The non-stop barrage of negative news and/or nasty fake news can really grind us all down sometimes, so I scoured the web and found a few things that I hope will help lighten the load and brighten everyone’s weekend.
Lea Gabrielle joined 150 veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War on an honor flight to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorials.
Gabrielle, a Navy veteran, explained that nonprofit organization Stars and Stripes Honor Flight flies veterans from Milwaukee to the nation’s capital to honor them for their service.
When they arrived in D.C., they received a hero’s welcome, with dozens of well-wishers cheering for them and holding signs expressing thanks and gratitude.
“When we got back from Vietnam, there was no welcome. It was like nobody cared about us, to be honest,” one vet said. “It’s the welcome home we never got.”
Gabrielle said time spent at the World War II memorial brought awe, while the Vietnam memorial brought tears.
Brothers Roger, Conn and Grant Hagen, who all served in Vietnam, grew emotional as they looked at the 58,318 names of the fallen carved into the memorial wall.
When the vets got back on the plane to go home, they received a special surprise: letters of thanks from their loved ones.
Back in Milwaukee, they were greeted by family, friends and dozens of grateful Americans.
“For many, returning to their loved ones is that welcome home they’ve been waiting so long for,” Gabrielle said.
In early October 2017, 3-year-old Cohen Chastain honored a fallen officer from his hometown by standing up and saluting during her funeral procession — for two straight hours.
The tot’s actions moved not only his family but also the entire Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.
On October 24, 2017, the police officers wanted to thank Cohen for what he did and decided to make him an honorary police officer for the day. Like any officer, Cohen needed his very own squad car.
Everyone in the police department chipped in and bought Cohen his own pint-sized squad car as well as other goodies.
“Many of you might recall this amazing three-year-old. Cohen stood for more than two hours during the processional honoring our sister, Det. Kristen Hearne. We wanted to bless Cohen for his selfless act of support and love,” the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post.
Autumn is beautiful for those who can see the wonderful colors of the leaves as they change on the trees, and now even colorblind people have a chance to enjoy it at a National Park in Tennessee. Via GoodNewsNetwork:
According to the National Park Service, the Great Smoky Mountain range in Tennesse is the most visited national park in America. When October and November roll around, the mountain ranges transform into a breathtaking collage of red, orange, and yellow colors.
For 13 million Americans who suffer from colorblindness, however, the scenery remains a bland shade of greenish-brown.
This is why the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development installed several special viewing devices for colorblind visitors across the park.
If you are color blind and can’t get to Tennessee, there is a company that makes special glasses that people can wear to help.
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Have a nice weekend, everyone.