I want to wish you all a Happy New Year. Be safe tonight. And for those who are not home right now, thank you. I’m wishing you and your the best of the best in the years to come. We miss you and can’t wait for you to come home. Have a good one!  Anna  🙂

Thoughts of Old, Dreams of New

We’ve all heard the saying, “never look back.” Well, I came across this quote some time ago and think it’s more appropriate, at least for me.

Looking back on the past year I can say I’ve come a long way. I’ve learned things (mainly about myself) that I will carry proudly the rest of my life. Many of these new discoveries come by way of the people who I’ve met over the past year. They taught me about honor, duty, and sacrifice and that just like them, I have those qualities too and I should see and validate them in myself.

I have a duty not only to my country but more importantly,  my fellow-man. I’ve always put others before myself (not to the point of neglect) and I’ve’ve learned that helping someone can come in the smallest forms that at the time, may not seem anything at all but learn that the smile or joke you shared with a friend or the hours you stayed on the phone (or online) 🙂 with someone who needed you just to be there. Don’t underestimate to power of an open ear or an open shoulder to cry on. Read more

Today In History, 1999: Panama Canal turned over to Panama

On this day in 1999, the United States, in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, officially hands over control of the Panama Canal, putting the strategic waterway into Panamanian hands for the first time. Crowds of Panamanians celebrated the transfer of the 50-mile canal, which links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and officially opened when the SS Arcon sailed through on August 15, 1914. Since then, over 922,000 ships have used the canal.

Interest in finding a shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific originated with explorers in Central America in the early 1500s. In 1523, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V commissioned a survey of the Isthmus of Panama and several plans for a canal were produced, but none ever implemented. U.S. interest in building a canal was sparked with the expansion of the American West and the California gold rush in 1848. (Today, a ship heading from New York to San Francisco can save about 7,800 miles by taking the Panama Canal rather than sailing around South America.) Read more

Happy New Year 2014Have a Happy New Year!