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Ben Franklin's bifocals Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Memorial Day - dog tags

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery - sailor and his girl at the Tomb of Unknowns

Korea 6-21-51, 1st Batt., 5th Marine Regiment Memorial Service in the field.
Korea 6-21-51, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment Memorial Service in the field.
Photo Credit: USAA

Memorial Day

Our Constitutional Convention
[1787 - Delegates convene at Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention]

Sage Ralph Waldo Emerson
[1803 - Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, philosopher,
poet, born in Boston, Massachusetts]

Dancer Bill Bojangles Robinson
[1878 - Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, tap
dancer, born in Richmond, Virginia]

Labor Leader Phillip Murray
[1886 - Philip Murray, labor leader, CIO
founder, born in Blantyre, Scotland]

Igor Sikorsky - aviation genius
Aviation Pioneer Igor Sikorsky flying his helo
[1889 - Igor Sikorsky, engineer of first helicopter, born in Kiev, Ukraine]

Photographer Dorothea Lange
[1895 - Dorothea Lange, photographer and photojournalist, born in Hoboken, New Jersey]

Actor Claude Akins in Rio Bravo
[1918 - Claude Akins, actor, born in Nelson, Georgia]

Sportscaster Lindsey Nelson
[1919 - Lindsey Nelson, sportscaster, born in Campbellsville, Tennessee]

Jazz Great Miles Davis - so cool Jazz Virtuoso Miles Davis in a groove
[1926 - Miles (Dewey) Davis III, jazz musician, born in Alton, Illinois]

Opera Star Beverly Sills
[1929 - Beverly Sills (Belle Silverman), opera soprano, born in Brooklyn]

Track Great Jesse Owens competing for Ohio
[1935 - Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in one hour]

Never Forget

Post WW I Memorial Day Ceremony in France

  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.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Tomb of the Unknowns - honor guard salutes

William's Whimsical Words:

Never forgotten.

Veteran with Navy flag

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