Memorial Day Remembered…Five Years Ago

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails South Jetty RV Resort in Florence, Oregon. I’ve been here several times before. I plan to depart from here June 5th. I’ll slow my pace and spend the rest of May and most of June along the Oregon coast. Then into the State of Washington for the summer.

Mary is dealing with her over-flowing to-do list plate which can only be handled by herself. I’m hoping she will be able to rejoin me sometime after July 4th.

During yesterday I remembered back to Memorial Day 2010…

Mary and I were in Connecticut visiting my son and his family. At the time my youngest grand-daughter Jaime was 9 years old and in the 4th grade.

She won first prize in her elementary school Veterans Day Essay Contest and got to read this prize-winner before the about 250 people attending the school’s Memorial Day assembly as the local VFW Commander looks over her shoulder…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…


She was awarded a nice appreciation certificate from the VFW for these words…

Patriotism Today

You have served: you have died, for our country.

Bravery told YOU to go out on those battlefields.

YOU gave us freedom, independence, and history.

YOU sacrificed YOUR life for us.

Saving lives on the battlefields is the most amazing thing to me.

Every time I go to a ball game or at home,

I wear a hat, stand up and put that hat over my heart.

Friends tell me that taking my hat off at home is not important,

but I think it is.

In school, when we say The Pledge of Allegiance,

we celebrate what you have done for us.

“With Liberty and Justice for all”,

I think is the most important part of the pledge,

because you gave it to us.

That is all.

Pretty neat expressions for a nine-year old, fourth-grader. Way to go, Jaime!

If you love your freedom, thank a Veteran!


Yesterday was cloudy/sunny and 63 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 59 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Oregon. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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