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Boulder has gone all out for Veterans Day this year celebrating every day for a week. It never does that. Boulder usually never pays any respect to veterans, the military or those who serve. If anything Boulder usually disrespects them. You know, hippies, commies and the like. That started to change during the Boulder boulder celebration at Folsom field. And just this year for the first time in decades, the band shell celebration was well attended on Memorial Day. Over the years I have taken a lot of heat from the Boulder Atheist Buddhist leftist crowd for featuring veterans on my TV shows.
20 years ago I had Vietnam flying ace “Steve Ritchie” from Golden on my TV show. He is one of the few who shot down five Russian Migs during the Vietnam war. It was very exciting to be able to talk to a real Flying Ace. The problem was Boulder was horrified that I dare to have an American hero on my TV show. My solace comes from those of you who roll your eyes. General Ritchie took it all in good spirits. “Hey, I lived through the Vietnam war” he said. “Nothing anyone here can say or do to me that compares flying through flack or being shot at by Mig 21s. I am just happy to be on your TV show and share my story for those want to hear.”
But Boulder is changing and the city pays more respect today.
from Americas favorite small city
tomorrow I will write about Sgt Allen Dale June a Marine Navajo Code Talker from Longmont
Series concludes with Labor Day afternoon concert
When the last musical notes drift out of the Plaza on Labor Day afternoon, the 2012 Concerts in the Plaza will conclude and will do so counting a very successful 22nd season. The weekly music series, offered free to the community and visitors, runs each year from Memorial Day to Labor Day offering a wide variety of musical entertainment to the community. The series has been called “the best way to spend a Thursday night in St. Augustine,” and it’s easy to understand why when sitting under the majestic oaks of the Plaza de la Constitución enjoying quality musical entertainment surrounded by friends and family.
The two-hour concerts are on Thursdays starting at 7:00pm except for the concluding concert on Labor Day which is set for the afternoon from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. A cancellation necessitated a scheduling change for the Labor Day concert with Jazz Piersonified & Friends stepping in to fill the vacancy . The remaining 2012 schedule features:
August 16 Rob Ellis Peck & Friends – acoustic R&B / classic rock,
August 23 The Mike Hart Band – blues, jazz & rock,
August 30 Lonesome Bert & The Skinny Lizards – original Americana folk,
September 3 Jazz Piersonified & Friends – jazz standards.
On street parking, free after 5:00pm, is available near the Plaza, and parking is available, $10 per entry, at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility at The VIC, a short walk to the Plaza.
Rain? What rain?
Every attempt is made to go on with the show, so even with this season’s rainy summer only one concert was cancelled, although some have started a few minutes late. As is often said: The only way you’ll know if a concert is cancelled is to be there.
Need to know more?
Concerts are free and attendees should bring lounge chairs for seating. Picnic dinners are popular, but alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Plaza. Complete schedule and maps to the Plaza and The VIC are available at www.plazaconcerts.com.
Concerts in the Plaza is produced by the City of St. Augustine with support from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. For visitor information visit www.floridashistoriccoast.com.
Source: City of St. Augustine
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In the small New England town of 4,000 where I grew up, there were a lot of war vets. My dad was a wounded war vet from WWII. The north town cemetery has graves from the American Revolution on up. In front of the library on main street is a memorial to the men and women who served in WWII. There are over 500 names on it. 32 have white crosses next to them.
Over 10& of our towns population served. Every man of fighting age served and many of the women. In the early 50′s the war was
still fresh in peoples minds and there were some big parades on Memorial Day. My dad marched in some but, then after a while mostly everybody wanted to forget the war. But everybody came out for the parade and they all gathered around the memorial for taps when the names of the war dead were read out loud. Everybody cried too. I didn’t understand. I was only 5 or 6 at the time.
But I do remember little Sally McNulty crying. She was two years older than me and seemed to be the only little kid crying. My dad would pick her up and tell her it would be OK and that a lot of people in our town loved her. Then he would buy her an Ice Cream cone and it would be over.
Later when I was in high school Sally had come to work for my families business and we sort of hit off a friendship. that consisted of me helping her baby sit, drinking a six pack of beer and making out.
But Sally had never gotten over her fathers death. He was killed at Anzio when she was just two years old, but she remembered him. Her mom who looked just like Sally drank a bit to cover her pain. She never remarried. Sally said she felt so out of place because she didn’t have a father and she hated to explain “that no her parents weren’t divorced, that they loved each other very much and that my father was killed in the war”. Gulp. I didn’t know a lot of kids who lost someone in the war. But it wasn’t a joking matter. It was sobering.
A picture of Sally’s father sat on a table in the living room of her house in 1965. He was a smiling handsome guy of about 22. And he was dead. ” It has really affected my mom and I she said. We have been pretty unhappy for the last 20 years.
Now at 66 I have a lot of stories like this. My friend Anne lost her brother in Vietnam while she was a CU Junior. Anne was an intern at the newspaper I worked at. To this day she hosts a memorial for her brother at her Boulder home. She hasn’t forgotten.
We should all remember the families of those who have fallen on this memorial day.
from a city with many war dead on both sides of the Indian Wars, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the middle East
by Jonathan Friedman, Local Editor, Attleboro-Seekonk Patch
In an effort to bring more attention to Capron Park Zoo, the Attleboro, Massachusetts City Council on Tuesday voted 10-0 to spend $8,000 to bring a rare white alligator from a St. Augustine, Fla. farm to the Attleboro attraction for four months. The reptile is expected to arrive in mid-May and be ready for public view by Memorial Day.
Councilor Jay DiLisio said there is already buzz about the white alligator, which he said should pay for itself with the extra visitors it will attract. The possibility of the reptile coming to the zoo has been reported in media throughout the East Coast and Councilor Mark Cooper said it is the talk of local school children, including his six-year-old.
The white alligator, DiLisio said, will help the local zoo as it competes with nearby larger facilities to remain relevant.
“When the zoo has the opportunity to bring in such a great attraction such as this white alligator … I think it’s something that we need to support 100 percent,” DiLisio said.
The councilor said director Jean Benchimol had assured him that Capron Zoo is “fiscally sound at this stage.” Recently, the city had agreed to pay upfront for an extra zookeeper. This was needed for Capron Zoo to retain its accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which is up for renewal in the fall.
AZA accreditation “means official recognition and approval of a zoo or aquarium by a group of experts” based on “high standards,” according to the nonprofit organization’s website. Capron Zoo is one of 224 accredited zoos or aquariums in the nation as of March, the website states. DiLisio said accreditation is needed for the zoo to have the chance to bring in attractions like the white alligator.
“I think it’s really rare for a city of our size to have an accredited zoo,” Councilor Jeremy Denlea said. “That’s something I’m really prideful of. And if [bringing in the white alligator] would help bring a little more limelight to the zoo and a little more attraction, I think that’s great.”
Benchimol told Attleboro-Seekonk Patch earlier this month that the farm would also send a regular-colored hatchling. The zoo’s education department staff will walk around with the newborn alligator, showing it to visitors who will be able to compare the green baby with the white adult.
Note: There are only 200 albino alligators in the world.