Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kicking off Memorial Day weekend with HAWAII FIVE O and BATTLESHIP


Last night, as I worked out on my exercise bike, I enjoyed a rerun of Hawaii Five O - He Moho Hou (New Player),  I previously reviewed this episode at this link. The secondary story line featured Kono reuniting with a nemesis from her teen surfing days - Rosey Valera.  As H50 fans know, Kono blew out her knee, thus prompting her to attend the police academy. Rosey's path was not so rosy - she joined the Army, deployed to Iraq, and lost both legs from a roadside bomb.  She is now living among in a homeless camp as she struggles with her demons.  The producers avoid the "Kono can fix everything" plot. Instead, Rosey makes it clear to Kono that she has to work this out on her own.  Yet Kono extracts a promise from Rosey. The closing scene features Kono taking Rosey surfing on a modified board.

The scene reminded me of AccesSurf, link, a nonprofit organization with the vision:

In following the spirit of Duke Kahanamoku, AccesSurf continues to be a pioneer in the advancement of adaptive water sports, ocean recreation, and therapeutic instruction for people with disabilities throughout the state of Hawaii and worldwide.

AccesSurf hosts wounded warriors each month. Thank you, AccesSurf, for caring for our military!



Once H50 was over, I was channel surfing until I landed on FX broadcasting BATTLESHIP

I LOVE THIS MOVIE.

Granted, it was the last 30 minutes as the young sailors and the old salts navigate the Mighty Mo to save Oahu from an alien invasion. They receive a helping hand from wounded warrior Mick Canales who stumbles across the aliens during his therapeutic hike in the Waianae mountains,  Mick is portrayed by real life wounded warrior Greg Gadson (link) who, like his character, lost his legs in Iraq.  My family share a mutual friend with Greg - my children have met him at our neighbors' home.  Indeed, Greg demonstrates that he doesn't need legs to be a successful officer, husband, father, and motivational speaker. Thank you, Greg, for your service!



Today Americans kick off Memorial Day Weekend.  From usmemorialday.org,

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America .... Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. 

“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

As we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, I also salute the military personnel who have made other sacrifices - time away from families, service related injuries, and the struggle to overcome emotional scars of war.  Thank you for defending my freedom.


My oldest son and husband at the
Margraten American Cemetery 
in the Netherlands 

I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash.  To enter the giveaway,

1. What are your plans for the Memorial Day Weekend?  My family is planting perennials around our house!

2. Comments are open through Sunday, June 4, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, June 5.

Mahalo,


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



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21 comments:

  1. I'm still not feeling good so just relaxing until Monday when I playing pinochle with my friends.

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    1. It's a weekend to do what you want ... feel better! And good luck with pinochle!

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    2. And thank you for your husband's service!

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  2. We're just going to relax. My cousin is hosting a barbecue, but the weather might spoil those plans.

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  3. It's my family's first Memorial Day since my dad passed away Thanksgiving week 2016. We went to the cemetery to place flowers on his grave and visit the graves of other family members.

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  4. No plans here in Australia. Have fun gardening.

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  5. With the weather and chance of more rain it will be just a quiet day to reflect on all our Military and their sacrifices.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  6. We are having a very small cookout. My daughter is due in just a few short weeks.

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  7. out for lunch & a bit of shopping today - tomorrow is supposed to be heavy rain.

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  8. Both my husband and one daughter have to work so I'll spend time with my mom who was just put into assisted living. And housework (sigh). I'm either at work or with my mom most days but I do have my evenings now.

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  9. Hanging out with my family including my daughter's boyfriend today. I have to work tomorrow though.

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  10. I am visiting my parents and getting some work done in the house.

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  11. I coordinated support for 2 Memorial Day activities at home. We will not be able to attend them since we will be visiting our grandson and his family. Both he and his wife are in the National Guard. They have a 2 year old and one due in August. There is talk his unit may be called up to deploy. San Antonio, TX is a big military area. Right now we are waiting to see what the weather will do before deciding which event we will attend.

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  12. We just relaxed and watched the Dodger games, today's game early so won't get to bed too late.
    ladabookfan

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  13. Thinking about those who gave us our freedom!!

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  14. Sitting in an airport waiting for a plane. Our three hour layover is now at about 5 hours...

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  15. Got together with family. And thinking of my gpa who served in WW2. He has been gone almost 10 years.
    Natty's Mama

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  16. took a moment of silence to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

    denise

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  17. Thinking and prayering for all our veterans. Spending time with my family.
    Pattyb43

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  18. Was the box of books winner the same as the sampling of books winner? Did not see a posting for the box of books. Thanks.
    Pattyb43

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  19. Well Saturday had just went to Mass. Sunday had went eat out lunch. Monday cooked lunch at home.

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