Friday, May 29, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Vicksburg National Cemetery is the largest internment of Civil War dead in the nation. It is the burial place for nearly 17,00 Union soldiers. As I drove past the graves I took some pictures that I wanted to share with you today.
Memorial Day ~ May 25, 2015
Vicksburg National Military Park
Monday, May 25, 2015
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for his divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of American, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
With the final fold the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Last night I was invited to my great grandson, Ian's Tiger Cub Scout Pack meeting at the Redbone United Methodist Church south of town. My daughter Kathy was also there to see and visit with her grandson. The den leader/assistant den leader of Cub Scout Pack #193 started the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and after the awards were given out a social was held. We both ended up taking some pictures of Ian. My daughter and I had so much fun spending some quality time with him which gives both of us a lot of joy. Here are a few candid shots we took together.
Ian before the meeting with his scout friend Matt Malone. They even favor one another. Picture taken by Great Gran Gran.
Ian with his cousin Steven Kelly, my oldest grandson.
This picture and the rest taken by my Grandmother Kathy.
Really? Be glad when this is over with!
I've had enough already!
I'm trying to hide!
If I look away maybe she want take another pix of me.
Do you have to take another one?
Pleasssseeee...not another pix!
I'm happy now playing with a toy that my Grandmother Kathy got me. Thanks Great Gran Gran for taking this picture of me.
Ian will have a fun summer going to camp with the other cub scouts and possibly earning badges. My congrats to Ian who will become a Wolf Cub Scout in July 2015.
A Scout is Loyal. An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. What makes families and communities and countries work - indeed, what makes the world go 'round - is loyalty. And a Scout is Loyal.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Footage shared last week by the Rancho dos Gnomos Santuario in Brazil shows the thrilling moment a lion named Will experiences, for the first time, the feeling of soil and grass beneath his feet. Prior to being rescued and taken to the sanctuary, Will had been forced to perform with a traveling circus. For 13 long years, the lion had been confined to a cramped cage and denied any semblance of a normal existence.
Within seconds of his release, Will can be seen eagerly running his paws through the soft soil - - tragically, a foreign material for a creature who, up until then, had known only cold metal floors. Will's reaction to the grass that covers his sprawling new home is equally ecstatic. Despite his age, advanced for his species, the lion rolls around like a happy cub discovering life's simple pleasures. But perhaps the most touching part of Will's transition into his new sanctuary can be seen in this moment of repose, as if mot impressed not by the feeling of dirt or grass, but by a new found sense of peace.
A lion can live up to 14 years in the wild, or up to 26 in captivity.
Published on May 12, 2015.