A caisson entering Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington, DC
Photo from Arlington National Cemetery website,
Courtesy of Andrew V. McMaster, May 2006
This story reprinted from first publishing here May 28, 2007:
This weekend is our Memorial Day holiday when America pauses to honor those that have given their lives in service to their country. The Yelm Community Blog host appreciates and honors all of those who have served to defend, protect, and preserve our country from outside invaders. Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action, quoting Wikipedia.
The wars have left their mark on this area, as we are reminded of one of the first from this area to give the ultimate sacrifice, Rainier’s Justin Norton, who was killed in June 2006:
Rainier’s fallen son, Justin Norton
Justin Norton Scholarship Fund honoring Rainier, Washington’s fallen soldier in Iraq.
About Sgt. Norton
Donations can be mailed to:
Justin Norton Scholarship Fund
c/o Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 444
Yelm, Wa 98597
– Memorial Day observed locally
The entire community is invited to honor the men and women who died while defending the United States.
• Yelm Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, 3:00 pm, Yelm
• U.S. Rep. Denny Heck is scheduled to speak at Puyallup’s Memorial Day observance.
1 p.m. at the pavilion in Pioneer Park, 333 S. Meridian.
• Memorial Day Ceremony at the Washington State Capitol Rotunda, 10:30 am, Olympia hosted by the Thurston County Veterans Coalition
• Joint Base Lewis-McChord Memorial Day Observance, Fort Lewis Cemetery, 11:00am, Base Commander Col. Daniel Morgan is to lead the ceremony.
– Delta Airlines honors our military on their last flights home (February 13, 2013).
A group of Delta Air Lines employees has made a commitment to honor and recognize members of the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Delta Honor Guard, which has been operating since 2005, is composed of approximately 30 men and women who volunteer their time to honor fallen troops whose remains come through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport aboard Delta flights, according to Brian McConnell, coordinator of the Delta Honor Guard.
Click here for this moving ceremony, which occurs even in the rain, plane-side.
– “Used & Betrayed – 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats”
“On Memorial Day, politicians will speak at ceremonies all over the country and repeat their favorite mantra: ‘Support the troops.’
This pledge is hammered into the American psyche at every turn. But there is a hidden, dark history that shows that the politicians are in fact no friend to service members–but their greatest enemy.
An easy way to prove this truth is to look at how they so quickly betray and abandon their soldiers after purposely ruining their lives, and even after using them as literal lab rats.
In this disturbing chapter of The Empire Files, Abby Martin documents decades of experimentation on US troops—from nuclear tests to psychotropic drugs—as well as knowingly exposing them to deadly poisons, from sarin gas to Agent Orange.
Most damning is that the hundreds of thousands of veterans seeking help from the government for the side-effects are always met with lies and denial,” quoting teleSUR English.
– “The Path of the Warrior”
A moving tribute from the Humanity Healing Foundation.
Click here for the video.
– Won’t you consider a contribution to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Click here to donate.