Memorial Day (USA)


Here are some images to reflect upon this holiday weekend.  It’s not National Barbeque Weekend, but rather Memorial Day. The Memorial Day holiday actually falls on Monday. Now comes a selection of photos from the Internet that remind us of what we should be memorializing. That war comes at a terrible human cost among both the living and the dead.

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The young man below is Christian Golczynski, age 8, of Lewisburg, Tennessee, the son of Marine Staff Sgt. Marcus Golczynski who was killed by a landmine in Iraq, 2007. memorial day

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The next photo below is so iconic that it is often thought to have been staged. The scene, in fact, is quite real. The man in the grave is U.S. Army Ranger, Sgt. James John Regan of Manhasset, NY who was killed by an IED in Iraq, February 2007.  That’s his fiancée lying on top of his grave four months later. She was photographed by a passerby on Memorial Day 2007. The photographer said that he found her sitting on the ground, crying, and talking to the gravestone. On his way back past that section, he saw her again, and took this photo. It’s so real in its honesty, that the photo is considered controversial and some people want to see it suppressed. You can visit Sgt. Regan in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 60, site 8535. Section 60 holds the fallen from both Middle East conflicts. mary-mchugh-james-regan

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The eagle photo below is not a Photoshop image, it is real.  A bald eagle was captured on film early one morning in the veteran’s cemetery at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota.  I found it under the caption “A Sentinel Guards its Sons”.  The man buried under that stone is World War II veteran, Sgt. Maurice Ruch (USAAF) of St. Anthony, Minnesota, who passed in 2008.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=28667179

http://www.startribune.com/the-eagle-couldn-t-have-picked-a-better-person/124543223/

Fort Snelling

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She is Katherine Cathey, the wife of U.S. Marine 2nd Lt. James Cathey of Reno, Nevada who was killed in Iraq.  Mrs. Cathey was 6-months pregnant at the time. This photo really needs no further explanation, but I’ll direct my readers to the very moving photo series of Mrs. Cathey’s vigil found at this link:  http://freedom-hall.org/more-of-the-story-on-katherine-cathey-marine-1st-lt-catheys-wife/  (UPDATE: the link is broken.)

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And finally, an unknown patriot salutes a fallen hero. patriot

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