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To all who have served and all that are serving in our armed forces and their families we thank you and we remember.  ~ Ms. Sparky & Forseti

Mark Memmott – (NPR) – November 11, 2011 – Before we move on to the day’s news, serious and silly, we want to pause for a moment to note that it’s Veterans Day.

As President Obama’s declaration states, on this day Americans “pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families.” And, the proclamation adds, “to honor their contributions to our Nation, let us strive with renewed determination to keep the promises we have made to all who have answered our country’s call.”

In May 1915, the U.S. Air Force reminds us, Canadian military doctor, Maj. John M. McCrae, composed the poem In Flanders Fields after treating victims of a German chemical attack in Belgium. It inspired the use of red poppies as a symbol of Veterans Day for many years in the U.S., and they’re still used in Great Britain.

This seems like a good moment to recall McCrae’s words

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

“We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

“Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”

(Click HERE for original article)

Happy Independence Day!! To all our troops who have served past and present at home and abroad, during times of war and peacetime, I thank you. Without you, the United States of America would have ceased to exist some time ago and we would most likely be speaking some foreign language, eating some foreign food and drinking some foreign beer…..God forbid! We most likely would not be enjoying the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy today. As a nation, we have our issues. But as a whole, we are still the greatest nation in the world, thanks to YOU! And to the civilians who support our troops, I know their success is do in large to your support and sacrifice. Thank you.

It’s that time of year again when grown adults and children alike clammer to the fireworks stands to buy legal (and illegal) explosives in a effort to see who can make it go higher and blow louder. I urge you to back away if your buddy says, “Hey Bob! Hold my beer while I modify this!”

So, why do we have this insatiable need to blow stuff up on the 4th of July? Read the remainder of this entry »

What do you know about the U.S. Flag?

Posted July 4, 2011 By Ms Sparky

What do you know about our U.S. Flag? I love this poster because it gives so much information about U.S. flag evolution and history.This poster below is at 30% of original size. Click HERE to view this poster in it’s original size.

The First Official United States Flag: The 13-Star Flag became the Official United States Flag on June14th, 1777 and is the result of the congressional action that took place on that date. Much evidence exists pointing to Congressman Francis Hopkinson as the person responsible for its design.The only President to serve under this flag was George Washington (1789-1797). This Flag was to last for a period of 18 years.

This is the 1st official U.S. Flag. Many think the Besty Ross flag with the 13-stars in in circle was the 1st, but most historians agree, that is not true.

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Thank you to ALL our fallen heroes!

Posted May 29, 2011 By Ms Sparky

Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day because the graves of Union Soldiers who died in the Civil War were decorated with flowers, was first observed in 1865. In 1866 it was declared that Decoration Day would be observed nationwide on May 30th. Memorial Day was first used in 1882 but did not become official until 1967. In 1971, Memorial Day was changed from May 30th to the last Monday in May in order to give Americans another three day weekend.

Memorial Day is now a day to honor all the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for your freedoms. Your freedom of speech, your freedom of religion, your right to keep and bear arms, your right to travel freely, your right to choose your own leaders. So many countries STILL do not have these most basic freedoms.

Join us by honoring those who have given their life, so we could live ours as we choose, by flying your US flag. Please display your flag correctly!  Did you know the US Flag is to be displayed at half staff until noon on Memorial Day? Click HERE for information on how to correctly display the US flag.

Below are links to US war memorials honoring our heroes.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

Desert Storm

Vietnam War

Korean

World War II

World War I

To all the US Service members who died in other conflicts or terrorist attacks, you are not forgotten.

Ms Sparky & Forseti

 

THE AMERICANS LEFT BEHIND

Posted May 28, 2011 By Ms Sparky

In honor of the men and women who serve our country, we will be posting stories and articles this Memorial Day weekend to remember and celebrate the heroes of our nation. ~ Ms Sparky & Forseti

Charles Ervin Shelton
Colonel, United States Air Force

Photo from The P.O.W. Network

U.S. Veteran Dispatch Staff Report – September/October, 1994 Issue – As the nation’s last Vietnam POW is declared dead, fresh details emerge on an failed effort to save captured servicemen.

Colonel Charles Shelton was the last official Vietnam War POW: the one missing American still designated as being alive by the Pentagon. Shot down during a reconnaissance mission over northern Laos on April 29, 1965, the 33-year-old pilot managed to parachute safely from his RF-101C jet and make radio contact with his home base after he hit the ground. But he was grabbed by Pathet Lao fighters and vanished. Unable to verify his fate, the Air Force listed Shelton as “known captured alive” for 29 years.

On Sept. 20, the Air Force, at the request of Shelton’s children, finally put the question to rest and changed his status to “killed in action.” Last week, as a bugler played taps, the Pentagon held a memorial for Shelton at Arlington National Cemetery. His name will be carved on the back of the headstone marking the grave of his widow who, deeply frustrated by so many dashed hopes, killed herself four years ago.

Even decades later, many families of Americans who might have been left behind in Southeast Asia when the war ended have never felt satisfied that the U.S. did everything it could to find them. As the last POW was symbolically buried, TIME was piecing together the tale of the one attempt the U.S. made after the war to rescue American prisoners. The bare outlines of that 1981 plan have appeared in occasional press stories over the years. The CIA still refuses to discuss the case. Pentagon officials today say the Defense Department never had reliable intelligence on whether Americans were still alive. But here is a full report of that abortive effort, as uncovered in government documents and more than 20 interviews with military, intelligence and Reagan Administration officials involved in the rescue planning:

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