activity reports, opinions expressed, information exchange, exhortation and rumination
Click here to watch the commencement speech to the 2011 class of Ronald Reagan High School
Alpha Troop Alumni Association is comprised of veterans of Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division. This unit was created in 1963 and has been active since that year. The troop has served in every war since Vietnam. The association was formed in the early 1990's and has a reunion every two years.
I sighted a bald eagle between Pfafftown and Tobaccoville this morning. This is a first for me in this area. At 10:30 AM on Tobaccoville Road in front of the Grange Hall. The rare bird was flying over the road about a hundred to a hundred-fifty feet high. He was very visible and recognizable.
Open the link below to see a slide show of 70 pictures and 5, 30 second videos of our tour in Norway in July 2012. The videos will start automatically when their slides are arrived at in the show. Use your page-up or page-down keys to move from slide to slide. PowerPoint is needed on your system and the file will be downloaded to your computer for viewing.
"Time passes so fast most people cannot record a diary during their life journey."
"The offspring of my offspring are greater than I."
“When the mountaintop is reached, the view will be a vast sea of distant faces of children and young people seeking teachers, mentors, and leaders to provide direction.”
|The entrance to Fort Adams|
|Construction of fort began in 1824, took 30 years to complete, |
was used as the U. S. Naval Academy during the Civil War.
|Steps along the Cliff Walk trail in Newport, RI|
|A view of the harbor|
|Cliff Walk trail|
|One of the many mansions built during the Gilded Age|
|He was given the rank of Lieutenant General in command of some |
7,000 French troops and sent to join the Continental Army
|Oldest library still functioning in the original building|
|Marble House mansion|
Army, '67-'68, Vietnam Veteran
Career job: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
|R. C. Athey|
Air Force, '71-'91
Career job: VA Medical Center
Army, 4 years
Career job: welder
Career job: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Mr. Adams has participated in over 1,000 burials in the past ten years.
Army, 5 years
Career job: self - employed plumber
|Giles T. McLelland|
Army and Army Reserve, 30 years
Career job: self - employed barber
Navy, 6 years
Career job: Service Manager, IBM
Navy, 24 years
Career job: security
Career job: self - employed auto technician
Army, '67-'69 Vietnam Veteran
Career job: Technical Writer for Western Electric, ATT, and Lucent Technologies
Career job: Driver for Hennis and Roadway Trucking Companies
|I. H. "Cokie" Jones|
Army, '51-'52 Korean War Veteran
Career job: worked for Sealtest and Biltmore Dairies
|Honor Guard, Attention!|
|Honor Guard, Parade Rest!|
|Hand salute and presentation of arms. Seven rifleman fire three volleys to complete the 21 gun salute. |
Watch a YouTube video of their 21 gun salute by clicking here:
|Commander of the Honor Guard, Gray Templeton, from Clemmons Post 9010 folds the US flag with the help of Adams and Athey during the flag-folding ceremony at the casket and in front of the family.|
|This van helps car-pool the honor guard members to the sites in the north and west sections of Forsyth County.|
Honor guard members represent VFW Post 9010 in Clemmons, VFW Post 8719 in Advance, VFW Post 8593 in Pfafftown, and Western Forsyth American Legion Post 522 in Lewisville. Men from these posts work together to provide military funerals for all families who request them. These funerals usually number over one-hundred per year with a record 170 in year 2010.
Not all honor guard members are pictured here. Regulars Ron Hash and Barry Luper had other commitments this day. Coordinator Carl Munson of Clemmons does what his title suggests, plan and dispatch the honor guard. I had the privilege to accompany my good neighbor Ross Adams on September 19 to photograph and record the honor guard and their performance at the burial of a WWII veteran at Forsyth Memorial Park. It was impressive to witness the cooperation and leadership among the different post members as these veterans planned their positioning and decided each other's roles to deliver their stellar performance.
I felt that all observers were pleased and honored by the honor guards' services. I hope you will notice these men as they travel throughout our area and in your own way let them know they are appreciated.
Have a good week!
Doreen and I would not have the courage to plan a trip to southwest France without the lead of our friends Don and Nancy. It was a great adventure on the River Lot and inside several villages. We saw castles and entered the prehistoric cave of Perle Meche.
|Nancy, Don and Mike|
|Seated and getting ready for the most expensive lunch ever eaten. $258.00 for two.|
|Touring a village along the Lot River.|
|Nancy speaks English, Spanish, and some French. She did much of the communication.|
|We ate lots of French bread.|
|Outdoor dining in the shade|
|After taking a shower in a luxury hotel in Paris the night before our return flight to US.|
|Sidewalk dining in Toulouse, France|
|Side streets in Toulouse|
|A view from the Lot River|
|Doreen, Don, and Nancy enjoying the river cruise|
|Walking into a village along the river|
|A village home and flowers|
|A village atop cliffs beside the Lot River|
|More Countryside of southwestern France|
|Walking along a street in Cahors|
|Chateau de Mercues|