Honor a Veteran November 11, 2013

Monday, November 11 is Veteran’s day, thank a Veteran.

This morning I participated in the DAV5K sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans in Cincinnati Ohio. The 5K run was the first of its kind in Cincinnati Ohio put together by the DAV foundation.  I had a great time and enjoyed the run and the after race celebration at the Cove.  And I may have set an age appropriate personal best today!  I can only hope.

The mission statement of DAV is A Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future. DAV is the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in this country. We’ve watched this country change and grow, and we’ve grown along with it. However, DAV has never wavered in its core mission to fulfill our country’s promises to the men and women who served. We invite everyone, veterans and civilian, men and women, young and old, to join us as we stand up for those veterans who risked it all when they stood up for us, our country, and our ideals.

All branches of the military were present and there were runners, walkers and the Honor course.  The Harley-Davidson Veteran Tribute riders happily lined the street cheering and offering a high-five to all of the participants as we made our way to the finish line.  It was a great event and I look forward to participating again next year!

Here are some of the pictures I took after completing the run.

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If you would like to make a donation to the DAV foundation or would like to learn more about all of the great things DAV does for our Veterans, just click on the DAV link.

And remember on Veterans day to honor the memory of those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and gives thanks to all that have or are currently serving.  Our Freedom is not Free

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A day at the races: Wiener dog style

Yesterday I went out to Turfway Park, the local horse racing park, to watch the Wiener Dog races at the Polytrack Puppy Party and man was it entertaining!  The races were each setup very much like what you would expect for the horse races.  There were betting boxes for each of the wiener dogs entered and each corresponded to the gate location for each dog.  I placed a bet in the second race on wiener dog #2 and was not disappointed as you will see from the slide show.  That little dog was Wicked Fierce!  After each of the betting boxes closed, the wiener dogs were announced by name and gate location and the owners of each of the competitors ran them out to the start line.  The wiener dogs were either held or they stood at the line, nails to the edge, awaiting the gun!

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At the finish line a trainer for each of the competitors would yell and scream the dog’s name trying to get the dogs to run in their direction.  This strategy did not have much impact on most of the dogs as only a few actually made it to the finish line.  The mere presence of the competing dogs made it difficult for some of the dogs to focus on the task at hand and I kept thinking of the saying “like herding cats”.  The few competitors that did make it to the finish line ran with the poise and excitement seen only at the racetrack!

I applaud the efforts of all the Wiener dogs that competed and gave 110%, each were truly inspiring!  And thanks to the Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP) for putting on a very entertaining event!