Honoring those who paid the ultimate price

 What does Memorial Day mean to you? How do you commemorate the day?

 

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Memorial Day – a day we remember those Americans who died in active military service. While we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice every day, today is a time for the nation to recognize and memorialize. We mark this holiday with parades, ceremonies, a moment of silence, and the visitation of memorials or cemeteries. Today, families and loved ones wanted to honor the following heroes, who stood up when their country needed them and risked their all for their country. Regardless of the politics of the war, we show our gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

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Today we honor Gail Thomsen of Port Townsend, Washington who fell in 1967. He is remembered by his daughter, Letitia “LOVE YOU, DADDY.”

Today we honor Harold R. (Butch) McCord Jr. of New Lexington, Ohio, who fell on this day in 1970. He is remembered by his brother, Gary. He is also remembered by his brother, Kenn: “Harold Raymond McCord Jr was called Butch by all who knew him. Love and Missed by His Father Harold Sr, Brothers: Gary, Randy, Kenn and a Sister Alice.. & Recently Deceased Gold Star Mother: Dee. Reunited in Heaven.”

Today we honor John Giddings of Vasser, Michigan, who fell on this day in 1968. He is remembered by his cousin, Carl.

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Today we honor Dennis Hayes of Lakewood, California, who fell in 1970. He is remembered by his friend, Daniel: “Thank you for you’re Service,Courage,Honor and Duty,and Sacrifice you made to your Country. Always Remembered.Daniel: “Thank you for you’re Service,Courage,Honor and Duty,and Sacrifice you made to your Country. Always Remembered.”

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Today we honor Harlan Secress of Hebron, Kentucky, who fell in 1968. He is remembered by his daughter, Shonda: “My Father, a young 21 year old, with his entire life ahead of him! Killed in Action 12-31-1968 and his body returned to the states on my 1st birthday! I love you deeply for your sacrafice. I wish I’d had more than a year to be with you.”


Today we honor Joseph W. Blickenstaff of Littlestown, PA, who fell in 1970. He is remembered by Bonnie. ” I want to Thank Joe for his sacrifice.I only know Joe because of Vietnam bracelet.I wear it everyday.So everyday I remember our fallen hero. Never forgotten!”

Join us as we remember the 58.300 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Help us honor these veterans and  work to heal their families and loved ones through our various programs, ceremonies and efforts.

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