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    Memorial Day May 27th

    Tomorrow is Memorial Day in the US when that country remembers it's war dead. So I just want to say that I hope everyone in the US spends a few moments to say a prayer for those who paid the ultimate price serving their country. Lest we forget.

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    Right now I'm watching the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS...at this moment General Colin Powell is paying tribute to all veterans.

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    It's a great concert, as always. I usually like these much more than the Capitol Fourth concerts.

    That story about the two brothers . . . oh, man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliefan View Post
    It's a great concert, as always. I usually like these much more than the Capitol Fourth concerts.

    That story about the two brothers . . . oh, man.
    I know...and now they just showed a film clip from a past concert with the late actor Charles Durning talking of his WWII experiences...the horror of the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy...and now of liberating a concentration camp....

    I think I'm crying more than in past Memorial Day concerts.

    EDIT: If anyone missed the beginning of this concert or would like to see it again, it repeats immediately following this first showing.

    Now they're playing TAPS...I'm gonna lose it....
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    That was such a great tribute to Durning. He did that concert for years and years and years; it was really nice that they did that for him. (And I cried again too!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliefan View Post
    That was such a great tribute to Durning. He did that concert for years and years and years; it was really nice that they did that for him. (And I cried again too!)

    I saw that too. Powerful stuff.

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    If anyone missed the concert tonight, most PBS affiliates are re-airing the concert tomorrow night, Monday 05/27; check your local listings.

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    Thinking of my colleagues. RIP.
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    I lost it when Alfie Boe sang Bring Him Home during the concert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oreo View Post
    I lost it when Alfie Boe sang Bring Him Home during the concert.
    That was a beautiful moment.

    This concert had so many lovely moments...You Raise Me Up, Pie Jesu, You'll Never Walk Alone...and I've always loved Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.

    I may watch this concert for a third time tomorrow night...it was that good!

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    First of all, thanks for starting this thread. We weren't home last night, but we always make it a point to watch this concert. We most certainly will later today.

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    Memorial Day May 27th

    http://www.abmc.gov/home.php

    This is the site of the American Battle Monuments Commission, who maintains our overseas American Military Cemeteries. On their homepage, there is a 5 minute video about the system of cemeteries. Then I believe you can find a video on each individual cemetery (including Henri-Chapelle where my Uncle Stanley is buried. http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/hc.php)
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    Thanks to all who have served, from all over the world, to grant us the freedom we have.
    This concert is always so moving. It seemed especially so this year.

    What a perfect tribute to Charles Durning.
    I'm grateful to his family for allowing the footage from Arlington to be shared,

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    http://mentalfloss.com/article/27858...t-memorial-day

    10 Things to Remember About Memorial Day

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    The first Memorial Day was a funeral held by freed slaves for the Union soldiers who liberated them http://bit.ly/13YSOTx
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    I truly appreciate all our military veterans for doing the hard work of freedom. Thank You.

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    High school sweetheart of fallen WWII soldier finds his diary 70 years later, in a museum: http://bit.ly/10XWK56
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    The Associated Press ‏@AP 25s
    Long-lost dog tag returned to NY WWII vet; it was found in barley field in France: http://apne.ws/ZadVEj -CC
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    Thanks for the links dardar1126. It made some wonderful reading.

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    It did, indeed, dardar.

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    Happy Memorial Day to all of the Military Service Dogs, too. http://fb.me/2M5G8eHKF
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    New national monument honors military service dogs - Yahoo! News http://news.yahoo.com/national-monum...152917935.html
    Article is from 10/30/12.

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    I am grateful to all the men and women who served my country and paid the ultimate price.

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