July Fourth 2018

While you enjoy your bar-b-ques and fireworks – take a moment to remember the troops that made it all possible for that to happen today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA !!!

 Ralph Waldo Emerson‘s “Concord Hymn.” It was sung at the completion of the Concord Battle Monument on April 19, 1837.

 

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world,

The foe long since in silence slept,
Alike the Conqueror silent sleeps,
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone,
That memory may their deed redeem,
When like our sires our sons are gone.

Spirit! who made those freemen dare
To die, or leave their children free,
Bid time and nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and Thee.

If you are setting off fireworks this evening, please be courteous to your neighboring veterans .  Haven’t they heard enough?

 

Take good care of your pets

Click on images to enlarge.

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Fourth of July Humor – or is it?

courtesy of ‘America on Coffee’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

courtesy of: Henry Kotula

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Farewell Salutes –

Hobert Bingham – Alcorn County, MS; USMC, WWII, PTO

James Conway – Sun City, AZ; US Army, WWII, 2nd Lt.

Irving Green –  Mountaindale, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, bombardier

Charles Highley Jr. – Glen Ridge, NJ; USMC, WWII, PTO

Lois Jolly –  Hempstead, NY; US Army WAC, WWII, ETO, nurse

Thomas Miller – Norfolk, VA; US Army Air Corps, 152nd AAA/11th Airborne Division

Joseph Rizzi – Bronx, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, CO A/457 Artillery/11th Airborne Divsion

Ray Sarvis – Bessemer City, NC; US Navy, WWII, PTO

Harold Tor – Beach, CA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, Co F/187th/11th Airborne Division

Robert Watz – Westerly, RI; US Army, Korea, Co A/187th RCT

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on July 4, 2018, in Current News, Home Front, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 157 Comments.

  1. A happy belated 4th to you, GP!

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  2. The Des Moines Register published my Memorial Day essay this year: https://joynealkidney.com/2018/05/25/those-crepe-paper-poppies/

    Mom’s middle brother, Lt. Dale Wilson, was lost on a B-25 off New Guinea, November 27, 1943. His twin sister is still living.

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  3. A late happy Independence Day GP.

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  4. Belated 4th Jul best wishes gp, we might not celebrate here in Australia, but to most Veterans it comes to mind easy, in my case recalling Americans in Vietnam when I was serving, it was a very heavy duty celebration.
    Cheers

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  5. Rich and full of pictured moments I never knew and now will never forget…

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  6. I have seen this map interpreted in another reality. Oh well!!

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  7. I hope you had a blessed 4th of July. By the way I just got that Japanese officer book on Okinawa. Now to figure out when I will read it…

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  8. I’m raising me glass …

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  9. cheers, you’re welcome:

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  10. I hope all my American friends had a happy and wonderful Fourth of July.

    Warm greetings and best wishes from your Canadian neighbour.

    -Christopher

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  11. Happy 4th of July, thank you for reminding me that that date with the social service I completely forgot about it, and these are the ones who give me a bit not all, still working as a Harden er, hardener, that is Independence of the U.S, declartation of ….well, Independence ,
    Happy 4th sir

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  12. A very happy 4th of July GP!

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