So, I’m Offering This Simple Phrase…

May you have a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year.

For those of you who celebrate something other than Christmas this season, may love and joy surround you and yours.

And for all of you suffering through this horrific winter weather, I’m truly sorry. I hope relief will come soon.

And of course, Ukraine, you are in my thoughts, as well.

Blessings on you all.

40 Photos from the 1982 Dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Here’s a wall worth talking about. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. D.C. This blog post from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund shares photos from November 13th, the day of the dedication. I share it with you, for your consideration and reflection. Gratitude and blessings to all our men and women in uniform, then and now, and Happy Veterans Day Friday. Larry

Your Stories. Your Wall.

In 2022 – we’re commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Throughout the year, we’re highlighting lists of 40 things related to the Vietnam war/era.

For the final month, we’ve compiled 40 photos from the 1982 Dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial:

A program from the 1982 Dedication laid at the base of The Wall.

A view of the George Washington Monument during the Dedication Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on November 13, 1982.

Once the Dedication ceremony was over, visitors were able to get an up-close view of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on November 13, 1982.

The back of the crowd during the Dedication ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on November 13, 1982.

A view from above the apex of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as veterans, friends, and family scour The Wall looking for names on November 13, 1982.

Jan Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam…

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Something A Bit More Uplifting — Filosofa’s Word

This is the second time I’ve read about this organization, and I’m blown away by its humanitarianism in times of tragedy, and its courage in the face of danger. I’m happy to make a donation to its efforts, and I ask you to consider doing the same. charitynavigator.org, a nonprofit charity rating site, gives it a perfect score of 100, so you can give with confidence. And thanks, Jill, for calling attention to these folks again. Larry

I needed to step away from the politics of the day for just a few moments, and had just about decided to skip doing a morning post today, but as I scrolled through the 400+ emails awaiting some disposition, I came across one from World Central Kitchen.  You all remember them … the organization started […]

Something A Bit More Uplifting — Filosofa’s Word

Happy Flag Day!

Today, June 14, is Flag Day here in the United States.

Now, how many of you fellow Americans out there knew we commemorate Flag Day every year, but that was all you knew about it?

Yeah, me too. 😳😳

So, here’s a little refresher course for us:

According to our good friend, Wikipedia, “It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on June 14, 1917

“In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; on August 3, 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.”

Though Flag Day is observed nationwide, it’s not a federal holiday. However, you lucky folks in Pennsylvania get to have the day off, as that’s the only state to observe today as a holiday.

All over the country, there are Flag Day parades today. Maybe near where you live. Some of them have a long history; Fairfield, Washington’s parade dates all the way back to 1909 or 1910.

If you wish to display the Stars and Stripes today (or any day), you may want to consult https://www.usa.gov/flag for info on the proper way to do so.

So, Happy Flag Day, friends! Go to a parade if you have the chance, fly Old Glory proudly if you have it, and let’s all take a moment to respect the national symbol of our freedom.

Oh, and incidentally:

June 14 is also the birthday of the United States Army! Congress adopted “the American continental army” on this day in 1775. So, Happy Birthday to you!