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John Harbaugh believes Memorial Day may be the most important holiday

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Memorial Day has always created conflicting emotions for me. It’s the unofficial start of summer and a time to have gatherings and relax. But it’s also an occasion for solemn and somber reflection regarding those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation, and for an expression of appreciation to the loved ones they left behind.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh recognizes the significant of the last Monday in May.

“I told the guys go home and enjoy your families,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “It may be the most important holiday of the year. Do we all enjoy getting in a car and driving where we want, doing what we want? Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. . . .

“Memorial Day, for all of the people that have sacrificed to give us the chance to live the way that we do in this country, is something that we should all be very grateful for.”

He’s right. Our current way of life represents the cumulative result of conflicts that gave birth to our country, held it together, and opposed threats to it from other governments and extreme ideologies that resent the exercise of the freedoms on which America was founded. Without the many thousands who embraced serious injury and death since 1776, this nation would not exist in its current form and possibly would not exist at all.

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30 Responses to “John Harbaugh believes Memorial Day may be the most important holiday”
  1. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: May 29, 2017 1:48 PM

    Sounds like a veiled shot at Kaepernick.

  2. eaglestrainingcamp says: May 29, 2017 1:49 PM

    Somewhere Kap is taking a knee.

  3. xarcticsoldierx says: May 29, 2017 1:57 PM

    Can’t help but love john

  4. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: May 29, 2017 2:04 PM

    xarcticsoldierx says:
    May 29, 2017 1:57 PM
    Can’t help but love john
    ============================

    Jim….

    ….not so much :/

  5. Lori M says: May 29, 2017 2:17 PM

    Actually CHRISTMAS is the most important, but Memorial Day is right after it.

  6. itsfootballfolks says: May 29, 2017 2:18 PM

    Finally, something I can agree with Harbaugh about.

  7. pftcancer says: May 29, 2017 3:14 PM

    Lori M says:
    May 29, 2017 2:17 PM

    Actually CHRISTMAS is the most important, but Memorial Day is right after it.

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    The difference is, the service members actually died for us. Christmas is a belief that some follow, not all. I, for one, do not celebrate Christmas. Therefore, I agree with Florio. Memorial Day IS the most important holiday of the year. Thank you Florio and Coach Harbaugh!

    R.I.P.
    SGT William Davidson – Afghanistan 2017
    SPC Jimmie Page – Iraq 2010
    SPC Shawn Just – Iraq 2010

  8. corzman69 says: May 29, 2017 3:31 PM

    Memorial Day is not a holiday. It is a day of remembrance .

  9. jag1959 says: May 29, 2017 3:32 PM

    It’s not often I find myself agreeing with John Harbaugh but he hit the nail on the head. If Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday Memorial and Veterans Days are probably among our least honored. Our freedoms aren’t free. They were, and continue to be, paid for in the dearest coin of all; the blood of others. On Memorial Day in particular it behooves us to remember in times where all gave some, some gave all. And we should all honor the sacrifice of those some at every opportunity. Just after daybreak together with my son and grandson I went to Cypress Hills National Cemetery where we paid our respects to one of the fallen, they are both named for him. Without his sacrifice none of us would be around to do it.

  10. tylawspick6 says: May 29, 2017 3:44 PM

    this guy is one of the biggest phonies i have
    ever seen

  11. legitnflfan9543 says: May 29, 2017 4:05 PM

    “Do we all enjoy getting in a car and driving where we want, doing what we want?”

    This isn’t unique to America. You can do this in numerous places across the world. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, S. Korea and about 90% of Europe, to name just some. Let’s stop this narrative that America is some special haven of freedom when a plethora of other countries have matched them years ago (some may argue they are more free).

  12. belugataxi says: May 29, 2017 4:25 PM

    Though the article surprisingly never devolved to poor Colin Kaepernick, at least some comments did.

    Blessed Memorial Day to all and a heartfelt thanks to all active military, honored vets and especially the fallen. YOU made America great.

  13. finfanjim says: May 29, 2017 4:56 PM

    Memorial Day is tangible. A modern day holiday to memorialize acts we know occurred.

    The FACT is, most religious holidays were setup by the Roman Empire doing whatever they could to keep peace between pagans and the newfangled Christians. We don’t know the actual date of Jesus birth but we know his death, and the importance of it. Yet, what is celebrated is a made up birth and his resurrection, which is always on a Sunday.

    History is what it is.

  14. suite34 says: May 29, 2017 4:59 PM

    While it’s important to remember the sacrifices of our service members and families, it’s also important to remember that it is the Constitution that makes us free. Our armed services are charged with defending our Constitutional rights. Now more than ever it is up to the people to hold our elected officials accountable, so our service members do not fight and die for their glory, oil, or treasure.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: May 29, 2017 5:43 PM

    Not disagreeing with his sentiment, but a real coach would have said Super Bowl Sunday is the most important holiday.

  16. stoptellingmeaboutyourfantasyteam says: May 29, 2017 6:27 PM

    I needed to see this. I’m a vet and I’ve lost friends. There’s no way for me to describe to you all how much it bothers me when people ask me/ each other “What are you eating/which bbq are you attending?” all day instead of asking “How are you doing/ How are you recognizing the fallen?”

  17. pftcancer says: May 29, 2017 6:27 PM

    legitnflfan9543 says:
    May 29, 2017 4:05 PM

    “Do we all enjoy getting in a car and driving where we want, doing what we want?”

    This isn’t unique to America. You can do this in numerous places across the world. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, S. Korea and about 90% of Europe, to name just some. Let’s stop this narrative that America is some special haven of freedom when a plethora of other countries have matched them years ago (some may argue they are more free).
    =======================

    You’re free to leave anytime.

  18. Bob says: May 29, 2017 6:29 PM

    “Memorial Day is not a holiday. It is a day of remembrance”

    Which is why it’s not a celebration. It also should be embarrassing for MLB to be dressing its players in camo all weekend when a mere black armband would do. I guess jerseys with just a black armband don’t sell on the merchandising market now, do they?

  19. pkrlvr says: May 29, 2017 6:48 PM

    Actually CHRISTMAS is the most important, but Memorial Day is right after it.
    ———
    Only for retailers….

  20. iamthefootballjerk says: May 29, 2017 6:56 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    May 29, 2017 3:44 PM
    this guy is one of the biggest phonies i have
    ever seen
    _____________________________________________

    Your comment has no factual basis. There are very few in the NFL that can match his actions, and not just his words, when it comes to supporting our troops. You may not like him as a football coach, but seriously; do some research before opening your mouth.

  21. bencoates57 says: May 29, 2017 7:03 PM

    Let’s see ….

    Halloween
    My birthday
    Christmas
    Easter

    5 is realistic.

  22. tylawspick6 says: May 29, 2017 8:21 PM

    Your comment has no factual basis. There are very few in the NFL that can match his actions, and not just his words, when it comes to supporting our troops. You may not like him as a football coach, but seriously; do some research before opening your mouth.

    ——

    excuse me? this tool tried to tell us he was
    not involved in framegate ii and he is constantly
    changing rules as if he is some god’s gift to the nfl,
    while acting all innocent about it

    the jig is up

    he needs a mouth full of teeth and i’d be happy
    to give it to him, that little piece of dung

    horrible leadership with his trophy living garbage
    while berating refs up and down the sidelines the
    entire game

    he is a disgrace and peoplr who can smell through
    crap, see right through that phony

    period

  23. legitnflfan9543 says: May 29, 2017 8:44 PM

    pftcancer says:
    May 29, 2017 6:27 PM
    legitnflfan9543 says:
    May 29, 2017 4:05 PM

    “Do we all enjoy getting in a car and driving where we want, doing what we want?”

    This isn’t unique to America. You can do this in numerous places across the world. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, S. Korea and about 90% of Europe, to name just some. Let’s stop this narrative that America is some special haven of freedom when a plethora of other countries have matched them years ago (some may argue they are more free).
    =======================

    You’re free to leave anytime.

    ——————————————————————-

    Ah, yes the “if you don’t like America then get out” non-argument. A simple-minded person’s response to something when they lack a legitimate answer. How typical. And for the record I will consider leaving the country if I ever get the chance.

  24. merde4brains says: May 29, 2017 10:02 PM

    “Memorial Day… [is] an occasion for solemn and somber reflection regarding those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.”

    With the possible exception of Afghanistan, no post-WW2 war was fought “in service of our nation”. The wars were fought in service of generating profits for the oil and armaments industries.

    That should anger all of us, but it won’t because too many Americans know nothing about the real history of the USA and/or are dupes of the propaganda fed to them by the business plutocrats who own and run this country and their corporate media lapdogs.

  25. gloryisfleeting40 says: May 29, 2017 10:04 PM

    That last paragraph in Florio’s post is the best thing I’ve ever read of his. I don’t like to get political – partisan politics is one of the greatest threats to this nation – throw democrat and republican aside and think for yourselves for once. If a man has the ability to do that – to think for himself – and not based on what his party tells him he should think – then that man will have no trouble accepting the fact that the last paragraph of Florio’s post is complete, total, unadulterated truth.

    V/R,

    Justin B.

    OEF ’10, ’15

  26. jb13521 says: May 29, 2017 10:04 PM

    It’s sad to see the back and forth in this comment section. Say what you want about Harbaugh’s coaching ability but this is a man who has been to Iraq and the Middle East on charity missions multiple times and constantly has group of vets to training camp every summer. This has nothing to do with football or winning and losing. Harbs has been given a platform to reach a lot of people and he chooses to devote that attention to supporting the military. Regardless of your opinions I think that is an admirable thing to do. God bless the troops and god bless the USA.

  27. nytroutdog says: May 30, 2017 7:14 AM

    As a disabled veteran, I get frustrated when people thank me on Memorial Day as it isn’t about those of us still here, it is about those who gave everything. Most Americans can’t seem to separate Memorial Day from Veterans Day.

    While the ‘thank you’s’ are always appreciated (it was my honor), Memorial Day is a day where we should ONLY be thanking the fallen.

  28. spartan01 says: May 30, 2017 11:55 AM

    “Do we all enjoy getting in a car and driving where we want, doing what we want?”

    This isn’t unique to America. You can do this in numerous places across the world. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, S. Korea and about 90% of Europe, to name just some. Let’s stop this narrative that America is some special haven of freedom when a plethora of other countries have matched them years ago (some may argue they are more free).

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    Sure but Memorial day is an American day of remembrance for American’s who gave their lives. He’s making a point about American’s who gave their lives for America, not another country. Get it now?

  29. tommyribs says: May 30, 2017 3:17 PM

    I have always liked Coach Harbaugh.

    He is spot on with this by the way.

  30. pftcancer says: May 30, 2017 7:58 PM

    legitnflfan9543 says:
    May 29, 2017 8:44 PM

    Ah, yes the “if you don’t like America then get out” non-argument. A simple-minded person’s response to something when they lack a legitimate answer. How typical. And for the record I will consider leaving the country if I ever get the chance.

    ===================

    I didn’t say “get out”. I said there is nothing holding you back from going to another country that you find more appealing.

    “If I ever get the chance”

    Do you have paypal? I will buy your one way ticket…

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