Thursday, March 31, 2016

Observations on "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" | Ocean City, MD

For the third year in a row I was fortunate enough to attend a local event here in our town. It was for veterans, which I am not, held at the American Legion, where I don't have a membership, to honor the actions and the people from a time before I was born. And yet still, it's right where I belonged, since for a day none of that really mattered. What mattered was how we came together to remember our fallen and to pay tribute to the survivors; that we attended to spend an afternoon dedicated to them; how after so many years of silence that we came to greet them.

Monday, March 21, 2016

"Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" is March 30th

Years ago our country sent young Americans off to war, instructing them to go fulfill their duties and serve Uncle Sam. They did what was asked of them and thousands upon thousands of lives were lost. For those who returned home it was anything but a hero's welcome as they found a nation had turned against them in anger. How wrong that was for our Vietnam Veterans - and how many years it has taken to acknowledge what we as a country had done.

On Wednesday March 30th, it's our chance to acknowledge our veterans and to break that silence which should have never existed. On Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans day, all Americans have the opportunity to say "thank you" to those who served and who came back wounded in so many ways. The scars remain, but it's time to shake the hand of a hero and applaud them as our country failed to do many years ago. Visit the official site at

Since 2001 when this date was proposed as a national observance, many states have embraced the effort to thank and honor those who did not come home to a hero's welcome. While there are events and ceremonies which will be held across across the country, sadly, fifteen years later, there is no national recognition for this date.

Some background on WHVVD: The letter shown below is from Mr. Ramos, a gentleman who has been working for over a decade to have Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day established as an annual observation. Written in March of 2015, the letter from José G. Ramos explains that since 2000 his efforts and goals have been to see this date acknowledged. Frustrated, their event was cancelled and still today, this remains unfinished business.

For all those who served, suffered, and came home with scars of so many kinds, that is an insult. It's past time to appreciate the sacrifices made by all who served; it's up to us to step forward and acknowledge those men and women from so many years ago. We salute their courage and we honor their service - not only on March 30th, but everyday going forward. Never pass up the chance to thank a veteran for your freedom!

May 6th, 2016: article via The Evening Sun
"Redding, 68, has pushed for this recognition for about a year, he said. He keeps laminated records of emails he sent to state representatives in binders, along with information about previous attempts made by legislators to establish a national day for Vietnam veterans." You can learn more at the website and follow his story on Facebook.

March 30th, 2015: Cards for our heroes were handed out at the American Legion which along with the VVA Chapter 851, hosts an event each year.

It was an honor to visit with these soldiers; Nelson Kelly of the Ocean City VVA Chapter 1091 and another veteran reading a card. Visit their website at


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Sunday, March 20, 2016

"Honoring our Veterans" | Memorial in Seaford, Delaware

The Veterans Memorial in Kiwanis Park is located in central Sussex County, off of Stein Highway in Seaford. It was dedicated in 1987 and although I not locate an official website for the memorial, here is what I could find.

There is a little information at

"The parks and recreation department unveiled a 10-foot-tall stone memorial in 1987 that lists the names of Seaford residents who died in World War I, World War II, Vietnam and Iraq. The park is on Stein Highway." Via (via

Memorial bricks

Veterans from WWI through Iraq are included here

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"A Summer Stroll on the Boardwalk" | Ocean City, Maryland

A stroll on the world-famous Ocean City boardwalk located along the Atlantic Ocean. Although we are locals here, our schedules have rarely offered the chance to go out during the summertime and actually see the sights of this town at night. So this was our trip down the boards, stopping at many of the iconic attractions and businesses which line the beach.

It wasn't dark yet when we arrived around 8PM...
...just in time to see the lights begin going on all up and down the beach.
Flags in the sand near the Kite Loft
Here you can see the sun beginning to set.
See the shark hanging out of the Ripley's building?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

March 13th: Honoring our K9 Veterans

Throughout the history of our country thousands of dogs have served with honor, dignity and valor. These dogs have served at many jobs in all of our wars, having been employed by the United States Military from World War I to present conflicts.

To this day, dogs continue to serve on our borders and abroad every day,on both land and sea. Many State residents actively participate in and engage in K9 training and operational activities to assist the United States Military.

Joseph J. White, a retired Military Working Dog handler and founder of "K9 Veterans Day," pioneered a nation-wide effort to get the entire country to recognize March 13 as K9 Veterans Day.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Forgetting an important date" (I can't believe I did this)

I'm horrified by the fact I forgot what today was. It's not like me to overlook things like that...

This was a little graphic I'd posted earlier today on Pinterest, kind of a reminder to myself that I have to keep on going and working at lots of little tasks because I'm easily overwhelmed.

And I meant to post it on Facebook too but forgot....well, I got caught up in my day and things to do and before I knew was 11:55PM on Wednesday, March 9th. And I'd missed something pretty important. ((HOW could I have just done that??))

Unfortunately, although I thought I was doing pretty well today and reached a LOT of's a pretty lousy feeling when you realize that you completely overlooked an important anniversary that means a great deal to some special people. And I didn't really forget it; I knew it was coming up; I had it written down as Thursday the 10th. But it was, in fact, today the 9th and I'm horrified that I forgot. Yes, people make mistakes but you know how those are the ones you think you will never forget? Well, I did. And now I'm wondering what I could do to try and make it up to my friends....feeling so stupid right now. :(

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Remember these?? The History of "Walnettos" Candy

Walnetto's were first introduced to the United States in 1919, and were a big hit from the very beginning! With their rich, distinctive, walnut-caramel taste, they soon became a popular item often purchased at movie theaters.

The little caramel squares went on to become one of the top ten best selling candies in the USA during World War II. In the 1960’s, the Cadbury Candy Company purchased the Walnetto product. Unfortunately, Cadbury retired the line in order to focus solely on their chocolate business, and the nutty caramel treat vanished for several decades.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Virgil Wilson VFW Post 4961 in Seaford, DE

The Virgil Wilson VFW Post 4961 is located on Middleford Road in Seaford. I took these photos in August of 2015 during a trip up to this area. I could not find a facebook page page or active website for the post itself, however there are a few links posted below.


Signs, Icons & Logos of Ocean City, Maryland, part II

Familiar logos, local businesses and signage from Maryland's favorite beach town of Ocean City. Many of these favorites are eagerly seen by visitors as they return to our town for vacations; most of the ones included here are long-time, well loved and family-owned establishments. They all, in some small way, work together to make up the distinctive flavor of this community located along the Atlantic Ocean.

The Oceanic Fishing Pier
A favorite attraction since 1960
Located at the southern tip of OC
Visit their website at
Anthony's Liquors on 33rd Street and Coastal Hwy
Serving OC for over 40 years!
 Billy's Subs at 140th Street
In business for over 55 years.
Visit them at and on Facebook

the Sahara Cafe, established 1986