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Honor Veteran’s Day!

November 11th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments
Small town America celebrates Veteran's Day

Small town America celebrates Veteran's Day

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

We owe such a debt of gratitude to all the men and women who have served, and who still serve. Living in a rural community, one winds up knowing almost everyone… and that is one of the things I love about living here…

The R.O.T.C. men and women from Ohio University

The R.O.T.C. men and women from Ohio University

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Athens County is an area where the ‘counter culture’ is still alive and well… although everyone honors and treasures our soldiers.

Walking proudly!

Walking proudly!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It is just one of those days that touch my heart.

This is cool, but you should see our MRAP!

This is cool, but you should see our MRAP!

Every time I’m in the D.C. area, I like to go to the National Cemetery to pay my respects. When my Dad was stationed in the Philippines I used to like to ride my scooter out to the Manila American Cemetery and do my homework in that garden of stone. My uncle Tarmo is buried in a National Cemetery in L.A. My Dad and my other uncle Pentti chose to be buried with family in Inglewood.

More than enough honor to go around

More than enough honor to go around

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Changing of the Guard at OU.

Changing of the Guard at OU.

I know so many vets… but I’d like to name a few… Jorma Kaukonen Sr., Navy WWII, Tarmo Kaukonen, Army WWII, Pentti Kaukonen, Army WWII, Ray Hurlbut Navy, WWII, Chuck Fadel, USMC Vietnam, Jerry Sullivan, Army Vietnam… and the list goes on… but I’ll leave it at that. Thanks my friends!

Thank you all so much… those gone before, those here today… and those to come. You all do us honor!

There can never be enough said...

There can never be enough said...

foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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  1. Pete
    November 12th, 2014 at 04:37 | #1

    I remember a conversation I once had with my father.

    Me: What did you do on your 21st birthday, Dad?

    Him: World War II had started. I went down to the recruiting center and enlisted in the Army. What did you do on your 21st birthday?

    Me: I went down to Club Bene to see Jorma!

  2. MIke White
    November 12th, 2014 at 11:15 | #2

    I spent the day wearing my fathers WW2 dog tags and visiting the Vietnam War memorial in NYC. EVERY day is a good day to thank a Vet. PS please Play Santa Cjaus Retreat at your December Beacon show. Come I’ve never heard it live…

  3. johno
    November 12th, 2014 at 12:38 | #3

    My father was from the Greatest Generation he was at Hickam Field in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. He never talked about it much. Not too many WW II vets still alive. He died 7 years ago. I sure miss him.

  4. HOGAN
    November 12th, 2014 at 15:03 | #4

    To the Kaukonen Family and friends, Thank You for your service…

    Congratulations on 17 years at the FPR, to live your dream and touch so many people is such a blessing, hope you have many more years of success…
    Looking forward to the new CD, really like the way Teresa does Bar Room Crystal Ball with you, hope that Keep Your Lamps is on there also she really does a good job on that song too.
    Lots of good shows coming up soon, alot to look forward to.
    Enjoy the rest of your time at home and see you at the shows.
    Take Care

  5. Tom in St. Louis
    November 14th, 2014 at 18:31 | #5

    Yep, I’m as “counter culture” as anyone with a job can be, but I recognize the debt we owe to all those who serve. Without them, we wouldn’t have any culture to counter!
    Hats off to all the vets, and thank you for keeping us free.

  6. Joe in DC
    November 14th, 2014 at 19:32 | #6

    Hey Jorma and Jack……….

    As a fan since back in high school in NYC in the early 1970’s I just want to say…. thanks for all the music and experiences over the decades. Tuna has been more then a show for me over the years….I always say when I go see a HFT show I am going to synagogue….hah. That is the level I put your shows on….always have.

    I have no idea what it takes to get ready and prepped as an artist to put on a show; but thought I would give you one “fans” wish list………….On Dec 10 at the “6th and I” synagogue show in DC, yours truly would be appreciate it if you played “Sea Child” and/or “I Wish You Would”..there you go.

    See you at 6th and I and at the Beacon………..


  7. johno
    November 15th, 2014 at 13:40 | #7

    @Joe in DC
    Going to a Hot Tuna – back in the day – it was always a spiritual experience to me as well. It wasn’t like going to church though – it was more like going to heaven.

  8. Mik Atoms
    November 15th, 2014 at 19:25 | #8

    Don’t expect an answer but I just got to thinking about a Fender lap steel I owned way back, I had 2 one had legs. Michael F. came into my shop looking to buy Jorma a birthday gift, I immediately ran and grab the one with legs since I was changing the tuning pegs on the other one and showed it to him. He liked it and bought it. So my question after all these years, did you like it? Do you still have it, (mine was swept overboard in the late 90’s). You think of the strangest things at night. Well signing off from Roberts International Airport, Harbel Liberia.

  9. Joey Hudoklin
    November 16th, 2014 at 10:42 | #9

    The idea of Hot Tuna shows as a spiritual experience is deeply imbedded in me since my very first show, the closing of the Academy of Music, fall ’75.
    Maybe Jorma is rolling his eyes at this topic, as he is a humble man.
    But, for this fan, HT opened the idea to follow my dreams and be a pro Frisbee artist. Pure creativity was possible as a way of life, allowing me to believe I could follow my dreams.
    Later, after actually making money performing Frisbee freestyle,
    I was able to use my free time to buy a guitar, sit down and learn to play. Living in the moment can be very uplifting and spiritually fulfilling. Today, the journey of learning to live without self medication is in no small part also greatly inspired from the attraction of HT. I am forever grateful to Jorma & Jack for showing the way.

  10. Joe in DC
    November 16th, 2014 at 16:31 | #10

    Johno – you have described what I wanted to say; “spiritual experience” better than I was able to….thx

  11. November 18th, 2014 at 11:24 | #11

    Hey Mik…

    I owned that double neck Supro for many years… played it on stage many times and never ceased to be humbled by the steel guitar. About three years ago, I traded it to Nick Forster… the eTown guy in Boulder… played in Hot Rize… etc. He needed two tunings readily accessible… I got a single neck from him. The guitar is alive and well and muchly appreciated to this day!