Social Media, Dictionaries, Newspapers, Radio Talk Shows,
etc… are about information, opinions and someone’s ideas. They are NOT
knowledge or wisdom. Let’s not confuse them!! We are headed down the “River of No Return”
by believing statements made by non-thinking people who post without thinking or understanding.
I have updated re posted this post for the last couple of years. It is a good reminder for me of the veterans in my family that served us all with distinction during troubled times (WWI, WWII and Vietnam).
5/25/15 - Memorial Day
Good family turnout (19) at what now has become an annual get together to honor our grandfather who was a "Polar Bear" in WWI. We also had our traditional lunch at Red Robin's.
Here are some Pics from today's events. I especially like the plaques that are found at the base of the Polar Bear Memorial. Click on Pics to Enlarge
5/26/14 - Memorial Day
We had a great turnout (17) for our annual Memorial Daytribute. This has become a nice get together with my sisters, cousins and 2nd cousins. While we go to honor the memory of our Grandfather who served as a Polar Bear in WWI we honor all those who have served and died for our great country. Here a a few Pics and a video from this year's ceremony.
Another Memorial Day spent at the White Chapel honoring the WWI Polar Bears who served in Northern Russia in 1918 and 1919.
The weather was perfect around 70 degrees. The past 3 years it was close to 90. Unfortunately, my Mom (91 years old) was unable to attend but my sisters (Linda, Patti) and my cousin (Gary) represented the family proudly.
The lady (Patti Lubonte) did a great job singing - here are a few clips:
5/28/12 - Memorial Day
This year's Memorial Day turned out to be a special day again when members (15) of my family on my mother's side attended the ceremony at the White Chapel cemetery in Troy Michigan honoring my grandfather and his fellow Polar Bears from WWI (story below in an earlier post). That is my 90 year old Mom in the wheelchair
After the F10 Jets passes over we all went to Red Robin for a nice lunch and sharing of memories.
4/28/12 - Updated - Presenting of the Cane
This is a special entry. My Mom celebrated her 90th Birthday last Saturday and my cousin Rizal Baysa presented my Mom with a handcrafted cane detailing my father's military career during WWII. What a special surprise and wonderful gift!
For more on this wonderful group please read a past post -
What a special day! I attended the annual White Chapel Memorial for Michigan's own Polar Bears again this year and I had company with 10 relatives all related to our Grandfather Aldred Buckler. My Mom who is 89 and my two sisters. PLUS my cousins (my Mom's sister Carol deceased) and her children and some of their children and one of their children!!
My cousin Gary also presented me with our Grandfather's WWI Rifle - What a treasure!
We finished the afternoon off by reminiscing at a restaurant and now plan on making this an annual event. WOW - how cool is that!
On Saturday May 29th I attended my niece's wedding in Chicago. The conversation about the WWI Polar Bears came up and I told my relatives what I had found about our grandfather. One of my cousin's who spent a great deal of time with my grandfather told me about two incidents that happened to my grandfather while in Russia.
First - my grandfather was not an overly religious man but one day a bullet came ripping through the barracks went through his legs and “killed” the soldier in the bunk below. From that day forward he started to become a devout Catholic because of a medal my grandmother had given him prior to leaving for overseas.
Second – It seems along the path where they marched there were diamonds and emeralds just laying on the sides of the path. Many of the soldiers put them in their pockets only to be told by their British commanders to take them out because they were not real.
My grandfather brought a few back and had diamond and emerald rings made for my grandmother. This is a fact because my cousin who told me this last Saturday was the one involved in the rings being tossed in an incinerator by mistake!
2009 - POPS!
"Pops" died a few months ago. He lived a simple life raising his family and strengthening his faith each day. He wanted the best for his children and strive to provide that assistance in his own unique way.
Double Clic on Pic to Enlarge
Pops had a special love for the children suffering from leukemia and often contributed to St. Jude Hospital and other organizations.
His love of country was also showed in his own way just like he did as a soldier towards the end of WWII. He served like many of the other millions of veterans during WWII. He never forgot what it meant to be an American.
Pops was my Father-In-Law and I will miss him but he lives in his children and their children and for that I will be eternally thankful.
This year I would like to add an Email my brother sent me:
It is the VETERAN,
not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN,
not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN,
not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN,
not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN,
not the politician, Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the VETERAN who salutes the Flag,
It is the VETERAN who serves under the Flag,
ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT
I wrote this post for Memorial Day (2005) to honor my Grandfather (Maternal) and My Father who were both Veterans that fought bravely in War.
My Brother-In-Law Raymond (Larry) Leibold who served honorably in Vietnam with The United States Marine Corps.
While Memorial Day is the commemoration of those soldiers killed during war, I wanted to highlight two Veterans that did not die during the war. For the past few years I have been trying to find records and documentation that described what they went through so that we can live free.
World WWI – Polar Bear
The picture below is Aldred S. Buckler. No, they are not five brothers, just an over exposure of my Grandfather taken in Murmansk Russia in 1918. Strangely enough he was a twin. My Grandfather served with the “Polar Bears,” Regiment 339, Supply Company. Below is their story:
For the majority of American soldiers in the battlefields of Europe, the 1918 armistice with Germany meant an end to the horrors of war and the promise of returning home.
But for one group of Detroit servicemen the end of the fighting in Europe was merely the beginning of another ordeal in the frozen reaches of Russia.
These soldiers were to become members of the American North Russian Expeditionary Force. Along with British, French and Canadian allies these "Polar Bears" were sent to the frozen frontier of Archangel, Russia, in September 1918, in a confused attempt to thwart the Russian revolution. It would be another grueling nine months (temperature hit 56 degrees below zero) before they would finally make it home in June 1919.
Unfortunately for my Grandfather suffered from frostbite on both legs and shell shock after his return to Detroit. He was in and out of the VA hospital over the years and initially did not receive a disability check from the government. My Grandmother needed a lawyer friend in order to get the disability because the VA wouldn't justify his shell shock and frostbite. His main source of income was cutting hair as a barber. He died in 1963.
Below - I have collected some books, articles and a video about the Polar Bears: Click on Pic to Enlarge
Through a Scrapbook my Mom kept during the War years and his discharge papers I was able to reconstruct much of his record and medals in 2004 (stolen in New York after returning from Europe, he never bothered to replace them). He served in the 327th Gliders, 101 Airborne and 82nd Airborne, could have been others as they all converged on Bastogne in the winter of 1944. My Father died in 1974.
In January the 101st received its third parachute regiment, the 501st Parachute Infantry. On 5 February General Lee, who had championed the airborne cause from the beginning, suffered a heart attack. Although he had brought the division from its initial organization through training for the fight in Europe, General Lee was not to be part of the 101st's baptism of fire. He was relieved of his command and returned to the United States. Brig. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, former commander of the 82d Airborne Division Artillery, assumed command of the 101st on 14 March. The division underwent another organizational change that month, when the 2d Battalion, 401st Glider Infantry, was permanently transferred to the 82d Airborne Division. The 1st Battalion was attached to the 327th Glider Infantry to operate under that regiment as a third battalion. The 1st Battalion, 401st GIR, was made an official element of the 327th GIR in April 1945.
My Brother-In-Law Larry was like most Vietnam Vets who saw combat and that is he never spoke much of what he went through in Vietnam. He was a proud Marine who always hung the Marine Corps Flag.
The shock and pain of Larry's death hit our family hard because of what a great husband, father and friend to all who knew him.
My Mom said it best when she said our family is much greater because of having had Larry Leibold in our family and lives.
The funeral home and funeral mass was overflowing from those who wanted to pay their last respects to human being that served his country, family and friends with courage, loyalty, humor and a lust for life.
He will always be with us through his wonderful children.
R.I.P - HEAD
In memory of all those who died in battle and those currently serving around the globe, and the soldiers I served with,
Like most states Michigan educators,
parents and lawmakers cannot come to grips or even a small amount of agreement
as to where we should be headed with our education system as it relate to
common core standards, testing and evaluation.
Hardly a week will go by without a
story like this:
No one is looking at it from a
systemic or systems thinking perspective in trying to determine where the
process starts and ends and what it should look like when it is done. All of
the sub-pieces have their own interest (i.e., Teachers don't want to be
rated ranked), nor do School superintendents want their districts rated
and ranked with what they believe to be faulty testing and data.
Lawmakers have no idea of what
really goes on in an educational system yet they pretend to do what is right
and change their views as often as the weather. All I know is Rating and Ranking accomplishes nothing but
creating fear and despair. Our purpose should be to help people learn and improve.
Evaluations of this type are beneficial. The problem is too many people in
leadership or decision making roles want to use evaluations for rating and
ranking to get rid of people (Justified/non-justified). So what if there is a bad employee or if he/she not doing their job? How do you get rid of them? I say - you should have not hired or placed them in that position in the first place. Leadership did not do their job upfront in the hiring process. Too often Rating and Ranking are used as a tool for poor leadership decisions. If some people have to be let go through a good evaluation then at least try and place them in a position where they will be successful. If they are a "bad" employee then fire them based on a sound evaluation from fact-based data and not a cowardly way by using ranking and rating.
Rankings and Ratings are for sports entertainment and other games. They should not be used for something as important as the education of our children and the future of our society.
I always liked this poem by Walt Whitman - Appropriate for Earth Day
Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and with the mothers or families, re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem.... ~ Walt Whitman ~ (from the Preface to Leaves of Grass, 1855)