Until we meet again

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BB King passed away at the age of 89 One of the most awesome on-stage blues guitar performances ever

BB King passes away at the age of 89. So sad for the world! May he Rest in Peace!
One of the most Awesome On-Stage Blues Guitar Performances ever seen

#Charity Event #fundraising for @StLukesHospice @KeeDays

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Josh’s #Funday #Stourport In aid of Josh’s Prayers For Bereaved Families

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The true story behind the iconic V-J Day sailor and ‘nurse’ smooch

In August 1945, George Mendonsa was 22 years old, a Navy quartermaster on leave from the Pacific theater. He’d dropped out of school at 16 and worked with his dad, a commercial fisherman, in Rhode Island, enlisting in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor:

“Every kid my age wanted to get even with the Japanese.”

George didn’t like to talk about what he had seen, or his anxiety about what was coming, which everyone knew was the invasion of Japan. “I had just come back from the Philippines,” George says.

“My ship had seen a lot of action. We were sent back to the States until the Army could get strong enough [to attack].”

So instead, he focused on his date with the pretty girl he’d met a few weeks before at a barbecue at his family’s house in Rhode Island; she was related to his new brother-in-law. Her name was Rita. She was just 20 years old and lived with her parents in Queens.

“She was beautiful,” George says. “I think I fell in love with her the first time I saw her.”

The woman in the nurse’s uniform, Greta Zimmer, who wasn’t even a nurse. She was a 21-year-old dental assistant from Queens, who, having heard rumors about the end of the war, walked over to Times Square from her office on Lexington Avenue. George says he was so drunk, he doesn’t even remember the kiss. Greta says she’ll never forget it.

Greta Zimmer was born and raised in Austria, and in 1939, after much debate, her parents insisted that Greta and her two sisters flee to America. They were among the last refugees to make it out, and even on the afternoon of Aug. 14, as Greta read the illuminated news crawl declaring the end of the war, she had no idea where her parents were, or if they were even alive.

George saw the photo for the first time in that 1980 issue, and he says, “It was like looking in the mirror.”

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The Military Wives Choir In aid of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society Charity

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Rowing camp In aid of @H4H_SR @GBRowingTeam Open to wounded, injured & sick – serving & vets.

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