Veteran’s Day 2014

In memory of my USAF Veteran Dad, and for all of the Veterans and active military who courageously put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and serve our citizenship in times of peace, disaster, and need: Thank you!

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Note about the photo:
This was taken in a cemetery nearby. It is a statue that marks the grave of this family’s only son (only child!) who was killed in WWII – and it is his likeness. What a beautiful (and sad) tribute.

Remember to shake the hand of a Veteran or active-duty Military person and thank them for their service — not just today but feel free to do it on any day…

And, since it’s getting to be that time of year,  please remember service members when filling out your Christmas Card list:
Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign (Christmas Letters)
www.redcross.org/holidaymail
Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day

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Saturday Signboard #25

Honoring the memory…

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Veteran’s Day

Today I share, not one of my own photographs, but one taken by my Dad from his plane sometime in the years 1948-1952.

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That’s Mt. Fuji in the distance.

Cool, right?! (this also proves I get my artistic talent from both parents!)

In memory of my Dad, and for all of the Veterans who courageously put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and serve our citizenship in times of disaster and need:   Thank you! 

Remember our Heroes at Christmas

As the daughter of a Veteran, I just had to share this:

Please, start filling out your Christmas cards early and send one to one of our heroes on active Military duty.

I say “early” because the deadline for sending is December 6, 2013.

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One Vet commented: “You’ll never know how it felt receiving letters and cards during the holidays when I was deployed. Some people even sent small Christmas ornaments and lights that we strung up. Thanks for passing this along.”

Thank you for adding these important people to your annual Christmas list!

Also please feel free to re-blog, re-post or share in any way you can. The more people who know, the more who will send! Thanks!

And for those of you who are wondering if this is true (because I know you are out there) here is the Snopes page that shows that this is valid: http://www.snopes.com/politics/christmas/soldiercards.asp

Let’s Roll

Forever…

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Photowalk 16

Haven’t photowalked for a while, have we?!

And here I am ~ in “Anywhere USA” ~ I told you in previous walk posts that, after leaving Florida, the photographs I took weren’t landmark or skyline significant. It seemed that I could be anywhere in the country.

Although today we’re technically photo-spelunking!

Yeah! Spelunking!

We’re cave-dwellers!

(okay, not really, we’re temporary cave explorers)

Now, while these are pretty easy-to-access caves and didn’t take a lot of preparation or equipment, please remember that this can be kinda dangerous so take any and all safety precautions!

hidden in bluffs and behind ground cover and trees

hidden in bluffs and behind ground cover and trees

looking out from one of the large cave openings

looking out from one of the large cave openings

teeny-tiny waterfall! nah, it's a little creek that runs through on the cave floor.

teeny-tiny waterfall! nah, it’s a little creek that runs through on the cave floor.

one of the deeper caves ~ stairs were built for easier access and safety

one of the deeper caves ~ stairs were built for easier access and safety

This was a lot of fun and a great way to spend a day!

I highly recommend grabbing a friend or two and going spelunking.

My tips:
1) Take plenty of water to drink!
2) Wear good, solid hiking shoes and proper clothes ~ take something to change into for the ride home.
3) Take your camera! (duh! haha!)
4) Do NOT go alone!! Can’t emphasize that enough!
5) Surprise, surprise ~ HAVE FUN!!!

You can find safe places to hike and explore at many state parks. Get out and enjoy your surroundings, you’d be amazed what you can find right out the back door ~ ok, a short drive… (you knew what I meant!)

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF AUGUST!

Happy Birthday, USA

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of American independence with a spontaneous celebration, however observing Independence Day only became commonplace after the War of 1812. Congress passed a law making Independence Day a federal holiday on June 28, 1870.

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Special Thanks, always, to all who serve in the Armed Forces!

Have a safe and healthy day of celebration! …and FUN! (goes without saying, really!)