Category Archives: We Remember

Please Fly Your American Flag Tomorrow in Memory of George Washington

Please join the Crusty Conservative

by flying your American Flag tomorrow

(2/22/15)…

American flag flying                   to honor the 

“Father Of Our Country”Washington

President George Washington

on the occasion of 

                                    His Birthday

 Special Note: Several readers have asked why The Crusty Conservative does not fly his American Flag on a daily basis but rather seems to do so only on special occasions and not every day.
By way of explanation,I am a proud, patriotic veteran who flies a lighted American Flag in the atrium of his home 24/7. However, I purposely do not fly an American Flag in front of my home on a daily basis . I do this so that friends, neighbors and  passersbys do not take the flag’s presence for granted. Rather, I  publicly fly my American Flag only on national holidays and specific patriotic occasions in the hope that people will notice that the flag is flying that day and be motivated to ask or research what is the significance of that particular day that would cause the Crusty Conservative to publicly fly his American Flag. My hope is that in doing this, I will cause people to ask questions, investigate and learn about their American Heritage.
The Crusty Conservative

 

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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Quick Quip – Lessons From My Father…

brian_williams_katrina…that former NBC News anchor Brian Williams probably should have learned.

 

 

One time many years ago, my father was giving me a lecture on lying and said  –

“I don’t have a good enough memory to lie”.

 When I pressed him about that he simply replied that –

“to be a successful liar, you must have a very, very good memory in order to keep your stories straight. I don’t”.

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“The Crusty Conservative’s’ Father              Francis R. Fleming 1937

 

It is a shame that Williams who’s first- hand accounts of events that he witnessed and/or reported on in the past seem to change from year to year and day-to-day. If he had known my father, he would have learned that –

“You Have To Have A good Memory To Be A Good Liar”.

The Crusty Conservative

2/12/15

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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.”

Do You Remember When President Reagan Started…

Saluting the Troops

 Ronald Reagan was the first president in modern times to salute the troops. Even General Eisenhower did not do this when he became commander-in-chief. It simply was not the custom. But, the impact it made was enormous …

Photo of President Reagan, the Great Communicator, saluting the troops

Photo Courtesy of Ronald Reagan Library
“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. – Ronald Reagan, Speech at Omaha Beach at 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984

Excerpt from Lead Like Reagan, Principles of Dynamic Leadership

Restoring morale

He inherited a military that had been taken for granted; had been neglected. Little respect had been given to the men and women in uniform, and morale among the troops was very low. America was still suffering from the divisive results of the Vietnam War that had ended eight years earlier. By some estimates, half of the military planes and ships were in unworkable condition, due to a lack of spare parts. And then, Reagan began saluting the troops.

A simple gesture of enormous impact

It was a simple gesture, but one of enormous importance and effect. Word spread like wildfire throughout the military and civilian population alike. Reagan was saluting the troops. It was a common topic of conversation at restaurants, boardrooms and barbecues: “Did you see Reagan salute that marine?” Without a single word being spoken, The Great Communicator sent the strongest of messages:

  • We respect you as the men and women of our military.
  • We honor your service to our country.
  • You have our back, and we have yours.
  • We are a team!

If you were born before the mid 60’s, you are old enough to remember the great impact Reagan’s salutes made on those serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Secret Service. Military and law enforcement personnel everywhere took notice. The effect of this leadership is evident by the fact that all of Reagan’s successors have followed the precedent he set.


 * Note: This article was originally published as a post on the Linkedin “I Miss Ronald Reagan” group’s blog. The author is President – of Scanlon, Clay & Company and author of numerous books including “Lead Like Reagan”. To learn more about the book, click here: Lead Like Reagan.


Postscript from “The Crusty Conservative”:

Unfortunately the current occupant of the White House has denigrated President Reagan’s great tradition to a routine, hallow, insincere gesture  that he has to get over with ASAP.

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    The Crusty Conservative

2/6/15

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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.”

 

An Invitation to Step Back into the 40s & 50s as We Remember

The Crusty Conservative (Frank Fleming) and his wife Pat (shown below) who are the authors and publishers of the”We Remember Blog” website invites all Crusty Conservative readers to join them as they recall growing up in small town America during the 1940s and 1950s by visiting their website by clicking here.

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Frank & Pat Fleming

Frank is a retired businessman who, with his  wife of 50+ years Pat, have put together this website and blog 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.

  • To insure that you don’t miss any of our future posts please visit the We Remember website by clicking here & entering your email address in the box on the right
    • To learn more about Pat & Frank,’s background, their families or where they grew up click on any of the Appendices listed on the website

Pat & Frank hope that their readers will enjoy their posts and that those readers will help to make this site dynamic by sharing their comments and memories. A form to use in doing so is available below and will also be included in every post.

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Happy Birthday Mickey

11/19/2014

The Crusty Conservative joins 

Pat & Frank Fleming – the publishers of the

We Remember Blog & Website

werembember,com

 in wishing

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MICKEY MOUSE

A Happy 86th* Birthday Today

 *Mickey Mouse first came on the scene on November 19th, 1928 in Walt Disney’s cartoon

“Steamboat Willie”

A Tribute To All Veterans

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Please on this Veterans Day,

take four minutes to view this moving tribute to those men and women who have sacrificed so much so that we can all continue to be free…

Our Veterans

Click On The Above Image To Play The Tribute

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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

Please Fly Your American Flag Tomorrow To Salute All Of Our Veterans

Please join the Crusty Conservative

by flying your American Flag tomorrow

(11/11/14)…

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to honor the manyVeterans day 2

United States Veterans

and to thank the thousands of men and women who have proudly served over the years in the

United States Military Services

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 Special Note: Several readers have asked why The Crusty Conservative does not fly his American Flag on a daily basis but rather seems to do so only on special occasions and not every day.
By way of explanation,I am a proud, patriotic veteran who flies a lighted American Flag in the atrium of his home 24/7. However, I purposely do not fly an American Flag in front of my home on a daily basis . I do this so that friends, neighbors and  passersbys do not take the flag’s presence for granted. Rather, I  publicly fly my American Flag only on national holidays and specific patriotic occasions in the hope that people will notice that the flag is flying that day and be motivated to ask or research what is the significance of that particular day that would cause the Crusty Conservative to publicly fly his American Flag. My hope is that in doing this, I will cause people to ask questions, investigate and learn about their American Heritage.
The Crusty Conservative

 

The Crusty Conservative

 Flying Flag w Eagle

“… 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


Click Here To Visit The Crust Conservative’s” Website

Prisoners in Paradise

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Pat & Frank Fleming have posted a new story on the “we remember blog” and website about how one of Frank’s friends remembers…

Being Coached  in Los Angeles Schools by Italian POWs during World War II & Entertaining Them in his Home

 

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Italian POWs relax with Los Angeles Families

To view this Post – Go To “werememberblog.com”

 Pat & Frank Fleming

October  2014

New War Story – The Crusty Conservative Meets A German POW

Read Now…

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Frank Fleming (The Crusty Conservative) tells a real War Story about how he met a real German POW near the end of World War II on the “We Remember Blog” & Website.

Click Here to Read The Story on The We Remember Blog & Website 

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