MEMORIAL DAY TRIFECTA Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country. This Memorial weekend you should be taking your kid to Vets hospital, visiting fallen warriors or if you stay inside at home educate them or yourselves on our nationâ€™s military and fallen warriors and what it has meant for them to serve. Recently, HBO aired â€œBaghdad ERâ€� where the majority of the feed back of those who pony up to watch it said it was typical HBO persuasive BS. Now CNN is going to air â€œCNN Honors American Troops on Multiple Platforms for Memorialâ€�. They advertise that they will be pushing, â€œComing Homeâ€� explores how the current war differs from previous conflicts, including the effects on social support systems for military familiesâ€� They are basing this of off primarily donated video footage, letters etc donated through their web site link http://turnerinfo.turner.com/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/OLK1F/www.cnn.com/cominghome that didnâ€™t work when I clicked on it. Perhaps they had turned it off so close to airing of the show but my gut call is this is going to be a typical Communist News Network (CNN) broadcast and will, like the HBO debacle will try to persuade the viewer on how â€œbadâ€� this war is and how â€œbadâ€� he President is doing. I will eat crow if they come across as the President being the â€œshitâ€� and doing better as they could ever dream of, but something tells me there will be a underlining subject of Yak, spit spew coming from the CNN, ACT II Another televised event will be of Lima Company 3/25 and their action with in Iraq starting on Thursday, May 25th at 9pmC. Featuring candid interviews and never-before-seen video, we tell the story of the hardest hit combat unit of the Iraq war. Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, a reserve unit out of Columbus, Ohio was deployed to Iraq from February 28-September 30, 2005. http://www.aetv.com/listings/episode_details.do?episodeid=163325 ACT III The third watch able show is 60 Minutes and the coverage of Cpl Fulkâ€™s and his funeral services. Unlike the first of our trifecta, 60 minutes is usually pretty good on not involving a political agenda. If youâ€™re going to watch TV donâ€™t be a self centered hooyaa. Get yer ass over to A&E, History Channel or the like and watch some warriors slug it out. Plusâ€¦.it will drive the women crazy!!! â€œMore than dutyâ€� Semper Fi Capt B
Could this be said about Iraq and Afghanistan as well?...........
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) (The Civil War) created in this country what had never existed before a national consciousness. It was not the salvation of the Union; it was the rebirth of the Union.Memorial Day Address (1915]
HADITHA, Iraq When some Marines return from Iraq, they bring back memorabilia, such as tattered Iraqi flags or old photos of Saddam Hussein they found in cluttered streets. Some, like 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Jeremy Russell of Salem, Ore., will bring back memories of actions on the battlefield and scars from being wounded in action.Russell, an infantryman with Weapons Company of the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, was manning a machine gun turret in a Humvee struck by an improvised explosive, or IED, last month. The battalion arrived in Iraq two months ago, and has since had to deal with numerous IEDs while patrolling the streets in the Haditha â€œTriadâ€� region â€“ an area of about 75,000 people along the Euphrates River in western Al Anbar Province and renowned insurgent hotspot.The blast left him with a piece of shrapnel embedded in his right hand and a severely bruised leg, and left three other Marines dead: Sgt. Lea Mills, 21, from Brooksville, Fla.; Sgt. Edward G. Davis, 31, from Antioch, Ill.; and Cpl. Brandon M. Hardy, 25, from Cochranville, Pa.â€œI thought I was going to die,â€� said Russell.The IED struck Russellâ€™s vehicle during a three-hour mission to recover another U.S. military vehicle. With vehicle in tow, the Marine convoy was enroute to their base at the Haditha Dam. It was 2:30 a.m., and the night seemed quiet, said Russell. â€œI could hear the Marines below me talking about their families while I was in the turret,â€� said Russell. â€œI just kept my eyes on the road behind me to make sure there were no vehicles approaching.â€� Still, he kept alert to ensure no vehicles approached the U.S. convoy. Aside from IEDs, vehicle suicide bombers are also a threat in Al Anbar Province, said Russell. Russell said the Marinesâ€™ talking in the vehicle â€œdied down a littleâ€� just seconds before an earth-shattering explosion, which was followed by two fireballs on either side of the vehicle. Russell tucked his chin and closed his eyes, hoping to avoid the majority of the blast. He did. The blast destroyed the rear left side of the humvee and flipped the vehicle 180 degrees onto its left side. Russell was ejected from the vehicle onto the roadway and feared the vehicle would rollover on top of him. â€œIt felt like minutes had past and everything was in slow motion,â€� recalled Russell. â€œBut it really took only two seconds for the IED to detonate and throw the vehicle on its side.â€� As he laid in the street, disoriented from the blast, Russell, who is serving his first combat deployment since he joined the Marine Corps in 2004 to â€œsee the world,â€� remembers smelling fuel â€“ a leak from the vehicleâ€™s gas tank.He also saw the vehicles three other passengers lying motionless in the street. Two of the Marines were killed on impact and another died a short time later, according to medical records. Russell climbed back into the humvee to notify the other Marines in the convoy of his situation, but the radio was broken.Russell then notified Marines ahead of him in the convoy by using luminous flares he located in the vehicle. He also rearmed himself with his M16 rifle, ready to fight off a secondary attack. Believing he was the only Marine around, Russell saw Lance Cpl. Cheyenne Macintosh, an Assault Amphibian Vehicle crewman from Seaman, Ohio. Macintosh was traveling back to Haditha Dam in the same convoy as Russell. Macintosh, 20, was checking the mortally-wounded Marines when he noticed Russell had survived the blast and was completely covered in soot. Staff Sgt. Michael Woodridge, 28, a section leader assigned to Weapons Company, had several other Marines from other vehicles in the convoy secure the area and be watchful for a secondary attack. â€œIt was chaotic,â€� said Woodridge, a native of Augusta, Ga. â€œThe back end of the humvee was completely gone.â€�Shortly after, Russell was evacuated by helicopter to a near-by medical facility. As his adrenaline began to wear off, he began to feel the pain from his injuries on the helicopter, he said. Shrapnel was lodged in his hand, his right leg throbbed in pain after he was tossed around inside the turret, and eventually ejected onto the ground, he said. Russell, who is now fully recovered and back to daily patrols with his unit, says the incident has not deterred him from patrolling daily. Given the chance, heâ€™ll deploy again to Iraq after his battalion returns to the U.S. in the Fall, he said. â€œI never imagined I would be in a life-or-death situation,â€� said Russell. â€œWhen I joined the Marine Corps, the only thing I knew about combat was what I saw on TV shows like M.A.S.H.â€�As Russell recovers from his injuries to his hand and leg, his fellow Marines say he still has high spirits. â€œRussell has kept his head up high and still has his sense of humor,â€� said Macintosh. â€œIt helps everyone else in the platoon stay in high spirits until we can go home.â€�