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  • Military spectacle draws thousands to Perth

    08/26/2016 1:43:01 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The ^ | 21 August 2016 | Jamie Buchan
    Perth kept the City of Culture launch party going with its own military tattoo. Around 400 performers from across the globe took part in a scaled-down version of the Edinburgh Castle spectacular. Thousands lined the streets to watch a procession of colourful troupes including the world renowned King’s Guard of Norway. An arena was set up on the North Inch for an hour-long show. The event was organised by Perth and Kinross Council to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Treaty of Perth. The historic document ended a bitter feud between Scotland and Norway. As well as performers from Scotland...
  • 10 brilliant sights that sum up the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green

    08/13/2016 4:04:15 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    Glasgow Live ^ | 13 August 2016 | GILLIAN LONEY
    The pipes and drums have been calling all day - here's what you might have missed at Glasgow Green today. < There are lots of reasons to love Glasgow in August - but the return of the World Pipe Band Championships may just be the biggest. The Worlds took place at Glasgow Green yesterday and today, coinciding with Piping Live! and bringing bands from across Scotland, the UK and the rest of globe together.
  • In pictures: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo opening night

    08/05/2016 5:31:24 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 29 replies
    STVNews ^ | 5 August 2016 | Laura Piper
    The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has once again returned to the city with an explosive performance from the castle esplanade. The Tattoo, now in its 66th year, got under way last night for its first audience preview with a spectacular mix of dancers, drumming and no shortage of bagpipes. A world famous event, which hosts more than 220,000 spectators during its run, the Tattoo is watched by an estimated 100 million people on television each year. Performers from almost 50 countries have taken part in the show and this year is no different, with the King's Guard of Norway a...
  • Royal Highland Fusiliers welcomed home from Kabul

    06/11/2016 5:18:38 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    Edinburgh Evening News ^ | 11 June 2016 | DIANE KING
    The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), marched through Penicuik yesterday afternoon before attending a civic reception as guests of the Lord ­Lieutenant and the Provost of Midlothian. Proud relatives and locals turned out to wish them well as they marked their return from operational duties as part of the UK’s commitment to the Nato mission in Kabul. Troops have been providing protection for the Afghan security forces undergoing training, with some soldiers having been away from home for as long as nine months. The battalion took the opportunity to thank the wider community...
  • Royal Regiment of Scotland celebrates tenth anniversary with pipes and drums march through Edinburgh

    04/23/2016 4:27:51 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 23 replies
    Daily Record & Sunday Mail ^ | 23 April 2016 | STEPHEN STEWART
    SCOTLAND’S super-regiment celebrated their 10th birthday in stunning style yesterday. Crowds flocked to see the Royal Regiment of Scotland march through Edinburgh with flying colours to mark their historic anniversary. Regimental mascot Cruachan IV, a Shetland pony, was cheered by onlookers as he led the parade featuring an honour guard of 100 soldiers with the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the pipes and drums of 2 SCOTS, The Royal Highland Fusiliers. Senior officer Major General James Cowan said: “Our soldiers are proud to parade in Edinburgh symbolising the support we receive from the wider community across Scotland...
  • The Freeper Canteen Salutes the U.S. Marine Corps on its 240th Birthday!

    11/09/2015 5:57:55 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 107 replies
    Serving the Best Troops and Veterans in the World! | 10 November 2015 | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen Salutes theU.S. Marine CorpsOn Its 240th Birthday10 November 1775 ~ 10 November 2015 Semper Fidelis!(Always Faithful!) O ETERNAL FATHER, we commend to Thy protection and care the members of the Marine Corps. Guide and direct them in the defense of our country and in the maintenance of justice among nations. Protect them in the hour of danger. Grant that wherever they serve they may be loyal to their high traditions and that at all times they may put their trust in Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Marine Corps Prayer by Bishop SherrillFormer Presiding Bishop...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (3 November 2015) [Prayer]

    11/03/2015 5:19:08 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2 November 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem "Satan Before The Lord"Corrado Giaquinto: c. 1750 Character Studies From The Bible JOB 1  In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. 4 His sons used to hold feasts in their...
  • Black Watch Well rededication ceremony

    11/01/2015 4:28:40 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The Royal Gazette ^ | 23 October 2015
    Soldiers from the Black Watch revisited the well dug by their forebears in 1849 — thought to be the first time the famous regiment has returned to the spot since. The pipes and drums of the legendary Scottish regiment, now the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, performed yesterday as the relandscaped Black Watch Well off North Shore Road, Pembroke, was officially opened by Governor George Fergusson and Public Works Minister Craig Cannonier. Mr Fergusson, whose late father Brigadier Charles Fergusson was commanding officer of the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch, said: "Their predecessors dug this well...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/30/15) [Prayer]

    10/30/2015 6:18:14 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 30 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah Nehemiah's Final Reforms 13  On that day the Book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people and there it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be admitted into the assembly of God, 2 because they had not met the Israelites with food and water but had hired Balaam to call a curse down on them. (Our God, however, turned the curse into a blessing.) 3 When the people heard this law, they excluded from Israel all who were of foreign...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/26/15) [Prayer]

    10/28/2015 7:59:33 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 28 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah Priests and Levites 12  These were the priests and Levites who returned with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and with Joshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2 Amariah, Malluk, Hattush, 3 Shekaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4 Iddo, Ginnethon,[a] Abijah, 5 Mijamin,[b] Moadiah, Bilgah, 6 Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah, 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah. These were the leaders of the priests and their associates in the days of Joshua. 8 The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and also Mattaniah, who, together with his associates, was in charge of the songs of...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/26/15) [Prayer],

    10/27/2015 12:48:38 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 27 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah 11  Now the leaders of the people settled in Jerusalem. The rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of every ten of them to live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while the remaining nine were to stay in their own towns. 2 The people commended all who volunteered to live in Jerusalem. 3 These are the provincial leaders who settled in Jerusalem (now some Israelites, priests, Levites, temple servants and descendants of Solomon’s servants lived in the towns of Judah, each on their own property...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/26/15) [Prayer]

    10/26/2015 6:58:13 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 26 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah 10  [a]Those who sealed it were: Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hakaliah. Zedekiah, 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, 3 Pashhur, Amariah, Malkijah, 4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluk, 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, 6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, 7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, 8 Maaziah, Bilgai and Shemaiah. These were the priests. 9 The Levites: Jeshua son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel, 10 and their associates: Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, 11 Mika, Rehob, Hashabiah, 12 Zakkur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, 13 Hodiah, Bani and Beninu. 14 The leaders of the...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/25/15) [Prayer]

    10/25/2015 2:38:30 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 25 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah The Israelites Confess Their Sins 9  On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads. 2 Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors. 3 They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/24/15) [Prayer]

    10/24/2015 2:03:05 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 24 October 2015
    Skip to comments.Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/23/15)[Prayer] The Holy Scriptures | 10/23/15 | left that other site Posted on 10/23/2015 3:06:24 AM PDT by left that other site Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem "Ezra Reading the Law to the People" Gustave Doré Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah  8 1 all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel. 2 So on the first day of the seventh...
  • Alleged Oregon Shooter Discharged From Army After Suicide Attempt

    10/08/2015 3:38:08 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 43 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 8:46 p.m. | Dan Frosch and Ben Kesling
    The alleged gunman who killed nine people and wounded nine others at a rural community college in Oregon last Thursday had been discharged from the Army after attempting to commit suicide, according to law-enforcement officials familiar with the case. Christopher Harper-Mercer, who was 26 years old at the time of the shooting, was discharged from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., after just one month in 2008. The Army said it couldn’t confirm details of his discharge due to privacy regulations. But law-enforcement officials familiar with the investigation into last week’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg said...
  • City to ring to skirl of pipes as Norwegian brass band joins Perth Highland Games

    08/09/2015 11:54:17 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    The ^ | 8 August 2015 | Paul Reoch
    Mfont size=4>Perth Highland Games – one of the most popular events to be held in the city – is to attract a sizeable crowd on Sunday. This year’s games chieftain will be Brigadier Michael Jameson, Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross. He will preside over a full programme of traditional Highland Games competitions, along with special performances by a visiting Norwegian brass band. Visitors to the games will be able to enjoy scores of events, including heavyweight competitions and a track programme that will see Scottish Championships medals being awarded in the 90m foot and 1,000m cycle races. Solo piping...
  • Forfar 2015: 70th anniversary of VE Day Slideshow

    06/20/2015 12:27:47 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 4 replies
    Arbroath Herald ^ | 12 June 2015 | Mark Dowie
    Eyes lifted skywards as the evocative sight of a lone Spitfire over Forfar signalled the official start of VE Day celebrations. The fly-past by replica fighter aircraft began a day-long commemoration organised by Legion Scotland marking 70 years since the end of the War in Europe. The 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe was commemorated at the Market Muir and Station Park, Forfar, on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Pic by Andy Thompson) Beginning with an afternoon of entertainment at the Market Muir, the day featured military bands, vehicle displays and a special performance by 1940s dance troupe, The Kennedy Cupcakes....
  • The FReeper Canteen Salutes The U.S. Navy Hospital Corps On Its 117th Anniversary 17 June 2015

    06/16/2015 5:58:13 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 77 replies
    Serving the Best Troops and Veterans in the World! | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen Salutes TheU.S. Navy Hospital Corps On Its117th Anniversary17 June 1898 – 17 June 2015 From the early days of the Republic the Navy has had enlisted medical personnel known variously as “Loblolly Boys”, Surgeons Stewards, Pharmacists Mates and, most recently, Hospital Corpsmen. Established 17 June 1898 by an Act of Congress, the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps is the only wholly enlisted corps in the Navy. The Hospital Corps is the largest rating in the Navy, comprising approximately ten percent of the Navy’s enlisted personnel. They were originally called Loblolly Boys in Navy records on the 1798...
  • A hundred pipe bands an' a' head for Forres

    06/06/2015 1:39:14 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 15 replies
    The Northern Scot ^ | May 25, 2015
    MORE than 100 pipe bands will be on their way to Moray next month, for this year’s Piping At Forres festival, which includes the European Pipe Band Championships. The vast majority of the 105 bands signed up are from Scotland, but bands will also be coming from Belgium, England, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for the event on Saturday 27th June in the town’s Grant Park. They include 11 Grade 1 bands, among them current Grade 1 European champions, last year’s winners Inveraray and District Pipe Band. To appeal to younger visitors, attractions on the day include...
  • Saida Grundy, Boston U. professor, charged with felony identity theft in 2008

    05/24/2015 8:04:01 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    Saida Grundy, the controversial incoming Boston University professor who recently apologized for calling white males are a “problem population,” was reportedly charged in 2008 with felony identity theft after she made a fake account for another woman on the adult website In December 2007, as Ms. Grundy was still attending grad school at the University of Michigan, she created a fake account on the adult website, according to court records obtained by The fake ad depicted a woman who was dating the same man that Ms. Grundy was also involved with. Ms. Grundy had reportedly obtained the photos...
  • Lone Spitfire signals start of celebrations

    05/15/2015 7:01:34 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 20 replies
    Montrose Review ^ | 13 May 2015
    Eyes were lifted skywards on Saturday afternoon as the evocative sight of a lone Spitfire over Forfar signalled the official start of local VE Day celebrations. The fly-past by the replica fighter aircraft began a day-long commemoration organised by Legion Scotland marking 70 years since the end of the War in Europe. Beginning with an afternoon of entertainment at the Market Muir, the day featured military bands, vehicle displays and a special performance by 1940s dance troupe, The Kennedy Cupcakes, It also included an impressive Beating Retreat ceremony at Station Park in the evening which was attended by a number...
  • VIDEO: RAF Leuchars marches into the history books

    04/11/2015 1:14:00 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 10 replies
    The ^ | 31 March 2015 | Michael Alexander
    Over a century of aviation history ended at Leuchars today when the base was formally handed over from the RAF to the army. A poignant and militarily precise ceremony marked the end of 95 years of the RAF at the base. A flight of RAF and army personnel was led on to parade by the RAF Leuchars Pipes and Drums, led by Pipe Major Ian Hughes and Drum Major Alastair Pether.(snip) As senior officers took their positions, the pipe band played Hielan’ Laddie. "Heilan' Laddie"The Band of the Scots GuardsClick)
  • OPERATION HOMECOMING - 12 February - 4 April 1973

    04/07/2015 6:36:33 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 4 replies
    OPERATION HOMECOMING12 February – 4 April 1973 Newly freed prisoners of war celebrate as their C-141A aircraft lifts off from Hanoi, North Vietnam, on Feb. 12, 1973, during Operation Homecoming. The mission included 54 C-141 flights between 12 February and 4 April 1973, returning 591 POWs to American soil.
  • This Day In U.S. Military History

    03/07/2015 4:26:15 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 4 replies
    Today we honor an intrepid Marine who distinguished himself in combat in the struggle for Iwo Jima this day in 1945 and a Soldier from the 24th Infantry Division who, in Korea on this day in 1951, threw himself again and again into the face of certain death, sacrificing his own life for that of his Brothers and for the success of the Mission. "I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life.I am prepared to give my life in their defense."
  • This Day In U.S. Military History - 27 February 1945

    02/27/2015 4:27:50 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 3 replies
    Today we pay homage to a trio of WWII Medal Of Honor recipients: Pfc. Herman C. Wallace Company B, 301st Engineer Combat Battalion, 76th Infantry Division Gy.Sgt. William Gary Walsh, USMC Company G, 3d Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division Pvt. Wilson Douglas Watson, USMCR 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division "I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life.I am prepared to give my life in their defense."
  • Flag Raising On Mt. Suribachi - 23 February 1945

    02/22/2015 3:33:37 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 27 replies
    Seventy Years Ago TodayFebruary 23, 1945, Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima From This Day In U.S. Military History: During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag. "Marine photographer Louis Lowery was with them and recorded the event. American soldiers fighting for control of Suribachi’s slopes cheered the raising of the flag, and several hours later more Marines headed up to the crest with a larger flag. Joe Rosenthal, a photographer...
  • Today In U.S.Military History - 21 February 2015

    02/21/2015 12:59:06 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa
    Capt. Joseph J. McCarthy, USMCR (MOH) From This Day In U.S. Military History: 21 February 1945 – Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of a rifle company attached to the 2d Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 21 February 1945. Determined to break through the enemy’s cross-island defenses, Capt. McCarthy acted on his own initiative when his company advance was held up by...
  • DHS Intelligence Report Warns Of Domestic Right-wing Terror Threat

    02/20/2015 5:45:32 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 47 replies ^ | 20 February 2015 (update) | Evan Perez and Wes Bruer
    They're carrying out sporadic terror attacks on police, have threatened attacks on government buildings and reject government authority. A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security this month and reviewed by CNN, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists and comes as the Obama administration holds a White House conference to focus efforts to fight violent extremism. Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to -- and in some cases greater than -- the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as...
  • Today In U.S. Military History - 20 February 1945

    02/20/2015 4:44:37 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 13 replies
    Pfc. Jacklyn Harold Lucas, USMCR (MOH) From This Day in U.S. Military History: 20 February 1945 – Iwo Jima, Japan Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands 20 February 1945. While creeping through a treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain front line on D-plus+1 Day, Private First Class Lucas and three other men were suddenly ambushed by a...
  • Today In U.S. Military History - 16 February 1804

    02/16/2015 12:55:29 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    Commdr. Stephen Decatur, USN From Today in U.S. Military History: 16 February 1804 – Tripoli – Barbary Coast During the First Barbary War, U.S. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur leads a military mission that famed British Admiral Horatio Nelson calls the “most daring act of the age.” In June 1801, President Thomas Jefferson ordered U.S. Navy vessels to the Mediterranean Sea in protest of continuing raids against U.S. ships by pirates from the Barbary states–Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripolitania. American sailors were often abducted along with the captured booty and ransomed back to the United States at an exorbitant price. After...
  • Vanity - Churchill: "Their Finest Hour" and Other Great Speeches

    01/26/2015 6:21:30 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 23 replies
    The words of this speech have resonated with me since the first time I heard them over a half-century ago. They are most relevant at this crucial time in our History, when all of the manifest Evil of totalitarianism is unleashed upon us. And look at our putative "leaders!" They are nothing more than a cadre of appeasers, Quislings, and apparatchiks! You may well differ with me – I say God bless Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Trey Gowdy and others of their ilk! They stand for America as I have stood and most here have stood! It is indeed time...
  • Pupils Tune Up For Pipe Band Competition

    01/24/2015 1:25:27 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 13 replies
    Banffshire Journal ^ | 21 January 2015
    BANFF Academy’s pipe band will join entrants from other Aberdeenshire schools aiming to ‘give it a skirl’ at the world’s largest schools piping and drumming competition in March. The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships (SSPBC), dedicated to stoking up passion for Scotland’s national musical heritage, will be held in Edinburgh. Nearly 30 schools have already registered for the competition, taking place on Sunday, March 8, at Broughton High School and neighbouring Fettes College in the capital. Graham Drummond, pipe major at Banff Academy, said: "I’m very excited to be making history with Banff Academy, as this is the first time...
  • Australian actor Rod Taylor dead at 84: Legendary star suffers a heart attack at LA home

    01/08/2015 5:16:27 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 85 replies ^ | January 09, 2015 9:24AM
    LEGENDARY Australian actor Rod Taylor has passed away in the early hours of the morning US time after suffering from a heart attack. The 84-year-old, who starred in Hollywood flicks including most recently Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, was said to have died at home in LA following a dinner party. It was to have been his birthday on Sunday. His daughter Felicia confirmed his death to CNN. “My dad loved his work. Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn’t live without,” Felicia, a former CNN News correspondent, said in a statement....
  • Scotland’s National Instrument in Danger of Extinction

    12/31/2014 4:42:08 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 55 replies
    The Economic Voice ^ | 31 December 2014 | Economic Voice Staff
    The iconic sight and sound of pipers playing Auld Lang Syne at Hogmannay Street Parties could be under threat – according to piping enthusiasts who are campaigning for more tuition in state schools. More than 75,000 people are expected to descend upon Princes Street on December 31 to attend one of the world’s biggest and most famous celebrations, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party, which will see thousands of revellers sing along to the famous song at Midnight. However, according to David Johnston, Championships Convenor for the Scottish Schools Pipe Band, the world famous tradition could become a thing of the past...
  • Requesting Prayers For My Brother Michael

    10/25/2014 8:24:11 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 78 replies
    I'm asking for prayers for my younger brother Michael. He is in very ill health - the specific diagnosis unknown at this time. Michael has had health issues his entire life. Born in November 1952 over two months premature, he had a series of seizures shortly after birth. He was diagnosed at Hopkins as having Hypoglycemia - on of the first half-dozen children so diagnosed in the Free World. I have to admit, he drove me - along with many others - absolutely nuts. Perseveration, don't ya know. For reasons that I would rather not delve into in this thread,...
  • The Defence of Freedom and Peace (The Lights are Going Out)

    10/15/2014 6:42:17 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 2 replies
    The Churchill Centre ^ | 16 October 1938 | Sir Winston S. Churchill
    GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS! Sir Winston S. ChurchillKG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA(30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) Rule BritanniaHM Royal Marines(Click) "The Defence of Freedom and Peace"(The Lights are Going Out) "But arms - instrumentalities, as President Wilson called them - are not sufficient by themselves. We must add to them the power of ideas. People say we ought not to allow ourselves to be drawn into a theoretical antagonism between Nazidom and democracy; but the antagonism is here now. It is this very conflict of spiritual and moral ideas which gives...
  • Today In History - Battle of Hastings - 14 October 1066

    10/14/2014 5:24:26 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 42 replies
    TODAY IN HISTORY Bayeux Tapestry – Battle of Hastings The Death of King Harold From British "The Battle of Hastings – 14 October 1066 Account: William, Duke of Normandy, launched his bloody and decisive invasion of Saxon England in 1066. In that year Edward the Confessor, King of England, died without heir, appointing by his will Harold Godwinsson, son of England’s most powerful nobleman, the Earl of Wessex, as his successor. Across the Channel, William of Normandy considered himself rightfully the next King of England, basing his claim on a promise by Edward the Confessor in the early...
  • Route 1's C.J. Ferrari's closes its doors

    10/01/2014 5:29:24 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 16 September 2014 | Tony Glaros
    Around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Joseph Paret wheeled his big Toyota Tundra pickup into the parking lot of C.J. Ferrari's, an Italian restaurant on Route 1 across the street from Laurel Lakes. Knowing that this would be the last day of the eatery's existence, he wanted to enjoy a farewell meal at his favorite dining out spot. Against an exterior backdrop of handsome rustic paneling, green canopy and a stunning mural of Venice, complete with images of St. Mark's Cathedral and gondolas afloat on lazy Mediterranean waters, Paret dished on the passing of an era. "I feel terrible about it,"...
  • Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band wins tenth world title

    08/22/2014 5:13:05 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17 August 2014
    The most successful pipe band of all time has won a tenth world title at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band has now defended its title in the top division for the fourth year in a row. Based in Lisburn, County Antrim, the band was founded almost 70 years ago. Another band from Northern Ireland, Bleary and District from County Down, also performed well, coming second in grade two of the competition. 'Premiership title' Northern Ireland's drum majors also dominated this year's championships, claiming 15 of the 18 available prizes. Drum major Zoe...
  • Bert’s honours brave soldier at WWI event

    08/16/2014 4:43:52 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 3 replies
    Fife Today ^ | 16 August 2014
    Fife was represented at a special Drumhead Service at Edinburgh Castle on Sunday to commemorate the centenary of World War One. The multi-faith ceremony on the castle esplanade marked the start of the five-year Scottish Commemorations Programme. Thousands of veterans, servicemen and women and relatives of heroes of World War One braved torrential rain to pay tribute to those who fought in the conflict. And among them was Kirkcaldy man Bert Hannah, who has been a driving force to have a local soldier’s bravery recognised 100 years after the battle in which he won a Victoria Cross. Mr Hannah (68)...
  • Tomintoul Prepares For Highland Games

    07/19/2014 1:34:33 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    The Northern Scot ^ | 19 July 2014
    ONE of Scotland’s oldest Highland games will get underway today. Organisers are expecting crowds to flock to the public park for Tomintoul Highland Games, which is now in its 173rd year. Competition begins at 11am, with the massed pipes and drums marching into the park from the village square at midday, led by games chieftain James Fraser. The bands will play throughout the afternoon, with drum majors competing to throw their maces over a banner in time to the music. Heavy events are a particular attraction for foreign visitors, with athletes taking part in hammer and stone throwing as well...
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo heading for Dundee’s City Square

    07/19/2014 1:08:22 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 4 replies
    The Evening Telegraph ^ | 19 July 2014 7.00am
    The stirring sounds and colourful spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will come to Dundee for the first time next month. The free event in the city centre will showcase more than 600 performers coming from as far afield as Canada, Australia and Singapore. The line-up for the Taste of the Tattoo show will include the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra, Highland dancers, military bands, an Indian cultural troupe and the inimitable Massed Pipes and Drums.
  • Lorin Maazel, 1930-2014

    07/13/2014 11:30:51 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 15 replies
    Th Wasington Post ^ | July 13 at 1:18 PM | Anne Midgette
    I am stricken to hear of the death today of Lorin Maazel at his home, Castleton Farms, Virginia, in the middle of the festival that he and his wife Dietlinde Turban-Maazel founded there, and that now continues without him. He was 84 years old and had been suffering from what Nancy Gustafson, Castleton’s executive director, described as an unexplained illness following a kind of collapse from fatigue after spending much of the spring jetting back and forth between Asia, Europe and North America for various high-profile conducting gigs. The official cause of death was “complications following pneumonia.” He had appeared...
  • "Our Lives, Our Fortunes And Our Sacred Honor"

    07/04/2014 3:55:40 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh, III
    From Rush Limbaugh, III MY FATHER, Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr., delivered this oft-requested address locally a number of times, but it had never before appeared in print until it appeared in The Limbaugh Letter. My dad was renowned for his oratory skills and for his original mind; this speech is, I think, a superb demonstration of both. I will always be grateful to him for instilling in me a passion for the ideas and lives of America's Founders, as well as a deep appreciation for the inspirational power of words which you will see evidenced here: "OUR LIVES, OUR...
  • Pipes and drums to honour 51st Highland Division

    06/13/2014 5:32:44 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 15 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 7 June 2014 | DAVID MADDOX
    THE 51st Highland Division which pushed its way through France after the D-Day landings is to be remembered in a tour by a French pipes and drums band. The Paris-based 51st Highland Division Memorial band will tour towns liberated by the Scots troops in the Second World War in late August and lay plaques in each of them. Julien Sabouret, who founded the pipes and drums band in 2008, said the Paddle Memory Tour ending in Liseaux was aimed at making sure the historic role played by the division was properly remembered. He told The Scotsman: “Many of the towns...
  • Atholl Highlanders to provide spectacular start to highland games season

    05/24/2014 7:29:30 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The ^ | 24 May 2014 10.22am. | Mark MacKay
    A new season of Perthshire Highland Games opens this weekend with one of the most spectacular events on the annual calendar — the Atholl Gathering and Highland Games. The two-day extravaganza is the first of 14 events that will see tens of thousands of spectators descend on the region over the next four months. The summer of tradition and sport begins today with the Atholl Highlanders Parade — the annual inspection of Europe’s last remaining private army.
  • Sgt. Wounded in 2009 Fort Hood Attack: Our Lives Would Be a ‘Living Hell’ Without Private Charities

    04/11/2014 6:41:25 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3 April 2014
    Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford was shot seven times in the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, and told Glenn Beck Thursday that his life — and those of others who were wounded — would be a “living hell” if not for private charities. The U.S. government has been criticized for not responding to the needs of America’s soldiers and veterans, particularly those wounded at Fort Hood. Lunsford has been among the most vocal critics, sharing his experience with TheBlaze’s investigative program “For the Record” back in February. “Have you gotten anything for your back pain?” Beck asked Lunsford Thursday. “For...
  • Young pipers descend on capital for contest

    03/17/2014 11:55:09 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 11 replies
    Herald Scotland ^ | 10 March 2014 | Jody Harrison
    YOUNG pipers raised the roof at Broughton High School in Edinburgh as the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships got under way. Pupils from 98 different schools travelled from across the country to compete in the event and demonstrate their mastery of traditional Scottish music. A record number of youngsters took part in the championships, which are in their second year, with many getting their first taste of performing in public. Bands travelled from as far away as the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish Borders to compete in a variety of categories ranging from debut and experienced to a unique "freestyle"...
  • Today in U.S. Military History - 3 March 1945

    03/03/2014 3:29:39 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    3 March 1945 - Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan Three Marines and Two FMF Corpsmen earn the Medal of Honor.
  • Rare chance to see The Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch play in heartland

    03/01/2014 10:45:34 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 22 replies
    The ^ | 25 February 2014 11.37am
    Drum Major Michael McLaughlin leads the regiment on Armed Forces Day They have marched into the heat of battle and brought tears to eyes at some of the most dramatic moments of world history. Now the Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, will play at The Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth for one night only on Tuesday May 13. The band is keen to support the heritage of The Black Watch and all funds raised from the concert will be in aid of the conservation and exhibition of the...