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    Re: Memorial Day

    Quote Originally Posted by FourPart View Post
    So, people such as Firefighters & Lifeboatmen don't willfully walk into harm's way, whereas conscripts, who were made to do so, under the threat of execution if they refused to obey, did? I find that most disrespectful to those who chose to risk their lives in all walks of life - particularly when knowing the potential risks. What about the ARPs & the Firefighters during the Blitz, putting their lives on the line, out in the open with bombs dropping around them. These were Civilians knowingly putting their lives in peril for the public good. Quite possibly "Conchies". Far from being cowards they were probably far braver than those who were conscripted for not only risking their lives, but facing the social derision of their own people.
    I am not arguing that these folks do not deserve to be recognized for their sacrifices. I have known men and women who gave their lives as firefighters, Police officers, and other public service jobs. I even knew "conchies" as you call them, who gave their lives for their country. I simply believe in keeping the focus of our Memorial Day where it is.
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    Re: Memorial Day

    Quote Originally Posted by tude dog View Post
    As a kid growing up I knew people referred to Arminianist day.
    That's a new one on me. Maybe they were Arminian immigrants.

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    Re: Memorial Day

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    The ambiguous wording does lead me to a question: Do Americans in general memorialize the war dead of those they fought as well as of their own, on Memorial Day?
    Absolutely! On Memorial Day, I not only memorialize all my own family lost to the wars, those who survived and then died, but also every man, woman, and child lost to senseless war. I often chalenge my students to think of what mankind could accomplish if the money we waste on war was available for peaceful purposes!

    On Monday I:

    1. Displayed the flag of my grandfather who served in WWI. (It's huge, the size of a garage door!)
    2. Displayed the flag of my father who served in WWII. (He flew P-47s and survived, but my family still considers him a slow-motion war casualty since he began smoking in the war and it eventually killed him.)
    3. Displayed my flag. ( I am not dead.)

    Then I searched for and found the movie "The Story of the Spitfire" starring David Niven and watched it as a memorial to the men and women of Great Britain who served ! So there you go! Proof positive!
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    Re: Memorial Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Aspam View Post
    That's a new one on me. Maybe they were Arminian immigrants.
    Arimisti Day was changed when I was very young,

    In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
    VETERANS DAY FACTS

    I can't tell you much other than I heard it.

    Far as I know never knew of Arminians.

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    Re: Memorial Day

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    Quote Originally Posted by tude dog View Post
    Arimisti Day was changed when I was very young,



    VETERANS DAY FACTS

    I can't tell you much other than I heard it.

    Far as I know never knew of Arminians.
    Arminians are anti-Calvinist Methodists.
    Not sure why we would have a holiday for them.

    I can remember when November 11 was Armistice Day.
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