Hello Fans, Friends and Family

Tuesday Morning, July 27th:  Started yesterday morning with an hour walk with my sister Sharon.  Afterwards the four of us siblings frolicked in the pool for a while.  Just like being kids again!  We went to downtown Troy, NY for a tour of the city.  While we were there we visited the Uncle Sam Monument where there is a statue of Uncle Sam on display.  At the base of the statued  are some plaques with some information about him on them.  I especially liked the quote by Sam Wilson that says “The big thing is not what happens to us in life – but what we do about what happens to us.”  In 1812, provisions for the Army were purchased at Troy and inspected by 2 brothers, Ebenezer and Sam Wilson.  Sam Wilson had always been called Uncle Sam by fellow workers.  The packages that were inspected were marked E.A.-U.S.  On being asked the meaning of the initials, a workman jokingly replied that he didn’t know, unless it meant “Elbert Anderson and Uncle Sam”.  Since then the title became current amont workmen, soldiers and people.  The U.S. Government is now known affectionately as Uncle Sam.

  We then walked down to the Hudson River.  They had various war memorials.  One of them was a Vietnam Memorial.  There was a plaque with the quote “Honor the Warriors, Not the War”.  We should all live by those words.  There is also a statue of our soldiers nearby.  As we continued our walk through town we passed some bikes parked on the sidewalk.  One of the bikes was 2 bikes tall.  They were parked outside of the Troy Bike Rescue shop.  I looked at the sign in the window, and among the things listed I found out that you can bring your bike in and do your own repairs there.  I saw a tall memorial with a lady on top of it in the center of Monument Square.  It is the Statue of Columbia that was created atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in 1891.  I then saw a sign that I had to take a picture of for Judy.  No, I didn’t sell my gold there!  Took some pictures of some of the buildings along the way.  I noticed a lot of windows.  Quite a few were painted with artwork.  I saw one that I especially liked.  Can you tell what it is?  During our tour we visitied with my sister Patricia’s family.  From left to right is Sara, Sharon, Jaheem, Patty Jo, Miguel, Patricia and Forey.  Patty Jo is Patricia’s daughter, Sara, Jaheem and Miguel are Patty Jo’s kids, and Sharon, Patricia and Forey are my siblings.  On the way home we stopped by Oakwood Cemetary.  They have a beautiful building inside the entrance.  This is the cemetary where Sam Wilson, also known as Uncle Sam is buried.  He was born in 1766, became known as Uncle Sam during the War of 1812 and died in 1854 at the age of 88 years.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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