Monday, May 25, 2009

MEMORIAL DAY













THANK YOU TO ALL PAST VETERANS AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE STILL SERVING FOR OUR FREEDOMS!!!!



HERE AT WEST SIDE TERRACE OUR RESIDENT VETERANS ON FRIDAY MAY 22ND DECORATED OUR FLAG POLE.....








AND THEN ON SATURDAY MAY 23RD WE GATHERED AT 10 AM FOR A SHORT SERVICE TO PAY OUR RESPECT TO THE FLAG, OUR PAST AND CURRENT MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN AND I HELD A SHORT PRAYER SERVICE, WE HAD ABOUT 36 RESIDENTS ATTEND OUR SERVICE. WE HAD 8 ATTENDING AND 3 WHO WATCHED FROM THEIR WINDOWS OVERLOOKING THE AREA..... We had WWII, Korea, Vietnam, represented by the Navy, Army, Marines who were there...




Following our service we played the National Anthem and raised "Our Colors" ....







We went to the Memorial Day activities and parade to get the pictures for the Legion Files as we alternate years with the VFW on doing Memorial Day and it was the VFW's turn this year. Thankfully I did not have to dress up and relaxed, went thru the crowds visiting old friends and as a favor to the VFW I did some photo's for them as they didn't have a photographer taking photos.





This is a photo of the VFW and Legion Commander and the Guest Speaker, Retired Command Sgt. Major Mitchell...






The picture below are some of my friends, they are WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf war era............The "EMPTY CHAIRS" are for those MIA or POW who were unable to be with us but are

"NOT FORGOTTEN"!!!!!!!!!






Here below are 3 of the best old "Sailors" around, and also "friends of mine"... We have a Lt. Cmdr, a Master Chief, Senior Master Chief all retired Navy and they allowed me, a lowly E6 to stand in their presence.... These 3 have more Sea Time Moby-Dick an are great guys!!!! The expression on my face caught by the camera was due to the fact a wandering hand grabbed me and is giving me a """"Wedgie"""!!!!!!!










NEVER FORGET...REMEMBER THE VET!!!








3 comments:

jack69 said...

Hey Mate, good coverage of Memorial day.
We had a sailor at our Memorial service who was stationed at Pearl when the attack took place. Of course he got a standing ovation, pretty old dude!
Thank God everyone in our family who went came back. But we have all left some good ones behind. If thinking of it, and looking at our Colors, doesn't tear you up when Taps sounds, you have a cold cold heart. I think of the dead we have left on foreign soil and some of those countries thumb their noses at us, like the USA has done nothing. I cry and get mad at the same time.
Great tribute to the Vets who gave their all. We wish we could do more.
Thanks,
Jack & Sherry

garnett109 said...

Woody you are an awesome dude, thanks for your service!

Shirl 72 said...

What a wonderful Memorial Day.
You sure do you share and more.
God bless you and God Bless our
Troops