5 September Update

realize this note arrives fast on the heels of my last update, but I had to mention a couple of things. I'll be at Kevin Barry's (www.kevinbarrys.com) this coming Monday -Sunday (8 - 14 September). I'm looking forward to a fine time, in spite of the hurricane threats, an hope you can join me. Of course, this week included the 11th, which - as if anyone needs reminding - is the 7th anniversary of the atrocity that was 9-11-01. I suspect we'll be doing some remembering and singing a few that will commemorate that day and the days since. 9/11 National Remembrance Flag What the flag represents: The background The blue on each side of the flag represents the color of the state flags for each state where a plane was downed - New York, Pennsylvania & Virginia. The black in the center of the flag represents the sorrow we feel for the innocent lives lost from this tragedy: those on the planes, those working in the towers, the Pentagon, and the rescue workers whom lost their lives during the rescue. The stars The stars represent the 4 planes that crashed and the innocent lives lost on those planes and in the buildings. The blue star represents the Pentagon & American Airlines Flight 77, and for the innocent passengers and the lives lost in the Pentagon. The 2 white stars represent each of the towers at the World Trade Center, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, the innocent passengers on those flights, the lives lost (both those in the buildings and the rescue workers) and those that survived. The red star represents United Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the innocent passengers, and those who sacrificed their lives to protect the loss of other innocent lives. The color of the stars (red, white & blue) is representation of our United States flag. All 4 stars are touching, as well as the 2 white stars to touch the blue in the flag - this represents our 'unity' in the United States. On the 19th, I'll be traveling to Cleveland with my old pal Mike Chaney. I'm honored to have been asked to perform that evening at the 2008 National Ranger Battalion Association Reunion (www.rangerfamily.org). I'll be playing that evening for these World War II Veterans of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Ranger Battalions. Now I know these fellows are still tough guys; I've played for some of them before. However, I have not been surrounded by so many of them. That's one of the reasons Chaney is coming along - I might need the help of that old, retired MSGT if the fellows get out of hand. Also, Chaney was handpicked as an NCO by MG (ret) Kenneth C. Leuer when he was in command of the 1st BN when it was constituted in back in 1974. To be double safe, in case Chaney gets out of hand, General Leuer, himself, will be in attendance. I'm going to be in some pretty heady company on the 19th. Also, I've been told by an old Marine buddy of mine, Ray Kinder, and asked to pass along to you that 19 September has been officially designated as National POW/MIA Recognition Day http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/ The Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office states as follows A Pentagon ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be held on Friday, Sept.19, 2008, the third Friday of the month. This is the traditional day of the month for that observance each year.This ceremony will feature troops from each of the military services. The president will issue a proclamation commemorating the observances and reminding the nation of those Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country. http://www.pow-miafamilies.org/ http://www.aiipowmia.com/ I guess that's about it for now. There's a war going on. It will be won, as have others, by brave men and women. I remember them and thank them all. Join me anytime.

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