Sunday, May 29, 2011


Today would be amiss if I did not pay tribute to the brave men and women who have fallen in defense of our country!  I have walked in Arlington National Cemetery  and other National Cemeteries; I cannot count the many crosses and monuments with military designations. And I believe I would be amiss if I did not recognize the fact the fallen  military personnel's family deserve recognition for the loss of a loved one, a sacrifice, in and of itself.

Being married to a  military retiree, I know a tad about the life of these men and women. These men and women are family to each other--in some ways more than blood. 

Have you ever had a job where you absolutely were not allowed to question orders, and certainly not your mission? Ever heard the word, insubordination?  Yet they fought, and numbers beyond my comprehension have died, so you and I have the freedom to do those very acts. Don't like you commander-in chief or even you immediate officer one step above you? Tough! You still do as he says and do your job, whatever it is.

Yes, they vote, yet ballots are not sent to those serving overseas in a timely manner, so their vote often is not received for counting by the deadlines  and not counted. What a shame!

They are defending our freedom to have a say in our government, and yet it appears unimportant to see they have ballots in a timely manner. This is a state by state deficiency and not all states are guilty.

These men and women deserve our respect every day, not just some holiday, be it Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, and should you encounter one of them, thank them for their service.


I am posted a slide show I made with Picasa, my first. I ran out of time or I would have spruced it up a tad more, added some music, changed the color of the font, etc. Since I am working on an older computer, my usual editing programs are not on this so I had to wing it.

These pictures are primarily of Bull Shoals Dam and the massive releases of water headed toward the lower Mississippi River, and unfortunately lower Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, none of which need more water.

I also heard the Missouri River is beginning to receive massive amounts of water from record snow amounts at its source. The Missouri River merges with the Mississippi above Arkansas.
If this slide show fails here it is on FACEBOOK and plays, as I have tried it. I am somewhat disappointed with PICASA as the photos appear blurred with full screen, but so do the captions which makes me think it is the resolution Picasa makes them or the program itself.  I did not photograph the captions!!!


faye said...

Happy Memorial Day ..
enjoyed your post and slide show..
I agree we should have more than
just one day to pay tribute to all
those who serve and have served.
We can never say 'thank you' enough.

Pat - Arkansas said...

You did right well with your slide show, Carol. That's a lot of water coming through the gates!

Arkansas Patti said...

Your slide show came thru nicely. I have been at Norfolk when they open the gates and frankly, it makes me nervous being below the flow. Awesome sound and power.

CHERI said...

Memorial Day is certainly a special day...hopefully everyone took a few moments to remember our military. Hope all is well with you. I've been having blogger issues so hope you get this!

Dimple said...

Aside from the not-quite-clear I thought your slideshow was good. That's a lot of water!

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Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Great Memorial Day post. I am glad I was able to come by and read this. I do appreciate our men and women but I know I don't show it as much as they deserve.
Your slide show is wonderful. I don't think I could ever do one but would love to.
Hope all is well honey and I just wanted to come by and say hello.

Small City Scenes said...

I salute all mulitary personell. I did go to the cemetary on Memorial day---my late husband is buried there in the military section. He served during the Korean Police Action (war).

the slide show is very interedting---you did great. MB