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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Veterans Day – Thank you Hub Group for #CauseContainer!

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Author: admin
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
8:39 pm

Happy Veterans Day to everyone, and a big thanks to all who have served in the armed forces and are servicing today.  We deeply appreciate your dedication and service to preserve the freedom we loved.

Today, I learned of a great project, Cause Container, sponsored by the Hub Group, in Chicago, Illinois. The project byline is “Transporting a message of hope and action.” The misson:

Hub Group created the Cause Container project as a fun way for everyone at Hub Group to share something we all believe in — giving back. The goal of this ongoing endeavor is simple. To raise as much money for and awareness about our charities as possible to celebrate their achievements and prolong their efforts. With your help spreading the word, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Today, on Veteran’s Day, I saw the #CauseContainer for Fisher House Foundation:

Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major U.S. military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $200 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

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Whenever a photo of this CauseContainer is posted on Social Media, the Hub Group will donate to the Fisher House Charities!  What a great way to honor veterans and their families!

Hub Group created the Cause Container project as a fun way for everyone at Hub Group to share something we all believe in — giving back. The goal of this ongoing endeavor is simple. To raise as much money for and awareness about our charities as possible to celebrate their achievements and prolong their efforts. With your help spreading the word, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

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Red, White and Blue for Independence Day

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Author: admin
Sunday, July 4, 2010
10:19 pm

Some of my dear family members celebrated Independence day by dressing the part – Red, White and Blue through and through.

Cloe dazzles us with her big smile.  Too bad Gramps’s photo-taking skills weren’t commensurate with her smile!

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Chloe’s parents, Myron and Angie, are red, white and blue patriots!

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Sorry, Holly (our daughter), for cutting off your nose, but you headband is super cool! (She makes these custom headbands herself, by the way.)

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Thanks for brightening up Independence Day for us all this year.

PS.  I called my Mom in Idaho tonight.  She also dressed in red, white and blue, but I don’t have her photo.

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Sparklers for the First Time

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Author: admin
Sunday, July 4, 2010
9:07 pm

Happy Independence Day!  We’ve had a busy day with church and family today, so I am just finding time to post a few of my feelings about independence and freedom on this site.  I will share several items that inspired me this Fourth of July, plus perhaps a few few extra thoughts of my own as well.

First on the list is this great photo of my grandson Devlin experiencing the thrill of a sparkler for the first time.  He is vacationing with his family in Utah where such exciting things are still legal.

Thanks to Devlin’s mom for posting this photo on Facebook!

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Do you remember the magic and awe that you felt when you were Delvin’s age and celebrated Indepence Day with sparklers?  It was a great tradition for our family when we were growing up in Southern Idaho.

Happy Fourth of July Devlin and all you sparkler-awed kids!

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John Olsen – Celebrating Independence Day

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Author: admin
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
9:17 pm

My good friend John Olsen started celebrating Independence Day a week early this year by wearing his patriotic tie to church on June 27th.  He graciously allowed me to take his picture for this blog.

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Thanks, John, for your uplifting, patriotic example for all of us.  Happy Independence Day!

If any of you would like to send me a patriotic photo of yourself to post on this blog, please let me know by posting a comment on this post.

 

Don’t Be Ashamed of Their Ultimate Sacrifice

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Author: admin
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
7:51 pm

Thanks to my friend Bryan Green for sharing this thought-provoking photo essay.

Our European arrogance in alphabetical order …

1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France.. A total of 2,289
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2. The American Cemetery at  Ardennes, Belgium.  A total of 5,329
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3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France. A total of 4,410
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4. Brookwood, England American Cemetery. A total of 468
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5. Cambridge, England. A total of 3,812
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6. Epinal, France American Cemetery. A total of 5,525
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7. Flanders Field, Belgium. A total of 368
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8. Florence, Italy. A total of 4,402
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9. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. A total of 7,992
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10. Lorraine, France. A total of 10,489
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11. Luxembourg, Luxembourg. A total of 5,076
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12. Meuse-Argonne. A total of 14,246
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13. Netherlands, Netherlands . A total of 8,301
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14.  Normandy, France. A total of 9,387
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15. Oise-Aisne, France. A total of 6,012
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16. Rhone, France . A total of 861
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17. Sicily, Italy. A total of 7,861
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18. Somme, France . A total of 1,844
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19. St.. Mihiel, France. A total of 4,153
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20.  Suresnes, France. A total of 1,541
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Apologize to no one. Remind those of our sacrifice and don’t confuse arrogance with leadership.

The count is 104,366 dead brave Americans.

And we have to watch an

American elected leader who apologizes to Europe and the Middle East that our country is "arrogant"!

HOW MANY FRENCH, DUTCH, ITALIANS, BELGIANS AND BRITS ARE BURIED ON OUR SOIL, DEFENDING US AGAINST OUR ENEMIES?

WE DON’T ASK FOR PRAISE … BUT WE HAVE ABSOULUTELY NO NEED TO APOLOGIZE!!

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Floral Flag

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Author: admin
Sunday, May 16, 2010
11:51 am

Thanks to my friend Grant Palmer for leading me to this beautiful flag.

This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter; Each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each for a total of more than 2 million flowers. You can drive by this flag on V Street south of Ocean Ave. in Lompoc, CA.”

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“The 2002 Floral Flag is 740 feet wide and 390 feet high and maintains the proper Flag dimensions as described in Executive Order #10834.”

Aerial photo courtesy of Bill Morson

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Moon Walk, July 20, 1969

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Author: Mark Dixon
Monday, July 20, 2009
8:00 pm

I grew up in rural Idaho in a home without television. But forty years ago today, our family stopped by a neighbor’s home on the way home from evening church service to watch television coverage of the the moon landing. What a wonderful experience! I had grown up through the age of Sputnik, Vanguard, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. The first time I can remember being punished for doing something wrong was when I stole paper from my first grade classroom to draw pictures of rockets! To witness the first manned space flight to the moon was fantastic.

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So today, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of this event, I tip my hat again to all those who made it possible – from President Kennedy who challenged the nation to accomplish this incredible feat – to the engineers who used slide rules, not handheld calcualtors, to design the equipment – to the brave astronauts who had the privilege to make the journey. Bravo all!

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The Rocket's Red Glare

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Author: Mark Dixon
Saturday, July 18, 2009
3:00 pm

One of Yahoo! News’ most emailed photos this week was a Reuters shot of the American Flag in front of the firey exhaust of Space Shuttle Endeavor as it lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on July 15, 2009.

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We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America!

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