;" the guy behind him's last name started with "TA."  Dad and Jimmy Taurisano were good friends in different social circles on separate paths through life.  Jimmy wanted to be a car mechanic and dad wanted to be a Navy jet pilot.






Dad got to do what he wanted.  Jimmy never got to be a mechanic; he ran out of time.  He didn't go to college and didn't get any draft deferment.  He joined the Marine Corps in lieu of possibly being drafted into the Army. 

Dad was only in his 2nd year at the Naval Academy when Jimmy was killed in Vietnam.  Dad happened to be home for spring break when Jimmy's funeral was held and he got to attend along with a lot of Jimmy's high school friends.  Dad has been to "the wall"  a few times
but Jimmy's is the only name he has looked at.  He knows lots of the names on the wall but they were all from a military relationship.   Jimmy Taurisano was a boyhood friend only 3 months younger than dad and he never made it out of his teenage years.  Dad often thinks about Jimmy, but especially each year when he observes Memorial Day.  Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring the some that gave all.  It is not about politics, it is about remembering those fallen heros, such as James Vincent Taurisano, that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Enjoy your day; your picnic or cook-out, your day at the beach or out on the links.  But as you enjoy time with friends, neighbors and family:   
 
Please
Take time to remember the fallen this
MEMORIAL DAY

http://www.virtualwall.org/dt/TaurisanoJV01a.htm


LEST WE FORGET
ALL GAVE SOME
SOME GAVE ALL

Freshly-completed gravesites of recently-buried U.S. Servicemen and women are shown in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, May 27, 2010. A flag was placed on Thursday at the headstones and gravesites of all the servicemen and women buried at Arlington in honour of Memorial Day this weekend. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY MILITARY)

Freshly dug graves of recently-killed servicemen and women are buried before memorial day at Arlington National Cemetery

Freshly-completed grave-sites (foreground) of recently-buried U.S. Servicemen and women are shown in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, May 27, 2010. On Thursday, a flag was placed at each of the headstones and grave-sites of all the servicemen and women buried at Arlington in honor of Memorial Day this weekend. 


15 comments:

Khyra, Khousin Merdie, And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Well pawed...

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Sheila and Bob said...

Another Great video, hallowed ground.
God Bless America
Hamish & Sophie

Scout 'n Freyja said...
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Scout 'n Freyja said...

May God Bless America
May God Bless Our Troops

Sierra Rose said...

Blessings.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

MAXMOM said...

My thoughts are with you today and also for your loss of a dear friend so many years ago!
Sending lotsaluv to you
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Thundering Herd said...

Thank you for sharing the story of Jimmy Taurisano with us as we observe Memorial Day.

Gus said...

very well said.

Thank you

gussie and teka

Remington said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.

The Army of Four said...

God bless Jimmy - and all of our fallen service members.
Thank you for a beautiful tribute.
Tail wags,
Storms

The Creek Cats said...

Happy Memorial Day, furiends!

Sheila and Bob said...

Great words om this remembrance day.
Please also check out this wonderful video,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_klwtm67ogg


Hamish & Rescue Sophie

JackDaddy said...

What a moving post. Thanks for telling us your father's story!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, for your post and for your wisdom.

RIP Jimmy and all who have given their lives in service to America.

C.R.G.

OlRedHair said...

Wonderful message! I am a 20 year US Navy Veteran. Brown shoe. :)

Thank you so much!

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