I’m just an old fart who is almost a half century old. Spent almost half my life in the Navy and most of that was out to sea. Now I’m a farmer, carpenter, technician and general handy-man. I love reading books and I like writing, which is good if I’m writing a blog.
I have strong opinions on a lot of different things. Keep reading this blog and I’ll share some of them from time to time.
One of my all time favorite songs is “The Motorcycle Song” by Arlo Guthrie
I don’t want a pickle, just wanna ride my motor-sickle…….
via Random Pic o’ the Day | Aewl’s Abode.
Here’s a fun and simple thing to do the next time you go to someone’s house you haven’t been to before.
Right after the obligatory introductions, respectfully ask, “Where is your bathroom?”
They will tell you that it is just down the hall, first or second door on the right or left and may even point fingers toward the way.
Then, and this is the messing with their minds part, simply say, “Thank you”, and act like you never asked where the bathroom is located.
It might get a bit awkward on their part as they wonder why you asked where the bathroom is. Also they may wonder if you are going to piss your pants on their $900 sofa.
Eventually, when you really do have to go to the bathroom, simply get up and go. If you are lucky, you might catch your hosts sighing in relief.
If by some chance they ask why you asked where the bathroom is located, just reply, “Future reference” and leave it at that.
Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
This is a day to honor the sacrifice by our troops, both in peace and war. A day to remember why America is free. A day to know that only by those who are called to duty, for whatever reason, are why we are free. Every member of our Armed Forces say an oath and then whenever they re-enlist, they say it again. It is worth noting those words and what they mean. A full explanation of each part of the oath can be found here:
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
Our Armed Forces live this oath every day of their service. They give up basic rights that most Americans take for granted in order to preserve the rights of all other Americans. For this alone, we should honor them. But in addition to that, they are the ones that go in harm’s way. They are the ones that sacrifice their lives in order that we may live as a free country.
Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen and Albert S. Hanser wrote “The Battle of the Crater”, which everyone should read. In the book, there is a scene that is memorable and a speech that sums up not only this day but all other days that our Armed Forces defend our freedom. In it, the 28th United States Colored Troop are on burial duty in Arlington, Virginia on the site of General Robert E. Lee’s former plantation. Due to the government not wanting the public to know how bad the war is going in the summer of 1864, all digging of graves and burials are done at night. On this rainy night, there are 75 men to be buried. The Colonel and Chaplin assigned to the Troop make a brief appearance in the rain and conduct a short brief service and then quickly retire to their dry tents.
Then, before the men start to lower the bodies in the graves and cover them up, Sergeant Major Garland White, a black parson before the war says the following:
“Battalion, attention! Hats Off!”
Garland let a long moment of silence pass.
“Men of the 28th. Look upon our comrades. Did they want to die for you?”
“I do not think so. They were men just as are, men who wished to live, to have families, to grow old, to be placed to final rest with dignity, with children and grandchildren by their graves. They wanted to live as much as we do.”
“Look upon your comrades. I doubt, though, if many of them would have called us comrades, though some might have indeed gone to this war believing in our freedom. Perhaps only a few, but that does not matter now, for they are dead. Their war is finished forever; they rest with God.”
“They died and you are alive, and I now ask you, my brothers: What do we owe them in return?”
There was silence for a moment.
“What do we owe to them?”
That passage above, written so beautifully, can be said of all of our Armed Forces that have made the supreme sacrifice. We owe our freedom to them. No matter if we are conservatives, liberals or apolitical. No matter if we are Christian, Agnostic or Atheist. WE OWE THEM OUR FREEDOM!
Remember the fallen today and thank them in your hearts for making the supreme sacrifice for the life we have today.