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From Dream to Reality with My Social Security

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about his dream of an America where equality was more than a concept-where it was an everyday reality. "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

His dream struck a chord with many people and inspired a nation. It shined a light on the ideal that every citizen should have equal opportunity to prosper and succeed. As we remember Dr. King and his dream for America, take a moment to reflect on your dreams for yourself and your family. What are the things that you want for your future? Do you see yourself enjoying retirement someday?

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The Produce Market World As It Once Was
by Maury Feren

When I talk about the wholesale produce market people confuse it with the West Side Market. It has no relationship. The Northern Ohio Food Terminal in its heyday served NE Ohio, the bordering NY states and PA., and sometimes West Virginia including Charleston and boundaries.

A thousand people a day went through that market. It was the centerpiece for Cleveland. When it opened in 1930 people came from all over the country to see how it operated. There were 50-60 warehouses for the wholesale produce sellers. Armour's meats contained one big building for itself including a small fresh fish warehouse. There were 50-60 singular and double warehouses centered in one large building.

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How many lawyers does it take to change a tire?
By Joseph Patrick Meissner

My car races along the Cleveland Shoreway coming east to downtown. I need to get there quickly on this bright but chilly March Saturday evening. The sun outside is glorious yellow and I revel in this unusual light despite the chill in the air. I pass the East 28th street exit, and then round the blind bend onto the Shoreway Bridge across the Cuyahoga River. Suddenly there appears a blond haired woman standing almost in the middle lane of this busy road, with her arms waving the rushing cars to the far center lane.

What is the problem?

Then I spot a car parked close to the concrete wall, like some kind of wounded dying beast. Another woman is crouched by the right front tire, almost invisible except for her dark hair.

My brain is high gear. I must avoid this. I will pretend I do not really see them. Just keep driving. Other cars are whizzing past. I have a good excuse to maintain speed. God, please. I am late. I know you will forgive my passing these two people in distress. Somebody else will surely help them. Let them gain the indulgences from helping their fellowman, or fellow women. ... Read the rest of Joe's Adventure



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In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

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Korean War Veterans Remembered

The Korean War was a war between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in which the United States led a United Nation's force fighting for the South and China, assisted by USSR, fought for the North. It arose from the division of the Korean Peninsula after WWII and the global tensions of the Cold War that developed immediately after.

Twenty-one members of the United Nations backed the South, with the United States providing some 88 percent of the troops. The war also saw the first combat between jet aircraft - such as the F86 used by the United Nations and the MG-15 used by the Chinese - in warfare. By the time it stopped about 2 million Korean civilians, 1.5 communist forces, 400,000 South Korean troops, 1,000 U.K. troops and 36,000 American troops had lost their lives.

After a contentious back and forth diplomatic fight that had been ongoing for several years, combat began in earnest in June, 1950. The Korean War officially lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953.

The Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland gathered at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center to honor veterans of the Korean War. They said:

To our Korean War Veterans. In recognition of honorable service during the Korean War in defense of Democracy and Freedom. Through your selfless sacrifice, the tide of communism on the Korean Peninsula was halted and liberty triumphed over tyranny. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the people of America and Korea are forever grateful.

Veteran John Howard receiving his Medal

Veteran John Howard receiving his Medal

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