All Gave Some…Some Gave All

I realize that wars are necessary sometimes. However it now seems that we are engaged in forever wars and the military industrial complex prefers to have conditions of permanent warfare, something I do not support. However the people that do battle for our country deserve nothing less that our full support and respect.

Memorial Day is a day when we pay tribute to all that went to battle on our behalf. Thanks for your service and to the families that have lost loved ones, thanks for your sacrifice.

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West Point

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All Gave Some…Some Gave All

Time to pause this weekend and remember why some of you workers of the world get a day off tomorrow. Time to acknowledge that we are free because of the valor of some and to offer our thanks for their service. We all benefit from those who serve and even though we may not agree with the whole concept of war and the politics that create it. Although our country has made a lot of mistakes we still appreciate those who protect us and honor their sacrifice..

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The Chapel at The United States Military Academy

The Chapel at The United States Military Academy

The United States Military Academy

Last year we visited The United States Military Academy at West Point NY. I posted some images of the Chapel and other points of interest but for some reason didn’t include these three images. I felt then and do now that these images are not strong enough to stand on their own but together the provide some familiar views of this famous place. This is a great time of year to visit West Point and the tour is well worth it.

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Million Dollar View

Million Dollar View

The United States Military Academy

The United States Military Academy

World War 1 Monument

World War 1 Monument

Battle Monument

Battle Monument is a large doric column located on Trophy Point at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. It was designed by Stanford White and dedicated in 1897 to honor Civil War veterans. It is important to remember while touring West Point that many Civil War veterans from the Confederacy were West Point graduates and honored in addition to their Union Counterparts. The view from Trophy Point is amazing and often called The Million Dollar View.

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Battle Monument

The Chapel at West Point

We toured West Point this week and it was very impressive and informative. This is the interior of the Cadet Chapel. The building was beautiful and well cared for and you can just imagine a service with “The Long Grey Line” in attendance. You have no doubt from seeing the organization of the prayer books that this is a military chapel.

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The Cadet Chapel

Jewish Cadets

I don’t know why I was so surprised to see so many Jewish cadets buried in the West Point cemetery. As a Jewish American I was still proud to see that so many had given their lives in governmental service. Not all died in combat but all the cadets buried there seemed to have a life of public service. Still I was a little surprised to see this grave of a woman Jewish Lt. Colonel.

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Jewish Warrior

Jewish Warrior