Monday, May 25, 2009

It's T Week!

Brought to you by A to Z Mondays. This week I have a special T. At least it's something that I'm always anxious to watch, on the edge of my chair.....even before you can see anything on the TV screen. The anticipation is always exciting for me. Not everyone feels the excitement, but for me, every time is like the first!


The T word is Touchdown


It's the return of this space shuttle Atlantis to Edwards Air Force Base in California. Here is a live picture of it coming in at ten thousand feet.




Three thousand feet...


ON APPROACH! And my excitement heightens!


TOUCHDOWN!!


Welcome home.....Atlantis crew.

Remember our fallen service men and women today. I am grateful for my father's service as an Army Sgt. who landed at Normandy on D-Day, and also fought at the Battle of the Bulge, earning two Purple Hearts. I remember my brother's Naval service aboard the USS Saratoga(CV-60) during the Bay of Pigs, and in the Mediterranean in the '60s. He wanted to visit "Sara" when she was decommissioned in the 90's but his cancer was to swift. Someday I would love to visit the carrier as a museum in RI.

I will be heading out to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery for a reality check.



15 comments:

Pumpkin Delight said...

Oh, good one for T! The boom woke me up this morning, thinking it was an earthquake, but then I remembered the landing. Incredible pictures!

Tins and Treasures said...

When I saw the word Touchdown, I was expecting football. You got me there!!
Are you going out to the Cemetary alone? Have a relaxing Memorial Day ~Natalie

Linda said...

I was with T&T when you mentioned Touchdown, but it isn't football season!

I guess I don't understand why they can't land in the rain, and I also don't understand why it will cost more than one million dollars to get it back to FL?

Of course, we are always so glad when they land safely!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Terrific and Touching GJ. Happy Memorial Day.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Truly terrific.

p.s. I also thought it was going to be about football.

Mental P Mama said...

Teary. Happy Day.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Great T post. I also love to see 'our' shuttles coming back home.
You have a family of givers..thank you.
Have a good day, Suz

Life with Kaishon said...

Wonderful reminder about what this day is truly about! Thank you! I have been praying about your unpacking! Wishing you quickness! : )

The Incredible Woody said...

Wonderful post!

Margaret said...

A wonderful heartfelt tribute to all the soldiers, and to those close to you.

Grandma Nina said...

Hey J.
Great pictures, as always. Doesn't it do something to your insides when you see "United States" on the side of the shuttle? Goosebumps!. And such good memories and thoughts of your father and brother. Have a good day.

Chris said...

Great post! Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Ben said...

excellent post! Great Timing!

Jen said...

I still can't believe men walk on the moon!
Great T Grandma--we seem to take this magic for granted.
Hey too bad your plans were changed and you aren't in Tucson---we could have hooked up.
I love it here!!
I see your star award; ;)

Pat Jenkins said...

GREAT T grandma j!! who knew you were such a space junkie... he he!!.. i wish i could talk to your dad about his experience. and whether members of the military have seen battle or not, the service seems to forever changed their lives for the better!!