Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog



















Nearly every male member of our family, down through the generations, has served in the armed forces of our great nation, from the French & Indian War, the War of Independence, the War of 1812, Civil War, WWII, and on to this very day in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I omitted reference to several wars simply because I’m uncertain of the service by our family members in the Mexican War, Korea or WWI.

It makes no difference because the point is that we have a history of love for this nation. Just as with most Americans, that love goes deep and remains with us, no matter who is President, or what the mood of the country.

I still get tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat at the playing of our National Anthem, and admit to a feeling of anger at the morons who disrespect that, or who show no respect for our flag.

I think that we would be a better nation if we still had a requirement for mandatory military service, like Israel does.

I have no intention of using this as a rant about anyone or anything so I'll move on.

I simply want to say a huge heartfelt “Thank You” to all members of our military, wherever they might be, and to all who have served our nation in uniform, as well as the families who also sacrifice so much.

May God bless you each and every one!

Today was a fine day for us. My brother’s wife, Judy, came for a visit. We had not seen her since my cousin's funeral five years ago and were delighted to have some time for a visit once again. My niece, Kris, came along also and it was good to see her again.

Judy and Kris had not met Jennifer’s husband or children so it was special for them also.

We ate lunch together and then drove to Monroe City to visit the cemetery and say a prayer at the graves of my parents and our daughter, Kelly.

We were sad to say our goodbyes to Judy and Kris after that but we went separate ways because Marilyn & I were attending a mini-class reunion in Paris, MO, at the home of one of my high school classmates, Don.

Don & Sharon were hosting a three day reunion of classmates and we enjoyed our time with them so very much.

We could only attend this one day because we are taking care of our grandchildren for the next two days.

It was late when we returned home, and we were tired. We felt blessed however and realize that………………………………

Life is Good!

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