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Thursday, September 08, 2005

09 September!!! - - - Pause To Celebrate

Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

Two hundred and twenty-nine years ago, on this day, 09 September 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution officially changing the name of our country from "UNITED COLONIES" to "UNITED STATES".

Is that not sufficient reason for celebration, commemoration, and pause for reflection?

If you are as old as I am, do you remember reading the "
POGO" ( comic strips, drawn by Walt Kelly (

If so, then you will appreciate me warning you that "Friday the Thirteenth comes on a Tuesday this month!"

Doesn't it cause us to pity today's youth, as they are deprived of reading the "
POGO" comic strip, and don't know anything about it?

I'm attaching an official
N.O.A.A. ( photograph to this e-mail of the Naval Home in Gulfport, Mississippi after it was hit by Hurricane Katrina (

The original photograph was cropped in order to focus specifically on the
Naval Home.

The structure appears intact, but the damage was bad enough that everyone there had to be evacuated to the
Soldiers' Home in Washington, D.C. (

The photograph was sent to me by a retiree in Florida who was on the waiting list, hoping to be admitted to the
Naval Home.

But, with the hurricane damage in
Gulfport, he'll have to decide if he wants to be admitted instead to our Armed Forces Retirement Home ( here in Washington, D.C., as this now is the only option remaining.

Anyway, I think we should all celebrate TODAY's date, because we are the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

I'll be posting this in
my personal blog (, and I'll also conceal the identity of each individual e-mail recipient, in order to protect your privacy.

I don't consider public discussion GROUPS as "individuals", thus those addresses remain visible.

Also, the attached photograph will not appear at some Internet discussion group web sites, as their e-mail settings do not accept attachments.

Party hearty, y'all!

Thank you.
John Robert Mallernee, KB3KWS
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

" - - -
the blood is strong, the heart is Highland, and we in dreams behold the Hebrides."

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