Veterans & War Heroes

My son is a vet and served in the Iraq War. Every day I worried that he would be killed and many on his team were. My grandson is named after one of them.

I am not sure how I’d hold up if I found out that he was captured and held and undergoing torture.  I knew that John McCain had been tortured but not until his death did I read the full story of what that man went through.

It is NOT an easy read but if you have not read it before and can bear it : John McCain, Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account.

Of course we all know that John went on to serve his country as a Senator but this post is about him as a Vet.

I was dismayed when Trump said that McCain was a hero because he was captured….but Trump liked people that were not captured. He’d never served, yet he said that while campaigning.  He was disparaging every POW in that blase statement.

Trump and McCain have had their differences since then.

I can understand why McCain might not have wished that Trump attend his funeral and that Trump may have not wished to, either.

But as the sitting President of the United States of America, to display the petty vindictiveness since McCain’s death is abhorrent.

To ignore the crafted statement of your staff and simply tweet a two-line ‘thoughts and prayers’ kind of thing was one thing. ( and obviously they didn’t want to be associated with that and leaked the story that they HAD created such a statement )

But just when I thought he couldn’t reach another low, I woke up to the news that the flag was back at full staff.

Along with many other rebukes, later in the day the American Legion weighed in.

“On behalf of the American Legion’s two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain’s death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation’s flag be half-staffed throughout his internment,” Denise Rohan, the national commander of the American Legion, said in a statement.

And then this quote from a longer statement by AMVETS:


The fact that a sitting president should have to be rebuked in such a manner is just amazing. Every day it is a new low. Thankfully his staff sent him to ‘time-out’ in a corner, released a statement that they wrote, and lowered the flag again after these VETS weighed in.

Last week I thought that I saw ‘history-in-the-making” ( Manofort guilty, Cohen plea, people granted immunity etc. )   This was sadly even worse.

I know that some people feel that blogs should ignore this sort of stuff but it is hard to.  I see history happening and it is worth recording.  As Trump often says ” SAD”

You might also be interested in : VETERANS DAY : Honoring Brent Adams who my Grandson was Named After 

Applique, Quilting and Bear-Repair Mid-June

While I did get the ‘Whimsy’ table runner that I showed last week  ( Here )  sandwiched, I did nothing further on it this week.

I did not do much sewing at all …just  a wee bit  of applique and quilting.

I was in the mood to work on the Flower Basket and here’s some progress ( I got this on and off the line very quickly due to those pesky 17  year cicadas that I’ve been telling you about ! :)

Flower Basket Medallion on Line June 15

I have to say that when I worked on the basket part it was very intense and hard for me. I’d not made anything with lattice prior to that and this piece is 36 inches square so it was quite hard on the clutching / gripping hand underneath. Then the stems were just pure boredom. Endurance. Much of applique is like that, come to think of it. And then comes the magic part…creating your flowers or what-have-you.

I have moved on to the fun part now. There’s no rush.  After I took this photo mid-week I put it away for awhile. I’ll make a few berries and leaves here and there and then sew more on when I get into the mood again.

I have another 1857 Album block prepped, and I keep up with the Quilty 365 circles, but for Sunday Slow Stitching I have some peels to sew for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

peels to sew for RSC

As to quilting, I took a photo before moving the hoop; I have started on the second set of lines now to create a cross hatch.

stars and spools quilting June 15 ready to move the hoop

But before that I am going in to surgery :)

Once there was a puppy who was very nice to his bear for months and months. Finally he got him dirty enough that a bath was needed. Then the bear had to dry outside ( with sunscreen applied of course…look how fair-skinned he is!  )

That puppy is bigger now with sharper teeth and he was very proud of himself when he amputated a portion of the bear over the weekend.  Just like a cat brings a mouse to its owner, Merle brought the arm proudly to my DIL.

The bear will have Slow Stitching surgery on Sunday :)

merle and bear

As to the pup’s parents, my son saw a plea for help on a military site. ( my son is a vet )

A disabled combat veteran needs help with a move. Evidently where he is right now is not close to family and friends. My son has borrowed a trailer and they are going to Ohio ( we are in PA ) to help.

On her FB notice to see if anyone wants to go along ( there are a few in Ohio meeting up at the vets house as well ) I love how my DIL put this.

” Hoping to spread some much needed Father’s Day cheer for this man.
We also have been using this perfect opportunity to explain to our kids the meaning of sacrifice, honor and serving others without expecting anything in return.”

loaded up to help vet

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