Wednesday, November 11, 2015

US: Veterans Day

To all US Veterans (and their families):  THANK you.

Read Bouhammer: What Veteran’s Day should mean to this country

Video: Remembrance Day - "Pittance of Time"

Canadian soldiers attended a ceremony at the British embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan
(Source, with more pictures at the BBC here.)

Today - we remember and honour.

That is one of my all time favourites. I originally posted this on Tanker Bros here, where I included some history of Remembrance Day.

Terry Kelly, the Canadian who wrote Pittance of Time, tells why here.

We remember and honour - today and every day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Video: UK Remembrance Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium
(A great history of Flanders Field here)

The ground surrounding the Cenotaph was covered by wreaths following the UK Remembrance Sunday ceremony.

USMC: Happy Birthday

 Tuesday, November 10, marks the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Its roots date all the way back to 1775 when it was established as the Continental Marines. The Second Continental Congress first commissioned Marines to man two vessels in the Continental Navy. Their original purpose was to provide on-board security forces and to protect the Captain and his officers.

 Soon after, they would be used to conduct amphibious combat missions and raids during the American Revolution. One of their first missions was to raid a British armory in the Bahamas just months after the first two battalions were created.

In the air, on land, and at sea, a Marine must be equipped and ready to fight wherever duty calls. With Veterans Day just around the corner, we should all be sure to thank the Marines in our lives for the sacrifices they’ve made to protect our freedom and security, “from the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli.”

To commemorate its birthday on Tuesday, we’ve put together five facts you might not have known about the USMC.

The First Marines Were Recruited in a Tavern

The first commissioned officer of the Continental Marines was a man named Samuel Nicholas. He was part of a well-known Quaker family from Philadelphia, and was nicknamed “the Fightin’ Quaker.” He was appointed the 1st Commandant in 1775 and took charge in recruiting locals to fight for America’s independence from the British.

 And where did he turn in his recruitment efforts? To local taverns of course!

One of his first recruits was Robert Mullan, the manager of Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. Nicholas appointed him as the Chief Marine Recruiter and he would use the allure of cold beer and camaraderie to recruit new Marines.

This is why the Tun Tavern is officially acknowledged as the birthplace of the Marine Corps....

More interesting details at Marine Corps Times.  Go read!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

UK: Video - Military Medics extend their training

EXCLUSIVE: Meet The Military Medics Training To Respond In A Crisis

Ft. Hood: Remember their names

Ft. Hood:  Remember their  names (Part 1)

Ft. Hood:  Remember their names (part 2)

[Put 'Ft. Hood' on the search engine above, for more columns on those we lost that day.  For history about Ft Hood.]