MEMORIAL DAY – SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE PAYS TRIBUTE TO ITS FALLEN SOLDIERS:
On Memorial Day, United States honors its citizens who have died in War. Originally commemorating soldiers killed in the American Civil War, the observance was later extended to all US war dead. The holiday is observed on the last Monday in the month of May and an official tradition began in 1971, the same year during which I had witnessed the death of some young soldiers who served in Special Frontier Force, which is known as Establishment No. 22 in India. Approximately, one million men and women died in defense of the United States since 1775. I cannot give a precise count of the men and women who died serving the cause of Freedom at Special Frontier Force.
The custom of honoring the graves of the war dead began before the close of the Civil War. In 1868, Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic issued a general order designating May 30, 1868 “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.”
Tibetan soldiers with whom I served in Special Frontier Force died in the remote jungles of Chittagong Hill Tracts while our military operation code-named ‘Operation Eagle’ initiated the Liberation of Bangladesh during November – December 1971. Our Unit buried them or cremated them and our fallen comrades have no graves which I can visit for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the sites where they died to defend the cause of Freedom. However, I am pleased to remember them and honor them on this Memorial Day for we fought our battles with weapons, ammunition, field gear, medical supplies, rations, radio sets, and other military supplies provided by the United States. We are partners with India and the United States to defend Tibet and restore its lost Freedom.
On this Memorial Day, I pay my tribute to honor the memory of the fallen Tibetan soldiers of Special Frontier Force: “These men suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all – and died” in the remote Chittagong Hill Tracts. To show my respect to them, I want to remind occupants of The White House and The Rashtrapati Bhavan that we belong to a pact or alliance that defends the rights of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to occupy the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the seat of His Ganden Phodrang Government.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4162, USA
The Spirits of Special Frontier Force
|The Spirits of Special Frontier ForceSpecial Frontier Force is a military organization of India, Tibet, United States to resist Red…|
|View on www.facebook.com||Preview by Yahoo|
ONE THING VETERANS WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY
email@example.com (Paul Szoldra)
Provided by Business Insider. Arlington Cemetery – Soldier Kissing grave.
Do not thank me for my service because today is not about me at all.
That’s what a number of fellow military veterans said, when I asked what they wanted people to know about Memorial Day.
“It’s not about us,” said Staff Sgt. Jay Arnold, a soldier with the Illinois Army National Guard. “It’s about those who went before us.”
While often seen as just a day off work or great time to barbecue, Memorial Day — not to be confused with Veterans Day — is a day of remembrance for approximately 1 million men and women who died in defense of the United States since 1775.
“Memorial Day isn’t about romanticizing war or worshiping military veterans. It’s a day to recognize personal sacrifices of veterans and active military alike, regardless of their inclinations toward war,” said Tech Sgt. Bill Monahan, an airman serving at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “Too often today, ones political beliefs skew opinions on what constitutes honorable service so it is important to have a day where we can look back at who laid it all on the line.”
The day has its roots in the Civil War, with a “Decoration Day” taking place three years after the war’s end to decorate Union graves with flowers. Similar observances happened around the same time in the south. But it was Maj. Gen. John A. Logan who declared the day should be observed on May 30.
With an act of Congress in 1971, the day was proclaimed a national holiday for the last Monday in May and expanded to honor all who have died in American wars.
So you should definitely enjoy your day off, grill some steaks, and spend time with family and friends. But I challenge you — if you don’t have any connection to the military — to really learn about one fallen service member.
They didn’t join the military for fame or reward, ambition or status. “In simple obedience to duty as they understood it,” reads the inscription at Arlington’s Confederate Memorial. “These men suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all — and died.”
Former Army Maj. Matthew Burden, a military blogger who often shares stories of the fallen, shared this:
“It is important to remember them, and it is just as important to enjoy yourself this weekend. To spend time with your family and friends,” he told BI. ” What better assurance to them that they did not die in vain? Enjoying your freedom and understanding it’s value is the best way to honor the sacrifices of my friends. That’s the way they’d want you to spend Memorial Day.
Remembering them, and being a good friend, father, and an American is the best way that I can honor their memory.”
I wholeheartedly agree.
© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images