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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day

The Rock

There's a guy down in central Iowa who, for the last ten years, has painted the local "graffiti rock" with some pretty neat murals. Sunday a bunch of us trekked the 180 miles down there to see the 10-year anniversary of Bubba painting the Freedom Rock. Pretty neat, actually. The Iowa Army National Guard was there with the Orange County Chopper that had been made for the Guard. Then they started talking about "large hail and tornadoes," so we flew back up the Interstate 'bout as fast as you safely can on cruisers in a hard sidewind.

Pictures follow:




The Ceremony

Monday was Memorial Day itself. I went to help the American Legion Riders in my hometown. We were in a parade, and some of our Vietnam vets helped with the ceremony at the courthouse. Plymouth County puts up a flag for ever veteran from the county who's passed on. Every flag has a dogtag with that veteran's name. You ain't seen nuttin' until you've seen nearly 1,100 flags waving gently in the breeze, hearing the faint tinkling of the dogtags as they blow... And they STILL read each and every name during the ceremony. It takes longer and longer every year to read all the names, but no one has complained.

You can see the pictures here:

08-05-26 ALR at Memorial Day

4 Comments:

Blogger pistols at dawn said...

Excellent and poignant as always, sir. Keep on fighting the good fight, which actually begins after the people who were told they were "fighting the good fight" get home.

10:25 PM  
Blogger steakbellie said...

wow, i got chills when i thought about the sound of all those dogtags

12:27 PM  
Blogger Leonesse said...

Wonderful. If only those in power had to read all those names.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

At least you didn't have to contend with "reverend" Phelps desecrating the ceremony as we did here in Stuart, Florida where we're all grateful to the good bikers of South Florida for showing up in large numbers to put these slimeweasels in their place.

Sometimes I'm very proud of my fellow Americans.

10:24 AM  

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