JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) remembers vets on Memorial Day


Hello All,

” In Honor Of Many, In Memory Of All.”  Unknown 

” It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
  Rather we should thank God such men lived.”   George S. Patton

The above give us a little grounding as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, barbecues, runs to the beach, joy and laughter, Family and
Friends, none of which would be begrudged by those who gave so much so that we could celebrate in freedom. They only ask that we remember them and not forget. And hopefully, so we do.

If you did not hear live, President Ronald Reagan’s speech at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day, 1986, nor have not heard or read it since, it is worth your trouble to pull it up on this Memorial Day. The majesty, emotion, honor and remembrance that live forever
In that sacred place gave his words special meaning in tribute to the Men and Women we remembe on Memorial Day.

In his speech, President Reagan, quoted Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who served in the Civil War who said:
   ” At the grave of a hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss, but with the contagion of his courage; and with a kind of desparate 
     Joy, we go back to the fight.”

As we approach Memorial day, perhaps we may let those words inform our thoughts, remembrance and prayers of thanks for our men and women who served and serve, particularly those who never returned. We need to remember as well, in our prayers, the Parents, Wives, Husbands, Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Daughters left behind that will always mourn their loss and never forget.

I have attached a remembrance that I shared in 2017 and I hope that you do not mind my doing so. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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From: Phil Colon
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 4:50 PM

Subject: Apologize to No One But Remember

Good Afternoon Fellow Americans,

Memorial Day, like Veteran’s Day, always brings me to tears, a feeling of great pride and loss pervades, remembering can be painful but we will never forget our Veterans:  ” All gave some, some gave all.” 

I am taking the liberty of sharing with you the following which was sent to me by a good and respected friend, Fellow Jasper, Ed Riely. Some of us have seen some of these places, some have seen some of these Photographs, many of us have never seen them all brought together in remembrance and tribute. They are incredible and magnificent places, justifiably so, where so many of our heroes rest. They are beautiful in their serenity, overwhelming in the emotions that arise upon seeing them and a rightous tribute to our Fallen. No, we will never forget. 

Thank you for your service. God Bless.

Phil Colon


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