You are likely to find me in one of two places on Memorial Day. Either way I will be honoring my father and his service to his country in the United States Military during World War II.
Sam Y. Matsumoto
In odd number years you will find me at the Nisei War Memorial at Fairmont Cemetery in Denver, Colorado singing with the choir for the annual Memorial Day service.
The Memorial is engraved with the names of Japanese American Nisei veterans from the Rocky Mountain region who served in the United States Armed Forces and who are now at rest.
In even number years you will find me at the Bolder Boulder, an annual Memorial Day 10K honoring United States military. This is a run, jog or walk race.
About 50,000 people participate every year.
The race finishes in Folsum Field in Boulder, Colorado. As you complete the race you enter the stadium where those who completed the race before you and other supporters cheer you over the finish line!
Many participants wear a bib on their back with the name of the person they want to honor.
Next year is the 40th anniversary. Yes, I have been running since the beginning but those 40 year old race t-shirts are long gone.
I am grateful for my country and the freedoms granted to its citizens which are protected by brave men and women like my dad.
Dear Senator Gardner, I have recently been diagnosed with lymphedema caused by damage from my cancer treatments. The supplies I need every month to keep my condition under control are not an option. Without those supplies my condition will progress and become worse. With the supplies I can keep my condition under control. My insurance covers none of the cost of of these supplies. This makes no sense! People with conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes get help from their insurance with the things they need to keep their condition under control. I’ve paid my insurance premiums for over 40 years now and until I got my cancer and now this lymphedema I barely used my insurance. Now that I need it, it’s not there…. How disappointing. Please reconsider your position on this important issue and review this proposed Act again with my comments in mind. I still work full-time, and have been able to adjust my budget to pay for my necessary supplies to keep my lymphedema under control. I just wonder about people who are on such a tight budget they let their lymphedema get out of control, what happens to them. Or the young family whose child gets diagnosed with a form of lymphedema and they have to find a way to pay for that child’s supplies. I hope you are able to read my email personally and not one of your staff. I would love to hear from you if you have any information that you would like to share with me. Thank you for your time today, Paula Matsumoto.
Do I sound annoyed? Colorado’s Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Diana DeGette are cosponsoring this Act and are on board.
Got an automatic email response. Hope to get a real one some day.
Here in Arvada, Colorado our woman of the year, Rebel Rodriguez runs an amazing food bank serving disadvantaged residents and Arvada’s homeless. She also stocks an equally amazing little free food bank on the corner of Grandview and Olde Wadsworth at the Rising Church. The Blessing Box.
Inspiring me to make snack and lunch bags for our children and homeless.
Thank you Rebel for your community service, to read more about Rebel go here to Rebel’s article.
The armor of the samurai. Labor intensive, intricate, beautiful and full of meaning. Rows of leather and plates of metal woven together with silk cord to make formidable protection. Functional yet mesmerizing.
Dazzling helmets designed to strike apprehension into opponents upon recognition.
Join us this Saturday or Sunday, March 4th and 5th, at Simpson United Methodist Church, 6001 Wolff St. in Arvada, Colorado for the 49th Annual Hina Matsuri Festival. Hours are 11:30am to 4pm and this is a free event.
Enjoy the doll room, tea ceremony, bonsai displays, ikebana (flower arranging) display, nonstop entertainment including music and martial arts or have your name written in Japanese characters.
Here are a couple more displays you will be able to appreciate: