by Max Barry

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Region: Texas

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Memorial Day
National Missing Children Day

National Wine Day
Towel Day
National Brown-Bag-It Day
National Tap Dance Day

Quotes of the Day:

"May we never forget our fallen comrades. Freedom isn't free." - Sgt. Major Bill Paxton

"Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay." - Barack Obama

"And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice." - Ronald Reagan

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Sharing tales of those we've lost is how we keep from really losing them." - Mitch Albom

"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices." - Harry Truman

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.“ - Abraham Lincoln

“A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.”- George William Curtis

"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outburts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." – Adlai Stevenson

Music of the Day:

Today, I Am Presenting a Memorial Day Song Playlist:

1. Justin Moore - The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home

2. Billy Ray Cyrus - Some Gave All (Official Music Video)

3. God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood

4. Dixie Chicks - Travelin' Soldier (Official Video)

5. George Jones Memorial (50,000 Names Carved In The Wall)

6. Dolly Parton "Color Me America"

7. America Will Always Stand- Randy Travis lyrics

8. Faith Hill - American Heart (Official Video)

9. The Statler Brothers - More Than A Name On A Wall

10. MERLE HAGGARD a soldier's last letter

11. Angel Flight (Radio Tower Remix) - w/ Lyrics

12. Band of Brothers /Requiem for a Soldier

13. Trace Adkins Performs "Still a Soldier" on the 2020 National Memorial Day Concert

14. Trace Adkins' "Arlington" USA Military Tribute

15. AMAZING TRIBUTE by 15 year old Rylee Preston "Soldier's Light"

On This Day In History:
1986 Hands Across America - 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY

1999 The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report detailing People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over prior two decades

2000 Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.

2001 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest

2007 The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time

2011 Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show

2012 A SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station

2013 Yuichiro Miura of Japan becomes the oldest person to climb Mount Everest at 80

2017 Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg receives an honorary degree from Harvard University, after dropping out in 2004

2018 Barbados elects its first female Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who leads the Barbados Labour Party to victory

2019 First ever albino panda footage in the wild released (taken in April) from China's Wolong National Nature Reserve

Memorial Day

Each year in the United States, Americans observe the Federal holiday, Memorial Day, the last Monday in May. It honors and remembers all men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day is also a day to remember all loved ones who have passed away.

Traditionally on Memorial Day, the flag of the United States of America is raised briskly to the top of the staff then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position where it remains until noon. At noon, it is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

When the flag is at half-staff, the position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives for their country. Raising the flag at noon signifies the nation lives, that the country is resolved not to let their sacrifice be in vain but to rise up in their honor and continue to fight for liberty and justice for all.

In the United States, Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of summer.


Attend Memorial Day services in your community. In your own way, pay tribute in remembrance of service members who have died while serving. Use #MemorialDay to post on social media.


Honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the military, communities, individuals, and organizations have kept Memorial Day in various forms in the United States since the end of the Civil War. General John Logan first called for a nationwide day of remembrance on May 5, 1868. The observance was called Decoration Day, and it was observed on May 30th, 1868.

Decoration Day

General James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery with Generals Grant, Howard, Logan, Pane, Wool, and Hancock in attendance. Volunteers also decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

Across the country, humble tributes occurred on that first Decoration Day. Just outside Fort Stevens near Washington, D.C., there was a small cemetery where 40 soldiers were buried, one of whom belonged to a widow from Northern Vermont. He was one of three sons she lost to the war. On Decoration Day, she went to the cemetery carrying 40 wreaths for 40 graves.

Someone placed a laurel wreath upon the head of a Lincoln statue at City Hall, Washington, D.C.

In Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroads transported passengers to the Spring Grove Cemetery. As a tribute, communities displayed flags at half-mast along the routes. More volunteers placed floral wreaths on the soldiers’ graves, and speeches were made. Many of the first Decoration Days recognized only the Union soldiers. However, other events included the Confederate soldiers as well. Over time, the day grew to include all those soldiers lost during the conflict.

Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and now honors all U.S. service members who have died during a military conflict. Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30th for many years. Then, in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed the last Monday of May.

National Missing Children’s Day

National Missing Children’s Day on May 25th each year shines a spotlight on child safety. The observance also honors the professionals dedicated to protecting children around the country.

Most children who go missing do come home. Whether they’ve wandered off or there was a misunderstanding, many find their way back to their family. According to the Polly Klaas Foundation, 99.8 percent come home. Of those who are abducted, 9 percent are kidnapped by family. Only a small fraction are stranger abductions. But the fact remains, if it happens to any child, it happens to too many.

While the observance honors those who’ve gone above and beyond to protect children, it also offers resources to continue protecting them further. Here are ways to keep your children safe every day.

It’s important to:

* maintain custody documents
* keep recent photos of children handy
* also, keep medical and dental records up to date

Protect your children by:

* making online safety a priority
* complete background checks on caregivers and check references
* never leave young children unattended in strollers and car seats
* whenever possible, don’t dress children in clothing with their names on it
* teach them their address and phone number as young as possible

HOW TO OBSERVE #MissingChildrensDay

Other ways to get involved include recognizing someone dedicated to protecting children and to bringing missing children home. Attend a ceremony honoring law enforcement and private citizens alike. You can also:

* volunteer in your community
* share a safety presentation
* visit to enter their poster contest
* Use #MissingChildrensDay to post on social media.


In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Missing Children’s Day recognizing the hundreds of thousands of children who went missing each year. Just a few short years before, six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from his New York City home on his way from the bus to school on May 25, 1979. The observance commemorated the date of Etan’s disappearance and honored missing children everywhere. During the time of his disappearance, cases of missing children rarely gained national media attention. However, Etan’s case quickly received much coverage. Etan’s father, who was a professional photographer, distributed black-and-white photographs of his son to find him. The result was a massive search and media attention that focused the public’s attention on the problem of child abductions and the lack of plans to address them.

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Memorial Day Tribute - "Thank You"

The Meaning of Memorial Day - "Freedom is Never Free" - A Vietnam Veteran's Tribute

Fallen Military Women Tribute Video

Life of a Lioness - The story of Cpl. Jennifer Marie Parcell

Letters: A Hero's Journey to the Medal of Honor

Father of Fallen Marine Promoted to Commander

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Tour the Marine Corps Museum

Mortuary Marines - "We take care of our own."


Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 14: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!


1. Go to to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe Memorial Day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner