Kip’s Comments 6-22-14

Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance © Kip Ladage

 

Too Many Names!

This morning I challenged the rain by riding my Harley to Cedar Falls to see the “Global War on Terrorism Wall of Remembrance” at the Amvets Post. Before a person arrives you are brought to attention by the many flags visible from the highway. When you move closer to tour the exhibit, the fact that the wall extends the length of most of the Amvets parking lot and that each panel is covered in names in small font causes a lump in your throat. Too often we hear of a death, or multiple deaths of our military personnel. Over time the numbers becomes just that – ever-increasing numbers. However, when all of the names are put together and they reach so far, it is sad, disturbing, frustrating, etc. – you name your emotion.        

As I studied the panels I looked for some of the names I could identify with. Most of the names were men I was more aware of due to Patriot Guard Rider missions. One name – Brian Gienau – is a fellow that I knew.  I still talk every now and then to his dad and uncle. It seems like yesterday and yet it seems so long ago that we heard the news.

War is never easy. This memorial wall and the many memorials I saw earlier this week on an Honor Flight put human faces on conflict.  This image shows some of the names I personally identify with. I mean no disrespect to those not included on the image. All text – the title and names – are the actual text from photos recorded at the wall. The flags were the display behind the wall.

Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance © Kip Ladage

Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance © Kip Ladage

 

 In case you are wondering, the rain won…I got wet. 

Evening Update –

After the rain stopped for the night (I think), I went out to check on the bluebirds. In the past I have seen nests full of young birds wiped out after getting wet. Based on the activities of the parent birds observed tonight, I am confident the young birds are doing well.  

While watching the adult birds bring food to the young, I wondered how they find the grubs, caterpillars, and crickets so fast. It seems the more I am with wildlife, the less I know about them.

Female Eastern Bluebird - Image 266598

Female Eastern Bluebird – Image 266598

 

Female Eastern Bluebird - Image 266540

Female Eastern Bluebird – Image 266540

 

Female Eastern Bluebird - Image 266638

Female Eastern Bluebird – Image 266638

 

Male Eastern Bluebird - Image 266666

Male Eastern Bluebird – Image 266666

 

Male Eastern Bluebird - Image 266740

Male Eastern Bluebird – Image 266740

 

Male Eastern Bluebird - Image 266735

Male Eastern Bluebird – Image 266735

 

Male Eastern Bluebird - Image 266794

Male Eastern Bluebird – Image 266794

 

Male Eastern Bluebird - Image 266804

Male Eastern Bluebird – Image 266804

 

Male Eastern Bluebird - Image 266836

Male Eastern Bluebird – Image 266836

 

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