I may be spending the holiday in the office, but at least I get to go home at the end of my shift and see my family. For some people, that’s not an option.
Today in the Daily Item, is the story of families who are dealing with family members deployed overseas.
Sunday night, I visited with the Laubachs, whose son Bryan is on his fifth holiday deployment. Bryan’s father, Murray, was proud to show the military photo of his son showing Bryan’s military service ribbons:
Bryan is a National Guardsman serving in Kuwait and has been in the military for about 25 years, his mother said.
Bryan’s dedication, and the dedication of all our military men and women, is something to think about this holiday.
I went to a special ceremony at the Montandon American Legion Tuesday night honoring five area veterans in need and gifting them with $1,000 just in time for the holidays.
It was very touching and a very positive experience.
As these additional photographs will show, you can tell they were military vets due to their incredible posture and at-attention stance, even in a casual atmosphere.
Here’s some extra photos:
The presentation came after a beautiful ceremonycalled “Post Eternal,” which is held during the December monthly meeting each year, according to Dale Yount, the Judge Advocate for the Motandon Legion (and pictured in the first photo in the Legion hat).
The ceremony honors those members of the Legion that have passed away in the last year.
Thanksgiving is traditionally followed by my favorite holiday, Black Friday. My mom and I used to get up at 2:30 a.m. and joke that soon we wouldn’t even have to sleep at all, since stores were opening earlier and earlier – first 6 a.m., then 5 and finally 4 (Could you believe it!).
But now, it’s happened. Last year, most stores opened at midnight – and this year, Thanksgiving Thursday is the new Friday – and it has people angry, saying they can’t enjoy the holiday with their families anymore.
If you’ve checked out the Daily Item’s local page today, you’ll notice that Halloween parades in the area are in full swing. There’s nothing that brings us small-towners out like the promise of marching bands and the sight of cute little Cub Scouts marching in costumes.
Like any good Danvillian, last night I sat along the street and watched the annual parade.
It was a lot of fun. My sister’s dog came along dressed in her bee costume (See the attached photo- her name’s Snowball!)
I don’t know what it is I enjoy so much about the parades, but I think it’s the entertainment value.
You can relax and enjoy a nice family-friendly feature for nothing but the dollar or so you put in the parade committee’s collection tin at the beginning of the parade.
Where else can you get that kind of deal?
Plus, you get free candy.
I myself collected a respectable amount of Tootsie Rolls last night.
What is your favorite Susquehanna Valley Halloween parade? Why?
I haven’t been to any other ones, but maybe if you convince me, I’ll check out a new one next year!