What a strange situation we find ourselves in.

Hi everybody, I hope and pray you are all keeping safe during this period of uncertainty and managing to cope with your everyday requirements and for those of you working in the medical profession I salute you and for those of us self isolating all I can say is “keep the faith” as one day (hopefully soon) these times in our lives will be a distant memory. On a personal note I was ill with influenza (we’ll just call it that for now until any further testing can be carried out) and was out of action for 3 to 4 weeks. Not a good scenario to be in I can tell you but better now. During my illness I did a lot of soul searching and prayer which guided me through and helped turn the corner and got myself back to good health again. But you know one of the frustrating things with this pandemic is not being able to see my children or grandson (Whatsapp is wonderful) but also the lack of inter action with work colleagues and also being able to visit places, certain shops etc.

I had planned a number of visits to militaria & medal shows and also a visit to Madingley American Cemetery, near Cambridge England on May 8th as part of the 75th VE day celebrations. All gone down the pan i’m afraid but none the less we as in my wife and I will celebrate VE day at home with bunting and British and American flags flying high in gratitude to the Allies who fought for our freedom which at present is being somewhat “necessarily” tested. I have both 48 and 50 star flags I can fly and two original Union Jacks which were flown on May 8th 1945 in the village of Stretton on Fosse, Warwickshire at my wife’s Grandmothers House.

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One of the original VE day flags flying next to the Stars & Stripes.

Here’s looking forward to celebrating in isolation and hopefully the great British weather will be kind to us. Stay safe everyone!

Author: James Findon

Hi I'm James Findon I live in Warwickshire, UK and my main employment is as a Maintenance Supervisor for a Global Real Estate Company. I have previously worked for the civil service on a United States Air Force Base in the UK and this developed my keen interest in American Military Awards and military history. I regularly contribute articles to military forums on the internet especially US Awards and equipment. I have visited some of Europe's battlefields and US Cemeteries including Normandy and Bastogne. I hope you'll enjoy reading my Blog as I've a passion for all thing US Military and for my sins I'm now an American Football convert, Green Bay being my team. Enjoy!

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