Monday, May 29, 2023

Twenty-One Guns!

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A Memorial Day tribute to those who have served and to the sacrifice of those who have fallen. God Bless America! Amen & Amen! Click the following link to read on: https://adirondackoutlaw.com/twenty-one-guns/

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A veteran north country writer & story teller raised in Saranac Lake, Dick enjoys “Living in the Day I Am In”, and then writing about it. A severely speech impaired 3x cancer survivor, his pen is his voice. He shares many of his Adirondack Outlaw adventures & tales here. Read the rest on his blog @ adirondackoutlaw.com.




17 Responses

  1. Gary N. Lee says:

    Nice Dick, great Memorial Day Read.

  2. Bob Meyer says:

    Dick,
    Wishing you, hope all others who have served, and indeed all Americans and meaningful and thoughtful Memorial Day. 🇺🇸

  3. Thank you, Gary & Bob. Hope you & all my Adirondack Almanack friends had a great Memorial Day weekend. Man! The weather this year was fantastic!

  4. Susan says:

    A wonderful tribute to our fallen heroes, and to your faithful friend, Maverick. Thank you.

  5. Boreas says:

    Not to de-rail the post, but I found the early history of the gun “salute” interesting. Never suspected it originated with the Navy.

    https://history.army.mil/faq/salute.html

    • Hey, the U.S. military is the U.S. military, & a salute’s a salute, regardless of which branch in which it originated. It’s all one proud USA tradition & history. Just honored to have been able to share my Twenty-One Gun Memorial Day version in tribute to all those who have served and sacrificed all for this great nation. Researching & sharing our nation’s history is a salute all its own. A great way of celebrating & paying respect to those who gave all. Thank you, Boreas, for reading & commenting. God Bless America! Amen & Amen
      OH! And as a side note: I could not fly my flags this Memorial Day because when I went out Monday morning to raise them, my flagpole’s rope lanyard broke. My pole rising 20 feet in the air and with my age/physical limitations, I had no way of safely getting up there to replace it. I was extremely distraught & upset. But this morning, some strong young friends of mine came to my rescue. They climbed the pole, strung the new lanyard I had prepared, and my Star-Spangled Banner yet waves.

  6. Charlie Stehlin says:

    It would be wondrous if war would end so that there’d be one less negative stain to be proud about! Pride….exaggerated conceit! We should be more proud of those who demand and march for peace!

    • Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor & pay tribute to those who bravely sacrificed all defending our hard-fought American freedom, including the freedom of those who choose to protest, disparage or march against the enduring sacrifice of those protecting the very foundation of a nation that allows such marchers to do so. God Bless America. Amen & Amen

      • Bob Meyer says:

        You are absolutely correct Dick.
        No matter what our political, moral, ethical or other views are, on Memorial Day (especially) we should all really think about and honor all the sacrifices made by all who have served and especially those who have lost their lives. NEVER FORGET

    • Bob Meyer says:

      We should be proud of both the seekers and workers for peace and the warriors of necessity
      The ones to aspire towards and the one of necessity given the nature of who we are.

    • ADKresident says:

      Come on, Charlie- can’t you drop your disdain for humanity for just a day- particularly Memorial Day?

      OF COURSE it would be wondrous if there were no wars, but the reality is there are and those who died and continue to die on the battlefield deserve far more honor than those who march in safety holding a peace sign.

      To call it ‘exaggerated conceit’ is not only dishonoring to our veterans, it is downright arrogance being touted from the security of your home, tapping away on a keyboard, most likely in your comfortable chair, sipping on coffee or chugging your fav beer! You know, the freedom you now enjoy because those who shed their blood made it possible for you to do so- NOT those who hold up 2 fingers with 1 hand and carry a sign in the other, costing them nothing but the few dollars for the price of the cardboard and a few markers!

      We ALL want peace- honoring our fallen is not a promotion for war!

  7. Charlie Stehlin says:

    “Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor & pay tribute to those who bravely sacrificed all defending our hard-fought American freedom, including the freedom of those who choose to protest, disparage or march against the enduring sacrifice of those protecting the very foundation of a nation that allows such marchers to do so.”

    I get it Richard, and I appreciate and respect your sincerity on this matter, and I most certainly have no disrespect for our men & women in uniform, but I just cannot help but think about how many of our brothers and sisters we have lost in wars due to outright lies by our propped-up leaders. Take the more recent Iraq War as per one mere example. When you say “the freedom of those who choose to protest” the immediate thing comes to mind is the fact that that very freedom has been slipping away incrementally over the years. In many places in this country one needs to get a permit to protest beforehand else he or she will be subject to arrest, or penalized in one fashion or another. If memory serves me correct this started with the liberal GW Bush! A ‘Free speech’ zone more or less is a way to limit protest activity to a designated area, also known as ‘restriction.’ Our forefathers would be shocked at such! Have you heard of these roguish ‘Free speech’ zones Richard?

    So when you, or anybody, says, “those who bravely sacrificed all defending our hard-fought American freedom” I cannot help but think “ridiculous!” So because I am here speaking my mind freely like our Constitution allows me to (speaking truth by the way) you can bet there will be some who will deem me ‘Unamerican’ for doing so, for not going along with the patriotic fervor that has been so conspicuous these years of late.

    Voting rights are being taken away, there has been the suppression of voters, we are allowing public monies to fund private or religious schools, etc., etc. So much for “Separation” hey? We had our Supreme Court select a President not too many blue moons ago. That went against our Constitution as the ‘People’ are suppose to elect a President. This is not made-up stuff Richard!

    I’ve talked to Iraqi war veterans, or at least one anyway, who had no idea that Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. No idea whatsoever! Yet he went over there and fought and though he evidently came back in one piece he shared stories of his buddies losing life and/or limbs over there. For what? To protect our freedoms? I don’t get it! It’s weird to me. The only ones who benefit from wars are the banks, the corporations who sell weapons, and our political leaders who play on their misinformed base, who they rely on to keep the money, and their power flowing.  You wont see them sending their children to the battlefields by the way!

    I don’t feel comfortable saying any of this trust me, and I’m not here to create more division neither…. I’m just freely speaking what I see as clear and plain facts of the matter. It’s not ‘fake news!’ War is ugly outright! Limbs lost, lives lost, children maimed for life, crippled, mommies and daddies dead, or maimed for life….and on and on ugly war. I have always been uneasy about Memorial Day Richard. I see it as, evidently, others do not! Especially regards the bit: “those who bravely sacrificed all defending our hard-fought American freedom.”

    • Paul says:

      “The only ones who benefit from wars are the banks, the corporations who sell weapons, and our political leaders who play on their misinformed base, who they rely on to keep the money, and their power flowing.”

      This is absolute nonsense. How can you comment like this and then say you have no disrespect for folks in uniform.?

      We ALL have benefitted from the sacrifices of these people. Just say thank you. That is what memorial day is all about to me and most reasonable people.

      Richard, thanks for your service!

  8. Charlie Stehlin says:

    “The ones to aspire towards and the one of necessity given the nature of who we are.”

    I like your neutrality Bob, but I don’t agree with the “necessity” bit as many of our wars were fought due to foolishness, because we humans don’t know how to get along, because power was being sought……..

  9. Charlie, & I say this sincerely. I respect, cherish & celebrate the freedom that allows you to express your individual perspective, opinions & viewpoint so openly, (and with such sincere fervent zealousness, I might add). We are without doubt an imperfect union. That said, I am and shall be forever proud to be part of it & pay solemn tribute to those who have sacrificed all defending our great nation’s freedoms and rights, imperfect as they may be. Best wishes and thank you for reading & commenting. God Bless America. Amen & Amen.

  10. Charlie Stehlin says:

    “This is absolute nonsense.”

    Who do you propose benefits Paul? I’m all ears! Or eyes in this case.

  11. Charlie Stehlin says:

    “I respect, cherish & celebrate the freedom that allows you to express your individual perspective, opinions & viewpoint…”

    And I respect yours too Richard!

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