On Memorial Day Weekend 2011

Memorial Day is on one of those three-day weekends that all of us enjoy. Although most of us will spend much of the extra time with fun and fellowship, let us not forget to take the time to remember those who are serving, have served, and died serving.

Your time may be somber and reflective, yet it can also be joyous and uplifting. Below are two wonderful versions of the Armed Forces Melody – one by a men’s chorus and one by a pops orchestra. The late Erich Kunzel, the King of Pops and longtime conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, leads the latter. Although we miss him, his memory also lives on through his concerts on the Washington Mall. Enjoy and be proud.

Chorus

Orchestra

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8 thoughts on “On Memorial Day Weekend 2011

  1. A-ha! THERE you are. That’ll teach me to be more persistent! ;)
    Ah, Memorial Day, the great kick-off of the summer. Especially in our case – a little bit of our sidewalk melted! :D
    And yes, a very important day to remember those who gave all for our country, and (in my offbeat case) those who fought and died alongside our soldiers, from before our country was to our latest wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
    In particular, I sadly learned that we lost a Medal of Honour winner on Friday. Paul Joseph Wiedorfer, born January 17, 1921, was a retired United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in World War II. This is the text of his medal:
    “He alone made it possible for his company to advance until its objective was seized. Company G had cleared a wooded area of snipers, and 1 platoon was advancing across an open clearing toward another wood when it was met by heavy machinegun fire from 2 German positions dug in at the edge of the second wood. These positions were flanked by enemy riflemen. The platoon took cover behind a small ridge approximately 40 yards from the enemy position. There was no other available protection and the entire platoon was pinned down by the German fire. It was about noon and the day was clear, but the terrain extremely difficult due to a 3-inch snowfall the night before over ice-covered ground. Pvt. Wiedorfer, realizing that the platoon advance could not continue until the 2 enemy machinegun nests were destroyed, voluntarily charged alone across the slippery open ground with no protecting cover of any kind. Running in a crouched position, under a hail of enemy fire, he slipped and fell in the snow, but quickly rose and continued forward with the enemy concentrating automatic and small-arms fire on him as he advanced. Miraculously escaping injury, Pvt. Wiedorfer reached a point some 10 yards from the first machinegun emplacement and hurled a handgrenade into it. With his rifle he killed the remaining Germans, and, without hesitation, wheeled to the right and attacked the second emplacement. One of the enemy was wounded by his fire and the other 6 immediately surrendered. This heroic action by 1 man enabled the platoon to advance from behind its protecting ridge and continue successfully to reach its objective. A few minutes later, when both the platoon leader and the platoon sergeant were wounded, Pvt. Wiedorfer assumed command of the platoon, leading it forward with inspired energy until the mission was accomplished.”
    His death was eclipsed by the terrible weather news this past week, and our national gear-up for summer. So I’ll borrow your forum, Frank, to make his death just a bit more public. His gift, and that of so many soldiers from all the many wars this country has fought, is best summarised in this saying:
    “For all your yesterdays, we gave all our tomorrows”.
    I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend, whatever you did. And may you have a very good, short, and for Frank and I, COOLER week! :)

  2. Top of the Morning, Frank!

    Was happy to read your exciting Memorial Day activities when you stopped over to visit–sounds like you and yours have a true zest for life–cheers!

    • Al,
      It was a good official kickoff into the summer season. Sorry to hear that your softball team had a leaky defense – which is never a good sign. Oh well …. but you had a good time! Well, I hope. Thanks for stopping by.

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