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Special Feature : Veteran’s Day 2014

Posted in American Flag, American Military, bereavement, Cemetery, Death, Faith, Family, Funeral, Funerary Customs, Heroism, History, Holidays, Legacy, Life, Loss, Memorialization, Mourning, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Patriotism, Remembrance, Soldiers, Thought For Today, Tradition, Veterans, Video Clips, Vietnam War, WAR, WWII with tags , , on November 11, 2014 by Morguie

Honoring the Fallen…here and in many, many other media, as well as most cemeteries, and military establishments, there will be honors, tributes, and ceremonies …we thought we would try to find something to present that most of us have never seen or been aware of, when it comes to ‘cultural’ differences in  various military funerary customs. The beauty and solemnity of the rituals in the clip below will surely leave an impression on you that won’t easily be forgotten.

God Bless All Who Serve In Defense of Their Country and to preserve Freedom, Liberty, and Human Rights which come at terrible expense through the bloodshed of war.


Please take a moment to see this clip of a U.S. Marine being honored by his Native American Lakota community in:

US Marines Lakota Indian Warrior Burial Ceremony


September Is National Pet Memorial Month

Posted in Animals, bereavement, Birds, Children, Family, Grief, Life, Love, Memorialization, Military Dogs, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pet Loss, Pets, Relationships, Remembrance, Soldiers, Veterans, Video Clips, WAR on September 28, 2014 by Morguie


The link will take pet owners to a special site dedicated to Pet Loss. There is a free memorial page there, too, to insert a tribute to your departed pet, if you wish.



That banner is needing no explanation.


Today, we decided to highlight the working dogs of the military…much like their law enforcement counterparts, these animals are highly specialized and trained to work in combat zones. We hope you enjoy these very short clips honoring the soldier-handlers and their partners.

Did you know that with military dogs, the government does not recognize them as soldiers or valuable members of the force…instead they are “G.I. equipment.’  When a mission has been completed they take the dogs away from the soldier assigned to handle the dog, re-assigning the animal to another mission of duty or retiring the animal to work in civilian duty. I put some links at the end of this post for further information about what happens to these awesome dogs after their duty is done.

Sadly, there is a startling item discussing how Obama administration has euthanized 1200 of these retired animals; the U.K. also does this according to another item I saw. So, there is a movement underway by the soldiers themselves to see about getting adoptions going for a great many of these animals so they might be spared and allowed to live their days out with a family or working with police or fire agencies.


The police K-9’s that are recognized as bona fide police officers have a life-partner handler…the officers live and work together and are bonded like family to each other. Each of their lives depends upon each other and it likely rivals any human-to-human bond…there is a special trust that humans do not fully possess with each other that a dog and his handler DO have.







In 2000, Bill Clinton passed a law that required handlers of retired service dogs to rehabilitate and retrain the dogs to make them adoptable.

Each retired dogs goes through a process to make it adoptable. A video of aggression test performed on the dog are sent to Lackland AFB to be reviewed and evaluated to determine whether the dog is adoptable.

Sadly, that is not always the case. If a service dog is determined unadoptable or is not adopted in a certain length of time, the dog may be euthanized. Euthanasia is the act of killing a sick or injured animal for reasons of mercy. Dogs not adopted or euthanized for medical reasons are sent to Lackland AFB for use in training dog handlers.

Dago is reaching the end of the allotted adoption time and having been deemed not medically fit for reassignment, is nearing his time to be euthanized.

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September 11, 2014 — Patriot’s Day

Posted in American Flag, American Military, Death, Heroism, History, Hope, Life, Losing A Parent, Loss, Memorialization, Mourning, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Parenting, Patriot's Day, Personal power, Relationships, Remembrance, Soldiers, Thought For Today, Tragic death, WAR with tags , , on September 11, 2014 by Morguie
English: A collection of photographs of those ...

English: A collection of photographs of those killed (except for 92 victims and terrorists) during the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001. See also: en:Category:Victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: V...

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: View of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. (Image: US National Park Service ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)







English: (Sept. 11, 2006) - Illustration displ...

English: (Sept. 11, 2006) – Illustration displays crew members taking the time during Operation Enduring Freedom to remember the tragedy which occurred September 11, 2001. The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are currently on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy Graphic by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sabrina Parker (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Readers:


Please DO take great care and be aware always that their are evildoers looking for retribution, revenge, and sometimes the vanquishment of our Western world, our ways,  and our people.


Today marks the 13th anniversary of the most awful day ever witnessed on the U.S. home shores, when terrorists massacred thousands in the name of their God and their fanatical extremist doctrine.  We  all tend to be complacent when a little time passes…I do sincerely bid you all a safe and beautiful, normal, uneventful even, late summer day….that none is harmed in the name of war or religious zealotry.  I have an awful rumble… down in the belly, and I feel a sense of foreshadowing…I really hope that we will never have to fear this bloodshed or terrorism again…I just wanted you to know I and the little Furry One will have you all in our thoughts and well-wishes on this somber, unforgettable day of Remembrance…Patriot’s Day, here in America.  Remember the lessons we learned that fateful day. Yes…there are enemies who will try again and stop at nothing to see us destroyed and removed from this world. It is not a stretch to believe it will happen again, or be attempted at least.


So keep well and keep yourselves aware…and be ready to dodge harm, should it cross paths with you.  That’s how we will thwart the evil plans and foil those who might conspire to bring on our demise.


Countries in which Islamist terrorist attacks ...

Countries in which Islamist terrorist attacks have occurred on or after September 11, 2001. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Morguie and I want to simply say thank you for reading this blog. We’ve hit on some sad times…a lot of them over the past couple of months…it’s been hard to work up the energy or the creative juices to post much lately…and we apologize.




I learned today that my ex-husband’s mother is quite seriously ill…this is especially hard on my daughters…they are close to both of our mothers. God knows, they were the mainstay and the stability during the harder years of our marriage, and the ensuing post-divorce years. I worked 2 and sometimes 3 jobs to get through those first few years and I would have been at an utter loss to find loving, protective care for those hours I was away….Jan and my Mama both jumped right in to help in every way. I am so grateful that I wasn’t forced to leave them in a stranger’s care. The girls have a very strong bond and now they are facing great concern and worry for GeeMa Jan.


I hope I can help ease their sadness and pain over their great worry for her… it’s always hard to find the right words or assemble them into something comforting or meaningful at a time like this.




Funeral directors, who are  supposed to know all of the right things to say and do,  sometimes have trouble finding their way to lend comfort and solace to those closest to us who grieve— and some of us even feel a bit of angst over a family or friend’s death or illness…

But, I must be able to gently comfort my kids and assure them they can lean on Mommy as they try to understand and accept this situation. For now…I do know this:




We only have today…which is a gift — that’s why they call it the ‘present.’

Tomorrow is never guaranteed to us. Live today like there is no tomorrow.

And perhaps today, we here in the Free World might pause,



take time to give a quiet moment up in thoughts of those who were lost September 11, 2001,  as well as for those who defend our nations against evil and terrorist acts.


And, by all means,  we Americans should fly  Old Glory, our beautiful and resilient flag.




Go In Peace, till next time!


Thanks…   CJ and Morguie


In Front of Our House

In Front of Our House




English: Memorial mural plaque dedicated to th...

English: Memorial mural plaque dedicated to the firefighters killed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center (New York, NY). “May we never forget.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Unexpected Special Heroes

Posted in American Military, Animals, bereavement, Cemetery, D-Day, Death, Eulogy, Faith, Funeral, Gratitude, Grief, Heroism, History, Holidays, K-9 officers, Korean War, Law Enforcement, Life, Loss, Love, Memorialization, Military Dogs, Mourning, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pets, Relationships, Remembrance, Soldiers, Thought For Today, Tradition, Tragic death, Veterans, Video Clips, Vietnam War, WAR, WWII on June 8, 2014 by Morguie

oursoldiers Although May is the traditional month given to the remembrance of the fallen, those enlisted men and women who died while serving and defending their countries, we wanted to remind folks that everyone’s  gratitude is encouraged every day.  

We believe it is so easy to forget and take for granted basic freedoms and domestic security  we enjoy in the homeland and abroad.   A quick, personal conscious reflection upon this helps make us more aware of the people who handle these worries and dangers so that the rest of us may go about our lives in peace. And it underscores our debt of gratitude and appreciation owed for this assurance of security, liberty, and  freedom to pursue our personal happiness in attaining dreams we envision for ourselves.

  Let us never forget: freedom comes with a heavy price — the lives of countless countrymen and patriots.

The full month of May is actually dedicated to those in enlisted service here in America. The Armed Forces of all branches of our defense are acknowledged and recognized for the active duty personnel; Memorial Day acknowledging those who’ve died, of course.


Even though it is now June, we wanted to pay honor and tribute to the dogs who serve as soldiers and police officersin this post.


These dogs are highly trained and specialize in tasks which expose them to some of the most hazardous duties that no man is capable of doing. The cop or soldier who handles the dog is indeed the partner of the animal throughout his service.  Sometimes they die together on the job. They are partners until the end, usually.

We wanted to pay tribute to the dog-soldiers with the following clip.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!



It is also the month to remember those who lose their lives protecting and serving on police duty; those who put their lives on the line in the name of public safety here at home.

A favorite fellow blogger, Samina, dedicates her blog to the police and public safety officers’ support. She features  some very interesting posts about the K 9 dogs, including some really cute pics!



From the “Officer Down Memorial Page” (, these are the K 9 officers lost in 2014,  all died due to causes which came about as they were on-duty, working.  “EOW” means End of Watch/Date of Death

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch Police, Michigan K9 Remi Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch Police, MI EOW: Monday, January 13, 2014 Cause of Death: Automobile                    accident

Davie County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina K9 Gorky Davie County Sheriff’s Office, NC EOW: Thursday, January 23, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire

Petersburg Police Department, Virginia K9 Jager Petersburg Police Department, VA EOW: Monday, January 27, 2014 Cause of Death: Fall

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania K9 Rocco Pittsburgh Police Department, PA EOW: Thursday, January 30, 2014 Cause of Death: Stabbed

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government K9 Maros United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, US EOW: Wednesday, March               12, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon K9 Mick Portland Police Bureau, OR EOW: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire

Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Maryland K9 Ike Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, MD EOW: Saturday, May 3, 2014 Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Read more:

k9graveLVsun3  Officer Down is a large compiled database of those police killed in the line of duty in U.S. with records going back to the 1800’s, perhaps further. It is a worthwhile place to visit.


Hugs,  CJ and Morguie

© C.S. Thompson, 2014.

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