70 Years

When the doctor asked my granddad what he did in the war he told them he walked. Since he was an infantry man, I’m sure that’s pretty accurate. The war wasn’t a thing he talked about much. Sure, he had plenty of stories, but they were about the down time, not the fighting. He had lots of stories about guarding the POW camp in Paris.

Until it was time. Only once did I see the young man’s fear and sorrow in my granddad’s eyes and that’s when he told me that it was never easy to kill another man. After all those years, the memory was still fresh. The burden still heavy.

I don’t know, but I think he would have loved to see Jim “Pee-Wee” Martin parachute into Normandy for the second time. This time without fear since he was met with cheers instead of bullets.

These men carry their memories with humility and grace. Without them, the world would be a different place, indeed. They did what had to be done and far too many never came home and few remain of those that did.

In Memory

My mother tells me that my great grandmother would cut the peonies from her garden and save them to take to the cemetery for Memorial Day. I am not so skilled. I tried to refrigerate them, but was left with a sad and smelly pink lump that stuck to the shelves. I suppose she took her secret with her. I did, however, save them in a digital form

I cannot express my gratitude for those who gave all. All I can promise is that the sacrifice is never forgotten.

 

 

Winning!

Mr. Tiger Blood Himself is donating 1% of the profits of hid new show, Anger Management,  to the USO with a minimum of $1,000,000.00.

“It’s an honor for me to be able to give back to these men and women of the military who have done so much for all of us,” said Charlie Sheen. “They put their lives on the line for us every day, and I’m just happy that my work on Anger Managementcan bring a little bit of relief to the troops and their families.”

Well done, Crazy Dancing Monkey.

 

Independence Day

This seemed appropriate

While you sacrifice your hot dogs to the gods of summer, remember the bravery it took for us to have that freedom. Remember that citizens rose up against a tyrannical government that was ignoring its citizens. Those brave men and women took up arms and said enough is enough. This is what the well-organized militia can do.

It was the blood of regular people that was shed for this great nation. Ordinary heroes. A nation of riflemen with their personally owned arms.  It is their blood that cries out when the powers that be move to disarm us.  To do so is to deny the very freedom that won this nation our independence.  Never forget.

And remember the soldiers who continue to protect us. Those who leave their families for grueling conditions to put their lives on the line.

Enjoy your holiday and time with the family.

Cleansing

It rained last night.

The raindrops gently washing the day’s tears from fresh flowers and wreaths laid on so many graves as they quenched the heat of the day. I was free to sit on the front porch with my husband and enjoy the relief, my son tucked safely in his bed.

My freedom came at great cost. It always does. Freedom cannot be purchased with favors or spoils. Freedom is only ever purchased in blood. In this world, it’s the blood of many soldiers that will never again share a cool beer with their spouse. Their sons’ foreheads never to feel that goodnight kiss.

Thank you. Thank you for the divine sacrifice. May you claim your great reward in eternity, a freedom also purchased in blood.

Last Chance

Get your entries in today for Linoge’s Soldiers’ Angels Fundraiser and Giveaway!

The Rules:

How to Earn a Ticket:

1. Every five dollars you donate directly to Soldiers’ Angels nets you one numbered ticket.
2. Every five dollars you spend in their Dollar Days or Amazon shops (where the products are shipped directly to them) gets you one ticket.
3. Every five dollars you spend in the Angels’ Store for any product that is shipped to “ANY Hero”, “ANY Wounded Soldier”, or “A SPECIFIC Soldier” earns you one ticket.
4. DO NOT SEND ME MONEY. All money and goods should go directly to Soldiers’ Angels.
5. DO SEND ME THE RECEIPT. Anonymize it however you like, and use the actual receipt or a screencap, but email from an address I can reach you back at. Send the receipt/proof to “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net”.
6. Specify how many of your tickets you want in the “holster”, “belt”, and “general” pools.
7. Within 24 hours, you should receive an email from me indicating your ticket numbers. If you do not, feel free to email me again or comment here.

How We Will Do the Drawing:

1. The drawing will occur in decreasing fair market value (in other words, most-expensive item first, according to MSRP).
2. You can only win once.
3. When you send me your receipt, please indicate how many tickets you want put in each pool.
4. A single drawing will take place for each prize (currently 29), not each pool.
5. At 1800 EST on 12JAN12, with Better Half watching over my shoulder, I will hit up Random.org and generate however many numbers I need. I will email the winners that day.