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It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

- Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

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Artillery is the back bone of the millitary

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Freedom Is Not Free

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Airman saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform,
So young, so tall, so proud;
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
He stood out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him,
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many fox holes were soldiers graves?
No freedom is not free.

I heard Taps sound one night,
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugle play,
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times,
Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had covered a coffin,
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children
Of the mothers and the wives.
Of the fathers, sons, and husbands,
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard,
At the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves at Arlington.
No, Freedom Is Not Free!

- LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG

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Order of the day issued to columns as they crossed the Chindwin, February 13th, 1943.

Today we stand on the threshold of battle. The time of preparation is over, and we are moving on the enemy to prove ourselves and our methods. At this moment we stand beside the soldiers of the United Nations in the front line trenches throughout the world. It is always a minority that occupies the front line. It is still a smaller minority that accepts with a good heart tasks like this that we have chosen to carry out. We need not, therefore, as we go forward into the conflict, suspect ourselves of selfish or interested motives. We have all had opportunity of withdrawing and we are here because we have chosen to be here; that is, we have chosen to bear the burden and heat of the day. Men who make this choice are above the average in courage. We need therefore have no fear for the staunchness and guts of our comrades.

The motive which had led each and all of us to devote ourselves to what lies ahead cannot conceivably have been a bad motive. Comfort and security are not sacrificed voluntarily for the sake of others by ill-disposed people. Our motive, therefore, may be taken to be the desire to serve our day and generation in the way that seems nearest to our hand. The battle is not always to the strong nor the race to the swift. Victory in war cannot be counted upon, but what can be counted upon is that we shall go forward determined to do what we can to bring this war to the end which we believe best for our friends and comrades in arms, without boastfulness or forgetting our duty, resolved to do the right so far as we can see the right.

Our aim is to make possible a government of the world in which all men can live at peace and with equal opportunity of service.

Finally, knowing the vanity of man's effort and the confusion of his purpose, let us pray that God may accept our services and direct our endeavours, so that when we shall have done all we shall see the fruit of our labours and be satisfied.

- O.C. Wingate, Commander, 77th Indian Infantry Brigade.

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Whether you think you can or you think you can't-you're right.

- Henry Ford

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Spend a lifetime believing that your not very good at something and find out dying that you had become the very best.

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The death of one man is tragic, but the death of thousands is statistic

- Joseph Stalin

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A man strikes you, make him bleed. He makes you bleed, you break his bones. He breaks your bones, kill him. Being hit is inevitable, strike back twice as hard.

- Bruce Lee

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A proper and an adequate response to a situation is almost always a step before a satisfying response.

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We're not the public service of Canada, we're not just another department. We are the Canadian Forces, and our job is to be able to kill people.
- Jul 2005

- Gen Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff

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Today in Military History

September 2



1862:

U.S. Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln reluctantly restores Union General George McClellan to full command after General John Pope's disastrous defeat at the Battle of Second Bull Run.


1864:

U.S. Civil War: Union forces under General William T. Sherman enter Atlanta, Georgia a day after the Confederate defenders fled the city.


1870:

Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Sedan - Prussian forces defeat the French armies and take emperor Napoleon III and 100,000 of his soldiers prisoner at Sedan.


1898:

Battle of Omdurman - British and Egyptian troops led by General Horatio Kitchener defeat Sudanese tribesmen led by Khalifa Abdullah al-Taashi, thus establishing British dominance in the Sudan.


1918:

DROCOURT-QUEANT, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 3 Sept 18)


1918:

VC won by A/Sgt Arthur George Knight, `10th Battalion, CEFm Villers-lez-Cagnicourt (near Arras), France (posthumous)


1918:

VC won by Capt Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson, MC, Canadian Army Medical Corps attached to the 75th Battalion, CEF, Drocourt-Queant Support Line, France


1918:

VC won by L/Cpl William Henry Metcalf, MM, 16th Battalion, CEF, Arras, France


1918:

VC won by LCol Cyrus Wesley Peck, DSO, 16th Battalion, CEF, Villers-lez-Cagnicourt, France


1918:

VC won by Pte Claude Joseph Patrick Nunney, DCM, MM, 38th Battalion, CEF, Drocourt-Queant Line, France (posthumous)


1918:

VC won by Pte John Francis Young, 87th Battalion, CEF, Dury-Arras Sector, France


1939:

Following the invasion of Poland, Freie Stadt Danzig Danzig (now Gda?sk, Poland) is annexed to Nazi Germany.


1939:

RCAF authorized to recruit to full establishment


1942:

The Royal Canadian Infantry Corps is authorized: Ducimus (We lead)


1945:

Japanese and allies sign surrender agreement aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay


1945:

Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).


1945:

World War II ends: The final official surrender of Japan was accepted by General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Chester Nimitz aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI in Tokyo Bay.


1998:

A United Nations court finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide, marking the first time that the 1948 law banning genocide is enforced.


31BC:

Roman Civil War: Battle of Actium - Off the western coast of Greece, forces of Octavian defeat troops under Mark Antony and Cleopatra.




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