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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Memorial Day – 2021 – More than a 3-day weekend

the debt we owe

 


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“We Live in the Wind and the Sand and Our Eyes are on the Stars” ~ WASP Motto

WASP Motto

Image Found Here: http://www.robinsonlibrary.com/history/history/worldwar2/wasp.htm

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), (also Women’s Army Service Pilots or Women’s Auxiliary Service Pilots) were a civilian women pilots’ organization, whose members were United States federal civil service employees. The 1074 members of WASP became trained pilots who tested aircraft, ferried aircraft and trained other pilots. Their purpose was to free male pilots for combat roles during World War II. The WASP museum is located on Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas.

The WASPs flew more than 60 million miles flying planes out of 192 bases. One pilot, Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins Silver was the only Women Airforce Service Pilots’ member to go missing during World War II. On October 26, 1944, Tompkins piloted her plane from a foggy runway on Mines Field, adjacent to the Los Angeles airport, and was not heard from again.

WASPs with PT-19, the first plane usually flown in primary training. Women on far left in dark glasses is Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins, according to Texas Women’s University Libraries WASP Archives.

WASPs with PT-19, the first plane usually flown in primary training. Women on far left in dark glasses is Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins, according to Texas Women’s University Libraries WASP Archives.

 

Mr. Frank Jacobs , a retired aerospace engineer from Manhattan Beach, California has a haunting childhood memory of seeing a plane crash into the Santa Monica bay that day. He still dives to find Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins as poart of the  Missing Aircraft Search Team. Read his account at this link from the Deep Explorers’ blog: http://www.deepexplorers.com/history/last-missing-wasp/ 

In July, 2008,  President Obama signed legislation finally granting WASPs the Congressional Gold Medal, in recognition of their service. In honor of Memorial Day, May 27, it is important to remember all who served for the United States.

The 2017 Young Adutl (YA) book  Seized by the Sun written by Jim Ure tells the life story of Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins

 

 

 

More more information on the brave WASP pilots, click to the Robinson Library history page.

 

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Memorial Day 2020 – A Time to Honor

“We can give back by continuing to serve. Reach out to serve. Serve your neighbors. Serve  your community. Serve your country.” ~Michael Waltz, Former Green Beret Commander, Served in Afghanistan.

Memorial Day

There is a human cost to freedom. Congressman Waltz framed his comments within two powerful words, “Be Worthy.” 

Twitter accounts to follow:
@ArlingtonNatl  —  Arlington National Cemetery

@WreathsAcross — Wreaths Across America

 

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Happy Memorial Day

memorial day

My dad is a World War 2 veteran and on this day we pause as a family to remember those who have died in the service of our country, those who have served and come home, those who continue to serve and the families of all of these.

I hope you are able to do the same.

Perhaps, tomorrow, you might ask your students to write about the qualities that make ordinary men and women heroic.

Common core standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

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