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All GHR have a great weekend. Be safe if you are traveling. On the other hand if you are having family or friends over have fun. Take a moment to thank the men & women that gave their all so we have the freedom to enjoy our way of life. FLY THE FLAG !!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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And to you too Rik

Memorial Day is probably a bit more meaningful to us veterans because most of us had friends who gave their lives. As for flying the flag; mine flies 24/7 and is illuminated at night per the rules and laws regulating the flag.
 

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We fly the flag at all important holidays, and Memorial Day counts up at the top of our list!
As Steve mentioned, I think us veterans all had friends who didn't make it home alive, so I pay tribute to my friends and relatives who gave so much for the rest of us!
My dad was born in 1904 and obviously couldn't serve in WWI. Then WWII came around and he was too old to serve. He always regretted not serving in the military, so he encouraged all three of us boys to join and serve. My youngest brother was the only one who made a career of the military.
 

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Great story for all Memorial Days

Van T Barfoot died..

Remember
the
Guy who wouldn't take
The flag pole
Down
on his Virginia
Property a
While back?
You might
Remember the news story several
Months ago
About a crotchety old man in
Virginia who
Defied his local Homeowners
Association,
And refused to take down the
Flag pole on
His property along with the large
American flag
He flew on it.
Now we learn
Who that old man was.
On June 15,
1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in
Edinburg,
Texas . That probably didn't make
News back
Then.

But

Twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944,
Near
Carano
Italy ,
That same Van T. Barfoot
Who had in
1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set
Out alone to
Flank German machine gun
Positions
From which gunfire was raining
Down on his
Fellow soldiers.
His advance
Took him through a minefield but
Having done
So, he proceeded to single handedly
Take out
Three enemy machine gun positions,
Returning
With 17 prisoners of war.
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And if that
Weren't enough for a day's work, he
Later
Took on and
Destroyed three German tanks
Sent to
Retake the machine gun positions.
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That probably
Didn't make much news either,
Given the
Scope of the war, but it did earn
Van T.
Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after
Also serving
In Korea and Vietnam , a well
Deserved
Congressional
Medal of Honor.
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What did make
News...Was his Neighborhood
Association's
Quibble with how the 90-year-old
Veteran chose
To fly the American flag outside
His suburban
Virginia home. Seems the HOA rules
Said it was
OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted
Bracket, but,
For decorum, items such as
Barfoot's -foot
Flagpole were "unsuitable".
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Van Barfoot
Had been denied a permit for
The pole, but
Erected it anyway and was facing
Court action
Unless he agreed to take it down.
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Then the HOA
Story made national TV,
And the
Neighborhood Association rethought
Its position
And agreed to indulge this
Aging hero
Who dwelt among them.
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"In the

Time I have left", he said to the
Associated
Press, "I plan to continue
To fly the
American flag without interference."

As
Well he should.

And if any of his neighbors had taken a

Notion to
Contest him
Further, they might have done well to
Read his
Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it
Indicates Mr.
Van Barfoot wasn't
Particularly
Good at
Backing down.
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If you got
This email and didn't pass it on -
Guess what -
You need your butt kicked
I sent this
To you, because I didn't want MY butt kicked!

WE ONLY LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!
AND, BECAUSE OF OLD MEN
LIKE VAN BARFOOT!
 

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I got this from Vall and wanted to post it for all to watch, listen and think about what we have and remember it's the dead as well as the live veterans we have to thank for our freedoms, not the worthless politicians who seems more intent on taking away our freedoms.

Steve Bauman
Army, 11Bravo, Spec 4
1969-1971
 

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Ditto to everything said here...,The machine gun nests have moved from Germany to Washington DC...and the media are there supporting ground troops...don't support their advertisers...Steve I knew you would be the first to chime in on this day...........Long live:giggle: the American Made Hemi.....sorry just had too...lol
 

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My flag has been flying UPSIDE DOWN for the last 20 years. FOR OBVIOUS REASONS!!!
 

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It has become a disgrace what has happened. Now the new generation, I think 40% think we should have never gotten involved in WWII! WAAAA!!
 

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Last night I watched the Memorial Day concert for our warriors on PBS. Had some great singers on it performing, and was hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Montegna. The stories told in the words of families who lost loved ones, and soldiers who served were well done by some lesser known actors. They were amazing stories, and I really enjoyed the whole event on PBS. Not a political person there to promote themselves, just a salute to many who deserve it so much.

 

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All GHR have a great weekend. Be safe and have fun. Take a moment to thank the men & women that gave their all so we have the freedom to enjoy our way of life. FLY THE FLAG !!!!!!!!!!!!! I have always understood that flying the flag upsided down was another way for calling for HELP a distress call. no other means of communications. Now a days who knows. GREAT DAY guys
 

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Thanks for the acknowledgement Lash. After the last election when it no longer made sense to wear my MAGA hat I had to come up with something else that would piss off the liberal left and this is what I had made.
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I was and still am amazed at how many people ask me what it means. My response is always the same, "you obviously never served in the military so I recommend that you ask someone you know that has and after they answer your question say thank you".
Lash we can add Hemi to the "God, country, moms apple pie, Hemi!!!" I didn't include baseball because those bunch of pussies don't belong in the phrase anymore.
 

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We fly our flag at numerous national holidays, but in my opinion Memorial Day is #1 on the list to fly it. Unfortunately I see no other flags in our neighborhood. I think I'm going to build or buy a big flag pole and fly a flag there instead of in the flag holder on our porch. Might get the neighbors restless and I like that idea.
 

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Thanks for the acknowledgement Lash. After the last election when it no longer made sense to wear my MAGA hat I had to come up with something else that would piss off the liberal left and this is what I had made. View attachment 107262 I was and still am amazed at how many people ask me what it means. My response is always the same, "you obviously never served in the military so I recommend that you ask someone you know that has and after they answer your question say thank you".
Lash we can add Hemi to the "God, country, moms apple pie, Hemi!!!" I didn't include baseball because those bunch of pussies don't belong in the phrase anymore.
Just like being in a "Club"! If you have to ask we don't need you.
 
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