Out and About – Week of November 1st

This coming Sunday, November 7, Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 AM. This means that we may enjoy an extra hour of sleep. Remember, “Spring ahead….Fall behind.” Probably, you should turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night. The clock on your phone and on your computer will do this automatically, but the clock on your microwave will need you to make the adjustment.

I’ve been a fan of the television series M*A*S*H since it debuted many years ago. I still enjoy watching the reruns. Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Gary Burghoff, Loretta Swit and Jamie Farr are all still living. I’m sure they are all receiving royalties. M*A*S*H ran for eleven seasons, which is longer than the actual Korean War, or should I say “Police Action”. Alan Alda was the leading actor of the series and played the part of Chief Surgeon very well.

In 1979, Alan Alda addressed the graduating class at Columbia Medical School. He is quoted as saying, “One thing I want to tell you that only a non-doctor can tell you and that is that the head-bone is connected to the heart-bone. Don’t ever let them come apart.” Words worth remembering.

Thursday, November 11, is Veterans Day. The honor guard from American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170 will perform military honors four times that day. They will perform honors at 9 AM and 4 PM at American Axle in Three Rivers. At 11 AM there will be a brief ceremony at the Legion, 59990 South Main Street in Three Rivers. At 1 PM, the honor guard will visit Bowman Place on North Elm Street in Three Rivers. They will pay honor to all the veterans residing at the facility. The Honor Guard is comprised of veterans from all branches of service. They are all volunteers who consider it an honor to pay tribute to all the men and women currently serving or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Last month, I had the honor of traveling to Washington, D.C. I was one of about eighty-five veterans selected to be a part of the Talons Out Honor Flight. It was a day of sightseeing and visiting many of the memorials in and around the Washington area. Probably the highlight of the day was visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The Changing of the Guard was a ceremony to behold. Here are some facts about the sentinels who guard the tomb:

A sentinel has stood in front of the Tomb or the Unknown Soldier every minute since 1937 with no exception.
Army Sgt. Heather Johnson became the first woman to earn a Tomb Guard badge in 1996. Five other women have earned a badge since that time.
Members of the guard stand watch 24/7 every day of the year. They do this during inclement weather, including blizzards, hurricanes and thunderstorms. They do not stand down the watch.
Sentinels are allowed to drink alcohol during their tour at the Tomb if they are of legal age and not on duty. It is false that they are not allowed to drink during their tour or after for the rest of their lives.
It is false that guards are never allowed to curse in public for the rest of their lives.
“Grandpa’s beard was stiff and coarse and that’s what caused his fifth divorce.” – BURMA SHAVE

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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