What's In This Blog

I created this blog for my journal. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this blog I keep many of the things I come across as a member of the church. I also share my experiences on the ACE Train and getting to work, my experiences in Manteca where we have lived for three years, and other things I think are noticeable.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day 2016: Dixie and Sammy Davis Fireside

Sammy and Dixie are on the right (this is not from last night.)
I am having difficulty writing this blog, because there is no way sometimes to express things that touch the heart.  I had the privilege to hear the story of Sammy Davis and his wife.  The were both widowed before finding each other.  Sammy is a Medal of Honor winner.  The story presented in Forrest Gump of rescuing your buddies was basically his story.  The President Johnson award ceremony was his story, and the scene presented was Tom Hanks face on his body.  The words from President Johnson in the movie Forrest Gump were the words the president said about Sammie Davis when he was presented the Medal of Honor.  He was in the artillery, not the infantry, and he was wounded in the event for severely than Forrest Gump.  He also had to cross a river to get to his friends who were wounded.
The started the evening showing the You Tube video, "Sammy Davis, Medal of Honor, Vietnam."  There are a couple of other movies on You Tube: 
Dixie was the first speaker, and told of her history, losing her husband, and then making a connection with Sammy Davis.  They were friends previous to their spouses both dying from cancer.  She also tells the story of Sammy's conversion to the gospel, and it was very touching.  They are a cute couple and it was fun to observe their interaction.
Sammy then told the story of his earning the Medal of Honor in much more depth.  He basically says he didn't feel like a hero.  "I was just doing my job."  The story was very touching, but also very personal.  After saving his three buddies, Davis thought his work was done, but things happened to let him know he had more work to do.  Only after this did he have enough energy to get to shore of the river and get out of the water.
He also told the story of learning to play the harmonica during the war, and always playing the song "Shenandoah" for his Sergeant.  He played this for us.  It was very moving.
I was emotionally touched by this veteran.  He is still out their making himself available for other veterans, lifting them up and being a listening voice.  He is also still effected by things that happened so many years ago.  He indicated he only sleeps a couple hours at a time, gets up and makes sure everything is OK before going back to bed.

Sheri's Out Side Work

Sheri added annual flowers, petunias and marigolds, to the front of the house and entry way.  She also planted a blue potato bush to the side of the house and an hibiscus bush in front.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Tony's Memorial Day and Flag Day Cub Scout Flag

For a requirement for Bears they gave Tony a flag to display for a month.  We decided to display it for the neighbors to see for Memorial Day weekend and for Flag Day.  After that he will decide where he wants to display it, whether in his room for himself or still for the neighbors.

San Jose Viet Nam Veteran's Memorial

This is right by where I got off the bus the other day on my way to catch the train.  It is by the visitor's center just east of the hockey arena.  It lists all the soldiers from San Jose who passed away in the Viet Nam War.

Tony's Happy Mother's Day

This is a bit slow, but this is the result of Tony's school Mother's Day Project.
This is Toy's hand on a tile.  Sheri really liked the "hands down"

decorated bag

the card

Tony myst really be into love birds because they are a common theme

Sheri Has Been Busy In Tony's Room

This projet has been completed mostly for over a month.  Sheri added the stool this week after she repainted it black to go with the decor.  I think she got the idea for the built-in desks and shelves from pinterest.  It has a pipe and wood theme.  The wall is painted black behind.

tony's solar system school project on the stool, he got 100 percent.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Life in Manteca: Memorial Day Weekend 2016

When: Saturday May 28, 6pm - 7pm
Where: Stake Center  6060 Northland Rd
Description: Sammy David is a Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient and recent convert to the church. This would be a great fireside to bring non-members to!

When: Sunday May 29, 10am - 5pm
Where: Woodward Park, Manteca

Manteca Memorial Day: Not Forgotten
Woodward Park
6:30 AM – Registration opens for the Wounded Warrior Christopher Braley 5K
7:30 AM – REACH Air Medical Services helicopter lands
8:00 AM – Christopher Braley Wounded Warriors 5K Run begins  sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, Freedom Smog, & NuLaid Foods
8:00-10:00 AM – Omelet Breakfast sponsored by NuLaid Foods
9:00 AM – Marine Cpl. Charles O. Palmer II Memorial Car Show
9:00 AM – Opening Ceremony at the Memorial VFW Post 1051
9:00-10:00 AM – Army National Guard Chinook & Lakota lands
10:00 AM – EMU, Inc. Helicopter sponsored by Dell’ Osso Farms
10:00-12:00 AM – Community Worship Service and music with Paul & Noreen Coca & family sponsored by Firefall Jewelers
10:00-4:00 PM – Kids Zone sponsored by South San Joaquin Irrigation District
10:00 AM – Concessions sponsored by Inner City Action & Refuge  Church EspaƱol open
10:00 AM – Veterans Haircuts sponsored by Toni & Guy Hair  Academy
10:30 AM – Gold Star Family Memorial Tent open
10:30 AM – CAF/Central Valley Squadron Goony Birds Fly Over
11:00 AM – Manteca & Ripon Police Department Demonstrations
12:30 PM – Flag Corridor (stand and hold a flag for our fallen heroes)
12:45 PM – Gold Star Family Processional: Honor Ride motor- cycles, Blue Angel Corvettes, Ripon Police Bag Pipe Band, USMC Honor Guard, Cal Crush  Clydesdale horse & carriage, Gold Star families
1:00 PM – Memorial Ceremony with special guest Medal of  Honor Recipient Sammy Davis on the Patriot Stage
1:00 PM – Parachute Jump sponsored by the Mark Forester Foundation
1:15 PM – NorCal Cross Winds Fly-Over
2:00 PM – Ranell Carpenter performing on the Veterans Stage
3:00 PM – World War II Bomber fly-over
3:00 PM – Fred White performing on the Veterans Stage
4:00 PM – The Advocates performing on the Veterans Stage – ** After show they will go to Patriot’s Stage
4:45 PM – The Advocates performing on the Patriot Stage
5:30 PM – James Greer performing on the Patriot Stage
6:30 PM – Essay Contest Scholarship Presentations on the Patriot Stage Sponsored by Teichert Construction, NuLaid Foods, & Manteca Morning Rotary
6:45 PM – Revived Band performing on the Patriot Stage
7:45 PM – Ford Fiesta Car Raffle with Phil Waterford of Mantea Ford
8:00 PM – Simone Benoit & Band performing on the Patriot Stage
9:15 PM – Flag Retirement Ceremony – East Union JROTC
9:30 PM – Fireworks sponsored by Manteca Christian Preschool
When: Monday May 30, 7am - 9am
Description: Cub Scouts help with the Memorial Day Clean Up at Woodward Park