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Steven Hall pumps up a tire of his bicycle in preparation for a past Happy Mosel event. Organizers expect more than 100,000 people to participate in this year’s Happy Mosel event, which is known as the longest wine street festival in the world. (Photo by Iris Reiff) Make way for bikers at Happy Mosel -- 17 years of the world’s longest wine street festival
The Mosel valley will become the Eldorado for bicyclers for the 17th year in a row, May 3, when roads between Cochem and Schweich belong to cyclists and walkers only. The 140-kilometer stretch will be closed to vehicle traffic between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., transforming this area into a recreational roadway. According to organ¬izers, more than 100,000
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2009
BEZMER AIR BASE, Bulgaria – Senior Airman Bryan Fleetwood, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, removes a training rocket from an A-10 aircraft.  Airman Fleetwood deployed to Bezmer Air Base, Bulgaria, to support a joint U.S. and Bulgarian Air Forces training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Bill Gomez) Team effort leads to successful exercise
Putting together and moving all the pieces required for an exercise like from Germany to Bulgaria for "Reunion April 2009" is not something that happens by sheer luck. More than 200 Airmen from specialties ranging from communications to security forces helped ensure A-10 pilots and maintainers here had all of the support they needed to safely train
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Law Day 2009: A legacy of liberty — Celebrating Lincoln’s bicentennial
This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of one of the most influential presidents in United States history, Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln, who had a solid foundation in the law as a practicing attorney for many years before being elected president, wisely emphasized the legal process as a means of providing and protecting the rights we
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2009
FLIESSEM, Germany --- Local fire fighters set up a May tree in the community of Fliessem, near Bitburg, a day prior to  German Labor Day, which is May 1. The youngsters will guard it around the clock to make sure neighbouring villagers don’t steal it. Traditionally, the May tree is a symbol of freedom. (Photo by Iris Reiff) Germans celebrate Labor Day with traditions
There is a special reason not to leave things outside and to park the car in the garage the night from April 30 to May 1. It's "Witches Night," the night before "Tag der Arbeit" or Labor Day, a federal German holiday. The "witches," are town youngsters who play tricks on people who often make things disappear from one spot and show up somewhere
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2009
BINSFELD, Germany -- German children decorate Easter eggs. Although the origin of the Easter egg is not fully known it has become a main feature of the holiday. The tradition of the Easter Rabbit hiding the eggs traces to the year 1682. (Photo by Iris Reiff) Easter traditions in Germany
When the full moon appears in the sky for the first time after the start of spring, the next Sunday is time to celebrate Easter. For Christians throughout the world, this is one of the most important holidays of the year. And although church and religion no longer play such a great part in the everyday lives of most people, customs and practices
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2009
KOMMERN, Germany -- The Rheinnischen Freilichtmuseum features about 65 historic buildings from around the Rheinland that were moved to the 200 acre park. Museum employees dress  in period costumes display skills in trades such as baking, blacksmithing, farming and broom making. Admission for adults is 5.50 euro. Discounts are offered for families, children and groups. (Photo by Frank L. Johnson) Step back in time at Rheinland open air museum
Looking for insights into how people lived and worked in this rural area of Germany during the past 500 years? Then take the easy 90-kilometer drive north of Bitburg to the wonderful Rheinnischen Freilichtmuseum, Open Air Museum of the Rheinland. During our years of traveling, my wife and I have visited a number of other open air museums Sturbridge
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2009
BINSFELD, Germany -- A group of volksmarchers enjoys the first rays of sunshine during a march through the Binsfeld forest. Volksmarches follow a circular route starting and ending at the same clubhouse, tent or community center. The customary sign-up fee is 2-3 euros. (Photo by Iris Reiff) Volksmarching: a perfect way to enjoy spring, make new friendships
With spring temperatures rising, volksmarching is an ideal form of exercise for the whole family and an excellent way for Americans to get to see more of their host country while meeting their German neighbors. Volksmarching evolved from public running races sponsored by sporting clubs in southern Germany in the early 1960's. Competition was fierce
0 4/06
2009
SUFFOLK, England – Tech. Sgt. Sator “Sandy” Sanchez, 95th Bomb Group, sits atop a B-17. The new plane was emblazoned with a caricature of him, the name Smilin' Sandy Sanchez and the number 44. This was the first, and only, such tribute to a crewmember in the entire 8th Air Force. It was also the only B-17 known to have been named for an enlisted Airman. (Courtesy photo) The history behind Sanchez Hall
Everyone who has studied the Promotion Fitness Guide even a little bit should know something about Tech. Sgt. Sator "Sandy" Sanchez. March 15, was the 64th anniversary of Sergeant Sanchez's death. It is also the 43rd anniversary of efforts by 52nd FW Sabers to honor an Air Force hero; among one the most highly decorated Airmen of World War II. Born
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2009
LANDSCHEID, Germany -- Traditionally, Germans eat Herring on Ash Wednesday, to mark the beginning of Lent. Lent lasts 40 days, until the Saturday before Easter. The number 40 is said to come from the bible. It rained 40 days and 40 nights during the Deluge; it took 40 years before the Israelites were allowed to move to the Promised Land; and Moses, Elijah and Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Iris Reiff) Lent: costumes and traditions
Times of fasting are as old as written history. They were introduced thousands of years ago, prior to the beginning of the Christian calendar by the ancient Egyptian and Babylonian cultures. Lent began Ash Wednesday Feb. 25 this year, and lasts exactly 40 days, until the Saturday before Easter. If not done for health reasons, fasting time is
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2009
PREIST, Germany -- A local teenager lights a “Huetten” bonfire during the 2008 Lent festivities in the Eifel community of Preist. Eifel tradition says winter spirits go away with the lighting of the fire allowing spring to arrive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Iris Reiff) Illumination of cross signifies hope for a good harvest
If anyone is wondering about the bonfires they will see during the next few days -- many with a large cross on a pole - they should know that in the old days, carnival customs often included chasing away winter. During parades and plays, men wrapped in straw or twigs were led through the villages -- a custom dating back to the late Middle Ages and
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2009
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