A Thank You to our Veterans

I just wanted to take the time  today to say thank you to all the veterans out there. No matter if you served in the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Marine Corp, United States Air Force, or United States National Guard. Thank you for severing our country.

 

Veterans Day wasn’t always called Veteran’s Day. It was created after World War I as a day to observe the end of the ‘The Great War’, which was November 11, 1918 and was called Armistice Day. It wasn’t a legal holiday until 1938 when an Congressional Act was passed that May making November 11th the “day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

It wasn’t until 1954 when President Eisenhower signed a bill that that expand Armistice Day to a day to celebrate all the Veterans that served, not just those who died in World War I. Eight years before in 1945 a World War II veteran named Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama started the campaign for the expansion of Armistice Day and has since become known as the “Father of Veterans Day”. Mister Weeks was awarded the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 by President Ronald Regan for his work in being the driving force for the holiday.

The bill that President Eisenhower signed was amended by Congress on June 1st 1954 to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Even though the holiday was scheduled to be celebrated on November 11th of each year, that hasn’t always been the case. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act which was passed in 1968 but didn’t go into effect until 1971, changed the from November 11th to the fourth Monday in October. It stayed that way until 1977. The Dates it was celebrated between 1971-1977 are as follows Oct 25, 1971; Oct 23, 1972; Oct 22, 1973; Oct 28, 1974; Oct 27, 1975; Oct 25, 1976 and Oct 24, 1977. The date was moved back to November 11 in 1978 and has stayed that way ever since. Even though the legal holiday is November 11th, if the date falls on a Saturday or a Sunday then if is Formally observed on either Friday or Monday respectfully.

 

I know I may have posted one of these poems before but, I can’t help but share them again because whenever I think about Veterans day I think about these.

The first is “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. You can see the history behind the poem by reading my Memorial Day blog post here.

 

In Flanders Fields

BY JOHN MCCRAE

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.

Another was written about the Battle of Normandy, otherwise known as D-Day. It’s titled “Carentan O Carentan” by Louis Simpson

Carentan O Carentan

BY LOUIS SIMPSON

Trees in the old days used to stand

And shape a shady lane

Where lovers wandered hand in hand

Who came from Carentan.

This was the shining green canal

Where we came two by two

Walking at combat-interval.

Such trees we never knew.

The day was early June, the ground

Was soft and bright with dew.

Far away the guns did sound,

But here the sky was blue.

The sky was blue, but there a smoke

Hung still above the sea

Where the ships together spoke

To towns we could not see.

Could you have seen us through a glass

You would have said a walk

Of farmers out to turn the grass,

Each with his own hay-fork.

The watchers in their leopard suits

Waited till it was time,

And aimed between the belt and boot

And let the barrel climb.

I must lie down at once, there is

A hammer at my knee.

And call it death or cowardice,

Don’t count again on me.

Everything’s all right, Mother,

Everyone gets the same

At one time or another.

It’s all in the game.

I never strolled, nor ever shall,

Down such a leafy lane.

I never drank in a canal,

Nor ever shall again.

There is a whistling in the leaves

And it is not the wind,

The twigs are falling from the knives

That cut men to the ground.

Tell me, Master-Sergeant,

The way to turn and shoot.

But the Sergeant’s silent

That taught me how to do it.

O Captain, show us quickly

Our place upon the map.

But the Captain’s sickly

And taking a long nap.

Lieutenant, what’s my duty,

My place in the platoon?

He too’s a sleeping beauty,

Charmed by that strange tune.

Carentan O Carentan

Before we met with you

We never yet had lost a man

Or known what death could do.

And lastly here is a poem called “The Night of the Bayonet” it was written by Walter Gordon and Paul Rogers of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne. It’s about what happen to another Company member, Floyd Talbert, one night early in the Battle of Normandy. The poem was read during the HBO Mini Series Band of Brothers which depicted the events of what happened to Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne during World War II.

The Night of the Bayonet

The night was filled with dark and cold,
When Sergeant Talbert the story’s told,
Pulled out his poncho and headed out,
To check the lines dressed like a Kraut.

Upon a trooper our hero came,
Fast asleep; he called his name.
“Smith, oh Smith, get up, it’s time
To take your turn out on the line.”

Private Smith, so very weary,
Cracked an eye, all red and bleary,
Grabbed his rifle and did not tarry,
Hearing Floyd, but seeing Gerry.

“It’s me!” cried Tab. “Don’t do it!” and yet,
Smith charged toute de suite with bayonet.
He lunged, he thrust, both high and low,
And skeweth the boy from Kokomo.

And as they carried him away,
Our punctured hero was heard to say,
“When in this war you venture out,
best never do it dressed as a Kraut!”

Well that’s it. Once again I would like to thank all of our Veterans. Because without you none of use will have known the freedoms that comes with your sacrifices. Thank You.

Well I did Not see that coming

Donald Trump won the race for President of the United States.

I seriously did not think he was going to win. Yes I brought into what the polls were saying and it turned out that….

They were wrong!

Now many of you maybe asking how could that be, how could the polls be wrong. Well I don’t know the answer for sure however one thing nobody seems to talk about is that the people who are taking the polls could skew the results towards the way they want things to go. In this case that Hillary Clinton was doing better then she actually was.

Now that latter would have to mean that most likely Donald Trump was right when he said that people who were voting for him weren’t saying so when interviewed for the polls.

Which yes I could see that happening.

I mean would anyone really want to admit to some strange person that they support the person that nearly a majority of people did not like?

I don’t think so.

People think that pollsters did such a bad job at calling this race that one person tweeted.

Here is a list of recent polls that pollsters got wrong.

So now you can see why it’s plausible to think that people who are taking the polls could skew the results in the favor of whatever side they are on? Because I sure can.

Anyway I went to bed last night thinking that Hillary Clinton was going to win. Not because I supported her, but because I believed what all the polls were saying. Which was that she was going to win because she seemed to easily get the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

 

I find it kind of laughable that that people are saying it will be hard to explain it to kids how Trump could be President, which yes it probably will be. However I don’t think people should be having the President of the United States teaching their children what is right or wrong. That is the parents responsibility, to say that the President of the United States should be teaching a child is just lazy parenting if you ask me.

My mother taught me and my sisters right form wrong and all those other life lessons, she didn’t tell us to look up to the Bill Clinton, then President of the United States, or any other elected official to learn those lessons. Though of course we didn’t live in a time of social media an all that, though the fact still applies that children shouldn’t be learning what is right and wrong, or what they should and shouldn’t do from the President of the United States.

Another thing is that it’s not like explaining a Clinton Presidency would be simple. I mean the FBI, more importantly the Director, said that she lied. She lied to the American People and possibly Congress. How anybody could tell a child that it would have been alright for a President to lie when they are taught not to lie is beyond me. I mean are there actually people out their that find easier to explain why a person lied to those who are told not to lie?

It’s time to face facts that neither Candidate was perfect and a lot of explaining would have needed to be done to children no matter who had won.

Finally! It’s Election Day

Today is finally the day we have been waiting for.

Well for those of use who are sick and tired of this election cycle at least.

The candidates are probably glad that election day is finally here as well, but they are most likely happy because they don’t have to campaign until when ever the next election cycle. (Four years for who ever wins the President of the United States, Six for whoever wins a United States Senate Seat, two years for whoever wins a seat in the United States House of Representatives, and whatever the term is for any local offices)

I’m happy because I won’t have to hear any more attack ads. Though I haven’t really heard any this election cycle anyway. Really it seems like those I have heard were from Hillary Clinton and the opponent for the local Congressional Seat. (Anna Throne-Holst) Not surprisingly those two are Democrats.

I did hear an Attack ad for the incumbent for the local Congressional Seat who is a Republican, though he also ran ads that weren’t attack ads.

Well Anyway I’m just glad that it’s Election Day and all of that will end.

Also up for grabs was a seat in the United States Senate. Oddly while I have heard an ad for the Incumbent (Charles “Chuck” Schumer), I hadn’t heard any ads for his challenger. Heck, I don’t even know who his challenger was. Did he even have a challenger?

Yes he had a challenger. A woman named Wendy Long. I never heard of her, though it doesn’t matter really since she’ll probably end up losing. I mean New York is basically a blue state, were Democrats always seem to win. Or at least they seem to win the races for Governor, and United States Senators, and most of the United States House of Representatives Districts. Also New York elects the Democratic Nominee for President.

The last time a Republican from New York won a seat in the United States Senate, either Class One or Class Three was Al D’Amato in 1980. Mr. D’Amato served Three terms and who lost to in 1998 to Mr Schumer.

I said it once and I’ll say it again. I’m glad it is over!

The Day After Halloween aka November First

Well it’s the day after Halloween.

Last night I dressed up as Batman, or more like a Batman who had just run out of a board-meeting wearing only a polo shirt with only his mask and cape.

We only got 48 children at my house, which may not seem that small but considering  that it seemed like we got over like sixty or maybe seventy not that long ago, it seems like a small amount. We didn’t even get through the first bag of candy, I’d say we went though like half of it.

And my sister had said that she didn’t see a lot of children out when she took her daughter out.

The Children seem to stop coming around eight o’ clock. The earliest was a boy who looked to be possibly in preschool or before, who had come with his mother around lunch time.

Yes I know it was a school night, however Halloween fell on school nights before and we still got a lot, not to mention somebody a few miles away said that they had up to three hundred children at their house.

Anyway like I said it is now November 1st, which means its a new month an it’s getting closer to the end of the year.

The next holiday will be Veterans Day followed by Thanksgiving.

Well until the next time.