Memorial Day – 2014: Remembering, Thanking & Honoring Our Military Heroes For Their Service & Sacrifice

On this Memorial Day 2014, please take the time to remember, thank and honor those who gave their lives for our freedom.

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Freedom is never free and it is our brave men and woman of the United States Armed Forces from The Revolutionary War, to World War II to Afghanistan who we all owe a debt of gratitude to. Those who went off to war to create this great country to those who persevere its freedom who never came home.  Thank you for your service, dedication and ultimate sacrifice to this country. So on this special day as your spend it with family and friends and celebrate the day in your own special way, take the time to remember those who gave their lives to allow you to live yours in Freedom.  These are true American heroes who should never be forgotten.

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Arlington National Cemetery: Photos of American Sacred Ground.

We not only thank those who never came home, but to those who did come home and have passed. There are so many who have served and have sacrificed. We say thanks to your families as well who’s futures were so drastically changed so that our futures would be safe. We honor those who have lost their lives so that we may live.

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Ronald Reagan: Remarks at Memorial Day Ceremonies Honoring an Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Conflict – 5/28/84

The words of President Ronald Reagan, Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 1982: (read the entire inspirational and beautiful speech HERE).

The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.” [...]

“As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.”

As always, not a day goes by that I do not think about my namesake, Uncle Red, and remember him fondly and thank him for his service. You will never be forgotten and are always missed. God Bless.

The 9-11 Memorial Has a Gift Shop, This is Not Only Absurd, It’s Tasteless

TASTELESS …

The 9-11 museum at Ground Zero in New York City tells the grim story of that fateful September morning in 2001 when terrorists attacked the United States and changed our lives forever. The museum contains artifacts and exhibits that pay tribute to the innocent people that were killed that day and the first responders, police and firefighter heroes who ran into the buildings and paid the ultimate sacrifice. There is also about 8,000 unidentified body parts stored out of sight in a “remains repository” at the museum’s underground home. How does something like this have a gift shop? It is not only absurd, it is completely tasteless and offensive the the families and  friends who lost loved ones that day. It just seems so wrong, but the museum does need funds to exist. The Gothamist points out that the Holocaust Museum have gift shops as ways of funding.

It also has a gift shop.

The 9/11 museum’s cavernous boutique offers a vast array of souvenir goods. For example: FDNY, NYPD and Port Authority Police T-shirts ($22) and caps ($19.95); earrings molded from leaves and blossoms of downtown trees ($20 to $68); cop and firefighter charms by Pandora and other jewelers ($65); “United We Stand” blankets.

There are bracelets, bowls, buttons, mugs, mousepads, magnets, key chains, flags, pins, stuffed animals, toy firetrucks, cellphone cases, tote bags, books and DVDs.

Even FDNY vests for dogs come in all sizes.

Among the museum shop’s specially designed items:

-?A black and white “Darkness Hoodie” printed with an image of the Twin Towers. The pullover, like other “Darkness” items, bears the words “In Darkness We Shine Brightest.” Price: $39.

-?Silk scarves printed with 1986 photos by Paula Barr, including a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline. Another depicts “lunchtime on the WTC Plaza.” They go for $95 each.

I just cannot see some one wearing a 9-11 hoodie as a way to remember and understand what 9-11 means. I have to second the comment from Mediaite, “It’s not because the money is going to a good cause that a 9/11 gift shop makes sense, although I’m just as perplexed as everyone else about exactly who it is that will want to buy any of this shit, it’s because this memorial is meant to be a symbol of what 9/11 represents.”

Man Dressed in Superman Hoodie … Tori Phillips Rescues Baby from Apartment Fire in East Dallas, TX by Catching Baby

Hero of the Week … It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … Tori Phillips.

Tori Phillips, a man who happens to love Superman and was wearing a Superman hoodie, did his best to honor his action superhero the best way he could. A four-alarm apartment fire that destroyed dozens of residences at the Mayan Palms Apartments on the 7500-block of Hunnicut Road in East Dallas, TX. Superman to the rescue. As firefighters battled the fire, Tori Phillips, dressed in a Superman hoodie helped rescue a baby from the fire as the baby was dropped from the building into his arms. Phillips was among many who lost his apartment unit due to the fire, but Superman said he’ll move on from that and the baby he found momentarily in his arms this morning is a way bigger deal to him than the things he lost. KUDOS to Mr. Phillips!

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Amid all the destruction and the dozens of displaced residents, NBC 5 managed to find some good news at the scene. While going around and helping bang on doors to get people up and out, Regina Whitaker witnessed some fellow residents doing more to try to save lives.

“They were taking their hands and breaking the glass and they pulled that fence to help get a disabled man out,” said Whitaker. “We were just trying to get as many people out as we can from here and in the back. There were people with a baby. They had to drop a baby down.”

Tori Phillips, who happens to love Superman and was wearing a Superman hoodie, caught the baby.

“I’d seen they needed help and they were scared to come down with their baby and I was like, ‘I’m right here, I’ll catch ‘em.’ So that’s what I did and then another dude helped get his wife down and then he jumped down and got them to safety,” said Phillips.

Phillips is among those who lost his apartment unit but the good Samaritan said he’ll move on from that. The baby he found momentarily in his arms this morning is a way bigger deal to him than the things he lost.

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Daily Commentary – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – The Military Channel Will Now Be Called American Heroes Channel

  • To focus on a broader range of heroes and helpers since day one!

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The Best Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial, Hands Down – Budweiser: “A Hero’s Welcome” … Lt. Chuck Nadd Comes Home

AWESOME!!!

Whether you are a Seattle Seahawk or Denver Broncos fan, whether you enjoyed the games outcome or were distraught, there is one thing that everyone can agree on … the best and most touching Super Bowl XLVIII commercial was Budweiser’s “A Hero’s Welcome.” It was by far the best commercial of the day. Budweiser deserves huge kudos for this effort. This was more than a commercial, it was a thank you to the sacrifice for our brave men and women who protect our liberty and freedoms.

Because ever soldier deserves a hero’s welcome home … Yes they Do!

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Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial — “A Hero’s Welcome”

Watch the full story of the return home of Lt. Chuck Nadd

Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII — “A Hero’s Welcome: Full Story”

Kanye West Compares Himself to Police Officers and Soldiers … “I’m Giving my Body on the Stage. I’m Putting my Life at Risk, This is Like Being a Police Officer, or Like War”

WE MIGHT JUST HAVE A WINNER FOR IDIOT OF THE YEAR …

Barack Obama may have the hands down lie of the year; however, rapper Kanye West has maybe the most ignorant, dumb a$$ comment of the year. Both seem to be so out of touch with reality. However, what is it that they have the most in common … narcissism.

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Kanye West, rapper, clown, delusional, entitled rich person who lives in another reality, actually had the nerve and audacity to compare what he does to that of police officers and soldiers. Yep, I kid you not. West said in an interview in an interview on US radio program Saturday Night Online on the weekend, “I’m giving my body on the stage, I’m putting my life at riskThis is like being a police officer, or like war. You’re going out to do your job every day, knowing that something could happen to you. “You know, like verbally from the press bashing you. Or you could actually slip on the stage.”

WTF … First of all let me say, being an egotist, over-payed, no talent, self-centered delusion singer has nothing in common with being a police officer or US soldier, who put their lives in danger every day to protect our freedoms. As a matter of fact they risk their lives to give individuals to make dumb ass comments like you just did. The police and soldiers are heroes, you are a zero. This fool is actually comparing being verbally attacked by the media or slipping on stage to police putting themselves into unknown situations every time they pull a car over, every time the enter a home or when they knowingly must deal with murderers, rapists and drug cartels. And dare compare to our military soldiers in harms way and battling terrorists, bullets, bombs and IED’s? IDIOT!

From The Sydney Morning Herald:

Rapper Kanye West is once again courting controversy, this time by comparing the risks he takes on stage every night to those taken by soldiers and police officers performing their duties.

Unlike a hoax in which Kanye supposedly compared himself to the late Nelson Mandela that went viral across social media, Kanye actually made these comments.

“I’m giving my body on the stage, I’m putting my life at risk,” the hip hop megastar and new father said of performing on his Yeezus tour.

“This is like being a police officer, or like war. You’re going out to do your job every day, knowing that something could happen to you.

“You know, like verbally from the press bashing you,” he elaborated, in an interview on US radio program Saturday Night Online on the weekend. “Or you could actually slip on the stage.”

I have always believed that everyone served a purpose in life, some are put on this earth to be a bad example. However, I may have to make Kanye West an exception. There are only so many ignorant things one can say before you are considered completely irrelevant. In other important Kanye West news, Kim Kardashian has blond hair.

I would love to get the take of our own Dana Pretzer of Scared Monkeys Radio, who when he is not doing fantastic interviews discussing missing persons and true crime on The Dana Pretzer Show with guest like Clint Van Zandt, Diane Dimond, Robin Sax, Pat Brown, Wendy Murphy and many, many more like our own Blink from Blink on Crime , he is doing his real job as a police officer in Canada.

Pearl Harbor Day 2013 … December 7th, 1941, A Date That Will Forever Live in Infamy

Pearl Harbor Day 2013 …  December 7th, 1941, a Date That Will forever Live in Infamy

Today marks the 72nd 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. It was innocence lost and Americans would strike back against their foreign aggressors. We remember those brave men and women that died that fateful day. However, that reprehensible, treacherous act unified a country and in fact awoke a sleeping giant that provided the resolve to win a war against the evil Axis.

God Bless the heroism of Our Greatest Generation!

FDR’s Pearl Harbor speech:

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.”

Hero of the Holiday Week: New Jersey Police Officer Scott Krissinger Rescues Unconscious Driver 61 Year Old Gerald Ferrill from Burning Vehicle

Hero New Jersey police officer Scott Krissinger saves 61 year old unconscious man from his burning truck. In the video below taken from officer Krissinger’s dashboard camera shows the police officer saving 61 year old Gerald Ferrill from his burning truck on November 25, 2013 in West Cape May, NJ. Officer Krissinger said following the rescue, “I don’t think about myself as a hero.” That’s of Officer Krissinger, heroes never usually do, but we certainly think you are!

A southern New Jersey police officer braved heat and blinding smoke to pull an unconscious driver from a pickup truck that had burst into flames.

Cape May Officer Scott Krissinger’s dashboard camera showed him sprinting toward the pickup Monday night and pulling out the driver as the vehicle was engulfed in flames and smoke. It also showed him going back a second time to make sure there are no passengers.

Police Capt. Rob Sheehan said the department is very proud of Krissinger, who has been on the force for six years.

“He’s a hero in every sense of the word,” he told WMGM-TV.

The Narcissist in Chief Strikes Again … Barack Obama Honors Himself on 58th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Civil Disobedience Bus Arrest

This is just truly disturbing, this man has no shame …

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled and was arrested.  Her arrest for civil disobedience for ignoring the Alabama law requiring black people to relinquish seats to white people when the bus was full sparked a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system. It also gave rise to the 1596  Supreme Court decision banning segregation on public transportation. Rosa Parks was a woman of great courage, charter, strength, perseverance and principles. On this day we remember her for standing up, or we should say sitting down,  and saying no to what she knew was wrong.

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Pic – Rosa Parks Wiki

The story behind the bus.

Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP; and Martin Luther King, Jr., a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement.

At the time, Parks was secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. She had recently attended the Highlander Folk School, a Tennessee center for training activists for workers’ rights and racial equality. She acted as a private citizen “tired of giving in”. Although widely honored in later years, she also suffered for her act; she was fired from her job as a seamstress in a local department store.

Today, President Barack Obama honored Rosa Parks on the 58th anniversary of her civil disobedience that would change America forever. Well kind of.  It would appear that President Barack Obama decided to honor this day by honoring himself. What a shock that Obama would make it about him. Really, has this man no shame? To remember and honor Rosa Parks on the the historic day what did Barack Obama do … why tweet a picture of himself of course.

Just another head shaking moment from this president. What is this guy, a one trick pony? He used the same pic last year to agitate and compare himself to her as well. Way to go out of your way and do something different to honor an American hero.

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Some responses to Obama’s look at me, it is all about me remembrance. Oh, did I mention the world revolves around me, me, me, Barack Obama? The audacity of this man is repulsive. A note to Barack Obama, you would never know what it means to sacrifice like Rosa Parks and do something like she did that was so selfless and for others, not yourself. Hell, you can’t even sacrifice not golfing to do the right thing.

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America Remembers John F. Kennedy 50 Years Later after that Fateful Day … “Anybody here seen my old friend John?”

November 22, 1963 … the day that shook America in Dallas, TX.

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For those that were alive on that fateful day, yesterday most Americans remembered where they were the day that President John F. Kennedy was shot and assassinated while traveling in his presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas. It was the day that shocked America, the world and forever changed the United States with innocence lost. In a time in which few can even conceive or remember when there were three news channels, no-24-7 news, no internet, no social media, no Twitter … the nation was rocked with the unthinkable, the death of a president as all watched in horror.

At 12:29 pm CST, as President Kennedy’s uncovered limousine entered Dealey Plaza, Nellie Connally, then the First Lady of Texas, turned around to President Kennedy, who was sitting behind her, and commented, “Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you,” which President Kennedy acknowledged. Then life changed, everything changed as we knew it. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 pm CST, Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. JFK was taken to Parkland Hospital, Trauma Room 1 where he was treated for his mortal wounds to his head.

At 1:00 p.m., CST President John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead. As one doctor was reported to say, “We never had any hope of saving his life.” And sadly we were presented with another good man who died too young. 

Anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked around and he’s gone.

50 years later we remember President John F. Kennedy, a life taken far to soon and his vision for America that was cut short  that Day in Dealey Plaza by an assassins bullet. We remember the man who is frozen in time because of the tragic nature in how he was killed and we can only wonder how things, so many things would have been different in America had he lived. Too many focus on the “conspiracy” theories of how JFK died or his affair with Marilyn Monroe, but there was so much more to a president who captured the imagine of the country. I was not alive the day JFK died, but being a history major I had read much of his life. I have attended the Kennedy Library and been to grave, the “Eternal Flame,” at Arlington National Cemetery as well as grew up in New England so was surrounded by the lore of the Kennedy’s most of my life. JFK was a unique man, an inspirational individual who knew how to communicate with people, bring them together and make people feel good about themselves. But he was much more than that, he was a leader, a man who had big goals as seen by is efforts to get the US into space and he was the one who asked us,“ask not what your country can do for you can do for your country” (VIDEO). Where are those leaders today?

‘Abraham, Martin and John’ - Dion

U.S. President John F. Kennedy was remembered as a transcendent leader of a rising nation at a ceremony in Dallas on Friday, the 50th anniversary of his assassination, while bitterness remained for many who disbelieve the official story of how he died.

“Our collective hearts were broken,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told a crowd of about 5,000 who came to a frigid Dealey Plaza, near where Kennedy was slain, for a commemoration marked with prayer, song and tears.

Remembered fondly for his youthful vigor and his glamorous wife, Kennedy remains one of Americans’ favorite presidents for his handling of the Cuban missile crisis, his call to public service with programs such as the Peace Corps and a promise – later fulfilled – to land an American on the moon before the end of the 1960s.

“A new era dawned and another waned a half century ago when hope and hatred collided right here in Dallas,” Rawlings said.

The assassination cut short “Camelot,” as the 1,000 days of the Kennedy presidency became known. He was 46 when he died

This is how I remember John F. Kennedy, as a leader, a unifier and a man with a vision of big ideas and one’s that made America better, not just a political party. Take a good listen to what a true leader sounds like. I hear an awful lot of “WE”, not me or I. JFK wanted the United States to be a leader in the world, number one, not a follower. Where has my old friend John gone, it is true that the good so die young.

“The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join it or not. And it is one of the greatest adventures of all times. And no nation which expects to be the leaders of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space”.

“We Choose to go to the moon, not because they are easy, because they are hard”

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