These Colors Don’t Run!

There are several veterans and active-duty military in our area…many awaiting a family reunion, and some who have lost loved ones to conflict. Let’s take a moment to give respect to our soldiers currently serving, our veterans, and to those who have given their lives to preserve ours. I have a relative currently serving. She was kind enough to share these photos of Normandy – one of many battles where our guardians ran towards peril without hesitation, to protect our nation’s ideals, rights and freedoms. Thank you!
“I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.”
– Benjamin Harrison

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Omaha Beach is the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II

Omaha Beach is the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II

At Pointe du Hoc

At Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc is a clifftop location on the Normandy Coast. It is situated between Utah and Omaha, and stands on 100 ft tall cliffs overlooking the sea. Marking the Western end of the Omaha beach sector, it was a point of attack by the United States Army Ranger Assault Group during Operation Overlord in World War II

Pointe du Hoc is a clifftop location on the Normandy Coast. It is situated between Utah and Omaha Beaches, and stands on 100 ft tall cliffs overlooking the sea. Marking the Western end of the Omaha beach sector, it was a point of attack by the United States Army Ranger Assault Group during Operation Overlord in World War II

A cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, that honors American soldiers who died in Europe during World War II

A cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, that honors American soldiers who died in Europe during WW II

A tribute to the National Guard Units

A tribute to the National Guard Units

Memorial Day Happenings in the Albany Area:

WHAT: Nassau Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: Mon., May 27
INFO: The VFW/Memorial Day Parade Committee of the village of Nassau will be hosting a Memorial Day Parade.
WHAT: Albany Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: Mon., May 27
INFO: The Albany Memorial Day Parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. starting at Patridge Street and Central Avenue and contining east on Central to Washington Avenue to North Hawk Street. The Reviewing stand will be at the State Education Building on Washington Avenue. The parade will be followed immediately by a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Lafayette Park.
WHAT: Lansingburgh’s 17th Annual Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: Mon., May 27
INFO: Scheduled rain or shine at 11 a.m.. The Parade route is from 123rd Street and 5th Avenue, South to 115th Street and 5th Avenue. Turn down 115th Street to 2nd Avenue. North on 2nd Avenue to 121st Street and 2nd Avenue. The Reviewing Stand will be located on the East Side of 2nd Avenue in front of Standard Manufacturing Company.
WHAT: Bethlehem Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: Mon., May 27
INFO: The annual Memorial Day parade will kick off at 11:00 a.m. at the Elsmere Fire House. It will proceed down Elsmere Avenue to a right on to Kenwood Avenue to a left on to Adams Place to a right on to Adams Street to a right on to Delaware Avenue and will end with a ceremony at the Bethlehem Veterans Memorial Park.
WHAT: North Greenbush Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: Mon., May 27
INFO: Step off at 1:30 p.m. from Dana Ave along Brookside Avenue to Marion Avenue. Down Marion Avenue to West Sand Lake Road, down West Sand Lake Road to Main Avenue, down Main Avenue to the Town Hall where the Memorial Day Ceremonies will take place. After the ceremonies there will be refreshments served at the American Legion on Main Avenue and the Wynantskill Fire Department on Church Street. All are invited to attend.
WHAT: Medway-Grapeville Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: Mon., May 27
INFO: The Ravena Fire Department will be participating in a Memorial Day Service, being held in the Medway-Grapeville station at 10:00 a.m.

HAVE A SAFE WEEKEND!

HELL YEAH, RCS!!

Common Sense Prevails!
Ravena, Coeymans, Selkirk
YOU ROCK!!

Congratulations to Mr. Latter, Mr. Brown and Mr. Hyslop! And, thank you RCS voters for passing our school budget!
There’s nothing we can’t do!! This is our house and we’ve taken it back! The sideshow is over and the circus will be leaving shortly. Now, we can get back to the business of education, and start shaping RCS into one of the best school districts in the region!! We have wonderful teachers, involved parents and an unwavering sense of community. What we lacked was a board of ed willing to set aside petty feuds for the sake and betterment of our children and home.
NOW? We’ve got a solid foundation just waiting to be built upon. Our actions have shown that we are forward thinking and want the best for our kids…because we know that they will one day be our leaders – perhaps raising their own kids in RCS, starting a local business, or even running for the BOE. I have lived in several places…but never one where people worked so tirelessly for the kids. It really is all about them and their experience. There are many examples, but one sticks (no pun) in my mind: The Great Sticky Note Incident of 2012. What a selfless thing; how a local business stepped up so those kids could have their school-day memory…the one’s that we, as adults, hold so dear and often reminisce and reflect on. No one paid them for this. No one made them do it. It just came naturally. THAT, my friends, is the true face and spirit of RCS!
However, for the moment, I can’t help but feel compelled to gloat a wee bit…C’mon – don’t we deserve it? Well, since this is my blog and opinions, I say it’s okay – but just this once. Let’s just get one thing straight: I am NOT the media. It bugs me when people refer to bloggers as MEDIA. We are not. WE are everyday people, with too much time on our hands, expressing opinions…
Well okay – I think all the residents who have been harassed, beaten down, intimidated, afraid to express themselves, backed into a corner, abused online, on the phone and in public, let down, smeared, insulted, lied to, belittled, threatened, subjected to cyber-bullying, left to fend for themselves, followed around grocery stores, (well, you get the point), deserve a little self gratification and recognition for the hell they’ve been put through. So, in their honor?

THIS ONE’S FOR YOU!!
BUH-BYE!

One last thought: Now that there’s nothing to lose, wonder if Vadney will go through with that multi-million dollar lawsuit…hmmm….stay tuned, people…and keep your heads up!