Monday, May 27, 2013


Below are pictures I took today in honor of Memorial Day.  I also want to tell a cheerful story here about a veteran.

I volunteer at the nutrition center and every day Fred, comes in for lunch.  He is a World War II veteran.  Being a veteran he sometimes tells of his time at war and he always mentioned his war buddy, Slim.  They had been good buddies during the war and after the war they wrote, but as life changes, they lost contact with each other.  Fred came back to the small town he grew up, married and worked on his parents farm even took it over when they retired.  When computers came out his son tried to find Slim on the computer but he had a very common last name and Fred wasn't sure of his first name after all these years.

Recently Fred, was offered the free trip to the World War II monument in Washington, D.C.  Fred's son was going with him.  As Fred gets around by himself without help, he and his son were asked if they would take another fellow with them who had no family.  He was widower, he and his wife had no children.  So Fred and his son agreed.

Fred and this fellow were talking on the plane.  Of course soon they were talking about the War II. All of a sudden the two men let out a scream and were hugging each other.  The stewardess and Fred's son came running.  When both men stopped hugging each other Fred told what happened.  As they were talking about the war, the fellow pulled out his wallet and showed Fred a picture of the fellows from the war.  He pointed Fred out in the picture.  He pointed himself out - he was Fred's buddy Slim.

Slim and Fred have become fast friends again.  They are both widowers and Slim lives in the next town.  Fred drives so he picks his buddy up and they go out to breakfast or to the American Legion or one of their homes to talk and pass the time.


New York State Of Mind said...

I took 92 pictures, but I don't think you'd want them all on. Thank you veteran's for what you have done and are doing to keep us free.


jaz@octoberfarm said...

what a perfect memorial day story!

New York State Of Mind said...

Glad you like it Jaz.


Fionalina said...

How wonderful for them to meet up again-especially nice they can see each other often now

lovely story and good pictures Marilyn
Thank you for sharing it with us


New York State Of Mind said...

You are most welcome, Fionalina. Glad you liked them.


Vickie said...

Such a heart warming story Marilyn. That is just perfect.

jodie said...

What a beautiful story, brought tears to my eyes. thank you Marilyn for the beautiful pictures.
This is the first year I've missed going to the Veterans Cemetery for the ceremony. Just wasn't feeling well today.
All three of my chilren were in the Army, 2 boys and 1 girl.

New York State Of Mind said...

Glad you liked it, Vickie.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Jodi,
Thank your children for what they did for our freedom.

The cemetery in the picture is our local cemetery. We have many veterans buried there. It goes back to the 1700's.


Lowell & Faye said...


What an amazing and beautiful story about Fred and Slim. I had 3 first cousins who were in WW II. They all came home, but are all gone now. My son is retired from the Air Force and flew in and out of Iraq and Afganistan and other countries in that area. Now my grandson in law is in the Air Force and stationed in Germany. My heartfelt thanks goes to all of them.


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story!That makes all the years past.....seem like yesterday for them! As if they were never apart.....and now they can enjoy all the rest of their lives together!
Your pictures are beautiful! You had a lovely day today.....

SueAnn said...

well..I thought I left my name!! I am the "anonymous"!!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hello Lowell,
Thank your living family members for me for all they have done.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Sue Ann,
Fred and Slim are glad to be together. Sometimes Fred brings him to the nutrition center. We were sure glad to meet Slim. He still is a slim person, too. Lives up to his name.

Glad you enjoy the pictures.


Chasity said...

That brought tears to my eyes, what a great story!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Chasity,

So happy you liked it.


dynnamae said...

Good Morning Marilyn. Just getting caught up again on your blog. This lovely story brought tears to my eyes. So happy for the guys to have reconnected after all these years. God is so good to us.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning dynnamae,
So glad you enjoyed it. Fred gave me permission to put it on here. God is good to us.