Happy Soul Food Friday for Memorial Day Week 2015: Remembrances, a Fond Goodbye to BB King, Early Education Matters & and Nine and a Half Year Old that will BLOW YOU AWAY!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Memorial Day Remembrances:

International Picture of the Year.      

Here are three very touching photos honored this year.

First Place :


First Place
Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey’s body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine’s casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: ‘See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what’s going through their minds, knowing that they’re on the plane that brought him home,’ he said. ‘They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They’re going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.’

Second Place:


Second Place
Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News

The night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of ‘Cat,’ and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. ‘I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,’ she said. ‘I think that’s what he would have wanted’.

And the one that really tightens MY throat:
3rd Place –

“Son, on behalf of a grateful Nation,

I present to you the flag

of the United States of America,

symbolizing your father’s service….”

Soldier's Son

They protect our freedom.   

Gone but Never forgotten:

Subject: Memorial Day

On April 9, we visited the American Cemetery in Margraten, the Netherlands, the only American War Cemetery in the Netherlands. In this cemetery are 8,301 American soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms of others during World War 2. Today on NPR we listened to a young lady, a citizen of Margraten, who was at the cemetery with her toddler decorating the grave of the American serviceman her family has chosen to adopt. The adopt- a-grave program was set up in 1945 allowing citizens to adopt the grave of one or more American soldiers. On this Memorial Day, the Dutch and citizens from surrounding countries came to decorate graves with flowers and flags to express their gratitude for these men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Today all 8,301 graves have been adopted, Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch honor American’s graves in display of gratitude.
God bless these citizens for their devotion to our fallen men and women.

Soldier in France


Other remembrances:

A Fond Goodbye to the King of the Blues, BB King:

The Thrill is Definitely Gone…


Jon Stewart Fights to Break Military Veterans Into the TV Industry:


Not Your Medical School Experience…

A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors

No more cookie cutter “Pre-Med Syndrome” Let’s hear it for “Hu-Meds”!


Listen now:


Why Writing Still Matters…

Why I carry around a Notebook: I too am a notebook nut and this explains why…

In A Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks Are As Relevant As Ever


Listen now…


Why Early Educations is Critical:

Outdated Income Restrictions Keep Needy Children Out Of Pre-K Program:

“We now know that 90 percent of brain development occurs before the age of 5 years old, which is why early education is so important,” Torlakson said


Something More Uplifting…

An Old Soul at Nine and a half: When Oscar plays, he FEELS the music


Thanks this week go to those who give some or all for freedom and the values we hold near and dear, Larry H, and lovers of peace everywhere!

Honor Your Past & Pay it Forward!



 “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci

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