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Today's Significance - Reminder, Re-visited


Memorial Day 2012 — Catarina, TX

Andy’s note:   Originally posted on Memorial Day 2011,  I am re-posting in its’ entirety today.  Already fading from memory and generally absent in any current news report, we are still actively engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We would be well reminded to think of those young kids in uniform today;  and everyday.


Just reminder of the gallantry of our fighting forces on this Memorial Day.

May we be worthy of their sacrifices.


Cpl. Jonathan Yale and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, USMC

Marine Lt. Gen. John Kelly delivered a speech to the Semper Fi Society —

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Serving Our Country

In an earlier post,  I said I had been gone for a few days.  5 days to be exact and Miss Kathy had my back.  Thank goodness she is a lot tougher than she looks.

I went to my folk’s house outside of Baytown, TX because my best girl Cait was there along with the numero uno grandson Hank the Tank.   She was on leave from the Air Force for a few days and flew into Houston for a quick visit.

Cait and Dad – 2005

This whole thing began 6 years ago when she enlisted in the Air Force.  I

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Rock and Roll is a Viscious Game

Note from Andy:  When I wrote the second blog entry about TSGT Ron,  the news of Cait’s deployment was still fresh and raw on me.  I decided to wait to write about it.  Cait and I had talked about her doing some blog entries here while she was deployed –this was in my inbox from her this morning.

Of course I do not like it and of course I am not OK with it.  Of course I will support her in all ways possible.  She is leaving the more or less safe cocoon of the Air Force and reporting for

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Readers Write - A Decade of War

The war in Afghanistan started 10 years ago yesterday. Hard to realize we have been at war for a decade. Think about it — a 13 or 14 year old has never known our nation when it was not on a war footing. Think about how many dependents-spouses and children-have been changed by their partner or parent going off to The Sandbox not one or twice but sometimes 3 or 4 deployments. Think about those that did not make it home at all or the ones with physical injuries that will be part of the rest of their adult lives.

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