Memorial Day 2021

May 31, 2021

Marines never die. Well, according to mythology at least. If we’re to believe the Marine’s Hymn, basically all Marines are guaranteed a spot in heaven. However, the song also dictates that Marines will be forced to work…

If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven’s scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by the United States Marines

(What I like about this verse is that not only is it stating that Marines guard the streets of heaven, it’s a total dig at the Army and the Navy.)

I did my first comic about Memorial Day back in 2012, which was an observation about the dialog surrounding the veteran and military space around the time of Memorial Day. The point of the comic, and my blog post, was that it was more than okay to just enjoy Memorial Day and not to be dragged down by the self-righteous guilting of other veterans for not spending the day crying at graveyards or something. I’m happy to report that, nine years later, this toxic nonsense is alive and well, and in fact probably even worse.

What was once a solemn Monday holiday has now become a week-long competition leading up to it for every person even tangentially connected to the military to post a long-winded diatribe about the importance of the day and why you should feel bad.

Some people like to spend the day visiting national cemeteries, or just posting sad photos on social media. For me? Memorial Day is a day of silent reflection. I don’t feel the need or urge to make long-winded Facebook posts about it because my mind is filled with the lives and deaths of Marines I once knew. I sit and I play video games to try to quiet my brain. That’s basically all I do on Memorial Day.

However you decide to spend your Memorial Day, do it your own way, and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

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Terminal Lance “Memorial Day 2018”

May 25, 2018

The rules of the Marines standing post in heaven have always been unclear to me. Like, is that all Marines throughout all of American history? Only the grunts? Do the older generations of Marines get issued new gear to keep them up to date with the current load outs? Is there like a 4 year contract in heaven? So it’s like 4 years active duty/4 years IRR/4 years heaven? What are the Marines actually guarding against? Demons? I thought heaven was supposed to be perfect.

I feel like the Commandant of the Marine Corps really needs to come out and clarify this stuff, because right now none of it makes sense.

In any case, this weekend is Memorial Day weekend. With that will come the plethora of social media posts either…

A) Guilt-tripping you with some random sad ass photos of dead Marines or something just in case you forgot what Memorial Day was about.

B) Super woke dudes that guilt-trip the guilt-tripping dudes by posting the same thing ironically

C) Advertising really insane deals on a new mattress

In any case, I know you guys have a 96 or at least a 72 this weekend, so please refer to last week’s comic and blog post for your safety brief.

Wishing you a great Memorial Day, whoever you are.