|Tom "Homer" W. (#46801357)|
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I discovered Find a Grave by accident soon after the death of our precious daughter, Marjorie. She was my first entry. I have added family members, friends, and others that I have no connection with but simply wanted to add them on these pages. I will have more of my family entered in the future. My wife and I are retired and we love it! I love riding the back-roads on my Harley and can't seem to ride past an old cemetery.....I love walking through them and find peace and quiet in them. Thanks so much to everyone that has placed notes, tokens, and have sponsored my memorials. God bless you all. |
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|Anne Beckman||RE: ~ GOOD FRIDAY ~ HAPPY EASTER ~|
I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!
I did, as I finally recovered from a very nasty
cold, which I'd had for a MONTH! I just began
catching up on things, and rested, which I still
need. Bill had a great time at the track, as
he always does. He either takes me out for
dinner or gives me some spending money, as I so
graciously let him go out...so this time, I got
some $$$ and bout some Chinese takeout for dinner,
as he turned in super early, as he had to get up
at 3:30am, to get a bus to take him and his
brother to the track! I have some left over and
will add to it, to do something else nice for
It is VERY much needed: this spring was a HARD
one, as I kept thinking I was going to go to
Chicago, with a friend, and our mothers, and a
friend of my mother's...BUT... my friend had to
be hospitalized, for an intestinal operation.
Then, came my cold! We are still going, but
not until my friend is completely recovered; in
the late summer, or early fall. As if that were
not enough, my physical revealed my kidneys are
functioning a little less than the last two
times. SOOO, I have to get a renal ultrasound,
on June 6th. (D-day!) I had just gotten up
when I got the news and was full of the cold,
which, as it makes my emotional vulnerability,
caused by the cancer, made me get mad and sad
about the ultrasound, as I should not have done.
Especially when I had to call my mom about it!
I was nearly in tears... I told her I just wanted
to be NORMAL and I'd FORGOTTEN what that was
like. Of course, my sweet mom got upset, also.
HOWEVER...we DID CALM DOWN. We KNOW: this is
NOT A BIG DEAL.. the change is SLIGHT! Doctors
gotta do this, to make sure there IS NO BIG DEAL.
(Also, as my dad says, to cover their tails.)
ANYHOO...please pray for me! Bill is telling his
insurance company what's what now, as I had to
tell mine, last year: he does NOT have Medicare
as well as United Health Care, as I do. He ONLY
has United Health Care! SO, more than a few bills
need to be straightened out about that...thank
God, they are smaller ones, than the oncology!
How was YOUR Memorial Day Weekend? Did you do
any biking? The weather has been GORGEOUS, after
some heavy rain, hasn't it? I hope your shingles
has been LONG GONE!
I do pay a little attention to the race, but what
I focus most upon is PAYING HOMAGE TO THE FALLEN
and to THOSE WHO SERVED. Instead of the Memorial
Day Program, in Washington, D.C., PBS has had,
on TED Talks, and POV, focus on AMERICA'S
LONGEST WAR. TED Talks featured speakers who
told the audience how they can help a veteran
adjust to home, by lowering the race relations
rioting (reasons for) the widening gap between
the rich and poor, and the loneliness. Also,
how to help the good citizens in the war zone
and to destroy ISIS by destroying what it uses
to feed itself and how INCREDIBLY INEXPENSIVE
ALL weapons are, in the hot zones of the world.
(A woman working in UNICEF said an AK-47 can be
bought for $10 in Somalia, where she's seen so
many babies starved/dehydrated to death, as their
mothers fail to make it to a UNICEF relief
station on time, as they are beaten, for any
money boys/men think these desperate women may
have, which these violent men would immediately
spend on a gun or a grenade. I LEARNED SOOOO
MUCH!!! POV (It must stand for Point OF View)
took cameras in (barely any narration, or
explanation) an army veterans' hospital, where a
support group was repeatedly meeting. MY GOD...
THE TEARS, ANGER, SELF-BLAME, TERRIBLE MEMORIES.
Both made me SOOOOO PROUD to be in Soldiers'
Angels and DETERNINED to stay there, for LIFE!
My last "finished" soldier whom I could send
packages to, before Bill's hospitalization made
only letter writing possible (I pray by this time
next year, I'll be back to making the goody
packages!) asked me, in April, to be a FaceBook
friend of his, so that made me feel GREAT!
He is back home in Texas, still working for
the army. I always watch the D-Day scene of
Saving Private Ryan and Charles Durning's speech
of his D-day experience, during the PBS
Memorial Day Program, a few years ago. Finally,
I give thanks to Bob Hope and (I cannot write or
say this without getting teary) my Sweet Pops,
through Jesus on findagrave, for what they did,
during WWII. Pops was not involved in D-day...
he fought in Bastogne, France. I saw it acted
out, thanks to HBO'S BAND OF BROTHERS. OH GOD...
to see the exploding pine trees and blood on
the snow, KNOWING my grandfather experienced
that! He did go back to see the memorial, in
the summer of 1985. He was shot in one leg, so
he got a Purple heart. Also, a proud as can be
granddaughter brags: HE WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE
STAR. At his funeral, my dad proudly took the
flag, after the 21-gun salute. All were teary,
but PROUD. My mother's father worked stateside,
in New York City, as a quartermaster. The fort
was NEAR NYC, I should say. One of my dad's
sister's (his middle sister) did serve a tour of
Vietnam. He did not have any major injuries,
or PTSS, but he NEVER spoke about it. I think I
told yo u of my 5 or 6 year old self helping Mommy
buy a big box of Hickory Farms goody box, which
she and Dad sent to Uncle Bill, for Christmas.
He got it and profusely thanked my wonderful
parents! (One of my motivations for joining
Soldiers' Angels...if you are blessed enough to
have a soldier who can write/e-mail you, and he
or she gets it and says how ELATED he/she is
with it...you are JUST IN HEAVEN!
OH, MY FRIEND...wouldn't Earth be so much like
Heaven IF WE STOPPED ISIS AND ALL VIOLENCE?
WHEW...HEAVY STUFF, but damn it, that was
MEMORIAL DAY...NOT JULY 4TH!!! I do get mad at
all the drunken, drugged, no -thinking-about WHY-
this- day- was- MADE- A-HOLIDAY-partying, which
so frequently causes accidents and children who
know nothing of WHAT IT MEANS, goes on, by
MILLIONS OF SHALLOW FOOLS. Just as Sunday is
supposed to be a day of rest, but A HOLY DAY.
As I close, here, FINALLY, is a FUNNY: In Pensi-
cola, Florida, a BIG alligator was meandering
across a golf course! I saw it on MSN, then
the NBC Evening news. Good thing my brother and
his wife and family live in TAMPA!
As the alligators and crockodiles do:
LET'S KEEP GRINNING!!! LOVE and PEACE ANNE
Thank you Tom, for leaving a flower and a quote for my beloved furbaby, Javier. I miss him so much. I read your Marjorie's page and looked at her photos. How your heart must ache. May God bless and keep you and your wife in HIs comfort and safekeeping. Thanks again for taking the time to care.
|Joy LeMay||Thank you|
From the family of Curtis Emerson LeMay for coming to visit his memorial and THANK YOU SIR for serving in SAC.