Although we almost never see anyone on the street wearing a military uniform, there is an Army base just 40 minutes north of the city. Sometimes they send guys down to our airport to catch a commercial flight from our airport. I saw a couple of officers today eating lunch at Shoney’s before heading out, so I said “Hey” when they got in line at the buffet next to me. I have friends in the military, so I know a little about how tough it is to be an enlisted man and try to start a family. Just when you get things going you end up with orders that send you overseas for months at a time. So the new wife and the kids stay behind and make do. That’s why I can appreciate a business like Luther Sales who make a big effort with their special Military Programs to help the enlisted men and women by approving them for LutherCharge.
This is an Easy Credit Program so the military families can buy some of the furniture, computers and other nice things instead of having to rent them. This store lets military families buy Computers on Credit so the family can stay in touch with their loved one overseas with emails, VOIP calls, and blogs. They make Purchasing Furniture on Credit easy, as all Federal Government & Military are approved. It’s as simple as arranging for allotments, payroll deductions direct deposit – they are all accepted at Luther Sales.
Windtalkers, with Nicholas Cage, is one of my all time favorite movies, one that I break out and watch every couple of years and have made my kids watch it with several times through out the years. Since my kids have a bit of Native American blood in them they have always been interested in many things that involved Native Americans and since this was one of the few well known good/positive things that involved Native American they have embraced the history of the Code Talkers of World War II and are very proud of what they accomplished back then. These code talkers produced the only code that the Japanese couldn’t crack, now that is something to be proud of, wouldn’t you say?
So when I read that one of the few men, a man named George Smith, one of the Navajo code talkers who helped the U.S. military outfox the Japanese during World War II by sending messages in their obscure language, has died and the Navajo Nation’s flag is flying at half-staff to commemorate his life.
I found this photo on the CNN website along with an interesting article about the Code Talkers. Here is the link if you care to read more about these fascinating men and what they accomplished – http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/01/us/navajo-code-talker-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_bn1.
Navajo Code Talkers attend the 2011 Citi Military Appreciation Day event at Citi Pond in New York City on November 11, 2011
Once again I thank YouTube.com for allowing me to watch and listen to some pretty amazing videos, old and new. In celebration of this Memorial Day Weekend I wanted to post this awesome video that Gene Simmons of KISS made for his tribute to our military folks. It still gets to me each time I hear it.