Infamy

Today is that day.

And, sadly, we are losing these guys.

For first time, no USS Arizona survivors will be in attendance at ceremonies to mark attack on Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – When a moment of silence is observed at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Friday morning to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor, it will be without an important component.

No one who survived the bombing of the USS Arizona battleship will be in the audience.

“This is the very first year,” said Daniel Martinez, historian with the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

Health issues and doctor’s orders prevented Lou Conter from coming.

“She said you cannot go. You better cancel out,” he said in telephone interview from his home in California.

Conter is 97. The handful of survivors of the battleship’s sinking are all in their 90s.

“I’ve noticed the interest of people asking, ‘Will there be any of them there?’ because they’ve been so visible,” Martinez said.

You can fight everything, but time.

#Remember

President Bush Will Be Taking a Piece of Pensacola With Him

It’s a magical place to Naval Aviators.

Godspeed.

#BlueAngels #Pensacola

I’m Not Sniffling

YOU’RE sniffling.

I’m sorry it took the French to give us a non-doofus, wonderful father in an ad, but God bless ’em for this one.

President George Herbert Walker Bush

…has shuffled off his mortal coil, and undoubtedly gone to Heaven.

This is my favorite portrait of him. Not only because it is so incredibly informal and human, but also because it looks eerily like my Dad. I’ve been lucky enough to meet the artist (Jeffrey Bass), and told him how much this picture affects me every single time I visit it in the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

George Bush was an American hero and national treasure. I hope Barbara doesn’t give him too much grief when he hits the Pearly Gates.

Image | WordPress Themes