Here is the medley of questions for the Wednesday Medley. Today’s Medley is celebrating national V – J day. You can read all about it on Terry’s blog and get the questions there. Link up if you want to and join the other meddlers with your answers.
1. I'm sure many kids today have no idea what V-J Day is all about. Did you have a loved one who fought in WWII? Yes, my Dad was in the Philippines and also New Guinea. My uncle was in Europe and killed in action.
2. The iconic sculpture from the famous photograph of "The Unconditional Surrender" has been defaced recently because of the #metoo movement. I know we can get very political about this subject, but just keeping it in the spirit for which it was created, what are your thoughts? I always liked that photo and the statue because it spoke to me of the joy of the war being over! Everybody was celebrating and servicemen were glad to be home and everybody was in the streets celebrating their return!
3. Terri's grandson, Tristan, loved playing a game called "Axis & Allies". It was quite complicated, took up the entire dining room table, and was not something Terri wanted to play (Grandpa understood it and played though). Can you name three Axis countries and five of the many Allies (okay to look it up!)? Germany, Italy and Japan. Allies, England, United States, Soviet Union, France, and China.
4. Terri was surprised to learn that most historians agree that WWII began when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Others say it started when Japan invaded Manchuria on September 18, 1931. And some scholars suggest WWII is actually a continuation of WWI, with a break in between. Have you ever visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii or any other WWII memorials around the world? We did visit Pearl Harbor. Very sobering. We also visited the WW II Memorial on the National Mall.
5. Calvin Graham was only 12 years old during WWII when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before the Navy found out how old he was. (God bless him.) Terri doesn't know any 12-year olds today who could qualify or get away with something like that. Times are so very different now but (in the US) we do have ROTC in high schools. Do you know anyone who started in ROTC and went on to enlist in one of the services? My husband was in ROTC, Officers Training School, and then joined the National Guard, but that may not count. He served here in the U.S. I can’t think of anybody I know who was in ROTC who then enlisted. So many of my classmates were drafted to go to Vietnam.
6. Please tell us something about your week so far. Dealing with broken things and very thankful that we are able to have them fixed. Tonight I am meeting with all the BSF group leaders and confess I am getting a little apprehensive about the upcoming classes and leading. Kate and Jack were here the past couple of days and we had a good time with them. They wanted to go to the mall and look around. Since we didn’t go to a movie or any other entertainment, I gave them money to spend. They are very different spenders!! Jack is quite liberal and Kate so conservative.
This pic is so sweet! Jack took a selfie of himself with Annie.
He also had to hide in the new red box.
Monday night’s sunset was truly amazing.