Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Remembering The Sacrifice

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day, and I
also hope that it wasn't just a picnic, or a work day,
or a holiday, but a day you took to remember those 
who have died in the service of our country.

I was recently contacted by Ray Trosper, a
classmate from high school who has started
a project to remember those who have given the
ultimate price.

He sent me copies of the coins that he has designed in
an effort to help remember those who have paid the
ultimate sacrifice.  He spoke last year at the Riverside
National Cemetery in Riverside, CA on this project. Ray
served in the Armed Forces of our country and is very
active in promoting awareness of the sacrifice made by those
who have served.

The following are the 21's of Military Sacrifice:

We are living in the 21st Century.
There is a 21 gun salute fired as a military honor.
There is a 21 second pause at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The year 1776, the birth of our country, when the numbers 
are added up, they equal 21.
Ray's American Legion District in California is District 21.
09/11/01 - The calendar date when added up is 21.

Ray's project 21 Seconds Now is proposing a greater
remembrance of those who have given their lives in
war.  You can watch his speech in the above link.

Ray and his wife actively participate in parades, and 
these coins have been designed to hand out during
the parades.  

I am so proud of my handsome father, who served
for five years in the United States Army during
WWII.  He was stationed for over 4 years in 
Iceland and then was  in the second wave to hit
the beaches of Normandy.  Fortunately he was 
wounded ten days into France and was sent
stateside to recover.  Many in his company were
not so blessed, and they died in France. 
 He met and married my mother
during the war while recuperating and having
his surgery at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. 

We spent part of Memorial Day sharing
my dad's experiences with the kids, and
my husband spent a large part reading the
life story of my dad which I have written.

May we always remember.

I honor those who willingly put their lives at
risk for our safety and freedoms.  

May we all honor and respect those who have fallen,
and those whose lives were preserved by the
divine hand of God.  

Thanks Ray for sharing with us your wonderful


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. I love your post and the way you have honored those who have made sacrifice for our country, including your father. Thank you

  2. I love this, girl. I try to acknowledge a veteran the 21st of eah month along with this. its been a good thing for a reminder that I have so many blessings because so many sacrificed for my freedom. It is sobering, and I am so grateful!

  3. I love all of the 21's great to be reminded!


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