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    On this Memorial Day weekend, I thought I would share this video with you all. In August of 2011, a Chinook helicopter carrying 8 crew and 30 special ops troops, including 15 Seal Team 6 operators, was shot down in Afghanistan. The chopper was piloted by CWO2 Bryan Nichols of Hays, Kansas. He was a school mate of my nephew. After the church service, they took him to his final resting place, about 40 miles from Hays. At the time the procession was happening, a bus carrying the Country music band, Little Texas, was passing by, and they stopped...well, they inquired about what was going on, and they were told the whole story.

    They sat down and wrote a song called ' Slow Ride Home'...the link is below...gives all of us an idea about what this weekend is about...

    https://youtu.be/guuYfpo5hfs
    Last edited by tbox61; 05-22-2020, 10:20 AM.

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    tbox61, This is the kind and time of thing that always brings my mind back to the late 40's and the 50's when people really cared about the lost ones.
    Thank you for sharing this vid and it is always for me too much, as a Veteran. I can relate to all this.
    Chuck
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    • #3
      Thank you for sharing that, very touching tribute! People still care, or I like to think they do!

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      • #4
        Most of the pics in the video are from the procession that day and shots from around the town of Hays. Hays is on I-70 here, and if you get off the main exit, there is a sign designating that portion of the road the Bryan Nichols Memorial Highway.

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        • #5
          It just shows, there are people who do care. It is always sad to hear about our fine warriors fall
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            Very time appropriate tribute and glad Kansas still values the heroes. Nice to see. Very nice. Many areas of the country probably feel the same, but suspect others don't have a clue. Very nice and thanks a lot for posting. Certainly a fantastic tribute and well deserved.

            Back in the 60s and early 70s things were a lot different. I did serve, as others did, and we know.
            Bill
            Living among knives and fire.

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            • #7
              Tbox..... I have a music playlist that I listen to every Memorial and Veterans Day. It's hard to listen to those songs because I get all teared up but at the same time it makes me proud that I'm an American and that I served.

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              • #8
                Thank you for sharing this. I looked up another video of Little Texas singing this song. It kinda gives a personal touch when you see the people who were there share their experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkJkHMP71-A . Same song, but to see the look on their faces makes it that much more touching. And the last two lines tells it all--for everyone who has ever served their country in one way or another:

                I see every reason, why I had to go
                On my Slow Ride Home.

                Bob

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                • #9
                  It is a blessing to see today’s service men and women being given the respect they truly earned. We are the home of the free because of the brave. Thanks for sharing this. Simper Fi !

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for showing this to us!

                    Claude
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                    • #11
                      Here's another Memorial Day Tribute that is well done:
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                      • #12
                        Hi Guys
                        Had a read of this post and I couldn't agree with the sentiment more. We have a day called ANZAC day to commemorate our men that went to war for their country. Every town in our country has a memorial with the names of our men that fell. Thousands turn out for it. We have a cabinet with my wifes Grandmothers medals from the nursing corps, An MBE (member of the British Empire) medal her Grandfather got for service, Her Dads medals from WW2 along with a bayonet he bought home and a defused hand grenade that my grandfather bought home. He got gassed in the trenches and survived. My wife'd dad made it unharmed.

                        We don't forget our allies either as in that case is a sword from the USA civil war to represent the birth of the new USA Nation and a Modern day dress sword to represent the defense of it and the fact we are allies.

                        Our freedom was earned not given and we must never stop giving credit to those that did the earning of it or thought for the price they paid.

                        Cheers
                        Glenn
                        Last edited by Glenn Jennings; 05-31-2020, 02:47 AM.

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