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Memorial Day 2012.

A day we remember the fallen heroes of America’s past wars. They gave their last measure to protect the freedoms that we enjoy today.

This isn’t about thanking other Veterans, we already have two days for that. This is about remembering the dead.

In honor of Memorial Day, I honor Major Douglas Amuel  La Bouff. He was a good friend of mine. He was my son’s godfather. He was my last platoon leader. I loved him like a brother.

This is Doug newly promoted to Major.

Here’s Doug smoking a cigar from a box that I sent him.

Doug died in Iraq on the 6th of January 2006. He was on a Blackhawk heading back to his unit with 11 other souls. Their helicopter crashed only a mile from the unit.

Doug didn’t have to go to Iraq. He was actually going to go from Ft. Carson, CO. to become a teacher at West Point, NY.

You can read more about Doug here: Tribute to the Armed Forces of the United States.

I think about Doug all the time. Not just Memorial Day.

This country is better off for having him and is a little worse off now that he’s gone.

I miss him a lot.

So for those that can no longer enjoy a good BBQ with friends and family, please think of them while you are.

You can find out more about Memorial Day here:

Memorial Day — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

via Memorial Day — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts.

I’m not going to hammer him. But I think this day was/is meant to honor our dead, not the living. The living have two days devoted to them, this one is for those that gave their last measure of devotion to this country and for those that served and eventually passed on. It is our duty to remember them for their sacrifices.

“Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.”
10 points if you guess who said that.

At any rate, here’s President Obama’s remarks:

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
May 26, 2012

This weekend, folks across the country are opening up the pool, firing up the grill, and taking a well-earned moment to relax. But Memorial Day is more than a three-day weekend. In town squares and national cemeteries, in public services and moments of quiet reflection, we will honor those who loved their country enough to sacrifice their own lives for it.

This Memorial Day, Michelle and I will join Gold Star families, veterans, and their families at Arlington National Cemetery. We’ll pay tribute to patriots of every generation who gave the last full measure of devotion, from Lexington and Concord to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Later that day, we’ll join Vietnam veterans and their families at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial—the Wall. We’ll begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. It’s another chance to honor those we lost at places like Hue, Khe Sanh, Danang and Hamburger Hill. And we’ll be calling on you—the American people—to join us in thanking our Vietnam veterans in your communities.

Even as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we reaffirm our commitment to care for those who served alongside them—the veterans who came home.  This includes our newest generation of veterans, from Iraq and Afghanistan.

We have to serve them and their families as well as they have served us: By making sure that they get the healthcare and benefits they need; by caring for our wounded warriors and supporting our military families; and by giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job, and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect.

Our men and women in uniform took an oath to defend our country at all costs, and today, as members of the finest military the world has ever known, they uphold that oath with dignity and courage. As President, I have no higher honor than serving as their Commander-in-Chief.  But with that honor comes a solemn responsibility – one that gets driven home every time I sign a condolence letter, or meet a family member whose life has been turned upside down.

No words can ever bring back a loved one who has been lost. No ceremony can do justice to their memory. No honor will ever fill their absence.

But on Memorial Day, we come together as Americans to let these families and veterans know that they are not alone. We give thanks for those who sacrificed everything so that we could be free. And we commit ourselves to upholding the ideals for which so many patriots have fought and died.

Thank you, God bless you, and have a wonderful weekend.