Where Valor Sleeps

Where Valor SleepsWhere Valor Sleeps

Memorial Day traces its roots to the dark days of the Civil War with the formal decoration of the graves of the war’s dead likely starting in Savannah, Ga in 1862. Graves were decorated at Gettysburg the next year. It broke upon the nation on May 1, 1865 when the unmarked graves of Union soldiers who died as POWs at the Charleston Race Course in South Carolina were decorated by newly freed blacks.

It became a tradition starting with General Orders No. 11 issued May 5, 1868 by Gen. John Logan.

Heroes, of course, are still dying for our freedom. Here is what President George W. Bush said on May 29, 2006.

In this place where valor sleeps, we acknowledge our responsibility as Americans to preserve the memory of the fallen. On this Memorial Day, we look out on quiet hills,  and rows of white headstones — and we know that we are in the presence of greatness. (Applause.) The markers here record the names of more than 296,000 men and  women. Each of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines buried here answered the call to serve, and stepped forward to protect the nation they loved.

All who are buried here understood their duty. They saw a dark shadow on the horizon, and went to meet it. They understood that tyranny must be met with resolve, and  that liberty is always the achievement of courage.   Here, in the presence of veterans they fought with and loved ones whose pictures they carried, the fallen give silent witness to the price of our liberty — and our nation honors them, this day and every day. 

In this place where valor sleeps, we are reminded why America has always gone to war reluctantly, because we know the costs of war. We have seen those costs in the war on terror we fight today. These grounds are the final resting place for more than 270 men and women who have given their lives in freedom’s cause since the attacks of September the 11th, 2001. With us here are veterans who fought alongside them — and who have come today to pay their respects. They are joined by veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and other conflicts across the globe, whose friends and comrades also lie in this sacred ground. As we pray for their fallen friends, we also remember those who went to war and are still missing, and we are determined to account for them all.

In this place where valor sleeps, we find strength in knowing that those serving freedom’s cause have acted with principle and steadfast faith. Second Lieutenant Jack Lundberg was killed two weeks after D-Day, at the end of World War II. He wrote his Mom and Dad a letter to be opened in the event he did not come home. He wrote, “I am sorry to add to your grief … but we of the United States have something to fight for — never more fully have I realized that. The United States of America is worth the sacrifice.”

That same feeling moves those who are now fighting the war on terror. First Lieutenant Mark Dooley was killed by a terrorist bomb last September in the Iraqi city of  Ramadi. Before he left for his tour, he gave his parents a last letter, just in case. He wrote: “Remember that my leaving was in the service of something that we loved,  and be proud. The best way to pay respect is to value why a sacrifice was made.”

Last week, the family of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Fenty, Junior, gathered here at Arlington to pay their last respects to the husband, son, and father they loved.  Colonel Fenty was killed with nine of his fellow soldiers in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan earlier this month. Hours before that crash, he had spoken to his wife Kristen  about their newborn daughter he was waiting to meet. Some day she will learn about her dad from the men with whom she served — he served. And one of them said  this about her father: “We all wanted to be more like Joe Fenty. We were all in awe of him.” I am in awe of the men and women who sacrifice for the freedom of the  United States of America.  

Our nation is free because of brave Americans like these, who volunteer to confront our adversaries abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. Our nation  mourns the loss of our men and women in uniform; we will honor them by completing the mission for which they gave their lives — by defeating the terrorists, by  advancing the cause of liberty, and by laying the foundation of peace for a generation of young Americans.  Today we pray that those who lie here have found  peace with their Creator, and we resolve that their sacrifice will always be remembered by a grateful nation.

May God Bless the Untied States of America.



UDPD Memorial Day Advice

The Upper Darby Police Department (Pa) put this out on their Facebook page at about 7:50 p.m., Saturday: Just throwing this out there in case you didn’t know: You can’t threaten to shoot your neighbor. Just a heads up. Back to your barbecues now.


UDPD Memorial Day Advice

UDPD Memorial Day Advice

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy  Mother’s Day


Happy Mother's Day

A mother’s love means a life’s devotion – and sometimes a life’s sacrifice – with but one thought, one hope and one feeling, that her children will grow up healthy and strong, free from evil habits and able to provide for themselves. Her sole wish is that they may do their part like men and women, avoid dangers and pitfalls, and when dark hours come, trust in Providence to give them strength, patience and courage to bear up bravely.
Happy is the mother when her heart’s wish is answered, and happy are sons and daughters when they can feel that they have contributed to her noble purpose, and in some measure, repaid her unceasing, unwavering love and devotion.


William W Lawrence Sr Omnbit Trivia 4-1-14

William W Lawrence Sr Omnbit Trivia 4-1-14

In July 1969 as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, Michael Collings orbited the sphere in the command module. During a pass over the dark side, he noticed an anomaly on the surface and photographed it.

NASA scientists later determined it to be a small city — complete with sporting arenas and monorails — made by intelligent crickets.

We hope you are having a happy April Fool’s Day.

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Spring 2014 Starts Now

Spring 2014 Starts Now — It is 12:57 EDT, March 20, which means the vernal equinox is now which means Spring has started.

The word equinox is Latin words for “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west, explains The Old Farmers Almanac. At the equinoxes, the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun.


Spring 2014 Starts Now

Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Springfield Pa., March 15, 2014


Saint Patrick was a rich Brit born in 390 and kidnapped at age 16
where he was taken to Ireland to work as a sheep-herding slave.

While in the Emerald Isle he had a religious experience, converted to Christianity and was directed by a voice to escape, which he did catching a ride on a pirate ship back to Britain. In Patrick’s absence, Britain had been deserted by the Romans after a 400-year occupation.
Patrick was reunited with his family and began studying for the priesthood. He was ordained, then returned to Ireland to begin converting the natives.
That was not easy. He was constantly beaten by members of populace, bothered by the Irish royalty, and lectured by his ecclesiastic bosses in Britain.
Despite this, his perseverance bore fruit and today the three-leafed shamrock is the nation’s symbol as it is said to have been used by Patrick to explain how the three persons of the Trinity can be one.
Patrick died on March 17, 461, which gives us the day we celebrate his life.
The parties and parades, of course, are an American creation are more likely to happen on the weekend preceding the day itself.

Corned Beef Cuts

With St. Patrick’s Day arriving Monday the topic of which cut of brisket to use for corned beef is one that most certainly must be addressed.

The point cut is fattier and usually cheaper.

The flat cut is leaner.

The flat cut makes better slices. The point cut makes for better shredding, some think.

We are glad to have been of assistance with this most pressing matter.


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Daylight Saving Time Cometh

It’s time to spring forward.

At 2 a.m., tomorrow, March 9, Daylight Saving Time starts so move the timepieces ahead an hour if they are not already programmed to do so.

It ends Nov. 2.

Of course, as spring does not start until 12:57 p.m., March 20, the nights remain longer than days regardless of what government dictates.

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Drivers License Centers Presidents Day Closings

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced all driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.


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