Showing posts with label Memorial Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Memorial Day. Show all posts

Thursday, May 28, 2015

[CARTOON] Thank You

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Here’s how Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, and more presidential hopefuls spent Memorial Day

“Memorial Day has always been a time of unity for our nation,” Marco Rubio opens a new Facebook video posted in honor of Monday’s holiday. “It’s a time when we put aside partisanship and politics and come together.”
About 20 seconds after talking about putting politics aside, the Republican presidential hopeful begins laying out a general overview of how the armed forces will be treated once he is in the Oval Office.
“As president, I will devote the necessary resources to our national defense,” he says, “I will ensure that they never are sent into a fair fight but rather are always equipped with the upper hand.”
The Florida senator wasn’t the only candidate to share Memorial Day-themed messages on Twitter and Facebook on May 25—although his were the most explicitly tied to his presidential campaign.
Hillary ClintonCarly Fiorina, and likely candidates Rick PerryRick SantorumMike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal posted short messages on social media asking their followers to “remember” the sacrifices America’s servicemen and women have made over the years.
Ted CruzBen Carson, and Rand Paularrived at the same destination by taking a different route, imploring their followers to “never forget” those sacrifices instead.
Dr. Carson and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has yet to formally declare his candidacy, also shared a new Memorial Day tradition with their followers: the patriotic act of quoting oneself.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Obama: Memorial Day 'Especially Meaningful' Because Wars Over


By William Kristol, The Weekly Standard
As I was looking around online Saturday, I happened to come across the text of President Obama's Memorial Day weekend radio address. Here's how it begins:
Hi, everybody. This weekend is Memorial Day-a time to pay tribute to all our men and women in uniform who've ever given their lives so that we can live in freedom and security. This year, the holiday is especially meaningful. It's the first Memorial Day since our war ended in Afghanistan.
There are a couple of things in that first paragraph I found off-putting. (I'll acknowledge I tend to find many things President Obama says off-putting).
First of all, "Hi, everybody?" Really? For a Memorial Day tribute?
More important, think about the President's claim that "This year, the holiday is especially meaningful." He's wrong. Memorial Day is equally meaningful whether we're conducting combat operations in Afghanistan or not.

After Posts About Ice Cream, Barbecuing And Sales, Dems Finally Recognize Memorial Day…With Pic Of Barack Obama…

The Democrats have outdone themselves this time!!!

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Finally, today they got around to recognizing Memorial Day…with a pic of Barack Obama:
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Jake Tapper is one of the few national anchors that seems to play things close to the middle, and he’s also very respectful of the military. He’s spending this weekend tweeting tributes to individual military members who died in service to the country, but he interrupted that to criticize the Democrats’ official account:
I don’t think Jake Tapper understand that to Democrats, Obama having to eat ice cream in front of cameras is just as grave a sacrifice as any military member losing their lives. Poor guy.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Obama Weekly Address MAY 23, 2015

  • In this week’s address, the President commemorated Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country.
    The President will spend the first Memorial Day since the end of the war in Afghanistan at Arlington Cemetery, remembering the more than 2,200 American patriots who gave their lives in that conflict, as well as all of our fallen soldiers. The President asked that all Americans spend Monday honoring the memory and sacrifice of those heroes, and remain committed to the cause of freedom and the country for which they fought. 

Weekly Republican Address: Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)

Delivering the Weekly Republican Address is Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Ahead of Memorial Day, Chairman Thornberry calls on President Obama to honor our troops by backing the National Defense Authorization Act, which the House passed last week. To all who serve or have served, and to their families, Happy Memorial …

#ProudAmerican: Ronald Reagan-Memorial Day 1984

"Memorial Day is a day of ceremonies and speeches. Throughout America today, we honor the dead of our wars. We recall their valor and their sacrifices. We remember they gave their lives so that others might live.
We're also gathered here for a special event -- the national funeral for an unknown soldier who will today join the heroes of three other wars.
When he spoke at a ceremony at Gettysburg in 1863, President Lincoln reminded us that through their deeds, the dead had spoken more eloquently for themselves than any of the living ever could, and that we living could only honor them by rededicating ourselves to the cause for which they so willingly gave a last full measure of devotion.
Well, this is especially so today, for in our minds and hearts is the memory of Vietnam and all that that conflict meant for those who sacrificed on the field of battle and for their loved ones who suffered here at home."



Memorial Day 2015

We need to remind ourselves that Memorial Day is not just another three-day weekend or a day when all manner of sales are offered to those who want to go shopping. It is a day set aside to honor the ultimate sacrifice of those who have fought to defend our nation and take military action in foreign nations. We honor, too, those who suffered wounds and returned home.

We like to think of America as a nation that has gone to war only when we had to, but a new book, “America Invades: How We’ve Invaded or Been Invaded with Almost Every Country on Earth” tells a different story based on history.

As documented by its authors, Christopher Kelly and Stuard Laycock, America, “has invaded or fought in eighty-four out of 194 countries (countries recognized by the United Nations and excluding the United States) in the world. That’s 43 percent of the total. And it hasn’t been militarily involved with just ninety or a hundred countries. It has had some form of military involvement with a spectacular 191 out of 194. That’s more than 98 percent.”

“Most people,” the authors note “would probably agree that much of what America has done around the world has clearly been wise and noble (as in helping liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny.) Some, however, have been wrong and/or unwise. And some of what America has done has been in-between. In some sense, it’s like looking at the history of one’s own family. And, indeed, all of it—the liberations, the fiascos, and follies—is, in some sense, part of the history of every American citizen.”

That’s why it is a good idea to pause on Memorial Day because as an American it is part of your history. “Americans are always hoping for peace but usually preparing for war” says the authors who remind us that “the American eagle is an ambivalent bird holding arrows in the talons of one foot and an olive branch in the other.”

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

President Obama on Hurricane Sandy anniversary: 'We leave nobody behind'

AP PHOTOS AP revisits scenes of Sandy's wrathThis week marks the one anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a powerful storm that left behind damaged and destroyed buildings and killed nearly 200 people. 
In a statement Tuesday, President Barack Obama paid tribute to those who died, first responders who helped rescue people in the path of the storm and promised that the federal government will remain committed to helping New York and other states affected by the storm.
Here is President Obama's statement:
One year ago, Hurricane Sandy’s landfall devastated communities up and down the East Coast – a tragedy that demanded massive rescue, recovery, and rebuilding efforts. Today, we remember our fellow Americans who lost their lives to that storm, and we comfort the families who grieve them still. And while there are still homes to rebuild and businesses to reopen, the last year has also served as a reminder of the strength and resilience of the American people. We’ve seen first responders act with heroism, strangers lend a helping hand, and entire communities come together to heal. There’s more work to do, but that’s the spirit with which we’ll continue to do it for our fellow Americans who still need a hand.
Over the past year, my Administration has fought for these communities throughout the response, and the federal government will remain by their side as our fellow citizens rebuild. We’ve provided billions of dollars of assistance to hundreds of thousands of people and small business owners through direct aid, grants, and loans. We’ve helped thousands of families stay in their homes, communities cut through red tape and bureaucracy to receive the help they need, and worked with state and local officials to open 97% of public beaches before Memorial Day, sending a strong message to the country that the shore was open for business. Through a federal commitment to a long-term rebuilding effort, our roads, bridges, hospitals and businesses are coming back stronger than before. 

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