Today is Memorial Day. The day set aside to remember our nation’s war dead. The holiday affords us the beloved 3 day weekend and it is the unofficial start of summertime fun. We make big plans for mini-vacations and BBQ meals. We pray for good weather. I hope that we will also remember to pray for our war dead; our most precious casualty of war. I hope that we remember to pray for peace and rededicate ourselves to do the work necessary to build the “beloved community”. I hope that we each use this holiday as a learnable/teachable moment; an opportunity to acquire more information about our historic and present day war and peace process; and an opportunity to share our personal stories and connections to war.
For today’s post, I’m sharing a blog post from Turnstile Tours. The post is called NYC Fleet Week Canceled, but USS Franklin Not Forgotten | Turnstile Tours. It is written by Andrew Gustafson, Special Projects, Knowledge Management & Marketing, Tour Developer & Guide (he wears a lot of hats). The post tells the harrowing history of the USS Franklin, the most heavily damaged United States carrier to survive WW II. She lost 800 of her crew in an air attack. The wounded ship was sent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for repair.
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I wish you a Memorial Day with many opportunities for relaxation and reflection.
- Photo Exhibit Is Vessel Of Memories Of USS New York’s Fleet Week Visit (manhattan.ny1.com)
- NYC’s Fleet Week Canceled Due To Federal Budget Cuts (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Abandon ship: Budget cuts force Fleet Week to skip NYC (tv.msnbc.com)