A Blessed Memorial Day Wish from TFB

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Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

-John F. Kennedy

And paid that price we have. To date, over 1.3 million men and women have been killed in service of the United States from 1775 to present. Another 1.4 million have been wounded and yet the bell has not rung the final toll.

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In memory of the maimed and fallen, we set aside the final Monday of May to remember their service and sacrifice. Let not this day be somber. I know nary a single soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who would want us dour at the hour of their honor.

Bar-b-que, drink, and be merry. Find your celebration of their life. Let it be a festival of freedom and devotion the treasured few have given their last full measure.

At noon, the waving star-laden banners rise up to honor the living. May we honor the dead and fight in their stead for liberty and justice for all.

 We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.

-Francis A. Walker

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Happy Memorial Day!

& Semper Fi!



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Eurocopter

    Happy memorial day from Norway.

  • 2hotel9

    Have a good Memorial Day, gang! And don’t forget to enjoy some charred meat, tater salad and beer for all our Brothers and Sisters who can never have them again.

    BooYaa!!!!!

  • M.M.D.C.

    Hear hear!

  • Guest

    SCAR spangled Banner?

  • SP mclaughlin
  • DiverEngrSL17K

    To one and all, a good and meaningful Memorial Day in remembrance of all our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coastguardsmen, both the quick and the dead.

  • guest

    “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

    -John F. Kennedy”

    Stop it, irony! It hurts! It hurts badly!

  • RawDawg

    Guys and Gals, “happy memorial Day” is not an appropriate greeting. It is not a happy holiday. It is a holiday of mourning. Sure, nothing wrong with the celebration that the vets died to allow you to have. I’m pretty sure you don’t wish someone a happy holiday on the anniversary of their mothers death.

    • 2hotel9

      It is for me, cuz I ain’t dead and there was plenty of opportunity for me to be. Sad for those we have lost, the fact is every day after is gravy.

  • 1911a145acp

    Thank you Poland and Norway- anyone else feel inspired? I know I do Thank you veterans from all battles around the world who have Allied themselves with the United States in conflicts around the world to promote Peace Freedom and Liberty.