Thursday, October 2, 2014

Video: Honouring our War Dogs - always

Published on Oct 1, 2014Dedicated to all Military Working Dogs and their Handlers Past & Present they do it "For You". In Remembrance of all Paws on the ground your are Soldiers and Warriors with "No Fear". R,I,P to my War Dog Sgt MWD Beyco H100- P/EDD- USMC- Iraq War Veteran 2005-08. This is for you H100, 2001-2013 R.I.P. NOTICE I do not own the copyrights to this music intended only for this video no reproductions or copies of this video allowed for money or profit of any kind.. Thanks to Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews for writing a great song . Semper Fi. 

*Bratdog would SO approve......*  

[H/T Deb Leonard]

Disrespect for our Fallen is universal

Two really disturbing stories out about how some lowlifes dishonour the sacrifices of our Fallen Heroes.

First from the UK comes this one via the Daily Express:

Council pledge to 'name and shame' skateboarders who trashed newly-restored cenotaph
FURY was sparked after skateboarders "defiled" a city's newly-restored cenotaph within days of it being unveiled.Jan Disley Wed, October 1, 2014

The skateboarders knocked the edges off the stone and left wheel marks and scratches [MEN]
The culprits turned the refurbished war memorial into a common skate park - knocking the edges off its high-quality stone and leaving wheel marks and scratches.

Some are said to have been grown men in their 30s rather than teenagers.

And in a troubling sign an official "friends of the cenotaph" group has been set up to help educate people about the significance of the monument - despite this year marking both the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Meanwhile vandals also daubed brand new benches nearby with bizarre graffiti - sporting the baffling slogan "new bench b***ards".

The senseless destruction at Manchester's St Peter's Square and the surrounding area is expected to cost £4,000 to repair and has left local community leaders fuming.

The council said the money was less of an issue than the "disrespect and offence caused"...

Then there is this from the US.....CBS Chicago reports:

Veterans Memorial Vandalized In New Lenox
(CBS) – Residents of southwest suburban New Lenox cannot believe it: Vandals heavily damaged a beloved veterans memorial over the weekend.

“They pushed it over to point where it actually fell and broke,” Vietnam veteran Larry Paveza tells CBS 2’s Jim Williams.

Four monuments — honoring the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines — were shoved over at the memorial, despite their size and weight.

Locals wonder: Why would vandals destroy what people here have called sacred ground since its dedication 10 years ago? The memorial honors service members who once lived in the area and died in conflicts from the Civil War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I couldn’t believe someone would do such a thing — to strike against the veterans of the United States,” veteran Tom Weigel says....

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MUST WATCH Video: Bibi at the UNGA - "I come to expose the lies.."

WATCH it all! Seriously.



H/T Jihad Watch

Wednesday Hero

 Admiral Oscar Badger II

Admiral Oscar Badger II68 years old from Washington, D.C.
June 26, 1890 - November 30, 1958

During his 41 years of service, Admiral Oscar Badger II saw action in the U.S. occupation of Veracruz as well as both World Wars. He was awarded four Legion of Merit awards, the Navy Cross as well as the Medal Of Honor.

You can read more about Oscar Badger II here and here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so that we may get to enjoy our freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

Wounded Warrior Project - Because So Many Have Come Back With Injuries, Both Seen And Unseen

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MWD Rex flies high

A Patrol and Explosives Detection Dog handler and his dog, Rex, sit on a Black Hawk's hoist as they get raised up into the Black Hawk during a K-9 medevac training. Photo by SPC Darriel Swatts 

 H/T Deb Leonard and Military Working Dog Team Support Association, Inc.

*[Bratdog approved]*

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NZ Veterans nix new flag design

From ABC News (Aus)

(Photo credit:  Getty Images - Cameron Spencer)
New Zealand war veterans call for delay to flag referendum

23 September 2014

New Zealand's war veterans will ask prime minister John Key to delay a referendum on changing the nation's flag until after next year's ANZAC centenary commemorations.

Mr Key said he wanted a vote on the flag next year, a move which New Zealand's Returned Services Association (RSA) believed was unnecessary and insensitive.

The speed at which Mr Key wanted to move came as a shock to the association.

"If there's a mandate to have a referendum, then that's democracy," RSA vice-president BJ Clarke said.

"But given the significance of 2015, 100 years since our troops went to Gallipoli, then we have names such as Flanders and the Somme and Passchendaele which has all become part of our history ... it would be very unfortunate to have a referendum in that year of remembrance."...

Canadian WW1 Veterans' remains found in France identified

From DND:

Remains of Canadian First World War Soldiers Found in Hallu, France Identified
 Today Mr. James Bezan, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Selkirk—Interlake, announced on behalf of the Minister of National Defence that the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have succeeded in identifying the remains of four First World War soldiers found in Hallu, France, as those of Lieutenant Clifford Neelands, Lance Sergeant John Lindell, Private Lachlan McKinnon, and Private William Simms. 

 The announcement was made in Winnipeg in honour of the fact that the soldiers were with the Winnipeg Grenadiers when they died in the Somme region of France following the first attack of the Battle of Amiens in August 1918.

The DND and the CAF are working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and in consultation with the soldiers’ relatives to plan for an internment ceremony to provide the soldiers with a final honoured and appropriate resting place.

“The identification of these First World War soldiers is a meaningful demonstration that the sacrifice they made for Canada will not be forgotten. In remembering these fallen soldiers who served such a valuable role in our history and in our wartime commitment, we reflect upon both the freedom they fought to preserve, and our appreciation for the present day sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen who are continuing this proud tradition.”
The Honourable Rob NicholsonMinister of National Defence
“It is fitting that during the centenary of the First World War, we have the opportunity to afford these young soldiers the honour and respect owed to their sacrifice. The years of diligent research and scientific efforts undertaken to recognise our fallen represent the legacy of admiration and regard due to these soldiers, and our responsibility to provide them with the dignity they deserve.”
James BezanParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence
“We will never forget the sacrifice of those who came before us. As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, it is extremely poignant to both reflect on this century of history and be able to identify and lay to rest these soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”
Lieutenant-General Marquis HainseCommander Canadian Army 

Much more on the efforts to bring all our Fallen Heroes home here.

Pte. William Simms of Canada's 78th Battalion died in the Battle of Amiens in France on Aug. 11, 1918. (Rodger McLaughlin)
WWI Canadian soldiers' remains identified

Clifford Neelands, Lachlan McKinnon, William Simms and John Lindell died in the Battle of Amiens in 1918

Sep 27, 2014 10:31 PM ETDaniel Schwartz, CBC News

Nearly a century after they died in battle, the remains of unidentified Canadian soldiers who fought in the First World War are still being found in Europe.

Today the Department of National Defence released the names of four who died during the Battle of Amiens in August 1918.

Their resting place was discovered in 2006 by then 14-year-old Fabien Demeusere, while digging in his back garden in Hallu, France, 120 kilometres north of Paris.

Demeusere, a young First World War history buff, whose home was built on what had been a battlefield in 1918, had made an important discovery.

The remains of eight soldiers were eventually found, but so far only four have been identified.

They are:

  • Clifford Neelands
Neelands was born in Barrie, Ont., and moved with his family to Winnipeg. He worked as a real estate agent before joining the 78th Battalion. Lt. Neelands was one of six officers in the 78th who died in the Battle of Amiens.

  • Lachlan McKinnon
McKinnon grew up in Scotland, arriving in Canada in 1913. He had worked as a butcher. After he enlisted, he was back in the U.K. by 1915. Before going to fight on the continent, he married a woman from Glasgow. Pte. McKinnon was seriously wounded in his left leg while serving as a rifleman on the Somme front in 1916.

  • William Simms
Simms was from a large farm family in Russell, Man. Pte. Simms took part in all the major Canadian offensives of 1917. One of his brothers also died in the war.

  • John Oscar Lindell
Lindell was born in Sweden in 1884, came to Canada when he was about 20 and ended up in Winnipeg. Lance Sgt. Lindell worked as a railroad foreman before he joined the 78th battalion in 1915....

Rest In Peace, gentlemen....

ALWAYS honoured.