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As we end the month of May, 2016

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Four years ago in the bright sunshine of Denver Colorado. two children of God were united in Marriage. Second Lieutenants Samantha Berthiaume and Zed Davies, recent Air Force Academy graduates were ready to begin their lives as one family.

As a grandparent I’d like to say I’m as proud as a Peacock, but I wont. I mean really, how can a Rooster say something like that. That big multi colored flowing train is just not in my genetic makeup.The Rooster is proud of you and he thanks you for your service. Oh, and thanks for the Great grandkids also.

Wedding Day

Four years later, having lived in Florida, Mississippi and Oklahoma, the parents of three children were promoted to Captain in a joint ceremony at Tinker, AFB, Oklahoma this past week.

Taking the Oath @ promotion to Captain

I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.[1]

We can be thankful to those that will take this oath. God Bless America and the 1% who do.

Our future is in good hands.


A future astronaut practices launch position.

Honoring the Fallen

As we end the month of May 2016, let us take a moment and pay our respects through thought and prayer to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for you and I.

I feel we can celebrate what we have on this Memorial Day by remembering what the memorializing was for. As young boy growing up in Audubon, New Jersey I still vividly recall the 21 gun salute fired at the American Legion in honor of those who sacrificed their lives in WW II. Here are those memorials at Murray – Trout Post #262.

Memorials to the fallen.

Red Poppys commemorated the Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.[1] The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May,[2] originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.[3] By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.[1] It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.


The poppy flower adorned the battlefields of Flanders Field in France during World War I, and was looked upon by those serving as a living symbol of their fallen comrades’ sacrifices. In 1920 after World War I, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion Family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war, and distribution of poppies became a Legion national program in 1924. To this day, thanks in large part to the American Legion Auxiliary, the poppy is nationally recognized and worn as a symbol of sacrifice made by the men and women who served and died for their country during a time of war.

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  1. mmd32454 says:

    Nice remembrance brother! Our fathers’ names are on the WW 2 memorial as servicemen as well as our cousin Bill Pechmann, your Uncle George and many, many, family friends. Today Audubon is the building site of another memorial: the 9/11 memorial next to the Fire Department. Please think about researching and writing about that for your followers!

  2. marijo1245 says:

    Mr.Rooster, thank you! Both of my grandfather’s fought in WW2 and I am proud. For generations my ancestors fought for this nation and I am proud. Thank your for your post. Here’s to honoring our heros!

    Ps. Your family is beautiful!

    • Thank you Marijo. Amen on honoring all who served and we can not forget those at home who kept the house going while they were away. Too often their sacrifices are forgotten. Semper Fi

  3. Bun Karyudo says:

    They were both promoted to captain at the same time in the same ceremony? That’s extremely cool! I love the picture of the sleeping toddler and the caption that accompanies it. Classic!

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