TODAY'S NEWS - QUICKIES THAT CHANGE OFTEN

"I WILL NOT FOLLOW WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD, BUT I WILL GO WHERE THERE IS NO PATH, AND I WILL LEAVE A TRAIL." Muriel Strode -KHS65 class motto.
"The good old days....when we weren't good and we weren't old" Barbara Schwarz Moss 2010
SEE WWW.KHS65.COM FOR 169 PIX FROM OUR 45TH REUNION - CLICK THE SMALL PHOTO FOR LARGER VERSION. See lots of NEW grade school pix!
CHECK THE LABELS, GO TO KIRKWOOD HISTORY ARTICLES & CLICK THE POST ABOUT FRANCIS SCHEIDEGGER'S PIX FOR A GLIMPSE OF A PLACE I BET EVERYONE REMEMBERS - and much more!


MICK MARIETTA IS IN A NURSING HOME WHERE HE WILL REMAIN FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AFTER A STROKE. HE WOULD ENJOY PHONE CALLS FROM HIS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS TO CHEER HIM UP. His number is 573 885-4500, ask for Mick Marietta. It may be difficult to communicate with him. Mail address is Cuba Manor, 210 Eldon Drive, Cuba, MO 65453.


We seem to all be suffering a common problem these days, WHERE DID OUR LIVES GO? Our brains seem to still be 18, but our bodies are talking a different language. Sarah Orne Jewett puts it much more eloquently than do I:

“Neither of my companions was troubled by her burden of years. I hoped in my heart that I might be like them as I lived on into age, and then smiled to think that I too was no longer very young. So we always keep the same hearts, though our outer framework fails and shows the touch of time.”

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Monday, July 8, 2013

VIET NAM VETERANS MEMORIAL - THE TRAVELING WALL

Last month the Sunset Hills Historical Society brought the Traveling Wall to St. Louis County for 4 days.  It was open 24 hours per day and was visited at all hours.  Visitors saw an 80% portable wall which looks a good deal like the actual wall in Washington, DC.  One could fill out a request sheet and the location of the name was filled in by a volunteer sitting at a computer.  Veterans could look at a large mounted map of Viet Nam and put colored pushpins where they served.  Many gifts and souvenirs were left at the wall in memory of loved ones.  There was a lovely wreath on a stand, and flags were in view in several places.  Military guards were present 24 hours too.  Young men from Mo Air Natl Guard and other units.  Each evening there was a program and the night I was there it began to rain literally just as the evening's program began, so we moved into the Lindbergh High School auditorium.  The Wall was on the parking lot, plenty of parking for visitors and a very nice space to accommodate many visitors.  I believe in all there were something like 500 volunteers involved in bringing this wonderful memorial to the people of Missouri.  I wanted you all to know of course that I visited Jerry Rawlings'
and Jeff Beardsley's names on the Wall, just as I have done in Washington, DC.  The picture here is the two request sheets used to give me the location of the names.

I spent a full day and evening volunteering to help feed the many volunteers - we had pizza, fruit, cold drinks, breakfast sweets in the morning, sandwiches and such to sustain the soldiers and other volunteers constantly in attendance.  Our classmate Frank West, himself a Vet, stopped by to say hello, which was a nice KHS treat!  I had the pleasure of seeing several others whom I know and met many wonderful folks giving of their time and energy to assist the public as they paid their respects, mourned or simply visited out of a sense of history and honor.  My friend Sandie Grassino was in charge of providing all the food for the volunteers and I'm so glad she asked me to help - I doubt anyone went hungry!