Forces Of Valor

09 Dec 18
The Commentary Gazette®

Concerning Assur-nasir-habal or Assur-nasir-pal (“i.e.”, “Assur preserves the son”) we possess fuller historical records than of any other of the Assyrian monarchs, and among these the following inscription is the most important. From it, and from the inscription upon his statue discovered by Mr. Layard [Footnote: Now in the British Museum.] in the ruins of […]

09 Dec 18
Farooz619

If the forces can’t manage to snatch a gun from a 14-yr old and instead raze 5 houses to the ground, from a safe distance while sipping coffee, I ask why shouldn’t a team of Civil Engineers, trained in building implosions, be employed instead? They bring down structures in a much-controlled manner. Why aren’t the […]

09 Dec 18
SCNG
Gary Sinise has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award nomination for his performance as Lt. Dan in “Forest Gump,” but it’s here, in a high-rise office complex in Woodland Hills, where the actor plays his greatest role far from the cameras. It’s here where he started his Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011 to benefit the veterans of this country, including building specially adapted homes – now 70 of them – for returning wounded warriors. It’s here where he’s spent more time in the last eight years working for veterans than he did working on his own career in two television series. He had a choice to make, and he made it. “This is a calling to me and something I am deeply passionate about, but to make it successful you’ve got to work hard and show people you’re serious about your cause,” he says. “While we can never do enough for our defenders and their loved ones, we can always do a little more.” That “little more” left Saturday on 15 American Airlines chartered flights from 26 cities around the country. On board those planes were 1,722 children and a surviving parent or guardian of servicemen and women who died while serving in the armed forces. Their kids are heading to Disney World for five days where they will be treated like royalty. Snowball Express, it’s called, and its been going for 12 years. This is the first year it’s now under the wing of the Sinise foundation, and about to grow even bigger. “Where do I begin to tell you what this trip means to me and my family?” says Gold Star widow Kim Lovett, leaving from LAX Saturday with her son, Logan. Gary Sinise greets kids at the last year’s Snowball Express. (Photo courtesy Gary Sinise Foundation) “Above all, it means giving my son the chance to meet other kids his age who have experienced the same loss he has. He struggles at times because he has no friends who can relate to what he is going through. “Some of the last memories Logan has with his dad were on our last trip to Disneyland at Christmas time. It was the first time Logan was old enough and tall enough to ride some of his dad’s favorite rides.” Shawn Lovett had just returned from a year in Iraq sweeping the streets of Baghdad for explosive devices. He made it out alive, only to come home and die in a bad car accident on his way back to his post in Kentucky – two weeks after taking his 3-year-old son to Disneyland. On the last night at Disney World this week, Sinise will take the stage with his Lt. Dan Band, and perform for these kids as he has for the last 11 years. “I’ve watched them grow up,” he says. “They come right up to the front of the stage wearing a T-shirt with a picture of the parent they lost. A lot of them are still suffering some serious grief.” To these Gold Star families, wounded warriors, Pearl Harbor survivors, and nearly one thousand World War II veterans who have taken part in the foundation’s Soaring Valor experience – an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans to visit the National World War II Museum – Sinise has already won an Academy Award. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links Grand Marshal Gary Sinise will have a familiar ride for the 2018 Rose Parade Dennis McCarthy: Why Gary Sinise is Bob Hope for a new generation [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] Many of these old vets could never afford a trip like this to see the monument the country has built to them. Sinise makes it happen. He knows time’s running out for our WW II guys. More than 350 are passing away each day and fewer than 558,000 are still with us. That’s why he’s added students to these flights, to let them spend time with our living history and bring back their stories to their schools to share. “People always ask me how can I help?” Sinise says. “I tell them to look around their neighborhood for a veteran to reach out to. Maybe there’s a lonely World War II veteran living down the road nobody pays any attention to. He’s in the final days of his life, his family’s gone, who knows? “Embrace that person and show him that you appreciate what he has done for our country. It doesn’t take a lot of money or resources to touch someone positively.” All it takes is the desire to do just a little more. For more information on the foundation, go to garysinisefoundation.org. Dennis McCarthy’s column runs on Sunday. He can be reached at dmccarthynews@gmail.com.
09 Dec 18
Rick Stanfield's Blog

My name is Patrick “Rick” Stanfield.  I live in Seattle, WA.  I’m helping to bring closure for my brother-in-law, Dr. Karl L. Voegtlin, M.D., retired, who has been in possession of this unique American Flag since his father, LCD Walter L. Voegtlin, M.D., died in 1975.  (Voegtlin is pronounced Votelyn). PROPOSAL On behalf of Karl […]

08 Dec 18
Lionhearted™ Writings

Written by Kmac El Bey   A Queen don’t need to wear makeup. She knows that she was born beautiful and can’t nothing else in this world make her moor beautiful than her maker did. A Queen is modest and always covered up. She doesn’t show her goodies to th public nor wear tight, revealing […]

08 Dec 18
Nerd News Now

Happy birthday to Valora Noland, born December 8, 1941. Valora Noland is the stage name of Valor Baum, the actress who played Daras in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Patterns of Force”. In addition to Star Trek, Noland has been seen on such television shows as The Rifleman, Laramie (in an episode with […]

08 Dec 18
Cold Southern Steel

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/costs-confederacy-special-report-180970731/ Images omitted. To see the photos that accompany the article go to the above link. ********************************************************** Archaeology U.S. History World History Video Newsletter The Costs of the Confederacy In the last decade alone, American taxpayers have spent at least $40 million on Confederate monuments and groups that perpetuate racist ideology By Brian Palmer and […]

08 Dec 18
Weapons and Warfare

British-allied American Indians of the 18th century. On the left is an Iroquois warrior from about 1759. He is tattooed) and is armed with a painted trade musket. The Mohawk in the center is from the early 18th century) and is carrying a Hudson Valley fowling piece. He has complex tattoos on his face and […]

07 Dec 18

The Bride Smith

americasgreatoutdoors: On a quiet morning 77 years ago today, Imperial Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Shocked and angered by the attack, the country joined the Allied forces to fight World War II, inspired by the call of “Remember Pearl Harbor.” A moving reminder of the service and sacrifice of those […]

07 Dec 18
Show Me Fort Leonard Wood

The Beginning  The history of Fort Leonard Wood dates back to the dark days just before World War II. By 1940, war had engulfed Europe and much of Asia. By then, many Americans believed that it was only a matter of time before the country would be drawn into what was rapidly becoming a global […]

07 Dec 18
The Last Refuge

Today, we honor those who perished 77 years ago at Pearl Harbor, and we salute every veteran who served in World War II over the 4 years that followed that horrific attack.

07 Dec 18
"Talking Drum Dialogues" (formerly 'Backstreet Djeli's Blog')

By William “Duke” Smither “If the muse were mine to tempt it And my feeble voice was strong, If my tongue were trained to measures, I would sing a stirring song. I would sing a song heroic Of those noble sons of Ham, Of the gallant colored soldiers Who fought for Uncle Sam!…”   (From […]

07 Dec 18
Myrtle Beach Point of View

Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s recently reviewed the outstanding Series 2016 Air Force Base Refunding TIF Bonds and the currently proposed Series 2018 AFB TIF Bonds.  Both agencies issued ratings in the “A” category, with stable outlook, for the 2016 bonds.  And, both assigned a similar rating to the proposed new issue of up to $15 million.

07 Dec 18
Randy Willis

Our family was forever changed on this day. This is that true story.

December 25, 1941
The Ole Willis Place on Barber Creek. Longleaf, Louisiana

Ran Willis arises before sunrise, nestles next to the fireplace, with hot coffee—as alone as the morning star.

The wind whistles through the dogtrot and awakens Julian. He struggles upright, half asleep, and rubs his eyes as he pours a cup of coffee.

07 Dec 18
ALS CONNECT

“When I started taking prerequisites for my nursing program in the Spring of 1998, my idea about what a nurse was and did were mostly learned by watching Major Margaret Houlihan from MASH.