Remembering D-Day, 75 Years Ago

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Many lost their lives this day but those who survived went on liberate Europe and to help win World War II.

Willing To Serve

The military of the United States is a voluntary force. People willingly enlist to serve and defend. Our service people come from all walks of life which in my view makes it better. Some of these folks are from the LGBTQ community and when they join they willingly give their service and their lives to the protection of people who seek to make their lives very difficult and will discriminate against them for living their truth.

Transgender service people should have the right to serve. They just want the same right to life, liberty and happiness guaranteed to all citizens of the United States. It matters not to me a persons orientation or gender because they are willing to do what I didn’t and what some in leadership in this country didn’t and that is to put on a uniform of their country and to offer all they have so that others might be free.

Thanks to all who served from every walk of life. Past, present, future.

Memorial Day 2018 In The USA #memorialday


Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. On this day remember the ultimate sacrifice many have made to serve others and to advance the right to life, liberty and happiness for everyone.

LGBTQ Service

I love and support my LGBTQ friends and I believe they should have the right to live and serve as citizens as well as the right to life, liberty and happiness afforded to all who call this country home.

Transgender people should not be denied the opportunity to serve in the military. They have much to offer and we need people of all walks of life to serve and protect. America is the land of freedom and opportunity so this sounds like something contrary to what makes this country special.

America Observes Memorial Day, Remembering Sacrifice and Service

The Traveling Vietnam Wall during it’s stop in Chattanooga on July of 2016

Today in the United States we remember those who have given their lives in the defense of this country. Many who have gone into battle did not come home. Giving ones life is the ultimate sacrifice. Those who wear the uniform of their country are to be respected and honored because they are going into harms way. Many families mourn those who died on the battlefield and may they be comforted. May their loved ones and friends be remembered on this and every day.

Veteran’s Day In America


Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. (From Wikipedia)

To all the veterans who have served, I thank you for everything you have done. You have made the world better by putting on a uniform and going to work every day. Thank You!

The Moving Wall, Vietnam Memorial Comes To #Chattanooga

This weekend in downtown Chattanooga at Ross’ Landing The Moving Wall is in town. This is a 1/2 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that’s in Washington, DC. This features every name of those killed in action during the Vietnam war. There are over 58,000 names listed on the wall. 58,000 men and women who gave their lives for our country. People from all walks of life left their family and friends never to return. Honor those who served but always work for peace.

My father belongs the Tri-State Military Vehicle Club and they had some vintage jeeps and an ambulance for visitors to the wall to see. These vehicles are an important part of fighting a war.

The picture at the bottom represent the fallen five servicemen who were killed at a military post here in Chattanooga back in July of 2015. Honoring the service and real sacrifice of those who put on the uniform of my country is what this community does in a very special way. Thanks to all who have or are currently serving.

Remembering The Fallen Five of Chattanooga, One Year Later – #noogastrong

Courtesy of WRCB TV 3 

On July 16, 2015 in Chattanooga, TN we lost five servicemen who were just living their lives and doing their jobs. A young man who himself is a victim of sorts attacked a recruiting office and then a naval reserve center where he ended the lives of these five men. Today we remember them for their sacrifice and service. Thank you:

  • Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells
  • Sgt. Carson Holmquist
  • Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan
  • Staff Sgt. David Wyatt
  • Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith (who died a couple days later)