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Please Fly Your American Flag Tomorrow (9/11)

We Will Always Remember September 11, 2001

Fifteen years ago tomorrow (9/11/01) Muslim terrorists in an act of outright war hijacked four US commercial airliners and in an act of religious extremism and Islamic Jihad. They flew two of the flights into the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City and a third into the Pentagon.

On the fourth hijacked flight which was scheduled to crash into the White House or the Capitol, the passengers overwhelmed the hijackers and crashed United flight #93 in to a field in central Pennsylvania.This was just one of literally thousands acts of heroism carried out that day. Unfortunately, these unprovoked acts of Muslim terror committed on Americans on American soil that day 15 years ago cost close to 3,000 innocent Americans their lives. Each of them was a hero and a martyr..

Please fly your American Flag at 1/2 staff* tomorrow in memory of everyone who lost their life that horrendous day and to honor their families, their loved ones, their friends and the thousands of survivors who were perpetually scarred by the events of 9/11/01.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

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*Note – The US Flag Code specifies that when the American Flag can not be flown at 1/2 staff (for example when it is attached to a house or is displayed on a podium stand) it should be displayed on designated days with a black banner or black ribbon  as shown below.

 

9/10/16

Also posted on the We Remember Blog

In Loving Memory Of

PAT FLEMING

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The Crusty Conservative™

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

New “We Remember” Post 8/23/16

We Remember

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…when other than one on one personal conversations 

the U.S. Mail was our major means of communication!

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8/23/16

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

New “We Remember” Post 8/18/16

We Remember

that our 1st Date Was During The Hot, Hot “Dog Days” Of Summer

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         Montgomery County Park

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                       Willow Grove Park

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8/16/16

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

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 Dear Crusty Conservative Subscriber,

The Crusty Conservative Frank Fleming and his late wife Pat (shown below) are also the publishers of the“werememberblog.com” website.

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Frank & Pat Fleming

Frank is a retired businessman who, with his  late wife of 50+ years Pat, have put together the We Remember Blog and website to share their “war stories” and memories of places and things that are no longer here and about their lives growing up in 1940s and 1950s.

You and all Crusty Conservative subscribers are sincerely invited  to visit and enjoy the

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

New “We Remember” Post

The Hot, Hot “Dog Days” Of Summerplaying under hose

….or “We Remember” how, we tried to keep cool, in the 1940s and 1950s,when we didn’t have air-conditioning and the temperatures soared.

Visit the We Remember Blog &  Website (werememberblog.com) to read this post and Pat & Frank Fleming’s numerous other memories of growing up in small town America during the 1940s and 1950s.

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8/16/16

The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

Memorable Events That Occurred between April 26th & May 2nd

 

and Helped To Shape Today’s World.
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April 19th to April 25th

“While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.” Ronald Reagan

 

`April 29th A black day in 1975, as the U. S. evacuates Saigon leaving it in communist Viet Cong control. Congress had previously cut off major funding for the Viet Nam War leaving that country highly vulnerable.

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                    The fall of Saigon

April 30th In 1789, George Washington took the Oath of Office as the 1st President of the United States.

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    George Washington taking   the Presidential       Oath of  Office

May 1st 1898 U.S. Navy defeats the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Manila Bay.

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May 2nd – On this date in 2011, US Navy Seals kill terrorist Osama Bin Laden

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4/26/15

The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

We (will always) Remember…

…The US Navy Blue Angels

Several weeks ago, my wife and I published a post on our “We Remember Blog” about our then recent visit to the US Navy’s Blue Angels training site. Unfortunately that post was not also made available to the readers of the “Crusty Conservative’s” website.

In response to many requests from “Crusty Conservative” readers, that entire post including pix and video is posted below. 


 

159025_090106184040_Blue_angels_logo (2)Although the “We Remember Blog’s” primary purpose is to share our memories of growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, there are occasionally memorable current occurences that are “we will never forget” events that we want to record and share with our readers. One of those events occurred last week when, with our grandson Ryan Campopiano, we made an annual 250 mile, 3 day trip to the Mexican border and the small city of El Centro, Ca.

Each January, the US Navy’s Blue Angels precision flying team comes to the El Centro Naval Air Facility for 10 weeks of intense practice and training. Twice each day from January through  mid March, the Blue Angels team flies over El Centro, transitioning new pilots into the team, as well as learning and perfecting the maneuvers that will make up the upcoming season’s air show routine. Each week during this training additional, new maneuvers are learned, practiced and incorporated into the Blue Angels’ Demonstration (show) Program. By mid March, when we usually visit them, their program is well perfected and the team is ready for their 50 + show season. The first of these demonstrations is traditionally at the El Centro Air Show in March – This  year, last Saturday.

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The El Centro hay bales & some of the “Hay Balers”

The three of us are extremely fortunate to be part of a small informal group, known to the Blue Angels team as the “Hay Balers”, who have access to a semi-private viewing area less than 50 yards from the end of the El Centro Naval Air Facility’s main runway. The name “Hay Balers” derives from the high stacks of hay bales that the farmer who owns the property leaves each year at this vantage point and serves as a place from which we “Hay Balers” can watch the practices very close up. The hay bales also serve as a marker for the pilots as they perform their intricate maneuvers. On most days 20 or 30 spectators at most attend the daily practices. Some days the group includes a small contingent of the Blue Angels pilots’ spouses. As shown in the picture, many of the spectators (including the pilots’ wives) climb to the top of the 20 to 25 foot high hay stack for prime viewing. At our age however, we are content to sit in lawn chairs at ground level right in front of the stacks and watch from there.

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           Lead Soloist # 5 Lt. Mark Tedrow

From our vantage point at practice time, we can look across the airfield at the distinctive Blue Angels’ planes, watch the pilots climb in, lower their canopies and start their engines. When the practice is about to begin, the four pilots whose F-18s comprise the main formation called the diamond taxi their planes in precise formation to the opposite end of the runway from the hay bales. At the same time the two solo pilots Ryan Chamberlain #6 and Mark Tedrow #5  taxi their planes to our end of the runway and hold. As they pass the hay stacks, each soloist gives us a big wave and extends us greetings over his radio.

 

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   The Blue Angels’ Diamond Formation takes off                          & passes directly over our heads

At the appropriate time and at the opposite end of the runway, the Commanding Officer #1 or “Boss” – Captain Tom Frosch gives the order for the pilots in the “Diamond” to start their afterburners and then gives the command “Diamonds Roll”. From our end of the run we first see a cloud of grey, brown smoke from behind the four blue jets and hear a distant roar. Suddenly, four F-18 jets with full afterburners blazing are rushing down the runway directly at us at 400+ mph. About 25 yards from the end of the runway and at the most 50 yards directly in front of us, the four jets in unison become airborne and pass perhaps 50 to 100 feet directly over our heads. What an adrenaline rush!  Despite ear plugs, the noise is deafening. Our entire bodies feel the vibrations, our cars shake and car alarms go off as the four massive planes at full throttle pass directly overhead.

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          A Solo Pass

The two solo pilots then taxi to the end of the runway and wait as the four planes in the diamond perform their first three or four maneuvers. Then suddenly you are looking directly into the engines and afterburners of the two solo planes as they begin their side by side roll. Number 5, the lead soloist, hits his afterburner as soon as he begins his roll and before the mid-point of the runway is airborne and traveling straight up at 30,000 feet per minute. After the lead soloist quickly performs a number of loops and rolls, the opposing soloist (#6) hits his afterburner and joins # 5 in a number of looping and passing maneuvers. Thus the Blue Angels 40 minute demonstration begins directly over our heads. At times the planes appear to be at ground level and aiming directly for the hat bales and the “hay balers” only to pull up into a steep climb, a roll or a loop at the last second. What a show especially from such a close vantage point.

Absolutely Unbelievable!

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Each year on the Friday night before the El Centro Show, the base opens its gates and throwsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAa big party for the Blue Angels team complete with sky divers, motorcycle dare devils and fireworks. During the course of the evening, we have the opportunity and privilege to mix, meet and socialize with the entire Blue Angels team. When we tell the various teamOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmembers that we are “Hay Balers”, each and everyone lights up with a big smile, gives us a very warm hand shake and believe it or not sincerely thanks us for our interest in and loyalty to the Blue Angels.

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Sometimes Pat even gets a tight hug from one of the team.

What a fine group of young American Servicemen and Servicewomen! It makes you proud to be an American and be able to say that you saw and met some of America’s finest –

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“Up Close & Personal”.

“The Good Lord and Our Banker Be Willing”, we will go back next year, but if we cannot our previous trips to El Centro will be adventures that –

“We (Will Always) Remember”.

Pat & Frank Fleming

March 2015

Note – Our friends and fellow “Hay Balers” Mike & Kathy Witman from Milliken, CO spend every winter in El Centro and attend each and every Blue Angels practice from January to March. Mike is an accomplished video photographer and video tapes every practice which he then posts on You Tube daily

The video below was recorded by Mike from the top of the hay stacks last Thursday (3/12/15) – the same day that we attended a practice at that location. Mike’s video gives you a view of a Blue Angels demonstration from the “Hay Balers” perspective that we have come to enjoy and appreciate.

A couple of viewing notes if you watch the video:

  1. The young ladies shown on top of the Hay Stack at the beginning of the video are all wives of Blue Angel pilots
  2. Notice that when the soloists in planes # 5 & # 6 pass us and taxi into their holding positions, each of them give us a big wave and extend greeting to us via their radios.
  3. The guttural voice that you hear in the background during the demonstration is that of the Blue Angels Commanding Officer – Captain Tom Frosch calling cadence for the team (a liiiiiiiitle   moooooore   powerrrrrrrrrr) or giving commands (…..Brrrrrreak!) to the team
  4. When the Blue Angels at the end of the video the pilots turn on their landing lights and line up to land (about 18  minutes into the video) watch closely as each pilot gives the “Hay Balers” a big wave as they pass over the hay stacks.

 Thank You Kathy & Mike!


The Crusty Conservative

4/23/15

The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

Memorable Events That Occurred Between April 19th & April 25th

and Helped To Shape Today’s World.
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April 19th to April 25th

“While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.” Ronald Reagan

 

`April 19th – In 1942, 16 B-25 bombers under the command of General Jimmy Doolitle took off

30 seconds over Tokyofrom the aircraft carrier Hornet in the Western Pacific and bombed Tokyo in retaliation for Pearl Harbor.

April 19th The Revolutionary War begins in 1775 with the battles of Lexington and Concord (Mass.).concord

April 19th Texas wins its independence from Mexico on this date in 1836.

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                   The Battle at The Alamo

April 23rd In 1960 “The Crusty Conservative” and his wife Pat are married in Norristown Pennsylvania.

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April 24th Spain declares war on America 1898.

April 25th U. S. and Soviet troops meet and join forces at Germany’s Elbe River in 1945 signaling the practical end of World War II in Europe.

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     US & Soviet Forces meet at the Elbe River 

The Crusty Conservative

4/19/15

The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

Memorable Events That Occurred Between April 5th & April 18th

and Helped To Shape Today’s World.
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April 5th to April 18th

“While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.” Ronald Reagan

 

April 5th In 1968, Washington DC was occupied by U. S. troops in an attempt to protect public officials, citizens and property. Machine gun emplacements were set up at the Capitol, White House as well as other public buildings to protect them from black rioters who were looting and burning the Nation’s Capital. All routes into the city were closed and secured by armed troops while fire departments were called in from as far away as Pennsylvania to battle the fires started by the looting arsonists.

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Washington, DC April 1968

 

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April 6th Admiral Perry, in 1909, became the first man to reach the North Pole where he planted the American Flag.

April 9th General Robert E Lee, in 1865, surrendered the Confederate Army to General U. S. Grant at Appomattox Virginia – effectively ending the War Between the States.

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Grant & Lee at Appomatox

April 11th – in 1951, President Harry S. Truman fired General Douglas Mc Arthur, a World War II hero and the Commander of all U. S. Forces in Asia, for publicly disagreeing with him on the prosecution of the Korean War.

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General Mac Arthur leads          US return to the                  Philippines in 1945

April 12thConfederate forces In 1861 fired on Union held Fort Sumter in South Carolina beginning the War Between the States.

April 13th President Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, was born in 1743.

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    President Thomas                        Jefferson

April 14th Lincoln assassinated in 1865.

April 18th – Paul Revere undertakes his famous ride in 1775 to warn the Massachusetts’ town folk that “The British Are Coming”

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The Crusty Conservative

4/12/15

The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

 

“The Crusty Conservative” Honors…

…George Washington On His Birthday For What He Did Not Do!

 

Today on “The Father of Our Country” George Washington’s Birthday, Americans will bewashington thanksgiving remembering (hopefully) all of the many and great things that Washington did for this country and his numerous contributions to our freedom. The “Crusty Conservative” however chooses to honor him for something that he did not do which probably had a greater, more lasting and more profound effect on the United States than anything that he did do.

After the American Revolution and while the U.S. Constitution was being written and debated, great pressure was exerted on the drafters to establish the office of King of North America and to appoint George Washington to the throne. Fortunately, the effort failed primarily due to Washington’s outright opposition to establishing a monarchy and his outright, almost obstinate refusal to even consider becoming the first King of North America.

Of all of his numerous contributions to our country, his refusal to accept a monarchical form of government and his personal refusal to accept the Crown was undoubtedly one of, if not, his greatest acts. Without his courage in standing up and opposing those who wanted to establish a monarchy and refusing to accept their proffered appointment to become king, the United States would to this day be ruled by royalty –

God Forbid and

Thank God for George Washington!

An interesting foot note is that had Washington accepted the Crown and become king, it would have set up the greatest of ironies. In that, the Colonists would have fought a bloody and costly war to oust the tyrant King George III of England only to replace him with another King George (Washington) I.

    What was!                                                       What Might Have Been!

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King George III of England

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       King George I of North America

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The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788


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