Welcome to the COZY COTTAGE. This is the furever home of the memory of Miss Peach, our 18 year old Devon Rex angel kitty. I am Miss Hunny Bunny, she asked me to pour you a cuppa catmint tea as you read our old fashion mewsings about this and that. Please come by often...one lump or two? Now our precious Hunny Bunny is also an angel cat...please let me be your hostess at the cozy cottage...my name is Miss Hope.

Remember...only in our tomorrows will we realize what we had in our yesterdays.

Monday, May 26, 2008

MEMORIAL DAY...we do not forget those who gave all

RED poppies for remembrance
White iris for hope
Blue columbine for faith
On this Memorial Day we remember those who gave their all to keep us free. We remember those who serve now so far from home...

Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Mastriano stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, writes, "As you can imagine - things are busy here - as it is a combat zone. Our mission, is led by NATO under ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) - and is comprised of 38 nations.Under my command, are soldiers from 18 nations - we work in an international environment. These multi-national soldiers are heroes, and they also play a key role here in supporting a local orphanage that houses 140 orphaned children.
At our NATO headquarters, we have a stray furry-orphan, Diesel (or Commander ISAF) a "stray" Afghan cat.Diesel's primary mission is keeping the rodent population low. As such, the staff is directed not to feed him. However - he has many partisans among the soldiers, and as you can see - he has not missed many, if any meals. Diesel goes everywhere on camp. Here in Kabul on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2007, the international staff of the ISAF mission conducted a ceremony. Several of our NATO Allies honour the day in a solemn and respectful manner - especially the British and Canadians - to remember those who have fallen, from 1918... to today. In honor of the Armistice of World War One, we conducted the ceremony on the 11th day, of the 11th Month, at the 11th hour (the instance where the cease-fire ended World War I in 1918.) The event is always somber and serious. Hundreds of soldiers from 30 diverse nations throughout NATO stood in formation at our headquarters in KABUL; lining the street in a mixture of various desert colored uniforms. Taps was played, and we rendered a salute. The trumpet fell quiet, we lowered our salute and began two minutes of silence to remember those who fell. As if on cue, Diesel came out howling and meowing - loudly - walking up and down the line. He continued howling - trying to get any one's attention, to pet him. After the two minutes ended - with great purpose, he marched towards the middle area where the commander and the staff were. As the commander began his remarks - Diesel walked up to him and began howling, and then wandered off, offering a light moment for the serious ceremony.

And, as I write this, Diesel made his rounds through camp and our office again - while my staff are busy helping the Afghan people.
Diesel owns this place, he strolled right in the door - loudly meowing - a funny, albeit welcome, interruption to our day. Please continue to pray for us in Afghanistan."

~~~thank you Tina for this wonderful story!~~~


The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing!

Happy Memorial Day!

For Our Troops:

We love you Miss Peach!

Mickey's Musings said...

Good Morning Sunshine!!!!! <3
What a wonderful story for this Memorial Day!
I hope you pass the day being loved and petted and fed just like Diesel.

Purrs & Headbutts Mickey

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

thank you furry much for sharing this touching story.

sending ((((((HUGS)))))

Honey P. Sunshine said...

go Diesel!

L. Alida said...

I enjoyed the story of Diesel so much! He's a little kitty angel bringing smiles to soldiers in need. Everyone needs a kitty or two!
I hope you are having a Happy Memorial Day. It's nice and quiet here right now. Billie is still doing really well. Cricket is acting jealous because I have been hovering over Billie so much. Stinker!
Karla, how on Earth do you keep up with all of the kitty blogs? I want to visit so so many! Everyone is just so kind.
I hope the rest of the week is back to somewhat normal. :)
All of My Love To You and Miss Peach,

Samantha & Mom said...

That is beautiful Miss Peach! Us Cats are furry helpful wherever we are! Thanks for sharing that story with us this Memorial Day! It touched Mom's heart. Her father was killed in Vietnam when she was 17!
We love you and (((((((BIG WARM HUGS))))))))))))) from all of us in FL.

Robyn Harton & The (Mostly) Badass Cat said...

Oh that's a beautiful story. Happy Memorial Day Miss Peach and Momma.
Fanks for everything while I was feeling sick.
Gree and the rest of the Hotties

The Misadventures Of Me said...

Thats was a great story. We kittys are helpfuls in many ways, making even the hardest shell bean smile!!

Shaggy and Scout said...

What a wonderful cat Diesel seems to be! We are glad he is being spoiled.

Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

That's a lovely story, Miss Peach ... Thanks for sharin' it with us on Memorial Day.

Gemini and Ichiro said...

That is a beautiful tribute Miss Peach.

Anonymous said...

Oh, my darling sister, thank you for this precious story! Diesel sounds like a precious kitty, and so brave and inspirational.

I am feeling better now. In most respects, I am back to normal, but my teeth undoubtedly need attention -- I am much more interested in my soft stinky goodness than in my crunchy goodness, and Mom has been giving me chicken baby food, which I love -- it is the ultimate stinky goodness! So I'm glad to be feeling better, but I will be even more glad when my teeth have been taken care of and there are no more mouth ouchies.

We Ballicai enjoyed so much celebrating your Blogoversary with you! We all love you so much, and you are ever in our hearts.

Happy Memorial Day, dear heart!

Much love and floofysistersnuggles and warm purrs from Marilyn!

Anonymous said...

Great post and beautiful story ...Hugs Ariel

Jans Funny Farm said...

We're so glad Diesel has a "home." So many there don't.

Happy Memorial Day.
Hugs, Miss Peach.

Rosemary B❤️ said...

I really enjoyed reading this story.
We are so proud of our troops.
Everyday we pray for them.
they are doing a brave and noble duty!

Sassy Kat said...

Happy Memorial Day to you. What a lovely post. It is so important to remember those that fought so we can have the freedoms today that we have.
We are leaving you hugs in rememberance of Bonnie Underfoot.
Roscoe, Sassy, Momo & Opus

KitKat said...

Oh, Peachy, what a heart warming story. I love Diesel! He is such an inspiration to our troops. Thanks for sharing.
Sending ((((((HUGS)))))to you this Memorial Day and also in honor of Bonny Underfoot. RIP sweet Bonnie.
I love you Peachy!
Kissies and Purrs,
Normie, your special little(tiny) friend

Tina T-P said...

How nice of you, Miss Peach, for telling all your friends about Diesel! XOX T.

Liss said...

That's so neat. Our soldiers are so brave. How wonderful it is that they have the opportunity to share companionship with a cat!

L. Alida said...

Hello Dear Ones. I'm just visiting again to say goodnight. I'm trying to thank as many friends as possible, but I fear I will never catch them all. What a long weekend!
I think I will try tomorrow, to post a thank you on the kitty blogosphere blog and the purrs and praise blog.
I still want to visit so many.
Is it still chilly and rainy Karla? Miss Peach, are you in you In box again?
I think of you both so much. Karla, I visited a pretty little store today called Sage and Roses. You would have loved it and I wished that you were with me.
Billie seems to be completely better. I am beyond relieved, to say the least!
Well, I guess I better try to sleep. It's after 11:30 pm here. Cricket will be wanting my tummy to curl up on. :)
Lots of Love and Goodnight Hugs,

Tuxedo Gang said...

Hi Miss Peach:
You are now an Official Tuxedo Gang Hideout Member! You can put a link up at the Hideout any day! Thanks for being patient with me in getting your post ready! Have fun and Welcome to the Gang!
Samantha & The Tuxedo gang


This is a wonderful story! We
must remember our furry friends
cousins and heros live everywhere.
Thank you Miss Peach. At
"House Panthers" we also have a
tribute to the troops!