I have received many email forwards, then I have forwarded them to people on "my list". I love these touching, warm, funny emails. I started saving them on my computer, so I would never lose them. I decided to create a blog to hold all these email forwards, so others can enjoy them and so I can easily refer to them when I want. I hope people who love email forwards as much as I do, or like reading funny and inspirational readings will find this site and share it with others.
As we were watching the eclipse, I read a few facts I had found about it to my family.
They are quite interesting-
1- The last time a total solar eclipse was seen ONLY within the area of the United States was in 1776 - the year of the BEGINNING of our nation!
2- The eclipse happened on the 9th (29th) of the Hebrew month of Av. (One website I found said it was the 9th and another said it was the 29th). Anyway, they reported that it was the very same day that the Children of Israel built the Golden Calf and were destroyed because of it.
3- The eclipse crossed over 3 major earthquake areas of the U.S. - the Cascadia (Oregon Coast), Yellowstone, and New Madrid (near the Mississippi River) Zones. There is only one other major earthquake zone in the U.S., which is the San Andreas, but it can be triggered by the Cascade.
4- The path of the eclipse divides the nation in half.
5- During totality 4 planets can be seen, Mercury, Venus, Mars, & Jupiter. (We only saw one, most likely Venus, but seeing the totality was well worth the drive to witness it!)
6- The temperature during totality can drop as much as 25 degrees. (It was very interesting to see the light and temperature changes).
7- A total solar eclipse can ONLY be seen from earth because of the exact dimensions and space between the moon & earth that Heavenly Father set in place when His Son created the Earth!
8- The path of totality passed over 9 LDS Temples.
9- There was a total solar eclipse over Europe on 8-21-1914, which was just 2 months into WW1 in Europe.
10- The very MINUTE the 2017 eclipse started in the U.S. was the EXACT minute of sunset in Jerusalem. (7:16 in Israel).
11- We are now in the Hebrew year of 5777, a symbol for "Year of Completion".
12- Our Sun is 5778 Kelvin. Could it just be a coincidence that the Hebrew year of 5778 is a month away?
13- Another total solar eclipse will occur in 7 years (2024) in which the path of totality will CROSS over the path of this eclipse making an X. This will happen on 4-8-2024, where the Ohio & Mississippi Rivers join and DIVIDE THE LAND. Read Isaiah 18:7 & Revelations 16: 17-20.
14- The path of totality crosses over 7 cities named Salem (shortened form of Jerusalem) -
Salem OR, ID, WY, NE, MO, KY, & SC.
15- Genesis 1:14 - The Lord tells us that the sun, moon, & stars are placed in the heaven for light, AND TO BE SIGNS for us. (The word Seasons in Hebrew refers to God's Holy Days, not Fall, Spring, etc.)
16- Read the heading for Luke 21. Christ is telling us that there will be more signs in the heavens before His Second Coming.
17- It is exactly 33 days between this eclipse and the fulfillment of the prophecy in Revelations 12. A significant number, as Christ lived for 33 years on this earth.
The following link has more details on this and the eclipse.
They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States -
There were 80 of the Raiders in April 1942, when they carried out one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation's history. The mere mention of their unit's name, in those years, would bring tears to the eyes of grateful Americans.
After Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, with the United States reeling and wounded, something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around. Even though there were no friendly airfields close enough to Japan for the United States to launch a retaliation, a daring plan was devised. Sixteen B-25s were modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. This had never before been tried -- sending such big, heavy bombers from a carrier.
The 16 five-man crews, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who himself flew the lead plane off the USS Hornet, knew that they would not be able to return to the carrier. They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it to China for a safe landing.
But on the day of the raid, the Japanese military caught wind of the plan. The Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out in the Pacific Ocean than they had counted on. They were told that because of this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety. And those men went anyway.
They bombed Tokyo and then flew as far as they could. Four planes crash-landed; 11 more crews bailed out, and three of the Raiders died. Eight more were captured; three were executed.
Another died of starvation in a Japanese prison camp. One crew made it to Russia.
The Doolittle Raiders sent a message from the United States to its enemies, and to the rest of the world: We will fight. And, no matter what it takes, we will win.
Of the 80 Raiders, 62 survived the war. They were celebrated as national heroes, models of bravery.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a motion picture based on the raid; "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, was a patriotic and emotional box-office hit, and the phrase became part of the national lexicon. In the movie-theater previews for the film, MGM proclaimed that it was presenting the story "with supreme pride."
Beginning in 1946, the surviving Raiders have held a reunion each April, to commemorate the mission.
The reunion is in a different city each year. In 1959, the city of Tucson,Arizona, as a gesture of respect and gratitude, presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of 80 silver goblets. Each goblet was engraved with the name of a Raider.
Every year, a wooden display case bearing all 80 goblets is transported to the reunion city.
Each time a Raider passes away, his goblet is turned upside down in the case at the next reunion, as his old friends bear solemn witness.
Also, in the wooden case is a bottle of 1896 Hennessy Very Special cognac.
The year is not happenstance: 1896 was when Jimmy Doolittle was born.
There has always been a plan: When there are only two surviving Raiders, they would open the bottle at last, drink from it and toast their comrades who preceded them in death.
As 2013 began, there were five living Raiders; then, in February, Tom Griffin passed away at age 96.
What a man he was. After bailing out of his plane over a mountainous Chinese forest after the Tokyo raid, he became ill with malaria, and almost died. When he recovered, he was sent to Europe to fly more combat missions. He was shot down, captured, and spent 22 months in a German prisoner of war camp.
The selflessness of these men, the sheer guts ... there was a passage in the Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for Mr. Griffin that, on the surface, had nothing to do with the war, but that was emblematic of the depth of his sense of duty and devotion:
"When his wife became ill and needed to go into a nursing home, he visited her every day. He walked from his house to the nursing home, fed his wife and at the end of the day brought home her clothes. At night, he washed and ironed her clothes. Then he walked them up to her room the next morning. He did that for three years until her death in 2005."
So now, out of the original 80, only four Raiders remain: Dick Cole (Doolittle's co-pilot on the Tokyo raid), Robert Hite, Edward Saylor and David Thatcher. All are in their 90s. They have decided that there are too few of them for the public reunions to continue.
The events in Fort Walton Beach marked the end. It has come full circle; Florida's nearby Eglin Field was where the Raiders trained in secrecy for the Tokyo mission. The town planned to do all it can to honor the men: a six-day celebration of their valor, including luncheons, a dinner and a parade.
Do the men ever wonder if those of us for whom they helped save the country have tended to it in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice? They don't talk about that, at least not around other people. But if you find yourself near Fort Walton Beach this week, and if you should encounter any of the Raiders, you might want to offer them a word of thanks. I can tell you from first hand observation that they appreciate hearing that they are remembered.
The men have decided that after this final public reunion they will wait until a later date -- sometime this year -- to get together once more, informally and in absolute privacy. That is when they will open the bottle of brandy. The years are flowing by too swiftly now; they are not going to wait until there are only two of them.
They will fill the four remaining upturned goblets. And raise them in a toast to those who are gone.