We’ve all heard the saying, “never look back.” Well, I came across this quote some time ago and think it’s more appropriate, at least for me.
Looking back on the past year I can say I’ve come a long way. I’ve learned things (mainly about myself) that I will carry proudly the rest of my life. Many of these new discoveries come by way of the people who I’ve met over the past year. They taught me about honor, duty, and sacrifice and that just like them, I have those qualities too and I should see and validate them in myself.
I have a duty not only to my country but more importantly, my fellow-man. I’ve always put others before myself (not to the point of neglect) and I’ve’ve learned that helping someone can come in the smallest forms that at the time, may not seem anything at all but learn that the smile or joke you shared with a friend or the hours you stayed on the phone (or online) 🙂 with someone who needed you just to be there. Don’t underestimate to power of an open ear or an open shoulder to cry on. Read more
On this day in 1999, the United States, in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, officially hands over control of the Panama Canal, putting the strategic waterway into Panamanian hands for the first time. Crowds of Panamanians celebrated the transfer of the 50-mile canal, which links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and officially opened when the SS Arcon sailed through on August 15, 1914. Since then, over 922,000 ships have used the canal.
Interest in finding a shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific originated with explorers in Central America in the early 1500s. In 1523, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V commissioned a survey of the Isthmus of Panama and several plans for a canal were produced, but none ever implemented. U.S. interest in building a canal was sparked with the expansion of the American West and the California gold rush in 1848. (Today, a ship heading from New York to San Francisco can save about 7,800 miles by taking the Panama Canal rather than sailing around South America.) Read more
It is said that this speech was one of Reagan’s best. It is a little long, but worth reading. It’s refreshing to see a President who knows what it took from the boys who stormed those beaches and the pride of being an American.
We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For 4 long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue. Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.
We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but 40 years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance. Read more
With not a soul in sight, the peace and tranquility of these rural landscapes comes through loud and clear in a gallery of beautiful images.Yet, nearly 100 years ago, these same serene scenes played host to some of the bloodiest and most violent battles of World War One in which 10 million soldiers died.British photographer Michael St Maur Sheil has spent the last few years taking hauntingly poignant pictures of some of the most notorious battlefields of the Great War as they are today.
Follow the link below to see more pictures of battlefields of the Great War.
via Remembrance Day 2011: Haunting pictures of the Great Wars battlefields | Mail Online.
Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage. Physical and moral courage and the confidence they create are essential warrior virtues. But God—or the first sergeant—help the fake macho and especially the “REMF,” “fobbit,” or “suit” who talks the talk but hasn’t walked the walk.
**NOTE: There are terms in these lists that could be considered NSFW.
- PLF (U.S. Army) Parachute Landing Fall.
- PLUG (Canada) Private Learning Under a Gun, this Soldier is so stupid he needs a gun to his head to understand (this usage is possibly a backronym for plug, which the Oxford English Dictionary defines as an “incompetent or undistinguished person” usage dating to 1848)
- PMCS (U.S.) Park the Mother and Call the Shop, a play on the official meaning: Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services. Read more
Sometime over the course of the night and the early morning of December 29-30, 1916,
Grigory Efimovich Rasputin, a self-proclaimed holy man, is murdered by Russian nobles eager to end his influence over the royal family. Read more
Living in Southern California for the past 10 years has brought me up close and personal with the life in a military town. No matter where you go you WILL run into a veteran or active duty Marine or Sailor. If you live here you will more than likely have at least one neighbor has or is currently serving. As for me, there are 4 retired Marines on our street and today I was invited to step back in time–a time of war on the front line for a young Marine serving in Korea and Vietnam. Read more
The world’s first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The film was made by Louis and Auguste Lumiere, two French brothers who developed a camera-projector called the Cinematographe. The Lumiere brothers unveiled their invention to the public in March 1895 with a brief film showing workers leaving the Lumiere factory. On December 28, the entrepreneurial siblings screened a series of short scenes from everyday French life and charged admission for the first time. Read more