Thursday, May 3, 2018

Take The Time To Talk To a War Veteran

Let’s take a break from talking about the events of World War II for a minute, and focus on the people who were there and fought for the freedom of the world. These veterans who have defended the flag and the country they serve deserve everyone’s respect, and they deserve to have their stories told.

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Many of them come back different people than the ones who were deployed. Many of them were changed by the war and the times. Many of them find that upon return, everything is different. 

Take time to talk to war veterans, and not just from World War II, but from all the other wars. You’ll see how much all of them have in common. You’ll see that they need certain things that they might not have, such as decent healthcare and therapy. These two things are the bare necessities that soldiers deserve for putting their lives on the line. 

Talking to war veterans, you’ll understand how hard it is for them to be living in the now, with minimal pay. Affected by constant inflation, you’ll realize that they need financial help and that many of them are too proud to ask for it. 

You’ll also come to understand after talking to a veteran that they also deserve their own piece of land and a place to call home, after all, they put their lives on the line and fought tooth and nail for that and all the pieces of land in the country. 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

One Snappy Salute To War Veterans Everywhere

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It feels like on so many levels, we, as a society, have failed our war veterans. Sure, there are days when we remember them, like Memorial Day and Independence Day, but for the rest of the year, we go about our daily lives not giving a second thought to what they’ve done and what we’re able to do because of them.

Today’s generation just seems ambivalent to so many things, including war veterans. Countless of those who’ve served in tours over the decades are now living in hardship with scars, both physically and mentally, sustained from the horrifying experiences of the war. Combine that with the fact that many of these veterans have served in more than a single tour, and you’ll know that they deserve way more respect than what society gives them.

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So many of these men and women who’ve fought for our country could’ve just stayed at home with their families and take up regular jobs. But no. They chose to spend their days in places with imminent danger, patrolling areas with hostile forces around, just so every American, not just their own families, can live in peace.

There are ways to show our appreciation for what war veterans have done, and they won’t even take a lot of time and effort. Spare some time to talk to them, and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about history.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Why You Should Read 'The Chronicles Of Narnia'

Along with Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit," C.S. Lewis’ "Chronicles of Narnia" has profoundly influenced how people regard fantasy and children’s literature in the modern age.  It is the author’s best-known work, and its rippling effect on literature and aspects of Christian faith cannot be underestimated.

First published between 1950 and 1956, the books have been adapted many times (complete or in part) for radio, television, the stage, and film.  Starting off with "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," this series explores a magical world filled with wondrous mythical beasts who can speak.  We follow a group of children who find themselves transported to the land of Narnia, called upon by Aslan the lion to help save the magical realm.  

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Lewis manages to incorporate in "Narnia" themes of religion and myth that were previously absent from children’s literature (certainly not prominent in Tolkien’s work).  There are distinct traditional Christian allusions here, as well as ideas from Greek, Roman, and Irish mythology.  

Interestingly, C.S. Lewis was a former atheist, and writing this series of books was his way of embracing Christianity.  What’s good for both young and old readers is that there is no heavy-handed and self-righteous approach in the books’ depiction of morality.  We get immersed in a world where the children are empowered and make decisions not because of blind faith nor impositions.  

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The impact of "Narnia" on the genre can be easily seen in more recent fantasy books and films, including Rowling’s "Harry Potter" series.  

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Four Historical Wwii Sites In Europe

World War II is a fascinating subject. And for those glued to WWII documentaries in Netflix or the History channel and have read countless of articles and books about the Allied tactics on the European fronts, a visit to the most prominent sites should be your next step in your historical education.

1. Jewish Historical Museum

Located in Amsterdam, Netherlands, this museum was established in 1932 and shows the culture, history, and religion of the Jewish community during the war.

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2. The Reichstag

Reichstag in Berlin, Germany was set on fire by the Nazis to allow them to pass appalling laws in order to get rid of communists, among other things. The building was mainly used to put forward propaganda projects.

3. American Cemetery - Colleville-sur-Mer – France

10,000 crosses have been put up in this cemetery to honor the American soldiers who came to fight with the French. The American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer was gifted to the US – a small piece of land in the heart of Normandy.

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4. Omaha Beach, France

The famous beach has seen some of the bloodiest skirmishes of the war. It was named by American soldiers to talk about the beaches they would land on to help free the European from the Nazi regime.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Ten Facts About the Bombing of Pearl Harbor

The attack, which drew the U.S into World War II, was executed in the early morning of Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed the U.S naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese thought it would neutralize the American forces, allowing Japan to dominate the Asia Pacific.

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Here are 10 interesting facts to know about the Pearl Harbor bombing.

1.The attack commenced at 7:55 AM.
2.The attack lasted 110 minutes.
3.The Japanese attacked the base in two waves, approximately 45 minutes apart.
4.The Japanese attacked the U.S. without warning.
5.When the Japanese Commander Mitsuo Fuchida called out, “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (“Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!”) upon flying over Pearl Harbor, it was a message saying the Japanese caught the Americans entirely by surprise.
6.The Japanese had to travel 3,400 miles across the Pacific to execute their attack on Pearl Harbor.
7.The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor with a total of 353 planes.
8.The Japanese specifically chose to attack on a Sunday because they believed the Americans would be more relaxed, and thus less alert, on a weekend. Many U.S. service personnel were still in their pajamas or eating breakfast when the attack commenced.
9. There were eight battleships at Pearl Harbor that day, which was the whole US Naval fleet, except for one, the Colorado.
10.All eight battleships either sunk or were damaged. Amazingly, all but two (The Arizona and the Oklahoma) were able to return to active duty.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Soccer’s Funniest Moments

If you’re a fan of soccer, you know it has some of the most epic goal celebrations in sports. And along those epic moments come the funny ones. With so much riding on football matches these days, there are a few moments where players and officials can comically entertain.

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Below are some of the funniest moments of football:

The funniest goal celebrations of all-time

Stjarnan FC has slowly gained the reputation of having the best goal celebrations ever. I don’t if it’s a technique they use to distract the opponent, but they sure crack me up!

Khalid Askri's Oversight

Goalkeeper Khalid Askri comedic moment happened during a Moroccan Cup match between MAS Fes and FAR Rabat. After making a great stop, he turns to salute his fans, only to turn around and see the ball spinning towards the goal line. Check it out here.

Comedy duo Didier Drogba and Jens Lehmann

Flopping and cheating in soccer are what football fans hate the most. But when two controversial players did it blatantly and comically, fans can’t help but chuckle.

Robbie Savage Condensed

Robbie got his own slot for being the center of so many funny moments throughout his career. This clip generally tells the tale of Robbie’s knack of attracting a calamity.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Battle of Midway: 10 interesting facts

Fought near the Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean, the Battle of Midway was one of the most crucial battles in WWII for the Americans. It was considered the turning point in the Pacific battle between Japan and America. Here are 10 interesting facts about this pivotal moment in our history:

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 1.Yamamoto, the principal architect on the attack on Pearl Harbor, planned the attack on Midway to destroy the American aircraft carriers 

 2.Midway was attacked due to its strategic location and importance to U.S. 

 3.The aid by U.S. intelligence breaking the Japanese code played a critical role in the battle. 

4.Chester W. Nimitz led the American fleet. 

5.The Battle of Midway shifted in favor of U.S after its dive bombers sank three Japanese carriers. 

6.Japan lost all its four large aircraft carriers involved in the battle. These carriers were engaged in the six-carrier force that had successfully bombed Pearl Harbor. 

7.The only American aircraft carrier that was destroyed was USS Yorktown. 

8.America lost 300 men in the battle; Japan lost 3000. 

9.The Battle of Midway was considered the turning point in the Pacific War. 

10.Japan didn’t use their two most advanced carriers in battle. 

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