Musings From the Bench

musings from the bench-2Ahh, Memorial Day. A three-day weekend off from work. An opportunity to pack up the family and head to the beach, or go camping in the mountains, or spend some time at an amusement park. A time to travel and visit with out-of-town relatives all culminating in a family cook-out of steak, ribs, burgers and hot dogs, potato salad, garden salad, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon and apple pie. Iced tea, cold beer and soda. Games of horseshoes, badminton or pick up baseball.

The key here is spending time with family, but let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.


Memorial Day began as Decoration Day in the South after the Civil War to commemorate the Confederate soldiers who died in “The War Of Northern Aggression” and the day was adopted by the Union to commemorate their dead soldiers. But, by the 20th Century the name was changed to Memorial Day and was extended to honor ALL Americans who died while serving in the military..


So please, somewhere between taking a dip in the ocean, taking a hike, or eating that second slice of apple pie, send up a prayer of thanks for their sacrifice on this day dedicated to them. They are the reason America is still the land of the free.

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Confederate Soldier   Union Soldier

World-War-I-Memorial-641x375 World War I
flag raise Iwo Jima monument World War II
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vietnam memorial Vietnam War
war dog monument War Dog Monument






Every soldier has a common bond, a true band of brothers. All gave some, some gave all.

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.


Thanks for reading. Until next time.

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Born in the '50s, grew up in the '60s, got married in the '70s. Gave birth in the '80s and started collecting social security in 2013. My time is my own and I don't mind sharing my opinions on everything with everybody. I hate injustice, the truth is easier to remember than a lie. I like the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, the New York Mets, and that English futbol team from Liverpool.


  1. If I had been born a male, I’m sure I’d have enlisted in the Marines during the Vietnam War and feel about today the same way you do. Not sure if this fits your choice of military service but, Semper Fi.

  2. Thank you, Sandy for the compliment and for your service. I don’t know what I’d do without a friend like you.

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