Moment of Silence

As some of you know, Gary and I are currently living in our RV in an RV park at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.  NAS Pensacola is home to the Blue Angels.

Per Wikipedia.org –

The Blue Angels is the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, with aviators from the Navy and Marines. The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931.

The Blue Angels’ show season runs each year from March until November. They perform at both military and civilian airfields, and often perform directly over major cities such as San Francisco’s “Fleet Week” maritime festival, Cleveland’s annual Labor Day Air Show, the Chicago Air and Water Show, Jacksonville’s Sea and Sky Spectacular, Milwaukee Air and Water Show, and Seattle’s annual Seafair festival.

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I mentioned in a previous post, the Blue Angels home is NAS Pensacola, and their hangers and headquarters are located directly across the street from us.  They practice every Tuesday and Wednesday and let’s just say, our 5th wheel at times shakes when they jet across the sky just above us.  This past weekend they ended their season here at the NAS.  The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show was held just across the street and the area was overflowing with people.  Gary and I are fortunate we are near as we could view the airshow from our current home.  We did take the opportunity to walk over to the air show and visit the vendors, performers, aircraft displays and other attractions.

During our visit, the air acrobatics show portion continued; Gary and I thoroughly enjoyed all the air show participants inspiring death daring moves.  For those readers who may be unware, the Blue Angels suffered a loss this year with an accident and death of one of their own; Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss.  He was killed in a training accident several months ago.  During our visit of the airshow; before the Blue Angels were to perform, the announcer gave an introduction and mentioned Jeff Kuss; dedicated the show to him and requested a moment of silence.

I want to remind people what my blog is about; simply me and my life.  I try to keep my opinions to myself about matters of the world, though I have written a few posts where my opinions were mildly expressed.  I am going to do that again with this post concerning the before mentioned moment of silence.

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America is a country of many different people that include naturalized citizens, immigrants that are lawful permanent residents, legal residents with temporary visas and U. S. citizens.  For you two that were behind me – no matter who you are, why you are here and what language you speak; when you attend an event and there is a moment of silence to recognize a person or persons – please stop talking for that moment.

I understand a moment can seem forever – but life can be short – let’s take a moment of silence.

44 thoughts on “Moment of Silence

  1. When I lived in Charleston, the Blue Angels were going to perform at the Naval base there but they practiced the day before and they did it right over my house. They were so close that I could see the numbers on their planes. It was a thrill that I will never forget.
    Sadly, the next year they were going to be performing somewhere close and one of them crashed.
    I don’t understand why somebody would be so crass as to not honor a moment of silence. I think I would have asked them “what if it was one of your loved ones?”

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    • Yes, you are correct Sarah – it takes very little effort into being respectful of others. I think respect is universal and everybody understands it – if we just take the time. Thanks as always for your comment. 🙂

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  2. Terry, I am pleased you have raised this. It saddens me that people can be and are so disrespectful. This behavior happens so often, all around the world. With that being said, I hope you are well and having a good day. 🙂

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  3. Terry I loved this post. IN England we have The Red Arrows and I have had the honour of watching them just once. In FRance, because we live in the mountains we regularly have fighters ducking and weaving at full tilt overhead. But what sticks out to me is your personal statement at the end. I want to endorse what you have said with all of whatever force (negligible) I have to throw at it. You remind me of a moment over 12 years ago. I was an invited guest of Her Majesty at one of her Palace Garden Parties that she gives every summer. ONe of thousands of guests I might add – its rather a large backyard! It was exactly a week after the 7/7 terror attacks in London and it was terribly hot so I decided my outfit of choice needed replacing and I was shopping when the hour came that we were asked to pause for a minute out of respect. A lady wearing traditional moslem attire (no problem with that) pushing her child in a buggy (no trouble with that either) continued to walk round the store talking to the child loudly (in English) …. I had to break my own respectful silence to whisper very loudly in her ear that she was being horribly disrespectful and to please desist. She looked at me with contempt. She clearly felt her rights as an individual outweighed the rights of the masses. I was appalled. Respect is vital, respect from all quarters. And when we are trying to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice to try and protect and preserve peace it is absolutely unforgivable for people to continue to talk.

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    • Osyth, I knew you would understand and I have a great deal of admiration for you for saying something. I did not, and regret that now – so instead wrote a post. It just takes a minute to show respect for others, just one minute and if I were in another country I would certainly take a minute out of my day for respect. Thanks dear for your comment and understanding! 🙂

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      • Sometimes it is very hard to say anything – for me I was in a boutique and could skulk and hiss from behind a mannequin – it would have been much harder in an open space. I believe that respect is the single most important thing in society ….

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  4. Beautifully said, two minutes silence is not much to give, two minutes out of a lifetime. Are “The Blue Angels” the same as our famous “Red Arrows” over here, they too perform at Air Shows etc. In fact every Summer around August I think it is, we have an Annual Air Show here where I live by the sea “Clacton-on-Sea” and the highlight of the show is always “The Red Arrows”. I don’t have to go down to the beach as the planes all go over our house so I can see them let alone hear them.

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    • I think The Blue Angels and Red Arrows are the same and both just as famous. So, you understand how it feels when they are flying overhead – everything shakes below them as they fly by. Thanks Anna, I appreciate your comment. 🙂

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  5. Did they speak English ? Do you think they were saying :”why are all these people standing here silently?” It would be very enraging to me to be in a field of silence and hear someone speak. Even if they didn’t understand just look around and follow suit!

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  6. Sad that some people don’t have any respect for themselves and don’t even know how it looks….I would have a hard time holding my tongue….your know me!!!! great post…..Was there any dancing under the big beautiful full moon???? I did it 2 nights in a row…and you were on my mind…LOL xxkat

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