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Aug 14, 2012

World War II Memorial Day or V-J Day.

Celebrate the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II when we recognized the World War II generation, both veterans and those on the home front and honor the sacrifices of veterans who fought and were lost in World War II.

Originally known as World War II Memorial Day, the day is now known as Victory over Japan Day or V-J Day.  It was a nationally recognized holiday, but it has since been removed because of the nature of the war's ending, following the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945.  Due to the devastating ending of the war, critics argue the name is insensitive to the Japanese.

WWII officially ended Aug. 15, 1945 when Japan surrendered, but because of the time zone difference, the United States was informed of the victory on Aug. 14. There was quite a celebration all over the country as you can see on this Archive Newsreel August 14, 1945 Newsreel V-J Day 

Each of the 4,048 gold stars represents 100 Americans who died during the war
used with permission by flickr user dbking

To read more click the following links:
Dad's Story August 6th, 1945  60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

Jul 28, 2012

National Day of the Cowboy

Do you celebrate National Day of the Cowboy? Are you a Cowboy or do you know someone who is? What do you know about Cowboys and Cowgirls?

National Day of the American Cowboy was founded in 2004 by American Cowboy Magazine. This event was created as a day meant to celebrate the cowboy's and cowgirl's contribution to American heritage, to preserve, protect and promote the cowboy and Western heritage.

Click this link to read more about the National Day of the Cowboy

Read more about our western heritage, click this link:
The Best of the West: Anthology of Classic Writing From the American West  This book is a treasure of stories, a "collection of classic and contemporary fiction and nonfiction evoking the unique spirit of the West and its people, selected and introduced by one of today's premier chroniclers of the Western landscape." (Amazon)

Cowboy photo Creative Commons Copyright by Moyan Brenn

Jul 27, 2012

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

Korean War Memorial Washington, D.C. Connecticut Bloggers
Korean War Memorial Washington, D.C.
Connecticut Bloggers'
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, marks the anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, which honors the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces on the Korean Peninsula from June 1950 to July 1953.

This is also the anniversary of the Presidential Proclamation of July 27, 2010 as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day by President Barack Obama.

At the Arlington National Cemetery, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. spoke during the wreath laying and remembrance ceremony held at the cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Memorial Amphitheater.

This day, he said, is a time to honor and remember “those whom we lost, those who are still missing, and those who came home and are here today, whose efforts along the 38th Parallel, and along the Korean Peninsula six decades ago, helped prevent the spread of tyranny.”

Winnefeld pointed out the impact of the Korea War on Americans, as he said many “with no personal connection to this struggle” have walked around the “spine-tingling” Korean War Memorial and felt the presence of the 50,000 Americans who died in the conflict.

“For every warrior who served, there is a precious set of memories...inspiring us all to recommit ourselves and to ensure that those who served in this so-called ‘forgotten war’ are never forgotten,” he said.

If you or someone in your family served in the Korean War, tell me about them in the comments below.

Source American Forces Press Service
Photo Creative Commons by Connecticut Bloggers
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Chosin - The Korean War 
Battleship U.S.S. Missouri  

1953 This day in history Armistice ends the Korean War

edited  7/27/2017

Jul 15, 2012

July is National Ice Cream Month

Ice Cream Sign
photo credit ruffin_ready (CC BY 2.0)
July is National Ice Cream Month (USA)
National Ice Cream Day is
3rd Sunday in July

“We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, so we buy ice cream.” ~~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vanilla continues to be America's flavor of choice in ice cream probably because it is the most versatile, mixing well with toppings, drinks and bakery desserts. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, America's top five favorite individual flavors are vanilla, chocolate, cookie 'n cream, strawberry and chocolate chip mint.

“My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy the ice cream while it’s on your plate.” ~~Thornton Wilder

Want to know how to healthy up your favorite frozen treat:  Just because it's dessert doesn't mean it has to be unhealthy - check out these nutritious additions perfect for summer.  Healthy Ice Cream Tips

What are your favorite ice cream flavors?

May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Lantern Floating in Hawaii

Lantern floating is an Asian spiritual tradition that beautifully symbolizes the wish for all beings to live in peaceful remembrance of loved ones, or as symbolic prayer for a harmonious future...40,000+ residents and visitors who cast afloat lanterns...hope that Lantern Floating Hawai`i brings you a sense of peace and warm remembrance of your departed loved ones.

The following video is part of the 2010 ceremony featuring Keola Beamer and R. Carlos Nakai.

at Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu, HI

The following video is a brief history of the journey of lantern floating ceremony to Hawaii.

Apr 6, 2012

Break Out The Bagpipes And Drums!

It's National Tartan Day! How do you celebrate? It's important to celebrate one's cultural heritage. In the United States and Canada, people with Scottish heritage celebrate the legacy of our shared heritage every year during March and April--Tartan Week! Tartan Day Read More...

And for some great Scottish Music check out Arvel Bird, Celtic Fusion Recording  Artist