Enjoy And Honor Memorial Day

May 30th, 2022

Joe never felt comfortable with the greeting, “Happy Memorial Day.”

Why? It’s not meant to be a happy day.

Joe adores summer. Women wear less and the beer tastes better. Most important of all, it’s not cold. It’s all good.

It also helps that the summer is traditionally bookmarked by three-day weekends, with America’s birthday right smack dab in the middle.

If you are like Joe, at some point today you will grill raw meat and crack open many Big Storm Brewery beers. If you are fortunate, then you are watching glorious bikinis from a boat in the Gulf or at the beach. If so, Joe salutes you.

But please take a moment today to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to guzzle beer, ingest mass quantities of meat and throw (digital) rocks at each other when discussing our beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A few small U.S. flags on your property or apartment deck is a great touch, too.

Remember that heroes didn’t come home.

(Here is a fitting story for today. A fallen Marine’s medals somehow wound up on an online auction. How fellow Marines found a way to get those medals back to the family. Seems Marines don’t forget Marines.)

Yes, our day at the beach is brought to you by their day hitting the beach.

20 Responses to “Enjoy And Honor Memorial Day”

  1. Bbro Says:

    Most of today’s generation of age 30 and less don’t realize that men and women were willing to give their life to gain and keep our country’s freedom protected. Memorial Day is looked at as a day off and I welcome that as well but I do honor those that gave their life along with those that serve. If you want to view the best in broadcasting that gives our Soldiers Recognition just go to YouTube and watch last nights NASCARS ceremonies before and during the race. What tributes they gave with hundreds of military and families present, Soldiers names on the cars and live Taps played to photo displays before and during the race to a half point of the race there was another moment of silence it really pulled at the heart strings. God Bless All.

  2. Allen Lofton Says:

    freedom comes with a price

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Yes, our day at the beach is brought to you by their day hitting the beach.

    I love that line…….Salute all those who made the sacrifice for us…..raise the flags…..fire the cannons!!!

  4. Goatfarmer Says:

    Remember those that served and paid the ultimate price.

    Remember what freedom is and the responsibility that comes with it.

  5. SB~LV Says:

    Thanks Joe

  6. RandsABucFan Says:


  7. Bird Says:

    Thank you to all that have served!

    If you are out and about w eating at restaurant or drinking at a bar. If someone is present in their military uniform, pick up their dang check…

  8. Jim Rudolph Says:

    Joe, you are a great patriot and my #1 choice for Bucs news. You are dead on today. The only message on Memorial Day is: “We Remember.” See page 19A of todays Tampa Bay Times. Keep up the great work for all old school Bucs fans.

    Jim Rudolph

  9. RDY Says:

    Simply, thanks. Well said Joe. Well said.

  10. Mike Johnson Says:

    As a veteran of the US Army, I salute all the great men and women who have served and are now serving. And a double salute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice So many can do what they do in everyday life. Happy Memorial Day to all

  11. PanhandleBuc Says:

    Never forget! #jolly22 #pedro66

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Well put Joe…enjoy the beer, food and women wearing less clothes…go Bucs!

  13. Pops Malone Says:

    Amen to that Joe! Well said. Enjoy the beer, the food, and the women wearing less

  14. 1sparkybuc Says:

    My Dad joined the Army in 1936. All of my uncles that were of age, and one that wasn’t, joined during WWII. My Dad’s youngest brother served for decades in the Louisiana National Guard. I served 4 years active in the Air Force in the ‘60s. My Dad retired from the Air Force. My son never served, and none of my grandsons have served. There is no draft. I believe there should be for a two year enlistment. Our military right now is all volunteers. Many are minorities seeking an education and respect they can’t find as a civilian. We also have immigrants joining as a first step to citizenship. Be thankful for these people. These are the true patriots in our country today.

  15. geno711 Says:

    Thank you for all who served and especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice. My greatest respect.

  16. Goatfarmer Says:

    Thanks Mike Johnson.

  17. Iamabuc Says:

    As a veteran myself; hats off to you Joe and thanks!!

  18. Iamabuc Says:

    Solo…you are not showing my comments…I wonder what I did now…🤔

  19. alvinscissorsharper Says:

    I lost one close friend to a “training accident,” as a Navy helicopter pilot. It was anything but a training accident. I feel so incredibly sad for the Gold Star families. There are far too many of them.
    It is certainly not a “happy” day. I will say have a “safe” Memorial Day.

  20. David Says:

    My grandfather was army air corps and later Air Force. My dad started in the Navy in the Korean War and ended up in the Air Force for a career until the 1990s. I joined the Air Force during desert storm And launched and flew satellites as part of space command for a long time. Basically the beginning of space force. In the late 90s we started breaking off to really separate a lot of the space-based activities because we knew back then it was going to be a separate branch of the military eventually. (so for those wondering, it was not President Trump’s idea. It had been around for quite some time and we knew it was going to happen eventually).

    Anyway, none of that really has anything to do with memorial day. A couple friends of mine who died in Afghanistan and Iraq and an uncle in ‘Nam, are what Memorial Day is all about.

    God bless them, their families and their sacrifices.