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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

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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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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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