Thank a Veteran

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”(click here to read more on the history about Veteran’s Day)

I marked this item off the list last year, but I feel like it should have it’s own post stating that I do thank veteran’s from all the military branches that protect and defend the country I live in from harm. I would also like to extend thanks to all those that put their life on the line (police, firefighters, …..) This is one item we should definitely repeat, each and every day as well as really acknowledging it on the official holidays.

I’m including photos of those veterans in my family from the civil war to World War II.

40 til 40 Journey Begins Today

Today marks the start of my 40 days til 40 countdown. In the past, I’ve gone on trips or stayed and ate pizza (Oct is national pizza month). This year, I am looking to change things up and do something a little different

In addition to my normal posting of “bucket list” adventures and checking off things from my various lists, I think I would like to document the journey of counting down until my birthday and this milestone number.

Besides the number count for Scrabble, I get to move up in age groups for any races (running, swimming, triathlons) yipee?

 

On This Day: Visit the Location where JFK was shot (Texas)

53 years ago (November 22, 1963) President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas.

Standing next to that spot just 3 days ago, pondering the civil rights and other changes he was able to get done was an amazing experience. Wish he had the chance to do more. I had thought we came a long way from those days and I would often tell my mom I couldn’t imagine how it was, sadly I think I that although laws have changed, people still have bitter attitudes.

I did not know the Sixth Floor Museum was the building where the shooter took aim at Kennedy. It was interesting to relearn and discover new info on his presidency and that fateful Dallas trip.

He had so many great speeches and quotes, I like this one a lot right now: “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – JFK

On This Day: Visit the Panama Canal

This item hasn’t come up on my monthly bucketlists yet, but I thought it would be fitting to write a quick note for it today.  You see it’s the 100th anniversary of when it opened.  I went with my family on a cruise back in 2005.  One of the stops was going through the locks on the Altantic side and stopping for a day in Panama.  It was pretty impressive to be up early and watch the ship go through the locks.  Very impressive too how man was able to construct such a feat.  To think the canal is not something that nature had set, but that human dug it out (and continue to do work on it) just so we didn’t have to sail all the way around South America.

Here is a photo that The National Archives shared:  This illustration entitled, “Open for Business”, by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, which appeared in the Washington Evening Star on August 15, 1914, shows Uncle Sam officially opening the Panama Canal.

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And here is my sis and I at the canal.

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Have you been? and was just as impressed?

On This Day: Read or listen closely to “I Have a Dream”

I originally had this already checked off the list.  I did some school project (probably a few times) with the “I have a dream” speech.

However, the nation is celebrating the 50 year anniversary of when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  marched for civil rights in Washington D.C. and gave this speech.  So, I think it is fitting that it gets it’s own post on the day of.

I’m white (I admit it) and you might say the civil rights he was talking about didn’t affect me.  But I would say back to you that it HAS affected me.  I have grown up in a world where there is integration of races (even of sexes) in so many parts of my life.  I watch those old movies and history documentaries and cannot even begin to imagine how weird it would be to be surrounded with only other whites (and mainly females).  If I think hard about it, I could list all the things I that might be different nowadays if the way things were back then hadn’t changed.

I know there are still places that might be unchanged, but not where I am and not in the many places I’ve been to.

And you have to admit, his speech is pretty universal and touches the nerve to all.

My final thought as I listen to this speech on the day it first was spoken 50 years before; having  President Obama speak it and show history how far we’ve come in our cultural prejudices is pretty darn neat.