Celebration of a Hero’s Too Short Life

July 4, 2017 is an Independence Day we will never forget.  That is why I chose it.  All eleven of the the family were in Cambridge UK at the American Cemetery  to celebrate the life of my oldest brother George, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division,  who jumped in the early hours of June 6, 1944. He  was  wounded at the battle for La Fiere Bridge in Normandy, and died on the ship back to England.  He was 20 years young.  I was not born until two years after his death.    As the last of my immediate family, I feel a responsibility to pass this story of our family’s hero to my children and their children.  I heard the other day that it takes 3 generations to forget history.  I am doing all I can to insure that my grandchildren will both  know and remember our history.

I have quite a few tales to tell as I share the steps my family took starting in Normandy and then to Cambridge. I hope this will encourage each of my readers to keep their own   heroes   and everyday  family  members and their stories alive by  repeating tales to  family today, recording,  and preserving them  for the generations to come.


http://www.AParatroopersFaith.org     Visit  to learn more.

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Sgt. George B. Tullidge Honored

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Iron Mike statue at La Fiere Bridge, Sainte- Mere- Eglise, Normandy.

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2018 first memorial jump to honor American paratroopers come to liberate France. The jumps prior to D-Day were quite different and executed in the early morning hours of June 5. I have the “stick” of GBT’s flight which was scheduled at 1:30 AM. Not only was it dark and foreign but the sky was lit with German rockets and bullets. The planned element of surprise was negligible.

The Iron Mike Statue is just above the bridge on a hill overlooking the beautiful countryside of Normandy. The name “Iron Mike” is a uniquely American  slang  expression to refer to men who are “tough, brave, and  inspiriting.”

Many thanks to Thulia van Maanen and Eric Labourdette for their vision and work  to honor my brother and all the other Iron Mikes  who sacrificed so much to free France.

To learn more about my brother George Bowler Tullidge lll, please visit our website. 



Iron Mike Airborne Memorial

The Airborne Trooper Statue is a tribute to the American Airborne Soldiers of D-Day. The monument is located next to the Bridge in La Fiere where on the 6th-9th of June members of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and 325th Glider Regiment fought against repeated German attacks to hold the bridge.

The base of the statue contains the inscription

“A grateful tribute
to American Airborne soldiers
of D-Day
6 June 1944 to 7 June 1997”

The monument is a replica of the “Iron Mike” statue located in Fort Bragg. The original was sculpted by Leah Hiebert in 1960-1961 modelled on Sgt. Major Runyon.

Also on the site is a bronze table orientation table shaped as a folded parachute and a bronze book of remembrance.

“To pass on the memory,
to remind that today
We live in peace,
Freedom, dignity and
Because others                                                                                                                               Gave their life for us.



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Ely Cathedral

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Ely Cathedral  dates back to the year 672 AD and was one  of the  major sites for Medieval pilgrims. Pilgrims are still visiting  today to the tune of 250, 000 annually.  Granted many of these pilgrims visit to see the exquisite Romanesque, Gothic architecture and sparkling stained glass windows or  listen to the ethereal boys choir. There are others who come to pray , meditate and give thanks to God for blessings and search for  guidance.

The church got its name from St. Elheldreda who restored an old church on the existing  foundation which became a monastery  and  thrived for 200 years.

Here is the prayer said on June 23, the feast day of the saint.

“Eternal God,
who bestowed such grace upon your servant Etheldreda
that she gave herself wholly to the life of prayer
and to the service of your true religion:
grant that we, like her,
may so live our lives on earth seeking your kingdom
that by your guiding
we may be joined to the glorious fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

What’s more perfect to fill the spaces of a majestic cathedral than the majestic music of Widor.

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The Peacock Tea Room in Ely

Peacocks Tearoom in Ely England

July 4, 2017 after our family visit to Cambridge American Cemetery and celebration of my brother’s information being complete and correct on his forever gravestone, we caught the train to Ely.  It was only a 20 minute ride.  Yes, a 20 minute ride.  The amazing timely and efficient British rail system.  We had experienced the gift of British modeled train travel in India.Honestly, one of many happy memories  was an 18 hour train ride from Goa back to Ahmedabad where the trains ran  on time and of course I loved the Indian hub-bub.  I understand some people might  not like that aspect of living in  the midst of one billion Indian souls I am not one of them loving every minute.

Back to the Peacock Tea Room. . . . .  .It was recommended by Tracey at the cemetery and it turns out, it was an award winning tea room attaining  national recognition in the distant past.   Here are some pictures. . . . .

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Our group was so these large tables would accommodate us.

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Guests are served with various teacups from the collection.

If you are traveling in Britain consider a stop at  this elegant traditional tea shop and B&B. We stayed in Cambridge in an Air B&B  Victorian Row house because the cemetery  was the center of our visit.  I have no doubt of the hospitality and gracious service you would received at The Peacock for tea and or an overnight.

One cultural warning. . .  In the UK butter is spread thinly in sandwiches.  My youngest granddaughter Violet took a bite of a ham  finger sandwich  to discover the butter and you see she is allergenic to all milk products. She was fine after her dad swept her off to the washroom.

Next stop the Ely Cathedral. . . . . .

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A Project to Remember Our Heroes


The American Cemeteries all over Europe, which are the last resting place of our  soldiers,  have a mission to both care for the dead in a dignified and most respectful way  and  showing  care and gratitude  to the families who gave of our best to free the world of the tyranny of Hitler and the Nazis .  This is the 74th anniversary of D-Day and there are few immediate families left.   I was born two years after my brother’s death.  The mission has changed slightly. My friend Tracey Haylock is collecting photographs  of the fallen to put young faces to the  simple grave markers.  . . . . . permanent records of their “too short ” lives and their “sacrificial ”  deaths.

Many thanks to Tracey and Susie, the knowledgeable and  ever so kind docents of the cemetery and Superintendent Rich for his gracious welcome for several visits by my family.  Rich came in to welcome Tullidge family members on Sundays and with  Susie and Tracey on the 4th of July, a holiday in the UK.

One special memory was early morning before we left Cambridge when I went to George’s grave on the way out of the city. The mowers were at work so as to finish before visitors of the day arrived. One weather worn man stopped his mower and dismounted walking toward me. He pointed to George’s cross and flowers we had placed on the day of family celebration. He looked at me quizzically and I said, yes, my brother. He grabbed my hand and gave me a gentle but firm shake, turning and walking back to his mower.

These dear people of the UK have not forgotten our sacrifice for freedom, we must keep our heroes’ stories alive as well.

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Memorial Day 2018

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Image taken in Cambridge American Cemetery in the UK

Because of their bravery. . . . . . we are free



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The Raptor Resource Project


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My last year of teaching I discovered “eagle peeping” from a camera in Iowa. My third graders were fascinated watching every free minute at school and morning and night at home. How excited we all were  when the eggs began cracking and the tiny birds emerged.

The first egg is predicted to hatch on or about April 1st. There is a chat schedule listed as well. Enjoy !

Visit The Raptor Resource Project Eagle Cam



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Opioids, To Take Or Not To Take

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I  am slowly typing one-handed, Three weeks today,  I  had an unexpected hard fall on a concrete floor resulting in a broken arm. I finally had surgery five days later after agony with every move. To give you  the intensity of the pain, the first step  of surgery is blocking the nerve before anesthesia. After surgery, I  was given more opioids , 50 to be exact after the 15 I took waiting for surgery.

Now here is the dilemma. . . . . . the pain was excruciating, I wanted relief from that  but I didn’t want to get addicted. And I felt terrible fuzzy headed and nauseous taking them, and the pain was only dulled!

A dear friend sent me a nonaddictive pain relief shared by a pharmacist who said 80 per cent of the world has no access to opioids.

DISCLAIMER;   I am not a doctor or a pharmacists. I  have and am  using these  over the counter products. I  am not using alcohol  and have liver disease.  Always check with your physician, The pain is tolerable and my head is clearer. I am resolved that healing and pain  are  slow. I thank God for His mercy to me  as I  continue to heal.

Here are the directions;

2  200 mg  Aleve  every 12 hours

2 extra strength Tylenol in between after 6 hours

Love from the lady with a broken wing  held together with a plate and 7 screws!

Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.


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