Honoring our Heroes – Veterans Day 2012

During a recent trip to New Orleans, I accidentally stumbled upon the National World War II Museum, just a mile or so outside of the famous French Quarter.  It was quite an impressive museum that featured America’s involvement in Japan, as well as American efforts in Europe during the last Great War.  In Japan we were fighting a country that attacked us without provocation with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, while in Europe, Hitler and the expansion of Nazi Germany needed to be stopped at all costs.    Through the sacrifices and courage of truly extraordinarily brave men and women, we prevailed on both fronts. 

I feel very fortunate to live in Washington, DC and am very appreciative of the monuments to our heroes – from the Iwo Jima Memorial, to the Korean Memorial.  From the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the more recent WWII Memorial. 

A few years back, I met a highly decorated WWII veteran, in town for the WWII Memorial dedication.  He looked like royalty in his full uniform replete with medals.  I approached this man and thanked him for his service.  I innocently referred to him as a hero, but he gently corrected me and told me that he was not a hero.  He told me that the true heroes were the people who never came home. 

This Sunday, November 11th is Veterans Day.  Please remember to honor American heroes, past and present. 

Happy Veteran’s Day and God Bless America!

*For more information on the National WW II Museum, please visit http://www.ddaymuseum.org/.  The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.

**Visit myveteransday.org  to show your gratitude to those who have given us so much. And don’t forget to let your friends and family know how they too can say “thank you for my freedom” this Veterans Day.

International Day of Peace

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All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance.  Thank you, John Lennon. 

Today, September 21st is the International Day of Peace.  The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the GA by unanimous vote established September 21st as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.  The UN invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the International Day of Peace.

source: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/background.shtml

How do you believe in peace while also believing in protecting Americans at home and abroad?  How do you believe in peace while expecting and insisting on retribution for Americans that are murdered by terrorists?  I have absolutely no idea.  Peace is an ideal not easily created or maintained.

Support the Troops.  Give Peace a Chance.  God Bless America!

On a separate but similar note, just a few days ago, we had the birth of a baby panda here in Washington, DC.  So far, so good for the health of the mama and baby panda.  In 1972 President Nixon was given two giant pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsin-Hsing by the People’s Republic of China.  The pandas were given to the U.S.  as a symbol of friendship following the President’s goodwill trip to China.  40 years later we are still in love with, and captivated by the pandas.  Maybe it’s just me, but today, I’ll refer to them as the Peace Panda. 

Happy International Day of Peace!

***Update on 9/24/12  Sadly, the baby panda did not survive 😦