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Memorial Day is more than just ‘another Holiday,’ it is about remembering the American Military Dead (and Wounded) who have given the Rest of Us the Right to live whatever sort of Life we choose to live

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Let us talk about the significance of Memorial Day
Mukilteo, WA, 05-30-2016 Monday: Welcome to the Memorial Day post, this is not a true ‘holiday’ but it is a celebration of all American men and women who have served in the armed forces of the nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice—even the Confederate war dead.  Since the Revolutionary War to the ongoing wars against Islamic fundamentalists, American men and women have risen to the call of duty, gone overseas, and paid the final price—with their lives. 

Today is not a day for us to dance around bonfires on the beach, fire up the barbeque pits, and eat, drink and make merry until we have first spent some reflection on those who went to war and who did not return home or who came home horribly wounded.  All too often we Americans forget the soldiers, sailors, air force personnel, Marines, Coast Guard, and even the Merchant Marines, people who put the protection of the homeland and its allies above and beyond their own lives. 

Some wars have been popular and some have been not, it depends upon the time, the era, as well as the people who live during those times and eras.  Americans fought the Revolutionary War to establish a free, independent nation, one in which, we ruled ourselves and did not answer to some distant monarch.  Yes, things were not perfect but Americans have always risen to the occasion and strived long and hard to right the wrongs of the past, even if it meant shedding of our own blood.

We fought the War of 1812 to maintain the freedom for which, we shed so much blood, we fought the war with Mexico 1846-1848 to avenge the loss of the Alamo and the murder of its defenders, and we fought the Civil War that divided the states.  Many tend to forget that the Civil War saw a nation divided in a contest many times fought between brothers, sisters, both North and South.  When it was over, we attempted to unite the nation once again and over the course of time managed to do it. 

We fought the wars of pacification against the Native Americans, granted, these were not always bright spots in the history of the nation but nonetheless, the United States strived hard to bring the defeated indigenous peoples into the fold.  Just as in the Civil War, the fighters on both sides created some painful memories and horrendous situations but as with the battle for civil rights, we Americans have worked long and hard to right the wrongs of a bygone era.

In 1898, we fought the war against Spain, in order to free the enslaved peoples of Cuba as well as to expand American reach into the next century.  We claimed Puerto Rico, Guam, and other foundering parts of the decaying Spanish empire.  We fought another war of pacification in the Philippines, between the years 1900-1903, a war that would ally Filipinos and Americans for several decades.  Eventually, we gave them their complete independence. 
In 1917, we repaid our debt to the French for helping us in the Revolutionary War by coming to the aid of not only France but also Great Britain in their war against the Central Powers—Germany, Austro-Hungary, and Turkey.  World War I showed that America was on the rise and would become a power on the world stage, one that fought for the good and the freedom of people living in the hell of occupation, slavery, and cruelty. 
In December 1941, we entered the war against the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, Japan, and their allies) not because we wanted to but because the Japanese—one third of the major Axis powers—attacked Pearl Harbor without any sort of warning.  We lost more than 2,000 Americans and it forced us to pull up our sleeves and once again come to the aid of Great Britain, standing alone against the might of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. 
We saw horrible losses in the Pacific Theater until we managed to gain the upper hand and we invaded North Africa along with the Brits, the Free French, the Free Poles, and other allies in 1943.  We helped drive the Axis out of the region and we then followed them across the Mediterranean to Sicily and eventually up the Italian boot.  We landed on the shores of France in 1944 and with the Brits, the Canadians, and other allies we fought to heart of Germany as our Soviet allies fought from the east. 
In 1945, following the surrender of the Nazis, we found ourselves faced with the vexing problem of bringing the war in the Pacific to an end.  The Japanese refused to surrender and when faced with the prospect of losing 1-1.5 million additional Americans, British, Australian-New Zealand, Dutch and even Russian troops (the toll would have been much higher) not to mention millions of Japanese, President Harry S. Truman did what he needed to do.  He used the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the city where President Barack Hussein Obama went to ‘apologize’ in his own disgusting way.
When the Japanese refused to surrender following the dropping of the first bomb, three days later, Nagasaki became the second city to feel the might of an atomic bomb.  Finally, the emperor said “enough’ and ordered his government to accept the unconditional surrender the Allies demanded of it. 
In the years that followed, we rebuilt both Japan and Germany as well as provided most of the aid to rebuild war-torn Europe though the Marshall Plan.  We did not do this because the devastated nations asked us to do it; we did it because it was the RIGHT thing to do.  We did it and many times the nations that owed repayment we allowed to get off because it would have been impossible collecting on it. 
In 1950, we as a partner with the United Nations came to the aid of beleaguered South Korea when the North suddenly slammed across the border and drove the Republic of South Korea (ROK) troops and the few American units rushed over from Japan almost off the peninsula.  We rallied, landed behind enemy lines at Inchon and we then drove the North Koreans up to the Chinese border.  When the Red Chinese crossed the border in aid of their North Korean allies, we fought them to a standstill. 
In the mid-1960s, we found ourselves involved in the defense of another ally in Asia, South Vietnam.  This war became unpopular due to the news media slanting its coverage of it on the nightly news.  This gave rise to a leftwing antiwar movement that would lead to many of the Democrat leading the nation NOW, people who grew up on propaganda and who fell in love with our Marxist enemies instead of with the common cause of the United States.  Vietnam was the first war we ‘lost,’ not because we lost a single battle but because the home front did not allow us to fight it the way in which, we should have to win it.  No use looking backward at what might have been but we must look forward to prevent another traitorous scumbag from becoming president. 
We liberated American medical students and the people of Grenada when the Cubans joined their Marxist allies on that island nation seeking to extend the reach of communism throughout the region.  We send troops to Lebanon to help maintain peace and saw many American military personnel killed in a single bomb attack.  We also fought the first Gulf War in 1991 to free the Kuwaiti people from the grip of a cruel tyrant, Saddam Hussein.
In the mid-1990s, we fought with our NATO allies to stop genocide in the former Yugoslavia.  We fought warlords in eastern Africa starving their people and we began the fight against the terrorist trash that seeks to destroy us now.  Eventually, it would lead us to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other distant parts of the world as we seek to stamp out the barbarous brand of Islam the terrorists and jihadists practice.  The groups we fight are ones that now seek to sell sex slaves online, or who dissolve their captives in vats of nitric acid, one of their newest ways to use terror as a weapon.
We will continue this post over to tomorrow so please, join me on Tuesday and make sure you watch the Golden State Warriors play the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals—please think good thoughts for the Thunder!         
Thank you,
V. Gdansk
V. Gdansk
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This is a photo of I, your host, back in the 1980's when I was the Executive Chef at a country club in the Napa Valley but for security purposes, we have scaled some of our personal info back.  However, I spent many years working in professional foodservice, having begun as a young boy working for my father in his restaurant over on the coast in Pismo Beach.  Foodservice is in my blood and it is something I still do actively every day in my late eighties in Washington State.
Chef Vladimir Gdansk writes from Mukilteo, Washington.

Chef Vladimir Gdansk is a moderate Republican.

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05-30-2016 M Political Topics and Essays, Part DCCLI: “Memorial Day is more than just ‘another Holiday,’ it is about remembering the American Military Dead (and Wounded) who have given the Rest of Us the Right to live whatever sort of Life we choose to live” by Chef Vladimir Gdansk.    
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TODAY IN HISTORY—MAY 30, 2016:

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  1. 1416: The Catholic Church burns Jerome of Prague at the stake for heresy.
  2. 1431:  Condemned as a heretic, her captors burned Joan of Arc at the stake in Rouen, France.
  3. 1498: Christopher Columbus and six ships depart Spain for the New World on their third trip to the Western Hemisphere.
  4. 1536: England’s King Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour.
  5. 1539: Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto discovers Florida.
  6. 1588: The Spanish Armada under the command of Admiral Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon, Portugal, for the invasion of England.
  7. 1783: Benjamin Tower of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, publishes the first daily newspaper in the United States.
  8. 1814: The victors sign the Treaty of Paris and Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates for the first time and heads into exile.
  9. 1821: James Boyd patents the first rubber fire hose.
  10. 1822: A house slave betrays the Denmark Vesey conspiracy resulting in 37 blacks meeting their end on the gallows.
  11. 1848: Mexico ratifies the treaty with the United States that hands over California, New Mexico, and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado for $15 million.
  12. 1868: Memorial Day is first observed in Columbus, Mississippi, when two women place flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers.
  13. 1883: Sparked by a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapse, 12 people died during a stampede of fearful bridge-crossers.
  14. 1908: The forerunner to the Federal Reserve System in the United States, the Aldrich-Vineland Currency Act, was passed.
  15. 1911: The first Indy 500 took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the winner was Ray Harroun, who drove a Marmon Wasp for more than 6.5 hours at an average speed of 74.6 mph and collected a prize of $10,000.
  16. 1914: The new and then largest Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania at 45,647 tons, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England, to New York City.
  17. 1922: The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated on today’s date.
  18. 1937: Demonstrating near the Republic Steel Plant in South Chicago, 12 steelworkers lost their lives when police fired on them.
  19. 1941: The British army enters Baghdad, Iraq, in hot pursuit of the fleeing pro-Axis government forces.
  20. 1942: In response to the murder of Reinhard Heydrich, SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler arrives in Prague to check on the repressive measures ordered by him and Adolf Hitler.
  21. 1943: During World War II, American troops secured the Aleutian island of Attu from Japanese forces.  Meanwhile, French General Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers, Algeria.
  22. 1948: A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon, within minutes leading to 15 deaths and tens of thousands of homeless people.
  23. 1958: Unidentified American service members killed in World War II and the Korean War were interned in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
  24. 1961: Long-time Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo loses his life when opponents assassinate him.
  25. 1965: Vivian Malone becomes the first black to graduate from the University of Alabama.
  26. 1967: Peter Keys, keyboardist with the Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd since 2009, was born on this date. 
  27. 1968: The Beatles begin work on their only double album, “Beatles” aka “The White Album.”
  28. 1970: Baseball authorities return All-Star voting back to the fans. 
  29. 1971: The American space probe Mariner 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Florida, on a journey to Mars.  Meanwhile, during a Grateful Dead concert, 37 people require hospitalization from drinking apple juice containing large amounts of LSD.
  30. 1972: 3 Japanese terrorists kill 24 and wound 72 at Tel Aviv’s Lod International Airport.
  31. 1980: The first papal visit since 1814 to France occurs on this date.
  32. 1982: In the closest Indy 500, Gordon Johncock defeats Rick Mears of Bakersfield, California, by 0.16 seconds.
  33. 1987: In the sixth round of their heavyweight title fight, Mike Tyson scores a TKO over Pinklon Thomas.
  34. 1989: Protesters in Beijing erected a “Goddess of Democracy” statue in Tiananmen Square.
  35. 1991: The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rules that prosecutors can be held legally liable for advice they give to law enforcement agents working on their behalf.
  36. 2011: Germany’s Angela Merkel pledges to end all use of nuclear power by the year 2022.
  37. 2011: Executing its final mission, the Space Shuttle Endeavor undocks from the International Space Station for the return trip to Earth.
  38. 2013: U.S. President Barack Obama appoints James Comey as the new director of the FBI.
  39. 2014: Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling's wife and co-owner of the L.A. Clippers, plans to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion; the sale depends on approval from the NBA and Donald.
  40. 2015: According to Brainy History, concerns over security in the Asia-Pacific region are raised after a U.S. surveillance flight identifies artillery on one of the fabricated islands under development by China in the South China Sea.






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