We Remember

Every year before Memorial Day, the “Good Morning Staples” TV show honors America’s special holiday.

This year, host Dan Geraghty — a Staples English teacher, and former Army Ranger and National Guardsman — introduced 2 segments about the Vietnam Memorial wall.

One was a poem. The other was a stunning song by former Green Beret Michael McCann, Fairfield University graduate and friend of Jim Honeycutt (the Staples TV production teacher whose class produced the show).

Michael’s song is even more poignant because he is fighting Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. This is his final battle.

The show ends with a reminder to enjoy Monday’s parade, but also to think about what the holiday means — along with Ray Charles’ rousing rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

This is what Staples students saw Thursday morning. It’s something all Westporters should watch this weekend.

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12 responses to “We Remember

  1. Sheila Flinn

    Thank you, Dan! If you don’t shed a tear on that one, you’re not human! God bless our soldiers!

  2. Ann Marie Flynn

    We are beyond fortunate to live in the greatest country in the world, and one of the best towns. And, it’s all because of our troops who protect us….and die for us. Let’s thank all our soldiers for their winning efforts.
    The Staples production speaks to and from our hearts.

  3. Thank you, Dan. God bless all of our troops, and may they all come home soon.

  4. Thank you, Dan,

    Bob Selverstone

  5. A. David Wunsch

    My classmate at Staples, Sam Freeman, class of ’56, was killed in Vietnam.
    Please look for his name in the wall when you visit. He was a thoroughly decent and likable person.
    A. David Wunsch

  6. Alan Beasley

    Memorial Day 2013

    Our war expenses are vastly under-reported, in dollars and lives damaged and lost. We deliberately fail to list the lives lost by the other side – these wasted lives exceed our losses by a wide margin.

    It is known that our outlay for “defense” exceeds those costs for the rest of the world – combined.

    There is little doubt that our costs for the current wars have added more than $4 Trillion to our deficit in just ten, years, with no end in sight. (This info is documented at http://www.costsofwar.org).

    Our last military victory came at the end of WW II in1945, (68 years ago). This country and our allies forced three axis members, Germany, Italy and Japan, to surrender, unconditionally. During that war I served for almost three years, in the Army of the US, ages 19 to 21.

    In no conflict since has there been any benefit to our country, only worldwide conflict imposed by feckless politicians using false claims.
    And the deaths continue and the mourning goes on, today and every day.

    This too, might be something worth remembering on every Memorial Day.

    • Eric William Buchroeder

      Dear Dr. Beasley,
      As a child of two parents and relative of several others who gave everything they had in WWII, I am very grateful for your perspective on this Memorial Day and the fact that you are still in a position to provide it with the conviction that you have.

      I wish you continued good health/vitality and clear vision, both proactively and retrospectively.

  7. Bobbi Essagof

    Thank you Good Morning Staples and Dan for bringing us this beautiful tribute.

  8. Rose Jordan

    Thank you, Dan. That was beautiful. May God bless America.

  9. As a Vietnam VET, I appreciate the sentimentality associated with the tribute depicted here. But the post-911 Iraq-Afganistan Wars are the first wars in our history where we have neither been asked to pay an extra tax or be rationed or forced to send our offspring to fight. “Support the troops” is a nice coin-phrase but until our general population suffers the plight of war, they will continue. We may remember the lost but we soon forget the horror of war.

  10. Jean Whitehead

    Thank you, Dr. Beasley and Mr. Swanson. So well said.

  11. Alan M. Beasley

    Anytime Doctor Al gets the credit for my thoughts I feel like I made it into the “Big Leagues”, after all. He was also a beloved Pediatrician to my daughters starting in 1953.