Independence Day

I think the Fourth of July might be my favorite summer holiday. Warm weather, picnics, family, friends, fireworks…and a day off to enjoy it all to its fullest! It’s also the second summer holiday in fairly rapid succession; coming just a few weeks after Memorial Day. I’ve written before (twice, actually) about the differences in what we’re observing on these two holidays, but I’m still keenly aware of their importance to our American heritage: Memorial Day, as a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedoms. And Independence Day, as, what John Adams called, “the great anniversary festival:”

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival…to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
-John Adams, in a letter to his wife, upon signing the Declaration of Independence.

Since Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year, the management at EXAIR have graciously given us the day off on July 3rd in observance of the holiday. My neighborhood is decorated, as usual, with American flags up and down every street. I’m doubly blessed that where I get to spend my weekdays, and where I get to spend my weeknights & weekends, are both in tune with celebrating what I like to call the American Dream.

My fellow veterans at EXAIR on the left; my neighborhood on the right.  Great places to spend time.
My fellow veterans at EXAIR on the left; my neighborhood on the right. Great places to spend time.

For all of you in the United States, happy birthday to US, and all my best wishes for a wonderful weekend to everyone.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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4th of July Remembrance

I, like many U.S. citizens enjoyed the festivities over this past 4th of July. Let us not forget the 8,000 patriots that gave their lives for our independence as well as the 848, 163 others who perished in subsequent wars protecting our freedom. Below is the top 10 wars ranked by casualties.

 Top 10 wars ranked by casualties

  1. World War II (1941–1945)………………………….291,557
  2. U.S. Civil War (1861–1865)…………………………212,938
  3. World War I (1917–1918)…………………………….53,402
  4. Vietnam War (1955–1975)……………………………47,424
  5. Korean War (1950–1953)……………………………..33,746
  6. U.S. Revolutionary War (1775–1783)…………….8,000
  7. War on Terror (2001–present))………………………5,281
  8. War of 1812 (1812–1815)……………………………….2,260
  9. Mexican–American War (1846–1848)…………….1,733
  10. Northwest Indian War (1785–1795)………………1,221
EXAIR’s U.S. Armed Services Veterans

We have a lot to be thankful for and owe a debt of appreciation to our service personnel past and present. EXAIR honored our employees that served by awarding them a commemorative plaque. Each branch of the armed services were served by one of our employees.

Also the Grand Lodge of Ohio Masons presented them with a commemorative medallion celebrating the laying of the cornerstone at Perry’s Monument Put-In-Bay, Ohio.

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Perry’s Monument is the only federal monument dedicated to peace.  The memorial is a great Doric Column of pink-white granite 45 feet in diameter and 352 tall. Beneath the stone floor of the monuments lie the remains of three U.S. officers and three British officers.

Thank you EXAIR veterans and all veterans. Your service appreciated and humbling.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363

Remember Memorial Day

Memorial Day for a lot of people is the start of summer, a day of barbecues, and outdoor recreation. Traditionally, Memorial Day is a day we take the time to pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces who lost their lives serving our country.

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Most of us will not attend any of the memorial services over the weekend.  I just hope we do not get wrapped up in the gala of a four day holiday weekend and forget those who made the supreme sacrifice.

Many of our cities and towns will have some Memorial Day ceremony. Some of the activities EXAIR employees will participate in include walking in a parade, distributing flowers on veteran gravesites with their 4H club and enjoying family and friends. We encourage you to find out what your community (or one near by) is doing and participate. At the very least, take a minute to think about those who fought for your opportunity to choose whatever you will do over this weekend.

My hats off to all of our lost defenders – Thank You!

Joe Panfalone

Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363

What’s in store for Memorial Day weekend 2012?

Well EXAIR Blog readers, it’s that time of the year again.  The grass needs cut twice a year, evenings are lit with fire pits, tiki torches, and bug zappers, and the heat of the day has you looking for shade.  All of these can only mean one thing, it’s summertime which means it’s also Memorial Day weekend.

I believe the best Memorial Day blog EXAIR has released is one from one of our own veterans, Russ Bowman.  His blog, The Science of S’mores, talks about just a few events that are held nation wide on this weekend.  Then like most Americans do ending it with a nice relaxing family and friends cookout.  (I have to steal the video on S’mores)

So no matter where you are this weekend make sure to give thanks to our country’s veterans.  Also take some time to make sure and enjoy the freedom they helped us earn and keep by going out to one of your community events.   Here’s a link to just a handful of events that will be happening here in Cincinnati.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer