Veteran’s Day at Marie Kerr Park in Palmdale

It was simple and touching. I think at times that most of us were teary eyed….. I know I was.

Darryl Juel and Reid Grayson were older brothers of two guys I played junior high basketball with in Scobey, Montana 52 years ago…….

Even though I was not in country in Vietnam, this was for all of us who served in the era.

The AV Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall is a fully volunteer organization. They along with Vets 4 Vets in Palmdale and Lancaster are the driving forces behind this.DSC_0003

This dear lady lost a son in Iraq in 2004. She gave me the one pin. Tears were shed.
Darryl R. Juel
Frank J. Costantini Jr.
Reid E. Grayson



To all who have ever worn the Uniform


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, May 1915

Afghanistan Deployment I

Amy Proctor who was the proprietor of Bottom Line, Up Front which is now no longer active has allowed me to blog her photos. Her husband has just deployed to Afghanistan from Fort Stewart, Georgia. The pictures start with taking their children to the Warrior’s Walk…………………

We started out on the eve of Johnny Proctor’s deployment with a stroll on the Warrior’s Walk on Ft. Stewart, GA, which commemorates each fallen soldier who has died in the War on Terror from the 3rd Infantry Division. There are about 445 memorial trees planted so far.
Medal of Honor SGT Paul Smith’s tree on the Warrior’s Walk.

Johnny Proctor walking the Warriors Walk with our kids.
The Warrior’s Walk. Fort Stewart, Georgia. Home of the 3rd Infantry Division.

Arriving on post as Johnny Proctor prepares to deploy for a year to Afghanistan.

MSG Johnny Proctor.

Lots of stuff to bring along for the trip.
Johnny Proctor and Kids.
Old Glory
Formation with some extra hands
One of our Commanding Generals with some of his battle rattle.

Johnny Proctor signing out his gun and stocking up on ammunition.

Johnny Proctor not stressing out.

Military family being interviewed by a Savannah news station.
Helen packing heat
Isaac packing heat.
When bored, play with hair.
Johnny Proctor, John Proctor
The family waiting… and waiting… and waiting….
We play with hair when we’re bored.

Getting ready to board the bus to board the plane to Afghanistan.
— with Johnny Proctor.

Amy is a Facebook Friend as a result of the blogo-sphere. She has hinted that the blog may be back to chronicle the deployment. We all pray for the safe return of Master Sergeant Johnny Proctor.