AWSI: Liberty and a Well-Deserved Shout-out to All Vets this 11-11…

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There was a special Veterans Day edition of our weekly DragonBustR Reader today. This is its companion post with more pictures and links.

This remarkable Peanuts cartoon will make you stop in your tracks.

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Next up, we highly recommend you check out Don Cherry’s Remembrance Day piece. If you are wondering about poppies, this will enlighten you.


Did You Know Many of Our Gang are Vets too?

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  • Frannie, a former journalist, was one of the first female war correspondents and the first Allied woman to cross the Rhine in WWI.
  • St. X flew reconnaissance missions. Despite being a little too old to fly, he joined the Free French and Allied air forces toward the end of World War II. He went on a mission to collect information on German troop movements in the Rhone valley on 31 July 1944 and was never seen again.
  • Doc served a tour of duty in the Army Medical Corps during WWI.

Steinbeck wrote this about Doc’s military tours:

“In appearance and temperament Ed was a remarkably unmilitary man, […] one would have thought that his complete individuality and his uniqueness of approach to all problems would have caused him to go crazy in the organized mediocrity of the Army. Actually the exact opposite was true. He was a successful soldier.  In spite of itself, the Army — at least that part of it which sheltered him— was gradually warped in his favor and for his comfort. Hew was quite happy in the army in both wars.”

 

  • Frankie was tapped by General Marshall to create a series of “Why We Fight” films to educate soldiers and citizens.

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The Liberty Bell & Frankie…

The ringing Liberty Bell, also shown in Mr Smith, is a favorite image of Frankie, and is shown throughout the Why We Fight series.


A Closing Ponderable…

From Frankie’s “Lost Horizon.”

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…the way of life based on one simple rule: Be kind. When that day comes, it is our hope that the brotherly love of Shangri-La will spread throughout the world.

Also notable:

In this utopian land of perfect peace, love, beauty and harmony, everyone follows the principle of ‘moderation’ and avoids excesses of any kind, according to Chang (the man who runs Shangri-La):

To put it simply, I should say that our general belief was in moderation. We preach the virtue of avoiding excesses of every kind, even including excess of virtue itself…We find in the valley it makes for greater happiness among the natives. We rule with moderate strictness and in return we are satisfied with moderate obedience. As a result, our people are moderately honest, moderately chaste, and somewhat more than moderately happy.

Great movie! Definitely worth checking out.


A Special Shout-out to Annie’s Dad…

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That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for reading. #SCMF!

Also, please remember to make yourself some DragonBustR time!

—Annie & The Gang


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