Remember the meaning of the day

Enjoy your day off, picnics, sports and family today. But don’t forget the reason for it all.

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4 Responses to Remember the meaning of the day

  1. UNRR says:

    This post has been linked for the HOT5 Daily 5/25/2009, at The Unreligious Right

  2. BaconNeggs says:

    I know many here are have family serving or haved served in the Military and therefore you understand more than I, what it truly means to offer up ones life, in service to ones country.

    I have never served in the Military and up until recent years, most of my knowlegde of the Military have come via Hollywood Films and Hollywood steady diet of Military misfits and madmen, which generally leaves one with no empathy for the Military and wondering how do they ever win a war from all the misdeeds and chaos.

    In recent years I have learned a lot from Airborne RD and other veterans online, who once you get to know them, are some of the most decent civilized human beings one would ever hope to meet.

    I often wonder if its big factor you served in the Military that many of you online, seem such good people.

    Anyway, as you know Freedom is not Free, many of you risked your lives to ensure Freedom and for that, I say thank you.

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    About the photo…

    Sergeant James J. Regan, 26, of Manhasset, New York, died February 9, 2007, in northern Iraq of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on combat patrol. Regan was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia.

    James John Regan was a quadruple volunteer: He volunteered for the Army, the infantry, the paratroopers and the Rangers. He served double tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq, earning a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and several other medals. He was a warrior.

    Mary McHugh, the fiancé of a James Regan, moved a thousand mourners to tears with her touching tribute at his funeral. “Jimmy was a hero to many, but he was always very humble,” she said of her beloved. “He always sought team success and not personal glory.”

    Regan was to marry McHugh, a medical student at Emory University, when his Army service ended. He was killed in February 2007 by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

    “Jimmy and I were so excited to stand up in front of God, our family and friends and declare our love for each other,” McHugh said. ”Only God knows why we were deprived of that opportunity, but it doesn’t change the sentiments I have.”

    Regan, an All-American lacrosse player and All-State football scholar at Chaminade High School in Mineola, graduated from Duke University five years ago. He was deeply affected by the 9/11 terror attacks, which claimed many lives in Manhasset, and turned down a position at financial services firm UBS and deferred a scholarship to Southern Methodist University Law School to join the Army in 2004. He had earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

    After reading a love letter Regan wrote to her, McHugh said in a passionate whisper, “Jimmy, we never got to wake up next to each other every morning. Jimmy, I will wake up every morning and thank God for the opportunity to love and be loved by you.”

    McHugh remembered Regan as someone who always wore a smile and “simply wanted to be happy and make others around him happy.”

    Regan’s father, also named James, said his son did just that.

    “Last week in Iraq the bell tolled for Jimbo and he gave the ultimate sacrifice,” the grieving father said. “You have done your duty, son, as you saw it. You are a wonderful son.”

  4. McLaren says:

    I weep as I ponder where we find such men.

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