A Memorial Day Message

Members of the Army's Old Guard place flags at Arlington National Ceremtery

Today is Memorial Day, a day we’ve set aside to salute the veterans who laid their lives on the line and gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, our country: the United States of America.

Memorial Day actually began in May 1865, when newly freed slaves in Charleston, S.C., exhumed the bodies of Union soldiers from a mass grave at the Washington Race Course (today the location of Hampton Park) and gave them individual graves.

The following year, and each year thereafter on May 5, a Decoration Day observance was held in Waterloo, N.Y. To commemorate the occasion, the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated with flags and flowers in cities and towns and battlefield graveyards across the Nation.

In 1882, the alternative name of Memorial Day was used, though it did not become commonly used until Federal law declared the day in 1967. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill set the date as the last Monday in May rather than the more traditional day of celebration, May 30.

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Let’s set aside our partisan ideas and ideologies today and recognize those who have sacrificed for us. Remember, too, their families, who gave their loved ones on the altar of freedom.

And don’t forget that we currently have members of our military fighting a shooting war in Afghanistan, patrolling the seas, standing at attention on the Korean Peninsula and guarding our Southern border. There are others at hundreds more bases around the world representing America’s interests.

Regardless of whether you support the wars in those places, the wars fought previously or the policies that require us to have troops stationed around the world, we must leave politics aside this day and remember those who chose to go where their Commander in Chief sent them, and who did all they could to see the mission through.

Many Americans receive the day off, and it’s not unusual for them to spend the day at picnics, barbecues, the lake or the beach. As you enjoy this holiday, don’t forget the reason behind it.

Remember those who fell on the battlefields at Lexington, Concord and Valley Forge; at Ft. Meigs, Ft. George and Baltimore; at El Paso, Cerra Gordo and Mexico City; at Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and the Wilderness; at San Juan Hill, Santiago de Cuba and Silva Heights; at Rheims, the Marne and Argonne; at Pearl Harbor, North Africa, Normandy, Guadalcanal, Ardennes and Midway; at Inchon, Chosin and Seoul; at Saigon, Hue, Hamburger Hill and An Loc; at Kuwait City, and Southern Iraq; at Mazar-e-sharif, southeastern Afghanistan, Qandahar, Marjah and Pashmul; at Nasiriya, Baghdad and Al-Anbar; and all the battlefields in between.

Thank you to those who gave it all. And to all veterans who have served or are currently serving, thank you and God bless!


Bob Livingston

–Bob Livingston

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founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • independent thinker

    Excellent Mr Livingston.

  • Frank Kahn

    Respect and admiration for those who protect and defend freedom, no matter where they are from or where they perform is earned.

    I do not want to argue, but I noticed that it seemed to be implied that we should honor our men and women. I am sure this was not the intent, but I wanted to point out that people from almost every nation on earth have fought and died for freedom and liberty. Sometimes these people are even fighting the people that we consider the good guys. I applaud those who fight oppression no matter what the nature of that oppression. Even if they are not military; civilians fight oppression in many venues.

    As you said, it does not matter if we agree with the reason or policy, we must still appreciate what these people do in an effort to be truly free.

    • FreedomFighter

      I salute all that have given to protect this great nation and my ability to exercise my 2nd amendment rights and say: …”[For instance, Aristotle, POLITICS 218 (J. Sinclair trans., 1962)]: free government exalts an armed people, but oligarchies and tyrants ‘mistrust the people and therefore deprive them of their arms.’” http://lewrockwell.com/case/case46.1.html

      Let us not see their efforts be in vain.

      Laus DeoSemper FI

      • Sol_of_Texas

        It is true … the challenges to freedom we are encountering today have precedents through thousands of years of history.

        Our personal liberties continue to disintegrate. However, it must be recognized that without the sacrifices of those we honor on Memorial Day, our situation would be even worse.

        Dilectus milites, Saluto vos!

      • Jana

        Your are Mike, that’s for sure!

        • http://batman-news.com samurai

          Never mind him Jana. He’s just a jealous looser that has no honor to serve. I’ll bet his parents are very disappointed in him. Knowing they had a son that grew up to be a sissy. Mike, go home now! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
          You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.

  • hippybiker

    I will be at our local Cemetery today for a service. I will except and place a wreath honoring POW-MIA service men/women.
    Steven SAL squad #489 American Legion Rider and VFW mens aux. member.
    Englewood, FL.

    • whodLuum

      Oooh Mike, please set aside such petty remarks today. Those of us that so VERY much appreciate Steven, along with the American Legion, and VFW – can offer our THANKS and prayers to those that served during their lifetime. We also give thanks to people like Steven that continue serving with so much honor and dedication, respect and love.

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        HHHHHooooorrrrraaaaahhhhh! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.

        • Vigilant

          Agreed, and thank you for your service, samurai!

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            Thank you fellow patriot. Same to you, your service, and Sook Young says hello to you and your family. Let’s us not forget. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
            “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immitable as the existence and attributes of God.”
            John Adams
            Signer of the Declaration of Independence
            Judge, Diplomat
            One of 2 signers of the Bill of Rights
            2nd U. S. President
            Devout Christian

          • Bob666

            Yo Sammy,
            While there is little that we agree on, please let me take this opportunity to thank you for you service to our great county.


            Moses Cleaveland,
            American pioneer, soldier and lawyer.
            Initiated in a military lodge and the became W. Master of Moriah Lodge, Connecticut.

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            Thanks Bob. I’ll try to be more civil from now on, OK? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
            “Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.”
            Daniel Webster
            Patriotic American
            Devout Christian

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            Why don’t go just go away and remember this day to not forget those that have served and fallen for this country. You wouldn’t be free without them. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
            “The true Christian is the true citizen.”
            Theodore Roosevelt

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            You always talk about tea bagging. You must be gay. Why don’t you make yourself usefull and place flags at the graves of those that laid down their lives for your dishonorable backside? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            I was infantry for 20 years, mister no nads to serve. Knock off the nonsense. The way you post, you are a disgrace to this country, your parents, and God. Now just go away. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
            “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”
            Benjamin Franklin
            Founding father
            Devout Christian

    • hippybiker

      Sorry for my typo, creep. But, I spent a night in severe pain and unfortunately, I made a mistake. I hope you never make a mistake, D Bag!

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        Never mind him. Some people just have no God, Jesus, or honor inside them. We hope you are feeling better. Let’s not forget. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
        “A patriot must be a religious man.”
        Thomas Jefferson
        3rd U. S. President
        Founding father
        Orthodox Christian

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        Care to prove me wrong, no nads to serve? If fact, why don’t you grow some and go to the recruiter’s office and sign up? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.

    • WTS/JAY

      He was getting old and paunchy
      And his hair was falling fast,
      And he sat around the Legion,
      Telling stories of the past.

      Of a war that he once fought in
      And the deeds that he had done,
      In his exploits with his buddies;
      They were heroes, every one.

      And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
      His tales became a joke,
      All his buddies listened quietly
      For they knew where of he spoke.

      But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
      For ol’ Bob has passed away,
      And the world’s a little poorer
      For a Soldier died today.

      He won’t be mourned by many,
      Just his children and his wife.
      For he lived an ordinary,
      Very quiet sort of life.

      He held a job and raised a family,
      Going quietly on his way;
      And the world won’t note his passing,
      ‘Tho a Soldier died today.

      When politicians leave this earth,
      Their bodies lie in state,
      While thousands note their passing,
      And proclaim that they were great.

      Papers tell of their life stories
      From the time that they were young
      But the passing of a Soldier
      Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

      Is the greatest contribution
      To the welfare of our land,
      Some jerk who breaks his promise
      And cons his fellow man?

      Or the ordinary fellow
      Who in times of war and strife,
      Goes off to serve his country
      And offers up his life?

      The politician’s stipend
      And the style in which he lives,
      Are often disproportionate,
      To the service that he gives.

      While the ordinary Soldier,
      Who offered up his all,
      Is paid off with a medal
      And perhaps a pension, small.

      It’s so easy to forget them,
      For it is so many times
      That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys,
      Went to battle, but we know,

      It is not the politicians
      With their compromise and ploys,
      Who won for us the freedom
      That our country now enjoys.

      Should you find yourself in danger,
      With your enemies at hand,
      Would you really want some cop-out,
      With his ever waffling stand?

      Or would you want a Soldier–
      His home, his country, his kin,
      Just a common Soldier,
      Who would fight until the end.

      He was just a common Soldier,
      And his ranks are growing thin,
      But his presence should remind us
      We may need his like again.

      For when countries are in conflict,
      We find the Soldier’s part
      Is to clean up all the troubles
      That the politicians start.

      If we cannot do him honor
      While he’s here to hear the praise,
      Then at least let’s give him homage
      At the ending of his days.

      Perhaps just a simple headline
      In the paper that might say:


      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        Well said fellow patriot! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.

  • Patriot says

    In commemorating our fallen, let’s pray for those currently serving to preserve our freedom all over the globe. Many thanks and God bless.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Amen and Amen (Let it be so, Let it be so)

  • Longshanks

    Our military European Cemeteries and the Fallen

    in alphabetical order

    1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France…
    A total of 2289

    The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium… A total
    of 5329

    3. The American Cemetery at
    Brittany, France… A total of 4410

    4. Brookwood, England – American Cemetery…
    A total of 468

    5. Cambridge, England… A total of 3812

    6. Epinal, France – American Cemetery…
    A total of 5525

    7. Flanders Field, Belgium… A total of 368

    8. Florence, Italy… A total of 4402

    9. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium… A total of 7992

    10. Lorraine , France… A total of 10,489

    11. Luxembourg, Luxembourg…
    A total of 5076

    12. Meuse-Argonne… A total of 14246

    13. Netherlands, Netherlands…
    A total of 8301

    14. Normandy, France… A total of 9387

    15. Oise-Aisne, France… A total of 6012

    16. Rhone, France… A total of 861

    17. Sicily, Italy… A total of 7861

    18. Somme, France… A total of 1844

    19. St. Mihiel, France… A total of 4153

    20. Suresnes, France… A total of 1541

    Apologize to no one.

    Remind those of our sacrifice and don’t

    confuse arrogance with leadership.

    The count is 104,366

    dead, brave Americans.

    • Vigilant


      Number 13 is located in Margraten, The Netherlands. For 14 years I lived about 3 miles from it. I have never seen a better kept cemetary.
      It is maintained by the Dutch, who have a very profound sense of gratitude for our sacrifice. In my experience, the Dutch and Belgians are still more thankful for our actions than any other countries of Europe.

      I was greatly humbled and honored to meet some of the surviving members of Stephen Ambose’s book/movie, “Band of Brothers.” I took my kids out of school to meet them as well. I said to the boys, “Whatever I’ve done in the service is nothing compared to what these veterans did. THEY are the real heroes.”

      Referring to the movie, my son asked Don Malarkey, “Did you ever get the luger you wanted as a souvenir?” Mr. Malarkey put his head back and laughed, saying “I got lots of ’em.” It’s a moment my son and I will never forget.

      Present were Don Malarkey, Shifty Powers, Frank Perconte (and the actor who played the part), and a few others whose names escape me at the moment. Shifty Powers has passed away since then.

      • Dave

        Thats awesome Vigilant. Ambrose’s book and Major Winter’s own book are amazing reads. Major Dick Winters and others like them should be considered national treasures. They fought under the most stressful conditions and never lost their humanity. That is special.

        It made me sad to hear that Maj Winters passed. As the WW2 generation passes on, it is important that stories of true sacrifice and patriotism be passed on so we never forget what war is and the terrible damage it does to both the loser and victor.

        • Vigilant

          I forgot to mention that we met them on Memorial Day, 2005 or 2006, after they had been to the Margraten Cemetary I spoke of.

          I wasn’t aware that Major Winters had passed. We looked for him and Bill Guarnere at the meeting and were disappointed not to see them.

          Great heroes all.

          • Dave

            Jan 2012, Dick Winters passed away. Barely a mention in the press unfortunately. Bill Guarnere from what I have heard is in a worse way health wise but his daughter or granddaughter keeps a website about Bill going. Steven Speilberg and Tom Hanks have really turned into quite the historians between “Band of Brothers” and the “Pacific”, these mini-series and movies are now the historical document future generations will learn about what this country and these men did. For me Dick Winters should be the model in which all leaders should aspire to be, lead by example, smart, compassionate and when the war was over, did not seek personal glory or draw attention to himself. He was an incredibly decent man who put his country and his men above personal desires. A rare human being. Dick Winters is what we should be celebrating in this country. I admire the man greatly.

  • http://batman-news.com samurai

    Thanks Bob. I served this country for 20 years and don’t regret it at all. Thanks to everyone that served, but we should also remember the ones that gave their lives defending this country and freedom. They should never be forgotten. Today, I’ll be going to the Praire Street Cemetary with Sook Young and we will place flags at the graves of veterans. Our youngest son is coming with us. This is supposed to be a day of remebrance, so stay away from the BBQ and other things till you do your patriotic and Christian duty to remember those that have fallen. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
    You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
    “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
    Thomas Paine
    Infantry, 11H, E7
    USA Retired

    • Jana

      I want to thank all of you brave men and women (including wives and children of) who served our GREAT Country. Thank you and God Bless You.

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        I want to also thank you Jana. Though you may not have served, but you come here sometimes day in and day out, standing up for this country and how it is supposed to be. You are a patriot and I’m glad to stand next to you in this battle for our country. Let’s not forget. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 우해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
        “In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior.”
        John Quincy Adams
        6th U. S. President
        Devout Christian

  • BrotherPatriot

    Excellent write up, Mr. Livingston. Today we set aside all view points other than the appreciation of the Patriot who gave it all…for us to have our liberty & freedom.
    Recognizing veterans is also important for they (we) swore on the dotted line & could have also had to pay that ultimate price. Fortunately we did not…but most of us still stand ready to rise to the occasion if threatened. We veterans are the reserve force, the hidden backbone & iron within this great country.
    A country that forgets it’s elders, it’s veterans and it’s fallen warriors…will itself be forgotten.
    Agreed, Sir…God Bless this great Nation and may He help guide us back to His Light.

  • Archebus

    Our armed forces personell have always served with Honor and Purpose, I served with them and I salute them all. The question is when did the United States lose it’s way? I believe that WWII was the opportunity the Keynesians had to prove the lunacy that politicians could be, and oft times were, omniscient. We fought and won a great war and saved the world from the oppression of a Despot. We raised the standard of living of our populace to hitherto unseen heights and in the process brought the rest of the world along for the ride.
    Since that glorious time the Victor has become the Despot, leading the world to one world government with our new Omniscient leaders at the helm. Our armed forces personell still serve with pride and distinction and deserve our recognition as men and women of Pride and Honor. When our fearless leaders finally turn on the rest of us, as they’ve already begun to do, let’s hope that our military recognizes them for what they are and refuses, with Pride and Honor, to do their bidding.

  • Dave

    Today is Memorial Day, a day where we salute those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for country. But is should also be a day of reflection. These people fight on our behalf. There is a flip side to that coin. We as citizens have a responsibility to care fr those who are injured during there service. We also have a duty to speak up and stop war from happening if it has nothing to do with protecting this country. We have failed them on both counts. We protect those who protect us. Service people should not have to wait a year or more for medical care because two different computer systems have not been integrated to work with each other after most have come back from Iraq and Afghanistan. This has been one of the great failures of the Obama administration. We must step up as a country and do the right thing by our service people. Discounts at Applebys, parades, saying nice things about people who serve are nice… But they do nothing to help them as part of the grand bargain we have with our militarty service men and women. We must not forget that and demand our Gov do better in its care of out vets.

  • Katrael

    I’m going to work today but not before I say thanks to those who have given it all or are now or have been willing to face that possibility. Thank You from the bottom of my heart. My father went to war during WWII. and I had three brothers who served in the Armed forces. My deepest appreciation goes out to them, ..
    I haven’t served in the Armed Forces, but sometimes I regret that I didn’t. I believe there are many like myself who feel this way. But what I see today, looming on the horizon, is the real possibility that I and those like myself may have to fight, along side with those who already have. We will have to fight, not with just words, but with arms, against an enemy that seeks to destroy the fabric of our great nation and who are doing so from within. The battles and struggles for freedom will never end and there will always have to be people who are willing to take an armed stand against tyranny. Those who wish to remain neutral will find themselves fighting on one side or the other. Eventually the wrong side looses.

  • http://batman-news.com samurai

    Here is an interesting article.
    FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
    You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
    “Duty is ours, results are God’s.”
    John Quincy Adams

  • http://batman-news.com samurai

    It seems Mike (kang) has been kicked off the thread. Thank you very much Bob and staff. People like that just don’t understand what being a veteran, this holiday, and being a patriotic American is all about. Here is an article to all veterans.
    FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
    You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
    “O thus be it ever when free men shall stand
    between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
    Blessed with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land,
    praise the Power that has made and preserved us a nation.
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    and this be our motto, “IN GOD IS OUR TRUST!”
    Then the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave,
    over the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
    Francis Scott Key
    4th verse of the U. S. National Anthem
    Devout Christian

  • Vietnam vet

    Unfortunately, many, if not most, died in wars which did nothing to keep us free. That is why Ron Paul got more support from active duty servicemen than all other candidates combined.