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In 1941, America, although striving to be uninvolved, was pulled into another world war. Still recovering from the previous one, the attacks at Pearl Harbor on December 7th ensured America’s involvement in one of the bloodiest wars in history.
In response to the Pearl Harbor attacks, America declared war on Japan, Germany, and Italy. In order to help fund the war effort, the government issued war bonds, and then printed posters to help encourage Americans to purchase the bonds. Interestingly, many posters were overtly Christian in their content (such as the one pictured on the left).
June 6th is a great time to pause and remember those brave men who so valiantly fought for freedom. It was on this date, 69 years ago, that the Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in an effort to turn the tide of the war. This strategic landing enabled the Allies to push back the German troops. As the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, Dwight D. Eisenhower told the troops:
The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. (Read his full address, which closes with a prayer.)
The prayers of America for her troops were also evident in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer that he prayed in a national radio address given to the American people as the D-Day invasion was underway. As we remember those brave men who sacrificed so much in World War II, let us also be grateful for the men and women who continue to preserve the freedoms that America holds dear today.
Via email from WallBuilders.
This should have been posted yesterday, but is appropriate EVERY DAY. My most sincere apologies to The Bunker!! Be sure to watch the video at the bottom!
A Legacy of Shoulders
by The Bunker
Memorial Day for me is a day of memories. I have been to the Manila American Cemetery. I have visited Cabanatuan Philippines, the site of the Japanese prison camp that held the survivors of the Bataan Death March. I have snorkeled in the ocean waters surrounding Subic Bay Philippines and seen the wrecks that are scattered along the shore. I have listened to the stories of the old man we called, “Pops” who was our apartment’s caretaker. As a young man he witnessed his parents being shot by the Japanese and his sister slaughtered as a Jap ran a bayonet through her stomach. He then ran for his life to the surrounding jungle hillsides and joined the Philippine resistance. Then, there are other memories of my own brief encounter with war.
There is one memory that makes me feel proud and ashamed all at the same time. It happened on a trip to Cabanatuan.
From 1972 until 1974 I was stationed at the Naval Air Base at Cubi Point part of the Subic Bay Naval Base. My squadron also had a detachment in DaNang Vietnam. The Grandmother of one of my buddies was sponsoring a young girl at a school in Cabanatuan. She had sent some packages for the girl to my friend and asked if he could deliver them to the school and meet the young student. To make a long story short, we grabbed two more friends and made the journey.
Our original intent was to get to the school, deliver the packages, shake some hands and then head for the nearest bar. Hey, we were sailors! It didn’t work out that way at all.
Today, I had ANOTHER flippin’ appt down in Corinth, so, as usual for that time of day, I was listening to Wilkow on Sirius. I never did catch the name of the sub guy, he said it too fast, but he was talking to a couple of military history authors about, well, military history. DUH!
One guy was calling in from Normandy where he was giving some Wounded Warriors a tour of various beaches where our troops landed, and died. He happened to bring up WWI, talking about the farthest inland the Marines had ever been up to that time, in 1918…Paris. This is something I didn’t learn in school. It seems WWII wasn’t the first time we saved France’s bacon!
Anyway, they took a call from a young man who is back from his FOURTH TOUR…this time, in Afghanistan. As I listened to him, my heart broke. Why? Because what he was saying was very true! Our military is no longer fighting, and dying, to protect our freedoms. The man spoke the truth when he said the guys, and gals, really don’t know why they are fighting over there…to protect people who hate them, and want to kill them? For an administration, current, that doesn’t give a damn about them, and has no clear vision…like VICTORY against the enemy? He was very emotional when speaking about the reason they are giving themselves… They are fighting for each other, to protect their brothers in arms. This is a noble reason, but it shouldn’t be THE reason we are spending our greatest treasure on the other side of the world.
I believed in the mission, as it was, but seriously, what is their mission now? After more than a decade, what is the purpose? I support our men and women in the military, but for the love of all that’s holy, let them do their job! That job is to WIN!! Destroy the enemy!! Crush them into dust!! Anything else is a total waste of life! Stop humiliating them by sending them off to fight and die for NOTHING! Telling them this ‘mission’ may last another decade or two? The administration won’t have to decimate the military by cutting funds, etc. Our young men and women will stop joining, or re-upping, all on their own.
The U.S. Military, all branches, have a proud tradition. They have always been the BEST of the best. They still are! Let them be what they are, have always been…the strongest and bravest!
On this Memorial Day weekend (I hate Monday holidays), let’s remember who we are memorializing! It’s not our new grills, the cooler full of beer, or even the parades. We must ALWAYS remember those who have given their all….FOR US…and millions of others, around the world.
I sure didn’t! I’ve never heard of it, and that pisses me off!! But I am awed that this company, and the families of the fallen refuse to forget!
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I would love the catch the scum who throw those mementos in the river! Throw THEM in the river!!!
Shared by Jack – veteran.
After watching a bit of coverage yesterday, we decided it was time to change the channel. The constant rehash, the speculation, was starting to grate on both our nerves. No new information, just a lot of ‘he saids’. This is not news. It is not information. What I did see were civilians and emergency crews doing their very best to help those injured, being heroes. This is what Americans do!
- intense fear: intense or overwhelming fear
- terrorism: violence or the threat of violence carried out for political purposes
- something causing fear: something that causes intense fear, e.g. an event or situation
No matter who is responsible, we must not allow them to succeed. We must stand tall as Americans do, and spit in their eye!
Standing with Boston
James Carafano – The Foundry
America is at its best when it faces adversity with courage, confidence, and determination. That recipe of “what makes us who we are” holds for hurricanes, disasters, and tragedies like the one that occurred during yesterday’s Boston Marathon.
A security professional knows what to do first: Take care of the injured, protect the responders and bystanders who are racing to the scene to help (who can often be the target of follow-on attacks), and preserve the evidence available at the scene. Those efforts appear well underway. We should be proud of the responders and the citizens of Boston.
Our assessments and speculation on what to do next should not outpace what we know. Even very authoritative-sounding reports issued from the scene or shared by on-scene reporters or witnesses may turn out to be inaccurate. That has already proven the case in Boston with conflicting reports on the number of explosions, claims of suspects in custody, and statements about unexploded devices being recovered.
In cases such as this, officials often can garner a tremendous amount of evidence from the crime scene in the first 72 hours. In such investigations, you start with the evidence and that leads to suspects, not the other way around.
Law enforcement in other communities may want to take additional precautions. Pittsburgh, for example, has a citywide marathon coming up in a few weeks. That might be prudent. Any additional security after an event like this, however, should be based on professional assessments of risk and any intelligence that is available. America’s enemies can’t be everywhere.
Protecting large public events is the most difficult of public safety challenges. Further, these gatherings are most vulnerable to exactly the kind of incident that occurred in Boston. That said, the reasonable public safety precautions that can be taken to thwart them are well known. After the fact, it will have to be determined if these were properly taken.
Unfortunately, such measures—even if fully implemented—cannot perfectly safeguard such large crowds. The best security, if this is confirmed as a coordinated, predetermined act, is to stop the perpetrators before they undertake their attacks.
Bringing perpetrators to justice, preventing further attacks, and learning lessons from this incident on how to prevent or respond to future incidents will come in time. For now, we should all stand with Boston. We should all show the world that today will we get up unafraid, and America will step forward into the day.
I don’t give a damn about some piece of human excrement that behaved like a pig on a basketball court. I couldn’t give two chits about who wins so called American Idol. Honey Boo Boo is a fat, spoiled brat who needs to be taught some manners, and put on a diet.
THIS is where my priorities lie. These are MY heroes, and I don’t worship idols! How about we get our priorities straightened out, and stop letting those left wing lunatics in Hollyweird and the lame stream media control our lives, eh? GOD, FAMILY, COUNTRY!!!
Why a Car Commercial Can Make You Cry
Is there a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces in your life? If so, tears likely came to your eyes when you saw Jeep’s Super Bowl commercial. Oprah Winfrey’s voice-over was a moving tribute to those who fight for us: “In your home, in our hearts—you’ve been missed. You’ve been needed. You’ve been cried for, prayed for.”
….and many others like him, have kept ME safe! Honor him!
I support our troops. That is a fact. It won’t change. However, due to recent events, I won’t be supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, unless they change their policy. This truly saddens me.
You see, I give from the heart, BECAUSE of my faith. It was what I was taught, and will continue for the rest of my time on this earth. When an organization rejects such faith, then I must reject them. I know they do good work for our returning wounded troops, but there are other organizations who work just as hard for them. We don’t have much money to spare anymore, so I must be quite selective as to where it goes, and who it will truly aid.
As reported by Todd Starnes at Fox Radio, the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy, Wallace Cooley, said that “they had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and were about to launch the campaign when they received an email from the organization.”
The church had planned on taking up a special offering on the last Sunday in February and students were collecting money from family and friends.
“We must decline the opportunity to be the beneficiary of your event due to our fundraising event criteria, which doesn’t allow community events to be religious in nature,” read an email from the WWP community events team. “Please note your registration fee will be refunded within the next 7-10 business days.”
WWP said as a nonpartisan organization they cannot accept event fundraising from companies “in which the product or message is religious in nature.”
Pastor Cooley said they were so shocked that the school secretary called Wounded Warrior to make sure there hadn’t been a mistake. He said a WWP representative assured her that “religious” was indeed on their banned list.
Well, I’m not an organization, but my faith, as with most folks, is religious based. Since they refuse funds from ‘religious organizations’, I guess they don’t want my money either.
According to the news story, Pastor Cooley “told NewsChannel Five that a representative from WWP called him.The representative apologized and said he would be meeting with other administrators from the organization to talk about this incident.”
How does being “nonpartisan” have ANYTHING to do with accepting funds from a church group? Most nonprofits that get in trouble with the IRS do so because of what they DO with the funds… not where they come from. The Wounded Warrior Project does great work for out troops. But the organization and the rules governing nonprofit activities need a little common sense.
If WWP does come to their senses, I will consider a continued donation, IF we have any money left. If not? Well, then I’m afraid they’ll likely see their donations drop due to their blatant foolishness. Does Fisher House reject faith based donations?
Here’s a partial list of organizations that help our warriors from Charity Watch, with their rankings. I notice WWP isn’t listed.
I’m sure there are others, but this is what I found with a very quick search.
And ya don’t have to live in Hardin County, or even Tennessee, to care about the kids!
I’m not attaching any W-9…obviously. If you wanna give, give from the heart! If you want to have a tax deduction, talk to your accountant.
A U.S. official says retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78.
The official tells The Associated Press that Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Fla. The official wasn’t authorized to release the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as “Stormin’ Norman” for a notoriously explosive temper.
He lived in retirement in Tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command. That is the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.
Just a little tune from Sheldon Allman, remember Mr Ed? Hmmm… I remember it in black and white. Well, if you are old enough to remember that show, then you are surely old enough to remember ‘duck & cover’! Shared by The Bunker.
A freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 17 others as the float a West Texas railroad crossing on its way to an honorary banquet, authorities said.
The eastbound train was sounding its horn before it hit the float around 4:40 p.m. in Midland, Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange said. A preliminary investigation indicates the crossing gate and lights were working at the time, Lange said, though he didn’t know if the train crew saw the float approaching.
Two people died at the scene of the crash, while two others died at Midland Memorial Hospital, City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout said. Ten of those injured are in critical condition, while the other seven are in stable condition, he said.
“There is going to be a very thorough investigation,” Lange said. “It’s obviously a very tragic incident.”
Photos of the float taken during the parade show about two dozen people seated in chairs set up on the back of a flatbed tractor-trailer decorated with American flags. A banner across the truck’s front bumper reads, “Heroes on Board.”
Many prayers going out to the families and friends. No words can express the sorrow.
Via My West Texas: Of the 17 injured, 10 are in critical condition and seven are in stable condition, officials said.