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05-28-2011, 06:18 PM
:laugh: Well, noone else started one so I thought I would :ashamed:
My entry into this thread is a fabulous video
Its an American Adaptation to The British "I Vow to Thee" the first verse is the British start to the hymn, but then there is an interlude and a verse of American Origin to end. It is superbly arranged by Z Randall Stroope, one of the best Modern Day Choral Composers, who specialises in close harmony...and though the tune you will know from Gustav Holst...that last verse is like you've never heard it before...they call it "Homeland" Which I thought was apt for this thread
05-28-2011, 07:00 PM
I get a 3 day weekend! Woohoo! I ran a bunch of errands this morning and now I have the rest of the weekend to relax and do whatever I want. Unfortunately we keep getting rain showers and I really want to go to the pool. It finally opened today for the summer and I can't slip into my bikini and lay out if the sun won't shine. I am also planning to fire up the grill several times over this long weekend.
05-29-2011, 03:09 PM
Kids in my area went to the local VA cemetary and put flags on a lot of the graves. It was nice to see children respect and honor the fallen soldiers. :)
05-30-2011, 02:36 PM
We had our extended family cook out Saturday instead of today, since Ben was with us then. A great time was had by all. At the cookout, we had the following veterans: My Uncle Tommy, who was on the USS Firedrake (ammunition supply ship) off the coast of Vietnam in the late 1960's to early 1970's. He drowned in rough seas transporting ammo, but was revived.
My Uncle Gil, who was in country in Korea and Vietnam. He was shot out of an elevated position in Vietnam and now has a bunch of metal pins in his legs. He spent the remainder of his Army career as an instructor and retired with 24 yrs in 1980.
My Aunt Anita, who was in the Air Force for 10 years, 4 of which were spent in Turkey in the early 1980's at a satellite tracking facility.
My Mom, who was in the Navy in the late 1960's. She ran flight simulators at the flight school at Pensacola Naval Air Base.
Me! I was in the Navy during the first Gulf War, or as we affectionately called it, the Persian Excursion. I was on the USS Thatch. Our sister ship, the Stark, took an Iraqi missile when her automatic missile defense system failed.
05-30-2011, 09:05 PM
Good day!! We should also remember our military every other day of the year aside from Memorial and Veterans Day.. With that being said God bless the USA.
05-31-2011, 02:37 PM
My 13 year old daughter was part of a 7th grade Cultural Events class that was challenged at the beginning of the schoolyear by a local Korean war vet to work toward getting a monument for the "forgotten war" added to our courthouse lawn.
They took the challenge seriously! They worked tirelessly--needing to raise $3000 for the monument--and ended up raising $5000!
Yesterday was the dedication of the monument--it was very moving. They had several speakers, including some South Koreans who travelled here specifically for the dedication-noting how they knew they wouldn't have had the lives they did if it weren't for what our service members did back then, as well as the ongoing presence of our military there.
The vets were very emotional-they spent a lot of time talking to each other about where they had been and what they had seen.
I'm very proud of the kids for caring-and all the hard work they put into it--it was a great day and brought sharply into focus what the day is all about.
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