This is my honoree, USMC PFC Stephen D. Tingley, a childhood friend blown up in his sleep by jihadi scum vermin in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983.
A month later, Soldier of Fortune magazine's November 1983 issue came out, with Stephen posthumously on the cover. I never knew until a couple of years ago and bought a copy off eBay as a keepsake.
Last night my biker group, a loose association of folks that like to ride (many are veterans), got together for a birthday/graduation parade. We were joined by another group of at least 20 classic car owners and lead by a tow truck operator. We staged at the big empty lot that used to be the Manchester Parkade shopping center. No masks, no social distancing, hugs and handshakes, and no "Karens" or "Karls" to snitch on us. Not that anyone in their right mind is gonna fuck with bikers if they value their personal safety. It was KSU (kick stands up) at 5PM and we made two circuits around the apartment complex. We then parked near the apartment building and dismounted while the very happy girls went up and down the line thanking all of us.
So this Memorial Day, in spite of the tyranny that may or may not be occurring where you live, do your best to honor the true heroes of our Nation. And remember, it is NOT the unofficial first day of summer of National BBQ Day.