May 15-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: May: May 15-04
Veteran's Park Memorial    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Donn de Yampert
Still flying proudly    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Rogern Kangas

Toivo from Toivola on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 07:00 am:

Each branch of the military used to observe their own day, but in 1949, the creation of one day to honor the men and women of all the branches together was announced, the third Monday of May. Donn de Yampert's unique night time photo of Veteran's park in Houghton is a fitting tribute to all these brave folks, and Roger Kangas reminds us to fly the flag today.

Years from now someone may be browsing through these pages, like a mini-"time capsule" of life in the U.P. and the U.S. - - History will record in the spring of 2004 that the military was dishonored by the actions of a few individuals. But we're confident that history will also demonstrate the military's resilience to restore and maintain the honor of the men and women who make the sacrifice to serve in our Armed Forces.

By Roz on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 07:07 am:

good morning from Grand Rapids!
First Post

By downstater,mi on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 07:07 am:

The actions of a few many times spoil things for the majority. We are so blessed to live in this country. My prayer is that our citizens realize this before it's too late.

By Evelyn, Murphys, CA. on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 07:14 am:

Good morning...It it so good to see "Old Glory" flying in the breeze!! God bless all the men and women serving our country..Keep them safe..

By Dave, Laurium on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 07:25 am:

Looks like a great day in the Copper country, a day to salute all the men and women of the armed forces, past and present, so I salute them by offering my recent photo of Veteran's Park from a little different angle..

By Mike, MI on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 07:52 am:

Thank You to every man and woman that serves our country. Your sacrifices make our lives safer and free.

By Barb, MI on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 08:08 am:

May God bless and keep save our men and women who serve us in all the armed forces. Lets not forget our Coast Guard who's job keep getting more and more important and risky.

By Steve the flying troll on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 08:20 am:

The Bridge is up and it looks beautiful in the CC
Lucky Yoopers...............

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 08:34 am:

My flag is out there today, as it is most days (weather permitting), but this Armed Forces Day, takes on new meaning for my family, as our 25 year old son, Greg will be leaving for the Navy in 18 days...may God bless and watch over him and all our men and women in the military.

fly it proudly

By ert, GA on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 09:03 am:

Two questions: How much boat traffic goes under the lift bridge? What kinds of birds are at the feeders in the Copper Harbor cam picture?

By Cliff. Mi. on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 09:20 am:

I would like to send congradultions to my oldest
grandson-who just got his parachute badge at
FT BENNING,Ga. yesterday.Good luck Josh Bowers--
From Yooper Gramps.

By Dave, Laurium on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 09:46 am:

FORRREEEE!!! Playing through....great day to hit the links....

By Jim Johnson Clinton Twp Mi on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 10:01 am:

The best wishes to all the volunteers who protect our country. Happy Armed Forces Day. A Yooper living in Looperland...........

By cheryl mi on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 10:12 am:

Today & everyday we should remember and pray for all of the brave men & women who risk their lives so we can all live in freedom.I am specially proud of my husband who spent time in Iraq last year.He did his part for our country & the people of Iraq so they too can enjoy freedom. He also fought in the Vietnam War & we need to remember all of those who fought & died during the period. Salute all of those veterans and all of the Armed Forces. I salute the Armed Forces!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA.

By julie b., MI on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 10:35 am:

God bless our troops and keep they safe!


Thank you to all who honorably service America!

By Dan, MI on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 11:45 am:

Please make the photo of the flag pole a WOW, that would make a GREAT background. What a great perspective.
God Bless our troops everywhere! A huge thank you to all who served or are currently serving.

By Bthecute1 on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 12:32 pm:

So, has the U.P. Air Force become airborne again, and their dive bombers stinging in multiple force?

By H. Donn de Yampert, PT, DPT. on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 01:26 pm:

Thanks for using my photograph today. I am amazed there is no conflicting word regarding the photograph or the occasion for its use. God Bless America and what she stands for...

By Dave, Laurium on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 01:33 pm:

Bthecute1....No, the U.P. Air Force is still grounded, temps haven't warmed up enough for those flyboys....:)

By Bev on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 01:56 pm:

Bring our troops home.

By Dave, Laurium on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 02:21 pm:

They'll be home when the job is done...

By Yooper Soldier in Colorado on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 04:08 pm:

Have a great Armed Forces Day!!!

By Fran,Ga on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 04:17 pm:

Nice pictures, Donn.Thanks.Sure am proud of our people over there. Thanks to all.

By Dave, Laurium on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 04:45 pm:

Here is a really special poem I came across that I think helps to remind me of what it means to serve your country:
A SOLDIER IN IRAQ, by Cathy Baker

Time goes by slow for a soldier in Iraq,
Home is on his mind, he doesn't know when he'll get back.
Most days are about the same,
Until the commander shouts, "It's time for a raid".
When stars fill the sky on a sleepless night,
The soldier wonders if the next day will bring a fight.
When noonday sun is hot on the face,
The soldier hopes all stays quiet on his base.
I hope this poem will touch your heart.
We gotta pray for all soldiers, from their families far apart.
I hope this poem will inspire your soul,
And remember in this life, we all play a role.
The soldier sent to a faraway land,
has a very hard task on his hand.
Please pray for the good Lord to watch over the troops,
and may He bring peace over all the earth.

In Honor of Sgt. Brandon A. Baker,
December 22, 2003
Cathy Baker wrote this poem in honor of her nephew, Sgt. Brandon A. Baker, who serves in the U.S. Army and is currently stationed in Iraq. HOOAH!!!

By walter p tampa on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 04:52 pm:

thanks for the wonderful photos gods work here on earth is surely that of your own

By ert, GA on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 05:22 pm:

Is K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base still open and active or has it been closed?

By finnferrfunn on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 06:32 pm:

KI Sawyer is closed militarily and has been turned over for civilian development and the new airport. There is actually a lot of development going on there.

By Bthecute1 on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 08:00 pm:

So, the U.P. Air Force is conspiring with the Navy, sending their squadrons to marshes, still waters, springs, and ponds, just waiting for the for the command to become airborne for attach, and are waiting for the natives to come out when the weather turns warm? How warm does it have to get for this to occur?

<Toivo sez>: We did see a few black flies today in the Keweenaw woods, but no mosquitos yet. Temps hovered in the 40's most of the day.

By mjg/Lake Linden on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 08:10 pm:

Prayer and Love to all of our troops in Iraq. We are all very proud of you and that your job will be done soon. But freedom is a gift and it comes at a great price. Our Country is free because of people like you over there. We can agree or disagree because of all of you that give us that privledge as you serve our country. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS AND BRING YOU ALL HOME SAFE. Mary I will keep Greg in my prayers. You can be proud of him.

By Osh Kosh, WI on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 10:46 pm:

Is there enough air traffic to justify both the Marquette airport and a civilian version of the old K.I. Sawyer airbase? Most Cessna's don't need a 10,000 foot strip. Just wondering.

By Victoria, KI Sawyer on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 11:06 pm:

The Marquette airport is now the KI Sawyer airport. I live on the old base and there is a lot of housing out here that's nice and it seems as though there will be more businesses soon.

By JOHN_CANTON MI on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 11:06 pm:

Special photo. Cannot put how much respect I have for them in words. Nice to see the posts asking they all come back safely. But the sad truth is - they all will not...

By Steve the flying troll on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 11:12 pm:

Cessnas need anywhere from 400 feet to 5100 feet to land depending on whether they are 120's or Citations. The better question is one of use, as posed by you. Look to your market and let the market decide. The last time I flew into CMX I noticed that "they" had built a new barracks/prison whatever just outiside the terminal area, were "wanding" Eino and Mrs. Eino at the passanger departure area, and letting me park my private plane, unattended and un- inspected, within 200 feet of commerical air service. Last week I flew one way to Atlanta to pick up a private plane and fly it home. Because it was last minute and I had "gear", we spent a pleasant 20 minutes sniffing my feet. I even saw a Delta Captain being wanded at security, and he was flying the plane. He weapons? All he has to do is push forward on the tiller. Security is one thing. Security as an excuse for a huge power grab is another. The whole exercise is very frustrating for those of us that care, want to impose proper security on delicate situations, and live by the rules. Mr. terrorist will give up "jacking" airplanes and go find a chemical train. It just is not working.........One guys opinion.....Support our Armed Services today....

By mom hancock on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 11:27 pm:

hello victoria....

By Toivo from Toivola on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 04:14 am:

In case you were looking for the comments about gas prices, it was moved to a discussion page of its own.

By ert, GA on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 12:59 pm:

Thanks for the info. on K. I. Sawyer. I'm glad it's serving a useful purpose and isn't just sitting there idle. I will check it out when I get back to the UP someday.

By Rob Moffat, OH on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 08:12 am:

Remembering Ferd Wieber,who fought and died in World War Two. Rest in Peace, Uncle Ferd.

By Bill-UP'er in Wisconsin on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 03:48 pm:

It is really sad to see the people in this country
who do not appreciate what our armed forces
are doing and have done for us. Those people
who have to talk like this should go and live in
Iraq for a while. Then maybe they would
appreciate what they have here. I am tired of
hearing politicians giving ammunition to our
enemies. Lets back our troops and god bless
them. DO NOT FORGET 9/11. We lost 3,000
people who where non-combatants.

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