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Memorial Week Part 1

This week I commemorate Memorial Day with repeat articles from the Normandy American Memorial Cemetery and Memorial, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. Next week I will commemorate the 73rd anniversary of one of the greatest invasions in military history, the D-Day Invasion of June 6, 1944.

Lest We Forget — No, It’s Not National Barbecue Day:

We seem as a society to forget what this weekend really commemorates.  Memorial Day weekend does not mark the unofficial beginning of Summer, the end of the school year, or the weekend of the Indianapolis 500.  It’s not about throwing Frisbees at the beach, flipping burgers, and downing a few cold ones.

And, no, we do not on this day thank a veteran.  That is not what today is about, as we veterans should solemnly remind those who do thank us on Memorial Day.  Today is a day of remembrance—remembering those who fell defending this nation and her allies during times of armed conflict.  Thank a veteran on Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day), but spend today remembering our fallen comrades in arms.

Those who followed my blogs on our most recent cruise foray will recall that we spent some time in the cool, damp drizzle at a cemetery in Normandy, France.  That would be the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.  It was a very moving experience, and I saw grown men reduced to quivering lips and teary eyes that day.  If you’ve served in uniform then tears come easily while casting eyes upon this site.  If you lost a friend or loved one who fell while in uniform, those tears come even easier.

This country has been at war now for the worst part of eleven years.  We recently ended our direct military involvement in one war that did not serve our national interests, and we’re winding down another that did.

During this time, and for the first time in the history of this republic, we at home were not asked to make the sacrifices that other wartime generations have been called upon to make.  Instead, we allowed politicians to tell us to take tax cuts, go shopping, and leave the fighting to an all-volunteer military force.  We acquiesced to that relatively painless strategy, and left it to future generations to pick up the tab for our collective acts of irresponsibility.  Meanwhile, we have allowed our political leaders to slash the benefits and much needed post-combat services of those who did volunteer, leaving them to cope on their own with injuries both physical and mental.

It is for those decisions that both history and future generations will condemn and curse us.

As you look over that sea of Crosses and Stars of David below, be grateful for those who sacrificed everything.  But be wary of those who never wore a uniform, who declare themselves to be “Great Americans,” and yet who continue to advocate cuts in support to the families of the fallen and the services to veterans—all the while demanding that no sacrifices be asked of those who stayed at home.  There is truly no greatness in such a stand.

And there never will be.


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Fun Photo/Food Friday — Reykjavik Area Favorites and Eating at Hótel Skógafoss

Today I’m going to combine a Fun Photo Friday with a Fun Food Friday featuring a lunch review of the restaurant at Hótel Skógafoss in Skógar, just minutes away from on foot from the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall. We’ll start with a glance at the lunch menu at the Hótel Skógafoss Bistro and Bar:

Hótel Skógafoss Bistro and Bar

But that menu does not show you the full selection available. There were also sandwiches, French fries, and other popular fair:

Hótel Skógafoss Bistro and Bar burger and fries

Mmmm…. Looks good. Let’s take a closer look:

Hótel Skógafoss Bistro and Bar

Something a bit more local, perhaps?

Hótel Skógafoss Bistro and Bar

Or a cross between the traditional and the popular:

Hótel Skógafoss Bistro and Bar

Yes, this is a bar as well. Don’t forget to see what they have on tap to accompany your lunch:

Borg Beer at Hótel Skógafoss Bistro and Bar

Oh, my bad. Wrong Borg. Here you go:

Borg Beer Hótel Skógafoss Bistro and Bar

Now for today’s Fun Photo Friday segment of Reykjavik area favorites:

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Jewel of the Seas — Reykjavik; Seljalandsfoss

I‘ve already shown you the waterfall we saw earlier on this excursion on 13 June 2022 — Skógafoss. Today I’ll show you another that we visited after the black sand beach and basalt columns of Reynisfjara. Today’s article shows Seljalandfoss in pictures. Tune in Wednesday for dramatic (I hope) video of both Seljalandfoss and Skógafoss. Until then, here are today’s photos containing final shots of Reynisfjara and the waterfall Seljalandfoss:

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