A Neighbor’s Tribute to Veterans

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Link to Gallery of Veterans   

If you would like to include a veteran you know and love or (one of yourself) please send me the photo  rutheh(at) gmail(dot)con and I will add it to the gallery

This  just in…..thank you Joanne   Leonard Cohen reciting In Flanders Fields 

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Lt. Colonel Kathryn Ingram

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Colonels Rick and Kristin Foerster

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Colonel Rose Miller  Afghanistan 2006

 Joanne Basden’s Father Top Left Corner

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi Sept 1966
Phu Bai, Viet Nam

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi
Quantico, VA 2011 Reunion TBS-4-66

Mike Kichi USMC   Sent by blog follower and friend and frequent commenter Toni Kichi

Martin H Cooper veteran World War II – European Theater –
(Sue Reinfeld’s father)
1st Plt, D Co. 39th OCC
John E. Hilliard Troop Transport 194This was a project I started and it is incomplete.  I am hoping to receive more photographs of Veterans you know and love to add to the gallery.
Orville Lee, 87 years old, who served in France during WWII. Orv is the heart and soul of our weekly retired group we call CAB (Coffee and Bagels). I hear he has beaten his sons climbing a rock wall recently.

Mike’s brother — Ed Kichi — 2nd from the left in the 2nd row. In above photo of the 1st Platoon D Co, 39th OCC

From Anne Hamilton- UK-

Charles Albert Kydd                     ” I thought Ruth might like the attached photo of my great uncle, the brother of my English grandmother (the one you met). Charles Albert Kydd was born in 1896. He went missing and I’ve also attached a document relating to this which I found in amongst my gran’s papers. Unfortunately I don’t know anything else – not even what regiment he was attached to.”

Thankfully he did survive the war and lived into old age!

To include those currently serving in the military  This photo sent by Sally Nauer of her son’s unit (Jonathan Nauer) neighbors at Ft. Knox in the seventies

In Afghanistan, (Back in USA 2012)
I hope you got the pictures of my favorite veterans – the first was my brother, Michael Cooper, who served in Vietnam in 1968 – Sue
Lt. Robert A. Bard, US Navy (22 yrs, 7 mos total service)

Email a photo of a veteran with name and information about service and I will add it to the gallery. rutheh at gmail dot comUncle Alan and familyMy Uncle Alan Ray Hendricks (USA)

, Uncle Harold “Butch”  Hendricks (USN)  My grandfather Floyd and grandmother Mary Alta and my father Roy J Hendricks

and my son Mark
Mark

SIGNED INTO LAW MAY 26, 1954

Veterans Day.  More than a day off from school.   A day in November to honor all veterans- men and women in the military who have served.  And the correct spelling  “the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “  according to an article  “Apostrophe Sparks Veterans Day Conundrum”.  I had to look it up.  WWII, on the left my father’s brother Alan Ray Hendricks who “observed his 28th bday by flying a bombing mission  over Japanese-held Koror Island in a 7th AAF Liberator on which he is a gunner”.(old yellowed newspaper clipping)  Received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Who do you know who has served? Scan and email a photo of a veteran you know , along with name and service and I will post a gallery of veterans.  Suzanne sent me her father-in-law and father and that sparked the idea.  rutheh at gmail dot com

Suzanne Colvin- “I’m attaching a photo of my dad, shot in Italy, where he served. His name was William Key (1921-2005); he was a Captain in the 5th Army in Italy.

MY SIL’S Grandfather and Father James holds his wings

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James’ Maternal Grandfather

(Grandson  Charles’ Great Grandfather)

Charles Wade Emig  Born: DEC 31, 1923 Coshocton, OH

James’ mother brought down a box filled with memorabilia

James’ father Charles (Chuck) served in Viet Nam  holding grandson Charles 3 years ago

Memorial Day Compendium

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Watching her father as Taps played- 2016 Memorial Day Etna, PA

A Day of Remembrance- Originally blogged May 31, 2010   Reblogged in 2016

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Family members plant flowers, trim grass, pull a few weeds, decorate graves of loved ones with wreaths.

One time Mary and I scrubbed lichen off the granite with our toothbrushes.  I saw a watering can hang from a spigot, a metal pipe in the ground.

Boy Scouts place American flags by white marble veterans’ graves.

I remember when Bill played taps and as the clear notes sounded, the wind kicked up, blew swirls of dust and leaves, the sky got dark. And we all felt  a shivering chill.

Each helmet bears a soldier’s name.

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Photo by Mary upstate NY

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Photo by Mary from upstate NY
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Neighbor’s Memorial Flags for Each War

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Poppy

from Memorial Day 2014

Twenty four notes. Taps. 

The Origin of Taps, The Bugler’s Cry  by  “Jari Villanueva, a former ceremonial bugler at Arlington National Cemetery”

from Memorial Day post 2015   Poppies  for Disabled Veterans Assistance Programsimg_6663

 

 

May they all rest in peace and may we never rest until we make peace last.
Thanks for this, Ruth. Too many helmets!
Love, L

Here is a link to Lois’ obituary 2013

 

Etna Memorial Day Ceremony 2016

I was invited to attend the Etna Memorial Day Ceremony at 7:30 AM today.

Mary Ellen’s mother’s home is on High Street in Etna next to this hillside cemetery.  Her grandmother hostessed the party decades before.  Our hostess today was Ruth Gubanic. She continues the tradition in memory of her brothers. She had three brothers who served: two in WWII and one in the Korean War. She honors all three on Memorial Day. Their names are Will, Eddie and Rayme.

All of the Veterans’ names will be added after the initial post because I don’t want to mess up spelling or misidentifying anyone…but I also know they are eager to see some of the photographs from today.  I have created a separate Etna Memorial Day Parade album on Flickr and as soon as it is edited a bit, I will post that link as well.

It was an honor and a privilege to document the ceremony today.

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You can see our gracious hostess Ruth in the front row.

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The Grand Marshall of the Parade -Jim Oehling

During the ceremony there was a “flyover”- of honking geese

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IMG_0440This gentleman is Rick Stefanick, and he is going to help me identify all the other participants with their correct names.  Thank you, Rick.

 

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Jim Brokenbek (l) from Post 106 and Rick Stefanick.

Friends for more than forty years, ready to march in the parade.

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Mary Ellen and her mother Ruth

For a few more photos, here is a link to the Flickr Album

https://www.flickr.com/gp/ruth_e/V7Uj2A

My SIL’s Grandfather and Father Added to the Growing Gallery of Veterans

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James’ maternal grandfather ( grandson Charles’ great grandfather)

Charles Wade Emig b: Dec 31, 1923 in Coshocton, OH

James’ mother brought down a box filled with memorabilia

and here is James’ father Charles (Chuck) served in VietNam,  holding grandson Charles on Sunday

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Just added to the gallery 11-11-2015

Mike Kichi – USMC.

 Taiwan 1959, Okinawa 1960, 

Bern, Switzerland 1962. (Thanks for sharing, Toni.)

  

Gallery of Veterans- November 11

Joanne Basden’s Father Top Left Corner

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi Sept 1966
Phu Bai, Viet Nam

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi
Quantico, VA 2011 Reunion TBS-4-66

Martin H Cooper veteran World War II – European Theater –
(Sue Reinfeld’s father)

1st Plt, D Co. 39th OCC

John E. Hilliard Troop Transport 194This was a project I started and it is incomplete.  I am hoping to receive more photographs of Veterans you know and love to add to the gallery.

Orville Lee, 87 years old, who served in France during WWII. Orv is the heart and soul of our weekly retired group we call CAB (Coffee and Bagels). I hear he has beaten his sons climbing a rock wall recently.

Mike’s brother — Ed Kichi — 2nd from the left in the 2nd row. In above photo of the 1st Platoon D Co, 39th OCC

From Anne Hamilton- UK-

Charles Albert Kydd                     ” I thought Ruth might like the attached photo of my great uncle, the brother of my English grandmother (the one you met). Charles Albert Kydd was born in 1896. He went missing and I’ve also attached a document relating to this which I found in amongst my gran’s papers. Unfortunately I don’t know anything else – not even what regiment he was attached to.”

Thankfully he did survive the war and lived into old age!

To include those currently serving in the military  This photo sent by Sally Nauer of her son’s unit (Jonathan Nauer) neighbors at Ft. Knox in the seventies

In Afghanistan, (Back in USA 2012)

I hope you got the pictures of my favorite veterans – the first was my brother, Michael Cooper, who served in Vietnam in 1968 – Sue

Lt. Robert A. Bard, US Navy (22 yrs, 7 mos total service)

Email a photo of a veteran with name and information about service and I will add it to the gallery. rutheh(at)gmail(dot)comUncle Alan and familyMy Uncle Alan Hendricks (USA)

, Uncle Harold (USN)  My grandfather Floyd and grandmother Mary Alta and my father Roy J Hendricks

and my son Mark
Mark

Signed into Law May 26, 1954

Veterans Day.  More than a day off from school.   A day in November to honor all veterans- men and women in the military who have served.  And the correct spelling  “the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “  according to an article  “Apostrophe Sparks Veterans Day Conundrum”.  I had to look it up.  WWII, on the left my father’s brother Alan Ray Hendricks who “observed his 28th bday by flying a bombing mission  over Japanese-held Koror Island in a 7th AAF Liberator on which he is a gunner”.(old yellowed newspaper clipping)  Received the Distinguished Flying Cross.       Who do you know who has served? Scan and email a photo of a veteran you know , along with name and service and I will post a gallery of veterans.  Suzanne sent me her father-in-law and father and that sparked the idea.  rutheh(at)gmail*com

Suzanne Colvin- “I’m attaching a photo of my dad, shot in Italy, where he served. His name was William Key (1921-2005); he was a Captain in the 5th Army in Italy.

Memorial Day 2014 Photos from Upstate New York- Guest Blog

Across the nation there were parades, memorial services, taps sounding in cemeteries, and specific names of friends and family on Facebook, asking for us to remember a lost friend, family member and soldier.

I received these two photos from my sister where she is visiting friends, south of Albany.

Mark’s birthday was today so his tribute was up for most of the 26th but didn’t want Memorial Day to pass without a post acknowledging it.

Thanks Mary.

Bricks with Service Member Names

Some of the service member names engraved in bricks.

Bethlehem Memorial Day WreathA wreath placed by the memorial stone.

 

Twenty four notes. Taps. 

The Origin of Taps, The Bugler’s Cry  by  “Jari Villanueva, a former ceremonial bugler at Arlington National Cemetery”

(General Daniel Butterfield- July 1862)

 

 

 

 

 

 

vETERANS dAYThe view from the top of the upright piano.

Friday at Pittsburgh Carrick High School, students read more than 65 names of Armed Forces alumni who served and died for their country.         WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq. Afghanistan.

Jeremiah played Taps from the back of the auditorium.  Our Spanish teacher played the piano while another teacher sang God Bless America. There were family members who told stories about their service member who passed.  It was a poignant ceremony.  The students did a wonderful job, reading not only their names but where the member had served, their decorations and where they died.

A couple of alums who were  Korean War Veterans spoke as well.    I photographed the event and was deeply touched.

Memorial Day 2013

My son Mark photographed the Marine Corps War Memorial when the family visited Arlington Cemetery a few weeks ago.  (The memorial is in Arlington VA, not in the actual cemetery)

When he showed me this photo today, I asked if he’d guest blog it for Memorial Day and he agreed.  Mark was in the USMC for six years.

We went for a walk this morning and there’s a little white clapboard church about 1/2 mile up the road.  Behind it was a small graveyard.

The third photo I took early Sunday in a rural cemetery by a headstone that had a flag in front of it.

This is the reflection (taken with a 70-200 Canon Lens L Series)

I read a moving article in the Roanoke Times (by Dan Casey) about the last of four brothers who served in WWII who tells the story of the other three who have gone on before.

This post is to remember all the men and women from every branch of the Armed Forces on Memorial Day 2013.

Photographed by Guest Blogger Mark, ( I loved the sun shining through the flag)

Marine Memorial at Arlington

Memorial to USMC

Flag reflection Gravestone

The VFW were outside the local Kroger

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To read the poem  In Flanders Fields written by Lt Col. John McCrae, MD, hailing from Canadian Army  WWI  click here and see the original copy handwritten in a page of notepaper.