Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Mom and Dad went over to the Jacksonville Navy Base (which is on the other side of Jacksonville from us) to look around the 'Remembrance Garden'  and give thanks to all the fine Military who have served in the past and who are still serving today. The Jacksonville Base has been there since 1940 and is HUGE!

In the remembrance garden there are sooooo many different types of planes and helicopters and Dad was super duper happy to see his beloved P3 plane on display - this is one he flew for many years as a Commander in the Navy. The helicopter is like one of the many we see  flying around us daily at the Mayport Navy base (the one closer to where we live). And of coarse Dad loved seeing the F-14 jet like they used in 'Top Gun' he says this is still the best and meanest looking jet ever built. The last picture of the little jet a T-2 Buckeye trainer was most poignant for Dad for it is sadly like the one that one of Dad's good friends lost his life flying. (Please forgive Mom is she got the names of the planes wrong - Dad reeled them off so fast and there were so many Mom couldn't keep up - she says he was like a kid in candy store seeing them all again)

So today on Memorial Day - we would like to say a BIG thank you to all the military and their families past and present - we salute you and thank you for service and sacrifices - we will always remember you.

Dad and his beloved P3
One of the small helicopters
The F-14 Tomcat
T-2 Buckeye trainer


  1. What a great way to celebrate Memorial Day!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  2. That looks like a perfect Dad's day out!
    Dip and Elliot x

  3. Very cool planes! A good way to spend the day remembering those who gave their lives for us.

  4. Happy Memorial Day - bet your Dad really enjoyed that visit. Many thanks to him from all of us for his service.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  5. Have a happy Memorial Day
    Lily & Edward

  6. Happy Memorial Day! My Dad would have loved to see all those planes, he took photos of every one he saw. We have a Red Walk on Friday to say thank you to those who gave their lives and to those still serving. Support the Troops!

  7. We are remembering too. Especially we remember beloved HGD and his service as an RAF pilot in WW2.
    All the best,
    Gail and Bertie.
    PS Gail says you've reminded her of the time when she took her Dad around the RAF museum at Hendon, and he too was like a kid in a sweet shop reeling off all the aircraft names.

  8. A cool place to visit and an important day to remember and appreciate too!

  9. What a fun adventure for Memorial Day!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  10. How cool that this is so near your house! Glad your Dad got to visit all the planes and stuff. That made him happy I'm sure. Happy Memorial Day to all of you!

  11. We are very near to Hill Air Force Base (dad was in the Coast Guard and then worked as a civilian at the AFB).

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day.

  13. OMD! How cool is that?! And your Pops got to see HIS plane?! (okays, I know it's not HIS plane, butts close enough, right?) Tell your Pops 'Thank you' from me and my Ma, and gives him and your Moms a margarita from me, okays?
    Happy Memorial Day!!
    Ruby ♥

  14. that was a lovely way to commemorate Memorial Day and of course, we remember

  15. What a lovely way to spend such a special day - especially for your dad.
    Wally & Sammy

  16. that was a super idea to vist this place on Memorial Day... many thanks for a great post to honor all those who brought freedom to us..
    easy rider

  17. OMD OMD OMD, you live in Jacksonville!! My pawrents lived there before they moved to Tennessee!! We are all getting ready to go visit family there in a couple of weeks! Maybe I will get to see you!! BTW, Nice to meet you!!!


  18. The "Tomcat" plane does not look like a cat. Butt we barked at it anyway since it has the word "cat" in it's name.

  19. Awesome post and pictures my friend! XOXO - Bacon

  20. Yesterday was a sad day remembering all that have died serving. We went to one ceremony and when they played Taps I never made a sound, I was so good. I am glad your Dad got to be up close to the plane like he flew. A 'Remembrance Garden' is wonderful ~ no one should ever forget.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  21. Hari Om
    I loves planes... I'd've been a bit kidlike if I wuz with ya too!!! What a great way to spend Memorial day. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  22. Hooray! We loved seeing those!

  23. What a nice way to spend Memorial Day!!

    Loveys Sasha


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