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Things to remember on Memorial Day…….

It is the
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is
not the reporter,
 who has given us freedom of the press.

It is
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the
salutes the Flag,

It is
who serves
under the Flag,











We can be very
proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
Bless them all!!!






This is written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.”

I enjoyed reading this and thought my readers might like it, too.
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone..

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks..

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34.. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s,we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Kentucky and Her Veterans

I thought this was appropriate since we just celebrated the Fourth of July.

The picture at the left is of the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort.

There are 1,100 names of Kentuckians on the memorial including 23 missing in action.

The design is of a large sundial that cast its shadow on the name of each man on the anniversary of his death. Thus, each fallen veteran has a personal Memorial Day.

The memorial is located in Frankfort, the capital city of Kentucky. Here is a link to the website where you can read more about this amazing place: http://www.kyvietnammemorial.net/index.html

Now, I want to tell you about PFC Franklin R. Sousley, born in 1925 in Hilltop, Kentucky. He answered his country’s call and became a United States Marine and fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Franklin Sousley’s father died when he was nine years of age. Franklin helped his mother survive the Great Depression and left Kentucky to work in a factory in Dayton, Ohio. He joined the Marines in January 1944 and landed on Iwo Jima on 2/19/45. On 2/23/45, Franklin Sousley, of Fleming County, Kentucky was immortalized in one of the most beloved images of the twentieth century, the flag raising on Mt Suribachi. Franklin is second from left in the picture.

Franklin did not survive the battle, but was killed in action on March 21st by a sniper’s bullet two days before the end of the battle.

To most Americans Franklin Sousley was and remains an anonymous hero. He was the youngest of the five men in the picture and is buried in the Elizaville Cemetary in Elizaville, Kentucky. Franklin Sousley was only 19 years old.