Thursday, October 06, 2016
2016 USS Ranger (CVA/CV-61) Reunion
Charleston, South Carolina
The Reunion is now over and My Bride and I enjoyed the event. The highpoint of the event was the Patriots Point's Institute of History, Science and Technology presentation of "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things" From Boat to Boots and Beyond held onboard the USS Yorktown on Friday 30 September 2016. This presentation included the story of Lt. Col. Lan T. Dalat's rescue on March 20, 1981 when he along with 137 other Boat People were rescued by the USS Ranger (CV-61) somewhere in the South China Sea. He had been adrift for many days and it was a most challenging situation. Finally they were rescued. He retold this emotional story to us Ranger Reunion attendees as well as over 75 students of Sterling Elementary School in South Carolina. All in attendance were spellbound as he related the story of His life and how he is now a Lt. Col. in the United States Army.
|While we were in Charleston we took the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful breakfast at "The Early Bird Diner" on Highway 17 in Charleston. It was a great meal. Our Ranger Friends from Iowa were with us.|
Monday, September 19, 2016
Janice Marie and Alan's Visits to Iowa
We visit Iowa (a.k.a. The Holy Land) each year. This year we visited in August so that we could also attend the wedding of one of Alan's Nephews.
|Here you see our very dear friends and ourselves at the |
Freedom Rock. This image on the rock honors the
Pearl Harbor Heroes.
|We did not stop here for Lunch.|
|The Iowa Veterans Cemetery is on a very peaceful hill and is|
|We enjoyed a delightful Dinner at the Machine Shed which is|
on the Living History Farm located in Urbandale, Iowa.
|Of course the corn grows large in Iowa.|
|A wall mural inside the Machine Shed.|
|No visit to Iowa in August would be complete without a stop |
at the famed Iowa State Fair. This model of a John Deere Track
Tractor sells at well over $600,000.00
|An avenue of Flags at the Iowa State Fair.|
|We enjoyed and also appreciated the annual "Tribute to Veterans|
Concert" at the Iowa State Fair. The next picture shows to young
Iowa citizens also enjoying the Tribute Concert.
|On our way to Northeast Iowa, specifically Clayton|
County, we dined at Taylors Maid-Rite in
|The rolling country side in Clayton County. This view was captured|
as we traveled to Gunder, Iowa for a Family Dinner
at the Irish Shanti.
|After a wonderful meal at the Irish Shanti all of Siblings posed|
for a Family Picture.
|This picture includes those who have married into the Family.|
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Alan's Entries in the 2016
Photographic Society of America
Photo Travel Division
In May I entered this Competition. You could place up to 20 images in the contest. I chose these thirteen and entered them with this title:
"Macon's Architectural Heritage"
The Contest was Judged in August and here are the comments I received for my entry:
"Thanks for entering the Photo Travel Division's new mini-essay competition. Although your essay was not given an award, I would like to share the judges' comments with you. They felt the mansions were well photographed, but said that in architectural photography, the verticals should not converge towards the top."
I am glad I participated in this competition and am already looking forward to my 2017 entry.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Music and the Arts
Vineville United Methodist Church
During the past year My Bride and I have enjoyed the monthly concerts at Vineville United Methodist Church.
The most recent concert was on Sunday 26 June 2016 and it featured the "American Rhapsody" with the Annie Moses Band. It was a terrific event.
I would encourage everyone to attend these monthly concerts which are usually free. For information concerning the upcoming season please visit: