April 16, 2017

Happy Easter ( 2017)



Celebrate Easter Because Jesus Christ Lives

"And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again."
Mark 10:34




Happy Easter to our Troops, you are in our thoughts and prayers.


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March 17, 2017

~ Happy St. Patricks Day ~









Happy St. Patricks Day everyone



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May 30, 2016

Memorial Day and Every Day We Will Never Forget




Here's to all the fallen soldiers in wars past and present.


“God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me of my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord. " -General George Patton







"Tell them, tell them when you get home that I gave all of my tomorrow's so they could have today!"

Those are the words on a tombstone, far across the Pacific, of someone who gave up his life for our future.

Were those words uttered so that those of us who are left could just enjoy our lives without "getting involved", or were they written to remind us that the work of freedom and liberty is never done?

Were those words written ,to suggest to us that it is not our job nor our responsibility to keep alive what they fought and died for, or were they written to remind us that we were given the opportunity of life so that we would continue to defend, and keep alive the memory of what they gave their last full measure for?

Let us here today, tonight, tomorrow, next month and next year - remember these gallant defenders of our freedom.

Most were not heroes as defined by the most hallowed Medal of Honor nor even as defined by the silver or bronze star.

They were ALL Heroes

Yes they were heroes, because without hesitation they fought for our country when they were asked to defend her.

They left their families, friends and good times behind and went to fight for our freedom without hesitation.

Some -- never even fired their weapons because they were killed before they ever reached the beach.

But they were heroes because they were there, ready to fight for America - for family, flag and country.

Most were scared to death as they prepared to meet the enemy. Their stomachs were turned upside down and they prayed to God and wished they were with their moms, dads and sweethearts rather than being where they were.

But they were where they were, fighting an enemy that was threatening their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They were fighting an enemy because they believed in America, they loved Her flag and they wanted to protect American's right to worship as they chose.

They were there, without hesitation, fighting for what they believed in and dying for what they believed in so you and I could live the way we chose in a free country. But they did not die so that we would stop fighting for what they believed and died for.

They fought and died knowing that we, the living, would go on fighting for that same freedom, that same country, that same flag and for that same right to worship as we choose. Abraham Lincoln, at Gettysburg, said:

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."

It is for us the living to go on defending what they died for. It is for us the living not to allow history to forget what they gave up all their tomorrow's for.

If when we attacked Guadalcanal and landed at Salerno, we found that "they" were going to fight back, we didn't give up because they fought back. We continued to fight because we knew our cause was right!

When Americans rode in the landing craft before storming the beaches at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Sicily, Anzio, Normandy, Peleliu, Saipan, Iowa Jima, Okinawa, Inchon and many other places we had never heard of before and when they fought in North Africa, the Philippines, Italy, France, Bastonne, Germany, Korea and Vietnam -- most were scared to death; their stomachs were turned upside down and they wanted to be back home with their loved ones.

But that did not stop them from attacking America's enemies bravely and without hesitation. They fought, and many died, but they did not give up because someone shot back at them.

It is for us the living to continue to defend and keep known what they fought and died for -- what they gave up all of their tomorrow's for.

They did not die so that we could become complacent; nor did they die so that when we, the living, reached a single obstacle --- we should quit

They died knowing that we would go on defending their actions, defending history and defending what they gave up all their tomorrow's for.

If WE don't remember ---if WE don't defend what they fought and died for and what we fought for -- who will remember? Who will care?

How many of them and you who fought for our flag and our country and remember the feeling as Old Glory" was being raised over a piece of land we fought for ---- and many died for?

How many remember seeing or hearing about our valiant warriors, who were fighting on Iowa Jima, as they stood and cheered when they saw the flag being raised over Mt. Suribachi.

We take this time on Memorial Day to salute our Fallen Heroes who through the history of our country have fought and died for all of us. THANK YOU!!! ---- Wild Thing




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February 14, 2016

Wishing You A Happy Valentines Day!





Another Valentine's Day approaches,
and hundreds of thousands of United States soldiers
will be far away from their loved ones,
unable to share an affectionate embrace,
a romantic candlelight dinner,
a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers.


Valentines Day is about showing the ones you love
just how much they mean to you,
and no one knows this better
than friends and families of troops overseas.

So to all our Military, and their families, to all the Veterans, and to all of you that are friends of Theodore's World blog........ Nicholas and I wish you all a special Valentines Day!


Thank you for being in our lives and
to the troops, thank you for all you do
and for serving our country.
Thank you for our freedom!









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December 31, 2015

Wishing You All a Happy New Year




We will open the book.
Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called "Opportunity" and its first
chapter is New Year's Day.
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce



Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask that no Airman, Coast Guardsman, Marine, Sailor, Soldier or National Guardsman, feel alone or forgotten.
~ Wild Thing







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November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Thank You Veterans and Troops




Thank you and thank you to all our Troops and to all of you Veterans. And I would also like to thank those of you that have loved ones serving now, sons, daughters, husbands and wives. You are serving too in such a special way. You are all in my thoughts and prayers every single day.

Love

Wild Thing







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July 04, 2015

Happy July 4th 2015 ~ Happy Independence!






The Declaration of Independence In Congress, July 4, 1776

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain Inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.


That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."


We owe the generation that gave us the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.


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June 14, 2015

Flag Day 6.14.15 I LOVE Our Flag! Here is Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash



The history of Flag Day

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.




Ragged Old Flag-Johnny Cash




When I see the colors of the flag, I think of how many lives were lost and how many people were injured so that I can say the pledge of allegiance to the flag today. I think of the wars where young men fought and where young men died. We have an American Flag on a flag pole in our front yard. As the flag billows proudly in the wind, I can hear the sweet sound of freedom and liberty. Thanks to American Soldiers, freedom’s light shines as a beacon throughout the world. We will never be able to tell you enough how very proud we are of you. Thank you for your service, for your sacrifices, and for your abiding devotion to something greater than self. God bless each and every one of you and your families~ Chrissie.



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May 25, 2015

Memorial Day and Every Day We Remember Them








Here's to all the fallen soldiers in wars past and present.


“God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me of my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord. " -General George Patton





"Tell them, tell them when you get home that I gave all of my tomorrow's so they could have today!"

Those are the words on a tombstone, far across the Pacific, of someone who gave up his life for our future.

Were those words uttered so that those of us who are left could just enjoy our lives without "getting involved", or were they written to remind us that the work of freedom and liberty is never done?

Were those words written ,to suggest to us that it is not our job nor our responsibility to keep alive what they fought and died for, or were they written to remind us that we were given the opportunity of life so that we would continue to defend, and keep alive the memory of what they gave their last full measure for?

Let us here today, tonight, tomorrow, next month and next year - remember these gallant defenders of our freedom.

Most were not heroes as defined by the most hallowed Medal of Honor nor even as defined by the silver or bronze star.

They were ALL Heroes

Yes they were heroes, because without hesitation they fought for our country when they were asked to defend her.

They left their families, friends and good times behind and went to fight for our freedom without hesitation.

Some -- never even fired their weapons because they were killed before they ever reached the beach.

But they were heroes because they were there, ready to fight for America - for family, flag and country.

Most were scared to death as they prepared to meet the enemy. Their stomachs were turned upside down and they prayed to God and wished they were with their moms, dads and sweethearts rather than being where they were.

But they were where they were, fighting an enemy that was threatening their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They were fighting an enemy because they believed in America, they loved Her flag and they wanted to protect American's right to worship as they chose.

They were there, without hesitation, fighting for what they believed in and dying for what they believed in so you and I could live the way we chose in a free country. But they did not die so that we would stop fighting for what they believed and died for.

They fought and died knowing that we, the living, would go on fighting for that same freedom, that same country, that same flag and for that same right to worship as we choose. Abraham Lincoln, at Gettysburg, said:

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."

It is for us the living to go on defending what they died for. It is for us the living not to allow history to forget what they gave up all their tomorrow's for.

If when we attacked Guadalcanal and landed at Salerno, we found that "they" were going to fight back, we didn't give up because they fought back. We continued to fight because we knew our cause was right!

When Americans rode in the landing craft before storming the beaches at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Sicily, Anzio, Normandy, Peleliu, Saipan, Iowa Jima, Okinawa, Inchon and many other places we had never heard of before and when they fought in North Africa, the Philippines, Italy, France, Bastonne, Germany, Korea and Vietnam -- most were scared to death; their stomachs were turned upside down and they wanted to be back home with their loved ones.

But that did not stop them from attacking America's enemies bravely and without hesitation. They fought, and many died, but they did not give up because someone shot back at them.

It is for us the living to continue to defend and keep known what they fought and died for -- what they gave up all of their tomorrow's for.

They did not die so that we could become complacent; nor did they die so that when we, the living, reached a single obstacle --- we should quit

They died knowing that we would go on defending their actions, defending history and defending what they gave up all their tomorrow's for.

If WE don't remember ---if WE don't defend what they fought and died for and what we fought for -- who will remember? Who will care?

How many of them and you who fought for our flag and our country and remember the feeling as Old Glory" was being raised over a piece of land we fought for ---- and many died for?

How many remember seeing or hearing about our valiant warriors, who were fighting on Iowa Jima, as they stood and cheered when they saw the flag being raised over Mt. Suribachi.

We take this time on Memorial Day to salute our Fallen Heroes who through the history of our country have fought and died for all of us. THANK YOU!!! ---- Wild Thing




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May 24, 2015

Lieutenant Colonel Allen West There’s something every American must do at 3:00 pm on Monday



Lieutenant Colonel Allen West There’s something every American must do at 3:00 pm on Monday

I will be spending this Memorial Day weekend in Rosenberg, Texas with my daughter Aubrey at the 6th Annual US Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Team Roping and BBQ Cook Off. This is the 10 year anniversary of Operation Red Wings made famous by the book and film, “Lone Survivor.”

So this will be my only post for this weekend.

The solemn act of honoring those who have fallen in battle is a custom that seems to have faded in importance to our nation over time.

Nowadays, many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At cemeteries across the country, the graves of the fallen are sadly ignored, and worse, neglected.

While there are towns and cities still planning Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some think the day is for honoring anyone who has died, not just those fallen in service to our country.

Perhaps they do not know how deeply our nation once appreciated those who sacrificed their lives in defense of the principles we hold most dear. Perhaps those very principles of individual sovereignty, freedom and liberty are no longer so important.

It was not always so.

In 1868, on May 5th, Memorial Day, originally called “Decoration Day,” was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11.

General Logan asked that we cherish “tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes. Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders.”

But times change. In the 1960’s our warriors were not welcomed back from battle with parades and cheers, and the fallen were not honored as they had been in the past.

Perhaps reflecting those times, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed in 1968 as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends – time for fun and recreation, rather than remembrance and reflection.
Thus, from 1971 onwards, the Memorial Day holiday was officially observed on the last Monday in May and became the unofficial start of the summer, with barbecues, blockbuster movie openings and mattress sales.

No less than the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) was later moved to say “Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.”

It was around that time as well that defense spending began a steep decline, and in 1976, for the first time, entitlement spending exceeded defense spending. It is a trend that has rapidly accelerated, with spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid more than double that of national defense, a core constitutional function of government.

Nonetheless, the United States of America still possesses the greatest military force the world has ever known. Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsman volunteer to protect and defend this country and all its citizens, and do so with honor, integrity and excellence. Our nation continually asks them to do more and more, with less and less.

We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have “guardians at the gate.”

Those who serve today deserve our gratitude, those who are returning from the battlefield deserve our open arms, and those who will never return deserve our thoughts, tributes and remembrance.

In 2000, President Clinton passed a resolution asking all Americans to observe a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 p.m. on each Memorial Day “to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all.” I know what I will be doing at 3:00 p.m. this Memorial Day. I hope I will not be alone.

For as General Logan proclaimed, “Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

We can have debates about going to war. But we should never look in hindsight and denigrate the heroic exertions of those who represent that which is the best amongst us all. So take the time this Memorial Day to explain to your children and grandchildren that this day is not about BBQ, swimming pools opening, the start of summer, or sales.

This day is about those who have always known that there is no sale price for freedom. It is about those who were more than willing to discount their own lives for the ultimate benefit to others.

They were and shall always be Steadfast and Loyal.




Wild Thing's comment...........

Thank you Allen West.



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May 23, 2015

The Old Guard places over 228,000 flags at Arlington National Cemetery



The Old Guard places over 228,000 flags at Arlington National Cemetery


Flags-In ceremony sets the stage for Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

Stars and Stripes

In Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, the emotion of the day caught up with Staff Sgt. Oliver Moore.

He had just placed silver airborne wings on the grave of his best friend, Staff Sgt. Kevin Michael Witte, in memory of the times they had gone skydiving together. Witte, 27, died in an improvised explosive device attack in Baghdad in 2006.

“With all the BS we put up with, we get one day a year where it puts everything in perspective. This is our generation,” Moore said, gesturing to the section where many of the casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been laid to rest.

Moore and more than 1,000 other servicemembers were taking part in Thursday’s pre-Memorial Day Flags-In ceremony, conducted at Arlington every year since 1948 by the Old Guard. American flags — more than 228,000 of them — lined every headstone, their red, white and blue contrasting with the white marble.

“This section (60) is tough,” said Moore, who also visited the grave of Sgt. 1st Class James Scott Ochsner, killed in Afghanistan in 2005.

“It’s too crowded on Memorial Day,” Moore added. “It’s just soldiers here today.”

In a different part of Section 60, at the grave of Sgt. 1st Class James D. Connell Jr., another soldier saluted sharply: His son, Spc. Nicholas Connell, who placed the American flag at the base of the headstone.

“I know in my heart, as much as it means to me, the honor and sacrifice that everybody in here has given to us,” Connell said. “If people could see us giving that same respect, they would want to do the same.”

James Connell was killed in 2007 in Iraq; Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya and Pfc. Christopher E. Murphy died in the same attack.

“My dad was an all-American, he was 100 percent a patriot," Connell said. "For me, he was more of a best friend. He was my football, basketball, baseball coach. We traveled so much as an Army brat, moved from place to place; that was my one buddy to go to talk to when something is bothering you.

"He was definitely a family man. I know he loved his family more than anything.”

His father, Connell said, is the reason he enlisted.

“Memorial Day is for us to come out here and honor the people who fought and have fallen for our country," Connell said. "Give them the respect they deserve, and the loyalty they deserve.”

Old Guard soldiers also placed flags at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in Washington.


Wild Thing's comment...........

I wish people would truly understand the precious gift we are given from everyone that has served our country, sacrificed so much and so many the ultimate sacrifice.........and I pray we don't lose it.



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April 05, 2015

Happy Easter - Celebrate Jesus Christ Lives



Celebrate Easter Because Jesus Christ Lives

"And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again."
Mark 10:34





Happy Easter everyone! (((((((hug))))))))


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February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day to Each of You!



Another Valentine's Day approaches,and hundreds of thousands of United States soldiers will be far away from their loved ones, unable to share an affectionate embrace, a romantic candlelight dinner, a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers.


Valentines Day is about showing the ones you love just how much they mean to you, and no one knows this better then friends and families of troops overseas.


So to all our Military, and their families, to all the Veterans, and to all of you that are friends of Theodore's World blog.I wish you all a special Valentines Day! Thank you for being in our lives and to the troops, thank you for all you do and for serving our country. Thank you for our freedom! - Wild Thing aka Chrissie.









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December 31, 2014

Happy New Year.......2015




Lord, We thank You for those who are serving in our armed forces. Each day they are making brave sacrifices so that our country can remain strong and free. Keep them safe under the shelter of Your wings. And Lord, for their families back home——whose loving support enables our armed forces, to do all that they are called on to do——we ask that You comfort them and give them Your peace...the peace that passes all understanding.


I thank you too for my wonderful friends I have made through the years. They will live in my heart forever. Thank you to each one of you that come to this blog, thank you for your kindness, your input and friendship. Thank you for being a part of my life. ......Chrissie aka Wild Thing




Celtic Woman - "You Raise Me Up"


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December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas To Each of You and a Huge Thank you To Our Veterans and Troops







Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and a wonderful Holiday season.

To all my dear friends that comment and read this blog. You live in my heart and I wish you all a very
Merry Christmas.

Special wishes going out to our brave men and women in the Armed Forces.

We love you all and our prayers and thanks are with you.

Through some of you are far away you are always in our hearts.

God bless you all and keep you safe.

Wild Thing




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November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving To YOU my Wonderful Veterans and to our Troops



Thank you and thank you to all our Troops and to all of you Veterans. And I would also like to thank those of you that have loved ones serving now, sons, daughters, husbands and wives. You are serving too in such a special way. You are all in my thoughts and prayers every single day.

I am so grateful to each of you that are part of Theodore's World family. You are all very special to me. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Love

Wild Thing



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November 11, 2014

To All our Awesome Veterans Thank You This Veterans Day and Every Day!!




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If you know a Veteran, someone in your family, friend of the family, neighbor, who served their country, thank them. Thank them for the sacrifice they made for the better good of their country. I am so very thankful for every service member in our military who has served our great nation .So, to the men and women who answered the call in both times of war and peace,to each of my Veterans friends here at this blog, I thank you. ---- Wild Thing


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July 04, 2014

Happy Independence Day!






Happy Independence Day! John Adams Cries, “Let Me have a Country – a FREE Country!”

Here is powerful video from the exceptional John Adams series, in which John Adams makes his impassioned plea for freedom before the Continental Congress in 1776. After the brief speech, there is the reading of the Declaration of Independence the Congress passed, which we celebrate today! The words are amazingly profound and powerful, and provide a clarion call we need to return to as Americans today. Happy Independence Day!



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Happy Birthday America! July 4th 2014











Martina McBride - God Bless America




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May 24, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend “Last Full Measure of Devotion”





Last Full Measure of Devotion

This Memorial Day Weekend, we honor and remember those who gave the “last full measure of devotion” for the freedom and liberty of our nation – and for untold millions around the world.


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We Will Never Forget Our Warriors




"Tell them, tell them when you get home that I gave all of my tomorrows so they could have today!"

Those are the words on a tombstone, far across the Pacific, of someone who gave up his life for our future.

Were those words uttered so that those of us who are left could just enjoy our lives without "getting involved", or were they written to remind us that the work of freedom and liberty is never done?

Were those words written to suggest to us that it is not our job nor our responsibility to keep alive what they fought and died for, or were they written to remind us that we were given the opportunity of life so that we would continue to defend, and keep alive the memory of what they gave their last full measure for?

Let us here today, tonight, tomorrow, next month and next year - remember these gallant defenders of our freedom.

Most were not heroes as defined by the most hallowed Medal of Honor nor even as defined by the silver or bronze star.

They were ALL Heroes

Yes they were heroes, because without hesitation they fought for our country when they were asked to defend her.

They left their families, friends and good times behind and went to fight for our freedom without hesitation.

Some -- never even fired their weapons because they were killed before they ever reached the beach.

But they were heroes because they were there, ready to fight for America - for family, flag and country.

Most were scared to death as they prepared to meet the enemy. Their stomachs were turned upside down and they prayed to God and wished they were with their moms, dads and sweethearts rather than being where they were.

But they were where they were, fighting an enemy that was threatening their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They were fighting an enemy because they believed in America, they loved Her flag and they wanted to protect Americans' right to worship as they chose.

They were there, without hesitation, fighting for what they believed in and dying for what they believed in so you and I could live the way we choose in a free country. But they did not die so that we would stop fighting for what they believed and died for.

They fought and died knowing that we, the living, would go on fighting for that same freedom, that same country, that same flag and for that same right to worship as we choose. Abraham Lincoln, at Gettysburg, said:

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."

It is for us the living to go on defending what they died for. It is for us the living not to allow history to forget what they gave up all their tomorrows for.

If when we attacked Guadalcanal and landed at Salerno, we found that "they" were going to fight back, we didn't give up because they fought back. We continued to fight because we knew our cause was right!

When Americans rode in the landing craft before storming the beaches at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Sicily, Anzio, Normandy, Peleliu, Saipan, Iowa Jima, Okinawa, Inchon and many other places we had never heard of before and when they fought in North Africa, the Philippines, Italy, France, Bastonne, Germany, Korea and Vietnam -- most were scared to death; their stomachs were turned upside down and they wanted to be back home with their loved ones.

But that did not stop them from attacking America's enemies bravely and without hesitation. They fought, and many died, but they did not give up because someone shot back at them.

It is for us the living to continue to defend and keep known what they fought and died for -- what they gave up all of their tomorrows for.

They did not die so that we could become complacent; nor did they die so that when we, the living, reached a single obstacle --- we should quit

They died knowing that we would go on defending their actions, defending history and defending what they gave up all their tomorrow's for.

If WE don't remember ---if WE don't defend what they fought and died for and what we fought for -- who will remember? Who will care?

How many of them and you who fought for our flag and our country and remember the feeling as Old Glory" was being raised over a piece of land we fought for ---- and many died for?

How many remember seeing or hearing about our valiant warriors, who were fighting on Iowa Jima, as they stood and cheered when they saw the flag being raised over Mt. Suribachi.

We take this time on Memorial Day to salute our Fallen Heroes who through the history of our country have fought and died for all of us.

-- Thank you , Wild Thing



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April 20, 2014

A Happy Holy Easter to Each of You









Carrie Underwood with Vince Gill How Great thou Art - Standing Ovation!


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Happy Easter and a very special one to each of you.
And for all our servicemen, servicewomen, their families and our allies and their families.


(((hug)))


Chrissie


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March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patricks Day dear friends





I hope you all have a fun St. Patrick's Day. And to those that are Irish thank you for the music, the humor and the hearts uplifting others in your joy. God bless our Troops and their families. We are all in our thoughts today as everyday.

And as TomR said once every day was St. Patrick's day for his Irish grandma.

May the blessings of the Lord shine on you today.

~ Wild Thing






"The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone In the ranks of death you will find him; His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him; "Land of Song!" said the warrior bard, "Tho' all the world betrays thee, One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard, One faithful harp shall praise thee!" -- Verse from the Minstrel Boy

THE MINSTREL BOY
by Thomas Moore


The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;"
Land of Song!" said the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free,
They shall never sound in slavery!"

An emotionally stirring and inspirational song, The Minstrel Boy was written by Thomas Moore (1779-1852) who set it to the melody of The Moreen, and old Irish aire. It is believed by many that Moore composed the song as a memorial to several of his friends he had met while a student at Trinity College and who had participated in the 1798 rebellion of the United Irishmen. One died in prison, another was wounded, and a third captured and hung. The song originally consisted of two verses. Due to its popularity, the song was a favorite of the many Irishmen who fought during the U.S. Civil War, primarily on the Union side. It was at this time that a third verse was added by unknown authors:


The Minstrel Boy will return we pray
When we hear the news we all will cheer it,
The minstrel boy will return one day,
Torn perhaps in body, not in spirit.
Then may he play on his harp in peace,
In a world such as Heaven intended,
For all the bitterness of man must cease.


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Celtic Woman performing Danny Boy.




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February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day To Each One of You





Valentines Day is here, and hundreds of thousands of United States soldiers will be far away from their loved ones, unable to share an affectionate embrace, a romantic candlelight dinner, a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers.

Valentines Day is about showing the ones you love just how much they mean to you, and no one knows this better than friends and families of troops overseas.

So to all our Military, and their families, to all the Veterans, and to all of you that are friends of Theodore's World blog........ Angry Old Salt and I wish you all a special Valentines Day! Thank you for being in our lives and to the troops, thank you for all you do and for serving our country. Thank you for our freedom!

And Happy Valentines Day to each one of you that are such an important part of Theodore's World blog.

You are the song in my heart.

Love,

Chrissie aka Wild Thing




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December 31, 2013

Happy New Year 2014!








We will open the book.
Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called "Opportunity" and its first
chapter is New Year's Day.
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce




We thank You for those who are serving in our armed forces. Each day they are making brave sacrifices so that our country can remain strong and free. Keep them safe under the shelter of Your wings. And Lord, for their families back home——whose loving support enables our armed forces, to do all that they are called on to do——we ask that You comfort them and give them Your peace...the peace that passes all understanding.


I thank you too for my wonderful friends I have made through the years. They will live in my heart forever. Thank you to each one of you that come to this blog, thank you for your kindness, your input and friendship. Thank you for being a part of my life. ......Chrissie aka Wild Thing



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November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving dear Friends, Veterans and to our Troops











Thank you all for being in my life. Thank you for your input and your comments, I read them every day. Happy Thanksgiving. ~Chrissie


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November 11, 2013

Every day is Veterans Day in our Hearts ~ Thank you Veterans!!




We would never of had our FREEDOM if it were not for each one of you that have served our country, and all our Veterans and our troops today. It costs, and it costs a great deal.Thank you with all my heart!

~ Chrissie


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July 04, 2013

July 4th ~ Happy Independence Day






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The Declaration of Independence In Congress, July 4, 1776 ( a little something from the Declaration of Independence)

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain Inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."


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Independence Day is a uniquely American holiday, celebrating not only the formation of a new country through the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, but the birth of a new culture as well.

Across America, military and civilian families and individuals alike will typically mark the day with picnics and cookouts celebrating American cuisine, singing patriotic songs and telling stories - perhaps even playing a pick-up baseball game - before bringing the day to a close by watching the spectacular flashes and flares of fireworks.


We owe the freedom we have to do this to our Veterans, our troops today and to our Founding Fathers. At Theodore's World blog we celebrate and thank our Veterans and troops every day. And today we give ithem a special thank you from all our hearts!! ~Chrissie







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June 14, 2013

~~ Flag Day ~~




I am the flag of the United States of America

I was born on June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia.

There the Continental Congress adopted my stars and stripes as the national flag.

My thirteen stripes alternating red and white, with a union of thirteen white stars in a field of blue, represented a new constellation, a new nation dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind.

Today fifty stars signal from my union, one for each of the fifty sovereign states in the greatest constitutional republic the world has ever known.

My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.

My red stripes proclaim the fearless courage and integrity of American men and boys and the self-sacrifice and devotion of American mothers and daughters.

My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all.

My blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty, and faith.

I represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity.

I embody American freedom: freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the press, and the sanctity of the home.


I typify that indomitable spirit of determination brought to my land by Christopher Columbus and by all my forefathers - the Pilgrims, Puritans, settlers at James town and Plymouth.

I am as old as my nation.

I am a living symbol of my nation's law: the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.

I voice Abraham Lincoln's philosophy: "A government of the people, by the people,for the people."

I stand guard over my nation's schools, the seedbed of good citizenship and true patriotism.

I am displayed in every schoolroom throughout my nation; every schoolyard has a flag pole for my display.

Daily thousands upon thousands of boys and girls pledge their allegiance to me and my country.

I have my own law—Public Law 829, "The Flag Code" - which definitely states my correct use and display for all occasions and situations.

I have my special day, Flag Day. June 14 is set aside to honor my birth.

Americans, I am the sacred emblem of your country. I symbolize your birthright, your heritage of liberty purchased with blood and sorrow.


I am your title deed of freedom, which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity.

If you fail to keep this sacred trust inviolate, if I am nullified and destroyed, you and your children will become slaves to dictators and despots.

Eternal vigilance is your price of freedom.

As you see me silhouetted against the peaceful skies of my country, remind yourself that I am the flag of your country, that I stand for what you are - no more, no less.

Guard me well, lest your freedom perish from the earth.

Dedicate your lives to those principles for which I stand: "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

I was created in freedom. I made my first appearance in a battle for human liberty.

God grant that I may spend eternity in my "land of the free and the home of the brave" and that I shall ever be known as "Old Glory," the flag of the United States of America.



Wild Thing's comment.................

When I see the colors of the flag, I think of how many lives were lost and how many people were injured so that I can say the pledge of allegiance to the flag today. I think of the wars where young men fought and where young men died.

Thanks to American Soldiers, freedom’s light shines as a beacon throughout the world. We will never be able to tell you enough how very proud we are of you. Thank you for your service, for your sacrifices, and for your abiding devotion to something greater than self. God bless each and every one of you and your families, God bless our magnificent Army, and God bless America.



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May 27, 2013

~ Memorial Day ~ 2013




"Tell them, tell them when you get home that I gave all of my tomorrows so they could have today!"

Those are the words on a tombstone, far across the Pacific, of someone who gave up his life for our future.

Were those words uttered so that those of us who are left could just enjoy our lives without "getting involved", or were they written to remind us that the work of freedom and liberty is never done?

Were those words written to suggest to us that it is not our job nor our responsibility to keep alive what they fought and died for, or were they written to remind us that we were given the opportunity of life so that we would continue to defend, and keep alive the memory of what they gave their last full measure for?

Let us here today, tonight, tomorrow, next month and next year - remember these gallant defenders of our freedom.

Most were not heroes as defined by the most hallowed Medal of Honor nor even as defined by the silver or bronze star.

They were ALL Heroes

Yes they were heroes, because without hesitation they fought for our country when they were asked to defend her.

They left their families, friends and good times behind and went to fight for our freedom without hesitation.

Some -- never even fired their weapons because they were killed before they ever reached the beach.

But they were heroes because they were there, ready to fight for America - for family, flag and country.

Most were scared to death as they prepared to meet the enemy. Their stomachs were turned upside down and they prayed to God and wished they were with their moms, dads and sweethearts rather than being where they were.

But they were where they were, fighting an enemy that was threatening their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They were fighting an enemy because they believed in America, they loved Her flag and they wanted to protect Americans' right to worship as they chose.

They were there, without hesitation, fighting for what they believed in and dying for what they believed in so you and I could live the way we choose in a free country. But they did not die so that we would stop fighting for what they believed and died for.

They fought and died knowing that we, the living, would go on fighting for that same freedom, that same country, that same flag and for that same right to worship as we choose. Abraham Lincoln, at Gettysburg, said:

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."


It is for us the living to go on defending what they died for. It is for us the living not to allow history to forget what they gave up all their tomorrows for.

If when we attacked Guadalcanal and landed at Salerno, we found that "they" were going to fight back, we didn't give up because they fought back. We continued to fight because we knew our cause was right!

When Americans rode in the landing craft before storming the beaches at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Sicily, Anzio, Normandy, Peleliu, Saipan, Iowa Jima, Okinawa, Inchon and many other places we had never heard of before and when they fought in North Africa, the Philippines, Italy, France, Bastonne, Germany, Korea and Vietnam -- most were scared to death; their stomachs were turned upside down and they wanted to be back home with their loved ones.

But that did not stop them from attacking America's enemies bravely and without hesitation. They fought, and many died, but they did not give up because someone shot back at them.

It is for us the living to continue to defend and keep known what they fought and died for -- what they gave up all of their tomorrows for.

They did not die so that we could become complacent; nor did they die so that when we, the living, reached a single obstacle --- we should quit

They died knowing that we would go on defending their actions, defending history and defending what they gave up all their tomorrow's for.

If WE don't remember ---if WE don't defend what they fought and died for and what we fought for -- who will remember? Who will care?

How many of them and you who fought for our flag and our country and remember the feeling as Old Glory" was being raised over a piece of land we fought for ---- and many died for?

How many remember seeing or hearing about our valiant warriors, who were fighting on Iowa Jima, as they stood and cheered when they saw the flag being raised over Mt. Suribachi.

We take this time on Memorial Day to salute our Fallen Heroes who through the history of our country have fought and died for all of us.

-- Thank you , Wild Thing


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May 26, 2013

We Will Never Forget Those Who Sacrificed For Our Country ~ Taps on This Memorial Day Weekend





Since some may be traveling to spend this weekend with special remembrance to someone that gave their all for our country. I wanted to Pay a Tribute today for our brave military and those that paid the highest price for our freedom. ~ Chrissie aka Wild Thing





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March 31, 2013

Happy Easter to Each One of You




A most blessed Easter to all.

This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24





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March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day To All my Friends








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I hope you all have a fun St. Patrick's Day. And to those that are Irish thank you for the music, the humor and the hearts uplifting others in your joy.
God bless our Troops and their families. You are all in our thoughts today as everyday.
~ Wild Thing

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An Irishman who had a little too much to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road.

A cop pulls him over.

"So," says the cop to the driver, where have ya been?"

"Why, I've been to the pub of course," slurs the drunk.

" Well," says the cop, "it looks like you've had quite a few to drink this evening."

"I did all right," the drunk says with a smile.

"Did you know," says the cop, standing straight and folding his arms across his chest, "that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?"

"Oh, thank heavens," sighs the drunk. "For a minute there, I thought I'd gone deaf."




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Two Irishmen, Patrick & Michael, were adrift in a lifeboat following a dramatic escape from a burning freighter. While rummaging through the boat's provisions, Patrick stumbled across an old lamp. Secretly hoping that a genie would appear, he rubbed the lamp vigorously To the amazement of Patrick, a genie came forth. This particular genie, however, stated that he could only deliver one wish, not the standard three. Without giving much thought to the matter, Patrick blurted out, "Make the entire ocean into Guinness Beer!" The genie clapped his hands with a deafening crash, and immediately the entire sea turned into the finest brew ever sampled by mortals. Simultaneously, the genie vanished. Only the gentle lapping of Guinness on the hull broke the stillness as the two men considered their circumstances. Michael looked disgustedly at Patrick whose wish had been granted. After a long, tension-filled moment, he spoke: "Nice going Patrick! Now we're going to have to pee in the boat!




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The Quiet Man Fight



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February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day.....Love you all!!





Another Valentine's Day approaches,
and hundreds of thousands of United States soldiers
will be far away from their loved ones,
unable to share an affectionate embrace,
a romantic candlelight dinner,
a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers.

Valentines Day is about showing the ones you love
just how much they mean to you,
and no one knows this better
than friends and families of troops overseas.

So to all our Military, and their families,
to all the Veterans,
and to all of you that are friends of
Theodore's World blog........


I wish you all
a special Valentines Day!
Thank you for being in our lives and
to the troops, thank you for all you do
and for serving our country.
Thank you for our freedom!

Wild Thing






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January 01, 2013

Happy New Year To Mitt Romney Voters God Bles You, The Heck with Obama Voters



2013 Times Square Ball Drop New Year’s Eve!


Wild Thing's comment...........

Happy New Year and I wish for you a healthy and prosperous and happy 2013. God bless you.

If you voted for Obama you can eat dirt for all I care. haha I mean it. No good wishes for you, none.



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November 23, 2012

U.S. Troops Celebrate Thanksgiving in Kabul





U.S. troops in Afghanistan are celebrating Thanksgiving with all trimmings. Some soldiers stationed in Kabul even took part in a modified game of American football. (Nov. 22)



Wild Thing's comment...............

God bless and protect our troops.


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November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to My Friends and our Troops






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Thank you all for being not only a part of Theodore's World blog but also a very important
part of my life. Your kindness, help, input, the articles and other things you send to me, and support
and friendship has meant more to me then
I can ever repay.

As we spend this holiday with our family & friends we send special thanks to our
men & women in the armed forces, past & present for the freedoms we enjoy due to your
service & sacrifice! ~ Wild Thing aka Chrissie


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September 03, 2012

Labor Day Cancelled Due To Lack of Jobs Instead it is Empty Chair Day




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In case any of you missed it or did not watch the RNC convention here is the video of Clint Eastwood's speech and the empty chair.


And this from Michelle Malkin's blog........

What better way to commemorate the Labor Day holiday than to send a message to the AWOL campaign-in-chief — and support Clint Eastwood, to boot!

Monday is the day.

Decorate yours any way you want it: Nobama stickers, Romney/Ryan yard signs, golf clubs, mom jeans, etc.




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Wild Thing's comment.......

LOL I love this. I can just see Clint loving the reaction to his speech as well.

Facebook is packed with people doing this as well as on Tweeter. Thousand of people joining in.

Have a great day everyone.....(((hug)))


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July 04, 2012

Happy July 4th To Everone Except For Obama, Justice Roberts and the Left!





Singer Krista Branch....."I Am America."
Krista Branch and her family now live in Nashville, Tennessee.



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Martina McBride singing "God Bless America"


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Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance


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Wild Thing's comment.......


Happy 4th of July everyone, especially our Military.

I celebrate it to honor the Americans who sacrificed so much to bring this nation to greatness. I celebrate July 4th to thank and celebrate the lives of each one of our Veterans, our troops serving today and our Founding Fathers.


No matter what the current state of the country is, it is good to remind ourselves what the founding fathers did to fight for freedom and to create a constitution and country based on freedom. No matter what, it should inspire us to persevere and to keep fighting for the right principles.

Never give up on freedom..


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June 14, 2012

Flag Day 2012 ...Our Standard Old Glory - God Bless America



Flag Day in the United States of America, observed every year on June 14, is an opportunity to honor the American flag. It's a chance to reflect on our flag's history and to celebrate this symbol of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

The first American flag was made in 1776 by Betsy Ross, who was George Washington's seamstress. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress resolved the adoption of the flag of the United States. The idea of having a day every year to commemorate this event is believed to have been started in 1885 by Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin school teacher. During the following three decades, others continued recognizing our flag on June 14. Flag Day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 as a day to celebrate the anniversary of the 1777 resolution.




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Red Skelton's "Pledge of Allegiance" was first introduced on the Red Skelton Show on January 14, 1969. It has since been twice read into the congressional record of The United States and has received numerous awards.


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Wild Thing's comment ...............

This is to honor those that fought for our country, that carried our Flag into battle. For everything our Flag means and stands for. For our troops that look at our Flag especially when in country and know those that served before them, fought too for our freedom and security. Thank you Veterans and our Troops today, thank you for all the years of keeping us safe and free.



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May 29, 2012

Mitt Romney's Memorial Day Speech and his Ad Saying “Thank You” to America’s Veterans and those “Who Put their Lives on the Line for Us even Today” – Video






Mitt Romney speaking today at a Memorial Day Event in San Diego, California.
We are a nation that has been formed and preserved by heroes.”
“America is exceptional in the history of the world. . . I’m proud to be a citizen of the greatest nation in the history of the earth.”


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Mitt Romney Releases Ad Saying “Thank You” to America’s Veterans and those “Who Put their Lives on the Line for Us even Today”


"It's time for us to come together and to carry our message across this country, we're restoring those principles that made America the great nation that it is .... We're going to keep America strong, and worthy of the great sacrifice of America's veterans and those young men and women who put their lives on the line for us even today."


Wild Thing's comment..........

I can hardly wait to get Obama OUT and GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Obama hates our country I believe that with all that is in me.
Romney and his wife Ann love our country and would never use our troops for a photo op like Obama and his wife have done.



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May 28, 2012

A Grateful Nation Remembers




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Memorial Day Tribute – The True Meaning Of Memorial Day “Amazing Grace” – Video




Memorial Day Tribute – The True Meaning Of Memorial Day “Amazing Grace” – Video


Wild Thing's comment.........

It is such an honor to know and get to meet Veterans. I wish I coulls have been able to thank every single on that served and those that did not come back, those that sacrified so much.


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May 27, 2012

Life of Duty ~ Respect the Fallen





The NRA's Life of Duty has put together this video about the process of notification and the good folks who help and protect our Gold Star families - The Patriot Guard Riders.



Wild Thing's comment........

To all our Veterans I respect you all so very much, you truly live in my heart. My prayers for the families of those that did not make it home, may they know we will never forget. God bless all that have served and their families.



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Memorial Day Weekend Tribute – “Last Full Measure of Devotion”




Last Full Measure of Devotion

This Memorial Day Weekend, we honor and remember those who gave the “last full measure of devotion” for the freedom and liberty of our nation – and for untold millions around the world.



Wild Thing's comment.........

We will never forget those who have served and gave their all.


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April 08, 2012

Happy Easter and God Bless Each Of You



Carrie Underwood with Vince Gill How Great thou Art - Standing Ovation!



Happy Easter and a very special one to each of you.
And for all our servicemen, servicewomen, their families and our allies and their families.


(((hug)))


Chrissie



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February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day ~ 2012




Happy Valentines Day to each one of you and for your kindness and friendship. You are all an important part of Theodore's World blog and in my life.

((((hug)))))

Chrissie


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January 01, 2012

Happy New Year 2012 !!




Wild Thing's comment.........

Happy New Year everyone! God bless you and your loved ones.

Praying we never see Obama in a second term.

A Joyous, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to all of you.



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November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving From Theodore's World







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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am so grateful to each of you that are part of Theodore's World family. You are all very special to me. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Thank you to our troops, please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.


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October 31, 2011

~~ Happy Halloween Everyone ~~




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Have a great Halloween everyone and eat lots of candy.




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September 05, 2011

Happy Labor Day! .... September 5, 2011





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A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -Thomas Jefferson


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Johnny Cashless Sings, "Obama's Prison Blues" Impeach Obama Campaign


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July 07, 2011

Troops Sing the National Anthem



Troops Sing the National Anthem

FOX News

150 servicemen, women from around the world sing the 'Star Spangled Banner'



Wild Thing's comment........

I love this, our troops are so fantastic!



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July 04, 2011

Happy July 4th ~ God Bless America





The Declaration of Independence In Congress, July 4, 1776



"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain Inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.


That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.


Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."


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" Ragged Old Flag " ~~ Johnny Cash




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"America the Beautifuul " ~~ sung by Ray Charles


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Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem)--LeAnn Rimes




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Martina McBride singing "God Bless America"



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Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance


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ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINES, COAST GUARD


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"A veteran is someone who, at one point, wrote a blank check made payable to
'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including their life.'
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no
longer understand it." --- Lt Col George Goodson, USMC (Ret)


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Wild Thing's comment.......

Happy 4th of July everyone, especially our Military.

I celebrate it to honor the Americans who sacrificed so much to bring this nation to greatness. I celebrate July 4th to thank and celebrate the lives of each one of our Veternas, our troops serving today and our Founding Fathers.


No matter what the current state of the country is, it is good to remind ourselves what the founding fathers did to fight for freedom and to create a constitution and country based on freedom. No matter what, it should inspire us to perservere and to keep fighting for the right principles.

Never give up on freedom.


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June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day To You Awesome Dads!






To all Team Theodore Fathers, and all military Dad's...a very happy Fathers Day to you!
May God bless and protect all of our brave soldiers that are keeping America safe on this Father's day.
*hugs* ~ Wild Thing


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June 14, 2011

Happy Flag Day!





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Flag Day in the United States of America, observed every year on June 14, is an opportunity to honor the American flag. It's a chance to reflect on our flag's history and to celebrate this symbol of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

The first American flag was made in 1776 by Betsy Ross, who was George Washington's seamstress. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress resolved the adoption of the flag of the United States. The idea of having a day every year to commemorate this event is believed to have been started in 1885 by Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin school teacher. During the following three decades, others continued recognizing our flag on June 14. Flag Day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 as a day to celebrate the anniversary of the 1777 resolution.





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Wild Thing's comment........

This is to honor those that fought for our country, that carried our Flag into battle. For everything our Flag means and stands for. For our troops that look at our Flag especially when in country and know those that served before them, fought too for our freedom and security. I want to seperate anything else from this today, because the truth is our Flag is for me about these American heroes I mentioned and has nothing to do with those seeking to destroy us in our government, in the White House, they are the ones I show you at the bottom of this post. They are the enemy within. Thank you Veterans and our Troops today, thank you for all the years of keeping us safe and free.


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May 30, 2011

Taps on This Memorial Day ~ We Will Never Forget Those Who Sacrificed For Our Country




Wild Thing's comment......

A very special Taps.

To those lurking at this blog, never forget what this day is about and my wish for you is that every day you will remember those that have served and those that gave their all.



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May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day, also called Decoration Day


This weekend we honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America..God please let them know, I humbly thank them all. ~ Chrissie




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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.

John McCrea




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April 24, 2011

Happy Easter




Happy Easter to everyone at Theodore's World


A most blessed Easter to all.

This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24


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April 23, 2011

President Reagan's Radio Address to the Nation on the Observance of Easter and Passover - 4/2/83







President Reagan's Radio Address to the Nation on the Observance of Easter and Passover on April 2, 1983



Wild Thing's comment........

I know we won't hear anything like this from Obama tomorrow. So I thought you all might to hear it the day before Easter.


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March 17, 2011

~ Happy St Patrick’s Day!! ~





Celtic Woman performing Danny Boy.




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The Butcher Boy - Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem




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An Irish man walks into a pub. The bartender asks him, "what'll you have?" The man says, "Give me three pints of Guinness please."

So the bartender brings him three pints and the man proceeds to alternately sip one, then the other, then the third until they're gone. He then orders three more.

The bartender says, "Sir, I know you like them cold. You don't have to order three at a time. I can keep an eye on it and when you get low I'll bring you a fresh cold one."

The man says, "You don't understand. I have two brothers, one in Australia and one in the States. We made a vow to each other that every Saturday night we'd still drink together. So right now, my brothers have three Guinness Stouts too, and we're drinking together.

The bartender thought that was a wonderful tradition.

Every week the man came in and ordered three beers. Then one week he came in and ordered only two. He drank them and then ordered two more.

The bartender said to him, "I know what your tradition is, and I'd just like to say that I'm sorry that one of your brothers died."

The man said, "Oh, me brothers are fine - I just quit drinking."


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What's Your Leprechaun Name?


CLICK HERE To FIND OUT


My Leprechaun Name Is: Midge Rainbowchaser
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May your neighbor respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.


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Into a Belfast pub comes Paddy Murphy, looking like he’d just been run over by a train. His arm is in a sling, his nose is broken, his face is cut and bruised and he’s walking with a limp.

“What happened to you?” asks Sean, the bartender.

“Jamie O’Conner and me had a fight,” says Paddy.

“That little shit, O’Conner,” says Sean, “He couldn’t do that to you, he must have had something in his hand.”

“That he did,” says Paddy, “a shovel is what he had, and a terrible lickin’ he gave me with it.”

“Well,” says Sean, “you should have defended yourself, didn’t you have something in your hand?”

“That I did,” said Paddy... “Mrs. O’Conner’s breast, and a thing of beauty it was, but useless in a fight.”




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Wild Thing........


LOL I love the Irish jokes and their humor. And the music is fantastic!!!


As sure as the shamrocks are growing in the land which the Irish all love, as sure as the lakes of Killarney reflect the blue heavens above-as sure as the warmhearted Irish all pay honor to Saint Patrick too, I’m wishing you all “top o’the morning” and happiness, always, for you all. For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way~~good health, good luck and happiness for today and every day.

A special toast to Tom's Grandma who was Irish and to Mark and his Irish relatives and each one of you. Today we are all Irish.

(((hug)))

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!



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February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day! XOXOXOX










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Happy Valentines Day to all of you and to our troops and their families. No words sufficiently can relay the deep and intense appreciation for all our troops who selflessly put their lives on the line.


Thank you to all of you here each day, for being so supportive of my blog and for your friendship. I love you all!!!!






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December 31, 2010

Happy New Year To All You Awesome Patriots and Heroes!





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Celtic Woman - "You Raise Me Up"


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Lord, We thank You for those who are serving in our armed forces. Each day they are making brave sacrifices so that our country can remain strong and free. Keep them safe under the shelter of Your wings. And Lord, for their families back home——whose loving support enables our armed forces, to do all that they are called on to do——we ask that You comfort them and give them Your peace...the peace that passes all understanding.


I thank you too for my wonderful friends I have made through the years. They will live in my heart forever. Thank you to each one of you that come to this blog, thank you for your kindness, your input and friendship. Thank you for being a part of my life. ......Chrissie aka Wild Thing





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November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving To All Of You and Our Troops Nov. 25,2010







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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am so grateful to each of you that are part of Theodore's World family. You are all very special to me. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Thank you to our troops, please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Chrissie


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October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween Everyone






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Plan 9 From Outer Space....... 1959

This is the full length film.
LOL........Considered by many to be the worst film ever made, Plan 9 from Outer Space is filled with more plot holes, cheap special effects, continuity errors and bad writing (and acting) than you could ever hope to see in one movie.


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Werewolves of Congress - - Bobby Powers and Party Time


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July 04, 2010

Happy July 4th! Happy Birthday AMERICA!





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The Declaration of Independence In Congress, July 4, 1776


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain Inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."



We owe the generation that gave us the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Yorktown. We owe all previous generations that have served our country our Veterans one and all for keeping those freedoms and building a mighty nation. ~ Wild Thing


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June 20, 2010

Happy Fathers Day!




To all Team Theodore Fathers, and all military Dad's...a very happy Fathers Day to you!
May God bless and protect all of our brave soldiers that are keeping America safe on this Father's day.
*hugs* ~ Wild Thing


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June 14, 2010

Today Is Flag Day! I Love Our Flag and What It Stands For!




Flag Day in the United States of America, observed every year on June 14, is an opportunity to honor the American flag. It's a chance to reflect on our flag's history and to celebrate this symbol of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

The first American flag was made in 1776 by Betsy Ross, who was George Washington's seamstress. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress resolved the adoption of the flag of the United States. The idea of having a day every year to commemorate this event is believed to have been started in 1885 by Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin school teacher. During the following three decades, others continued recognizing our flag on June 14. Flag Day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 as a day to celebrate the anniversary of the 1777 resolution.


This is to honor those that fought for our country, that carried our Flag into battle. For everything our Flag means and stands for. For our troops that look at our Flag especially when in country and know those that served before them, fought too for our freedom and security. I want to seperate anything else from this today, because the truth is our Flag is for me about these American heroes I mentioned and has nothing to do with those seeking to destroy us in our government, in the White House, they are the ones I show you at the bottom of this post. They are the enemy within. Thank you Veterans and our Troops today, thank you for all the years of keeping us safe and free. ~ Wild Thing



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Transcript:

“We The People” have stated resolutely we reject your vision for our country. You claim you have not heard us.

“We The People” have assembled across America resisting your efforts to subvert our constitution and undermine our liberty. You claim you have not seen us.

Since you have not acknowledged our message, let us here present it once more for if as President Wilson said, “a leader’s ear must ring with the voices of the people,” the time has come.

Our greatest treasure is freedom – the absence of restraints on our ability to think and to act. The corollary of freedom is individual responsibility. We believe in the power of the individual.

A few years ago President Bush said, “History moves toward freedom because the desire for freedom is written in every human heart.” Let us add that we will preserve it only as long as devotion to freedom is expressed in the heart of our actions.

When President Lincoln dedicated Gettysburg National Cemetery he declared, “It is for us the living to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus so nobly advanced.”

That unfinished cause for which our soldiers willingly go to battle and for which so many have given their lives is a free United States of America. It has been nearly one hundred fifty years and the work President Lincoln spoke of is not finished. In fact, that work will never be finished.

Freedom is the capacity of self-determination. It is not an entity but a condition and conditions change. Freedom can expand, yet so can it contract.

You promised change when you took office, Mr. President, but subjugation is not change we wanted or will accept.

You have expanded government, violated our Constitution, confounded laws, seized private industry, destroyed jobs, perverted our economy, curtailed free speech, corrupted our currency, weakened our national security, and endangered our sovereignty.

By compromising our nation’s cultural, legal and economic institutions, you are ensuring that our children will never achieve the same quality of life as we enjoy today. Through generational theft you are robbing the unborn of opportunity.

This is not acceptable. Not in America. We did not become a strong nation through hope but rather through self-reliance.

No one better understands the relationship between individual achievement, dignity and strength than our armed forces. Through every war our soldiers have held this nation’s destiny in their hands. They have not failed us. They cherish freedom enough that they are willing to die for it.

Our duty to them and to ourselves is to treasure freedom enough to live up to it.

We accept the challenge, Mr. President. That is why we are assembling across the land to deliver our message to you as often and in every way we can. Dismiss us at your political peril.

Our great nation is a Republic. We will not accept tyranny under any guise. Your policy to redistribute the fruits of our labor is Statism and will not be tolerated.

By our honor, Mr. President, we vow forever to resist coercive government in America. Patriots will not stand silent as you attempt to dismantle the greatest nation on earth. “We The People” will defend our liberty. We will protect our beloved country and America’s exceptionalism will prevail.

God Bless the United States of America!

Sincerely,

We The People



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June 02, 2010

Memorial Day - Arlington (Trace Adkins)




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Wild Thing's comment.........

I love this!



....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.


Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


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May 31, 2010

A Tribute To The Sacrifices of Those Who Served and Fought For Our Freedom!!





A tribute to the sacrifices of the American Soldier: Shake the hand of a soldier... Another production from a member of the angry mob....wonderful Joe Dan. ~ Wild Thing


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From the Fields of Normandy I bring back many memories. Beneath them. I leave many friends,

For they are;


Les Fleurs de Normandie. (The Flowers of Normandy)

Les Fleurs de Normandie.

On Norman soil, they fought and died.
Now young men's graves in rows abound.
In Mother Earth's arms, now sanctified,
The fragrant flowers of our youth are found.


And yet, to rise again, as in a distant song.
Small voices that call, in dead of night.
Fleeting figures only in our dreams belong.
Alas, they fade, in dawn's bright light.


I see them yet, a sad, forgotten throng.
Shadowed, lost faces, marching on.
Over dusty roads, and high golden corn.
The call of long lost friends are borne.


We must not forget, the flowers of our days,
Lest they lay unquiet, in numbered graves.
For we lived, and loved, and life was sweet.
Still yet, for us, awaits our last retreat.


Flowers of our youth, now long since past.
Our sweet autumn days are fading fast.
We, who are left, flowered in our prime.
Enjoyed golden moments, on borrowed time.


Remember our friends, who passed this way.
For all our tomorrow's, they gave their today's,
On Utah and Omaha, Juno, Sword and Gold.
Oh! Dear Lord! See that they grow not old.

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Meaning of a Flag Draped Coffin


All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history. Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our "GOD GIVEN" rights and freedoms.

I hope you take the time to read this..... To understand what the flag draped coffin really means..... Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers.

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?


Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."

The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that They pledge allegiance to the flag of the United! States Of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.


The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.


The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.


The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.


The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their nations motto, "In God We Trust."


After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.


There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning.

Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of "Liberty and Freedom."


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Wild Thing's comment........

As this is such a special day I am not doing any posts about you know who.


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.


Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67



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Special Volunteers At Arlington




Margaret Mensch attends a burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on April 22. Mensch is an "Arlington lady" — one of the volunteers who attend funerals there.


Team of women escort the fallen to their graves

Volunteers honor troops and make sure none is buried alone

Stars and Stripes

ARLINGTON, Va.

Joyce Johnson remembers the drums beating slowly as she walked with her girls from the Old Post Chapel, behind the horse-drawn caisson carrying the flag-draped casket of her husband.

She remembers struggling to maintain her composure as she stared at his freshly dug grave, trying not to dwell on the terrible sight in the distance — the gaping hole in the Pentagon where he had so proudly worked.

The three-volley salute. Taps. The chaplain handing her a perfectly folded flag. The blur of tributes.

And then a lady stepped forward, a stranger, dressed not in uniform but in a simple dark suit. She whispered a few words and pressed two cards into Johnson's hands.

"If there is anything you need ..."

Then she melted back into the crowd.

Later Johnson would think of her as a touchingly, human presence in a sea of starched uniforms and salutes. She would learn that the stranger was an "Arlington lady" — one of a small band of volunteers, mainly spouses of retired military officers, who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery. She would read the notes — a formal one from the Army Chief of Staff and his wife, and a personal handwritten one from the Arlington lady herself.

She would learn of their mission: to ensure no soldier is buried alone.

Johnson wasn't alone. In fact she felt as though an entire nation was grieving with her.

But she never forgot the kindness of her Arlington Lady.

And several years later, as she wrestled with how to best to honor her husband, she dug out the lady's card. This is something I can do, she thought, not just for him, but for every soldier.

"It doesn't matter whether we are burying a four-star general or a private," says Margaret Mensch, head of the Army ladies. "They all deserve to have someone say thank you at their grave."

Mensch is sitting at her desk in the basement of the cemetery's administration building in the cramped office shared by ladies from the Navy, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard. The place bustles with activity — young military escorts in dress uniform arriving to accompany ladies to funerals, chaplains scribbling eulogies in their tiny office across the hall, cemetery representatives ushering mourners into private rooms upstairs.

30 funerals each weekday

There are approximately 30 funerals in Arlington every weekday and the ladies attend every one. All have their own reasons and stories.

There is Mensch, married to a retired Army colonel, who oversees the mammoth task of organizing the schedules for her 66 Army ladies and who says attending the funerals is the greatest honor of her life. And Doreen Huylebroeck, a 63-year-old nurse who remembers how desperately she wanted an Arlington lady beside her when her own husband, a retired Navy officer, died three years ago. Janine Moghaddam, who at 41 is one of the youngest Arlington ladies, and who felt a desperate need serve her country in some small way after Sept. 11, 2001. And Johnson herself.

She treks to the cemetery in spring when cherry blossoms burst over the rows of white stones and everything seems dusted in yellow pollen. And in the swelter of summer when the stones blaze in the heat and mourners sometimes pass out at services. Even in winter, when the wind whips through the marble pillars of the Columbarium, Johnson and the other ladies keep their vigil, clinging to the arms of their escorts as they pick their way through the mud and snow.

Always elegantly dressed, often in hats and gloves. Always standing, hand over heart, a respectful distance from the grave. Always mindful of history.

The ladies know every inch of Arlington's 624 manicured acres, from the stones of freed slaves marked "unknown citizens" to the grave of the first soldier interred here (Private William Christman, a farmer from Pennsylvania who fought in the Civil War) to Section 60, where the men and women who lost their lives in the current wars are buried.

"So many stones, so many stories," says Paula Mckinley, head of the Navy ladies, as she drives through the cemetery one recent spring day, stopping at a section not far from the throngs of tourists at President John F. Kennedy's grave.

Baldwin. Curtis. Sanchez. She walks among their headstones reciting their names.

With her booming voice, red hair tucked under a straw hat, and brisk manner, Mckinley, whose husband is a retired Navy officer, is a striking figure. But she is subdued by the graves, reverential. "They all deserve to be remembered, and to be visited," she says.

McKinley, who has been an Arlington lady for 21 years, drives a little further. She stops by a grove of willow oaks, searching for a specific plot.

"Here you are, sweetheart," she says, gently touching the stone of a young woman Navy officer who died in an accident at the age of 25. The officer's mother called from California one day — on her daughter's birthday — and asked if an Arlington lady could put flowers on the grave. Now McKinley visits regularly. She says it's the least she can do.

Job to honor, not grieve

The first group of Arlington ladies were formed in 1948 after Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg and his wife, Gladys, noticed an airman being buried without any family members present, just a chaplain and honor guard. It seemed so sad, and somehow so wrong. So Gladys Vandenberg enlisted a group of officers' wives to attend all Air Force funerals. The other branches of the armed services followed, with the exception of the Marines, who do not have a group.

The ladies insist they are not mourners. They come to honor, not to grieve. "An Arlington lady doesn't cry," is practically a mantra.

And yet, there are times when that is inevitable.

McKinley remembers choking up as she offered condolences to a 10-year-old girl, who had just lost her parents. The child reached up and hugged her tight. And the time a young widow from Peru clung to her, begging McKinley to sit next to her in the front row. Her husband had died suddenly and there were no family members to comfort her.

Linda Willey, head of the Air Force ladies, describes the pain of burying friends from the Pentagon after September 11, 2001, when shards of debris still littered the cemetery and tears flowed freely behind dark glasses.

And Mensch tells of the heartache the Army ladies felt last year when one of their own escorts was killed in Iraq. The handsome young soldier from the 3rd Infantry Division, who had escorted the ladies to hundreds of funerals, was buried with full military honors, an Arlington lady standing by his grave.

About 145 ladies volunteer in the four branches, which all have slightly different rules. The Army ladies maintain a strict dress code — no slacks, no red, panty hose to be worn at all times. The Navy ladies introduce themselves to the families before the funeral, and follow up with personal notes about six weeks later.

All of the ladies volunteer for one day a month, sometimes attending four or five funerals in a single day. All have memories and stories: the time a family feud erupted and police had to break up the mourners; the young widow who wore a red cocktail dress because it was her husband's favorite; the older widow who refused to get out of the car because she saw the Arlington lady standing near the grave. She assumed this was the other woman.

"You never know what to expect, and you never judge," Willey says as she walks among the headstones and ponders her role. Willey, 63, who is married to a retired Air Force colonel, became a lady almost by accident, as a favor to a friend who kept pressing her. From her first funeral she knew that this was what she was meant to do.
"It just felt right, such an honor," Willey says. "It's such a simple gesture and yet it can be so powerful."

'Angelic' presence

As she talks, strains of "America the Beautiful" seem to float over the stones from a grave site a short distance away. Jan Jackson of Fort Collins, Colo., is burying her parents. Their urns sit next to each other on a table above their joint grave.

Jackson's mother died in 2006 and her father, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, died last year. She had planned this springtime date on what would have been her father's 96th birthday. She wanted to honor her parents, married 67 years, by burying them together in the nation's hallowed ground.

As a member of a military family, Jackson, 59, is familiar with the pomp and precision and patriotism that accompany funerals. But she was utterly unprepared for the flood of emotion that swept over her as a young military escort took her arm and guided her from the chapel to the grave.

It was a small funeral — just Jackson, her son and grandchildren. And her Arlington lady.

Everything about the service was perfect, she said later. And this stranger was there to make it even better — "almost an angelic kind of person who is there for you even though she doesn't know you, even though she is not required, even though it is not her job. It was so special, so comforting."

From around the cemetery drift the sounds of other services, bands and gun salutes and drum rolls, one funeral seeming to blend into the next.

In one section, three daughters in black dresses and pearls, are burying their father, a former Navy officer who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and who meticulously planned his own funeral, even visiting Arlington regularly to view his final resting place. He smiles from a photograph propped next to his urn.

In the Columbarium, decorated veterans, laden with medals, are saluting one of their own — a member of the naval aviation squadron known as the Golden Eagles, and one of the last survivors of the Battle of Midway.

And in Section 60 a widow, young and beautiful and dressed in black, clutches her toddler son. Before her, standing to attention, the honor guard that had processed behind her husband's coffin, pulled in a caisson by six white horses. In the distance, the rifle guard that had fired the salute. In a far corner, the lone bugler who had played taps.

On this steamy spring day, beneath a towering oak, a 27-year-old Army sergeant, killed in an attack in Pakistan a month earlier, is about to be laid to rest.

"Today the country tries to say thank you ... and yet words are inadequate," the chaplain begins.

His widow seems overwhelmed, her eyes locked on the silver casket that holds his remains. His parents softly sob.

And then a lady steps forward, an older woman, dressed in a simple dark suit.

She whispers a few words of condolences and presses two cards into the widow's hands.

"If there is anything you need ..."


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Wild Thing's comment........

God bless these wonderful women.

This made me cry it is so touching and so beautiful.



.... Thank you Jim for sending this to me.


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National Moment of Remembrance




Moment Of Remembrance


In 1996, a humanitarian organization based in Washington, D.C., known as 'No Greater Love' conducted a survey on children and asked them why do they think there is a holiday on Memorial Day. It was agonizing to hear their remarks that were all associated with barbecues and extended weekend parties and celebration, while they hadn't the vaguest idea about the sacrifices of the soldiers in whose honor it is celebrated. One of the children was even quoted as saying that this was the day when swimming pools open!


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Thus, the organization came up with the idea of 'National Moment of Remembrance' to remind and especially, let the future generations know about the real meaning of the holiday.

The idea clicked with the President and Congress and since 1997, it became a standard American tradition. National Moment of Remembrance requires everybody to keep silent for a minute, exactly at 3.00 pm (local time) when 'Taps' is played and reflect on the glory of those who have shed blood for us. The federal government hopes to raise public awareness about the heroes and their valor by introducing this moment.


Wherever a person is at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day ....today, to pause in an act of national unity (duration: one minute).The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.

The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died for our freedom.


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Wild Thing's comment.........

I have never heard of this before. I think it is a great idea. There are a lot of people that do not know exactly what today is for.




.... Thank you Richard for sending this to me.


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Gene Simmons From KISS-A Patriotic Salute to the Military



Gene Simmons From KISS-A Patriotic Salute to the Military

"It's about America, it's about God and Country!" ~ Gene Simmons

GENE SIMMONS: It is embarrassing what’s happening to America nowadays. I’m embarrassed. The same thing happened in Vietnam, and I lived through that era. It was unbelievable. The answer seems to be, from some political experts, just get up and leave and the bad guys will decide, “Hey let’s disarm and everything’s going to be okay.” I’m so fucking sick and tired of such idiotic behavior.
It’s not the policies and the bills; it’s how we treat our military. It’s how we treat our young men or women who go out there, at 18 years old, and risk their lives. There’s no fame, they’re certainly not getting rich, and a lot of them are dying, simply for something they believe.


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Wild Thing's comment........

God bless Gene Simmons, he also goes to the VA hospitals and visits the wounded.



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......Thank you SSGT Steve


SSgt Steve
1st MarDiv, H Co., 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment
2/5 Marines, Motto: "Retreat, Hell"
VN 66-67


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May 30, 2010

These Heroes gave their ALL in Afghanistan May 26,2010....they will not be forgotten.




I am not sure who is singing this but she has such a beautiful voice. ~ Wild Thing


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These Heroes gave their ALL in Afghanistan May 26,2010....they will not be forgotten


Maj. Ronald W. Culver, Jr., USA, KIA Iraq 24MAY2010
Pfc. Christopher R. Barton, USA, KIA Afghanistan 24MAY2010
SSgt. Edwin Rivera, USA, DOW Afghanistan 25MAY2010
Spc. Stanley J. Sokolowski, III, USA, Died Afghanistan 20MAY2010
Pfc. Jason D. Fingar, III, USA, KIA Afghanistan 22MAY2010
Gunner Zak Cusack, 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, KIA Afghanistan 26MAY2010
Cpl. Stephen Paul Curley, 40 Commando Royal Marines, KIA Afghanistan 26MAY2010




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Words from Ronald Reagan on Memorial Day

President Ronald Reagan's June 6, 1984 speech in front of the U.S. Ranger Monument in Normandy commemorating the Rangers' charge up Pointe du Hoc:

"Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief. It was loyalty and love.


"The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge-and pray to God we have not lost it-that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

"You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty."


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Thank You Soldiers Sung By The Children At Tussing Elementary School ini Virginia




From their teacher, he sent me an email :

From: Michael Souders
To: wildbronco@comcast.net
Sent: Sunday, November 15, 2009 8:49 AM
Subject: VIDEO TO POST


I LOVE LOVE YOUR SITE! I am an elementary music teacher from Virginia, and was wondering if you would take a moment to look at this beautiful video of our 3rd graders singing "Thank You, Soldiers" and consider posting it on your site. There are still children learning about the GOOD that our troops do, and that they are our real heroes!!

Please consider posting this!! All I want to do is spread the THANK YOU to as many sodiers/vets possible!

Michael Souders
Tussing Elementary School Music
www.tussingmusic.com

Colonial Heights Public Schools
"Where Quality Education is a Step Ahead"


..."the entire school sang this chorus of Thank You Soldiers - to hear al those little voices sing SO loud - WE LOVE OUR HEROES !! "......



Wild Thing's comment........

Last year I posted his video and I am thrilled that I can post it for this Memorial Day as well. It is so very special and touching to hear these children sing from their hearts and to know they are being taught the right way about our country and our Heroes.




......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam



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....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.


Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


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Canisius College - WWII Display - The Niland Boys





Canisius College - WWII Display - The Niland Boys

http://www.canisius.edu/archives/niland.asp


The History

One of the most poignant stories of Canisius' involvement in World War II is that of the Niland family. Edward, Preston, Robert, and Frederick were the sons of Michael and Augusta Niland. The four brothers, who lived in Tonawanda, NY, a town north of Buffalo, all went to Canisius College except for Preston who attended the University of Buffalo. Thomas and Joseph Niland, their cousins, also attended Canisius. Thomas was in the same grade as Frederick while Joseph was a year ahead.

Before the United States entered the war in Europe, Preston and Robert enlisted in the service. Edward and Fredrick (also known as "Fritz") followed after volunteering in November 1942. Because of the famous 1942 Sullivan case in which five brothers had been killed when their ship was sunk, the new army rule mandated that immediate family members could not serve together. As a result, each brother served in a different unit: Technical Sergeant Edward Niland as a pilot in the Army Air Force, Technical Sergeant Robert Niland with the 82nd Airborne Division (505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Company D), Lieutenant Preston Niland with the 4th Infantry Division (22nd Infantry Regiment), and Sergeant Frederick Niland as a member of the 101st Airborne's 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. The brothers' cousins also joined - Thomas Niland also served in the 101st Airborne Division but in a different unit than Fritz while Joseph Niland was in the 20th armored tank division.

Tragedy Strikes

On May 16, 1944, Michael and Augusta received the first bad news that their son Edward, 31 at the time, had been shot down over Burma and was missing. Soon afterwards on June 6, 1944, the Allied forces began their costly invasion of Nazis-controlled Europe. Preston, 29, Robert, 25, Fritz, 24, and Thomas Niland, 24, all took part in the first waves of the invasion. Robert was killed on D-day while manning his machine-gun post in Neuville, a city not far from the beaches. Preston was killed the next day near Omaha Beach. Fritz, meanwhile, had been dropped between Omaha and Utah beaches while Thomas was involved in a glider unit that landed in France. Joseph, 25, was not involved with the invasion.

When the Army heard of the tragic story, they determined that the Nilands would not suffer the death of their last child. Fr. Francis Sampson, the chaplain of the 501st Regiment, found Fritz and began the paperwork necessary for his return home. Fritz stayed with his men a few more days until he was shipped back to England and, finally, to the U.S. where he served as an MP in New York until the completion of the war.

From August 1942 to April 1946, Fr. Murray, a philosophy professor, compiled a scrapbook of local newspaper articles that mentioned any of Canisius's "boys at arms." Listed here are the articles directly related to the story of the Niland family.

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"3d Son Missing Parents Learn; All Since D-Day" (pdf.) (B.N. 7-8-44)*

"One of 3 Missing Brothers Killed" (pdf.) (B. N. 7-31-44)

"Tonawandans Lose Second Son in France" (pdf.) (C.E. 8-5-44)**

"Tonawanda Flier Freed from Japs" (pdf.) (C.E.5-5-45)

"400 Prisoners in Crossfire Aided by Native: Tonawanda Lad Freed by British in Burma" (pdf.) (C.E. 8-5-45)

"Athlete Cited for Gallantry on Battlefield" (pdf.) (C.E.12-12-45)

The Follow Up

Robert and Preston Niland were buried at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France.

After more than a year of presuming the death of their son Edward, the Nilands happily learned that he was still alive in a Burmese POW camp. Edward had parachuted from his plane and wandered the jungles before being captured. The POW camp had taken a severe physical toll on Edward who weighed only 80 pounds (from his original 170) when he returned to the U.S. Edward lived in Tonawanda until his death in 1984 at the age of 72.

Fritz Niland went on to earn a degree in dentistry at Georgetown University and worked for a year at a government dental program on Guam. Afterwards, he returned to Tonawanda and set up his own dental practice in Niagara Falls. Fritz was awarded a Bronze Star for his service. He died in 1983 in San Francisco at the age of 63.

Like Fritz, Tom Niland also went back to school and completed his degree at Canisius in 1947. Tom then served as Le Moyne College's first basketball coach and athletic director until his retirement in 1990. He was awarded a Silver Star for his actions in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne. He died March 16, 2004 at the age of 83.

Joseph Niland's tank division became known as the Liberators after freeing the Dachau concentration camp. He eventually returned to Tonawanda where he finished his degree at Canisius in 1946 and continued pursuing his love of sports as a well known and respected coach of the Canisius basketball team. Niland posted the second-highest winning percentage in school history. After his years at Canisius, Joseph Niland also served as a basketball coach at local high schools and as a scout for such teams as baseball's Cincinnati Reds and basketball's Buffalo Braves. He was also an aide for the general manager of the Buffalo Bills.


The story of the Niland family still inspires and even influenced the writing of Stephen Spielberg's 1998 movie "Saving Private Ryan." Although a unique story in its tragedy, the Niland family was only one of many families in which several children simultaneously served for their country. Listed here are several articles pulled from Canisius's WWII Scrapbook that recount other local Canisius families and their stories.


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From Mark :

I just got a Copy of our little towns Historical paper, 'the Lumber shover', we get it every month. All about the history of our little town Tonawanda, N.Y. In this months edition, because its May, and Memorial Day at the end of it, they published a lot of information about the past wars.
Being from a small town you'd think I'd know everything about it, hah, I didn't know this. The Niland Brothers from Tonawanda. There were 4 sons, Robert, Preston, Edward and Frederick. Robert and Preston were killed on Normandy Robert was a pow of the Japanese and Frederick was the subject of the movie, "Saving Pirvate Ryan". The 101st Airborne.
In the 1950's there was a family of Nilands living on Delaware Avenue across from where we use to play ball during the summer. Not sure if its was the same family or not but their kids would play too.
I thought how ironic that this from our little town. I was just in awe.
This is the sacrifice our neighbors and friends have made to keep our country free. How can anyone call this selfish, and think there is a need to apologize for this.
Anyways here's the rest of the story.
I guess we got more than snow to brag about.
Mark




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Wild Thing's comment........

What awesome people have served our country and the stories that we learn about them should be told often and to as many as possible. Too often those on the left would rather thank a politican or a teacher when it is ONLY our Veterans and those serving now and those that gave their all.


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.



Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


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May 15, 2010

Armed Forces Day Today!



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ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINES, COAST GUARD


We celebrate our Armed Forces, in the work they do, the tasks they accomplish, the hope and freedom they bring to the world, and the outstanding people who comprise our military services.

We at Theodore's World do this each day but today we make a point to also show added respect as it is Armed Forces Day! Join us in honoring those tremendous individuals: The Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Guards Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard in their efforts to safeguard our freedoms, the world and our future!

Thank you to all the men and women who are serving and to all who actively support them. America has the best military in the world. Our troops have shouldered the burden, paid the price and protected us. They have never let us down. It has been the other way around on occassion. I hope we never let them down again.

And to our Veterans, each one of you at this Blog and beyond, to say Thank YOU! It seems so little for all you all have done. You all live in my heart and thank you for being in my life.

Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom. And to our Wounded Warriors, God Bless them one and all!!

God Bless Our Republic

~ Wild Thing



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May 10, 2010

65th Anniversary V-E Day May 8th





Hear it as the news broke on NBC, May 8th 1945:


NBC: VE Day Special Broadcast (13.8mb .MP3)




At midnight on May 8, 1945, the guns finally fell silent in Europe after more than five-and-a-half years of war, to bring to an end the second cataclysmic conflict to involve the nations of the Continent and their overseas allies in a period of less than a quarter of a century.

To all those brave men & women who served for our country we thank you.

I am two days late on this, I am so sorry. But these men and women are never forgotten!!!


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World War II Victory in Europe Parade in Moscow on 65th Anniversary of Nazi Defeat



This is the Victory in Europe Parade held in Moscow, Russia to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II:



This year's parade is the largest commemoration since 1945, when Nazi Germany was defeated by the USSR and the Allies. For the first time ever, France, Britain and the U.S. have sent their own soldiers to parade past the Kremlin wall.


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April 04, 2010

Happy Easter To All Of You




This is Andrea and Celine's performance of The Prayer. It is so beautiful.



Happy Easter to everyone at Theodore's World



A most blessed Easter to all.

This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24



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March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patricks Day Everyone







"The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone In the ranks of death you will find him; His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him; "Land of Song!" said the warrior bard, "Tho' all the world betrays thee, One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard, One faithful harp shall praise thee!" -- Verse from the Minstrel Boy

THE MINSTREL BOY
by Thomas Moore


The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;"
Land of Song!" said the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free,
They shall never sound in slavery!"

An emotionally stirring and inspirational song, The Minstrel Boy was written by Thomas Moore (1779-1852) who set it to the melody of The Moreen, and old Irish aire. It is believed by many that Moore composed the song as a memorial to several of his friends he had met while a student at Trinity College and who had participated in the 1798 rebellion of the United Irishmen. One died in prison, another was wounded, and a third captured and hung. The song originally consisted of two verses. Due to its popularity, the song was a favorite of the many Irishmen who fought during the U.S. Civil War, primarily on the Union side. It was at this time that a third verse was added by unknown authors:


The Minstrel Boy will return we pray
When we hear the news we all will cheer it,
The minstrel boy will return one day,
Torn perhaps in body, not in spirit.
Then may he play on his harp in peace,
In a world such as Heaven intended,
For all the bitterness of man must cease.


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This song plays over the closing credits of the 2001 movie " Black Hawk Down". It has appeared, in various recordings, in a surprising number of movies, including 'The Informer', 'Untamed Heart', 'Gods & Generals', 'Gettysburg', 'The Departed', 'Rough Riders', 'The Man Who Would Be King', as well as episodes of Star Trek:TNG and Star Trek:DS9.


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February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day February 14th To All Our Troops, Veterans and One and All








Valentines Day is here, and hundreds of thousands of United States soldiers will be far away from their loved ones, unable to share an affectionate embrace, a romantic candlelight dinner, a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers.

Valentines Day is about showing the ones you love just how much they mean to you, and no one knows this better than friends and families of troops overseas.

So to all our Military, and their families, to all the Veterans, and to all of you that are friends of Theodore's World blog........ Angry Old Salt and I wish you all a special Valentines Day! Thank you for being in our lives and to the troops, thank you for all you do and for serving our country. Thank you for our freedom!

And Happy Valentines Day to each one of you that are such an important part of Theodore's World blog.

You are the song in my heart.

Wild Thing


This is for each of you that are so supportive of my blog and for your friendship. I love you all!!!!



Celtic Woman ~ You Raise Me Up


Lyrics

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

There is no life - no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.



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February 11, 2010

GOP Sends Satirical Valentine's Day E-Cards





GOP Sends Satirical V-Day E-Cards: 'If You Received This Valentine's Card, The System Worked!'

You can check it out at this website.

http://www.gopvalentine.com/, you can also just click on them to see each one close up and not send one. I didn't send any of them but it was fun to check them out. LOL

At this posting it says that 159,554 Cards Sent so far.



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December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010



Wishing you all happiness, blessings and good health for the next year.

Thank you for being a part a very important part of my life!

Thank you for all your input, links, information and friendship!!


Thank you for being a part of Team Theodore!

((((hug))))

Wiild Thing ( Chrissie )



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Guy goes into a bar, there's a robot bartender.

The robot says, "What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini." The robot brings back the best martini ever and says to the man, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "168". The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology.

The guy leaves, but he is curious, so he goes back into the bar. The robot bartender says," What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini". Again, the robot makes a great martini, gives it to the man and says, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "100." The robot then starts to talk about NASCAR, Budweiser and John Deere tractors.

The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time. He goes back into the bar. The robot says, "What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini", and the robot brings him another great martini. The robot then says, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "Uh, about 50." The robot leans in real close and says, "So, you people still happy you voted for Obama?"


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A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

“She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be a Conservative.”

“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.”

The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Liberal.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?”

“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.”



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December 24, 2009

Getting Ready For Christmas




Twas the month before Christmas*

*When all through our land,*

*Not a Christian was praying*

*Nor taking a stand.*

*See the PC Police had taken away,*

*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*

*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*

*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*

*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*

* December 25th is just a ' Holiday '.*

*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*

*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*

*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*

*Something was changing, something quite odd! *

*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*

*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*

*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*

* At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*

*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*

*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*

*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*

*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*

*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*

*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !*

*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*

*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*

*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*

* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*

*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*

*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*

*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'*

*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*

*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*

*Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS , not Happy Holiday !



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Wild Thing's comment.........

This year I have heard more Merry Christmas said then I have for several years. I have a feeling it is due to having a Muslim jerk in office as he destroys our country. Maybe people are finally waking up to seeing how PC and not speaking up has only given the go-ahead to the likes of Obama and his ilk.


......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam


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November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving To All My Wonderful Friends and Our Troops




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Thank you all for being not only a part of Theodore's World blog but also a very important
part of my life. Your kindness, help, input, the articles and other things you send to me, and support
and friendship has meant more to me then
I can ever repay.

As we spend this holiday with our family & friends we send special thanks to our
men & women in the armed forces, past & present for the freedoms we enjoy due to your
service & sacrifice! ~ Wild Thing



North Platte Canteen
When the "Greatest Generation" passed through North Platte, Nebraska during WWII, they got a hug and a handshake, homemade cakes and cookies, and a moment of respite and prayer provided by thousands of volunteers from the surrounding communities.


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October 31, 2009

Obama Not A Treat But The Worst Halloween Nightmare





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October 19, 2009

'Illegal Alien' Costume Under Fire





AP


A Southern California immigrant rights group on Friday asked Target stores and a costume company to stop selling a Halloween "illegal alien" costume it said is offensive to immigrants.

The costume features the mask of an alien with a green card and an orange jumpsuit with "illegal alien" written across the front.

Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, wrote e-mails to Minneapolis-based Target and Wisconsin-based BuySeasons, Inc. calling the costume "distasteful, mean-spirited, and ignorant of social stigmas and current debate on immigration reform."
The group said it also planned to send letters to other companies that are selling the costume.
Lizette Olmos, national communications director for the League of United Latin American Citizens, called the costume "really disturbing," reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Target is removing the costume from the site after receiving several complaints, company spokesman Joshua Thomas said Friday. The store never intended to sell the outfit but included it in its online offerings by mistake, he said.


Wild Thing's comment......


LOL so what if the other things are not PC, how to witches feel about being a custom or Ghosts, heh heh or I bet there will be some Obama as the Joker masks this year. ....... maybe. haha


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


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July 04, 2009

What America Is About and What the Declaration of Independence is Not





Remembering What the Declaration of Independence is Not

American Thinker

By Bruce Walker

When we celebrate the Fourth of July, we are celebrating one of the most important political documents in the history of the world. The Declaration is a statement to the world -- the people of the world was the audience -- about the very nature of government and its relationship to men. Sometimes we appreciate what this document was, but perhaps we need even more to appreciate what it was not.

It was not a poll-driven summation of current opinion. The men who gathered in Philadelphia did respect each other's talents and knowledge, but the document they signed was not not driven by the latest Gallup or Zogby poll results. What was right and true was not dependent upon popular opinion.

The signers did not even seek a vote of the people. No referendum was necessary for the Declaration of Independence and it might well have failed in some of the colonies. The "will of the people," so precious to demagogues, did not determine what was right and true. The people can fall for Hitler, adore Obama, and be enchanted by silly or wicked men. The purpose of government, as the Declaration clearly states, is to secure liberty and not to implement that dubious, inconstant sentiment "the will of the people."

The men who signed the Declaration of Independence represented the absolute opposite of "interest group politics" so slavishly worshipped in political science departments. They pledged their lives, their wealth, their liberty, and their honor -- everything -- on a toss of the dice. Often, even if the revolution won, these men personally lost. The game was not about them, their economic interest, or their political ambition. They won if America became a new order of liberty in the world. Interest politics would have led them all to make peace with the Crown. Moral principles led them to what Churchill would later call "blood, toil, sweat, and tears."

The brave men in Philadelphia were engaging in unconstitutional action. Britain had a constitution, albeit a largely unwritten one, and Jefferson knew that he was defying our equivalent of the Supreme Court. He and his colleagues defied the moral power of a system which no longer treasured liberty above advantage or caprice. Rulers making decisions which did not really affect them, living thousands of miles from their subjects, lacked the moral authority to wield law.

Moral authority was the heart of the Declaration as well. It lacked a separation of church and state and instead there was a unity of God and government. All men were created equal by God. That is the foundational point of the Declaration from which all else flows like the spring of liberty. If all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, politics is clear and simple. If that is true, then -- of course! -- protecting these inalienable rights is the only reason that governments are instituted among men. These were truths which, in the magical pen of Jefferson, the brave authors and signers held to be "self-evident." There is a Creator. He made us. He made us, specifically, free in body and in conscience. We are not sheep or some sort of oddly self-domesticated animals. We are creatures in the image of a Creator, unique in reality, and given the power to choose.

The men who wrote and signed the Declaration are all dead, long, long, dead -- they never expected otherwise. If we met their ghosts today, they would not ask about our technological marvels or our global economy or our medical breakthroughs or space travel. If we told them about our partisan debates or the new King in Washington, they might cringe like a father over an addled child.

But when speaking of what they wrote in 1776 -- signing their own death warrants, in some respects -- they might ask us this: "We did not mean to confuse you. That is why the words we chose were so clear. You are free creatures of God. Government is your creature, your chattel, your tool -- nothing more. We studied history long before we wrote our brief statement of liberty. You own government or rather the spirit of free men owns government. You fret about ‘stuff.' Why? We are all dead now, as we knew we would be. But we chose to die free, following our consciences - that is the only real choice in life. What confused you?" The principle of liberty is easy. All it requires is courage and honor.


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Awesome video and the article is fantastic too.



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Happy Independence Day ~ Happy 233 Years Birthday America!



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Two Hundred Thirty-Three Years of Freedom THANK YOU to our Veterans and our Troops Today!!



Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue


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America: a tribute to heroes - God bless the USA sung by Lee Greenwood

I am crying so hard. Dear God, help us, save America, we love her so much. And so many have sacrificed and given their all to make us free and keep us free. They deserve our country to be FREE more then any of us. Each day we see our country disappearing and evil men and women doing her harm and are bent on destroying the very freedom that has set us apart from any other country. ~ Wild Thing




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John Adams wrote this historic letter to his wife:

“I am apt to believe that this day will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”


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It was Richard Henry Lee of Virginia who first proposed drawing up a document that formally announced America's Independence from Great Britain.

On June 11, 1776, a drafting committee was formed and Lee was called away because of his wife's sickness. Lee's good friend and fellow Virginian Thomas Jefferson took Lee's place on the committee to draft the document and became the author of The Declaration of Independence.

Jefferson's document was delivered to the Continental Congress on July 1. It was debated and vetted by the delegates on on July 2nd and 3rd. And on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was formally approved.

It was printed overnight and the very next morning, a stack of copies was delivered to the waiting delegates. Others were prepared to be sent for public reading to each of the state assemblies and to the commanding officers of the Continental troops.

The Declaration was read aloud in courtyards across the land. When John Nixon read the document in Philadelphia to a crowd waiting in front of the Pennsylvania State House, similar reading were happening across the land. In many ways, this dissemination of news was more proficient than today.

Important documents were read in their entirety without comment and were later debated in pubs, homes and meetings. Now we hear snippets and opinions and rarely read the entire document. We chastise Congress for not reading legislation before voting on it and yet we rarely read these documents. Truthfully, they are not as easily available as they were in 1776.

But that document gave birth to the greatest political and social experiment of all time - America and modern democracy.

When you celebrate with fireworks and barbecues this weekend, remember your freedoms and the people who have fought and died to keep you free.

Remember those men who had the courage to claim Independence 233 years ago.


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Aaron Tippin - Where The Stars And Stripes And Eagles Fly


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A Tribute to our awesome Vietnam Vets.....The Song is "The Wall" by John McDermott .....For all who served in Vietnam, I thank you. The Patriot Guard Riders will always ride for you.





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Martina McBride - God Bless America


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Battle Hymn of the Republic




Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.


I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Since God is marching on.


He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.


In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free;
[originally let us die to make men free]
While God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! While God is marching on.


He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.


The hymn appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862. It was sung at the funerals of British statesman Winston Churchill, American senator Robert Kennedy, and American presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and a Month after 911.



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June 21, 2009

~ Happy Fathers Day ~



To all Team Theodore Fathers, and all military Dad's...a very happy Fathers Day to you!
May God bless and protect all of our brave soldiers that are keeping America safe on this Father's day.
*hugs* ~ Wild Thing




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Father’s Day............can be any day!


". . .a small boy felt himself lifted from bed. Then he was borne in his father’s arms, with the swiftness of a dream, down the porch steps, out onto the beach.

"‘Watch!’ his father said. And incredibly, as he spoke, one of the stars moved...it flashed across the astonished heavens. And before the wonder of this could fade, another star leaped from its place, and then another, plunging toward the restless sea. ‘What is it?’ the child whispered. ‘Shooting stars,’ his father said. ‘. . . I thought you’d like to see the show.’"

"Decades have passed, but I remember that night still, because I was the fortunate 7-year-old whose father believed that a new experience was more important for a small boy than an unbroken night’s sleep. . . . What I remember is the night the stars fell, the day we rode in a caboose, the time we tried to skin an alligator, the telegraph we made that really worked.

". . . Or the time we explored a cave, and at one point far under ground, snapped off our flashlights and sat there in darkness and silence so profound that it was like being in the void before the beginning of time. After a while Father said, in a whisper, ‘Listen! You can hear the mountain breathing!’

"I remember the books left by my bed that pushed back my horizons and sometimes actually changed my life.

"Did my father deliberately set out to manufacture Father’s Days for his children? I doubt it. . . . I don’t think he was primarily seeking to instruct or inspire or enlighten us. He was satisfying his own curiosity–and letting us in on his discoveries. He was indulging his own sense of wonder–and letting us share it. . . and when this happens, there is no satisfaction in the world quite like it.

"My father had . . . the gift of opening doors for his children, of leading them into areas of splendid newness. This subtle art . . . doesn’t necessarily require a great deal of time. It simply involves doing things more often with our children instead of for them or to them.

"This is the stuff of which real Father’s Days are made . . . and when it happens, there is no satisfaction in the world quite like it."

-Arthur Gordon - "A Touch of Wonder" © 1974


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Fathers Day is Special for Deployed Grandfather and Grandson






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Staff Sgt. Paul Weekley, Pensacola, Fla., radio operator, B Company, 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Forward Operating Base Delta and his grandson, Spc. Cory Lincourt, Boston, Mass., avenger crew member, E Battery, 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery, 108th Brigade, Camp Liberty, look down at the coins they recieved together after meeting a brigadier general in the Al Faw Palace, June 13


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Deployed Grandfather, Grandson Celebrate Father's Day

by Pvt. Karin Leach

CAMP LIBERTY

When Spc. Cory Lincourt prepared for his deployment he never imagined his grandfather, Staff Sgt. Paul Weekley, would also be deploying to Iraq.

"I was pretty shocked when I got the call from my grandmother saying, 'Oh, your grandfather is going to Iraq,'" Lincourt, Boston, Mass., avenger crew member, E Battery, 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery, 108th Brigade, Camp Liberty said.

The duo hoped to see one another while in Iraq, but being deployed to different locations made it difficult to coordinate.

"I was able to come to Camp Victory on a mission we had and my plan was to just find him," Weekley, Pensacola, Fla., radio operator, B Company, 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Forward Operating Base Delta said. "I spent a whole day just walking all over Liberty trying to find him."

After a series of phone calls Weekley was able to make contact with Lincourt and set up a time to see one another. The two embraced with a hug after a year and a half apart and started right in with past memories and inside jokes.

"I didn't expect to be able to celebrate Father's Day with my grandfather," Lincourt said. "It's definitely cool to be able to see him in Iraq."
The two won't be spending Father's Day together but, were happy to celebrate it a little early.
"I'm very proud of my grandson, and I couldn't ask for anything better to celebrate Father's Day," Weekley said.

Weekley's eyes were wide with awe as his grandson showed him around Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory. They stopped often to take pictures together on balconies, beneath chandeliers and in front of a flag in the rotunda. After touring Palace the two headed to back to Camp Liberty so Lincourt could introduce his grandfather to his unit.

"Growing up I heard all these stories from my great-grandmother about my family's military history," Lincourt said.

Lincourt and Weekley are the most recent soldiers in their family's history of military service dating back to the Spanish American War. Growing up Lincourt's hero was his uncle, a prisoner of war during World War II.

"Not too many grandchildren get to say, 'my grandfather served in Vietnam and now we are serving in the same war together,'" Lincourt said.




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GREAT story, I love this. I am so glad they got to see each other and spend time together.


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Last Fathers Day Puget Sound and Today Baghdad



Lt. Col. Thomas Killgore, father, deputy Multi-National Corps - Iraq command chaplain, and son, Sgt. Andrew Killgore, euphonium musician, MNC-I Special Troops Battalion Band, hold physical representations of their jobs with the Army; Lt. Col. Killgore holds a bible while Sgt. Killgore holds a euphonium Camp Victory, June 18.



Father's Day in Baghdad

Story by Pvt. Karin Leach


CAMP VICTORY, Iraq

While most fathers in the U.S. sit down to share a home cooked meal with their families, Lt. Col. Thomas Killgore and his son, Sgt. Andrew Killgore, are planning to sit down in a dining facility at Camp Victory, Baghdad.

Sgt. Killgore, Colombia, S.C., bandsman, Multi-National Corps-Iraq Special Troops Battalion Band, performs with his euphonium to bring Soldiers back to happy memories they have experienced.

Lt. Col. Killgore, Colombia, S.C., deputy MNC-I command chaplain, enjoys seeing his son perform in the band for other Soldiers entertainment.

"As a father it's gratifying being able to see him do something he enjoys for Soldiers," Lt. Col. Killgore said. "I minister to the heart, and he plays for the soul. So we make a good team."

When Sgt. Killgore found out I Corps and his dad were deploying he put in for a transfer to Ft. Lewis from Ft. Knox. A few good words from his father on his behalf, combined with the bands need for a euphonium musician and Sgt. Killgore was on his way to Iraq with I Corps.

"I think the coolest thing about having my dad here is being able to just hang out and relax with him," Sgt. Killgore said. "What better way to be deployed than to be deployed with your father?"

Often when the duo gets together teasing occurs.

"What are you getting me for Father's Day," Lt. Col. Killgore asked.
"Maybe I got it already." His son replied after grinning.
"Yeah, a few drinks from the chow hall don't count," Lt. Col. Killgore said, followed by a laugh.

Though the Killgore family usually sits down near a lake to share laughs and gifts, Lt. Col. Killgore isn't too upset about this Father's Day being different.

"Last Father's Day was spent on my deck, overlooking Puget Sound and everyone giving me ugly socks," Lt. Col Thomas Killgore said. "This is probably the Father's Day I will remember most. Because this Father's day is not only a date but a snap shot of all the values and beliefs I've taught my son that he now is putting in action."



Wild Thing's comment.....

I like this ....... "This is probably the Father's Day I will remember most. Because this Father's day is not only a date but a snap shot of all the values and beliefs I've taught my son that he now is putting in action."


Posted by Wild Thing at 07:44 AM

May 25, 2009

Memorial Day




"Tell them, tell them when you get home that I gave all of my tomorrows so they could have today!"

Those are the words on a tombstone, far across the Pacific, of someone who gave up his life for our future.

Were those words uttered so that those of us who are left could just enjoy our lives without "getting involved", or were they written to remind us that the work of freedom and liberty is never done?

Were those words written to suggest to us that it is not our job nor our responsibility to keep alive what they fought and died for, or were they written to remind us that we were given the opportunity of life so that we would continue to defend, and keep alive the memory of what they gave their last full measure for?

Let us here today, tonight, tomorrow, next month and next year - remember these gallant defenders of our freedom.

Most were not heroes as defined by the most hallowed Medal of Honor nor even as defined by the silver or bronze star.

They were ALL Heroes

Yes they were heroes, because without hesitation they fought for our country when they were asked to defend her.

They left their families, friends and good times behind and went to fight for our freedom without hesitation.

Some -- never even fired their weapons because they were killed before they ever reached the beach.

But they were heroes because they were there, ready to fight for America - for family, flag and country.

Most were scared to death as they prepared to meet the enemy. Their stomachs were turned upside down and they prayed to God and wished they were with their moms, dads and sweethearts rather than being where they were.

But they were where they were, fighting an enemy that was threatening their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They were fighting an enemy because they believed in America, they loved Her flag and they wanted to protect Americans' right to worship as they chose.

They were there, without hesitation, fighting for what they believed in and dying for what they believed in so you and I could live the way we choose in a free country. But they did not die so that we would stop fighting for what they believed and died for.

They fought and died knowing that we, the living, would go on fighting for that same freedom, that same country, that same flag and for that same right to worship as we choose. Abraham Lincoln, at Gettysburg, said:

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."

It is for us the living to go on defending what they died for. It is for us the living not to allow history to forget what they gave up all their tomorrows for.

If when we attacked Guadalcanal and landed at Salerno, we found that "they" were going to fight back, we didn't give up because they fought back. We continued to fight because we knew our cause was right!

When Americans rode in the landing craft before storming the beaches at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Sicily, Anzio, Normandy, Peleliu, Saipan, Iowa Jima, Okinawa, Inchon and many other places we had never heard of before and when they fought in North Africa, the Philippines, Italy, France, Bastonne, Germany, Korea and Vietnam -- most were scared to death; their stomachs were turned upside down and they wanted to be back home with their loved ones.

But that did not stop them from attacking America's enemies bravely and without hesitation. They fought, and many died, but they did not give up because someone shot back at them.

It is for us the living to continue to defend and keep known what they fought and died for -- what they gave up all of their tomorrows for.

They did not die so that we could become complacent; nor did they die so that when we, the living, reached a single obstacle --- we should quit

They died knowing that we would go on defending their actions, defending history and defending what they gave up all their tomorrow's for.

If WE don't remember ---if WE don't defend what they fought and died for and what we fought for -- who will remember? Who will care?

How many of them and you who fought for our flag and our country and remember the feeling as Old Glory" was being raised over a piece of land we fought for ---- and many died for?

How many remember seeing or hearing about our valiant warriors, who were fighting on Iowa Jima, as they stood and cheered when they saw the flag being raised over Mt. Suribachi.

We take this time on Memorial Day to salute our Fallen Heroes who through the history of our country have fought and died for all of us.

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In ithe Shadow of the blade, the WHOP WHOP WHOP of the Huey was Vietnam's soundtrack, echoing through the landscape like a drum call to war. Most Veterans will tell you they can sense an approaching Huey long before anyone else can either see or hear it.


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Airborne-Hymn To The Fallen


"Blood on the Risers" is an American paratrooper song from World War II. It is sung by the United States 82nd Airborne Division, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division and the United States 101st Airborne Division. This song has been featured on the television mineseries Band of Brothers and the video game Brothers in Arms. Sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", the song tells of the final jump of a paratrooper whose parachute does not work. This results in him falling to his death.



Wild Thing's comment...........

In Memory of all those that served !




....Thank you Jack for sending this to me.



Army Combat Engineers
Quang Tri & Chu Lai '68 -'69
67-69
United States Army
1965-1971
Vietnam
1968-1969

Jack's blog is Conservative Insurgent


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In time of War,
they heeded the call
They took up arms
"Freedom For All"
They went to serve
in a far away land
In battles they fought,
they took a stand


In honor of Country, their duty they performed
For those who died, our Country sadly mourned
There were many who fell and gave their lives
Leaving behind children, mothers, fathers and wives



They fought the fight to "Let Freedom Ring"
In honor of that, their praises we sing
To those who died, we salute you all
And give our thanks for heeding the call




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Wild Thing's comment..........

May all who observe this day, remember and never forget everyday the rest of the year as well.



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....Thank you Richard for sending this to me.


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May 24, 2009

Special Words from Ronald Reagan ~ Memorial Day






"Once each May, amid the quiet hills and rolling lanes and breeze-brushed trees of Arlington National Cemetery, far above the majestic Potomac and the monuments and memorials of our Nation's Capital just beyond, the graves of America's military dead are decorated with the beautiful flag that in life these brave souls followed and loved.


This scene is repeated across our land and around the world, wherever our defenders rest. Let us hold it our sacred duty and our inestimable privilege on this day to decorate these graves ourselves -- with a fervent prayer and a pledge of true allegiance to the cause of liberty, peace, and country for which America's own have ever served and sacrificed. ... Our pledge and our prayer this day are those of free men and free women who know that all we hold dear must constantly be built up, fostered, revered and guarded vigilantly from those in every age who seek its destruction.


We know, as have our Nation's defenders down through the years, that there can never be peace without its essential elements of liberty, justice and independence. Those true and only building blocks of peace were the lone and lasting cause and hope and prayer that lighted the way of those whom we honor and remember this Memorial Day.


To keep faith with our hallowed dead, let us be sure, and very sure, today and every day of our lives, that we keep their cause, their hope, their prayer, forever our country's own." --Ronald Reagan


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Wild Thing's comment.........

Our country has been truly blessed to have such great men and women serve in our military. I love what President Reagan said, he knew why we have been able to live in the land of the free.


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......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam


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Remembering Our Heroes



An Emmy award documentary of a powerful and emotional story about school nurse Marlene Horton's experiences during the Viet Nam War.


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Wild Thing's comment..........

Thank you Marlene Horton for being there for our Heroes. You are a Hero too.


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....Thank you Jack for sending this to me.

United States Army
1965-1971
Army Combat Engineers
Quang Tri & Chu Lai '68 -'69
67-69


Jack's blog is Conservative Insurgent


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Cartoonist Honoring Memorial Day




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Wild Thing's comment.........

These are so good and I am so glad the cartoonist here are not as liberal as the media with the alaphabet channels. These are really well done.



....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.


Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


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May 23, 2009

Never Forget! This is What Traitor OBAMA Calls America's European Arrogance!


In light of Memorial Day and a recent speech given by someone who presumes to speak for America, here's a view of our "Arrogance towards Europeans"...


1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne , France . A total of 2289 of our military dead. We Apologize.




2. The American Cemetery at Ardennes , Belgium . A total of 5329 of our dead



3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France . A total of 4410 of our military dead. Excuse us.





4. Brookwood , England American Cemetery. A total of 468 of our dead.



5. Cambridge , England . 3812 of our military dead.



6. Epinal , France American Cemetery. A total of 5525 of our Military dead.



7. Flanders Field , Belgium . A total of 368 of our military.





8. Florence , Italy . A total of 4402 of our military dead.




9. Henri-Chapelle , Belgium . A total of 7992 of our military dead.



10. Lorraine , France . A total of 10,489 of our military dead.



11. Luxembourg , Luxembourg . A total of 5076 of our military dead.


12. Meuse-Argonne. A total of 14246 of our military dead.



13. Netherlands , Netherlands . A total of 8301 of our military dead.




14. Normandy , France . A total of 9387 of our military dead.




15. Oise-Aisne , France . A total of 6012 of our military dead.





16. Rhone , France . A total of 861 of our military dead.



17. Sicily , Italy . A total of 7861 of our military dead.





18. Somme , France . A total of 1844 of our military dead.




19. St. Mihiel, France . A total of 4153 of our military dead.



20. Suresnes , France . a total of 1541 of our military dead.



The Americans buried at the cemeteries above is 104,366, and we recently had to watch an American elected leader (guess who?) apologize to Europe and the Middle East that our country is "arrogant"!

Apologize to no one. Remind those of our sacrifice and don't confuse arrogance with leadership.


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Wild Thing's comment............

First of all Obama, we CAN be as arrogant as we want to about our country, we have been proud of our United States of America unlike YOU and wife. And we are not just grateful on Memorial Day or Veterans day for our military, for our troops, our Veterans and those that gave their lives, we are grateful and proud every day.
When did Europe assume a leading role in the free world? Not in my lifetime!

And all the men in my family, and Nicholas, and two of my Aunts, oh yes how arrogant they were to have the nerve to serve our country. Normandy, the Chosin Reservoir, the Battle of the Bulge, Korean War, WW1 and WW11, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Afghanistan and Iraq. Hussein Obama insulted all who served our country and made the awesome effort to do something that mattered, that made a difference in the world and to our country and many others around the world.


America's Shame: Obama Calls U.S. "Arrogant" & "Dismissive" in Speech in France






....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.


Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


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May 16, 2009

~ Armed Forces Day ~


President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.







ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINES, COAST GUARD


We celebrate our Armed Forces, in the work they do, the tasks they accomplish, the hope and freedom they bring to the world, and the outstanding people who comprise our military services. Join us on Saturday May 16th, in honoring those tremendous individuals: The Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Guards [Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard] in their efforts to safeguard our freedoms, the world and our future!


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May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day To All Mom's and Mom's Who Serve Our Country




There are more than 10,000 mothers in the U.S. military who are celebrating this day in Iraq.

On this special day Mothers Day, all the best to those who have served, who are serving as I write this, and who are preparing to serve in the U.S. military. A special prayer of thanks for all the mothers who are not with their families this Mother's Day because they are serving and protecting in the military.

And to all of you that are mothers and are not in the military Happy Mothers Day to you too.

From everyone here at Theodore's World
~ Wild Thing


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Tech. Sgt. Tracey McArdle of Edinboro embraced her son, Tyler, 7, minutes before being deployed


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April 12, 2009

Happy Easter



Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion - The Prayer


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Happy Easter everyone!


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March 17, 2009

~ Happy St. Patricks Day ~




I hope you all have a fun St. Patrick's Day. And to those that are Irish thank you for the music, the humor and the hearts uplifting others in your joy. God bless our Troops and their families. We are all in our thoughts today as everyday. ~ Wild Thing



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St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years.

In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick's Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use St. Patrick's Day as an opportunity to drive tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest of the world.

Last year, close to one million people took part in Ireland 's St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and fireworks shows.



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US troops hold St Patrick's Day parade in Baghdad

(AFP)

The Tigris river did not run green and there wasn't a pint of the black stuff for hundreds of miles as American forces in Iraq staged their first Saint Patrick's Day parade on Sunday.

But this did not dampen spirits on a dusty day in the appropriately named Green Zone where several hundred men and women, soldiers and civilians turned out to cheer ahead of the day itself on Tuesday.

As incongruous as the event may seem in bombed-out Baghdad, the festivities came with top level authorisation and were staged at a time of better security.

"We are not quite marching up and down the streets of Baghdad yet, but we do continue to see the improvement in security," said Major General Michael Eyre, commander of the Gulf Region Division.

Security was key in obtaining the green light for the parade that was organised by 1st Sergeant Scott McWilliams, a native of Chicago's south side.

"They don't have too many Irish out here," he joked, "although there are a few."

The Gulf Region Division is made up of US Army Corps of Engineers as well as civilians, and the 416th engineer command calls Chicago home.

All were adopted by the city's South Side Irish Parade committee for the big day and received 30 boxes of festive items to liven up events.

Several dozen participants clad in mock-Irish fashion and four vehicles performed two laps of the sprawling compound, handing out green trinkets and other paraphernalia to loud applause.

"I think it's a great day, a little time-out. It's about camaraderie, a touch of home here in Iraq, a little bit of America," Eyre told AFP.

Air force Major Aaron Judge sipped a fizzy green liquid from a plastic glass as a fire and rescue truck rolled past at the head of the parade.

"I'm dreaming of other things. It's green near-beer," he grinned. "This takes off the stress -- it's a lot of fun."
The parade was billed, of military necessity, as "the dry version" of St Patrick's Day, adding a unique label to the festivities which are traditionally soaked in "the drink" from New York to Dublin.

Eyre said the parade also offered a chance for Iraqis to learn something of US life.

But Iraqi workers on the compound that once housed Iraq's national museum were more than a little bemused by the antics honouring the patron saint of Ireland.

Laundry supervisor Mazin al-Dawoodi turned out with colleagues to watch although he said they had no idea what was going on.

"It looks great fun," he added.
"I don't know what is happening," admitted 26-year-old Khalid Walid Ali, who works as a storage man.

But he was quick to run after a free grey sweatshirt emblazoned with the words "Our Day."

The first Saint Patrick's Day parade in Baghdad may also be the last for a long time, however.



A US soldier wearing giant green glasses for Saint Patrick's Day


Americans as they wave an Irish flag during Saint Patrick's celebrations in Baghdad


President Ronald Reagan



Luke Kelly - "Rising Of The Moon"



Flying through Ireland


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February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day To Team Theodore and Everyone



Valentines Day is here, and hundreds of thousands of United States soldiers will be far away from their loved ones, unable to share an affectionate embrace, a romantic candlelight dinner, a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers.
Valentines Day is about showing the ones you love just how much they mean to you, and no one knows this better than friends and families of troops overseas.
So to all our Military, and their families, to all the Veterans, and to all of you that are friends of Theodore's World blog........ Angry Old Salt and I wish you all a special Valentines Day! Thank you for being in our lives and to the troops, thank you for all you do and for serving our country. Thank you for our freedom!





And Happy Valentines Day to each one of you
that are such an important part of
Theodore's World blog.

You are the song in my heart.

Wild Thing



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December 31, 2008

Happy New Year from Theodore's World





We will open the book.

Its pages are blank.

We are going to put words on them ourselves.

The book is called "Opportunity" and its first

chapter is New Year's Day.

~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce




 

 

Thank you my wonderful online family,

(( hug ))

Chrissie


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November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving To All, and a BIG Thank You To Our Troops and Veterans


Thank you and thank you to all our Troops and to all of you Veterans. And I would also like to thank those of you that have loved ones serving now, sons, daughters, husbands and wives. You are serving too in such a special way. You are all in my thoughts and prayers every single day.

Love

Wild Thing





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C.J. Chivers and Staff Sgt. Gerald R. White. Chivers, formerly a Marine infantry officer, is a foreign correspondent for the Times. White is a dad, a soldier and a veteran three times over.

Both spent Thanksgiving in Afghanistan, and the former told the story of the latter today:

After all the turkey had been eaten, a huge soldier appeared for dinner. He was 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 260 pounds.

He introduced himself: Staff Sgt. Gerald R. White, 29, of Sistersville, W.Va. He was an artilleryman serving his third combat tour, this one as a noncommissioned officer who coordinates and directs fire from artillery, mortars and helicopter gunships.

As he prepared to fill his plate with the leftovers, the setting sun illuminated a fresh purple scar on the back of his neck.

Then came his story. He was wounded when a three-vehicle patrol was ambushed on Sept. 15 in Jalrez.

His vehicle was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade; shrapnel tore open his buttocks and his neck. The ambush blossomed. More and more of the rockets flew toward the broken vehicles and wounded soldiers, he said. Machine gun fire smacked their windows and doors.

Rockets struck the second vehicle’s turret alone three times, he said. Ten other soldiers had been wounded by the time reinforcements arrived and pushed the Taliban off.

Sgt. White spent four weeks recuperating at Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul. He returned to his tiny base without having been home to see his wife and three children, who are at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina.

Now he pulled something from his left breast pocket. It was a miniature metal placard of a Purple Heart. “I will never quit,” its engraving read.

Many of the soldiers here Thursday said that Thanksgiving meant football and beer. Sgt. White, scarred and as large as a fullback, spoke of his children, ages 11, 5 and 3.

“My little one, he’s my hero,” he said. “He was on his deathbed. He was born six weeks premature, and he had internal bleeding. He took three blood transfusions, but by the time he was 9 months old, he was fine.”

“His name is Gerald,” he said. “Gerald Jr.”

He added: “I’m proud of all three of them. I wish I could be there today. It’s a special moment. But I’ll make it up to them once I get home.”

After eating, Sgt. White returned to his post. A Polish patrol was heading north up Highway 1. Intelligence reports said that the Taliban’s spotters on the highway were organizing an ambush.

He paced beside the radios as darkness fell, listening for the Poles, ready to call down fire.


Some fun with our awesome troops!




















Thank you Glenn M. Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET for the photos of our troops.


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President Bush Visiting Troops At Fort Campbell, Ky



President George W. Bush as he enters the staging area Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at Fort Campbell, Ky., home of the 101st Airborne.


The President told the troops, “We are blessed to have defenders of such character and courage.” “I’m grateful to the families who serve by your side. And I will always be thankful for the honor of having served as the Commander-in-Chief.”
“Over the past seven years, folks from this base have done exactly what they were trained to do.” “You have taken the battle of the terrorists overseas so we do not have to face them here in the United States. You have helped counter the hateful ideology of tyranny and terror with a more hopeful vision of justice and liberty. You’re part of the great ideological struggle of our time. With the soldiers of Fort Campbell out front, the forces of freedom and liberty will prevail.”
“In Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond, our men and women in uniform have done everything we have asked of them and more,” said the President. “You’ve earned the thanks of every American.”
“I’m honored to be with the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne; the Night Stalkers of the 160th; the Green Berets of the 5th Special Forces Group, all members of the Fort Campbell community. You are part of the finest military in the world. I have one word for you: Hooah!”




President George W. Bush stands with troops on stage Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at Fort Campbell, Ky.,one of the Army’s premier training and deployment installations and home of the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne. White House photo by Eric Draper


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November 19, 2008

It’s The 7th Annual National Ammo Day!




It’s National Ammo Day!

"A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."
Second Amendment


Facts:


* Number of firearms in America: 228,000,000360
* Number of firearm owning households: At least 50,600,000361
* Projected firearm owning households in America: 60-85 million
* Number of guns used in crimes: 450,000362
* Percentage of guns used in crimes: 0.09%


Over 50 million law-abiding, gun owning households committed NO crime today… but collectively, we stop 2.5 million crimes per year… 6,849 a day!

Fact: Every day, 550 rapes, 1,100 murders, and 5,200 other violent crimes are prevented just by showing a gun. In less than 0.9% of the time is the gun ever actually fired.

Keep up the good work and keep your ammo supply stocked!


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November 12, 2008

The American Humanist Association Hate God!



Group's new Christmas message: Be good, not godly

CNN

WASHINGTON

You better watch out. There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars.

Ads proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," will appear on Washington buses starting next week and running through December.

The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.

In lifting lyrics from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.

"We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you," said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group.
"Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of nontheists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion."

To that end, the ads and posters will include a link to a Web site that will seek to connect and organize like-minded thinkers in the D.C. area, Edwords said.

Edwords said the purpose isn't to argue that God doesn't exist or change minds about a deity, although "we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people's minds."
The group defines humanism as "a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity."

It's the ultimate grinch to say there is no God at a time when millions of people around the world celebrate the birth of Christ," said Mathew Staver, the group's chairman and dean of the Liberty University School of Law. "Certainly, they have the right to believe what they want, but this is insulting."




Wild Thing's comment.........

Christmas is a Christian Holiday, if a person does not believe in God that is their choice. But to take Christ out of Christmas, to take God out of Christmas is outrageous!!!!


The group defines humanism as "a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity."

See the word "progressive"...every time we see that word it is communisim ! Just like the left and their use of the word progressive. They can take their " progressive " and their Humanist and go live in a communist country if they are so uncomfortable with Christ in Christmas.


....Thank you Lynn for sending this to me.


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October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween









Click here to carve your own pumpkin....CLICK HERE if you like.




Fun Quiz.......Are You A Vampire or Werewolf...CLICK HERE if you like




giggle........Here is what I got in the quiz.........






You Are a Vampire



You are charming, sensual, and even a bit manipulative.

You can't help but get people to do what you want.



You have sharp senses and a strong predatory instinct.

You go after what you want, without mercy.



While you have the heart of a killer, many people are drawn to you.

You are elegant, timeless, and mysterious. You are the ultimate fantasy object.



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September 01, 2008

Have A Great Labor Day Everyone! Life Is Good, God Bless America!



A lot is happening today. It is Labor Day, the Republican Convention begins today and Gustav is coming to our shores.

Thank God for this wonderful country we live in, and for our troops and Veterans that have made it possible for all of us.

Prayers for those in Gustav's path and keep them safe and their homes safe too for their return when the storm is over.

And prayers for Sarah Palin and John McCain and their families and keep them safe.

Have a great day everyone, we have a chance to win this election and the dark side, the enemy within can't stand the happiness of the conservatives and the cheers from the growing crowds that have been happening since last Friday with the announcement of Palin for VP.

-- Chrissie

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A photo of Sarah Palin and her daughter Piper for you to see. It looks like her daughter is giving her bunny ears....see the two blue fingers behind Sarah's head. hahaha so cute!



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July 04, 2008

"The Star Spangled Banner" sung by Mariah Carey




Mariah Carey - The Star Spangled Banner @ 2002 Superbowl


O thus be it ever, where freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation.
Blest with victory and peace,
may the Heaven rescued land,
praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto:
"In God is our trust!" And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave.
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! --- 3rd Verse of our National Anthem



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July 4th God Bless You All






The Declaration of Independence In Congress, July 4, 1776



"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain Inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

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May 26, 2008

Never Forget Our Warriors



"Tell them, tell them when you get home that I gave all of my tomorrows so they could have today!"

Those are the words on a tombstone, far across the Pacific, of someone who gave up his life for our future.

Were those words uttered so that those of us who are left could just enjoy our lives without "getting involved", or were they written to remind us that the work of freedom and liberty is never done?

Were those words written to suggest to us that it is not our job nor our responsibility to keep alive what they fought and died for, or were they written to remind us that we were given the opportunity of life so that we would continue to defend, and keep alive the memory of what they gave their last full measure for?

Let us here today, tonight, tomorrow, next month and next year - remember these gallant defenders of our freedom.

Most were not heroes as defined by the most hallowed Medal of Honor nor even as defined by the silver or bronze star.

They were ALL Heroes

Yes they were heroes, because without hesitation they fought for our country when they were asked to defend her.

They left their families, friends and good times behind and went to fight for our freedom without hesitation.

Some -- never even fired their weapons because they were killed before they ever reached the beach.

But they were heroes because they were there, ready to fight for America - for family, flag and country.

Most were scared to death as they prepared to meet the enemy. Their stomachs were turned upside down and they prayed to God and wished they were with their moms, dads and sweethearts rather than being where they were.

But they were where they were, fighting an enemy that was threatening their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They were fighting an enemy because they believed in America, they loved Her flag and they wanted to protect Americans' right to worship as they chose.

They were there, without hesitation, fighting for what they believed in and dying for what they believed in so you and I could live the way we choose in a free country. But they did not die so that we would stop fighting for what they believed and died for.

They fought and died knowing that we, the living, would go on fighting for that same freedom, that same country, that same flag and for that same right to worship as we choose. Abraham Lincoln, at Gettysburg, said:

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."

It is for us the living to go on defending what they died for. It is for us the living not to allow history to forget what they gave up all their tomorrows for.

If when we attacked Guadalcanal and landed at Salerno, we found that "they" were going to fight back, we didn't give up because they fought back. We continued to fight because we knew our cause was right!

When Americans rode in the landing craft before storming the beaches at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Sicily, Anzio, Normandy, Peleliu, Saipan, Iowa Jima, Okinawa, Inchon and many other places we had never heard of before and when they fought in North Africa, the Philippines, Italy, France, Bastonne, Germany, Korea and Vietnam -- most were scared to death; their stomachs were turned upside down and they wanted to be back home with their loved ones.

But that did not stop them from attacking America's enemies bravely and without hesitation. They fought, and many died, but they did not give up because someone shot back at them.

It is for us the living to continue to defend and keep known what they fought and died for -- what they gave up all of their tomorrows for.

They did not die so that we could become complacent; nor did they die so that when we, the living, reached a single obstacle --- we should quit

They died knowing that we would go on defending their actions, defending history and defending what they gave up all their tomorrow's for.

If WE don't remember ---if WE don't defend what they fought and died for and what we fought for -- who will remember? Who will care?

How many of them and you who fought for our flag and our country and remember the feeling as Old Glory" was being raised over a piece of land we fought for ---- and many died for?

How many remember seeing or hearing about our valiant warriors, who were fighting on Iowa Jima, as they stood and cheered when they saw the flag being raised over Mt. Suribachi.

We take this time on Memorial Day to salute our Fallen Heroes who through the history of our country have fought and died for all of us.

-- Thank you , Wild Thing


 


Please also see UPDATE to Rolling Thunder post


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May 25, 2008

Rolling Thunder



Rolling Thunder members and others spoke at the annual Memorial Day Rally honoring their fallen comrades and vowing to continue their efforts on POW/MIA issues. Special guests were the families of Staff Sargeant Keith "Matt" Maupin, a prisoner in the Iraq war whose remains were recovered in March 2008, and Private Byron W. Fouty and Sargeant Alex R. Jimenez who were both captured May 12, 2007.

Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught USAF (Ret.) delivered the keynote address.

This event was held on a stage at the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Rolling Thunder was founded by motorcycle enthusiasts who were veterans of the Vietnam War.




"POW/MIA : YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN"

1,804 Americans remain missing in Vietnam. Since the war ended over 6,000 reports concerning Americans still alive in Southeast Asia have been received by the government. 600 Americans were lost in Laos (The Black Hole), NOT A SINGLE MAN WAS EVER RELEASED. The Pathet Laos government stated on several occasions that they held prisoners, yet our government NEVER NEGOTIATED FOR THEIR FREEDOM. These men were abandoned by the government for which they bravely fought.

POW/MIA Statistics

World War I - 3,350
·World War II - 78,753
·Korea - 8,170
·Vietnam - 1,783
·Persian Gulf - 2


We can thank Senators John traitorous rat snake Kerry and his good bud John McCain for these POW's stats. In their rush to "normalize" relations with Vietnam, they ran roughshod over the POW/MIA hearings.

The select committee, established August 1991, was tasked with the mission of resolving the lingering POW/MIA issue by either gaining the release of American prisoners of war believed to be alive under the control of Hanoi, but never released, or explaining what happened to the missing prisoners.
It has been made obvious that McCain and Kerry were more interested in using the Select Committee as a means to justify lifting the U.S. Imposed Trade Embargo against Vietnam then resolving the issue of missing U.S.Service men and POW's.

The Select Committee was formed because of the volumes of intelligence pointing to the existence of LIVE POW's still in captivity.

McCain, the "former POW" wasted NO time making headlines by alleging that most of the activists involved in POW/MIA issue were only in it for the money. He stated in front of a room full of cameras, " The people who have done these things are not zealots in a good cause. They are criminals and some of the most craven, most cynical and most despicable human beings to ever run a scam."

In two sentences McCain effectively branded nearly ALL the activist POW/MIA families and Vietnam Veteran activities as " despicable" and "criminals."


About 350,000 bikers gathered in the nation's capital to participate in the rally, which has attracted prestigious guests, including President George Bush, in the past, The Washington Times reported.

"First thing, this is about supporting America and our folks in the military, past and present. It's about love of country, love of bikes. People have a calling to be here," said Pete Ries, who has been to the event at least six times.

Money raised through raffles and other events is donated to needy veterans and their families.

"We donate our time, no one gets any compensation and 100 percent of the money we raise goes to help vets or their families," said Artie Muller, Army veteran and Rolling Thunder founder.





Honor Guard March


Military vehicles in parade


Quilt of Tears

Agent Orange Victims & Widows Support Network displays "A Quilt of Tears" showing support for the families of veterans who died during the Vietnam War.



Drum and Fife Corps

A drum and fife corps marches along the Reflecting Pool while the speaker program begins in front of the Lincoln Memorial.



Women's Vietnam War Veterans Memorial

Many of the memorials in Washington, DC are decorated with wreaths for Rolling Thunder and Memorial Day.


One of the guests this year is John Amos

Best known for his roles in TV’s West Wing, Good Times, and the miniseries Roots, Amos is also a Vietnam-era honorary U.S. Coast Guard veteran and is a veteran of the N.J. National Guard. On his breaks from TV and films, he devotes his time to supporting veterans causes and to mentoring children at risk throughout the U.S. and the world.
A long-time fan of country music, in late 2007 he released his first country music CD featuring patriotic-themed songs aimed at saluting the U.S. Armed Forces. His involvement in Rolling Thunder came about through a chance encounter last November at a Veteran’s Day rally in Nashville. There, he met Bob Ousley, president of Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 Tennessee, who invited him to participate in this year’s Memorial Day events
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“I spent time with Bob and his chapter members after the rally and I was blown away by their passion and commitment to the POW/MIA cause,” Amos said. “People forget that for families of troops left behind, there is no closure. Rolling Thunder makes sure that the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who put their lives on the line are never forgotten. I’m a veteran myself, so I’m only too happy to lend my name and my presence to this effort,” he added.


NEWS VIDEO for today of Rolling Thunder.....This is one not to miss and hear what Artie Muller - Rolling Thunder
National Executive Director has to osay about Nancy Pelosi in the video!!!!! God bless you Artie!

VIDEO link

Please feel free to visit my POW/MIA Tribute page there have been some updates.


........I will be adding more photos as they come in.

Some more about President Bush meeting with Rolling Thunder could be titled......heh heh


Marine One, meet the choppers of Rolling Thunder!



Note that one report said about 350,000 bikers and other reports say even a higher numebr. The main thing is this grows every year and I am so proud of this group Rolling Thunder. One day before I die I would love to go to this. It is a goal of mine.


UPDATE: More photos added

 

 


President Bush, center, walks with members of the Rolling Thunder, Sunday, May 25, 2008, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz )

President Bush was given a leather vets and cap by Rolling Thunder.

President Bush also met with some of the group's organizers, and described the parade of motorcycles — many adorned with the American flag — as "a magnificent sight. "I am just so honored, and I want to thank you and all your comrades for being patriotic and loving our country as much as you do," said Bush.





Among the motorcyclists were four Bush administration officials, all of whom on Harleys: White House chief of staff Josh Bolten (a Hog fan from way back). Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, and Edward P. "Eddie" Lazear, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisors, who sported a leather Harley vest and a black bandanna.


Rolling Thunder Storms Into Nation’s Capital
DOD

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2008

A chain of about 750,000 motorcycles ridden by Vietnam veterans and military supporters blazed through the nation’s capital today as part of the 21st annual Rolling Thunder rally.
In addition to offering vets a chance to reconnect with their brothers-in-arms and honor fallen comrades, the ride aims to raise awareness about issues concerning prisoners of war, troops missing in action and veterans’ benefits.

President Bush this afternoon arranged for Rolling Thunder founder Artie Muller to be delivered by helicopter to the White House, where the two discussed topics at the heart of Muller’s nonprofit group.

“I am just so honored to welcome you back,” Bush told Muller at a news conference on the White House’s South Lawn after their meeting. “I want to thank you and all your comrades for being so patriotic and loving our country as much as you do.
“Our troops appreciate you, the veterans appreciate you and your president appreciates you,” added Bush, calling it a pleasure of his presidency to get to know the leaders of the motorcycle rally.

The parade circuit whizzed riders past national landmarks such as the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall, the U.S. Capitol building and the Lincoln Memorial, where group organizers held a ceremony as riders continued to speed past along nearby Constitution Avenue.

Addressing the crowd gathered at the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial just beyond the sun-drenched reflecting pool, Muller said he urged the president to help advance legislation that will bolster the Rolling Thunder effort.

“And I just want to say, ‘Thank you very much,’ because you are America, you are the true patriots of this country, you come here year after year, put up with the rain the heat,” he told the crowd. “And you stuck by [the group’s mission], and we’re getting something done.”

Meanwhile, servicemembers past and present, plus family members and other spectators cheered riders on as the convoy roared from the Pentagon parking lot to the National Mall here ahead of tomorrow’s Memorial Day observance.

Former Army Spc. James Yorke, a veteran of the Vietnam War, said he rode here from Richmond, Va., to participate in his fourth Rolling Thunder ride as a way to connect troops with the civilians they serve.

“Americans should think about the people who gave it all,” Yorke said, referring to those fallen military members who he said should be remembered over Memorial Day. “They were asked to do a job just so we could live in this country — that’s all they were asked to do.”

Also on hand for the holiday were brothers Gary and Jeffrey Elker, who rode their hogs more than 200 miles here from Middlesex, N.J. Gary is a retired Marine corporal who enlisted after the Vietnam War. Jeffrey didn’t wear the uniform, but he said he has buddies whose names are listed on the memorial wall among the more than 58,000 killed in Vietnam.

“It’s a weekend away to honor our fallen veterans,” said Jeffrey Elker when asked to describe the meaning Rolling Thunder holds for him.

Gary Elder, on his 17th ride today, said he also makes the annual trek to show support for military veterans. He added that there’s a common thread between past and present servicemembers.

“They’re willing to sacrifice for everybody else,” he said. “They believe in honor, integrity, and what’s going on in this country, and they’re willing to fight for it; I was.”

George Leiter, a former Marine sergeant who served from 1972-76, motored from Manchester, Pa., for his fourth ride. Over this Memorial Day weekend, as both of his sons wear the Army uniform, Leiter said he hopes his fellow citizens remember the people who answered the nation’s call.

“It’s important for Americans to consider all the veterans, whichever war they were in, whether they were in a combat zone or not,” he said. “I think they’ve just got to think of their freedoms, and what they have, and how important it is to have a strong military, and to support your military.”


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Freedom Is Not Free



I Watched A Flag Pass By - author unknown

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington .
No, freedom isn't free.

Enjoy Your Freedom & God Bless Our Troops


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Memorial Day Weekend



When the security of our land is threatened,
We call on our soldier's might,
To go wherever they're needed,
To defend us day and night.

They leave their loves ones behind,
A great price our soldiers must pay.
Let us salute their courage and bravery,
May we remember them each time we pray.

Each time we spot "Old Glory"
Waving for all to see,
Let's think of all the soldiers that have
Kept it flying proud and free.

This great country is tolerant
Of cultures from other lands,
But, when they attack our precious freedom
We will punish with a heavy hand.

Our soldiers are tried and true,
Tempered like carbon steel,
Born of American Spirit;
Raised with American will.

Remember our fallen heroes that died,
So freedom may grow,
To nations around the world,
Wherever our warriors may go.

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Harley Davidson Memorial Day Salute





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May 24, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend Events


There will be posts today (Saturday), Sunday

and Memorial Day Monday Tribute posts


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MEMORIAL CEREMONY - 5-23-08 - A patriotic ceremony honoring the service and sacrifice of America's military members is scheduled in the Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day, May 26, 2008. The 140th observance of Memorial Day will be hosted by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe Jr., commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington and Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region. U.S. Army photo


Paying tribute - Airmen at a base in Southwest Asia held a "final guardmount" ceremony May 15 to honor those who have fallen in combat. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Domonique Simmons)



PBS unites our nation with the award-winning National Memorial Day Concert honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all of those who have given their lives for our country. The event, which has become the memorial service for our entire nation, is co-hosted by Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), two actors who have dedicated themselves to veteran's causes and supporting our troops in active service.

The top-rated show will be broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, May 25, 2008

from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. (check local listings)

before a concert audience of 300,000, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Radio and Television Network.

The all-star cast includes Gladys Knight, Sarah Brightman, Idina Menzel, Denis Leary, Charles Durning, General Colin Powell and Rodney Atkins in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Erich Kunzel.

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To Those Who Gave Their All


A song sung by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, and a pictoral slide show dedicated this to the men amd women of the Armed Forces.





He looked down into her brown eyes and said, ?Say a prayer for me?
She threw her arms around him whispered, ?God will keep us free?
They could hear the riders coming he said, "This is my last fight
If they take me back to Texas they won't take me back alive"


There were seven Spanish angels at the alter of the sun
They were praying for the lovers in the valley of the guns
When the battle stopped and the smoke cleared
There was thunder from the throne
And seven Spanish angels took another angel home


She reached down and picked the gun up that lay smokin' in his hand
She said, ?Father please forgive me I can't make it without my man?
And she knew the gun was empty and she knew she couldn't win
But her final prayer was answered when the rifles fired again


There were seven Spanish angels at the alter of the sun
They were praying for the lovers in the valley of the guns
When the battle stopped and the smoke cleared
There was thunder from the throne
And seven Spanish angels took another angel home


There were seven Spanish angels at the alter of the sun
They were praying for the lovers in the valley of the guns
When the battle stopped and the smoke cleared
There was thunder from the throne
And seven Spanish angels took another angel home
Alright John help me now


There were seven Spanish angels at the alter of the sun
They were praying for the lovers in the valley of the guns
When the battle stopped and the smoke cleared
There was thunder from the throne
And seven Spanish angels took another angel home.



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....Thank you John for sending this video.

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April 19, 2008

Happy Patriot's Day ~ "the shot heard 'round the world"



On 19 April 1775, the brave Patriots at Lexington and Concord fired the opening volley for American liberty. Today we honor them, as well as those Patriots who continue in that tradition, shouldering the burden of American liberty, particularly those on the warfront with Jihadistan.


The famous Minuteman statue stands at the ready in the predawn hours in Lexington.


By the rude bridge that arched the flood,

Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,

Here once the embattled farmers stood,

And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.




Patriots' Day civic holiday in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and state of Maine and a public school observance day in Wisconsin.

Traditionally it was designated as April 19 in observance of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

Observances and re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, MA, and The Old North Bridge in Concord, MA.

On the evening of April 18, 1775 General Thomas Gage, the British Commander in Chief of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was ordered to bring the colonies under control. He ordered Lt. Col. Francis Smith to destroy Colonist's war supplies held in Concord. Smith was also instructed to take Samuel Adams and John Hancock into British custody. Smith's orders were to be carried out in secret. However, Joseph Warren, a doctor, learned of the plans and sent William Dawes and Paul Revere to warn the Patriots.
Paul Revere rode 16 miles from Olde North Church in Boston to Lexington. The British arrived in Lexington in the early dawn of April 19, 1775. It was there that the Patriots or 'Minutemen' and British confronted each other on the green and "the shot heard round the world" was fired.

At Lexington Green, the British were met by 77 American Minute Men led by John Parker. At the North Bridge in Concord, the British were confronted again, this time by 300 to 400 armed colonists, and were forced to march back to Boston with the Americans firing on them all the way. By the end of the day, the colonists were singing "Yankee Doodle" and the American Revolution had begun.



Wild Thing's comment........

The incident that precipitated the Alarm was a British raid on the colonial powder stored at the Powder House on the Somerville/Medford line. It was one of several "alarms," including ones in Marblehead and Portsmouth, NH, that let the Provincials know the British were clamping down on them, militarily, before Lexington and Concord.

People armed were vital to this nation gaining freedom. Now, it's vital to KEEPING it. One of the reasons the colonists were so pissed, was the British had come to confiscate their guns. Both the American and Texan revolutions began because of an attempt at "gun control".


“Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, ‘What should be the reward of such sacrifices?’ Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”—Samuel Adams

“The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth.”—Thomas Paine

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!”—George Washington

“The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.”—John Adams


“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”—Thomas Jefferson “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”—Patrick Henry


....Thank you Darth for the heads up that today is Patriot's Day.

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Happy Passover To The IDF and Theodore's World Jewish Friends




To all my Jewish friends and those in the IDF I wish you a joyous Passover.


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March 23, 2008

Happy Easter




Army Rangers recieving Easter baskets in Afghanistan


Happy Easter to our Troops, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
~ Wild Thing and Team Theodore

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Via Dolorosa



Via Dolorosa - Isaiah 53 - Sandi Patty



Via Dolorosa - written by Billy Sprague and Niles Borop

He was bleeding from a beating
there were stripes upon his back
And He wore a crown of thorns
upon His head
And He bore with every step
The scorn of those who cried out
for His death

Down the Via Dolorosa called
the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messiah,
Christ the King.
But He chose to walk that road out of
His love for you and me.
Down the Via Dolorosa
all the way to Calvary.

Por la Via Dolorosa, triste
dia en Jerusalem
Los saldados le abrian paso a Jesus
Mas la gente se acercaba
para ver al que llevaba aquella cruz

Por la Via Dolorosa, que es
la via del dolor
Como oveja vino Cristo, Rey, Senor
Y fue El quien quiso ir por su amor
por ti y por mi
Por la Via Dolorosa al
calviro y a morir

The blood that would cleanse
the souls of all men
Made its way through the heart
of Jerusalem.

Down the Via Dolorosa called
the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messiah,
Christ the King
But He chose to walk that road out of
His love for you and me.
Down the Via Dolorosa
all the way to Calvary.

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March 17, 2008

St.Patrick's Day ~ "The Minstrel Boy" by Thomas Moore




"The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone In the ranks of death you will find him; His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him; "Land of Song!" said the warrior bard, "Tho' all the world betrays thee, One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard, One faithful harp shall praise thee!" -- Verse from the Minstrel Boy

THE MINSTREL BOY
by Thomas Moore


The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;"
Land of Song!" said the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free,
They shall never sound in slavery!"

An emotionally stirring and inspirational song, The Minstrel Boy was written by Thomas Moore (1779-1852) who set it to the melody of The Moreen, and old Irish aire. It is believed by many that Moore composed the song as a memorial to several of his friends he had met while a student at Trinity College and who had participated in the 1798 rebellion of the United Irishmen. One died in prison, another was wounded, and a third captured and hung. The song originally consisted of two verses. Due to its popularity, the song was a favorite of the many Irishmen who fought during the U.S. Civil War, primarily on the Union side. It was at this time that a third verse was added by unknown authors:


The Minstrel Boy will return we pray
When we hear the news we all will cheer it,
The minstrel boy will return one day,
Torn perhaps in body, not in spirit.
Then may he play on his harp in peace,
In a world such as Heaven intended,
For all the bitterness of man must cease.



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This song plays over the closing credits of the 2001 movie " Black Hawk Down". It has appeared, in various recordings, in a surprising number of movies, including 'The Informer', 'Untamed Heart', 'Gods & Generals', 'Gettysburg', 'The Departed', 'Rough Riders', 'The Man Who Would Be King', as well as episodes of Star Trek:TNG and Star Trek:DS9.


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'Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!' - Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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....A friend of mine, her name is Siobhan lives in Kerry, Ireland. She made this for me for today's St.Patrick's Day post.


....Some Irish jokes from Lynn, thank you Lynn.


Irish Coffee

An elderly Irish woman goes to the doctor and asks his help to revive her husband's sex drive ...

"What about trying Viagra?" asks the doctor.

"Not a chance," says Mrs. Murphy. "He won't even take an aspirin for a headache."

"No problem." replies the doctor. "Drop it into his coffee, he won't even taste it. Try it and then call me in a week to let me know how it worked out."

A week later, Mrs. Murphy calls the doctor and he inquired as to how things went. "Oh, faith and bejaysus and begorrah it was terrible, just terrible, doctor."

"What happened?" asks the doctor.

"Well, I did as you advised and slipped it in his coffee. The effect was immediate. He jumped straight up, with a gleam in his eye and with his pants bulging fiercely!!! He swept the cutlery off the table, at the same time ripping my clothes off and then proceeded to make wild, mad, passionate love to me on the tabletop! It was terrible!"

"What was terrible?" said the doctor. "Was the sex not good?"

"Oh no, doctor, the sex was the best I've had in 25 years, but I'll never be able to show me face in Starbucks again."



Two Irishmen, Patrick Murphy and Shawn O'Brian grew up together and were lifelong friends. But alas, Patrick developed cancer, and was dying. While on his deathbed, Patrick called to his buddy, Shawn, "O'Brian, come 'ere. I 'ave a request for ye." Shawn walked to his friend's bedside and kneels.

"Shawny ole boy, we've been friends all our lives, and now I'm leaving 'ere. I 'ave one last request fir ye to do."

O'Brian burst into tears, "Anything Patrick, anything ye wish. It's done."

"Well, under me bed is a box containing a bottle of the finest whiskey in all of Ireland. Bottled the year I was born it was. After I die, and they plant me in the ground, I want you to pour that fine whiskey over me grave so it might soak into me bones and I'll be able to enjoy it for all eternity."

O'Brian was overcome by the beauty and in the true Irish spirit of his friend's request, he asked, "Aye, tis a fine thing you ask of me, and I will pour the whiskey. But, might I strain it through me kidneys first?"


Two Irishmen, Patrick & Michael, were adrift in a lifeboat following a dramatic escape from a burning freighter. While rummaging through the boat's provisions, Patrick stumbled across an old lamp. Secretly hoping that a genie would appear, he rubbed the lamp vigorously To the amazement of Patrick, a genie came forth. This particular genie, however, stated that he could only deliver one wish, not the standard three. Without giving much thought to the matter, Patrick blurted out, "Make the entire ocean into Guinness Beer!" The genie clapped his hands with a deafening crash, and immediately the entire sea turned into the finest brew ever sampled by mortals. Simultaneously, the genie vanished. Only the gentle lapping of Guinness on the hull broke the stillness as the two men considered their circumstances. Michael looked disgustedly at Patrick whose wish had been granted. After a long, tension-filled moment, he spoke: "Nice going Patrick! Now we're going to have to pee in the boat!


McQuillan walked into a bar and ordered martini after martini, each time removing the olives and placing them in a jar. When the jar was filled with olives and all the drinks consumed, the Irishman started to leave.

"S'cuse me," said a customer, who was puzzled over what McQuillan had done. "What was that all about?"

"Nothing," said the Irishman, "my wife just sent me out for a jar of olives."

A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, "I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I'll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back."

The room is quiet, and no one takes up the Texan's offer. One man even leaves.

Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. "Is your bet still good?" asks the Irishman.

The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses, drinking them all back-to-back.

The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement. The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, "If ya don't mind me askin', where did you go for that 30 minutes you were gone?"

The Irishman replies, "Oh... I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first."

Into a Belfast pub comes Paddy Murphy, looking like he'd just been run over
by a train.

His arm is in a sling, his nose is broken, his face is cut and bruised and
he's walking with a limp " What happened to you?" asks Sean, the bartender.


" Jamie O'Conner and me had a fight," says Paddy.

"That little shit, O'Conner," says Sean, "He couldn't do that to you, he
must have had something in his hand."

" That he did," says Paddy, "a shovel is what he had, and a terrible
lickin' he gave me with it."

"Well," says Sean, "you should have defended yourself, didn't you have
something in your hand?"

That I did," said Paddy.

"Mrs. O'Conner's breast, and a thing of beauty it was, but useless in a
fight."


An Irishman who had a little too much to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road.

A cop pulls him over.

"So," says the cop to the driver, where have ya been?"

"Why, I've been to the pub of course," slurs the drunk.

" Well," says the cop, "it looks like you've had quite a few to drink this evening."

"I did all right," the drunk says with a smile.

"Did you know," says the cop, standing straight and folding his arms across his chest, "that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?"

"Oh, thank heavens," sighs the drunk. "For a minute there, I thought I'd gone deaf."



I hope you all have a fun St. Patrick's Day. And to those that are Irish thank you for the music, the humor and the hearts uplifting others in your joy. A toast to William F.Buckley, he was Irish and will be missed.
God bless our Troops and their families. We are all in our thoughts today as everyday.
~ Wild Thing


Here are a couple of songs for today:


Celtic Woman - Danny Boy

This is a perfect rebel song......

luke kelly Rising Of The Moon


The Dubliners - Molly Malone


This is the fight from the movie "The Quiet Man "


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February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day Team Theodore And Our Troops




Valentines Day is here
and hundreds of thousands of United States soldiers
will be far away from their loved ones,
unable to share an affectionate embrace,
a romantic candlelight dinner,
a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers.

Valentines Day is about showing the ones you love

just how much they mean to you,

and no one knows this better

than friends and families of troops overseas.

So to all our Military, and their families,

to all the Veterans,

and to all of you that are friends of

Theodore's World blog.......

Angry Old Salt and I wish you all

a special Valentines Day!

Thank you for being in our lives and

to the troops, thank you for all you do

and for serving our country.Mbr>
Thank you for our freedom!

And Happy Valentines Day

to each one of you

that are such an important part of

Theodore's World blog

You are the song in my heart.

~ Wild Thing



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December 31, 2007

~ Happy New Year ~



We will open the book.
Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called "Opportunity" and its first
chapter is New Year's Day.
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce





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Praying we are blessed with a Conservative President this year. We ask Lord, that You guide the leaders of our great country in their hour of decision. The burden that has been placed on their shoulders is overwhelming. We ask that with Your infinite wisdom You guide them gently to the right decisions. Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask that no Airman, Coast Guardsman, Marine, Sailor, Soldier or National Guardsman, feel alone or forgotten.


And prayers for all our Jewish Troops included in the prayer above.

~~ WildThing


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December 22, 2007

First Day Of Winter



As this is the first day of winter I hope those of you that live in the colder and snowbound areas have a mild winter. One that you can enjoy and not have any hardships from the storms, ice and snow.

Tonight is the night Nick and I go out to eat and then take the awesome drive through our local streets and roads near our home to look at the beautiful Christmas lights. Then back home a cozy evening, the fire going and for hot chocolate and some Christmas movies. The old ones are still the best.

I love the Chtistmas season so I always hope for cooler weather since we are in Florida, and we have been having just that with 51 degrees in the evening and early mornings. I know for those of you that live in the cold areas this is not cold, but it does feel good here for a change.

I see where a storm is supposed to be coming in for the Northeast. Those of you that live in those areas will be in my thoughts that it won't be harsh and you can enjoy a wonderful Christmas week coming up.


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December 08, 2007

Happy Chanukah



Happy Chanukah to all our Jewish friends here at Theodore's World blog


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November 28, 2007

Christmas Censors Are Out In Force




“We haven’t hit December yet and already the politically correct police are out in force trying to censor Christmas.
Catholic league

Here are some samples:

· For 75 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce sponsored the ‘Hollywood Christmas Parade.’ When it refused to sponsor the parade this year, the L.A. City Council took over, renaming it the ‘Hollywood Santa Parade.’

· The Department of Housing and Urban Development has censored Christmas religious symbols from its housing complexes.

· No Christmas decorations are allowed on school buses in parts of Vermont.

· A Jewish public official in Wisconsin wants to rename the State Capitol Holiday Tree the Christmas Tree, but is being opposed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

· Chattanooga has banned a live nativity scene from its public festivities.

· Sonoma City Council has nixed religious displays on the Plaza.

· Voters in Berkley, Michigan have forbidden a crèche at City Hall.

· Fort Collins, Colorado says it is okay to have green and red lights outside city buildings, but only secular symbols are allowed inside.

· After Briarcliff Manor, New York was ordered to erect a crèche next to a menorah, the village elected to ban all religious symbols.

· Residents in Olean, New York are fighting over privately owned nativity scenes being displayed in city parks.

· A nativity scene in front of the Ypsilanti Township fire hall in Michigan has been banned.

· No religious symbols are allowed in Seattle-Tacoma airport, but trees made of cardboard are legit.

· Nativity scenes at Texas Tech are not permissible, but a tree is okay. The official in charge says, ‘We’re not saying it’s a holiday tree, because it’s a Christmas tree, but we choose to do a tasteful tree that really anybody can embrace.’ Great idea!

“There you have it. The multicultural monsters are rearing their ugly heads once again, showing what they really mean by tolerance for diversity.”


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Wild Thing's comment........

I say a BIG ole Merry Christmas and a HO HO HO!


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November 25, 2007

Christmas With a Capital "C"



The group is Go Fish and the album is named Snow.

To all Muslim lurkers and lefties wanting to wipe out our upcoming Christmas holiday. Watch it, and know we aren't giving anything up for your agenda!


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November 24, 2007

A Special Thankgiving With Friends



It was a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and so special. We got to be with close friends that are family to me. Online is a world that opened up to me in 1997 when I got my first computer. There are many stories how we all have met our friends that we cherish, and when we meet friends we have gotten to know online it is such a special time. With blogs like this one we can get a feeling of how a person thinks, where there passion is about our country, our military, their stand on many things.

This last Thanksgiving some of us that have already met in the last few years were able to see each other again. Linda of Something.... and Half of Something, Beth of MVRWC, Vinnie or Vince aut Morire ( he has taken a break in blogging ) , and Merri of Merri's Musings. And their children as well which made it even more special and fun.

Laughter, wonderful conversation, more laughter and delicious food. Merri is an awesome cook, she did a special treat for all of us and fixed the Thanksgiving meal. Yummy. Merri is Vinnie's wife and her blog has two of her many interests. One is the protection of children and her love of cooking.

And ALL agreed that Merri is a better cook then Rachel Ray.

I wanted to share about our Thanksgiving with all of you, my dear friends and family here at Theodore's World because you all mean so much to me just as those that got to come here for the holiday do in my life. My friends are my family and the times we share on here, online, in person mean so much to me.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.

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November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving and Thank You Troops and Veterans





Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am so grateful to each of you that are part of Theodore's World family. You are all very special to me. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Thank you to our troops, please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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Traditional Holiday Meal To Replace Field Rations for Many Troops



Traditional Holiday Meal Will Replace Field Rations for Many Troops
DOD


When troops stationed in the Middle East sit down to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, the turkey won’t come in a brown field rations pouch.

Thanks to the efforts of the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia’s efforts, troops stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Dubai and Djibouti will enjoy a traditional holiday meal.

“Historically, Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most family-oriented meals that there is,” said Ray Miller, director of subsistence for DSCP, the agency that supplies meals to the military worldwide. “When you are deployed and you’re not with (family), … it’s a taste of home wherever you are.”

Hundreds of thousands of troops will dine on turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, assorted pies and more. While this all sounds very “Norman Rockwell” normal, there’s nothing normal about the amount of food needed to feed that many troops.

The employees sent 342,382 pounds of turkey alone. More than 15,000 containers of stuffing mix and about 13,000 containers of white potatoes will join nearly 120,000 pounds of shrimp and a combined total of 249,357 pounds of ham and beef, as well.

“It would be like 100 tractor-trailers pulling up outside your house to deliver Thanksgiving Dinnerdinner,” Miller said, describing just how much food was sent to the Middle East for the dinner.

And at the back of the very last tractor-trailer would be the one thing needed to finish the meal in fine holiday tradition: nearly 163,500 pies.

As for those with no access to a dining hall, they’re not destined to eat the same old everyday field rations. They, too, will get a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day.

“We … have provided a special ration meal called an URG-E (Unitized Group Ration – Express),” Miller said. “It won’t be the turkey, but it’ll be a turkey meal. It’s our attempt to at least try to get something to the folks that are on the far end of the supply chain.”

That effort doesn’t stop with the supply center personnel. The dining facility staffs go above and beyond, often working on their own time, to make decorations to ensure the day is as special as possible.

“Each dining facility has its own theme chosen by the manager,” said Army Sgt. Maj. Terry L. Stewart, a Bridgehampton, N.Y., native and food service sergeant major for Multinational Division Baghdad.

Adding a competitive element to the decorating helps to reward the DFAC workers for the time and effort they spend preparing their crafts. Each command with a dining facility judges the decorations, and medals are awarded.

Sharing a traditional holiday meal that’s usually a family affair can bring servicemembers closer together Stewart noted.

“It humbles me,” the sergeant major said. “Even though we are away from our families at home, those of us here are family, and we come together in fellowship and give thanks for being alive.
“It’s especially rewarding to see the soldiers smile and the joy in their faces when they come through,” he added.



Wild Thing's comment........

I am so glad that many of our troops are getting a traditional meal today. They deserve far more than they will ever ask.

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November 11, 2007

Thank You Veterans We Owe You So Much



November 11~We Honor All Who Have
Served and Sacrificed For The Freedoms We Enjoy.



It was the Veteran,
Not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It was the Veteran,
Not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It was the Veteran,
Not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It was the Veteran,
Not the police,
Who has given us the right to be secure in our persons.

It was the Veteran,
Not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the right to demonstrate.

It is the Veteran,
Not the politician,
Who defends our Nation

It is the Veteran,
Who salutes the flag.

Who served under the flag.
Who gave his oath to support and defend
The Constitution and Our Nation
Against all Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

It is the Veteran,
Willing to give his life to protect your freedoms and mine.
Whose coffin is draped by the flag.

It was the Veteran,
With faith in God
Who has given us all our Freedoms.

ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD,
AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM


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October 31, 2007

** What is your Halloween Name? ** ~ LOL




You can get your Halloween name here

www.deadname.com

Mine is:

Necrotic Obsession

LOL whatever that means. hahahahaa

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October 08, 2007

Happy Columbus Day




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Have a great day everyone. I was in a contest in one of the graphics groups I am in. This was my entry for the Columbus Day contest. It is ok but not nearly as good as the girl that won the contest, she had it all filled with animated water. hahaha It was really awesome what she did with hers. But it was fun do to.

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September 13, 2007

L'Shana Tovah! To All Our Jewish Troops, IDF and Friends


Rosh Hashanah Day My very best wishes for the coming year.

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September 03, 2007

~ Happy Labor Day ~


 

Good morning and happy Labor Day everyone!
 

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday.

Today is a day to honor all who work, 

but I'd like to say a special thanks to our brave men and women 

in the Armed forces, who work long, 

hard hours each and every day to keep us safe and 

to make sure we keep all that is so important to us.

I would also like to thank all workers for their hard labor 

and in making this country still the BEST in the world.

I would also like to take a minute of silence to honor those 

who have given their lives in the line of duty. God Bless them

God Bless all of you, our men and women of the 

Armed Forces and GOD BLESS THE USA.


Have a safe and wonderful day!

Wild Thing

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July 04, 2007

U.S. Birthday 231 Years Old and 300 Million Invited



U.S. throws birthday party, over 300 million people invited



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Guests of Honor: All Veterans and our Troops today


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An Iraqi girl blows bubbles while U.S. Army soldiers keep an eye on the street outside of her house during a cordon and search in the Rashid district of Baghdad, Iraq, on June 20, 2007. The soldiers are with the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. DoD photo by Sgt. Tierney Nowland, U.S. Army.




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~~ Music for this special day! ~~



~Aaron Tippen~ The Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Flies



Ron & Kay Rivoli - Press One For English


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Happy Independence Day America!



The Declaration of Independence
In Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments :

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


Some of my dear friends that are celebrating Independence Day

* Old War Dogs

* Beth at Blue Star Chronicles

* Raven at And Rightly So

* Yankeemom

* Jo's Cafe

* Merri Musings

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June 17, 2007

Thank You Happy Fathers Day


Male members from the Joint Task Force and Australians located in Baghdad got together to celebrate Fathers' Day in Iraq.


My father has passed away but this is one of my favorite photos of the two of us. We both loved the fall and winter months and he would always held me build a snowman. He was a man of honor and loved this country. He is the one that taught me why we live in the land of the free and took us on many trips around the United States to show me the historical places like Arlington, Washington D.C., Mount Vernon etc. to teach me as much as he could about this very special country, America.



It was Fathers who preserved our Freedom from tyrants in WWII.

It was Fathers who froze at the Chosin, preserving our Freedom

It was Fathers who went to a far away place called Vietnam to preserve our Freedom

It was Fathers who went to Grenada, Panama, Iraq and now the War today.

Thank you to all Fathers for Protecting and Defending us through the years

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY




Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.

The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington. At about the same time in various towns and cities across American other people were beginning to celebrate a "father's day." In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.

Father's Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father's Day.


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June 14, 2007

Flag Day and U.S. Army Established Today



When I see the colors of the flag, I think of how many lives were lost and how many people were injured so that I can say the pledge of allegiance to the flag today. I think of the wars where young men fought and where young men died. I have an American Flag on a flag pole outside my bedroom window. As the flag billows proudly in the wind, I can hear the sweet sound of freedom and liberty.

The history of Flag Day

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.

And it is also.............

"Call to Duty -- Boots on the Ground -- Army Strong"

Since its birth on 14 June 1775—over a year before the Declaration of Independence—the United States Army has played a vital role in the growth and development of our Nation. Soldiers have fought more than 10 wars, from the American Revolution through the Cold War, the Gulf War, to the current War on Terrorism. This 232nd Birthday is a recognition of The Army's history, traditions, and service to the Nation, a Call To Duty, 232 Years of Service to Our Nation.

"The U.S. Army is a brotherhood of warrior leaders dedicated to the cause of freedom. To me, celebrating the Army's Birthday is celebrating my freedom and brotherhood," said Capt. Chris Joyner, North Carolina National Guard public affairs officer.

Fort Bragg held a 11th Annual Army Birthday 10-miler.

Spc. Richard Rogers, a food service specialist in the 37th Engineer Battalion, was running the Army Birthday 10-Miler for his second year in a row, he said. "I placed third in last-year's race," said Rogers. "I want to get under an hour. I've been practicing."
Staff Sgt. Marco Rodriguez, a shop foreman with C Company, 27th Engineer Battalion, said he ran an Army 10-miler in Afghanistan last year in 1:10:00. "This time I hope to finish in an hour," said Rodriguez.
Sgt. German Sanchez, A Troop, 3rd Battalion, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, was just hours away from answering the call to duty in Iraq when he ran the 10-miler. "I figured I'd leave with a bang," said Sanchez, "I think I ran it in about 112 minutes; I was shooting for 120 minutes."

Afterward, participants were invited to help celebrate the Army's 232nd birthday with the cutting of the birthday cake by Thornal. The Army's official birthday is June 14.



Thanks to American Soldiers, freedom’s light shines as a beacon throughout the world. We will never be able to tell you enough how very proud we are of you. Thank you for your service, for your sacrifices, and for your abiding devotion to something greater than self. God bless each and every one of you and your families, God bless our magnificent Army, and God bless America.

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May 28, 2007

Never Forgotten ~ Never Forget


Every generation of Americans have been called on to defend freedom and liberty. Over the years more than forty two million American men and women have served their country in time of war. More than a million have secured the blessings of liberty with their lives. America is blessed by our Heroes.




"Tell them, tell them when you get home that I gave all of my tomorrow's so they could have today!"



Those are the words on a tombstone, far across the Pacific, of someone who gave up his life for our future.

Were those words uttered so that those of us who are left could just enjoy our lives without "getting involved", or were they written to remind us that the work of freedom and liberty is never done?

Were those words written ,to suggest to us that it is not our job nor our responsibility to keep alive what they fought and died for, or were they written to remind us that we were given the opportunity of life so that we would continue to defend, and keep alive the memory of what they gave their last full measure for?

Let us here today, tonight, tomorrow, next month and next year - remember these gallant defenders of our freedom.

Most were not heroes as defined by the most hallowed Medal of Honor nor even as defined by the silver or bronze star.

They were ALL Heroes

Yes they were heroes, because without hesitation they fought for our country when they were asked to defend her.

They left their families, friends and good times behind and went to fight for our freedom without hesitation.

Some -- never even fired their weapons because they were killed before they ever reached the beach.

But they were heroes because they were there, ready to fight for America - for family, flag and country.

Most were scared to death as they prepared to meet the enemy. Their stomachs were turned upside down and they prayed to God and wished they were with their moms, dads and sweethearts rather than being where they were.

But they were where they were, fighting an enemy that was threatening their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They were fighting an enemy because they believed in America, they loved Her flag and they wanted to protect American's right to worship as they chose.

They were there, without hesitation, fighting for what they believed in and dying for what they believed in so you and I could live the way we chose in a free country. But they did not die so that we would stop fighting for what they believed and died for.

They fought and died knowing that we, the living, would go on fighting for that same freedom, that same country, that same flag and for that same right to worship as we choose. Abraham Lincoln, at Gettysburg, said:

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."

It is for us the living to go on defending what they died for. It is for us the living not to allow history to forget what they gave up all their tomorrow's for.

If when we attacked Guadalcanal and landed at Salerno, we found that "they" were going to fight back, we didn't give up because they fought back. We continued to fight because we knew our cause was right!

When Americans rode in the landing craft before storming the beaches at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Sicily, Anzio, Normandy, Peleliu, Saipan, Iowa Jima, Okinawa, Inchon and many other places we had never heard of before and when they fought in North Africa, the Philippines, Italy, France, Bastonne, Germany, Korea and Vietnam -- most were scared to death; their stomachs were turned upside down and they wanted to be back home with their loved ones.

But that did not stop them from attacking America's enemies bravely and without hesitation. They fought, and many died, but they did not give up because someone shot back at them.

It is for us the living to continue to defend and keep known what they fought and died for -- what they gave up all of their tomorrow's for.

They did not die so that we could become complacent; nor did they die so that when we, the living, reached a single obstacle --- we should quit

They died knowing that we would go on defending their actions, defending history and defending what they gave up all their tomorrow's for.

If WE don't remember ---if WE don't defend what they fought and died for and what we fought for -- who will remember? Who will care?

How many of them and you who fought for our flag and our country and remember the feeling as Old Glory" was being raised over a piece of land we fought for ---- and many died for?

How many remember seeing or hearing about our valiant warriors, who were fighting on Iowa Jima, as they stood and cheered when they saw the flag being raised over Mt. Suribachi.

We take this time on Memorial Day to salute our Fallen Heroes who through the history of our country have fought and died for all of us. THANK YOU!!! ---- Wild Thing

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May 08, 2007

V-E Day Remembered




May 7, 1945: “Germany has surrendered unconditionally.”

This time the news was real. There had been two earlier reports; one was erroneous and the second officially premature.

On April 28, as the war continued in Europe, as Russian and American troops met on the River Elbe, there were rumours from San Francisco, the site of the conference leading to the founding of the United Nations.

The second report came on the morning of May 7, when there was a flash from The Associated Press saying Germany had surrendered.

The military surrender agreement for the German armed forces was signed at a schoolhouse in Rheims, France, at 2:41 a.m. local time on May 7, 1945, by Colonel General Gustav Jodl, chief of staff of the German army; Lt.-Gen. Walter Bedell Smith, chief of staff for the Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower; General Ivan Susloparov for Russia; and General Francois Sevez for France.

But there were no confirming bulletins from other news organizations – Allied headquarters had ordered the news withheld for 24 hours, even though German radio had announced the surrender.

Churchill went on the air, it was afternoon in the U.K.

In his speech, Mr Churchill said:

"We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing; but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead. Japan with all her treachery and greed, remains unsubdued.

"We must now devote all our strength and resources to the completion of our task, both at home and abroad. Advance Britannia."

He then declared “Victory in Europe Day,” soon shortened to VE-Day.

And President Truman.................


Broadcast to the American People Announcing the Surrender of Germany
May 8, 1945
[Delivered from the Radio Room at the White House at 9 a.m.]

THIS IS a solemn but a glorious hour. I only wish that Franklin D. Roosevelt had lived to witness this day. General Eisenhower informs me that the forces of Germany have surrendered to the United Nations. The flags of freedom fly over all Europe.

For this victory, we join in offering our thanks to the Providence which has guided and sustained
us through the dark days of adversity.

Our rejoicing is sobered and subdued by a supreme consciousness of the terrible price we have
paid to rid the world of Hitler and his evil band. Let us not forget, my fellow Americans, the
sorrow and the heartache which today abide in the homes of so many of our
neighbors-neighbors whose most priceless possession has been rendered as a sacrifice to
redeem our liberty.

We can repay the debt which we owe to our God, to our dead and to our children only by
work--by ceaseless devotion to the responsibilities which lie ahead of us. If I could give you a
single watchword for the coming months, that word is--work, work, and more work.

We must work to finish the war. Our victory is but half-won. The West is free, but the East is
still in bondage to the treacherous tyranny of the Japanese. When the last Japanese division has
surrendered unconditionally, then only will our fighting job be done.

We must work to bind up the wounds of a suffering world--to build an abiding peace, a peace
rooted in justice and in law. We can build such a peace only by hard, toilsome, painstaking
work--by understanding and working with our allies in peace as we have in war.

The job ahead is no less important, no less urgent, no less difficult than the task which now
happily is done.

I call upon every American to stick to his post until the last battle is won. Until that day, let no
man abandon his post or slacken his efforts. And now, I want to read to you my formal
proclamation of this occasion:

"A Proclamation--The Allied armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help, have
wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender. The western world has been freed of
the evil forces which for five years and longer have imprisoned the bodies and broken the lives
of millions upon millions of free-born men. They have violated their churches, destroyed their
homes, corrupted their children, and murdered their loved ones. Our Armies of Liberation have
restored freedom to these suffering peoples, whose spirit and will the oppressors could never
enslave.

"Much remains to be done. The victory won in the West must now be won in the East. The
whole world must be cleansed of the evil from which half the world has been freed. United, the
peace-loving nations have demonstrated in the West that their arms are stronger by far than the
might of the dictators or the tyranny of military cliques that once called us soft and weak. The
power of our peoples to defend themselves against all enemies will be proved in the Pacific war
as it has been proved in Europe.

"For the triumph of spirit and of arms which we have won, and for its promise to the peoples
everywhere who join us in the love of freedom, it is fitting that we, as a nation, give thanks to
Almighty God, who has strengthened us and given us the victory.

"Now, therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby
appoint Sunday, May 13, 1945, to be a day of prayer.

"I call upon the people of the United States, whatever their faith, to unite in offering joyful thanks
to God for the victory we have won, and to pray that He will support us to the end of our
present struggle and guide us into the ways of peace.

"I also call upon my countrymen to dedicate this day of prayer to the memory of those who have
given their lives to make possible our victory.

"In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States of
America to be affixed."

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April 08, 2007

Happy Easter To Each of You




Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion - The Prayer



Have a very special Easter everyone.

Love and hugs

Wild Thing


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From God To Al Gore





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April 07, 2007

Hijack!

I'm hijacking the site today, to throw a surprise birthday party!

Happy Birthday my dear friend, and thank for all you do! I honestly don't know how I would get through my days without having you in my life.

I love you!

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April 03, 2007

Happy Passover To All Our Jewish Friends Throughout The World.


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March 17, 2007

A Special Mesage To Our Troops, Our Veterans And All of You





 

 

Please CLICK the above image

to see and hear something special

I made for all of you.

 

Thank you


Wild Thing

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In Honor Of The Brigade At The Battle of Fredericksburg on St. Patrick's Day



Mark thank you for posting this in the comments. It is so good I wanted to put it as a post. Thank you so much.


In honor of St Patricks day, a day early since I won't be at my terminal. To all the Legal Immigrants who made this country possible.

Briefly this was written, after the Battle of Fredericksburg, in honor of the Brigade that put it on the line for their adopted country. Before the Battle General Maehger ordered all of his Brigade to put sprigs of 'Boxwood' in their caps, so that the whole world could see that the Irish died facing the enemy. On that fateful day the made 13 assaults on Maryre's Heights all were dismal failures.

THE IRISH DEAD ON FREDERICKSBURG HEIGHTS

Softly let thy footprints fall,

Upon this holy ground,

In reverence deep,

For those who sleep,

Beneath each lowly mound

Here hath many a noble son,

Of trodden mother land,

Whose joy thro' life,

Was hope of strife.

For their love of native land.

They came from Carlow's fertile plains,

And Wexford's woody vales,

From Innisbowen,

And green Tyrone,

And Wicklow's hills and dales.

They came to seek amid the free,

Homes to reward their toil,

In which to see

That liberty

Unknown on Erin's soil.

And well they loved the chosen land;

When menaced was her might,

Each grsteful heart

A willing part

Took in her cause to fight.

And her they lie in unblessed earth,

No kindred eye to weep,

Far, far away,

From the abbey's grey.

Where the sires and grandsires sleep.

Oh! Many a matron, many a maid,

Mourn in their native isle,

For the dear ones here,

Who no more shall cheer

Their hearts by their gladsome smile.

In many an ancient chapel there,

Nestled on the green hill side,

Will the good priest pray,

On the Sabbath day,

For his boys who in battle died.

Let us offer too, our orisons,

For each of the mayyr band,

Who nobly gave

Their lives to save

The might of their adopted land.

Kate M. Boylan
Jersey City, New Jersey
St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1863

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February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day from Theodore's World blog


 

Valentines Day is here,
and hundreds of thousands of United States soldiers
will be far away from their loved ones,
unable to share an affectionate embrace,
a romantic candlelight dinner,
a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers.

Valentines Day is  about showing the ones you love
just how much they mean to you,
and no one knows this better
than friends and families of troops overseas.

So to all our Military, and their families,
to all the Veterans,
and to all of you that are friends of
Theodore's World blog........
Angry Old Salt and I wish you all
a special Valentines Day!
Thank you for being in our lives and
to the troops, thank you for all you do
and for serving our country.
Thank you for our freedom!

 

 

And Happy Valentines Day to each one of you
that are such an important part of
T
heodore's World blog.

You are the song in my heart.

Wild Thing

 


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December 31, 2006

Theodore's World Wishes All Of You A Happy New Year!


2007



A huge thank you and a Happy New Year to our Military!





I want to say a special Happy New Year to my Blog Mom....... LindaSOG


 


And also a very special thank you 

to each one of you that are a big part of this blog, 

with your comments and input. 



I love you all so muchYY




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December 25, 2006

Christmas Day at Theodore's


God Bless America, our Troops and You and Yours.

May this Christmas be joyful, peaceful

and spiritually renewing.



I was over at Daisy Cutter's blog and D.C. had posted about the songs of Christmas. I love Christmas and I wait all year long for the Christmas season to arrive. I am sure a large part of that are the happy memories I have of my childhood, the traditions we kept each year and the special times with family and friends. Funny how the presents only stand out with some of the years, but one thing that is constant in my memories, are the times shared, the songs played and sang. The scents of pine and baking and of course the lights that added to the atmosphere to all the senses.

Christmas's of watching the grand old films, which hopefully will be around forever so future generations, can see them too. Singing Christmas carols around the piano and friends stopping by for some egg nog or hot chocolate on their way to visit their families. A glow to our home from the fireplace, and candles throughout the house. Many cherished memories and traditions to keep alive.

Thank you D.C. for knowing how special those times were and how music of Christmas as you said stands the test of time.

So here are some thing's I would like to share with you this Christmas Day.



Watching old movies that never change



It's a Wonderful Life (the ending of this great film)




What Christmas is all about...........Jesus Birthday.





"And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be to all the people: For, this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger."


Gathering around the fireplace and singing Christmas carols.

Nat King Cole - Christmas Song


Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra - White Christmas


Adeste Fideles--Andrea Bocelli


Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion - The Prayer



Lord, We thank You for those who are serving in our armed forces. Each day they are making brave sacrifices so that our country can remain strong and free. Keep them safe under the shelter of Your wings. And Lord, for their families back home——whose loving support enables our armed forces, to do all that they are called on to do——we ask that You comfort them and give them Your peace...the peace that passes all understanding.

I thank you too for my wonderful friends I have made through the years. They will live in my heart forever. Amen......Chrissie


Thank you to each one of you that come to this blog, thank you for your kindness, your input and friendship. Thank you for being a part of my life.

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December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas To Everyone


This post will stay at the top till Christmas Day
Please check below for newest post that is current.

Thank you, Wild Thing




Theodore's World blog would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas.
Here are a couple of Christmas songs I am playing for each of you.


Click on the Holly to hear White Christmas


 


 


Click on the Holly to hear the Christmas Song




For those that could not be at the Bob Hope Christmas Show and served during the Vietnam War. A present for you from that time. This is for our troops today and all Veterans that have served our country.


Please CLICK the picture below to hear the song for you.



Click on the Holly to hear Silent Night

Wild Thing's comment..............

Christmas is a hard time to be away from home. Whether it's on a ship at sea, an airbase in Saudi, a foxhole in Kuwait. A soldier’s memory is of home, a room glowing from the fireplace and candles aroma filling the air. The scent from the kitchen, warm from the oven and food in preparation making ones tummy even hungrier. But the memories are also of lost buddies that will never go home again and never see another Christmas. A loss that can never be explained unless you have been there and your life and his depend on each other. The wonderful songs of Christmas exchanged for the sounds of mortar rounds exploding in front and behind their positions. IED’s becoming as important to look for and be aware of as MRE’s are to survival.

The sacrifices the soldier makes not just weekly but every day so that we back home can be safe and secure. To stop radical dictators from meeting our shores, or terrorists feeling they can take us out in one of their deadly so called martyrdoms. The soldier, air men, sailor and all who serve knowing that they are making a difference in the world but still at this time of year the strong pull ….stronger then ever to be in the arms of a loved one, laughing with friends and family is almost too intense.

This time of year is the hardest of all and for the loved ones at home as well. Those that wish---- oh they wish so much to just touch the one they love. To hold each other close through the night and know when morning comes all will be well. Their hearts are filled with loneliness but also a hope that comes from deep within and sent with continued prayer that this will be the last Christmas away from each other. And next year, oh yes next year they will spend Christmas together.

As we celebrate Christmas and are so thankful for so many things. As we think of how our lives have been and think of how this coming year we will be better at this or that. Let us never forget those that make it possible for us to have a Christmas, to live in a free land and feel safe when we sleep at night. Let us never forget those that will never have another Christmas, those that gave their all.

Say a prayer for our Troops and thank them every chance you get. If you meet a Veteran walk right up to that person and thank them. Thank them with all your heart because they are all the reason we live in the greatest country in the world. Those in the Military serving now and our Veterans from every branch are the REAL reason we are free.

I sincerely wish the yuletide spirit of Christmas of love to abide in your heart, hearth and home throughout this festive season and throughout the year.

Wild Thing

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December 21, 2006

To Our Troops Arriving Home We Thank You ~ Welcome Home





As all of you know this blog is very pro military and we support the troops always. This is a special time of year being the Christmas Holidays. We would like to thank all of our soldiers that are returning home. You have been in our prayers and we are so grateful to you. Thank you!

America soars proud and free because of the hard work, courage and dedication of heroes like you. God bless you.

A special thank you to Rhod's son who has just returned from Iraq. WELCOME Home!
Rhod has two other son's that are still away from home as well. One in Iraq and another in Afghanistan.
--- Wild Thing and everyone here at Theodore's World


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December 17, 2006

Happy Hanukkah To All Our Jewish Friends



Happy Hanukah to everyone. It's meaning of the triumph of a desire for freedom speaks to all.

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights or Festival of Rededication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday that starts on the 25th day of Kislev, which may be in December, late November, or, while very rare in occasion, early January (as was the case for the Hannukkah of 2005–2006). The festival is observed in Jewish homes by the kindling of lights on each of the festival's eight nights, one on the first night, two on the second night and so on.

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November 23, 2006

Thank you Troops and Veterans






Thank you and thank you to all our Troops and to all of you Veterans. And I would also like to thank those of you that have loved ones serving now, sons, daughters, husbands and wives. You are serving too in such a special way. You are all in my thoughts and prayers every single day.

Love

Wild Thing


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A Turkey's Take on Thanksgiving Day


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October 31, 2006

Have a Fun Halloween



President Bush with his John Kerry pumpkin. But of course heh heh


And of course our troops!


This is a Halloween card for all of you........ CLICK HERE


Have a great Halloween everyone and eat lots of candy.


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July 04, 2006

Thank You To Some of Our Friends That Know The Walk


Sierrahome has made a video, a gift to all that have served. These are many of our friends, we know them from this blog and other blogs like Sondra K's, and Beth at MVWRC and Vinnie at Vince aut Morire.

The people in this video are special people that have served our country and continue to serve today as they have still want to make things right for America. Just as all of you that are Veterans do and have done as well.

Thank you Sierrahome and thank you to all our Veterans and those serving now.

Sierrahome has kindly said I could save the video to my storage place and post the link here for all of you to visit.

Just CLICK HERE to Watch the Video.

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Happy Independence Day ~ July 4th 2006


Thank you U.S. Armed Forces You Keep the Flag Flying Proudly

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Wild Thing's comment.......Below is something special a Vietnam Veteran friend of mine sent to me. He has been fighting Agent Orange but wanted to share this and thanks each of you for your service to our country.Thank you my dear friend.


"Little Stitches"
by NamVet3 tours

When I was a kid, I used to walk to the movie house. I'd look at the flag in the courthouse square. I always will remember how good it made me feel. My feelings actually went beyond just a good, warm feeling, the sight of that flag made me feel safe, and loved. That flag has always made me feel that way.

The sight of that flag always made me think that I could do anything, and so many times it proved my feeling right. I used to take the flag down at our house when I was a kid. I remember feeling the stitches and thinking that it is a piece of many cloths, sewn together by delicate thread. But, when it was all together it was a symbol of the greatest love, and the greatest strength this world has ever seen.I remember thinking that as long as I could see that flag I would always be home.

When I was a young lad of 19 years I went half way around the world to fight a war for that flag, and all it stood for. I was scared, and I was lonely, till I saw that flag, then I was home. I was eating dinner with my family, I was kissing my girl goodnight, I was looking at the stars in my backyard. As we left base camp for a 3 week patrol I would stand, silent and still, for a moment looking at the flag. A tear would come to my eye, and a prayer on my lips..."God, make me good enough to die for my country if I must, and make me good enough to live for it if I can".

Well, He must of had a higher purpose for me, because here I am, typing this. Today I raised that flag, just after dawn. I took it in my hands and I looked at those little stitches that hold together those pieces of cloth. I had a shudder of life run up my spine, and a tear came to my eye. A great banner of many cloths held together by those little stitches. That flag protects me, and my family. It makes us feel safe, it brings us home, it gives us comfort, it binds us together and makes us one. Those little stitches holding together those pieces of varied cloth, they bring me home and protect me.

As my flag took it's first breath of the morning breeze it snapped and started flying, proudly in that breeze. I felt so safe standing there under it. It was shouting it's defiance against enemies, it was waving it's call of unity and freedom for all Americans. It reminded me that I was a part of the greatest thing that mankind has ever done. I could almost hear those little stitches say..."We'll hold these pieces of cloth together, and we'll do it as long as it takes. When we are done, and we can't do it anymore there will be more of us to do this thing again, and again, and again".

These are the little stitches that keep our nation together. They are you and I, they are your neighbor, and your crazy cousin. They are the comments and posters at Theodore's World , and all the "faithful". We're all little stitches that hold together the pieces of cloth that make up our nation. When we see it, we feel safe, and we walk home, unafraid.

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I invite you to watch this Video of our troops in Iraq and the Charlie Daniels Band.



Please click
on photo above to watch the very special Video

- Thank you

"Simply by living in their presence
I've seen true goodness,
I've been in the company of angels."
- Bruce Kay Brown
Charlie Daniels Band


From Wild Thing

4 July is not just a day to party, cook out,
go to the beach, or recreate in a myriad of ways.

4 July has a much more profound meaning.

4 July is all about: Belleau Woods,
Inchon, Khe Sahn, Guadalcanal, Kuwait,
Tarawa, Chosin Reservoir, Grenada,
Bougainville, Hue City, Panama, Iwo Jima,
Somalia, Beirut, Peleilu, and many
other places where the price of freedom came due.

4 July is a day of celebration in our nation
precisely because of what so many unsung
heroes were willing to do
in order to make it so.

4 July comes and goes every year,
overshadowed often by summer vacations
and busy schedules.

4 July, however, brings to the forefront
in many hearts, the knowledge of what America might be
if not for the courage, sacrifice,
and dedication of the finest of her sons and daughters.

4 July is a day for every Veteran,
and those serving, to receive the recognition
that should come from a people,
who owe the precious gift of freedom to these gallant warriors
and servants of our Constitution..

4 July is a day in which we,
the "protected," stand and salute you.
Your efforts often go unrewarded and unrecognized
in a manner befitting you.

4 July is a day for at least myself
and those like me to attempt
to honor these men and women properly
and to say, "Thank You."

What you have done, and continue to do
every day, makes it possible
us to celebrate on 4 July,
and to live in "The Land Of The Free."

We can never repay you sufficiently for this privilege.

May God bless each of you!


* Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
* Michelle Malkin
* Mudville Gazette
* Stop the ACLU


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Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July


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June 18, 2006

Happy Fathers Day


It was Fathers who preserved our Freedom from tyrants in WWII.


It was Fathers who froze at the Chosin, preserving our Freedom


It was Fathers who went to a far away place called Vietnam to preserve our Freedom


It was Fathers who went to Grenada, Panama, Iraq and now the War today.


Thank you to all Fathers for Protecting and Defending us through the years


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY


Posted by Wild Thing at 01:55 AM

May 29, 2006

Can You Give One Day For Them?


In Honor of all our Veterans and our troops serving today.
This post will remain at the top until sunset on Memorial Day.

 



I want to take you to a place,
the weather is hot, beyond hot and sticky.
It is like wearing a scuba suit and
pouring hot Karo syrup down inside of it.
You give up wiping the sweat off your face and arms
because it does not do any good.
You learn to own it, the heat and humidity, the stickiness.
Own it and become it. Then it is bearable.............almost.

A boy really but a man because of the war
is laying in a hospital in a bed.
Not a hospital like we know, this is make shift .
He has his right leg gone, pieces of it left in the jungle.
His other leg missing just above the knee.
His right hand gone as well.
His shoulder a huge chunk gone so even with bandages
the deformity is obvious. His face, he may have been a great
looking heartthrob in the past, maybe a girl kissed his tender cheek on
a date and his soft lips lingering for just one more kiss at the door.
But now it was like mashed potatoes. The only thing noticeable
.................his eyes.

The thousand yard stare was there, but behind them the clear sharp
sight of what had happened. And the doubt of what his future held
for him if anything.

You take his hand and sit for hours, just being.
Trying to let him know you care.
The touch is all the words that need to be said. Then you start to
hum a song softly and the hand in yours tightens a little for approval.
Then the words of the song , and ever so gently you sing,
music from your heart right into his.

He is a Hero just as the soldier at the desk at the base is a hero. All
willing to serve their country and keep their land the land of the free.
--- Wild Thing

This soldier's name was Michael and I was the girl that was honored to get the chance to sit with him and sing to him. To hold his hand and let our hearts and souls speak of better times. A few days later Michael died. But Michael lives on with every breath in freedom that we take each day. His name will never be forgotten nor will he.

I am not in any way writing about this experience I had in Nam to compare Iraq and Vietnam. To me they are very different and should never be compared. But this is an experience that I will live in my heart and soul forever and it expresses best why we should never let one moment in time pass by without thanking our troops, and our Veterans. You may only get one chance and that moment will last a lifetime. They deserve more then a thank you but when those two words come from your heart they carry the weight of a proud and grateful Nation.

In a few days it will be MEMORIAL DAY. A day where the people of the United States pledge to remember those who gave their all. A day that had been set aside to remember all the sacrifice....and all the pain...and all the death that has kept this Nation safe. Please honor the sacrifices of our servicemen and women, they work so hard and take all the risks and live in tremendous danger 24/7 for our freedom, for our security.


It is NOT about a three day weekend.
It is NOT about picnic's and barbecue's.

It IS about this Nation keeping it's word.
It IS about remembering the Michael's in our past who gave up their future so everyone could be Free.

I guess the question is...can YOU give up one day for them????


Also I invite you to visit my Vietnam Page where I pay tribute to our Vietnam Veterans.



There is an awesome video titled' Until Then". I have ordered from this place, I hope you do to. They truly support our troops and are also grateful to our Veterans.
If you would like to get this and other videos on DVD you can contact GCS distributing

gcs@gcsdistributing.com

I have had email contact with a very kind lady, Elaine Clegg of GCS Distributing and she is very helpful.


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My Gift to our Veterans and Our Troops On This Memorial Day


 

I have made something special for all of you
please CLICK on the Flag picture above
and turn up your volume.

 

 


Thank you Veterans and all of you serving now, thank you that I am able to live in the land of the free.

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April 16, 2006

Happy Easter To Everyone


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March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patricks Day


Happy St. Patricks Day everyone

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February 14, 2006

Happy Valentines Day from Theodore's World


 

 

Another Valentine's Day approaches,
and hundreds of thousands of United States soldiers
will be far away from their loved ones,
unable to share an affectionate embrace,
a romantic candlelight dinner,
a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers.

Valentines Day is  about showing the ones you love
just how much they mean to you,
and no one knows this better
than friends and families of troops overseas.

So to all our Military, and their families,
to all the Veterans,
and to all of you that are friends of
Theodore's World blog........
Angry Old Salt and I wish you all
a special Valentines Day!
Thank you for being in our lives and
to the troops, thank you for all you do
and for serving our country.
Thank you for our freedom!

Wild Thing

 

 

 

 

 

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December 31, 2005

Theodore's World Wishes All Of You A Happy New Year!


I want to say a special Happy New Year to my Blog Mom....... LindaSOG at Something......And Half of Something.
And I wish all of you a VERY Happy New Years! Thank you too for visiting my blog.


Happy New Year to our Military!

Click to hear Ray Charles

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December 26, 2005

Sending Warm Wishes For Hanukkah



Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights

Song of Hanukkah
....by Eva Grant

Come and sing a Hanukkah song.
Sing of heroes, brave and strong -
Maccabeus and his band,
Who rescued Israel's ancient land.

Sing a song of candles burning,
Dreidel spinning, pancakes turning,
Hanukkah presents tucked away
To open on the holiday.


(IsraelNN.com) from Arutz.....

Jews Expelled From Gaza Light Menorah Made From Mortar Shells Fired at Them


Gush Katif refugees, many of whom are still dwelling in hotels awaiting permanent housing, lit a unique menorah tonight, one made of mortar shells fired by Arab terrorists into the heart of N’vei Dekalim, the largest community of Gush Katif.

That special menorah commemorates the miracle of Jewish survival throughout the ages, and reminds us of the symbolic role Gush Katif has played in the saga of Jewish history: a community standing victorious despite constant attempts by Arab terrorists to wipe it out.

5000 mortars rained down on Gush Katif, from the onset of the Oslo War in September 2000, to August 2005. Miraculously, they succeeded in causing only minor damage and minimal casualties. Not only did they fail to harm the community physically, they failed to impact the Jewish spirit burning in the hearts of its residents. They call the menorah of mortars the “al hanissim,” menorah of miracles.

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December 25, 2005

A Very Merry Christmas To One And All from Theodore's World


This post will stay at the top till Christmas Day
Please check below for newest post that is currant. Thank you.



Theodore's World blog would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. This post will stay at the top till December 26,2005

Here are a couple of Christmas songs I am personally playing for each of you. Yes it is me playing so if you hear any mistakes just giggle about it. haha

Click on the Holly to hear White Christmas

 

 

Click on the Holly to hear the Christmas Song


Wild Thing's comment..............

Christmas is a hard time to be away from home. Whether it's on a ship at sea, an airbase in Saudi, a foxhole in Kuwait. A soldier’s memory is of home, a room glowing from the fireplace and candles aroma filling the air. The scent from the kitchen, warm from the oven and food in preparation making ones tummy even hungrier. But the memories are also of lost buddies that will never go home again and never see another Christmas. A loss that can never be explained unless you have been there and your life and his depend on each other. The wonderful songs of Christmas exchanged for the sounds of mortar rounds exploding in front and behind their positions. IED’s becoming as important to look for and be aware of as MRE’s are to survival.

The sacrifices the soldier makes not just weekly but every day so that we back home can be safe and secure. To stop radical dictators from meeting our shores, or terrorists feeling they can take us out in one of their deadly so called martyrdoms. The soldier, air men, sailor and all who serve knowing that they are making a difference in the world but still at this time of year the strong pull ….stronger then ever to be in the arms of a loved one, laughing with friends and family is almost too intense.

This time of year is the hardest of all and for the loved ones at home as well. Those that wish---- oh they wish so much to just touch the one they love. To hold each other close through the night and know when morning comes all will be well. Their hearts are filled with loneliness but also a hope that comes from deep within and sent with continued prayer that this will be the last Christmas away from each other. And next year, oh yes next year they will spend Christmas together.

As we celebrate Christmas and are so thankful for so many things. As we think of how our lives have been and think of how this coming year we will be better at this or that. Let us never forget those that make it possible for us to have a Christmas, to live in a free land and feel safe when we sleep at night. Let us never forget those that will never have another Christmas, those that gave their all.

Say a prayer for our Troops and thank them every chance you get. If you meet a Veteran walk right up to that person and thank them. Thank them with all your heart because they are all the reason we live in the greatest country in the world. Those in the Military serving now and our Veterans from every branch are the REAL reason we are free.

I sincerely wish the yuletide spirit of Christmas of love to abide in your heart, hearth and home throughout this festive season and throughout the year.

Wild Thing

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We Have A Safer Christmas Because of Our Troops



A 'Merry Christmas' sign hangs over an intensive care ward at the Air Force Theater Hospital in Balad, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005.


U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. April Payne peeks into her stocking a day ahead of Christmas, at the Air Force Theater Hospital where she works in Balad, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005.


Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld poses for photos with members of Combined Task Force Bayonet at Khandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, on Dec. 22, 2005. Rumsfeld is in Afghanistan to visit and thank the troops for their service.


And then of course Santa is there doing his part too.


Wild Thing's comment........
It is true that we sleep better knowing we are safer because of our troops. Thank you everyone that is in the Military that reads this Blog. Thank you Veterans and your families for giving me a wonderful Christmas. Safe and secure because of each one of you.

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December 17, 2005

The Merry of Merry Christmas is Fun and Laughter



Wild Thing comment..........
This is just a pre Christmas post to all of you. The serious one will be right before Christmas. Let's ignore those awful lefites that want to stomp on Christmas and ruin it for children and the child in all of us. They will never know the true meaning of happiness or know the secret of staying young forever. They were born old and probably never experienced joy that comes from deep within, or the hope that a new year brings. They will never know the awesome feeling we all get when we think of our Military and what they have done for our country and for each of us. They probably never thank a Veteran and know with all their heart that he or she is why we live in the land of the free. They are icky and awful people................got that lefties??!!!!

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December 16, 2005

Liberals Bad Attitude Toward Christmas


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We have all read and heard about how the lefties hate Christmas. The hanging of a blindfolded Santa from a tree, the Murderous Santa display outside Manhattan mansion and all the other hateful things that they have done. NOt even giving a thought to children seeing that kind of thing while walking around outside.

Wild Thing's comment............

ENOUGH is ENOUGH! Stop throwing "snowballs" at Christmas!!!!! Stop attacking Christmas!!!!!
I am fed up with all of you liberals! Leave our Christmas alone!

Posted by Wild Thing at 09:33 AM

November 24, 2005

To All my Blogger Friends, Our Troops and Veterans


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October 30, 2005

Happy Halloween -Hope You Get Lots of Candy


I wish you all a wonderful Halloween, lots of treats and light on the tricks.

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This is a Video of Happy Halloween Osama

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Beth er ah Bloodthirsty evil terror of hostility (naw she is really nice) has a What is your Monster Name.
What is your Monster Name





Your Monster Profile



Cruel Destroyer



You Feast On: Pickles



You Lurk Around In: Wal-mart



You Especially Like to Torment: British People

What's Your Monster Name?


Linda at Something….and Half of Something has a cool blue hew to Mr. Pumpkin. Very sexy but then my favorite color is blue. Haha

It is always nice to see a healthy appreciation of the arts, heh heh, I mean the art of celebrating Halloween. Now this costume is a winner! See it over at Sondra’s Knowledge if Power

Look where Homer finds himself over at Stark Truth.I love it!

And of course a wonderful Patriotic Pumpkin Chrys has at Pettifog

Cathy at Sunday Morning Coffee has a wonderful scary story to share The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe .Poe is so perfect for Halloween.

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