Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Link Party - Wednesday Medley - 08/14/19

I am linking up with Terri @ Your Friend From Florida for her Wednesday Medley.
NATIONAL V-J DAY (Victory over Japan Day)National V-J Day on August 14th commemorates the day in 1945 when news broke around the world the Imperial Government of Japan would surrender ending a long a grueling world war. In Europe, the date was August 15 due to the time zone, but regardless, the celebrations that broke out were no less zealous

1.  I'm sure many kids today have no idea what V-J Day is all about.  Did you have a loved one who fought in WWII? No, I did not have any relatives in WWII, but my husband's Father was in the war stationed in Germany. I never met him, he passed before I met my sweetie. 
2.  The iconic sculpture from the famous photograph of  "The Unconditional Surrender" has been defaced recently because of the #metoo movement. I know we can get very political about this subject, but just keeping it in the spirit for which it was created, what are your thoughts? I think it was just a moment of excitement between two kids at the end of the war. Nothing more or nothing less....

3.  Terri's grandson, Tristan, loved playing a game called "Axis & Allies".  It was quite complicated, took up the entire dining room table, and was not something Terri wanted to play (Grandpa understood it and played though).  Can you name three Axis countries and five of the many Allies (okay to look it up!)? Never heard of this game; looked it up: Axis:  Germany, Italy, Japan.  Allies:  United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Denmark.
4.  Terri was surprised to learn that most historians agree that WWII began when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Others say it started when Japan invaded Manchuria on September 18, 1931. And some scholars suggest WWII is actually a continuation of WWI, with a break in between.  Have you ever visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii or any other WWII memorials around the world? I have visited Pearl Harbor in the late 70's, but no other large memorials. We do have a small memorial in our city park with names of local veterans.
5.  Calvin Graham was only 12 years old during WWII when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before the Navy found out how old he was.  (God bless him.) Terri doesn't know any 12-year olds today who could qualify or get away with something like that.  Times are so very different now but (in the US) we do have ROTC in high schools.  Do you know anyone who started in ROTC and went on to enlist in one of the services? Yes, I had an acquaintance who was in ROTC, went on to the Naval Academy, finished his six years of active duty, and then went to prison...probably not the best ending for a military man.... 
6.  Please tell us something about your week so far. This weekend my family (on my Mother's side) traveled to our place in Blue Ridge, GA for a family reunion. My Mother is still alive and was able to join the event. We had a great time reconnecting after so many years. Below are some photos of the weekend...
Black Family Reunion 2019

Tubing Trip Down the Tocooa River
The Cousins - Janet, Lori, Jennifer, Linda

Core Family Members - The bloodline continues!
Chillin' on the porch.
View from the porch...Blue Ridge Mountains.
Cheers!  Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

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  1. Family reunions are just THE BEST!! Yours looks like it was a blast! Thanks for joining the Medley today! I enjoyed your answers!