Friday, May 23, 2008
ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND…
Friend Mary Lou Wade sent the above photo of Pentagon Chaplain Col. William “Whiz” Broome, sporting this patch on his biker leather. Col. Broome served in the U.S. Army with Mary Lou’s brother Capt. Herbert Crosby, whose remains were repatriated and buried last year on Memorial Day. Click here to see photos and post.
Last December, Col. Broome escorted Mary Lou and me on a tour of the Pentagon while we were in Washington to place wreaths on the graves of our fallen service members at Arlington.
Col. Broome sent her this article by Joe Galloway who co-authored with Lt. Gen. Hal Moore (USA-Ret) the book “We Were Soldiers… and Young”, later made into the 2002 movie We Were Soldiers. We interviewed Joe last year on Constitutional Public Radio.
Jack Holt, Chief of the DOD’s New Media Operations introduces their new website. Jack coordinates the Bloggers’ News Conferences, bringing bloggers together for interviews with military brass and commanders in the war zone. Those blogger conferences are webcast and posted on BlogTalkRadio. A BTR player featuring the latest Blogger Roundtable is linked on the site.
You may want to view the Pentagon TV video feature — a fascinating look at the prep, discipline and training that go into guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Take a moment to peruse the site, and if you’re inclined, drop Jack a line telling him what you think of it at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fun? Fun??? Arrrgh….
Mark Alexander of Patriot Post writes:
“It is not surprising that many Americans no longer observe Memorial Day with reverence. Schools no longer teach civics, the courts exclude God (officially) from the public square, and the Leftmedia and malls “celebrate” Memorial Day with commercial sales.
Indeed, Memorial Day has been sold out by many.
Founding Patriot John Adams wrote, “I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means…”
But is it?
Indeed it is.
Fortunately, millions of American Patriots still reserve Memorial Day to honor the service and sacrifice of our fallen countrymen, who donned the uniforms of our Armed Forces with honor and under oath to defend of our Constitution and the cherished liberties it embodies.”
I have been given the privilege of emceeing our local Memorial Day Observance taking place at the beautiful riverfront park in Cocoa Village on Monday. Click here to see photos from last year’s ceremony.
Our guest speaker will be former NASA astronaut now USAF Brig. Gen. Susan J. Helms, commander of the 45th Space Wing at Patrick AFB.
We’ll be presenting a special tribute to Noah B. Butt Jr., recipient of the Navy Cross awarded Sept. 1945 for extraordinary heroism in the Southwest Pacific Area. Making the presentation will be Capt. William Drake, Commanding Officer for the Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) at Port Canaveral.
FUN? Oh yeah, it will be “fun”. But more importantly, it will be meaningful and respectful, done with the understanding and knowledge of the great sacrifices made by those we honor so that ignoramusses who bring you the “news” can continue to do so. Lord help us.
And finally, please join me this Sunday night for what will be my last program on WDBO AM 580. Programming changes being made by the Cox Communications-owned station will result in the Kim Komando Show taking over my spot. But no regrets here. It’s been a great run, and I will again acquaint myself with languid and luxurious Sundays! I’ll continue to host my internet program on BlogTalkRadio weeknights at 9.
But for this Sunday night, my last one with you, I’m planning a special Memorial Day show, and we’ll talk with Russ Wilding, the CEO of footnote, who is doing some great things with a virtual Vietnam Wall memorial.
I’ll also share a few memories of my own of the four and a half years I’ve spent with you every Sunday night. Meet you at WDBO right after the news at the top of the hour at 9p ET.
Sgt. Matt Maupin, One of Our Own
Capt. Crosby Lives On
Oh What a Day
Fourteen Days and Counting
An Offer I Would Not Refuse
A Nation Turning Its Face
For All Gold Star Moms and Dads
His Memory and Legacy Lives On
Home At Last
A Day of Remembrance
Posted by Andrea Shea King at 5/23/2008 01:00:00 PM