Post Partum Paddy's Update

Hello All there - I guess I recuperated enough to write this and you've recuperated enough to read it. Had quite a craic over the week-or-so-long preparations and festivities for the paddy's Day goings on in Savannah. Carroll Brown, Harry O'Donoghue and I had quite the time holding forth with Vic Power and his terrific crew at Kevin Barry's. Glad to have shared the upstairs stage on Paddy's Day itself with Mike & Colleen Settle, who anchor the Savannah Ceilidh Band during the Sunday evening sessions at Kevin Barry's. All through the time we got to see old friends from the police departments and fire departments of cities and states as far afield as The Big Apple, NY/NJ, Philly, Beantown, Chi, Cleveland, DC, FLA, and of course GA from Savannah to Atlanta to Augusta to Statesboro and beyond. Got to meet people from just about every state in the union as well as British North America (read: Canada). We all sang and laughed and had a couple of drinks and, as my old friend Michael Joyce - The Roving Galway Boy - used to put it, "schwetted to beat the band"! This was the 185th St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah and the Grand Marshal, Fr. Patrick O'Brien, and his Aides frequented the pub on several occasions over the time. I think they might have been checking to see if we were all still compos mentis. We were - more or less. Gratified to see so many locally stationed soldiers from the 1st Ranger BN , the 160th AVN BN and 3rd ID since they weren't deployed in numbers as they have been over Paddy's Days in recent years. Also got visited by the US Coast Guard by was of the USCGC Tarpon and USCGC Sea Dragon who were in port over the time. We also had contingents from the Air Force, Navy and Marines - (including a couple of Sr. DIs from San Diego MCRD, 2nd BN. They're very pleasant The Concert at The Pulaski Theatre that I played along with Fire in the Kitchen went over very well. What a beautiful venue. The board of directors and volunteers are going to have quite a showcase before too long. I mean it's nice now, but it's getting better and better. I was indeed playing in a piece of history. The theatre was built as a vaudeville house in 1911. I felt right at home. The Savannah World War II Memorial is scheduled to break ground on Memorial Day this year. it will be located on a platform on Rousakis Plaza on the Savannah River, just outside Kevin Barry's. If you'd would care to make a donation, you can contact the Savannah Veterans' Council or click here to buy a commemorative, inscribed brick. Got this from the Navy League: Vets can now salute the flag For years, Veterans have wanted to salute the U.S. flag during the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem instead of just placing their hand over their heart. Now they can. A Congressional Amendment sponsored by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 specifically states that “members of the Armed Forces and Veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute.” Veterans can salute the flag during the National Anthem as well as during “the hoisting, lowering and passing of the flag.” “The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one’s military service,” said Inhofe. “Veterans and service members continue representing the military services even when not in uniform. The U.S. Code is now consistent for Veterans and all service members in regards to the symbolic gesture of the military salute.” I guess that's about it for now. Kevin Barry's website is still in the midst of reconstruction, so the calendar is inoperable at the moment. I'll shoot you a note when it's up and running. Just so you've got the skinny, I'll be there next 20-26 April. Take care and please join me in keeping our troops in prayer and mind. Drop a line when ever you like.

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