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Gee thanks Wally (imagine the "Beaver" Cleaver responding to Wally)

In 1966, French President  DeGaulle asked that all American soldiers be removed from France. “Does that include the dead Americans in military cemeteries as well?” U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk reportedly asked.

30,000 Americans who died fighting World War I are buried in eight European cemeteries (six in France, one in Belgium, and one in England), and another 73,000 U.S. servicemen who gave their lives during World War II lie at rest in twelve European cemeteries (five in France, two in Belgium, two in Italy, and one each in England, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands). These foreign burial grounds are administered and maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) in Arlington, Virginia,  The United States has been granted tax-free and rent-free use of all these cemetery sites, in perpetuity, by their host governments. The honored dead rest in peace.

 American cemeteries abroad

American Battle Monuments Commission

  • World War I    World War II

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In remembrance of those buried at sea :

WE therefore commit his body to the deep, to be turned into corruption, looking for the resurrection of the body (when the sea shall give up her dead,) and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who at his coming shall change our vile body, that it may be like his glorious body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself. 

Navy burial at sea.
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Day is done, Gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hill,
From the sky.
All is well, Safely rest,
God is nigh.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Go to sleep, Peaceful sleep,
May the Soldier or Sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

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Sorry I had a headache and some of the cut & pasts wanted to format so I split it up. 

Independence Day ..... all these illustrious words  have a cost like memorial and Veterans day  and the most cost is to be Independent or free.  People talk about the cost but words can never express the true nature of family, friends and the pain suffering and haunting loss of those who we will miss until we make it to the other side, and our understanding is full,  As it stands now for many the reasons some are survivors and others never make it back is a emotion and memory that we can never shake like a shadow you think it's gone and turn and it's there again.  It takes many years for the pain of such loss to lose it's sting and for some everyday it is just as intense as the first,

Today let us enjoy life and the family left to us, friends and even more so recall just what it does take to be Independent in both blood & treasure.

A recent poll of millennials stated that 1/3rd had no feeling for Americas special place or value of this nation respect for it or it's flag, In some ways I can understand that because they have been misled or have been spurned by the misguided way our leaders have led us into some wars and others are just ignorant of just how blessed we are in thousands of ways I think it would go a long way to bring back mandatory service of 2 years  regardless of the individuals limitations there are thousands of places and ways to serve without being on the front line  it is only an opinion but unless you have some skin in the game your ability to form an opinion is limited and respect comes somewhat from experience and understanding.


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