One of the things that amazes me is when elderly people perform in ways unimaginable. This is one such time:
Take note of Jim’s last remark in this video. Unfortunately, you will have to wait for the advertisement to finish, first.
Normandy, France (CNN) — Jim “Pee Wee” Martin acted like he’d been here before, like jumping from a plane is as easy as falling off a log.
Maybe that’s because he had — 70 years ago.
“I’m feeling fine,” Martin told reporters moments after landing in a French field. “It was wonderful, absolutely wonderful.”
Martin was part of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division that parachuted down over Utah Beach in their bid to retake France and, eventually, the rest of Europe from Nazi Germany. They actually touched down in enemy-controlled territory a night before what’s referred to as D-Day.
His jump Thursday in the same area was different and — despite his being 93 years old now — a whole lot easier.
“It didn’t (compare),” Martin said, “because there wasn’t anybody shooting at me today.”
Good for you, Jim. You’ve put some sunshine into my day today. There’s hope for us all!!
He’ll tell you he’s just a regular guy. He’s not a genius – in fact, he flunked out of school. But he’s trained himself to be a world memory champion. And when you see how he’s using his gift of memory to honor fallen soldiers, you’ll definitely be inspired. He was a U.S. Military Intelligence veteran of the war in Afghanistan. His name is Ron White.
One of his dreams is to take the “Memory Wall” of fallen Afghanistan heroes and travel to all the small cities in America. This video also shows how Ron’s efforts are appreciated by our soldiers who experience the “Memory Wall.”
A funeral procession may make you late by five or 10 minutes, but it’s a small price to pay to show respect for those who’ve passed away – especially when it’s a military procession. For one woman, it was too much. You have to see how the sheriff responds to her complaining.
I was elated to hear the wonderful news about Bowe Bergdahl finally in American hands once again!!
And, though there are some who are opposed to President Obama for not formally advising Congress within 30 days of the planned exchange, I believe he acted in the only way he could have. Timing was of the essence, and bringing back one of our own, was paramount.
Sgt. Bergdahl’s parents couldn’t be happier, and the outcome of theirs and so many others’ efforts over the years, bore the fruit of their efforts.
Here is the report and video showing Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl’s welcome to the White House by President Obama.
A small tribute to our fallen heroes, thanking them and remembering them for their service to make sure we are kept safe to enjoy the freedoms we have because of their sacrifices.
A small tribute, because there isn’t one great enough to honor them as they should be honored, in my opinion.