05.31.21 “Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen,” by Dan Doyle

This Memorial Day, tell your children and your grandchildren about the men and women you may have known that gave their lives for the privilege of this country’s freedom. While COVID still may prevent major gatherings at Memorial Day events, you might be able to visit a local cemetery or National Cemetery to spend some quiet, respectful moments with the fallen. You will see that their graves are festooned with American flags. You could watch the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS with Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, where you can hear inspiring stories about the fallen and hear some great music.

In any case, take time to remember those whose ultimate sacrifice has helped to keep the gift of freedom alive and well in this country for 245 years.

We all pray for the day when we will go to war no more. But we must never forget those who lived in times when the terrible scourge of war forced itself upon us in many ways, for many reasons and had the courage to put on the uniforms of our Armed Forces and go to the front to defend the walls of freedom against those who would threaten it. We remember those who gave their lives in those efforts…for the rest of us.

We Remember!

  • Excerpts and a video from Memorial Day: Remember the Fakkeb b Dan Doyle.

I always ask for prayers for the families of soldiers that served with Chad in Iraq in 2005. The list below are those young men who gave their life that year serving our great country. Thank you gentlemen.

Freedom Is Not Free

…in memory of our fallen comrades

Sergeant Robert Shane Pugh Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Robert McNail Bravo Company, 150th Engineers

Sergeant Timothy Osbey Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Joseph Rahaim Alpha Company, 1-155th Infantry

Staff Sergeant Saburant Parker Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Daniel R. Varnado Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Bryan E. Barron Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Corporal Audrey D. Lunsford Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Major Gregory Fester Bravo Company, 490th Civil Affairs

Captain Lowell Thomas Miller II Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

1st Lieutenant Robert C. Oneto-Sikorski Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Please pray for their families and all the other families of military men and women who died serving our country.

05.30.16 Memorial Day 2016

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My friend M’Lou Thompson wrote the following on Facebook this morning and graciously said I could share it with you.

Recently, we were on a military base for a reunion of Vietnam pilots. At the formal dinner, a lone table was set, apart from all the other tables. Next to the table were caps from each branch of service. Before the dinner began, there was a ceremony to explain the significance of this table, a table set aside to memorialize the missing. The solemn and reverent words of this ceremony–listed below–detail each layer of those soldiers’ commitment, valor and sacrifice.

As Memorial Day is the time we remember our fallen, please take a moment to read and think about each of the statements below, recognizing and appreciating the real cost of our freedom.

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(From the Military Chapel Organization.)
Please be seated ……. I would like to explain the meaning of the items on this special table.
The table is round — to show our everlasting concern for our missing men.
The tablecloth is white — symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.
The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.
The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.
The glass is inverted — to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast.
The chairs are empty — they are missing.

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When doing research on this I found another description of the items at the table that I thought added some to the original.

The listed symbolic items are considered traditional. Some commands and units may place head covers or other items at the place setting as well.

  • Table: set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one isolated prisoner or lost soldier. The table is usually set close to, or within sight of, the entrance to the dining room. For large events of the Missing Man Table is set for six places: members of the five armed services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) and a sixth place setting reminiscent of the civilians who died during service alongside the armed forces or missing during armed conflict . Table is round to represent everlasting concern on the part of the survivors for their missing loved ones.
  • Tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.
  • Single red rose in the vase, signifies the blood that many have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their return.
  • Yellow ribbon on the vase represents the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting of our comrades who are not among us tonight.
  • Slice of lemon on the bread plate: represents the bitter fate of those missing or lost in battle.
  • Salt sprinkled on the bread plate: symbolic of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait or mourn their loss.
  • Inverted glass: represents the fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake.
  • Lit candle: reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.
  • Empty chair: the missing and fallen aren’t present.
  • The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.


05.23.14 Saying Goodbye to Texas!!!!!

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San Diego, TX was terribly hot, hurricane type windy, desert land with lots of flying dirt, and wide open spaces with people being few and far between.

Victoria, TX was only what we saw in the RV park which was very pretty, not as hot, and  less windy. 1511105_613865342024565_1463403022_n

Willis, TX and the Houston area are much more civilized looking, very populated, with light breezes and moderate heat with no dirt flying all around us!  I’m very glad we got more than one view of Texas during our stay here.

Much of the interstate around Houston for many miles is 8 to 10 lanes with 6 lanes (3 lanes on each side) for what I’d call the Service Road with the only difference being that the Service Road had stop lights at the interstate exits.  I’m not sure that the Service Road speed limit is much slower if at all than the interstate.

Here’s some pictures of the resort just left with it’s beautiful cabins and condos on the lake.  Coast to Coast rated it one of the 20 must see RV Resorts for 2014.

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I had hoped we’d go back there to visit the scene of the crime but didn’t make it there.  We probably wouldn’t recognize the place now without flashing police  car lights and armed policemen crawling over the brick wall!

While in Texas we saw first hand their belief that Texans have that Everything is Bigger in Texas and that Texas is its own country and then there’s the rest of the USA!  When Mr. Bill was leaving for Europe I told him I knew he’d make America proud on their trip.  He corrected me by saying he’d make Texas proud!!!   They display on their vehicles, yards and houses more objects in the shape of Texas or a big star representing Texas than I’ve ever seen.  However, as bold as they are about their deep love for this giant state, everyone has been very nice to us and while I didn’t care for the elements here the Texas people left a good impression on us.

Here’s us leaving Bishop’s Landing this morning!


We’re heading to Kinder, LA outside of Lake Charles, LA now where we’ll stay several days before heading to Louisiana.

I’ve been doing my work for RVillage sitting on our bed with a pillow on my lap and computer on top of that.  I’m making phone calls as part of my job so I need to be in a room that is quiet and that’s the only one we have!!   My legs get numb and my back hurts so I presented the problem to my husband who figures all things out and voila a new work area set up is in progress.  If we lift up the bed, where you’d see our storage space, there are wooden braces where someone could sit on if they had the right seating apparatus.  Roy found a perfect stadium seat with a nice cushioned seat and good back support and it will fit perfectly in one of the storage spaces.   He also had a wireless keyboard and  he hooked up my computer to our bedroom TV which is much  bigger than my laptop screen.  I’ve been saying I need a bigger monitor so that’s hopefully the solution to that.   We’ll be trying that out when we get the stadium seat which is being delivered to Chip’s house in Hammond.  I have a small white rectangular shaped folding table that I like to use for my work so we’ll be seeing what combination of available options work out best.

My job has changed, again!! and it will probably change again and again as time goes on.  I no longer work primarily with Hillary as I was but now I work with a young attorney named Alex.  Alex’s job is Park Administrator taking care of communication with the RV Parks, and taking care of their RVillage needs. I am assisting him with that now instead of focusing on the advertisements that are being sold.  This old dog is finding out she can learn new tricks!!!


You guys have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Remember those who have served so that we can enjoy the liberties we have.

Ya’ll come back now, ya hear!