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Lest We Forget

Thank You Veterans

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae  May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Poppy exhibit, honoring Britain's fallen, being installed by volunteers.

The Last Post.

Victory at Sea was a curiosity for me as a young person.
How could nations and people sacrifice so much?

The highest respect a soldier can render to a fallen brother. The graves at Normandy.




A great story, about a great place, on a great day . . .
(Thanks to Roger Crosland)

 Bogi and Bacall on Santana

For 12 years, from 1945 until his death in 1957, Humphrey Bogart and his wife, Lauren Bacall, owned Santana, a 55-foot Sparkman-Stephens sailboat. They spent many weekends on their yacht exploring the waters of Southern California, frequently anchoring at either White’s Landing or Cherry Cove.

One Fourth of July, Bogie and Bacall sailed to Cherry Cove with their sailing companions, David Niven and his wife Hjordis. In his memoirs, Niven recalled this Catalina weekend:

Frank Sinatra rafted-up alongside us in a chartered motor cruiser with several beautiful girls and a small piano. After dinner, with Jimmy Van Heusen accompanying him, Sinatra began to sing. He sang all night. There were many more yachts in Cherry Cove that weekend, and by two in the morning, under a full moon, Santana was surrounded by an audience sitting in dozens of dinghies and rubber tenders of every shape and size. Frank sang till the moon and stars paled in the dawn sky. Only then did he stop, and only then did the awed and grateful audience paddle silently home.

 Cherry Cove, Santa Catalina Island


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