2011 Memorial Day:
1) While visiting their graves; remembering our parents, grand parents and great-grand parents, during the Great Depression and WII decades.
Life wasn't all bad before cell phones and Facebook. No hint of obesity on these free-range boys. Marijuana? Never. However, they may have smoked some dried corn silk down by this Louisiana bayou. Indeed, they may even have been fishing without a license.
Supper time in the same 1942 dugout None of it frozen. Note the plate of home made biscuits sitting on a can of Karo syrup, which was perhaps cheaper than honey.
1940: Surplus fruit distributed in St. John's, Arizona. In parts of California's Central Valley today, the majority of customers at the super market use welfare debit cards, while their late model cars await in the parking lot. 43 million Americans use Food Stamps in 2011, 14% of the population.
[Library of Congress images]
2) Remembering our wartime troops throughout the world:
All female battalion of Marines in Afghanistan.
3) Lest we forget those killed in action ...
Marine Captain mourns the loss of her sister officer.
... Finally, we console those left behind.
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
~ Ms. Moina Michael, 1915
'It wouldn't be Friday without the Follies.'