Memorial Day...Does WHO you Honor Matter ?

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Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

 The word "Memorial" according to the dictionary is:

"something designed to preserve the memory of a person, event, etc"  

If you look at that word in a broader sense....every anniversary, birthday...Any kind of celebration "memorializes" ....preserves the memory of...whatever happened on that day.

We all to remember in different ways...while this may be to some, the start of another season...planting flowers, enjoying a barbeque and warmer ...there is also the time we take to "remember" those who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. 

    To some people it is important to make a distinction between Memorial Day ...honoring the brave who are no longer with us...and Veteran's Day....the people who survived their service to our country....and to each of us. 

     We don't believe that line needs to be drawn. Ask the wife, mother, sister, brother or friend of a Veteran that came home ....who is many ways is "not the same person" as the one who was deployed. There are many  physical kinds of issues...missing limbs...scars...injuries leaving Veterans with  less than full functioning bodies...and as importantly...minds... not the same as the ones with which they enlisted. Far beyond is a sobering statistic:

  A recent analysis found a suicide rate among veterans of about 30 per 100,000 population per year, compared with the civilian rate of 14 per 100,000.

  memorial day  The mind crippling flashbacks took their toll...we know those widows..those children without a Dad....that Mother that cannot cope with the loss of a child.  We know the people who cannot tolerate fireworks...without severe repercussions.

      There are many kinds of sacrifice....there are many heroes...some that walk among us ...some who cannot walk. Be gratueful for all of them...what you call the day is not important...the gratitude and remembrance...IS.

   This is a post that reminds us all that sacrifices come in many ways...and gratitutde and respect every day is what every Veteran deserves. WIth Respect, Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates, EXP Realty, southeastern Wisconsin.

 

 

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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Sally. As I focus on those who I knew that gave their all, like you I also think about those who made it back physically but still have mental issues. There is much to be done!

May 26, 2019 05:47 AM #1
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The conflict or war isn't over when our brave soldiers return, it only begins for them and their families. I remember a Vietnam vet that led his troop to find booby traps. I asked him about it and he said he couldn't talk about it. I know I don't have a full sense of what they go through, but the war never ends for them.

May 26, 2019 05:58 AM #2
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Very well put faye schubert  and if you talk with a Veteran they are likely to shae this perspective in our experience.

May 26, 2019 06:04 AM #3
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Sally and David - this really needs to be pointed out.  There are many vets out there with PTSD and other afflictions who need to be remembered too. 

May 26, 2019 06:04 AM #4
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Exactly Grant Schneider we know families and individuals that have many different experiences and do not look at Memorial Day as have a "narrow definition" of those we honor...many more are deserving.

May 26, 2019 06:31 AM #5
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Brian England
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Being in a war is certainly traumatic, I have never been through such a thing, but I am definitely empathetic to those that have.

May 26, 2019 06:37 AM #6
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Will Hamm
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Hello Sally and David,  I feel for the men and women that come home from a war.  It effects them what they have been thru in it.

 

May 26, 2019 06:41 AM #7
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 When I used to sit on watch in the South Pacific, I always gave thanks to those who had made the ultimate sacrifice. When you’re 8000 miles away from home  it gives you a warm feeling that so many people have served before you and you are doing your part, thank you Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

May 26, 2019 07:57 AM #8
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Sally and David,

Very nice post.  I hope many of the members take time to read it.  A

May 26, 2019 07:57 AM #9
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Roy Kelley
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Have a very special Memorial Day weekend.

This is the time to honor those who have given their lives.

May 26, 2019 10:07 AM #10
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AND the very BIG point of this post is Honor those who have had their lives changed for a lifetime Roy Kelley 

May 26, 2019 10:13 AM #11
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Hi Sally,
You are spot on in this post. I am the mother of a marine vet. My son did burials at a CA National Cemetery. ...I get it. My post will be tomorrow.

May 26, 2019 02:04 PM #12
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Sally and David the casualties of war are many, even for those who survived.

May 26, 2019 02:40 PM #13
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Exactly our point George Souto ...there are lots of ways to be a "casualty."

May 26, 2019 02:45 PM #14
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John Pusa
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson Happy Memorial Day to you and to all Veterans too!

May 26, 2019 05:39 PM #15
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Sally- well said- Our dear friend who survived has not had a good night's sleep since then. And he was one of the lucky ones who managed to move on thanks to family and his work. 

May 26, 2019 06:53 PM #16
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He is a testament to what he gave for all of us Kathy Streib 

May 26, 2019 07:13 PM #17
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James Dray
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Morning Sally.

I think about those who sacrificed for us each day of the year, not just on Memorial Day.  

May 27, 2019 01:48 AM #18
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I agree with you. I think we should honor ALL veterans - on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day, Independence Day - and every other day. If it weren't for them, we would not have the freedoms we all enjoy.

Meanwhile, I was raised with going to the cemetery on "Decoration Day" to place flowers on the graves of friends and family. I still carry on the tradition. I had a heck of a time getting away from the cemetery yesterday because I ran into so many relatives and old friends who were doing the same thing.

May 28, 2019 11:42 AM #19
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