Police Officers Gather to Remember Slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos … Watch Funeral VIDEO Live Streaming
GOD BLESS OFFICER RAFAEL RAMOS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND MAY YOU REST IN ETERNAL PEACE …
This morning thousands of police officers have gathered at the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, NY to pay their respects and honor one of their own who was gunned down in the line of duty. It is believed that 20 to 25,000 police officers from New York and around the United States will attend the funeral.
“What happened to my father was a tragedy,” Ramos’ son, Justin, said in a tearful eulogy viewed by hundreds of officers in the street who watched on giant television screens outside the crowded Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens. “But his death will not be in vain.”
Ramos, a 40-year-old married father of two, was studying to become a pastor and kept Bible study books in his locker, his commanding officer said.
Ramos leaves a wife, Maritza, and sons Justin and Jaden, the latter of whom recounted how he had to say goodbye to his father in an emotional Facebook post.
“(H)e was the best father I could ask for,” Jaden wrote after the shooting. “It’s horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad.”
Justin, the older brother, spoke at his father’s wake at the church Friday, according to CNN affiliate NY 1.
“My father was a man of character. He was a selfless man,” the college sophomore said. “He always went above and beyond for his family, constantly putting everyone before himself. Dad, I’m forever grateful for the sacrifices you made to provide for me and Jaden.”
THE FUNERAL OF RAFAEL RAMOS – SAYING FAREWELL TO A NYPD HERO
Watch the funeral LIVE of office Ramos
UPDATE I: Police from New England show up in force to honor and celebrate the life of officer Rafael Ramos.
UPDATE II: Yesterday’s Wake for Officer Ramos:
A sea of blue flooded the streets around a Queens church Saturday morning — thousands of police waiting to pay respects for one of two New York officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last weekend.
More than 25,000 police officers are expected at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Glendale neighborhood for the funeral of Rafael Ramos, the New York City police officer murdered one week ago.
A funeral service and procession for Ramos, 40, will start at 10 a.m. at the church, where he was a 14-year member. A police honor guard took his casket into the church.
Pearl Harbor Day 2014: 73rd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor … December 7th, 1941, a Date That Will Forever Live in Infamy
Pearl Harbor Day 2014 … December 7th, 1941, a Date That Will forever Live in Infamy …
Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the day the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked the Empire of Japan and the United States would never be the same. We remember those brave men and women that died that fateful day. And we honor those that survived and fought on to defend the United States, freedom and liberty. The reprehensible and treacherous sneak act unified a country and awoke a sleeping giant that provided the resolve to win a war against the evil Axis. It was that resolve, leadership and focus on the enemy that enabled the United States and its Allies to victory.
God Bless the heroism of Our Greatest Generation!
USS Arizona Under Attack at Pearl Harbor
Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounded determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”
More than a dozen Pearl Harbor survivors, each more than 90 years old, gathered in Hawaii this week to share stories as they marked the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers.
The gathering has been called the last meeting for the USS Arizona Reunion Association – comprised of the remaining nine survivors of the USS Arizona, a battleship that sank in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack.
But Louis Conter isn’t ready to talk about the end.
“I don’t think this is going to be our last. … We’ve still got time to go,” said Conter, 93, of Grass Valley, Calif. “We’ll be back out here no matter whether the rest of the crowd can make it or not.”
WOW, this might be one of the best tributes ever to our military, our heroes, our veterans.
It starts out with a grandfather saying to his two grandsons, “some people have short memories and those who are too young to know need to be taught”. The two young kids obviously had no clue what he was saying. By the videos end, they totally understood.
God bless the brave men and woman of our Armed forced who sacrifice so much for our freedom.
Since our current president was in China and too busy to lay a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetary, maybe a prayer from a true Commander in Chief is required. The following is a prayer from President Ronald Wilson Reagan.
November 11, 2014 – VETERANS DAY … Thank You for Your Service to America and to Protect Our Liberty and Freedom … God Bless You All
We should thank veterans ever day for the service they perform to protect our liberty and freedom, but we do so especially today on this Veterans Day, November 11, 2014 … Thank you for your service and God Bless … HEROES ALL!!!
We know that Freedom is never free and thanks to our military veterans, the United States of America continues to be free. A special thanks goes out to all veterans from the bottom of our hearts to the men, women and their families who sacrifice themselves to protect our Liberties so that we may live in the land of the free, and most certainly, the home of the brave. To the men and women who presently serve and who have served in our Armed Forces … THANK YOU!!! Your service to our nation is truly appreciated and shall never be forgotten and should be forever celebrated.
We owe our veterans, those that would sacrifice their lives for ours our love, prayers and support throughout their lives. There should never be such things as VA scandals, our heroes should be put at the top of the list, not the bottom. Our nation should be forever thankful.
Please watch the fantastic video from the NRA below.
Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker Denied Entrance by Security Guard to See his Daughter at Rochester Adams High School in Oakland County, MI Because His Uniform May Offend Students
READING, WRITING AND RENT-A-COPS …
What is going on in the schools today in this country? Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker was denied entrance to the high school that his daughter attends by a dim-bulb security guard because he was wearing his military uniform. WHAT!!! The incident took place at Rochester Adams High School in Oakland County, Michigan. The security guard told Lt. Colonel Baker, who has served 24 years in the U.S. Army, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, that the school’s policy does not allow military uniforms because it may ‘offend students.’ OFFEND STUDENTS? Are you kidding me … maybe it is the students who would be offended by a military uniform that need to be denied entrance to the school. Whoever the security guard was that did this needs to be fired. Obviously, the rent-a-cop overstepped his bounds and thought he was being all big and bad with an individual who actually commands respect.
When Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker tried to meet his daughter, who was sitting in the counseling office at her high school, the Army officer was denied entrance by school security. When Baker asked why he couldn’t enter the office building, security told him that the school’s policy does not allow military uniforms because it may ‘offend students.’
The incident occurred at Rochester Adams High School in Oakland County, MI near Detroit.
Sherwood’s wife, Rachel Ferhadson, was waiting in the car said that Baker was told he would not be allowed on school property unless he changed his attire. The security officer claimed that men and women dressed in uniform were not allowed on the campus.
“They told him some kids might not understand and might be offended. So they gave him a choice, told him he could phone in to the office or go home and change his clothes,” said Ferhadson.
Not only should the school and district apologize, they also should make it a point to bring those in the US military Armed Forces into the school to understand just who makes i possible that they are able to live safe and get an education.
Rochester Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner apologized to the family of a U.S. Army officer who was turned away from a district high school for wearing his uniform.
Shaner, a veteran who served in the U.S. Marines from 1990-94, stressed that this is not the district’s policy. He said the security company is contracted and that school officials have met with the security officers to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
“I’ve been on deployment. I understand what people go through and the sacrifices people make. I understand the expectation to be respected for what you’ve done,” Shaner said. “I understand that what has taken place deeply hurts people. We will correct it.”
Shaner said that he has spoken with Baker and his wife to personally apologize and tell them “this is not the behavior we expect.”
Thank you for your service Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker.
Hmm, Barack Obama certainly has no problem using the US military for a photo-op, but when Obama has no more use for them, he gives them the pink slip. However, Obama has no problem providing amnesty for millions of illegals and put them on the government dole. Grateful for their service, eh? How is it that we can force folks out of the military, but some how we cannot reduce the number of individuals at the EPA, IRS or other government agencies?
About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.
Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they’re out of a job is a difficult task. But he said some of the soldiers could join the National Guard or the Army Reserve.
The decision to cut Army majors comes on the heels of a move to slash nearly 1,200 captains from the ranks. Army leaders were criticized at the time for giving 48 of them the bad news while they were deployed to Afghanistan.
The Army declined to say how many majors will be notified while they are at the battlefront.
The cuts have been difficult for many young officers, particularly captains, who tend not to have enough years in service to retire.
To make the cuts, the Army looked at about 8,500 majors who joined the service between 1999 and 2003. Some may have about 15 years of service, depending on all factors that go into credit for years of service, and might be able to retire, but many won’t have enough time in the job, Campbell said.
Yet another clueless jury, do people understand what they are charged with …
Yesterday, former professional wrestler, former Minnesota governor and 911 truther Jesse Ventura won his court case against American hero Chris Kyle. Actually, since Chris Kyle is dead, Ventura won his defamation law suit against the widow of an American hero. A jury actually awarded Ventura $1.8 million. UNREAL, it would appear we have found a more ignorant one than that of the Casey Anthony case.
Defamation of Character???
A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.
On the sixth day of deliberations, the federal jury decided that the 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle wrote that he decked a man whom he later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.”
Ventura testified that Kyle fabricated the passage about punching him. Kyle said in testimony videotaped before his death last year that his story was accurate.
Legal experts had said Ventura had to clear a high legal bar to win, since as a public figure he had to prove “actual malice.” According to the jury instructions, Ventura had to prove with “clear and convincing evidence” that Kyle either knew or believed what he wrote was untrue, or that he harbored serious doubts about its truth.
Outrage at Twitchy.com … ‘F*cking disgrace’: Jury helps jagoff Jesse Ventura stick it to Chris Kyle’s widow
Ventura attorney David Bradley Olsen stated Kyle’s claims that Ventura said he hated America, thought the U.S. military was killing innocent civilians in Iraq and that the SEALs “deserve to lose a few” had made him a pariah in the community that mattered most to him – the brotherhood of current and former SEALs. If that is the case, then suing the widow of a deceased US military hero should just do wonders. Olsen stated that Ventura was proud of his military service and would never say anything like Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.” Hmm, of course he would say nothing bad about the military. Has anyone actually listened to the comments that Ventura has spewed? He called “Our Military” contract killers on national TV … does any common sense thinking person think he is not capable of making a snarky comment when there are no cameras on?
“Our Military Has Turned Into Contract For Hire Killers” Jesse Ventura (CNN)
And he said Ventura would never have said any of the remarks attributed to him because he remains proud of his and his parents’ military service.
“The statement is completely out of character for Jesse Ventura. He never said anything like that in his life, and he never will,” he said.
As The Gateway Pundits disgustingly says, “Congratulations Jesse! You proved your patriotism by suing the widow of a deceased American Hero! What do you do for an encore, burn an American flag?”
19 Year Old Lance Cpl. US Marine Brandon Garabrant Prevented from Wearing His Marine Uniform During High School Graduation Last Year Has Been Killed In Afghanistan
These are the heroes that make up our US military … sadly we have lost another and so young.
19 year old US Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant was killed by a roadside bomb Friday morning in Afghanistan. Just last hear Brandon Garabrant the powers that be at ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough, New Hampshire prevented Garabrant from wearing his Marine uniform at graduation. Garabrant was also a volunteer firefighter in Temple, New Hampshire. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. May you forever Rest in Peace.
Lance Cpl. US Marine Brandon Garabrant…Rest in Peace
A Marine from New Hampshire has been killed in Afghanistan.
Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, 19, was one of three U.S. service members killed by a roadside bomb Friday morning.
“The entire State of New Hampshire is devastated by the tragic loss of Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, who was bravely serving his nation in Afghanistan,” Governor Maggie Hassan said in a statement. “Our service men and women courageously sacrifice every day to protect their fellow citizens and defend the enduring value of freedom that is our very core, and in doing so, Lance Corporal Garabrant made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Garabrant graduated from ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough last year. He had requested to wear his uniform during graduation, but the school did not allow it.
Before becoming a Marine, Garabrant was a volunteer member of the Temple Fire Department, a police Explorer with the Peterborough Police Department and worked at Touchstone Farm in Temple.
In a statement, Gov. Maggie Hassan said the state was devastated by Garabrant’s death.
“As a volunteer firefighter and dedicated Marine, Lance Corporal Garabrant was committed to serving his fellow citizens, and he was tragically taken from us far too soon,” she said. “It is our responsibility as Granite Staters and Americans to come together to support his family and his community.”
Members of the congressional delegation also said the state would honor Garabrant.
“Our hearts are broken by the loss of Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, a true American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country that he loved,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte said.
“Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant was a hero in every sense of the word. He valiantly served our country and epitomized the bravery and sacrifice of every member of our armed forces for which we will be forever grateful,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said.
89 Year Old British Royal Navy Vet Bernard Jordan Goes Missing from The Pines Nursing Home in Sussex, England … Found Safe at 70th Anniverary D-Day Ceremonies in Normandy, France (VIDEO)
IF THERE COULD EVER BE CALLED A GOOD MISSING PERSON’S CASE, THIS WOULD BE IT … A MILITARY VET GOES ON ONE MORE MISSION!
We do so many missing person cases that end in tragedy, heartbreak and unbelievable sorrow. However, the following one just might be one of the more inspirational stories ever.
89 year old British Royal Navy veteran Bernard Jordan went missing Thursday, June 5, 2014 from The Pines nursing home in Sussex, England in the town of Hove. Police were called on Thursday night when the nursing home staff realized Jordan was missing. He had gone out at 10.30am and had not been seen since. However, this missing person story is not your typical one, what would one expect from a 90 year old military vet on a mission? What a story of perseverance and epitomizes yet another reason why those who fought in World War II are called our “Greatest Generation”.
It would appear that veteran Bernard Jordan was determined to get to the 70th D-Day commemorations in Normandy on Friday so he snuck away from his nursing home without warning and made his way across the English Chanel to Normandy, France. Mr. Jordan slipped out of the nursing home wearing a gray raincoat; however, underneath he had his military jacket complete with war medals. Eventually, Bernard Jordan contacted the Hove police to tell them that he was okay and will be returning after the D-Day ceremonies.
A police spokesman earlier said: “We have spoken to the veteran who called the home today and are satisfied that the pensioner is fine and that his friends are going to ensure he gets back to Hove safely over the next couple of days after the D-Day celebrations finish.”
Some reports had stated that the nursing home would not allow the vet to attend the D-Day ceremonies; however, that does not seem to be the case. It is more like they had tried at the last minute to get him to attend on an accredited tour to Normandy, but failed. So what was any determined veteran to do but find a way to improvise, adapt and overcome. This may be the last D-Day remembrance ceremony that Bernard Jordan ever has an opportunity to attend. For his will to accomplish his mission, we say KUDOS!!! I second Patterico ‘s Pontification comment that “I love this story more than words can say.” What a metaphor for the “Greatest Generation”.
“Mr. Jordan has full capacity, which means that he can come and go from the home as he pleases, which he does on most days” Peter Curtis, chief executive of Gracewell Healthcare told the BBC.
“At no stage was he banned from going to the commemorations,” Curtis added.
Staff members at the home had actually tried to get Jordan on an accredited tour with the Royal British Legion but he made his request too late so it wasn’t possible.
Les Hamilton, another former mayor of Hove who knows Jordan, told the BBC the vet had attended the 50th and 60th memorial services in Normandy.
“The memorial services meant a lot to him. He clearly didn’t want to miss what might be his last one,” Hamilton said.
A D-Day veteran who went “AWOL” from his care home to see Friday’s commemorations in France has returned to a hero’s welcome.
Bernard Jordan, 90, was cheered and hugged by staff waving Union Flags at The Pines nursing home in Hove, Sussex.
“I had a great time. I’m really pleased I did it,” he said after the Brittany Ferries ship Normandie arrived in Portsmouth.
Quizzed on whether he would go back next year, he replied: “Yes, I expect so. If I am still here, definitely!”
The former Royal Navy officer said his wife had known about his trip.
God Bless you Bernard Jordan.