Thank You for Protecting Our Freedom

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We want to take a moment to honor anyone who has served or who is currently serving in our U.S. Military. Everyone here at C. Crane is so grateful for your service and the freedoms that it protects.

These words from Coulby Dunn’s Veterans Day speech Nov 7, 2007 will hopefully give you pause in your thoughts surrounding Veterans Day and their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their families. You can read the full transcript here.

….Let us never forget… that we cannot rightfully celebrate the joy of our freedom… without remembering the great price paid for that freedom.

We stagger…. at the eternal debt we owe… to the untold number of American Veterans…who chose to set aside…their personal ambitions and dreams… to assure the well being of our great nation. We, the living….are indeed… the beneficiaries… of those who made tremendous sacrifices for the advancement and surety of our liberty.

For those soldiers who have stood guard in peacetime… and to those who have seen the 
terror, the horror and inhumanity of combat — and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice – Let it be said that our soldiers have been there for America…. defending the Constitution of the United States…..

To all our veterans…. we have a simple yet heartfelt message — thank you – Thank you for your unwavering service in peacetime and war, here in this nation… and throughout the world….

Lastly…. I would like to talk about service to your country and community…… I have always felt it was an honor to serve my country and I continue to serve today….not in the military …. but in my community….. and all of you should be doing the same.

I know there are many mothers and fathers…… sitting in this gymnasium this evening….. where your services and talents are needed….I encourage all of you to volunteer your services to any number of endeavors …. Your church, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, The Little League, the Parent Teachers Organization, your local fire company or ambulance association……. We can all make a difference in our community…. What better way can we as parents…… show our children how to live their lives…. than by serving others….

Please take a moment to ponder Mr. Dunn’s suggestions above about community service, and consider making time to thank a veteran or visit a memorial site.  Though not all of us are called to serve our country in the military, we can all serve our community in some way.

Happy Memorial Day

For most of us, Memorial Day signifies the unofficial beginning of summer, BBQs, and a long weekend. Here in Humboldt County, we have something called the Kinetic Grand Championship that takes place every year but we know that there is more to the Memorial holiday than this so we set out on a quest to understand what is really being celebrated on Memorial Day. We found a lot of information about the history behind Memorial. The short version: It is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. In our search, we also found some radio related options to help honor those people who are risking their lives and sometimes sacrificing them to allow us the freedoms we enjoy today.

Memorial Day Old Time Radio Shows
http://www.otrcat.com/memorial-day-old-time-radio.html

Sirius XM Radio announced that it will launch a four day channel “Bob Hope Radio” devoted to the legendary entertainer and showman’s USO tours of the military during World War II. Begins Friday May 24th.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bob-hope-radio-launches-memorial-164500573.html

Radio Smart Talk will be interviewing combat vets about what Memorial Day means to them.
http://www.witf.org/smart-talk/2013/05/radio-smart-talk-what-memorial-day-means-to-combat-vets.php

Please take a moment this weekend to remember all of the brave men and women who have given their lives while serving our country. If you have a story to share or a particular person you’d like to remember, please send us a comment and we’ll try to get it posted.