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HAPPY THANKSGIVING – 2013

Happy Thanksgiving…

I am thankful for the blessings I have…

  • To be born in the United States of America
  • To have a loving family
  • To have wonderful friends
  • And among them, those who have and are serving in the US military…
  • And to those among them who have adopted me as a “brother”

I am also thankful for their unselfish service, for without them standing up there would be no United States of America

Lastly I would like to thank God for all  the skills and abilities that He has endowed me with to do the work I do and I pray that He allows me to do more and do it for a long time.

AMEN

PS I say a prayer also for my mother who just left this earth before we could spend a Thanksgiving together. I love you Mom!

(My mom passed on Wednesday, 20 NOVEMBER 2013 after a long bout with some health issues… she’s finally at rest!)   It has been a challenging and difficult several months.  Now I can perhaps do more for others and catch up on things.

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Colors of September

mary howitt Colors of SeptemberThere are flowers enough in the summertime,
More flowers than I can remember—
But none with the purple, gold, and red
That dyes the flowers of September!

–Mary Howitt (1799–1888)

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Washington is a Monstrous Humbug

washington monument Washington is a Monstrous HumbugOn June 12 George Perkins, while in Washington, sent a dispatch to the Middlesex Journal that read:

“Washington is a monstrous humbug with only the public buildings saving it “from an appearance of poverty.” Consisting of public buildings, hospitals and government corrals, the residents subsisted mainly “by working for and swindling the government” and especially swindling the soldiery.

The Year? 1864 …   Perkins was with the 6th Massachusetts Independent Battery.

How things have changed … or not.     Your thoughts?

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The Beacon of Flight at College Park MD

The First military aviation flights were on Fort Myer, Virginia

But College Park, Maryland is where aviation continued. It was first in 1909 when the US Army Signal Corps leased the acreage for the Wright Brothers to train the first military pilots.  It would also be where Harold “Hap” Arnold first learned to fly.   The US Army Signal Corps would only use the acres until 1912.   Though other companies would launch their business operations along the edge of the acres.  Among them were Curtiss-Wright and Rex Smith Aeroplane Company.

college park beacon The Beacon of Flight at College Park MD

It would be several years later.  1927 in fact when aviation really began to take off.   As more utility of this new form of travel/transportation presented itself, such as delivering the US Mail. A need to provide some navigation was set up at College Park, Maryland.

college park beacon 0 300x232 The Beacon of Flight at College Park MDThe first radio beacon was inaugurated alongside of the airfield.  A photograph on the right showing Dr. George K. Burgess, Director of the United States Bureau of Standards, and the aircraft radio beacon at College Park, Maryland, designed for guiding airplanes by radio. This is the first radio beacon for use of civil aviation and this station is but a forerunner of 40 other similar installations to be established at 200-mile intervals along the 8,234 miles of civil airways

The towers would herald new advances in the aviation industry as additional applications of this technology would revolutionize the way the world worked, traveled and fought.

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Liberty


jfk inaugural Liberty“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

John F. Kennedy 20 JAN 1961

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Chancellorsville – 150 Years Ago

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Battle of Chancellorsville

In 1863, on April 30 the Union and Confederate Army assembled at Chancellorsville, Virginia to begin a battle that would be the beginning of the end of one of the unsung military heroes of the time,  General Amiel Weeks Whipple.

Chancellorsville was also known as Robert E. Lee’s “perfect battle” of the Civil War.  Over the next several days the two armies would engage in battle that would mark the end of the road for another General – taken out by “friendly fire”.

Thaddeus Sobieski Lowe, the heralded balloonist would be there in his balloon providing observations of the battle to the Union leaders.  Despite this aerial advantage,  Lee would prevail in this battle.

It was General “Fighting Joe” Hooker who would lead the Union Army and faced General Robert E. Lee’s Confederates – the latter’s army was half the size of the Union forces.   At the end, over 30,000 casualties and losses would be the result in the continuing saga of the North against the South.

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Thomas Jefferson on Gun Control

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Thomas Jefferson

“For exercise I recommend vigorous walking… and carrying a gun. The gun’s weight will increase the level of exercise and the possession of a gun on a walk produces real confidence.”
Thomas Jefferson

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National Museum of the Marine Corps – First Lady Bonnie Amos Hosts a “Read-In”

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National Museum of the Marine Corps

Triangle, Virginia:

Marine Corps First Lady, Bonnie Amos Hosts a Read In at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  On Saturday, 13 APRIL 2013 in honor of the Military Child.  It’s an annual event held at the museum.

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Another “First” at Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery – Amphitheater

For those of you who have visited this website often, you know the love and admiration I have for Arlington National Cemetery and since June of 2010 with the new management, things have gotten so much better!

Over the last decade plus, the hours which I’ve walked and worked among  those acres of heroes at rest are countless, but each time it’s a place that I welcome to visit time and time again.

I spent St. Patrick’s Day 2013 in a very unusual and festive way… It was truly an honor to be selected to photograph the change of responsibility and  retirement of  an US Army Airborne Ranger …  at the Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery.  When President Woodrow Wilson dedicated it in May of 1920, it became a place where special events happen. These include: Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday, Memorial Day remembrance in May and honoring those who served in November on Veterans’ Day.  It would be later that year in 1920 that the first Unknown Soldier would be interred.

But back to the historic event …  it was a first … a first time that such an event would happen, where the echoes of great events still resonate within the marble structure.  On 17 MAR 2013… new echoes would join them…

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Lincoln on Freedom

Abraham Lincoln…

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Find out more special insight about Abraham Lincoln

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