Honored Dead Marching Onward In Our MemoriesThursday, June 21, 2018
Army Air Corps. They should have flown by, but in the legion of the forgotten dead, all must walk in ghostly procession in their final encampment. Other place names recognized: Ploesti, Schweinfurt, Regensburg.
Red walks by, an apparition. Who now recalls a tiny Italian town named Roverto up there in the Brenner Pass, or remembers a boy named Red crouched in the waist of a B-25?
What ghastly remembrance of things past is this which intrudes on a happy, carefree holiday, with picnics and ball games? Why think now about Red with body crumpled and his head sliced off from a burst of flak from a German 88 far below? Red’s mother put a little gold star in the front window of her home, a little Pennsylvania town, and on Memorial Day the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars put a flag and flowers on his grave. Is this remembrance? Red marches on with the legion, the legion of the forgotten dead. With him in awesome numbers are the sailors from Pearl Harbor and Okinawa and all the vast expanse of the seas where death came so swiftly; with him the GIs whose blood made the cold gray ocean on the beach called Omaha dull, rusty red; who fell in Italy and France and Germany and nameless islands in the Pacific.
They trudge along so quietly now; the Marines who died on the sands of Iwo Jima and in the caves on Okinawa. There are many of them, so very, very, many … see them march by. Finally they pass. No such euphemism as going West for these. Their comrades said simply: They got it.
Red got it. All these got it. They are the legion of the forgotten dead. They are the reason the Stars and Stripes flies instead of a Nazi emblem or the Rising Sun over the Capitol.
Here come others along. The numbers of the silent marchers are fewer now. There’s a group of Marines dragging sleds loaded with comrades, frozen, grotesque caricatures of men lashed in layers.
They fell in Korea at a place called Chosin Reservoir, and the Marines vowed to fight their way out and take their dead with them.
They did, and now they pull those sleds along in the ranks of the forgotten legion forever. There are GIs in the group from Pork Chop Hill and Pusan; those whose families received the ominous telegrams with the introduction: The War Department regrets to inform you …
On they march. They’re almost past, now. This last group of marchers is looking off to one side, as if they’re unsure of their reception. Hear the whispers from the Navy pilots and Marines and GIs of Vietnam.
They’re by, now, finally, all of them. And the legion of the forgotten dead has disappeared once more, shrouded in the mist of antiquity.
The backbone of every American should stiffen in salute this day to the legion of the war dead of our country; that forgotten army whose sacrifices mean that we live in freedom.
Is it too much to ask to remember them, honor them, on this one day, this legion of the forgotten dead, who have died for America and thus for you and me?
March on, brave legions. For some remember, and solemnly resolve: Your march for freedom has not been in vain.
Adam Kelly (1924-1990) wrote The Country Editor column for The Intelligencer.
Weld County Tributes for July 18 - Greeley TribuneFriday, August 11, 2017
The two were married on Feb. 15, 1954, just prior to Lee's deployment to post-war Germany, where Charlotte soon joined him. They made their first homes in Schweinfurt, Brüchenau, and Wildflecken, Germany. They welcomed their first child, Lee Kurt Holder, in August 1955 in Würzburg.With their son only 6 weeks old, they returned to the United States and lived in the San Francisco Bay area. Moving as required by Lee's career, they lived in El Cerrito and later Hayward, at which time their daughter Liese was born in the Oakland hospital. Their middle child, Lawrence (Larry) was born in Salinas, Calif., not far from Monterey. Lon was born in Laramie, Wyo., following a move from Cheyenne. Wyoming remained Charlotte's favorite state throughout the years. While living in Potomac, Md., their youngest daughter, Laurie, was born in Washington D.C. within sight of the White House. The family went on to live in Ann Arbor, Mich., Chapel Hill, N.C., Memphis, Tenn., and Oklahoma City and Yukon, Okla., before finally relocating to Windsor in 2015.Charlotte received her bachelor's degree in German from Memphis State University at age 49. She also studied Hebrew, which was closely tied to her personal Bible studies and her love for the holy land of Israel, and tutored several of her grandchildren in the language.An accomplished pianist, Charlotte taught all of her children to play piano and to appreciate music all their lives. She loved to listen to her children and grandchildren making music. On the baby grand piano that she and Lee purchased early in their marriage, she would often play songs from The Sound of Music, while the family sang along.Following her salvation as a young child, Charlotte put faith in God first all her life. She also very much appreciated the "Jewish Roots" of her faith. Her main goal in life was to finish the work that God had set out for her to do, reminiscent of her mother's life verse from Philippians 1:6, "And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."She had a call to missions, which initially led to nursing school, and which later found its fruition as she devoted her life to raising her many ch...http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/obituaries/tributes-for-july-18-8/
Murder tests how far German media have come in reporting refugee crime - Christian Science MonitorThursday, December 22, 2016
Christian Science MonitorMurder tests how far German media have come in reporting refugee crimeChristian Science MonitorLutz Frühbrodt, a journalism professor at Würzburg-Schweinfurt University, says he disagrees with the German press code that forbids journalists from reporting the national origin of perpetrators, because it leaves media consumers to play a guessing game.and more »...http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2016/1212/Murder-tests-how-far-German-media-have-come-in-reporting-refugee-crime
The Dandelion Windfall - Canada Free PressTuesday, April 23, 2019
Guess what: it could turn into a real windfall for you!Dandelion ButterAs you may not know yet, I grew up in the “Land of Happy Cows” (LOHCs), i.e. the western part of southern Bavaria. In spring, the meadows there are a solid yellow with flowering dandelion plants. They are so abundant that the butter and cheese produced from the cows grazing in those fields develop a decidedly yellow color, caused by the chemical known as “beta-carotene.” It’s related to the orange color-producing substance in carrots, hence its name.Believe me, after a long winter of having to live on hay from last year’s harvests, when the season turns to spring and the dandelions are blooming, the cows are really happy then. They take to the solidly dandelion-yellow meadows in force and produce plenty of milk that is the source of the then (once again) yellow butter.For decades, the European Union countries, collectively produced a “butter mountain,” meaning a large excess that could not be consumed there. But this could change soon, when butter turns to rubber (don’t take it literally).But first to Traditional RubberAs you may know, upon injury of the leaves or bark, a variety of plants exude a viscous milky white liquid that tends to polymerize on contact with air into a rubbery blob. Of course, that’s the way much of the world’s natural rubber came into existence and is still an important agricultural product to this day. The plant that has been the source of much of the world’s “latex” that, upon exposure to air, turns into raw rubber, known as kautchuk, or caoutchouc, or India rubber, is the “rubber tree” (Hevea brasiliensis, Euphorbiaceae).Native to South America, the rubber tree was introduced to South and South-East Asia well over one-hundred years ago and that region now produces much of the world’s raw rubber.Now, to Synthetic RubberIn WWII, when the demand for rubber products increased sharply and (Germany’s) access to the natural product became limited, chemists developed the synthetic rubber, then known as Buna rubber. Its basic constituent is the small molecule isoprene that can be polymerized into rubber of excellent properties. In fact, much of today’s car tires and many other rubber products rely on that synthetic material, both for c...https://canadafreepress.com/article/the-dandelion-windfall
How Can Nazis Be on the March in Germany? - TruthoutTuesday, April 23, 2019
We will come to power and then we will do what is necessary so that we can live a free life in the future. We tell the Bosporus that the three big Ms — Mohammed, Muezzin and Minerett — are over.” In Bavaria, the AfD is campaigning for “Islam-free schools.”
But Islamophobia isn’t isolated to the AfD. The CSU’s Horst Seehöfer stated in February that “Islam does not belong in Germany.” Meanwhile, Thilo Sarrazin, a well-known leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), is on a book tour for his Hostile Takeover: How Islam Impairs Progress and Threatens Society.
Other Islamophobic initiatives range from Chancellor Merkel’s support for banning the burka to local court battles over religious symbols in schools. A Berlin court upheld the decision to remove a public school teacher for wearing her hijab to school. Now, “feminist” groups want to a href="https://www.welt.de/politik/...https://truthout.org/articles/how-can-nazis-be-on-the-march-in-germany/
A German village goes it alone on climate protection - DW (English)Tuesday, April 23, 2019
The local grocery store in Grafenaschau looks like most other buildings in the tiny Bavarian village. It has a large pitched roof with broad eaves and is half timber, half stone. The style is as typical as lederhosen, wheat beer and white sausage in this particular part of Germany. "It's Alpine but not 'yodel style.' We didn't want it to be really over-the-top Bavarian," jokes Hubert Mangold, as he heartily greets people on his way into the store. He's diplomatically referring to kitschier houses with brightly painted shutters, where everything's just a bit too much. But it's not just the style of the building that reflects the strong sense of custom and regional identity in the southern German state of Bavaria. Most of the products on offer are from nearby and are produced organically using traditional methods. Dressed casually in denim shorts and a plaid shirt, Mangold, who is the local mayor, points out locally sourced "hay-milk," schnapps and liquor from a nearby distillery, regional, in-season fruit and vegetables, and "in demand" traditionally milled f...https://www.dw.com/en/a-german-village-goes-it-alone-on-climate-protection/a-48030126
2 dead, more than a dozen injured after trains collide in Germany - New York Post Sunday, March 3, 2019
He said the driver of the cargo train was uninjured. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.
In a separate incident in Bavaria, two people were killed Monday when a train hit their car at a crossing near Lake Starnberg.
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