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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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In continuance of the American summer of remembrance, we now have Flag Day. For the readers in other countries, fly your own flag to show your fellow citizens your patriotism.

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CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your support!!

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Fun notes –

One year ago, the USS Mohawk CGC, a former WWII warship, was sunk off of Sanibel Island, Florida to become a new reef – but now – it will be an underwater art gallery! Austrian photographer, Andreas Franke, has installed 12 images inside the ship encased in steel-framed Plexiglas. Tiny marine organisms are expected to invade the frames and give each display a unique aura. To enhance the project, Franke has superimposed images of models in WWII clothing onto the original photographs that will remain on display until 14 September.

In 1943, the school year was cut short at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. due to the onset of WWII, the graduating class never had a senior prom. Anthony Pegnataro, 87, former class president, said,” They were dire days, but Americans toughed it out. A prom was the last thing on my mind.” But, 70 years was long enough to wait!! Class of 1943 finally had their prom!!

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Farewell Salutes –

John Albert Barlett – U.S. Navy

Alex “Red” Engel – U.S. Navy, WWII

John L. Mertes – U.S. Marine Corps, WWII

Noel De Cordova, Jr. – Ensign, USN, Korean War. Later, Naval Reserves, retired as captain.

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