2014 Memorial Day Weekend Wrap-Up

A recap of my Memorial Day Weekend posts:

  • There are a lot of people who either don’t know the difference (or don’t want to know) between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. I addressed that issue, and since then there have been a couple of people in the comments insisting the holidays are the same. I’ll be nice and not say what I really think of that.
  • I did also write about one blogger who apparently didn’t know the difference between the two holidays and then promptly politicized it.
  • One person who got it right for Memorial Day was Senator John Cornyn.
  • I wrote about the service and sacrifice of Neil J. Damato and Anthony P. Damato. The Damato brothers were my wife’s great-uncles who gave their lives in World War II. Neil was bombardier on a B-17 that was shot down in November 1943. Anthony threw himself onto a grenade to save his fellow Marines in February 1944. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor.
  • I also wrote about Medal of Honor Recipient Emil Kapaun. Father Kapaun was a Chaplain who died as a prisoner of war in Korea. He has been declared a Servant of God by the Catholic church – which means he is at the first step of the journey to sainthood.
  • Clemson University has 448 fallen alumni on its Scroll of Honor. Iwrote about some of those men, including Rudolf Anderson and Jimmy Dyess. Dyess was a Medal of Honor recipient who died in the Battle of Kwajalein. Anderson was the first recipient ever of the Air Force Cross and died when the U-2 he was piloting was shot down over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • I previewed the National Memorial Day Parade and the celebrities participating in it. I also wrote about the Grand Marshal of the parade, Dick Cole, who was Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot on the Doolittle Raid.
  • I also offered a prayer for Memorial Day.
Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.

Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Jeff Quinton