Each year, I understand, there is a birthday celebration for the Yuma Proving Ground, but this year is the 75th birthday of one of the largest military installations in the world, just a few miles from where we sit. The proving ground is used to test military equipment in the Sonoran Desert. Although it was built in 1943, it has really only been used since 1950. When we were here in December of 2011, our son Robert came there for training and we got to spend time with him.
Booths were set up around the parade field with a stage at one end. Several groups were scheduled to perform, but we only saw the Manhattan Dolls, performing Andrews Sisters style harmony, and heard a little of a local band called Downtime that played country and rock hits. That’s when we left to look at all the equipment and then headed home.
It was an interesting morning. We had wished there would be more demonstrations, but that wasn’t the case.
Early in the week, Raymond called to say that he had been sick, thought it was the flu but since he thought he was over it already, we thought there might be something else going on. A day passed and he called to say that he was going to the hospital and they diagnosed pneumonia. Very soon after that, he was being entubated and moved to ICU. Every time LeRoy called, they said he was doing well but still on the ventilator. Some part of being on a vent tells me that he wasn’t exactly doing “well”, but he has now improved enough that they moved him back to a regular floor in the middle of the night last night. Please keep him in your prayers as they get ready to discharge him back to Casa de Oro.