“Just One More Family Member Being Remembered”

Oldest “PHOTO of Dad” – “VETERAN”

Dad Service Photo 001

In our “FAMILY”  the  “McCLARREN FAMILY” –

We just have to remember our Father… as without him…we would not be here!

Sometimes in our LIFE Time… we should check where we place PHOTOS of which we only have one copy, and… as  this one and only PHOTO, just has to be the best PHOTO…  as it is a remembrance of  a very specific time and place during our  very younger years, and in this case … when we enlisted into the United Sates Army!

 Just looking at this … the above old Photo, this  just seems to be the oldest “PHOTO”  – this was taken when my Father served in the U.S. Army –  1st Infantry Div., Fleet Philippines. 

I was LUCKY to  find this, the above  old photo in Daddy’s wallet… a very well worn and old used wallet, which did not by just looking at it … did not seem to have anything worthwhile in it, and if some one, maybe not a family member… that was just going through old items  of Daddy’s… that were left behind… just maybe no one would have had a chance to see this terrific old photo.

A day does come for us “all” to leave this world  and when Daddy left this world – for the next, we  all do know that we always leave everything… that is every single thing that we did own and some things just may be valuable to someone … but to WHO?

What ever we did own  goes to  “WHO” ever wants  these left behind items, and can use some of the old things … we just left  behind.

It is amazing that a  very good PHOTO … that was taken  so long ago, when we were in top shape … that  very same photo stuffed in a very  well used wallet…  would  even with all of the wear and tear that a wallet gets…would even last at all?

I’m sure glad to have this remembrance of  Daddy, as it is a prize to have and see how he did look, when he was in tip top shape… as he was recruited into the ARMY! 

I am sure glad, that we here  in America have this day to remember our families and friends,  that gave their all to keep America free for all of us and for all times and that … NOW we  have set a special day for all Americans to gather together … having a three day a day weekend … so as  to be sure to remember those  that did serve and also those that gave their very LIFE !

With this weekend to gather together and celebrate that which  they gave… so much  more than required we …. NOW have “Memorial Day.” 

We all are grateful and Thankful  and will forever remember that which all of America  in a joint effort for all time… we  as families and friends will be celebrating this year on Monday – May 30th, 2022!

Thanks be to our  Almighty  Creator  for caring for all of our men and women in the services – especially since they or some  could be giving to us…  the ultimate  of  all  gifts… their   “LIFE” – to keep our “America” …               free for  “ALL!”

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“Remembering Brother Denny, One of the BEST”

Young Man in U.S. Army!


This is Denny  H. McClarren Jr.,

My brother Denny, Jr. with just  the best shade of  “red hair” and lots of  “freckles!” 

And I just have to add,  that this is that same  good-looking guy, my brother,  you may have seen  right here…  in different posts – with that “Million Dollar Smile” – and just have to add that … this is his more sincere and down to business look!

Let’s remember all of our “FAMILY MEMBERS” who have served  our Country – America – and never  ever forget the great sacrifices –  that  they… each and everyone  have made  – just for all of us who could not serve  – –  and NOW … if only each  one of us does his part  – just  maybe  “America”  will always remain “Tops” in the hearts of us – all!

My brother, Denny was at the Red Stone Arsenal  in the 1950’s. 

“Almighty Yahweh … thank you for your blessing on all of us,   in  “America”  and keep all of our “Service Men and Women”  safe  –

NOW and forever,  and where ever they   are – with “PRIDE”  and “HONOR” may  they always serve!”

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“Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died”

History Of
Memorial Day

Memorial Day History

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. It’s difficult to prove the origins of this day as over two dozen towns and cities lay claim to be the birthplace. In May 1966, President Lyndon Johnson stepped in and officially declared Waterloo N.Y. the birthplace of Memorial Day.

Regardless of the location of origins or the exact date, one thing is crystal clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War (which ended in 1865) and a desire to honor our dead. On the 5th of May in 1868, General John Logan who was the national commander of the Grand Army of the republic, officially proclaimed it in his General Order No. 11.

Part of the history of Memorial Day will show that in the Order, the General proclaimed, “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” Because the day wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle, the General called it, The date of Decoration Day.

On the first Decoration Day, 5,000 participants decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington Cemetery while General James Garfield made a historic speech.

New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday in 1873. It was recognized by all northern states by 1890. Differently, the South refused to acknowledge the day and honored their dead on separate days. This went on until after World War I when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.

With the Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363), it is now observed on the last Monday in May by almost every state.

This helped ensure a three day weekend (Memorial Day Weekend) for Federal holidays. In addition, several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee .

History of Memorial Day: Red Poppies

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. See more on the significance of the Red Poppy.

Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael. When she returned to France she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help.

Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

National Moment of Remembrance

Memorial day history couldn’t be complete without the birth of the the “National Moment of Remembrance”, which was a resolution passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

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“Laurie Cardoza-Moore President/Proclaiming Justice to The Nations”

Happy Memorial Day

As we reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women who gave their lives so that we could be free, I’m reminded of the verse in the Bible; “There is no greater love than a friend be willing to lay down his life for his friend.” To honor their sacrifice, “We the people”, must be willing in our generation to “mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred honor.” I’m praying that you and your family will reflect on these truths and may you have a memorable Memorial Day.


Laurie Cardoza-Moore
President/Proclaiming Justice to The Nations

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“Thomas F. McClarren –  82nd Airborne Division”

“Do You Fear Falling?”


This is Thomas F. McClarren –  82nd Airborne Division – U.S. Army –

Young … and so very young and the last of the McClarren Family … that I also  have good pictures of, all the  while  looing so good, calm and collected.

We can celebrate  the fact that  our young TOM  did  join and serve  and was so very  “LUCKY” to have served his Country and   survived making  a very  HAPPY  return home!

To be a “Paratrooper” –

I’ll just bet that the question you are most asked would be, –  “How can you  just jump out of a perfectly  fine flying airplane –

Does the thought ever come up , when  you just may think of asking yourself … when something unexpected  happens, and you start with some thoughts  such as… are you  NOW  or ever  just…not afraid of falling and getting hurt?” —

Tom is the one in our  “FAMILY” –  that would be asking someone downstairs something  –  and before you could look up those steps to the floor above  and  turn to answer  – there our little Tommy was –   at the foot of the stairs?

We just could not  and never could figure what there was about  “TOM”  –  that caused him to fall out windows and down stairs –   and never  ever got hurt doing so?  

I’m just guessing   that our  “GOOD LORD”  the “Almighty Creator” had other plans,  which where so much more important  for our little Tommy and  was saving  “TOM” for that big jump of his  “LIFE”  … taking a high flying jump out of  “Aircraft” very well made  for  United States of America and called   “AIR-PLANES!”

This Memorial weekend and all this coming week – 

let me send this Salute   – to all our ARMED FORCES –

a prayer  to our Almighty Yahweh –

to bless and protect our young men and women  –

until they can return home to their “LOVED” ones – 

“Sending Love  to all of our Loved ones, who are making great sacrifices!”

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“Loving Memories Passed on to All Generations”

1944 – “To My Sweetheart”


This photo is of   –  Al E. Aldrich,  a younger brother to my husband, Lee G. Aldrich, Sr. – and uncle to my sons, Lee, Jr. and Al Aldrich.

The  photo must have been intended for a girl-friend –

Al has a date of July 8th, 1944 –  while stationed in Italy…

And also…  he has written: “To My Sweetheart”    —   “Al” –

Also,  there is some other writing on the back side of this photo – but…

This photo was pasted with glue on to a black page of a photo-album  – and,  it was carefully sliced out –

 Some of the writing…

That AL wrote on that back side, can no longer be made out –

So I guess we just do not need to know … all that which  was there –

I  just feel so “LUCKY” … just to have this  PHOTO as a very special remembrance of my brother-in-law,  AL!

You can tell that  there was some bending of this photo and damage  was done by someone – sometime ago – 

No one  really knows what happens to any and or  all of their stuff …when they move   and or leave behind, all of their earthly possessions for the next generation  —   

Al and his brother Lee, my husband…  have already gone on to a much better place – but, and I feel that they were called HOME to Heaven too soon or early… as they are  both really missed by us… who  NOW… are getting close… as no one lives forever,  so we are all  sure to follow soon, enough?

On this Memorial Day –

I  do  remember those in my “Family” and all those still serving in the Armed Forces  –  and I am daily asking,  for our  Almighty Yahweh to send HIS  blessing –   since –  we all need prayers said for us –

  Also it is so good … to always be remembered in some way –  so  my thoughts are that   — we should  all try  to send blessings of “LOVE”  to all those  that we hold dear  in our “LIFE” time  – 

And hoping that our “Love messages” which,  we all are sending… will be making  for a much  better  world  – to come.

Making MEMORIES  today and tomorrow and for all TIME  and  in addition our own  daily loving memories   – will  for ever … be passed on to  all the next generations!

“Memories of LOVE made NOW … and in our family today… will keep inspiring all of us to continue to pass more LOVE on forever!”

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