Monday, May 30, 2016

This Ride Comes With A Lovely Serenade!

These New Jersey senior citizens have their very own opera-trained bus driver to take them shopping. He sings Italian opera, Frank Sinatra and Pavarotti. Video shot by Brian Johnston of Asbury Park Press.

Never, Ever Forgotten . . . . .

Don't Forget Who Made It All Possible . . .

Is THIS How He Plans To Win?

Are There ANY Lessons From History? Here's One!

"This week, the Tokyo Government rejected the idea of offering a new apology for the war beyond general statements of sorrow over the suffering by Asian victims of Japanese subjugation. President Bush, when asked on a television show, ruled out apologizing for Hiroshima and Nagasaki." The New York Times, 12/8/91

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Turns Out She DOES Do It -- All The Time!

Same Planet? You'd Hardly Know It . . .

Many FREE Meals For Vets On Memorial Day!

Hooters has a free entree for veterans and active-duty military personnel this Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016. For menu choices and more details, see Veterans Free at Hooters .

McCormick and Schmick’s offers a free Memorial Day meal to members of the U.S. Military, National Guard, and Military Veterans every Memorial Day. For menu choices and other details see Military Dine Free at McCormick’s.

Shoneys has a free All-American Burger and fries for veterans on Memorial Day. For the complete menu and other details see Shoney’s Honors Vets

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Bring a veteran or active-duty member of the military to lunch or dinner on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) and the individual with military ID eats for free.

MOD Pizza: Show military ID and you’re entitled to a free salad or 11-inch pizza on Memorial Day.

Ninety Nine Restaurants: Veterans and active military get a free entrée off the $9.99 menu on Memorial Day, with the purchase of any meal.

Pie Five Pizza: With military ID, you’ll get a free personalized pizza on Memorial Day.

The Gorilla And The Four-Year-Old Boy: VIDEO!

A Song We Can All Sing Together!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Heartache Will NEVER Go Away . . .

Well, Because It's PERSONAL, That's Why!

Don't trample on Memorial Day.
Don't treat like just another three-day weekend.
Don't herald it as the beginning of summer because, well -- because it's not!
And don't ever, ever ignore what it means or stands for or who it honors.
I'm saying all this because for me, this day is personal. The three young men that you see above are (clockwise from top) Frank Bushey, Victor Gross and John Halladay. They all died while serving our nation in Vietnam. And they were all high school classmates of mine. To this day, I remember them and I think about them often.
THIS is what Memorial Day is all about.
It's about those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice.
I hated the Vietnam War. Hated it!
And I hated it even more after it took these three young men.
There's nothing glamorous or adventurous about war. That's the movie version. What you see above is what happens in the real life version -- all to real, painfully real, heart-breakingly real.
Honoring those who gave their all is our way -- a very small way -- of trying to show how indebted we are to those who went to war and never came home. It's our way of remembering them and their families and friends who were left with incalculable loss. It's our way of trying to extend a measure of comfort to those who still grieve, who still miss their loved ones. These were young lives cut short in their prime -- never to blossom and reach their full potential.
Memorial Day is a personal thing -- something multiplied hundreds and thousands of times over and beyond the few faces that you see above.
Remember them. Honor them. Show gratitude for their service. Keep them in your hearts. Never, ever, ever forget!

You Won't Believe These Numbers!