Yesterday was a rather emotional day for me here at my desk in Ohio. When I sent out my Memorial Day Tribute I was not expecting to get so many responses from our readers. I replied to each and every one of them. I thought you might want to see a sampling of some that I got.
Thanks again for writing and God Bless America!
I just finished reading your email and I could not help but write and say, thank you. I understand very well the need to sell a product when you have a business. Thank you for not using a day set aside to remember our fallen heroes to make a profit from their sacrifice.
Thank you for your service to our country. I am a Viet Nam veteran and proud of it. But, I, along with many others, was able to come home to family and friends. There were 58,272 of my brothers and sisters that did not, and this day, Memorial Day, is their day, along with all the others who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Thank you again for your service.
Yes, you are correct about our troops in harms way and what they mean to our country and our way of life. Thank you for showing your support to all of the men and women of our armed forces. I feel that Americans appreciate the service of the military much more today than they did for those who served during Viet Nam and for several years after that conflict.
I am retired US Army and my son has made his career in the US Army also. It is important for all Americans to realize and understand how lucky they are to live in America, the land of the free.
Again, thank you for the note and I trust that you will have many positives responses. BTW, I do enjoy your products!
LTC, US Army Retired
Your Memorial Day message was sincere and trueful and I appreciate it. As a Viet Nam combat veteran, I also understand the importance of always remembering those that didn’t make it home to the USA, and that they didn’t get the opportunity to finish their shortened and valuable life in this great Country as we who came home did. Our war was not popular, but we fought with and for our brothers and for an ideal that is much bigger than any of us just the same and as was true for the previous generations who were so gallant.
The Country and culture were split in the sixties, but it seems that the culture of today has no memory of past greatness nor an eye on the future and continuing blesssings that are available to the USA. I do not know if we the people can regrasp the ideal which seems to be disappearing……….as the culture stumbles into self-absorbsion and entitlement mindedness with no goal of collective greatness.
Thanks for your letter. America has done us well
I was an immigrant but now I’m living far from the US now. After spending 7 years of my life living in your country I learned more than you can imagine about patriotism. I will not be able to become an American now but got lots of great memories about everything on those days. When I read this letter I really feel your words and beside that we belong to different cultures I’m with you en every word.
I really hope you have a Memorial Day full of great memories to rememorize.
The crazy carpenter from south America (Uruguay)
Thanks so very much for the heart filled letter. I must admit the only negative side of Memorial Day for me is that the remainder days of the year the veterans are not treated so well.
I have such a great deal of respect for those who have served and have paid some form of sacrifice. I have not purchased much from your company, but that is about to change.
I’m sure that your “Tribute” Took a lot of thought ! It was very well done!!
I’m a new customer ;and it’s A Pleasure to do business with people like you.
Dan Walter, Eagle America’s founder writes:
Well friends, it’s that time of year again. Each and every holiday that our country honors our military has a special meaning for me. Unfortunately some of the more serious ones turn out to be a great excuse for many retailers to offer you the opportunity to part with your money. Like many of you, some I have come to accept or embrace while others I have a hard time with. Such is the case with Memorial Day. A few weeks ago we celebrated Armed Forces Day. On this day we pay thanks to all those men and women who are actively serving our country. In November, we celebrate Veterans Day, where we pay thanks to those who have served on our behalf. Today, on Memorial Day, we pay homage to those brave soldiers who paid the ultimate price and gave their lives defending our great country in order to preserve our precious freedoms.
As a young boy I was in the high school marching band. Every year we would parade down the streets of our town and I would bang the big bass drum trying to keep everyone in step. As we passed the reviewing stand, the members would stand and salute our flag. At the end of the parade route was Memorial Park where we circled a big American Flag that always seemed to be blowing in the breeze. We played a march or two for the “old” soldiers that showed up that day to hear us play. After that, the town pool was open, summer had officially begun and we were on our merry way home.
Now I am one of those old soldiers, a proud veteran who served our country during a time when war was not popular or supported by our government or the general public.
I can go to cemeteries or memorial walls and see the names of friends of mine that died in combat. I am also the son of an immigrant who came here to this country before World War II. After being here for only a few years, Dad was shipped back to Europe in an Army uniform and fought in the streets of his childhood home town for The United States of America. He is no longer here, I miss him more each day, but I still admire his service to our country.
So on this special day, I ask that you just take a moment and think about all of those who gave their lives for your freedom. You can freely start up your barbeque, jump in a pool, watch a parade and listen to the marching band, or have a hot dog with your grandson at the ball park thanks to their sacrifices. In honor of those who served to keep our country free, all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart.