I’ve been working on these flag and military paintings for an upcoming art show that I’ll be participating in and have completed one of each: Thin Red Line, Thin Blue Line, U.S. flag and the Band of Brothers, Afghanistan. I created each painting using spray paint, plastic bags and a stencil on canvas panels.
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.
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 Freedomis notFree.
In honor of our Veterans, I thought I would take a look back at my experience in the Military. I joined the United States Army Reserve in 1987 as a Private First Class and headed off to Fort Jackson, South Carolina on one very hot August day to begin Basic Training.
Now for any of you that have served you know what I’m talking about when I say it is quite a culture shock and very challenging! Military life is unlike any other and there is only one way to do everything and I mean everything and that is the Military way. Basic Training is up at 4:15 a.m. run a couple of miles, knock out an hour or so of physical training (PT) and then head to breakfast. Then the day really begins.
You are trained in the Military way to clean, dress, speak, march, drill, salute, fire a weapon, exercise, teamwork…and a huge amount of time will be spent practicing standing around in formation.
Oh and don’t forget the enormous amount of hat brim to forehead in your face screaming, a Drill Sargent specialty. Ah I remember it as if it were yesterday.
I have to admit I was not a fan of all of the cleaning, marching, screaming and endless standing around, but I did enjoy firing the many weapons. I threw a couple of hand grenades, exhilarating and terrifying at the same time! Fired a grenade launcher and hit a tank, excellent! And climbed into a standing fox hole and got my hands on the M-50 machine gun. What a thrill! Of course there is a down side to combat training and with the Military what seems to be a blast one minute is surely agony the next especially when you are walked into a concrete building filled with CS gas and made to take off your gas mask. This bit of training I know I could have done without!
Overall I did enjoy the challenge and rigors of basic training and after a while even began to enjoy the screaming and at times thought it was pretty comical. Oh there were some that cried and some that left, but for those of us that graduated it is an experience that is never forgotten. So for this Veterans day, I would like to say OOHRAH! to all of my fellow Veterans those here with us and for those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and those currently serving. And to remind everyone that Freedom is not Free and acknowledge the sacrifice each of our service members have given past and present.