29 posts tagged real heroes
"Ich bin ein Berliner" 50th Anniversary
It was 50 years ago today on June 26, 1963 that U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave his ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech in West Berlin.
He was underlining the support of the United States for West Germany 22 months after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall to prevent mass emigration to the West. The message was aimed as much at the Soviets as it was at Berliners and was a clear statement of U.S. policy in the wake of the construction of the Berlin Wall. [Wiki]
Arlington National Cemetery
Members of the Fife and Drum Corps of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard,” participate in a “Flags-In” ceremony May 23, 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. A small American flag was placed one foot in front of more than 220,000 graves in the cemetery to mark the Memorial Day. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Memorial Day is a United States holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. Service Members who died while in the military service. First enacted by formerly enslaved African-Americans to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was extended after WWI to honor Americans who have died in all wars. (Wiki)
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden looks on during a wreath laying ceremony as part of NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Wreaths were laid in memory of those men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration.
Stan Musial (1920-2013)
TheFrogman: If you are not from St. Louis or you don’t follow baseball, you may not know who Stan Musial is. Around here he is known as “Stan the Man.” He truly was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. 3600 hits, .331 average, 24 time all-star, 3 MVPs, 3 World Series, and first ballot inductee to the Hall of Fame.
When I was a youngin’ I had the pleasure to meet Stan at a family wedding. It was the first celebrity I had ever met. At the time I was a baseball fanatic and I was completely starstruck. He had a golden tan and a bright, million dollar smile. He shook everyone’s hand and gladly took pictures with every single kid there. You can see my goofy face standing behind him. He always had the reputation of being one of the nicest individuals around and I got to see it first hand. It was clear that it was no facade.
He is a hero to many and I think that is well deserved. He never took it for granted and I am thankful to have met him. This picture hangs on my wall as one of my most cherished memories.
Mr. Musial, may you rest in peace.
A day for us to remember
Depending on where you are in the world, you might refer to today as Veterans Day, Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day also known as Poppy Day. While they do differ, (Armistice Day - To remember the end of World War I, Remembrance Day - For members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, and Veterans Day - To honor all armed service veterans) they all are meant as a day for us to remember those who served.
65 years ago today in 1947…
Captain Chuck Yeager of the U.S. Air Force flies a Bell X-1 rocket-powered experimental aircraft, the Glamorous Glennis, faster than the speed of sound - over the high desert of Southern California - and becomes the first pilot and the first airplane to do so in level flight.