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Gallery of the Intrepid – Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Veteran’s Day, celebrated in November, is the time for honoring all veterans who have served their country.  Memorial Day, however, is the day for honoring specifically those veterans who have died in the service of their country.

Here is one such veteran to remember:

Spc. Ross Andrew McGinnis, KIA December 4, 2006, Adhamiyah, Irag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Wikipedia entry on Specialist McGinnis:

In August 2006, aged 19, the regiment was deployed to eastern Baghdad and he was serving as a .50 caliber machine-gunner in a HMMWV during operations against insurgents in Adhamiyah. On December 4, while his platoon was on mounted patrol in Adhamiyah, a grenade was thrown into his vehicle. He told the other four men about it, so they could prepare for the blast. Instead of jumping out of the gunner’s hatch, he threw his back over the grenade, absorbing the bulk of the blast. He was killed instantly, but the other occupants were able to survive with only minor injuries.

It is this kind of sacrifice that we should remember, and honor, this Memorial Day.

Thank you to all veterans for their service, their courage, and their sacrifices, but particularly the sacrifices of those who gave their lives.

 

 

 

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Gallery of the Intrepid: Memorial Day – Thank a veteran

Monday, May 31st, 2010

– Wiccapundit

On this Memorial Day, it’s time to remember that the day is not about taking off from work and grilling a few burgers with friends.  It’s about acknowledging the sacrifices made by countless men and women who have served this nation in the military.  Here at Red State Witch, we have regular commenters who were former military (Sebastian) as well as those who are current military (James S.).  There may be others also whose service we are not aware of.  Elphaba and I express our extreme appreciation to all of you for your service.  We thank you more than we can express.

The painting above is a 75′ x 25′ mural in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  It was painted by the noted aviation artist Keith Ferris.  When viewed from the gallery in front of it, it is as if you were hanging in space 60 feet in front of the aircraft – a B-17 called Thunder Bird – during its bombing raid on a Luftwaffe airfield at Wiesbaden, Germany.  It is a extraordinary piece of work, and I never tire of seeing it (or the NASM) whenever I visit Washington.

I post this because I met the pilot of this aircraft.  He lived in my neighborhood, and when I was at his house once, I noticed some WWII memorabilia in his study.  I asked him what he had done in the war, and he said he had flown B-17s.  I mentioned how much I liked the Ferris mural of Thunder Bird, and he casually replied that he had been flying the aircraft on that raid.  He didn’t wear his service overtly or speak about it without prompting; to him it was simply a job he and his crew had to do. The average age of officers flying these aircraft in combat was about 21, and the average crewman’s age was maybe 19.  Simply amazing.

If you want to get a feel for how dangerous and difficult this “job” was, read Martin Caidin’s Flying Forts: The B-17 in World War II.  Some of the combat stories will curl your hair.

No matter what war, what theatre of operation, or what peacetime duty they have performed, anyone who has served our nation in uniform should be remembered this day.


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