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6 years 15 weeks ago, 6:16 PM

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Ideas for Patriot Day?

I am trying to come up with some good "family traditions" for Patriot Day.

We've always talked about it with our kids in past years, but we never really did much other than talk and observe a moment of silence. I want to do something with more impact.

I figured maybe watch the "In Memoriam" DVD, listen to some rousing patriotic country music (ie - Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue"), and put together some care packages for soldiers. Would it be too dorky to take treats down to the local firefighters' station?

Any other suggestions are welcomed!!

6 years 15 weeks ago, 7:43 PM

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Patriots Day

Seeing how my late father , brother & 2 nephews are & were fire fighters, I think it would be good to bake some cookies or something. Besides it is good insurance if you need them. Flying the colors and telling kids about the flag and it's meaning is great. Something for the disabled Vets never fails especially if you are near a VA Hospital or Vet's home.

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 7:54 PM

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family fun

I say, take the whole family and kill a crook together. there for making the country a better place and teaching the kids about responsibility. You never know, they may like it and join the service!!!

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 8:05 PM

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 8:13 PM

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Family fun in detroit

I'm from detroit, it diffently needs to be cleaned up. But i wouldn't take the kids out at night excspecially around 8mile and grosebeck area. that place calls for..THE PUNISHER... now that would be a great patriot holiday!

6 years 15 weeks ago, 8:31 PM

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Craig, who's your favorite team in Detroit? Tigers for me!!

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 8:35 PM

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Hey sytasyn, my favorite team when they're winning is the lions. Usually i watch the red wings during the play offs. Nothing like hockey town. Can't help not watching the lions.

6 years 15 weeks ago, 8:40 PM

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where in detroit

Hey sytasyn, where about in michigan or detroit area do you live or from? I'm from the roseville area 11 mile and gratiot. born and rasied in detroit.

6 years 15 weeks ago, 8:42 PM

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Westland, and before I left for the Corp, Cass Alley

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 8:46 PM

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My parents and sister live in westland. ford rd & wildwood area. Cass Alley as in 2nd and cass coridor???? Lived at 2nd and alexandrine.

6 years 15 weeks ago, 8:53 PM

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Ford road and wild wood is right down the street, we live on Geronimo and Wildwood in those Indian named streets by the elementary school! Small world huh?

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 8:56 PM

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Went to edison elemenatry school when i was a kid. and Nankin mills jr. high. Lived in detroit when i was in my 20's. Lived in macomb couny for about 10 years +.

6 years 15 weeks ago, 8:59 PM

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Very small world

Very small world

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 9:03 PM

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Yes it is. Glad to here from someone from the ol neighborhood. Have a good night sytasyn signing off for now be on tommarrow.
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6 years 15 weeks ago, 9:06 PM

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Punisher? HAHAHA nice

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 1:31 AM

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Service before self...

I like the ideas...but make it truly meaningful...have your kids give up something they love (video games, sweets, whatever it is they really like...give it up for this day...to represent the sacrifice so many have given and gave on that day 7 years ago) and do something for someone else. I like the fire fighters visit...very nice touch, any emergency services folks. Also, visiting VETS is always a cool thing, especially the older ones. Most importantly make sure the kids know what this day means to us as a country.

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 8:13 AM

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Thank you, everybody... I'll let you know how it turns out. Y'all are wonderful.

Sam, I actually had to have help from some firefighters/EMS guys earlier this year! I'd had surgery (gallbladder removal), was just home from the hospital and took pain meds that doc had prescribed. WHOA - major allergic reaction! Thank the Lord that my friend was over visiting, because I couldn't breathe and started to pass out. She called 911 and those guys were here in about 3 minutes flat. They were AWESOME, and one of them even took my little 3-year-old son aside and talked to him and calmed him down. They literally saved my life.

Now off to bake some cookies!

6 years 15 weeks ago, 7:49 AM

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It was a little hectic yesterday, since the kids still had school and all. What really torqued me was that there was NO mention of 9/11 AT ALL at their school. Nothing! One of my boys - God bless him - brought it up with a group of classmates and they responded with, "So what?" That's my clue that it's time to move to a new school district!

We made cookies and chocolate-dipped strawberries and took them to the local fire station. The guys there seemed stunned. They just stood there staring at us for a minute, then started smiling, shaking our hands and giving stickers to the kids. When we left, my kids were like, "Let's do that again!"

We talked about what they would like to have as regular traditions, and I used Pkato's suggestion about giving up something they love. They decided to give up a week's allowance and use it to secretly pay for the meal of someone in uniform (the next time we see someone in a restaurant).

My oldest talked to his great-grandfather (flew bombers in WW II, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross - the character "Hawk" in the movie Space Cowboys sure reminds me of him!). My son seemed very impressed/impacted by his stories. In that family alone, between 5 brothers, there were 119 years of active duty and another 31 years of reserve.

Then we talked about other relatives who have served (a very long list). We've had family serve in every war in this nation except Desert Storm. Then he hit me with, "Why didn't you serve?" (I explained that, while my brother and I both have serious health issues that prevent us from active duty, we have both worked for the V.A.)

We discussed the oath that federal employees take:

"I, _______, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

He mentioned that, even though he can't serve right now, he can be of service by helping take care of those who are currently serving.

Anyway, sorry to be so long-winded! Just wanted to share with you how the day progressed and the reactions of the kiddos. I'd say it was a very good day. Thank you all for your ideas!

6 years 15 weeks ago, 9:38 AM

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TC,
I admire you. You to me are a Patriot, raising what sounds like 4 great kids. Thanks for helping out. If we had another 200 million like you, this would sure be a better place. You make the sun shine brighter.

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 12:10 PM

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I've said that one a few times haha, I do solemnly swear....But that blows my mind that the kids didnt care. I remember when I was young and desert storm was going on me and my mom watched and she was scared for those guys and I asked her "Mom, why you so sad, is Todd (My Brother)there?" in the cute innocent kid voice I wish I could retain to use on my wife!! She said "No, but we are going to hope and pray for them all, because somewhere they are a son to someone."
After that, I have to give thanks to some people. I have to thank all the civilians that come out here and work at the recreation center or the chowhall or fix the gear/trucks. I know they volenteered but they get no thanks...us services members hog all the thanks. I want it to be known that we appreciate you guys coming out here to support us and doing it in Iraq without even a weapon, enduring the heat and shit times with us. Silently and courageously taking the mortors and grumpy Marines attitudes, with you families at hope like us....Thank you!!

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 12:12 PM

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sytasyn... did someone steal your log in info. this doesn't sound like you.

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 12:16 PM

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I figured you'd be coming up with a plan on how to kill them

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 12:27 PM

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The civilian workers? Noooo. I hate people that are shitbags and worthless, these people do stuff for me and don't ask for shit in return.

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 12:32 PM

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"I hate people that are shitbags and worthless, these people do stuff for me and don't ask for shit in return."

Thats more like it

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 12:40 PM

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Thought you might like it

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 4:09 PM

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patriot day

i had my kids color flags which we took to our local fire dept for them.then we said the pledge of allegiance with the firefighters.it was nice,one of the firefighters played the national anthem for all to listen to.when we got home i loaded up the kids rifles and mine too,we went to the gun club and each shot a target for the fallen(kinda our version of the 21 gun salute)which we posted on the picture board at the vfw hall with a note of what it meant to us!it was very well received by the vets

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