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This Is Not National Bar-B-Que Weekend!!

Posted on May 21, 2015 under Memorial Day Weekend.

Now that I am retired  (this is Day 51 if anyone is keeping track), I ’retreat’ to my blog to make sure that my brain does not prematurely and permanently  ’rust’.    Today I am writing for me,  so you may want to hit delete before it is too late.

After a long battle with Alzheimer’s, I lost my Dad on January 21, 2012. 

He is certainly in my thoughts often;  not surprisingly like all of you I am sure, I miss him most on his birthday, Father’s Day, and the Holidays.   But because my Dad was a WWII vet, two days that are also fairly poignant for me are  VE Day and Memorial Day.  I have a lot of ‘woulda, shoulda, couldas’ hit me on these days  because I know so little about his experience in Europe during the war. 

My Dad embarked out of NYC on October 22, 1944; he was 20 years old;  he landed in Swansea, Wales, on November 2; was transferred to Le Havre, France, on December 14 and marched into Belgium on December 22.

He went into combat near Rochefort, Belgium with the 2nd Armored Division on Christmas Day, 1944.  According to some hand written notes I found, he “moved to Manay & Gran Manile (December 29), crossed the Salm River at Gran Helleaux (January 15),  and arrived in Alsace-Lorraine on January 22, 1945″.  He was wounded on February 1, 1945, so his intimate affair with the Battle of the Bulge ended pretty quickly; but he was one of the lucky ones – he made it home – almost 20,000 American GIs did not.

My only exposure to war is being a college deferred protestor during Viet Nam, so I  could never speak of the ‘horrors of war’; but I have got to believe that my Dad’s exposure to combat impacted who he was when he returned and who he became as a husband, a father, a brother, a son, and a grandfather  – but I’ll never know.  My Dad was a very private person and efforts to learn more about what he experienced in Belgium that month always went no where (even when adult beverages were involved); so sadly, I will always be left on my own when it comes to that part of my Dad’s life.  The only thing I know for sure is that in all the roles I mentioned earlier, he always did the best he could with what he had.

 Since it’s creation after the Civil War,  the over riding theme (begrudgingly at first) of Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day) has always been reconciliation; it’s about Americans of all colors and creeds coming together to honor  those who gave their all; so maybe, for just one day, we can try to do just that – come together. 

On the eve of Memorial Day Weekend 2015, I salute my Dad and the millions of other veterans who never needed a motivational poster from Successories.

Just saying ‘thank you’ seems grossly inadequate, but, to all our veterans and their families:  THANKS!






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Please Remember: This Is Not National Bar-B-Que Weekend!

Posted on May 22, 2014 under Memorial Day Weekend.


Craig J. McConnell
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Please Remember: Tomorrow Is Not National Bar-B-Que Day!

Posted on May 26, 2013 under Memorial Day Weekend.


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FREEDOM: Thank A Soldier

Posted on May 27, 2012 under Memorial Day Weekend.


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