Memorial Mashup

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Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, a national holiday in honor of the men and women who have died while serving in the military. In honor of these men and women, I have reused photos from previous years in today’s gallery. I think the photos speak for themselves, and that means I’ll be speaking less. I’ve been trying to keep my weekly word count in check, as I add short stories to the mix during the Thursday Doors Writing Challenge (TDWC).

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  1. Much respect to all who served and are serving and their families.
    Thank you, Dan, for the excellent lineup of memorials and related spaces.
    I like the amphitheater behind the unknown soldier memorial. Grear photo!

    I was also struck by the use of columns in several buildings, adding a stately touch to the structures (I think).
    Thank you for all your work hosting ThursdayDoors and this month’s Annual writing challenge.
    Have a great long weekend. Cheers

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  2. This is a thoughtful tribute to all those men and women who served our country in war and paid the ultimate sacrifice. These memorial buildings that we can visit to pay our respects keep us from ever forgetting these heroes. May we never forget.

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    • Thanks Ginger. It gets harder each year to get people to take time to remember. These days, we fight against the purveyors of misinformation and the people who choose to embrace the evil so many men and women died to save us from. Freedom isn’t free.

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Wonderful, Dan. Did you know the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was carved in Vermont? The pure white marble only comes from two places, Colorado and Vermont. For the tomb, the marble arrived in Vermont by train from Colorado. You would love the Vermont Marble Museum. 🇺🇸

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    • I did know that the tomb was carved in Vermont. When I retired, my best friend and I had plans to visit a number of places in New England, including that museum. Of course, the pandemic put those plans on hold, and he has suffered some health setbacks since then. I do hope to get up there for a visit. I hope you have a nice long weekend.

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      • I do hope you get there, Dan. Interestingly, today at our school-wide Memorial Day Remembrance (led by guess who?), the wonderful speaker, a Master Sergeant in the Air Force, told me he always wanted to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I told him he could do just that in Vermont! They have a replica of the tomb they carved…and you can go inside. 🇺🇸

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  4. Lovely how you spot pretty doors everywhere. But that’s what we do.

    In my post there are door gifts again, from Morocco and Oman, and it all seems these are the places to go for a door lover. Plus, my last poem for the 2023 Thursday Doors writing challenge, and it’s a Double Ennead. It’s been fun! Thank you to all door providers and to you, Dan.

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  5. This brought back memories of when my younger daughter and I visited Washington DC when she was a senior in high school. I had never actually visited the Vietnam Memorial, and I was moved to tears, as were many others present. I remembered my brother’s high school friends who died there, as well as those I knew who were never the same afterwards. The senselessness. I was also quite moved by the WWII memorial, and of course, thought of my father, and my grandfather who served in both world wars. History has taught us little it seems. (K)

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    • It’s true, history hasn’t taught us the lessons it should have. The Vietnam Memorial was sad and deeply moving. So many lives ruined. The World War II monuments were also very moving. I met a man from an honor flight who was visiting. I was glad to be able to thank him. I don’t know if you saw the Korean War Memorial – that was amazing.

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  6. Very sobering. I was thinking the other day about my parents and their contemporaries who were getting married and starting their families in the months before Pearl Harbor. My generation was christened with World War II. Has there ever been a generation not christened by blood? The Internet keeps us painfully aware how war is everywhere and unending. I hope those who have died for certain principles aren’t regretting it.

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    • I hope we don’t end up negating their sacrifice. The brave men and women that gave their service and their lives in WWI and WWII, fought for our freedom. In other wars, they fought for our values, whether the cause was truly just or not. Now, it seems there are those who are abusing that freedom to usher in the results we avoided at such a terrible cost. It’s important to remember, not only their sacrifice, but what they were fighting for.

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    • Thanks Patricia. It’s getting harder to keep people aware of where, when and why these people died.

      I have enjoyed reading all of the entries. I’m glad to hear you are enjoying them as well.

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    • Thanks Teagan. I think those memorials are beautiful, and they stand as a reminder for everyone. I found it impossible to stand among those monuments and not think of the people in whose honor they were built.

      I read your story and totally enjoyed it. Thanks for your support of the challenge.


    • That’s cool. I love his doors. He always asks us to choose a favorite, and it’s often difficult.

      Memorial Day has always been a fun holiday. Usually seen as the start of summer. Unfortunately, in recent years, it seems to be losing its true meaning.


  7. Reblogged this on Eúnoia and commented:

    This is a post written by Dan on account of Memorial Day, celebrated in the US on the 29th of May. The day is held in remembrance of the soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the country. It makes me wonder why India has no memorial day.

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