A Christmas Surprise from Pete Maizitis

flag ornament

Pete Maizitis sent me a Christmas surprise! I met Pete and his wife, Irene at A Celebration of the Arts this September (2012) in Bedford, Ohio. Pete had his video camera and asked if he could interview me.

I was in the author tent signing copies of Love You More Than You Know Mother’s Stories About Sending Their Sons and Daughters to War. The result was the wonderful surprise of this video with radio legend, Larry Morrow.

Pete said, “Irene is mailing off your book to my sister and brother in law in Florida. They have two boys overseas. Safe so far …I know they will enjoy the book and relate to the many others in the same situations.”

Thank you Pete for the interview and the cool video! Many blessings and prayers to you, your nephews, and your family for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Patriotic Singer

Jimmy Flynn

I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Jimmy Flynn at the Bedford Flag Retirement Ceremony last weekend. Jimmy led us in singing at the ceremony and has written and performs original patriotic songs. “I’m On My Knees Today (A Soldier’s Parent’s Prayer)” is sung from the perspective of an American parent whose son in the Armed Forces is leaving for war. Jimmy says, “To date, it is the least orchestrated of all my songs, but I think it is the most appropriate rendition. My heart goes out to all parents of current military personnel. Their worry and anxiety must be overwhelming. This song is as much a tribute to them as it is a prayer for their child’s safekeeping and worldwide peace.” Keep on singing Jimmy. Check out Jimmy’s website.

Stars and Stripes

Our voices rang out on Saturday, August 21, at a flag retirement ceremony on the square in Bedford, Ohio.

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

When the song was  finished, the crowd was silent as a worn flag was carried out. Led by Ernie Walker, scout master and Boy Scout Troop 447, American flags were retired by cutting them star by star and stripe by stripe. When an American Flag is no longer a fitting emblem for display it is destroyed in a dignified manner by burning and then burying the ashes. The ashes from the retired flags will be interred at Bedford Cemetery.

My thoughts were with our deployed soldiers past and present. When taps were played, I offered prayers for our beautiful country and what we value.  God bless America.