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Picture from the Arlington National Cemetery Website

Memorial Day is Monday May 25.  For some people it is a day off from work to spend time with family.  Others use Memorial Day weekend as an excuse to go shopping.  Neither are reasons this time is set apart.  On May 30, 1868 Americans banded together to commemorate soldiers’ sacrifices and reflect on their commitment to defend this country with their lives, and we have continued this tradition.  It is a time to go to cemeteries and honor the men and women of this country who have died.  By remembering and reflecting on their actions, we can pay tribute to all soldiers killed in action.

We have the freedom of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.  Moreover, the blood of soldiers has contributed to protect the freedoms that so many people take for granted.

I recommend that parents use Memorial Day as a teaching tool for their kids.  Spend a little time adorning the graves of soldiers with flags or flowers at local cemeteries or memorials. Fly our flag at half-mast until noon.  Observer a moment of silence at 3pm.  Better-yet, contact the local VFW Post to see if a widow, widower, or orphan of a Vet needs a helping hand.  Maybe they need something done around their house or help getting to the grocery store.  Memorial Day is not a time to be self-absorbed.  Sacrifice a little time on Memorial Day to honor the memory of our fallen Veterans, because “the greatest causality is being forgotten”.

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A Fundraiser for Team River Runner and the International Whitewater Hall of Fame May 14, 2009 – 7:30 and 9:30 pm.  At the Arlington Cinema and Draft House; 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA – 703 486-2345.

Proceeds support Team River Runner and the International Whitewater Hall of Fame. The mission of Team River Runner is to create an environment of healthy adventure for healing active duty and veteran service members through paddle sports. The mission of IWHOF (a program of the Paddlesports Industry Foundation) is to honor those who have contributed to the advocacy, athletic excellence, excitement and business of whitewater sports round the world. Both organizations are non-profit 501 (c ) 3 organizations.

the-call-of-the-riverThe twists and turns of whitewater history resemble the canyons its pioneers have explored, a collage of unexpected influences such as World War II’s impact on boat materials and world champions’ defection from communist regimes in their homeland. Curiosity, ingenuity and outright audacity have built boats in friends’ basements and bribed dam keepers to release water, all in pursuit of the river experience. These tales are together on film for the first time in The Call of the River, produced by award-winning videographer and former world champion Kent Ford. Vintage paddling footage, in-depth interviews with eclectic pioneers and captivating narrative provide a close look at what inspires paddlers to answer the call of the river.

The Arlington Draft House; 2903 Columbia Pike; Arlington, VA, 2220

438° 51′ 45.5832″ N, 77° 5′ 14.4204″ W See map: Google Maps

usa-flagCity of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation are sponsoring an event at Lake Seminole Park, Saturday May 2nd, 2009 from 9am-3pm.  Team River Runner is also helping to introduce people to kayaking and the benefits of programs that focus on healing through water sports.  U CanSki 2 and Liquid Access is also running an adaptive water skiing clinic at the same time. 

This event is happening due to the hard work of several people in the Parks and Recreation Dept., staff from the local VA Hospitals, people in the medical field, and the behind the scenes volunteers.

Lake Seminole Park
10015 Park Blvd. N
Seminole, Fl 33777

Team River Runner is paddling the Alafia River, Saturday April 25, at 10am.  The put in is not at the Alafia River State Park.  The state park does not have access to the river.  We are using the boat launch at Lithia Springs Park.

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Directions from James A. Haley Veterans Hospital to Alafia River; Lithia Springs Park; 3932 Lithia Springs Rd; Lithia, FL 33547-1723