Veteran’s Day

Today is the last day of cruising for 2/3 of those on board. Tomorrow we dock in Hong Kong which makes that sort of your bog standard turnover day. It will also be an extremely  short turnover – as we can’t get off till 0900 and have to be back on ship by 1600. 

Meanwhile – it is Veteran’s Day. From what several of us can tell, there are no American staff members in the current crew. Nevertheless, today’s short ceremony at 11:11 was American orientated. I met several other veteran’s in the crowd, a couple from the Viet Nam era.  There was a short ?annoucement? about the history of Remembrance Day, the raising of both the ship’s flag and the US flag after the minute of silence.

I thought back to the ceremony I experienced in Australia in 2013 while doing the circumnavigation on the Radiance. (the link to that post is here). Not only did it have meaning but it much more truly reflected the many countries and peoples that were affected by WWI. We have long since buried all of those served then; it is still so important not to forget. 


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fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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One Response to Veteran’s Day

  1. Cat says:

    I thought of you. There was a lovely, quiet moment in the memorial park which surrounds the library. What was really good was to see almost all the students there (studying for end of year exams) come out and just quietly stand there for the moment of silence before going back in. We had places marred with protests about the current major conflict but not here and I am grateful for that.

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