Honor Our Veterans. Short Takes.

Fly Your Flag.   My View, My Take.

Fly your flag all the time, but at a minimum today and tomorrow.  November 11 designates Veterans Day, honoring those who are and have served in the United States Armed Forces.  Forget politics, forget Woodrow Wilson and WWI, Harry Truman and WWII, LBJ and Vietnam, and any of our other leaders who have put our soldiers in harms way.  Stand up, give up your seat, shake the veteran’s hand, and above all else say thank you to them for their service to our country.  This is not about politics, this is about honor and sacrifice.  The least all of us can do is say thank you.   

I don’t remember the curriculum in middle and high school but I do know that at one time I took American history classes.  My knowledge of World War II is mediocre and maybe enhanced by all the war movies my father made me watch (over and over)…..can you say Von Ryan’s Express, Bridge Over the River Kwai, The Guns of Navarone, and The Longest Day?  What I have barely any knowledge of is World War I, the war of all wars. Today marks the 100-year anniversary of the United States entering WWI.  We waited until 1917 but in 1914 the division of power within Europe was remarkable, starting with the Triple Entente (allies) and the Central Powers. The incident that sparked this massive conflict was a bit surprising and resulted in the total number of deaths of 10 million military personnel. The civilian death toll was about 8 million, including about 6 million due to war-related famine and disease. I have never been known as the sharpest pencil in the stack but having little to no knowledge of WWI is a bit embarrassing.

Vote recount.  To Florida, Georgia, and Arizona:  it is the end of 2018 and you are an embarrassment to the rest of the country.  I will not comment on who should win and who should lose as I will stay away from politics.  It is both remarkable and unjust that your voting processes are disruptive, corrupt, biased, and influenced.  There are five Constitutional Amendments that deal with voting and the right to vote.  Don’t marginalize voter’s beliefs about the value of their vote.  For once and for all, get your systems in place to avoid what our Constitution stands for.  Disgusting with the technology and so-called oversight that is in place.

On the lighter side:  Thanksgiving is ten days away.  The NFL and MLS playoffs highlight a busy Sunday.  The beach will be really nice today and this better not be Tata Martino’s last game with Atlanta United.

Thoughts and prayers to all that are affected by California’s wildfires and the devastating attack at the restaurant/bar in Thousand Oaks.

Adios and Have a Funday Sunday!

3 thoughts on “Honor Our Veterans. Short Takes.”

  1. Hi Gary,

    I hope all is well. I enjoy your posts and normally I remain part of the quiet audience. Next blog, if you would, expand upon the selfless bravery of our firefighters and first responders. I posted a thank you on my LinkedIn page to the men and women fighting to save lives and homes in CA. There’s a picture one of my neighbors took of three men resting on my front lawn after having saved my home. When I’m there for Thanksgiving I plan to visit the local firehouse and try to find them if they’re part of that station.

    These people were there when our home flooded many years ago. They were there when I ruptured a disc in my back and Renee couldn’t get me down the stairs to get to the hospital. They were there saving my friends BIG TIME this past week.

    We don’t know right now about two houses in Malibu, but all CA family members and friends are safe and accounted for. For all of that, I am thankful.

  2. Thank you, Gary for your comments about veterans. I was not a war fighter, but I am proud I gave the US Army seven years of my life. Also, your thoughts on the voting process are spot on. And do I need to mention my beloved Tennessee Volunteers best the team ranked #11 in the country? Wasn’t sure you knew.

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