Open thread: Who are you honoring this weekend?
May 26th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Open thread: Who are you honoring this weekend?

As the country heads into the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kickoff to the summer travel season, there are almost 1.5 million U.S soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed in war zones or combat missions worldwide.

So far, more than 6,400 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - 3,000 in Afghanistan alone - and at least 48,000 more have been wounded.

We encourage you to spend some time looking at our Home and Away feature, where you can discover the individual stories of the fallen.

Do you have a friend or family member in service? Tell in the comments who you are honoring this weekend.

Filed under: Iraq War • Military
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Quake_the_Greatest

    I'm remembering all of the US soldiers sent to their deatf by George Bush.

    May 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Quake_the_Greatest

    And all of the good and innocent citizens whose lives will be ruined by Barack Hussein Obama

    May 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Obama is cleaning up the mess that the international war criminal George w bush started, along with his cadre of ancient evil epmeralist friends.

      May 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. robert

    I am honoring my dad raymond boose my uncles ed boose bob mccollum and best friend carrol bayler all ww 2 veterans in the european theater and the pacific theater only my dad still lives my brother vaughn boose from the veitnam era my sons eddie and scott from the iraq era my grandsons brandon and christopher serving now iraq

    May 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Craig from Pa.

    My father, who was a career man,.. served WWII, Korea and Viet Nam..I had a good life as an Army brat, got to see a lot of the world with him too. He passed in 2004 and is at Arlington.

    May 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |

    The people who bought slaves in Africa were the first modern americans. The first american soldiers. Their children use the slave descendents today to go and shoot their own relatives back home. These soldiers are protecting the slave a crop protected by the farmer. They protect what they plan to use...the weeds will be pulled at the appropriate time. I honor my parents and their parents who have been slaves of a globally controlling government for 400 years, yet continue to raise us with the desire for true freedom.

    May 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jenny

    I am honoring all those who serve and have served this country. In particular I would like to remember Major Michael Martino, USMC and Sgt. Andrew Farrar, USMC. May you rest in peace. You will never be forgotten.

    May 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |

    @ CHEENO!
    While many deserve tribute some deserve Honoring, and of those,I find the men who belong to a very "Special Forces" group from Vietnam conflict, those who never abandoned the Peoples of the Hmong, to be more than worthy of HONORING.
    IMHO, their actions, both during and after, was one of most worthy of mention of what Honoring ones nation is supposed tostand for.
    To The People of the Hmong I honor tour dedication to your new homeland.

    May 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dino

    I honor the SEALs who got Bin Laden but instead of shooting him they should have had a chinook drop a bunch of trash-filled dumpster bins on him. Then he could finally live up to his name.

    May 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Judy Rice

    I am honoring my baby brother Joseph Bugar who was killed in Viet Nam and the families of all those who were killed there and continue to be killed in Afghanistan. Until a family faces this tragic loss it is hard to understand. I blame my parents' deaths on this horrific event. I pray daily for world peace and hope that I live long enough to see the beginnings of it.

    May our service men and women be blessed with safe returns home.

    May 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mickey1313

    Only ww2 vets deserve our honor. Every war since that has been illegal and an open power grab for our colonial empire. We have been no more right in doing this the the brits, three French, or the Spanish of centuries past. And our current wars are just another example of racist colonial ideals.

    May 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • How Rude

      Mickey1313, a soldier serving his country doesn't get to cherry-pick which war s/he will fight in...and you have disrespected many of the soldiers who have died for YOUR right to post such garbage. Shame on you, you unpatriotic little twit. I cannot BELIEVE you just posted that!!! From all our fallen soldiers, a hearty G F Y is in order!!!

      May 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alex M

    Michael Elm

    May 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sue

    My Great Uncle WWII, My Father in Law WWII, My Father Korea, My Brother in Law Vietnam, My Ex Husband Panama/Bosnia, My son Iraq, My son's best friend Iraq.

    May 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chace and Misty

    We are honoring my son's dad and his service to this great country. We are honoring my brother, uncles and cousins who are and have served with the Army and Navy. We are honoring those veterans I see everyday at my work. AND last but not least I am honoring those brave soldiers, their spouses, children and families past and present who have fought for our freedom and our rights...

    May 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Honors to all our soldiers, past & present who have lost their lives protecting the life, liberty & persuit of happiness for every American! I know we're honoring those who have passed in the course of battle, but I'd like to add those who make it back w/visible & invisible wounds & scars! Let's Never forget our vets! Blessed Memorial Day to all!!

    May 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DGupNorth

    George Fitzhugh Cline and his brother Tandy Cline – volunteers. From the family farm in Texas to France and back.

    And Steve Clark who joined the military in Alaska for Viet Nam and I don't know if you returned.

    You all will be remembered.

    May 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
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