Where America will end up – nobody knows ;(
This is actually a fairly long story by blogging standards, and well worth reading. It’s a perspective on American history that let’s just say is unavailable in virtually all American schools, public or private. From Centinel at theburningplatform.com:
The American Revolution and Its Aftermath
The American revolutionaries could be subdivided into two allied “factions”:
Faction 1: anti-monarchist patriots who valued and were willing to risk their lives for liberty and freedom consisting primarily of yeoman farmers, small crafts, tradesmen and entrepreneurs; and,
Faction 2: anti-monarchist elites consisting of larger mercantilists, financial elites, other members of the colonial ruling class and Masons who wished to secure the vast new continent as their fiefdom.
The Gadsden Flag, Not a Federalist Banner
The opposition of both factions to the Monarch preceeded…
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When asked to give a Memorial Day speech in 1945, General Lucian Truscott who had just spent the past 3 years retaking Europe from Nazi Germany reluctantly agreed. Not one to pursue the glory of the camera or headline of a Newspaper, Truscott preferred to let his competence on the battlefield speak for itself. After all, there was no short supply of Generals to take up the mantle as premier media diva.
Truscott who would fight the war relatively unknown to many quickly proved himself as one of the most reliable Generals of the entire conflict. First seeing combat as an observer on the famed Dieppe Raid, Truscott would rise through the ranks as he chased the enemy out of North Africa, through Italy and on into the heart of Germany.
However, it would be his Memorial Day speech at the Rome-Sicily Cemetery in 1945…
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H/T Old NFO@Nobody Asked Me.
This just in from a F8U Crusader Flyer, Dr. Dick Schaffert, (call sign “Brown Bear”). He is famous for an extended solo dogfight with four Migs back in the Viet Nam conflict.
Once a year he sends a letter (like the one below) to his Naval Aviator squadron mate who died aboard the USS Oriskany.
It’s a touching yet heartwarming story of the friendship developed between men who put their lives on the line for one another in combat.
His letter is too good to be overlooked.
Norm was killed on 26 October ’66. Exactly one year later, we were again back on Yankee Station. After flying my 4th mission against Hanoi in 3 days, I rose from a restless night to scribble a note to Norm. I folded it into a paper airplane; then walked back to the…
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War is a terrible thing. It’s the feast of death.
Many years ago, the Duke of Wellington said, “Take my word for it, if you had seen but one day of war, you would pray to Almighty God that you might never see such a thing again.”
War is horrific, yet sometimes necessary to defend something more precious than life itself.
Each Memorial Day we endeavor to remember that the great heritage of our nation has a price far greater than most can conceive. Since World War I, this day in the month of May calls upon us to honor our heroes – to laud the fallen dead of our wars.
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