Ridley's Believe It Or Not—November 10, 2014: Weekend is over and trust you are charged up to take no prisoners in the work place. Here is a great idea as we observe Veterans Day tomorrow and the sales most retailers are offering. Donate all or a portion of the price reductions to Wounded Warriors to really honor those who have put their bodies, emotions and lives on the line to protect us. I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a quote from Anon, with a smile on your sunscreened face, happy that you are not having to eat a SOS meal, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
1. Marine Corps Birthday—commemorating the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps, our equivalent of the Spartans, at Tun Tavern in 1775 per the following resolution of the Continental Congress: That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines.
2. World Science Day —established by UNESCO in 2001 to promote awareness of the efforts of science to further the improvement of humanity.
3. SOS Day--celebrating not the universal call for distress but in honor of the Marines who have consumed far too much of this culinary “delight”--chipped beef on a biscuit. P.S. SOS stands for per the soldiers who had to endure it Shit on a Shingle.
On this day in
a. 1580 in a pre ISIS playbook, after a three day siege, the English Army beheaded over 600 Papal soldiers and civilians at Dun an Oir, Ireland.
b. 1954 President Eisenhower dedicated the USMC Memorial at Arlington Cemetery; Semper Fi!
c. 1975 in a no wonder why Israel feels threatened moment, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution equating Zionism with racism—fortunately finally repealed in 1991.
d. 1983 Microsoft introduced Windows 1.0—forcing us to learn how to hit ctrl/alt/del.
e. 2006 George W. Bush dedicated the U.S. Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia—a great place to visit to understand the sacrifices and dedication to this nation of an elite fighting force.Reflections on our true Spartans on the eve of Veterans’ Day “You may hate the war, but never hate the ones that fight. For they do not choose when or where to fight. All they chose was to protect who they love and even the people they don't know.” Amen and Semper Fi
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