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May 27, 2024


Peter Garrison

We hosted a Memorial Day luncheon at our home. As the guests arrived and settled in my wife would note that a "critical mass" had been attained and that I should make a toast. So twice we thanked our fallen combatants for their sacrifice to keep us free, protect our Constitution and preserve not only our way of life but our very lives.

Later during the luncheon a neighbor told me two stories that illustrate how much France remembers the sacrifice of the Allies in the European Theater.

He was visiting the five beaches at Normandy. He noticed many school buses at the graveyard memorials. He asked about the school buses and was told that yearly the students are taken to honor the fallen who liberated Europe from Nazi Germany.

Do our school children get a chance to go with their teachers to the National Cemetery in San Bruno?

The other story concerned a harried French waitress serving a table of rowdy American young folks. Her boss said that she didn't have to serve those brats. She said "I will, because I do it for their parents."

Paloma Ave

When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush.

He answered by saying that, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."

It became very quiet in the room. You could have heard a pin drop.

Robert De Sneero

Biden fell asleep during a Memorial Day ceremony this year.

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