It's imperative to look up to and learn from army veterans; only then can we truly understand the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform.
I kinda cringe to be honest, when I look at that first photo. It was taken in Germany, on a huge training area where we were going through the build up of live fire drills.
The Tank Park
The Tank Park, The Contingency Operating Base (COB), Southern Iraq, 2009, Telic 13 2 Pl, A Coy, 1 PWRR, 5 Rifles Battlegroup
It was suggested that I had borderline personality disorder/emotionally unstable personality disorder at age 38, following a mental breakdown which itself followed a breakdown of parts of my body.
Memorial Day, Honoring The Heroes That Didn't Make It Home And Remembering Those That Are The Best Of America.
People come and go in life. It's not without suffering and pain but rather just a part of human existence. As summer months slowly roll in and warmer weather is upon us, my thoughts turn to yet another season of barbeques, time with family, hanging out in the pool, fireworks, and remembering all of those that made it possible for us to enjoy these treasured events. While I was never one of those that I speak of, I learned to hold them in the highest of regards as they were all heroes. Each and every one of them that ever signed on the dotted line. Each and every one of the men and women that defend our country, sacrificing that time with their loved ones, so that we can enjoy ours. They are an impressive bunch.
Here in North America, tomorrow (Monday, May 31) will commemorate Memorial Day this year. For many, Memorial Day is viewed as the unofficial start of Summer. Here in a resort town, it is treated as the clarion call that summons tourists and second-home-owners to descend upon our town and our businesses until at least September (Then it begins to be safe for us locals to claim our town back and enjoy its amenities again).
The Problem with most Memorial Day Sales
Before I begin, I'd like to point out that these opinions are solely my own based on my experience as a family member and friend of several veterans who had strong feelings about Memorial Day sales. Though these are the opinions of some who have now passed, I am not a veteran and cannot speak for any but those who have provided their opinions directly to me. If you are a veteran and have an opinion about this article, I would love to hear your thoughts as they are more relevant than my own. Please feel free to send them to brittanynunezwritings.com.
Memorial Day in Canton, Georgia
About a year and a half ago, I rode through Canton, Georgia with a friend and neighbor on our way to Old Car City. As we were about to pass the Georgia National Cemetery on Hwy 20, he asked if I minded taking a brief detour. Knowing he was a Vietnam Veteran and wanting to see this relatively new memorial, I gladly complied. The entrance road wound through about a mile of wild and natural forest before you come to the second, and real, entrance to the cemetery. A large ornate marble wall and wrought iron gate flanked with American flags greets you as you enter the hallowed grounds.
Army Acronyms and Whatnot Vol. 4
25MAY2021; 2320, TUE We're quickly coming upon the final R.E.D. Friday (Remember Everyone Deployed) of the month, and "the unofficial start of summer", Memorial Day weekend. That being the case, among other factors, I figured why not break out my iPhone's Pages app again and reflect on some more personal military moments before they slip away forever.
A Veterans Journey
It was something extremely mental and physical to go through. Early morning exercise, work call, and any other workload that came with being in the military. It started to become more of a normal routine so much it was robotic. The surprises started becoming more expected and going home became something less to expect. I grew unsure about what I wanted out of life or what interests me.
Basic Training Tales
Introduction I joined the Canadian Armed Forces (it was known as the Canadian Forces back then) when I was seventeen years old. I left home immediately after high school graduation, almost nineteen years ago. Now I am a Major in the Royal Canadian Air Force. While my career so far has been fulfilling and exciting, it's fair to say that I did not have the greatest start.
25 years of a different kind of war
First, I ask for your forgiveness but I write this story not out of hate for anyone but as a way for us to maybe as how done solve a very big problem.
Marine Corps Stories: Decent
From the outer glass they waved. The Small Wonder Living Community in Newark, Delaware featured the families of the couple. Masks covered faces making the onlookers look like they were preparing to conduct lab experiments. The couple inside smiled and waved.