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It’s Christmas Be Happy

Once again, we are approaching a time that is happy and sad for many. For children, it is when they are eagerly awaiting Santa. Who will bring those items they desire. For some, they get to go home and spend time with family as part of their family tradition. Others, a level of sadness will surround them as once again; they will spend a holiday without a beloved family member. Christmas, like all holidays, is a double edge, the joy on one side, sadness on the other leaving us to determine how to balance the two.

As I have often written, the strangeness of human behavior around this particular time of year is head scratching. The display of willingness to become forgiving because it’s Christmas still remains a mystery to me. Just as the frenetic pace many take on to find that perfect gift, causes me to laugh hysterically. It just seems that Peace on Ea
rth and Goodwill to Men is something that is relevant all year long, not just on December 25th.

Less you think I’m a Scrooge during this time allow me to direct your attention to this part of the holiday that I believe is important. There are many who cannot be with loved ones because they are away serving in foreign countries as members of the military. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time. Remember that their families would love nothing more than to have them home for the holidays.

I invite you to watch the following, lzCaA6IazFA word of caution; you will need a box to tissues. Happy Holidays.

 

© Timothy A. Wilson 2015


Veteran’s Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.”

What formerly called Armistice Day now Veterans Day is more than another day off from work. As intended it is representative of our paying homage to those who make the sacrifice where the uniform of country’s military, be it Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force or Cost Guard. These individuals respond to the request to serve and keep us safe so we can practice our way of life. We remember them both in passing and living.

As a manner of remembering, consider reviewing the history of the U.S. World War 1 veteran Frank Buckles passed away in 2011 at the age of 110. His interesting story can be found at this website: http://pershingslastpatriot.com/frank/ although brief, it will pique’s your interest. Check it out.

Also, if you happen to be out, and you see a Vet, and you are in a position to do so not only thank them for their service but tell them we still need them buying them a cup of coffee wouldn’t hurt either.

© Timothy A. Wilson All Rights Reserved


I Remember November 22, 1963

I walked into the classroom and one of my fellow students said the president has been shot, I laughed and said yeah, Lincoln was shot, thinking he was trying play a joke on me because it was my 5th period history class. He then said, no, President Kennedy has been shot, I was stunned, still not believing it, until our teacher came in and turned on the radio where we all listen in stunned silence.

I couldn’t believe what was happening, how in our day and age was it possible to have committed such a heinous act, the assassination of a sitting president. In my view it was something you only read about in history books, or came to accept as the fate for South American dictators killed as soon as they came to power. But this was impossible here in the United States.

My whole world changed that day. This was a man who was truly on his way to becoming a great president was taken away from us, too soon and far too young.

© Timothy A. Wilson All Rights Reserved



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