Roll Call for a Parting Glass: Observing Memorial Day

All of us here at The Mag Life and GunMag Warehouse will be honoring Memorial Day in several different ways and we hope you’ll join us in doing so.

This particular holiday is either the most public of agonizing personal days or the most personal of all terrible public days, I don’t know, but it deserves to be celebrated, in several different definitions of the word.

Celebrate alongside us. Help honor our fallen, and allow us to honor yours, in the comments below. Tell us their name, tell us something about ’em. Post a picture of them.

Skip to the bottom and we’ll show you how to do it.

Now, what should you do on Memorial Day and how should you celebrate it? There are numerous ways to do so. More than a few of us will likely lift a parting glass and “drink a health”.

Grief and celebration can (and should) come together — take a watch.

Maybe a parting glass isn’t your first choice, nothing wrong with that; the way you pay your respects, render your honors and indulge your memories is completely up to you. But however you do it, we hope that as best you can you enjoy the day — and let’s all help remind everyone about the National Moment of Remembrance.

The men and women you’re remembering sure would.

Chances are, your fallen (like ours) died while doing exactly what they wanted to do.

So…here’s to us, those like us, and to our friends who didn’t make it home.


I’ll see you on the side. Don’t do some shit that will get me a safety brief when I get there.

A parting glass - for celebration AND grief - are fitting on Memorial Day.
I plan on drinking a parting glass or three to my friends on Memorial Day. Maybe I’ll offer up a taste of my Burning Nuts, too. (The guys I’m remembering would get that, and appreciate it.)

The History of Memorial Day

The Parting Glass Lyrics

The High Kings version

Of all the money that e’er I had
I spent it in good company
And all the harm I’ve ever done
Alas, it was to none but me

And all I’ve done for want of wit
To memory now I can’t recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be to you all

So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Of all the comrades that e’er I had
They’re sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had
They’d wish me one more day to stay

But since it fell into my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all


Post an image and whatever you’d like to say in the comments. We’ll do Memorial Day together.

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David Reeder's Wu Tang name is Lucky Prophet. He is a retired AF veteran, former Peace Officer, and current Tier 2.5 writer-operator. Over the course of his career, he has worked a variety of military and lE billets, served as an Observer-Controller at the National Homeland Security Training Center, a MOUT instructor, and an MTT tracking instructor - all of which sounds much cooler than it really was. Although he only updates his website once in a very great while, he can absolutely be relied upon to post to social media (@reederwrites) at least once a month. -Ish.

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