Monday, May 25, 2009
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic,and was first observed on 30 May 1868. First established to honor soldiers who died in the Civil War. First this was not recognized by the South, but following the Civil War both sides came together honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
"Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all" - Gen Logan
In 1915 Moina Michael wrote this poem:
We cherish too, the Poppy redThat grows on fields where valor led,It seems to signal to the skiesThat blood of heroes never dies.
That is why we wear Red poppies, and the money from those poppies went to benifit sevicemen in need.
To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."
"Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day." - VFW
A year ago I was leading a 4-Ship of A-10's on two fly-by passes to honor our fallen Heroes, with my girls on the ground yelling "hello Daddy". This year I am unable to honor our fallen Heroes at home with my girls, but I ask that you kindly remind those around you that this day is more than an excuse to grab some hot dogs and throw them on the grill.
Please this weekend, Honor all of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guard, and DoD civilians who volunteered to protect our Freedoms and who paid the Ultimate Sacrifice.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Mrs. Bryant's lions
We started off with a picnic in Lafayette Park
Well folks I actually got to have a Surf n Turf last night. I now should only have fourteen left. Last night I went with chicken breast and lobster tail. The chicken tasted fishy and the lobster was overcooked and hard to chew. It was all OK though because I spent the past two nights in Bahrain. Bahrain is the vacation spot for the middle east. Fine living and good food. I was able to enjoy what I could afford, but it was nice brushing my teeth with running water and not bottled water, and walking around the hotel room with my shoes off. It was a good stay, but not so relaxing because I always have to worry about the next meeting or event for the big guy. Things are definitely warming up here also as it was 111 degrees yesterday, and that is just the start. I hope you all have a great Memorial Day Weekend. Please fly those Flags proudly and enjoy a good backyard BBQ this weekend.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Happy Peanut Butter - sometimes it's the little things in life that mean the most.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
After a nice relaxing morning, we enjoyed a great sermon on the great mothers of the bible. There is just something about the way that Rev. Walsh delivers a sermon that really holds my attention. As a special treat, the Children's Choir performed in honor of their moms. It was wonderful.
After church the girls took me to The Briar Patch, which is a yummy little tea room here in Poquoson. We spent the afternoon at the park and now we are watching Extreme Makeover Home Edition together as a family. What a blessed life I have!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Every year at Poquoson Primary, the kindergarteners participate in the Q-U Wedding. Since the letter Q is rarely ever seen without the letter U, it only makes sense that they should make it official with a wedding! So very cute! (Q and U, by the way, are dogs!)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
UPDATE: The fish in the video are "Saddam Bass", which are genetically engineered bass that Saddam commissioned for his palace lakes. They are enormous and apparently quite freaky to see in person.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Time for a war story:
Somebody found an iron, don't ask why, and plugged it into the same power strip as the coffee pots. This overloaded the circuit causing the coffee making process at 0600 in the morning to be at a standstill. Not good. So I had to re-work a few things to include flipping circuit breakers and finding new outlets finally got the coffee brewing again. It was a close call. This place is wired in a scary way. There are actually screws in place of circuit breakers as jumpers and ALL of the wires are RED!
OK, I know this was not as exciting as my real war stories from Afghanistan but it will have to suffice. Please take care and say hello to a stranger and ask them how they are doing.
There is a chow hall here that has college flags and banners hanging all over it. TX State sent this one to add to the collection.