Welcome to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye!”
If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Today’s topics include the difference between Memorial Day & Veterans Day, Lee Newspapers State Bureau, Veterans Affairs Appropriations, Patriot Act – The Big Picture, Top 10 Candidates, Josh Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” show. There’s a lot more so read on!
In the past few weeks, there have been some good things done by the Montana Congressional delegation for veterans. They deserve some recognition for it.
With over 100,000 veterans in Montana, we are a force to be reckoned with.
I am a veteran and I believe that credit should be given when it’s due no matter what side of the political fence the member of Congress resides. The Western Word is independent and most importantly pro-veteran – a voice for Montana veterans on the web!
Here are some of the great things that U.S. Senator Jon Tester, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke are doing for veterans:
If you are an elected official, then it’s a must that you attend a Memorial Day ceremony in the state you represent. Although most of our elected officials these days did not serve in the military, they have a staffer put together a few lines for a speech, and they talk about a relative who served way back when.
Here in Montana, the place to be for the elected officials was Laurel where the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery was dedicated and renamed the Yellowstone National Cemetery. Congratulations to all those who made the Yellowstone National Cemetery possible. The Billings Gazette has the story.
Senators Jon Tester, John Walsh, and Congressman Steve Daines all attended the event. I am sure all their speeches were carefully crafted with the next election in mind – with video trackers recording their every moment.
Around Memorial Day each year I always feel a touch of sadness. Memorial Day is when we remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. I am proud to have known some of these people.
I will have my Memorial Day column posted early Monday morning.
I remember as a child being loaded into a car with a bunch of flowers and heading out on “decoration day” which was what my parents called Memorial Day. We would spend the day visiting the graves of relatives – some who served in the military and some who did not. I was amazed that my parents knew where everyone was buried!
I remember seeing a few graves side by side where everyone died in the same year (mother, father, sons and daughters) and my dad said the family had contracted some disease and they all died in short time.
A whole family gone – just like that.
Human life is like grass; we grow like a flower in the field. After the wind blows, the flower is gone, and there is no sign of where it was. – Psalm 103:15-16 (NCV)