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Monday, May 31, 2010

West Bend Memorial Day Parade 2010 - Video




West Bend Memorial Day Parade 2010

If you missed it, here are some pics!  Video to follow in next post.....

General Orders - 1868 - Observance of Memorial Day


General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

  1. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
    We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
    If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.
    Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.
  2. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
  3. Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.
    By order of
    Adjutant General
    WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.
    © 1994 - 2009 SUVCW & David Merchant 

Thank you - Freedom Isn't Free

Obama vacations in Chicago, skips honoring vets at Arlington

Curtsy to Marsha S. - Wauwatosa

From American Thinker:

Although somber and respectful, this Memorial Day will be different because, one week following the death of five troops in Kabul, Barack Obama has decided to forgo the Arlington Cemetery tradition of commemorating dead soldiers and instead intends to fly to Chicago for an extended weekend.

So Obama dumps the time-honored, somber, presidential tradition of representing the American people in honoring fallen soldiers at Arlington?  The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will be decorated in a delegated fashion this year?  Maybe Obama is taking the weekend to catch up with his Alinsky buddies.  That's it.  Priorities, ya know.

As an American and a United States Army veteran, I am personally offended with this atrocious behavior.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

West Bend Memorial Day Parade

West Bend Memorial Day Parade - May 31, 2010The West Bend Memorial Day Parade will start at 9:00 9:30 AM, lineup at 8:30 AM at S. Main St. & Oak St.  Memorial Ceremony at Veterans Plaza at 11:00 AM.  The Ceremony will include dedication of new benches & signage.  They will also say happy retirement to Terry Vrana who has worked tirelessly to keep the parade & Memorial Ceremony a spatial time - "THANKS TERRY!"

St. Joe's Hospital Announces 5% Rate Increase

In order to provide optimal care (of course).  As opposed to what?  Wonder if business is picking up at the Albrecht Free Clinic.....

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

THANK YOU, Veterans

This is the Tussing Elementary 3rd grade class singing a sincere thank you to our brave and strong soldiers, men and women, past and current, for protecting us in times of war and peace.

24 years....and counting

My husband and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary this past weekend with a short overnighter to downtown Chicago.  We dumped some cash into the Illinois economy and took advantage of the sights and smells of State/Michigan Streets and beyond.  We were invited to a private party at the House of Blues on Dearborn Street that included a show by the Doobie Brothers.  If you have never been to the House of Blues, it's a "must do" on your next visit to Chicago.  Medium-casual and moderately priced, it's a pretty affordable lunch or dinner with cocktail specials on a daily basis.  There is a Sunday "Gospel Brunch" that is rumored to be pretty spectacular, as well. The "theater" area is separate from the restaurant/bar area.  It's laid out in a unique and acoustically complimentary manner (said to imitate an opera house) with four(?) levels of seating that are in half-circles as balconies facing the stage down below.  There is also floor seating in front of the stage, which is what we were treated to, so the Doobies were literally right in front of us.  :-)   I have to admit, though we have passed into the "middle ages," the Doobie Brothers were sounding mighty fine that night!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Grothman Responds to Doyle's Raw Milk Veto

Press release from the office of Sen. Glenn Grothman:

Oh No!  Say It’s Not True – 
Doyle Vetoes Raw Milk Bill
It’s Appalling Wisconsin Takes the Lead 
in Declaring War on Fresh Milk
Today, Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) expressed outrage that Governor Doyle vetoed Senate Bill 434, a bill designed to provide a legal formula for selling raw milk in the State of Wisconsin.

“While the sale of unpasteurized milk was technically illegal in the State of Wisconsin, the Department of Agriculture did not enforce this ban until last year.  For the Dairy State to take the lead in banning sales of raw milk while California allows the sale at retail stores is infuriating,” said Grothman.

“My heart goes out to the hundreds of people who have been advised by doctors, chiropractors, and nutritionists to drink raw milk for their problems who now will have to suffer,” said Grothman.  “Most farmers drink raw milk themselves and many give raw milk to their employees and relatives.  They know it’s healthier. Whether it’s arthritis, allergies, stomach disorders, or obesity, raw milk’s the way to go. Hopefully, we can find a way to make this legal again soon.”

The fact that agribusiness and the State Medical Society weighed in shows that enforced conformity and a lack of freedom is becoming accepted in America. 

It’s important that all consumers of raw milk -- as well as freedom lovers in general -- weigh in strongly with elected officials who will be sworn in next January.

Doyle VETOES Raw Milk Bill


MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle today vetoed Senate Bill 434 in its entirety, in order to protect the health of Wisconsin citizens and the state’s dairy industry. Governor Doyle issued the following statement regarding his action on the raw milk bill:

“I recognize that there are strong feelings on both sides of this matter, but on balance, I must side with the interests of public health and the safety of the dairy industry.

“I am listening to the unanimous voice of public health professionals including leading doctors at the Marshfield Clinic and Gundersen Lutheran Health System who have found the sale of raw milk to have potentially harmful health effects. "


To view the veto message visit: http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=19596 

Liquid Mountaineering

Very cool.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

In Memory of.......STAR TREK

On this day in history, 2005, the last episode of Star Trek: Enterprise was broadcast.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Gypsy Moth Spraying - Coming Soon to an Area Near YOU: West Bend Targeted for May 12-15

FYI.  From the DNR:

Gypsy moth spraying by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture (DATCP) is expected to start this week in some counties. The projected dates to spray in the identified West Bend zone are May 12 - 15, 2010. Because spraying depends on appropriate weather conditions, this plan is subject to change. 

Planes fly low and loud when spraying and may be single-engine yellow planes or red-and-gray twin-engine planes with 2 tail wings at the back.

To view the specific sites that will be sprayed in each county, visit http://gypsymoth.wi.gov. At the right-hand side of the page, click on the blue or yellow county you would like information about on the Wisconsin map. On the page that comes up next, you can open detailed PDF documents that show maps of the spray areas. 

All sites will be treated with the active ingredient Btk. Btk is the common abbreviation for a naturally-occurring soil bacteria that, when eaten by gypsy moth caterpillars, causes them die within a few days. Btk is generally not harmful to people, pets or other wild species.  The formulation to be used this spring has been listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute as acceptable for use in organic food production. However, if you are concerned, you may wish to avoid areas to be sprayed on the day that spraying occurs or simply stay inside with the windows closed during and for 1/2 hour after the spray treatment has been completed. 

You can stay updated by calling the Gypsy Moth Information Line at 1.800.642-6684 (1.800.642-MOTH) and choosing Option No. 1.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

National Day of Prayer in WEST BEND

12 NOON TO 1 P.M.