Veterans Day

The following is a post that I first published in 2013. I saw some Facebook post that
were the reason I wrote this 4 years ago.

Veterans Day is an official US holiday and is observed on November 11th. It is a day to honor those who have served in the armed services.

This day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives while serving.

One thing that I do not like to hear is when people say “Happy Veterans Day”.

Frank Parkinson

Frank Parkinson

My father, Frank Parkinson, was in the Army during the Korean War. He never talked about what happened and evaded or changed the subject when questioned.

After Dad passed away, I learned that he was involved in hand to hand combat. The fighting was so fierce that he had to use a shovel to kill a North Korean solider. I can’t imagine what he experienced during those moments. I now know he thought about this every day.

Dad was a Christian. He read the Bible every day. I hope that he has found peace in heaven.

So when hear the words “Happy Veterans Day” I cringe and think about what someone who has experienced the horrors of war, who can’t have a day pass without remembering, who have a lifetime of issues because of what happened to them in a land far away, what goes through their mind.

So, please, please, honor those who have served. Say thanks or buy them a meal. Don’t say “Happy” and force them to remember the unspeakable memories that they think about every day.

My first use of Gutenberg Editor

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Wapuu image from WC Konchi

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So, I recorded a video with Tammie Lister yesterday about the Gutenberg Editor and used this website. Below is the finished video….

The Story of Bob

A story by Camryn Uscio and John Parkinson.

“Bob, get up!”


Bob rolled over in bed, hearing his mother calling for him to get out of bed. He started to go back to sleep but then he remembered that today was the first day of school!

Yes! Bob jumped out of bed and ran downstairs where is mother was waiting for him. He looked at the kitchen table and saw that his mother had his breakfast ready to eat. Bob sat down and started eating his cereal. He told his mommy that he was happy that today was the day he would finally get to go to school!

Bob finally got to school. He was so exited to meet his teacher! When he got to his classroom his teacher was not there! On the first day of school!
Instead of Mrs.Smith he had a really mean substitute. Bob got really mad!
The substitute teachers name was Mrs. Meanface. She had a REALLY mean face and she was very loud! Everybody in Bob's class was scared of her. Some kids cried when she talked.

Finally it was lunch time and the kids went to the cafeteria. Bob opened his lunch.There was his favorite sandwich, carrots, celery and an…….ONION! Bob's mommy put an onion in his lunch instead of an apple!

Bob did not know what to do. He took the onion up to Mrs. Meanface to show her. He held the onion up to her even though he was scared. Mrs. Meanface looked down at Bob, a frown on her face and said"What do you want Bob?" Bob just stood there with the onion in his hand. He didn't know what to say.

Mrs.Meanface took the onion from bob. Several seconds went by and she started to smile. "Bob, I love onions, how did you know?' She took a great big bite and had a great big smile on her face!

“Mmmmmm,I love onions Bob! You made me a very happy substitute teacher today!"

Bob came back from lunch and recess. And Mrs.Meanface turned into Mrs.Happyface! And it turned out to be the best day of school!

The end!