Vietnam Veterans Day, 2021

by HB Auld, Jr.

Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a day set aside in 2017 to honor those men and women who served “in country” in the Republic of Vietnam and its waters during the 20-year war there.

March 29 was chosen as the day to honor these men and women because that is the day of the final withdrawal of US Forces from South Vietnam in 1973.

Since respect and combat support wasn’t immediately given to those who served after the war ended, this day was founded in 2017 to finally offer that respect to everyone involved.

This is the day set aside by Congress to “Thank a Vietnam Veteran” for his or her service. God bless my brothers and sisters who served in that terrible war in Vietnam.

Remember Goliad!

by HB Auld, Jr.

“Remember Goliad.”

No, it does not have the same ring as “Remember the Alamo,” but it is just as important.

On this day, March 27, 1836, a Palm Sunday, more than 340 “Texians” under the command of Colonel James W. Fannin, were either marched or (in the case of the wounded), carried out behind the Presidio de Goliad mission and executed at point-blank range by the Mexican army. This, after surrendering with the condition that they be treated as Prisoners of War and spared. Colonel Fannin was one of the last to be executed, forced to watch as his men were executed. He had but three requests: Do not shoot him in the face, send his belongings to this family, and give him a Christian burial. He was promised all three and then all three requests were violated. A dark day, indeed, for the fight for Texas Independence from Mexico.

But a brighter day was coming. Just 25 days later, General, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was defeated by Texas General Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto.

Remember the Alamo.

Remember Goliad.

God bless Texas.

(Some of the information for this post was provided by Texas historian and writer, Tara Ross, on her daily history post.)

Jerry Lewis was born 95 years ago today

by HB Auld, Jr.

Happy birthday in heaven to the “King of Comedy,” Jerry Lewis. Jerry was born 95 years ago today. He was born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926, and died at the age of 91 four years ago on August 20, 2017.

He was a great humanitarian, comedian, actor, and entertainer. Thanks, Jerry, for the memories.