Podcast 379

National D-Day Memorial. The Road Trip continues, south from Indianapolis to Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Western Virginia. Stopping off for a street fair in Berea, Kentucky and by chance, the National D-Day Memorial at sundown, on June 6th, 2015; the 71st Commemoration of the landing by allied armies in occupied France, at Normandy. Meanwhile, more and more politicians declare their ‘candidacy for the Presidency’ and where’s the first place they go? Iowa. There’s many interesting and valuable small and medium sized towns across this country, with interesting people, that could do with a little attention from politicians who are supposed to be representing the people, but no. The entire media and political focus in this country is on the diffused population of a state that has made a tourist business out of politics, a full year before it will matter. This is how a handful of political ‘activists’, which really means ‘groupie’, ‘attention whore’, ‘fame vampire’, get to have an outsized influence on the American political process. The founding fathers not only are turning over in their graves; they’re spinning like tops. The best thing about travel is it all blurs together until its like a dream, and that’s good. All the better to turn off those idiots, and hit the road. The thing about travel is, once you let you go, and let the countryside and the experiences that go with it come and go, sometimes you get to see amazing things. This is the case with the National D-Day Memorial, which many people probably don’t even know exists, reached at sundown on June 6th, after an unexpected detour to save time, just in time to hear one soldier play taps, in honor of those who gave their lives that day so many years ago. Travel east of the Mississippi is different because the distances are shorter, but there’s more places to pull over and dawdle. College towns like Berea, Kentucky. Rocky Top Tennessee, and the birthplace of country music, Bristol, Virginia. Anyplace but Iowa! Sponsored by Ryan Plumbing and Heating of Saint Paul

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Jeffrey Brush
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Hi Bob:

Not sure if this is the right place to post or not. I hear you on the podcasts telling people to post on the comment page. I hope this is it. Or maybe you meant the face book page. I am trying to post in the right spot instead of by email. Anyway, I always get behind in listening to your podcasts and then try to catch up all at once. I have a lot of comments I wanted to make about Earth Day, light rail, road trips, etc. But just a few moments ago I finished listening to your podcast 379. Yes, I suppose I am like most people and had no idea that a National D-Day Memorial even existed. What a coincidence that you should end up there on the very anniversary of D-Day. Although not directly involved in D-Day operations, my dad was a WWII Navy veteran and purple heart recipient. He absolutely could not listen to taps being played without weeping. I was with him on many such occasions and I am afraid I have developed a similar tendency. Your closing of this podcast with the playing of taps sure made me think about my dad.

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