05/30/16 – Memorial Day

CURRENT EVENTS

Memorial Day

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The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery 

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

The holiday, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.

By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Hampton Park Race Course in Charleston; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves.

Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by national papers. The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled “Martyrs of the Race Course”.  Nearly 10,000 people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead. 

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

This one is for all you teachers out there, but it may do some parents good to think about this.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

If you want to change your life, you need to surround yourself with people who support your dreams.  To attract these kinds of people, you need to support their dreams.  Avoid those who are jealous of your efforts and successes.

Wk 23 Surround Yourself with People

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

For all you ladies out there, it is ok to go with you heart, but please take your head along for the journey

Wk 23 Love bad boys

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Code of the Samurai

Translated by Thomas Cleary

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Code of the Samurai is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushido, the Japanese Way of the Warrior. 

The Japanese original of this book, Bushido Shoshinshu, is one of the primary sources on the tenets of Bushido. This handbook, written after five hundred years of military rule in Japan, was composed to give practical and moral instruction for warriors, correcting wayward tendencies and outlining the personal, social, and professional standards of conduct characteristic of Bushido, the Japanese chivalric tradition.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 Patton

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Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler.

Patton won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

The opening monologue, delivered by George C. Scott as General Patton with an enormous American flag behind him, remains an iconic and often quoted image in film.

The film was successful, and in 2003, Patton was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Voting

Voting box

Planning to vote in this year’s USA presidential election:

95% yes

5% not eligible to vote in USA elections

THIS WEEK POLL – War

Please check all that apply

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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Last Week’s Music Poll

After watching last week’s video, “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles, I asked if you can walk like an Egyptian and the replies were:

33% no

25% yes

25% maybe

17% can’t, but wish they could.

Strangely enough, I did an internet search and found a similar poll conducted in Egypt yielded about the same results.

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“War”

by Edwin Starr

ART OF THE WEEK

Iwo Jima Memorial

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The United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) is a national monument in Arlington, Virginia, United States. The war memorial is dedicated to all U.S. Marine Corps personnel who have died in the defense of the United States since 1775.

The memorial was inspired by the iconic 1945 photograph of six servicemen raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

Upon first seeing the photograph, sculptor Felix de Weldon created a maquette for a sculpture based on it in a single weekend. He and architect Horace W. Peaslee designed the memorial. Their proposal was presented to Congress. In 1947, a federal foundation was established to raise funds for the memorial. (Source:  Wikipedia)

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

General Eisenhower

I was fortunate to see President Eisenhower, when he came to Detroit years ago.

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Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American politician and general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961.

He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first Supreme Commander of NATO. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG

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05/25/15 – Memorial Day

THIS WEEK’S THEME: GRATITUDE

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. [Source:  Wikipedia]

So this week’s theme is gratitude (Chapter 31) for the sacrifice these  patriots made on behalf of their country.

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

I think all those who served honorably in the military units of any country deserve respect, whether it be 2,000 years ago in a Roman Legion or sometime in the distance future in Star Fleet. 

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SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN

Since Memorial Day is a day to express our gratitude to fallen warriors that gave their lives, I thought this book would be appropriate.  I have read and reviewed it may times and found it provides helpful instructions on life.

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Living and dying with bravery and honor is at the heart of Hagakure, a series of texts written by an eighteenth-century samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo. It is a window into the samurai mind, illuminating the concept of bushido (the Way of the Warrior), which dictated how samurai were expected to behave, conduct themselves, live, and die. [Source:  Amazon]

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I had a very difficult time selecting a movie that both in my mind addressed the Memorial Day holiday and gratitude or lack of gratitude.  I kept coming back to Born on the Fourth of July, but it is such a painful movie to watch. You really may want to skip this recommendation.  It took me a number of tries to get through it and I hope I never watch again.  

Born on the 4th of July

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. (Source:  IMDB)

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

War, what is it good for?

Absolutely nothin’!”

Source: Edwin Starr

Check out Edwin Starr’s video “War” on You Tube, there are several versions.  The Motown version does a good job of conveying the meaning of the song.

THIS WEEK’S POLL (Please check as many as apply)

RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL ON ENDURANCE

Over 75% of you have stuck with something for 21 years or more.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

An American general, a Russian general and a British general are standing on the deck of a ship watching war exercises.

The topic of discussion turns to human courage, and the Russian general boasts, “Russians are the most courageous people on Earth!”

Upon which the American challenges him.

The Russian says, “Yuri! Jump off the deck (into the freezing
Atlantic) and swim around the ship!”

Yuri marches off without a word, and does as he is told. The Russian turns
around and says: “See, there’s an example of courage!”

The American has to top this, so he calls up one of his sailors and gives
him the order: “Jack, Jump off the main mast into the ocean, and swim around the ship seven times!”

Jack goes off without a murmur, and he too does as he is told. The
American general says: “Now top that for courage!”

So they both turn around to the British general who has been standing around watching these antics silently.

They ask him: “What about your people?”

The British guy calls up one of his people and says: “Trevor, jump off the
mast and swim under the keel of the ship, will you, old chap?”

Trevor stares at his general.
“Let me get this right. You want me to jump off the mast.”

“Yes.”

“And swim under the keel”

“Yes.”

“You must be daft!”

And so saying, Trevor turns around and saunters off.

Whereupon the British general turns to the other two and says,
“Now there’s an example of TRUE courage!”

CONCLUSION

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