Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’

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Let’s Not Forget The Merchant Marine on Memorial Day, OK?

May 26, 2014

Let’s Not Forget The Merchant Marine on Memorial Day, OK?.

 

Thank you, Enchanted Seashells, for this reminder of the oft overlooked sacrifices of the Merchant Marine. Couldn’t have said it better.

I would be interested in seeing current data on civilian ships used in conflict today. I know that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is the ONLY federal military academy to have students (midshipmen) in war zones during its entire history, up to and including the present.

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On Memorial Day, honoring the service of merchant mariners – Welcome to the FastLane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation

May 28, 2013

On Memorial Day, honoring the service of merchant mariners – Welcome to the FastLane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

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Maritime Day 2013

May 22, 2013
Copyright 2013 SnipeWife except USMM emblem

Copyright 2013 SnipeWife except USMM emblem

This is our Memorial Day… to honor those that serve and have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country as civilian seafarers. That little word “civilian” keeps most from considering this brave group on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. I used to want (still do really) take the girls out of school and head into the city for the Maritime Day celebrations. The one time I did (to take the girls to a semi-private tour of the NS Savannah and wreath-laying ceremony) it was actually considered an unexcused absence. (Don’t get me started–our school system also considered taking the girls out of school to attend Legislative Day at our state capitol an unexcused absence.)

Today T-1 actually has an SOL so there will be no skipping of school. I have to wonder if she realized what day it is when she dressed this morning. She chose to wear a company shirt that commemorates the original fleet of ships the Chief sailed on. This is going to be her toughest SOL today so hopefully she gets a little boost by wearing the shirt her father gave her.

T-2 swears she couldn’t find her copy of the shirt… it is a good possibility both have ended up in T-1’s drawers… it’s also a good possibility T-2 wouldn’t see a snake in front of her.

So without further-ado …

MARAD posted its articles about this year’s Maritime Day celebrations on the 10th. Maritime Day 2013

They also included a great list of local events if you aren’t in the Washington, DC area.

Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That May 22 of each year shall hereafter be designated and known as National Maritime Day, and the President is authorized and requested annually to issue a proclamation…

The Presidential proclamation from the White House was a little hard to find (BING! You failed me!). But I found it. You can read it here.  My apologies. I think I did the same thing las tyear. Yesterday the President also declared this week Safe Boating Week.

Fly your flags proud today! Acta Non Verba!

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Memorial Day 2012

May 28, 2012
Memorial Day Flag

Memorial Day Flag (Photo credit: Seth J)

It is a quiet day for us. T1 and I are recuperating from her first ren faire experience all in garb, greeting patrons and educating about greyhounds and greyhound adoptions. It was hot! Crook and Heddie provided quite the comedy of errors and enjoyed all the adoring fans and 6 other greyhounds to play with… or sleep with. T2 has yet to return from a sleep-over and I understand is at her second BBQ for the weekend.

I am thankful to all those who gave their lives in service to our country to preserve our freedoms. Let us never make their sacrifices be in vain.

I sometimes find that I take these freedoms for granted.

Last year I posted a link to an organization that is attempting to bring veterans to DC for them to visit the different war memorials that honor the sacrifices of their fallen service men and women. That link is no longer valid. Please visit Honor Flight Network. (As their website states they are the only non-profit organization as there are two for-profit groups that charge for these tours.)

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