THE LAST COLUMNIST MEMORIAL DAY 2009

Remember our Fathers, Brothers, Mothers, Sisters and children whose lives were cut so tragically short due to Man’s intolerable acts on humanity. Our grandparents fought Nazi’s, Japanese Pagan Idolatry, and abusive institutionalized Monarchy’s that stood for  centuries until we stood up and said enough already. We don’t claim to know everything, we just claim to know that what Hitler was doing to the Jewish people was wrong. What the emperor of Japan had going on was Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now to the one millionth power. Only scientists, brute military force and determination can stop mental deficients. When you gather with your family this weekend, go fishing, hiking, off-road cycling, cookout in the backyard, go to your church, synagogue, or the mosque, please think about those long dead and buried in a far away foreign land, many of them at the age of 18 and 19, live for them, never forget that’s why we are free. I made this short and to the point. Including in this edition are some Polaroid photos from our family trip to Washington D.C. in 1979, I was the 11 year old  photographer, please forgive the quality. I wonder how different the pictures would look today taken from the same vantage points with development and tree growth. Maybe I will get back some day to find out for myself. Iwo Jima Memorial to the left. Lincoln, Jefferson from Washington, Washington from Capitol.

Answers to the Memorial Day Crossword Matrix

Across:
KING, USS ARIZONA, PAUL TIBBETS, MARINE BARRACKS, LESLIE, LUDENDORFF, STALIN ATTLEE, SAIGON, CAMEL, VOLTA RIVER, IWO JIMA, KHESANH.

Down:
KOREA, NORMANDY, (LOS ALAMOS, HANFORD, OAKRIDGE), GRUBS, ARLINGTON.

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