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Fourth of July

 Red Skelton is amazing here – Please watch and have a happy and safe 4th of July!!

God Bless Our Troops

THE SOLDIER’S POEM

When this is over
And we come home again,
Forget the band
And cheers from the stand;
Just have the things
Well in hand –
The things we fought for.
UNDERSTAND?

                                                                                 _____Pfc C.G. Tiggas

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ONLY A SAILOR

He’s only a sailor on the boundless deep,
Under foreign skies and tropical heat.
Only a sailor on the rolling deep,
In summer rain and winter sleet.

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Remember when it was popular to be patriotic?  We had fun back then!!

Parades and picnics!!

Even the kids got involved!

 

 

Please remember that fireworks can cause PTSD reactions.  Please be considerate.  Thank you.

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Fourth of July – Humor or Truth ?

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Kenneth Alsdurf – Syracuse, NE; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 11th Airborne Division

Phyllis Cox Birney – Floral City, FL; Civilian US Army & Air Force employee (Ret.)

Ray Flow – Broadway, NC; US Army

Dick Hickman – Louisville, KY; US Air Force, Vietnam, MSgt. (Ret), Bronze Star

Paul Hubble (103) – W.Palm Beach, FL; US Navy, WWII

Jack Jennings – Bronx, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, Lt.Col. (Ret. 30 yr.), fighter pilot

Cyril Maceyka – Waltham, MA; USMC, WWII, PTO

Oiva Pakka – Butte, MT; US Army Air Corps, WWII, CBI, 1st LT., B-29 navigator

Kenneth Steele – Kansas City, MI; US Navy, WWII, ETO

Franklin Trapkin – Ramsey, NJ; US Army, WWII

Robert Uhlman – Des Moines, IA; USMC, WWII, PTO

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Waitangi Day 2016

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For those who are unaware, the significant date marks 176 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, when representatives of the British Crown met with more than 500 Maori chiefs in Waitangi, Northland, to sign what is considered to be New Zealand’s founding document.

Each year in Tauranga, local kaumatua and kuia (elders), supported by rangatahi (young people) and clergy from community church groups, have joined together on Waitangi Day for a dawn service.

In some places around New Zealand, other re-enactments are done as a form of education to younger people of all heritages. Festivals and concerts dominate some centres, and the remaining people tend to soak up the summer weather along the many beaches of New Zealand.

On 6 February, at dawn, a service with a haka (Maori ancestral dance) will be performed at Mount Drury, NZ.

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The service starts with a karakia (blessing) by tangata whenua (people of the land) followed by a community service and open forum, giving participants an opportunity to share their thoughts about Waitangi Day.

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New Zealand Military Humor – 

 

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Military Christmas, then and now

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FOR ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM AND PEACE, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  

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PLEASE REMEMBER THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR THOSE FREEDOMS…..

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AND ALL THOSE WHO CONTINUE EACH DAY TO PROTECT US….

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TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND NEW READERS – I WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST OF HOLIDAY SEASONS!!!

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Military Christmas Humor – 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Carlton Appleby – Ontario, CA; USMC, Korea, Lt., 7th Marines

Glenn Berlin – Wichita, KS; US Navy, WWII

Mildred Drake – DeKalb, IL; US Navy WAVEe9dd0162494da2d1aba873c634610321

William Hushing – Palm Bch Gardens, FL; US Navy, WWII, RAdmiral (Ret.)

Kenneth Just – Louisville, KY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 674th Artillery/11th Airborne

Walter Klock – St. Johnsonville, NY; US Navy, WWII, PTO, LST signalman

Alfred McElroy – Greenville, KY; US Army, Korea, 187th RCT (Ret. 21 years)

Ronald “Mugs” McKeown – San Diego, CA; US Navy, Capt. (Ret.), 1st Top Gun Commander

Earl Robertson – Spokane, WA; US Army, WWII, ETO

Ennis Warren – Mobile, AL; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, B-17 Top-turret gunner

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Thanksgiving – Yesteryear

July 4th

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

Happy Birthday, USA  !!!

With thanks to the people at Net Animations.net

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To view my previous July 4th posts, click HERE

And Here!!

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Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance!!  Very Impressive!!

From Doc & CJ at I Married an Angel.

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The USN Topside Brass Band entertained the public in Port Louis, Mauritius with New Orleans rhythms.

From: Mike Sinnot

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Farewell Salutes – 

James D. Collins III- Sylacauga, AL; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO}body returned home

Clay Evans – Knoxville, TN; USMC, PTO  }body returned home4th-of-july-eagle-flag-animation

Walter D. Ehlers – Junction City, KS; US Army, WWII, ETO, D-Day Medal of Honor

Calvin Garber – Rochester, NY; US Army, WWII

Robert Gewinner – Jupiter, FL; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Porterfield, TF-38/58, 40mm gunner

Leo Hannan – Anchorage, AK; US Army, Korea, 25th Infantry Div/5th RCT

Betty Johnson – Spokane, WA; US Women’s Marine Corps, WWII Howard Pieper – Holland, MI; US Army, Korea

Aubrey Rushing – Medesto, CA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 187th/11th A/B

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FLAG DAY

A PROUD DAY IN JUNE – FLY THOSE FLAGS !!!

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For this years Flag Day, I chose to help celebrate the Star Spangled Banner’s 200 years!  As national treasures go, it was a bargain: $405.90 was paid to Mary Pickersgill of Baltimore, who fashioned it from red, blue and undyed wool, plus cotton for the 15 stars to fly at the fortress guarding the city’s harbor.

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An enormous flag, 30 by 42 feet, it was intended as a bold statement to the British warships that were certain to come.  And, when in September 1814, the young United States turned back the invaders in a spectacular battle witnessed by Francis Scott Key, he put his joy into a verse published first as “Defense of Fort M’Henry,” and then, set to the tune of…

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Thanksgiving – Yesteryear

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TO SHOW MY THANKS TO ONE AND ALL…

For my previous Thanksgiving posts –  CLICK HERE and HERE!

What was seen on the home front  1941-42…

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Thanksgiving during WWII…

They’re celebrating Thanksgiving on this very day,
My thoughts are at home, though I’m far away;
I can see everyone, eating dinner deluxe,
Whether it be chicken, turkey or even duck;
The fellows over here won’t whimper or moan,
They’ll look to the next one and hope to be home.
 
Truly and honestly, from way down deep,
They want you to be happy and enjoy your feast.
These holidays are remembered by one and all,
Those happy days we can always recall.
The ones in the future, will be happier, I know
When we all come back from defeating the foe.

_______Poem by an Anonymous WWII Veteran

Thanksgiving for the troops 1941-42…..

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For those of you who live where there is no official Thanksgiving day – look around – family, friends and life itself is enough to be thankful for this evening and…

TO ALL!

TO ALL!

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Military Humor – 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Paul Baio – Chicago, IL; US Navy, WWIIwpid-de136c4ae41dadc135fe54fad3a65e9c

Warren Dowling – Arcata, CA; US Army, WWII, Purple Heart

Mary Porter Gens – DE & NJ – US WAVE, WWII

James Hatcher – Lynchburg, VA; US Army, WWII, 157th Reg./45th Div., Bronze Star & Purple Heart

Donald Miller – NPalm Bch., FL; US Army, WWII, Captain

Matt Spagnola – Waupaca, WI; US Army, WWII

George Taylor – Lufkin, TX; US Army, WWII

Lloyd Yingling – Hendersonville, NC; US Army, WWII, PTO, Medical Corps

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4th of July

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SEEMS WE DON’T SAY IT ENOUGH – SO, I’M TRYING TO FIX THAT RIGHT HERE – GOD BLESS THE USA!!!

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We can rant, we can complain and we can thank the troops for giving us the right to do so!  Today we celebrate our country’s birthday, traditional BBQ’s, fireworks, family and friends, we have a day off and have a ball!  – and to who do we owe it all?  You guessed it_____

 

God Bless Our Troops

God Bless Our Troops

 THE SOLDIER’S POEM

When this is over
And we come home again,
Forget the band
And cheers from the stand;
Just have the things
Well in hand –
The things we fought for.
UNDERSTAND?

_____Pfc C.G. Tiggas

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He’s only a sailor on the boundless deep,
Under foreign skies and tropical heat.
Only a sailor on the rolling deep,
In summer rain and winter sleet.

____from Anna @ Maiden on the Midway

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The moving photographs are courtesy of Don Edrington and netanimations.net.

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SO – HAVE FUN, STAY SAFE and BE HAPPY !!

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Farewell Salutes – 

Alfred Bouchard – Manchester, NH; USMC, Master Gunnery SGT., Korea and Vietnam

Eugene Butkevich – Brooklyn, NY & W.PalmBch, FL; USMC, WWII and Korea

Arthur “Dick” Clark – Mount Vernon, IL; US Army, Korea

Albert John Edward – NZ; RNZ Army # 14148507, Lance Cpl, pilot

William Gentry – Washington DC; USMC (Ret.), Lt.ColonelEagle-Flag

Donald Haskell – Goffstown, NH; US Army, WWII, ETO, medic

Clifford Jones Jr. – Boynton Bch, FL; US Army, Korea

Carmen Edward Mercadante – Amsterdam, NY; US Army, WWII, ETO

Delton Pate – Antlers, OK; US Army Air Corps,127th Engineers, B Co., WWII, PTO

George Rankin – Wichita, KS & W.Palm Bch, FL; US Air Force, Captain, Vietnam

Clarence Wright – Clarksville, TN; US Air Force, MSgt., Korea

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Easter 1950’s Style

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A child’s Easter card from the ’50s

 

I wish ALL who pass by here to have a wonderful weekend, no matter what your religious belief – we are ALL one.  I hope this site enhances your memories or knowledge of the eras I speak of and you will try to Remember.  I sincerely Thank each and everyone of you for your past and hopefully future cooperation.  HAPPY EASTER, FOLKS!!!

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Typical ads in the '50s

Typical ads in the ’50s

Ready to take that Easter picture '50s style?

Ready to take that Easter picture ’50s style?

 

 

 

 

Fancy baking in the '50s!!

Fancy baking in the ’50s!!

Have a 1950's Doris Day kind of Easter?

Have a 1950’s Doris Day kind of Easter

 

Observe a Passover seder.

Observe a Passover seder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUT, NEVER FORGET WHAT THOUSANDS OF OTHERS WENT THROUGH SO THAT YOU COULD HAVE ONE TODAY!!

 

Captain Emil Kapaun, Chaplain, POW, Hero; Korean War

Captain Emil Kapaun, Chaplain, POW, Hero; Korean War

Men from many countries fought for you.

Men from many countries fought for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further information on Father Kapaun can be located at my site which will lead you to Wiki.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Bernie Alwill – Bullard, TX; US Army Air Corps, WWII, E Co/187th Reg/11th A/B, PTO

George “Bill” Bullock – Little Compton, RI & Juno, FL; US Navy, WWII, signalman16292

Walter “Jim” Hillyer – Christchurch, NZ; Serv.# 275956, 23rd Battalion, WWII

Lathrop Hoffman – South Bend, IN; US Army, WWII, 1stLt., Burma-China Theater

Frank Nowobilski – Tinley Park, IL; US Army, Korea

Gerry Presley – Palm Beach Gardens, FL; US Army, Vietnam

Mark Schindler – Addison, PA; US Army; Korea, Cpl.

Kenneth Toy – Montreal, Can.; Royal Canadian Army, WWII

Katherine Vorel – Downers Grove, IL; WAVES, WWII

Sir Owen (Arthur) Woodhouse – Auckland, NZ; RNZNVR

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1950’s President’s Day

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In the 1950’s, there was no President’s Day, the holiday as it is today generated out of the 1980’s when holidays were being reorganized and celebrated on the Monday closest to their actual dates.  Therefore, during the Korean War era, the people of the U.S. had George Washington’s birthday to celebrate with family dinners, B-B-Qs and shopping for the best sales, whatever your heart desired.  Harry Truman said good-bye and “I Like Ike” was sworn in as President.  It was a great time to be growing up and for young WWII families that were just starting out…

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Bye-Bye Harry

Bye-Bye Harry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Backyard BBQ

Backyard BBQ

 

 

Have a beer...

Have a beer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a ride in your new 1953 El Dorado

Take a ride in your new 1953 El Dorado

 

Too cold?  Have the family in for dinner...

Too cold? Have the family in for dinner…

 

 

...or go away for the long weekend.

…or go away for the long weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only today things seems to be like this……………

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Farewell Salutes – 

Joshua Baker – Scarborough, Ontario; Canadian Armed Forces, Corporal, Afghanistan

Frank Burke – Northbrook, IL; US Navy, WWII

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Irving Cohn – Arlington, Heights, IL; US Army, WWII, ETO, Battle of the Bulge, Bronze Star

Vincent Dwyer – Malba, NY & Ft. Lauderdale, FL; US Army, 242nd Infantry/ Rainbow Div., WWII, Purple Heart & Bronze Star

Hugh James Hamilton – Christchurch, NZ; RNZAF # 4215243

Thomas Lindsay, Sr. – Grand Rapids, MI, US Navy, WWII

Sherwood  Petry – Venice, FL; US Army, WWII

Leo Schlissel – Tamarac, FL & NYC: US Navy, WWII,  PTO

John Tillman Simpson – Greenforest, AR; US Army, WWII

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