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Weeping For The Wounded Warriors
There were teardrops flowing down the cheeks of those attending the beautiful, outside mass at the Breezy Point WTC Memorial. The mass was a tribute to the Wounded Warriors, invited to our beaches for a weekend of frivolity and water sports activities such as swimming, surfing, kayaking, jet skiing, sailing and scuba diving in the pool. This was nothing compared to the sacrifices made by these men and women on our behalf.
It was a beautiful Sunday morning. Father Rayder, only ordained five years ago, previously a businessman and resident of Belle Harbor, officiated.
He paid homage to our Wounded Warriors and left us with a message that we shouldn't expect any thanks for bringing fleeting happiness to these men and women as an act of kindness. Rather, we are "obligated" to reach out to them. On the other hand, I say, it does do your heart good to be able to make their lives a little more comfortable and jovial and to see them as able to perform ordinary and extraordinary feats as they possibly can. Although they are missing a leg or an arm or whatever, we all want them to live as normal a life as they can with their limitations.
Msgr. Curran, who took Msgr. Connolly's place, at St. Thomas More Church, was on the altar to assist. Ed Deacy sang and played his guitar as only he can throughout the mass. He tugged at our emotions with his rendition of "Here I Am, Lord" at the offering of gifts. As I saw the Wounded Warriors offer their gifts, I could not hold back my tears. It brought to mind my own first husband, 1st Lt. Kenneth A Tackus, a West Point graduate whom I married at West Point only to have him sent, shortly after that, to fight the Korean War.
Three-and-a-half years he was missing in action, before there was an exchange of remains. I hope some day to join him again at West Point where I laid him to rest.
The mass ended with a solo bagpiper and Deacy on the guitar and singing "Make Me a Channel for Your Peace." It was a gorgeous morning; not a cloud in the sky. We only got wet from the tears in our eyes.
Spoke to Ronnie McCarthy, who I learned is competing with Maryellen Barnes. She also has 13 grandchildren. For one, Nora will be 16 on July 17. Congratulations! She is the daughter of son Terry and wife, Laurie. Jack McCarthy would have celebrated his birthday, had he been alive on August 4, sad day as Rebecca McCarthy, by son, Eddy.
August 4 is also my granddaughter Beth Matuozzi's 6th birthday. She is the daughter of my son, Kevin Matuozzi and his darling wife, Julie. Congratulations to Gladys Crowley on August 16, another August birthday girl.
Ed Deacy's wife, Jane, was among the attendees with Eric Ulrich from the 23rd Assembly District, asking everyone to get out and vote Primary Day, Tuesday, September 18.
THE FANCY FOOD SHOW: Retailers, trade and press were on hand to sample the new and old products presented at the Jacob Javits Center. I was there for a fulfilling time, to tantalize my taste buds and fill my belly. My taste buds jumped with joy on the finest brie, parmesan gourmet wafer crisps, veggie muffins (a meal in a muffin); Heat and Eat sausage, egg roll with collard greens and marinated meats , microwaveable sweet potato fries; slice and bake cookies; several brands of farmed salmon and wild Alaska salmon. Personally I prefer wild salmon from Alaska. It is not as salty, milder and has a less fishy flavor. The wild salmon eat what they find in the waters, as opposed to farmed salmon.
One of the best waters I tasted was from springs in Norway, called Isbre. It is so pure and refreshing. I also liked High Tea columns. Encased in the pure aluminum infuser are two grams of the world's finest Ceylon Tea. Insert them in a cup and pour boiling water over them. Steep to desired strength. You can use your infuser as a stirrer. Quite attractive and neat.
TRAVEL: Barbados; $400 couple for air, one FREE night, breakfasts, daily discounts. On attractions, August 31 to November 1. Must be booked by September 1 to November 15 on Delta..… Cancun, 5 nights + air, Royal Regency + 100 credit and Oasis, all incl. $489.
Email me at dorothydunne@yahoo. com. And, AWAY WE GO!