Monday, May 30, 2011

MEMORIAL MONDAY

 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


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James Vincent Taurisano
Lance Corporal
F CO, 2ND BN, 1ST MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
Everett, Massachusetts
August 27, 1946 to January 20, 1966
JAMES V TAURISANO is on the Wall at Panel 04E Line 081
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9 comments:

Mogley G. Retriever said...

Remember those who did not return. That is all we ask. Our paw challenged one says that he was one of the lucky ones, he returned. Today is his time to remember those that did not.

Keep the flag flying!

Mogley G. Retriever

Gus said...

Our humans have been to the wall several times. One time, they looked up our last name, which is not that common. There is a marine cpl. there with the same last name and one of the same first names as our dad. The really spooky thing is that he was one year older than our dad - to the day.

We remember him now with Muzzer's and dad's friends who are listed there.

gussie

Sheila and Bob said...

Our Mom & Dad hope to someday get to "The Wall"
So well put in the blog, this is not a day to celebrate but a day to Observe and Remember.
Thank you for this wonderful post.
"Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there."
Always Remember
God Bless Our Veterans, God Bless those that paid the ultimate sacrifice, God Bless our Troops all over the world. and God Bless the United States of America.


Hamish & Sophie
& Mom and Dad
Sheila & Bob

Tank said...

It's been awhile since I've left a comment on your blog, but couldn't pass this one up... thank you for clarifying the difference between "celebrating" and "observing."
It's so inappropriate to wish anyone a happy Memorial Day. I also noticed many people (bloggers) wishing others a "Happy Good Friday." Huh??? I know it's not meant to offend anyone, but come on.
Wish your post was the lead story on the front page of all newspapers.
Tank's Asst.
PeeS - hope you've all been well:)

Clive said...

A very informative post for those of us living on the other side of the world.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

take care
Clive and family

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks fur sharing -

I see his birthday was the day after my mom's - although a difFURent year -

Mom did yesterday's transport leg fur The K9 Angels -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Sheila and Bob said...

Just checking In, have not see a post for a while just hoping all is OK.
Have a Safe 4th.

Hamish & Sophie

Louisette said...

Best regard from Belgium, Louisetet+2 golden : Primrose's Dream Cerise+ zitablue du Bosquet Mignon

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

Hey there guys...
I see that you've not blogged in a while and am worried about you all. I hope you are okay. You have been important in our lives...
Sending lotsaluv and hoping that all is well.
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

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