I had the solemn opportunity this past weekend to attend my first funeral where the deceased was buried with military honors. The deceased was a member and former adjutant of the American Legion Post I belong to. I'd never had the opportunity to meet her, but I felt as Post Commander I needed to show my … Continue reading Funeral with Military Honors
Great news:Stolen Valor order applauds new Act: Less than three weeks after a resolution passed at the 94th National Convention of The American Legion called on Congress to introduce and approve a new Stolen Valor Act, the U.S. House of Representatives has done just that.The revised legislation, which replaces a law signed in 2006 but … Continue reading House passes new Stolen Valor Act
Every generation has moments seared into their memories. For me, there are three: the Challenger explosion, the fall of the Berlin wall, and 11 September, 2001. The first two are just fuzzy recollections, but I still remember 9/11 well.On 11 September 2001, I was working for a company that rented trade show exhibit equipment, and … Continue reading Remembering 9/11
My politics are pretty libertarian and I advocate free speech even when I don't like or agree with it, on the premise that if all speech is not free (even hate speech), then no speech is truly protected. Americans allow the Ku Klux Klan or the New Black Panthers to speak things offensive to the … Continue reading Stolen Valor
I didn't gain a real appreciation of the dynamics of the American Revolution until many years after my compulsory service in the American variant of the Prussian Education System. I've had a few epiphanies in my quest for independent thought over the years that might deviate from traditional, conservative American views.One is an appreciation for … Continue reading Were the Hessians mercenaries?
An interesting follow-up post on the Canadian move last year to restore the "Royal" designations to its military branches:Turning the military clock back to its proper time: Now that a full year has passed since the federal government boldly returned the main branches of the armed forces to their pre-1968 designations – the Royal Canadian … Continue reading A victory for restoring/keeping military tradition
I'm all for using technological advantage to win wars, but creating a decoration for drone pilots seems a little excessive: Drone pilots to get medals?: Pentagon officials have been briefed on the medal's “unique concept,” Charles V. Mugno, head of the Army Institute of Heraldry, told a recent meeting of the Commission of Fine Arts, … Continue reading The Distinguished Warfare Medal (formerly titled: New decoration for joystick jockeys)