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Soldiers and Flags


These photos I took at the 2017 Torrance Armed Forces Day parade.

I haven’t been to too many such parades so far, but there’s nothing so encouraging to the patriotic spirit (except maybe a fireworks show) as one of these!

The first few photos show a swearing-in of hundreds of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard cadets.

US Marines
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US Air Force
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IMG_1944IMG_1946IMG_1956IMG_1961IMG_1958IMG_1963IMG_1966These next few tanks and trucks are ones really used by the military today. The announcer mentioned, “If you’re in one of these, you WILL survive, no matter what’s going on around you!”
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With dress swords!

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IMG_2059IMG_2060IMG_2061IMG_2063These kids are from St. Catherine’s Academy in Anaheim, CA, and are the youngest to be associated with the military.
IMG_2068IMG_2070There were even a few historical reenactors! Revolutionary War here.
IMG_2076IMG_2077IMG_2080IMG_2081IMG_2084A few Civil War reenactors.
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Some pieces were on display for a closer look!

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Looking up through a big gun from inside the truck!

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God bless our native land!
Firm may she ever stand,
Through storm and night;
When the wild tempests rave,
Ruler of wind and wave,
Do Thou our country save
By Thy great might.

For her our prayers shall rise
To God, above the skies;
On Him we wait;
Thou Who art ever nigh,
Guarding with watchful eye,
To Thee aloud we cry,
God save the State.

-“God Bless Our Native Land”

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Unexplained Mysteries of World War II


20150525-210929.jpg -on Amazon

This book is packed with stories of strange, coincidental, unexplained, miraculous happenings of World War II. Here are a few.

-A Pole (Roman Turski) just leaving a hotel concealed a fleeing Jewish man under his hotel bed, playing dumb about him to the Nazis who were on his tail. The Pole went to war against Germany and was wounded; the surgeon who saved his life was that Jew.

-During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, many lives were saved by 50 visiting civilian doctors who happened to be there that day to listen to a lecture.

-The reason Jimmy Doolittle’s 1943 air raid on Tokyo was so successful was that the Japanese had just finished a city-wide air raid drill in which they had put some of their own planes in the air as a protective shield. The Japanese citizens, gunners, and pilots mistook the US planes coming in to drop bombs for Japanese planes, so they weren’t fired on.

-A British spy (Henri A. E. Dericourt) who had just arrived in France wanted to locate a notorious German spy-catcher rumoured to be in the area. By happenstance, the Brit found he was that exact German’s new neighbor.

-After several foiled escape attempts from a German camp, captured French official (Lt. Pierre Lebrun) succeeded and made it to Switzerland. He’d left a forwarding address on his belongings in the camp, and astoundingly, the camp Kommandant shipped his things to him.

-Shortly after the Italian surrender, some angry Germans entered a small Italian city and started harassing the citizens. Timely American artillery shells chased the Nazis away and killed a drunk German soldier who was about to murder several Italian civilians.

-An American sailor (Joseph Kline, Jr.) wanted to accompany a chase after a Japanese sub, but he had guard duty that none of his friends would cover for him. His anger was transformed into gratitude, however, as the boats chasing the sub got into trouble and were blown up.

-During the London Blitz, Prime Minister Churchill, on the way back from inspecting anti-aircraft stations, sat in the left-hand side of his car instead of in his customary place on the right. A sudden bomb going off on the left side of the car almost tipped it over on its right side, but Churchill’s weight on the left side prevented that. He credited “a feeling of interference” and “some guiding Hand.”

-A sudden, unexplainable impulse to change seats saved not a few lives, including Lt. Gen. Mark Clark from friendly fire, and a visiting Ernest Hemingway from a German shell on the Siegfried Line. And during the Battle of the Bulge, General Patton’s “sudden inspiration” in the middle of one night, that the Germans were going to attack, led to his ordering a pre-emptive strike, which stopped a German attack that was actually coming right then.

-A newspaper executive (Amon Carter, Sr.) was part of a group brought to Germany to see the Nazi concentration camps; while there, he was reunited with a very special recently liberated POW, his son who had been captured by the Germans 2 years earlier.

God certainly does work in mysterious ways!

Clippings from Readers Digest


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-Stephen King, in the February 2015 issue, pg. 31

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-Feb 2015 issue, pg. 38

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-Feb 2015 issue, pg. 79

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-Feb 2015 issue, pg. 82

Times Square and Lt. Col. Francis Duffy


On my awesome trip to New York, which I’ve been blogging about here and here, I got to visit Times Square!IMG_1058
I saw a very interesting thing there—this Cross.IMG_1093
This Cross commemorates Lt. Col. Francis Duffy, the most decorated chaplain in US military history. Lt. Col. Duffy, an Irish Catholic, served with the 69th Infantry/165th Infantry in the Spanish-American War, and in Europe during World War I. IMG_1102
The following is from SixtyNinth.net:

He was most often found along the front lines hearing confessions and saying Mass, as well as visiting and counseling the soldiers. It was by his “ministry of presence” that he had his greatest influence and became an almost a legendary figure. Once the fighting began, he often traveled with a unit first-aid station, providing physical and spiritual care to the wounded and the dying. His presence on the battlefield was inspirational. Duffy was always near the heaviest fighting, exposing himself to constant danger as he moved from unit to unit. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal.

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And there’s a statue of Lt. Col. Duffy on the other side.IMG_1107 IMG_1108
Holding a Bible.
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It’s so neat that this brave man of God is commemorated in this special, public way!

Read more about Lt. Col. Duffy at NYC Parks and SixtyNinth.

Wild Blue Yonder


Pictures from our visit to the Air Force Academy and Chapel in Colorado Springs, not too long ago 🙂

Choir loft

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The Chapel is simply stunning, inside and out!

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The gift shop

The gift shop

"We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does."

“We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.”

To see Thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen Thee in the sanctuary.
~ Psalm 63:2 ~

Honour and majesty are before Him: strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
~ Psalm 96:6 ~

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.
~ Psalm 134: 2 ~

The Few. The Proud.


The greater the CHALLENGE, the greater the REWARD.

~ Marine Corps pamphlet

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