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Memorial Day at Americas Last Patrol Ranch, Inc.

Saturday, May 25th 2013  at 1:00 PM!

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-Our Motto, Arturo "Pete" Vasquez:

"Remember Our POW/MIA's, De Oppresso Libre"

-Ernest Hemingway:

"I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes."

-General Dwight D. Eisenhower:

"Dear Madam: I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours very sincerely and respectfully, Abraham Lincoln."

-John F. Kennedy (JFK):

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty."

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Veterans Day 2013:

Our  Veteran's Day celebrations are quickly approaching.  Our ceremonies are to be held Saturday, November 9th. 2013 at 1:00 PM.  See you there!

Next Meeting:

The meeting for June 15th. 2013 has been CANCELLED!!!!!

Our next member meeting to be held on Saturday, July 20th. 2013 at 1:00 PM.  All members are asked to mark their calendars.  Everyone's help is requested and sincerely appreciated.

Spc. Kevin Cardoza, US Army

"Army Spc. Cardoza, a 19-year-old Edcouch-Elsa High School graduate, died Saturday in southern Afghanistan when the vehicle he was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb. Four other patrol mates from Fort Bliss in El Paso also were killed in the blast, a deadly toll that shook Cardoza’s military base and his close-knit family." ref:

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Memorial Day Celebrations at Americas Last Patrol Ranch will be held on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

Memorial Day Guest Speaker:


Why Memorial Day Is Observed:
Memorial Day honors the US men and women who died while in the military, serving their country. It is a day
to remember all the people who have served - and are serving - in the armed forces; our surviving veterans; and
to honor those who have died in past wars.

Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday observed in most states on the last Monday in May
(although its official date is May 30). History of Memorial Day: The origins of the day lie in the American
Civil War. It began in 1868 (May 5), when members of the Grand Army of the Republic requested that
their commander, Civil War General John A. Logan, decorate the graves of their fallen compatriots with
flowers. Memorial Day has since become the day on which the US honors the dead and fallen heroes of all
its wars. (This is also why it is referred to as Decoration Day.)
The Significance of Memorial Day

Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?
The primary reason why people celebrate this special event is to commemorate the lives of U.S. soldiers and
other military personnel who sacrificed their lives and died in honor of their country. Before, people celebrated
this event in honor of the casualties of the American Civil War, particularly Union soldiers. Today, the entire country
celebrates this event to honor all the Americans who have died while taking part in any kind of military action or war.

People usually visit memorials and cemeteries in observance of this very special day. Every 3 p.m. of this day, the
whole country holds a national moment of remembrance. In various parts of the country, people set the U.S. flag at
half-staff position for a significant period. Meanwhile, certain individuals and volunteer groups visit national cemeteries in order to reflect and put small American flags on every gravesite.

Aside from remembering the courageous efforts of deceased U.S. soldiers, many people spend this time with their
families and friends. Together, they cook and eat barbecues while enjoying the presence of one another. Furthermore,
other people hold picnics to celebrate this special day, which is indeed a very worthy cause for national celebration.
People also hold national sporting events during this day such as the Indianapolis 500.

At the U.S. Capitol, organizers set the so-called National Memorial Day Concert. This special show is aired on NPR
(National Public Radio) and televised over PBS (Public Broadcasting Service). In addition to the special music
performances, people commemorate the lives of decreased American soldiers and military personnel. In the past,
people celebrated this special holiday every 30th day of May.

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