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5/28/13 10:42 P

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I had lots of loved ones that was in the military. My DH was in the Army
for 5 years and in the Korean War. Later he enlisted in the Air Force for
8 years. Mom had 4 brothers that was in the military. I have two cousins
currently in the military.

For years I visited the graves on Memorial but I only went to one this year.
The others are located on hills and I can't climb on account of my back.
I have a spinal fusion and lots of chronic pain.

I know my loved one isn't there, But the way I feel about it, the cemetery
is the last time I saw them. My DH doesn't believe in visiting the cemetery.

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5/27/13 9:41 A

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My husband, Greg, was a Nam Era Vet (toward the end) in the Navy. My dad, Philip, was a WWII vet in the Army. He was stationed in England fixing planes. We also have several friends who are retired military on disability. We are teachers and know lots of students who have served over the last 10 years. We celebrate all of them. We appreciate their service and sacrifice.

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5/26/13 3:38 P

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I have veterans in my family, most of whom are still living. My husband, Brian, was in the Army -- he did not serve during wartime. My dad, Ralph, served in the Army in Vietnam, he is still living. My sister, Barbie served in the Army -- she is still living. My brother-in-law, David, currently serves in the Air Force, but also served in the Army. Another brother-in-law, Adam, serves in the Army Reserves & has done 3 tours overseas, one in Europe & 2 in the Middle East. My uncle Dennis was in the Coast Guard -- he is still living. My uncle Gary was in the Air Force -- he is still living. My paternal grandfather was in the Army -- he is deceased.

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5/26/13 2:21 P

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My husband served six years in the Navy, and my late father-in-law was in the Air Force.

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5/26/13 10:26 A

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I, too, have many veterans in my family - too many to name but I can tell you that this year, a member of our fifth generation has enlisted in the Air Force. Other than my grandparents who immigrated from Italy, every one of our generations has had folks in the US military services - Marines, Air Force & Navy.

In particular, I will be remembering my two uncles, now deceased, who served in WWII in the Pacific. Uncle Americo was on a Navy ship. Uncle Armando was in the Marines and served in some of the worst battles of the war there - Tarawa, Guadalcanal, Guam, and Iwo Jima among them. We are grateful he returned though he suffered with what is now called PTSD. Since they are buried together and not far from where I live, I visited their graves this morning.

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5/26/13 10:00 A

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I have many vets in my family tree.
One was my father. He was in the Navy during WWII - submarine section. He was on the crew of a captured Japanese sub, and sailed it into Tokyo Harbor on the day the Emperor surrendered.

He had a rare bone cancer, and donated his body to science, so I really have no grave to visit, although many years later, the cremated remains were interred. I don't really believe in visiting graves - I know the people I loved aren't there. It would be like visiting an old shirt that he used to wear.

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5/26/13 9:31 A

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Do have any veterans or loved ones your are remembering this memorial day? Let's share there names, who they were and what they meant to us. Do you generally visit the cemetery during the holiday weekend?


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