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  • Amazon jaguar shot dead after Olympic torch ceremony

    06/21/2016 3:37:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    reuters ^ | 06/21/2016
    A jaguar featured at an Olympic torch ceremony was shot dead by a soldier shortly after the event in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus as the animal escaped from its handlers, an army statement said. The jaguar was killed on Monday at a zoo attached to a military training center when a soldier fired a single pistol shot after the animal, despite being tranquilized, approached the soldier, the army said. “We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal. This image goes against our beliefs...
  • Exclusive Video: Veteran Forcibly Dragged from Air Force Ceremony for Mentioning God

    06/20/2016 6:09:18 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 43 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 20 Jun 2016 | Breitbart News
    When a veteran started offering traditional remarks at a military flag-folding ceremony, several uniformed airmen assaulted him, dragging him out of the room because his remarks mentioned God. Now First Liberty Institute lawyers representing retired Senior Master Sergeant Oscar Rodriguez are demanding that the U.S. Air Force apologize and punish those responsible or face a federal civil-rights lawsuit. For countless years, service members have given the “flag-folding speech” at military and civic events, including retirement ceremonies. Traditionally, this speech explains the colors, symbols, and history of the flag. The flag-folding speech also contains several religious references, including, “Let us pray...
  • Bizarre, Satanic Opening Ceremony for Swiss Tunnel

    06/09/2016 7:31:53 PM PDT · by Prince of Desmond · 18 replies
    WND ^ | 6/6/16 | Leo Hohmann
    Legions of blank-faced workers marching in lockstep, a bare-breasted woman dressed as a fallen angel suspended from the ceiling, dancers in their underwear simulating homosexual acts on a metal cart, robed Satanist-type figures bearing goat skulls, dancers in grass costumes worshipping a goat-headed man who "dies" and is resurrected. Is this some sort of bizarre witches' sabbat out in the woods? A Satanic black mass in the depths of an abandoned cemetery? No, it's the opening ceremony of the historic Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, attended by some of the most powerful leaders in Europe, including Chancellor Angela Merkel of...
  • Photo: Bernie Sanders Caught Napping at Memorial Day Ceremony

    05/30/2016 6:51:02 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 84 replies ^ | May 30th 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    A fellow Democrat posted a snapshot of Sen. (I-VT) apparently nodding off during a Memorial Day ceremony in the Presidio military cemetery in San Francisco on Monday. Zoe Dunning, a gay rights activist, veteran, supporter, and high-ranking member of the San Francisco Democratic Party, posted the photograph to Facebook, with the following message: Attending the Memorial Day Ceremony honoring the over 1 million Americans who have lost their lives serving our country, and watching fall asleep during it. There is nothing I can really add here. #imwithher
  • Wedding ceremony *vanity*

    12/27/2015 10:00:17 AM PST · by gettinolder · 31 replies
    12/27/15 | self
    I've been asked by my son and daughter-in-law to be to perform their wedding ceremony. Any advice or any regrets or "wish I would have..." would be appreciated (primarily looking for non-clergy, but clergy advice welcome) I'll do an online search for a format but looking for personal stories. Already have Marriage Commission license for the legality. This will not be a large event.
  • Jewish leader trapped and arrested inside Auschwitz

    01/29/2015 1:15:43 PM PST · by windcliff · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1-29-15 | Jessica Winch
    Jewish community leader trapped inside Auschwitz concentration camp after getting locked in while filming a television show on the 70th anniversary of its liberation. The head of Rome’s Jewish community found himself locked into Auschwitz on Tuesday night and then arrested when he tried to escape. Riccardo Pacifici was doing a television interview after the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation, when he realised the camp’s gates had been closed. Mr Pacifici was locked in with Jewish community spokesman Fabio Perugia, the television host and two technicians. Mr Pacifici, whose grandparents died in the camp, spent...
  • Man crushed to death by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope (To be Canonised Sunday)

    04/24/2014 3:13:43 PM PDT · by equalator · 16 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 4-24-14 | Nick Squires
    An Italian man was crushed to death on Thursday by a giant crucifix dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II, just days before the Polish pontiff will be made a saint in a ceremony at the Vatican. In a bizarre coincidence, the 21-year-old man was reported to have been living in a street named after Pope John XXIII – who will also be canonised in the ceremony on Sunday, in an event that is unprecedented in the 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church. The man, named as Marco Gusmini, was posing for a photograph with a group of...
  • Michelle Obama booted from high school graduation lineup

    04/24/2014 12:06:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Associated Press and Meghan Keneally
    Michelle Obama has rescheduled a high school graduation speech after the students complained that her appearance would prevent many of their friends and relatives from attending the ceremony. The First Lady was scheduled to speak at a combined graduation ceremony for five high schools in Topeka, Kansas, on May 17 but will now be speaking at a different 'senior recognition day' ceremony the day before. 'Once we learned about the concerns of some students, we were eager to find a solution that enabled all of the students and their families to celebrate the special day,' said the First Lady's communications...
  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    04/19/2014 3:27:33 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 19, 2014 | JAVIER CORDOBA
    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid." Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared that day in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint on April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where Mora will be a guest...
  • PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)Christening Ceremony (LIVE)

    11/09/2013 8:00:36 AM PST · by Dysart · 19 replies
    Navy Live ^ | 11-9-13
    Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of christening of the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford. Live video of the Nov. 9 ceremony is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. EST from the Huntington-Ingalls Industries Newport News shipyard, Newport News, Va.
  • Treasury Secretary Uses Naturalization Ceremony to Plug Immigration Bill

    07/04/2013 11:25:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/4/13 | JERYL BIER
    At a pre-Independence Day naturalization ceremony at the Treasury Department Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew used about one-third of his address to a roomful of newly sworn-in citizens to criticize the America’s immigration system and plug the current immigration legislation. According to prepared remarks, he told these newest Americans that "too many immigrants do not get a fair shot at the American dream. Too often, they are forced to live and work in the shadows." After singling out the stories of some of the new citizens and what America held for them, Lew continued [emphasis added]: ...You see, immigration is...
  • 'They're Starting To Seriously Worry': Concern Growing About Low Turnout At Obama Inauguration

    01/06/2013 3:35:37 PM PST · by drewh · 120 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 12:34 EST, 6 January 2013 | By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press
    Hotel rooms remain unbooked ahead of January 21 inauguration ceremony Organizers expecting much lower turnout than 2009 ceremony, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the National Mall Crowds may have flocked to the National Mall to see President Obama make history in 2009, but the team behind the president's 2013 inauguration bash later this month are bracing themselves for a ton of empty seats. The ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won't be the historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the Capitol to watch Obama take the oath of...
  • Obama Attends Ceremony Marking Return Of Bodies Of U.S. Personnel Killed In Libya

    09/14/2012 2:34:36 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 28 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 9/14/12 | David Nakamura and William Branigin
    President Obama vowed Friday that the United States “will never retreat from the world,” as he attended a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews to mark the repatriation of the bodies of four Americans killed this week in Libya. After the flag-draped caskets were carried by Marines from a military plane to waiting hearses in a hangar as a band played, Obama paid tribute to each of the four: J. Christopher Stevens, the ambassador to Libya; Sean Smith, a technology expert with the State Department; Tyrone Woods, a former Navy SEAL who protected U.S. diplomatic personnel since 2010; and Glen Doherty,...
  • Gabby's Gold Ceremony Question? vanity

    08/03/2012 1:09:35 AM PDT · by jdirt · 80 replies
    Aug 2, 2012 | jd
    Is it just me? I was watching the Olympics tonight in a restaurant. There was no sound. Gabby Douglas was receiving the Gold medal for her all-around performance in gymnastics. She did wonderful from what I saw. BUT when she received the Gold, she did not put her hand over her heart when they played the National Anthem. She was holding flowers in the middle of her body with her right hand and had her left hand behind her back.. I blew it off, kinda. But hubby saw it too and we both went into shock. I have never seen...
  • Live Olympic Ceremony Chat

    07/27/2012 5:06:06 PM PDT · by Nowhere Man · 25 replies
    As I fire u my 1982 Zenith for the opening Ceremony, here goes....
  • Background on Military Naturalization Ceremony at the White House

    07/04/2012 5:19:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    White House ^ | 7/4/12 | Office of the Press Secretary
    WASHINGTON, DC - On July 4, 2012, President Obama will deliver remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the East Room of the White House. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas will present the countries of the candidates for naturalization and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will deliver the oath of allegiance. The audience will be composed of the service members and their families. Other Senior Administration Officials will also be speaking at naturalization ceremonies around the country, including Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in New York, Small Business Administrator Karen Mills and...
  • Ceremony an example of ‘unity of purpose’

    09/12/2011 4:00:25 PM PDT · by SandRat
    SIERRA VISTA — On a clear and calm morning, a giant American flag, suspended from two extended fire engine ladders, fluttered in the breeze as those below gathered to remember that fateful day in 2001. With somber memories but a unity that binds all Americans, they gathered to pay homage to the men and women who lost their lives and continue to do so for the ideals that make this nation great. On Sept. 11, 2011, 10 years after the attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives, more than of 250 people gathered in Veterans’ Memorial Park for a short ceremony...
  • Leaders in tears: Clinton and Laura Bush weep amid emotional Bush tribute ...

    09/11/2011 8:43:09 AM PDT · by CitizenM · 67 replies
    Daily Mail OnLine ^ | 9/11/11 | Mark Duell
    George W. Bush has praised the 40 passengers and crew who fought back against their Flight 93 hijackers on 9/11 for carrying out what he described as one of the most courageous acts in U.S. history. The former president was at a ceremony on Saturday dedicating a memorial at the nation's newest national park in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as the U.S. marks the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks.
  • Solemn and Sacred Transformations (A Catholic Wedding)

    08/21/2011 3:34:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    GKUPSIDEDOWN ^ | August 13, 2011 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Some months ago I was down to take a wedding on a Saturday. The couple had been prepared by the deacon. The groom was from a nominally Catholic family, the girl was unbaptized. So the wedding party turned up for the rehearsal on the Friday and, as usual, people were in high spirits, but in this case there was some rolling of eyes and poor behavior from some of the non Catholics. I was told by one of the assistants that they were mocking the Catholic Church and making light of what was going on. So, as I conducted the...
  • White House Releases Official Picture of Bin Laden Burial

    05/11/2011 1:12:28 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 11, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
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    11/10/2010 9:33:28 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 13 replies · 1+ views
    SELF | NOV103, 2010 | swampsniper
    Just found out that grandson Gerry was picked to be sworn in to the FNG at halftime, next Sunday.Life is just rushing on too fast for me, LOL.
  • Bidens Attend Naturalization Ceremony in Iraq

    07/04/2010 3:59:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, July 4, 2010 – Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, presided over a naturalization ceremony in Al Faw Palace here today in honor of 156 servicemembers who earned their U.S. citizenship through service to the nation. Vice President Joe Biden congratulates a soldier on becoming a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony in Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, Iraq, July 4, 2010. Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, also attended the event, during which more than 150 U.S. servicemembers became U.S. citizens....
  • VIDEO: Obama Rained Out Of Memorial Day Ceremony In IL

    05/31/2010 11:50:13 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 57 replies · 1,256+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 31, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    FOX News reports President Barack Obama canceled a Memorial Day event in Illinois due to rain.
  • Re-enlistment Ceremony Marks 102 Years for Army Reserve

    04/23/2010 6:24:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 287+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2010 – To mark the 102nd anniversary of the U.S. Army Reserve, a hand-picked group of 60 reservists representing units in every U.S. state and territory re-enlisted together at a ceremony held today on Capitol Hill. U.S. Army Reserve soldiers stand in formation in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Building, Washington, D.C., during the fifth annual U.S. Army Reserve National Capitol Re-enlistment Ceremony, April 23, 2010. Sixty U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from across the United States took part in the event marking the U.S. Army Reserves 102nd anniversary.   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • Young men prove their bravery by riding giant logs......

    04/09/2010 11:42:30 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 26 replies · 927+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 2:31 PM on 9th April 2010 | By Mail Foreign Service
    Bravery isn't the first word that comes to mind when looking at these images of a Japanese log-rolling ceremony. But that is exactly what these young men are apparently proving during the bizarre Ki-otoshi ceremony, where they ride the giant logs as they are yanked down steep hills by ropes. Skidding and bumping over the rough terrain, at times the logs literally drop down the steep inclines
  • Ceremony Honors Fallen Medical Servicemembers

    03/17/2010 4:59:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 179+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 17, 2010 – Army Cpl. Adam J. Fargo, a medic, was killed by a homemade bomb while on patrol in Iraq more than three years ago. Sarah Fargo honors her brother's memory by wearing his photo and dog tags at a ceremony honoring fallen military medical personnel at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., March 16, 2010. Army Cpl. Adam J. Fargo, a medic, was killed in Iraq in July 2006. The Military Health System’s 2010 Remembrance Ceremony honored medical servicemembers who died in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom from 2001 through Dec. 31, 2009....
  • Scouts Honor Servicemembers at Ceremony

    11/18/2009 3:56:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 427+ views
    ARLINGTON, Nov. 18, 2009 – Character was the focus as Scouting saluted the military yesterday. U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri told about 500 people from Boy Scouts’ National Capital Area Council that the values of Boy Scouts and the military are constant and that both organizations seek to serve something greater than themselves. This was the first Scout dinner saluting the military. Retired Navy Capt. Scott Gray, who now works with event sponsor General Dynamics, said he hopes to make the event an annual affair. The Crystal Gateway Marriott – a stone’s throw from the Pentagon – hosted the...

    11/14/2009 12:18:12 PM PST · by Tamar Rush · 51 replies · 2,717+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | Nov. 14, 2009 | The Last Crusade
    RABBI FIRST U.S. VICTIM OF JIHAD KAHANE CEREMONY OFFENSIVE TO OBAMA thelastcrusade.orgAny commemoration in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) of the anniversary of Rabbi Meir Kahane's assassination would be harmful to the peace process, the American Embassy told The Jerusalem Post.The American comments came after the Jerusalem Post obtained e-mails in which an embassy official told Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin's office that any plans for such a ceremony was "something that Senator [George] Mitchell and his team are following with concern."The e-mails also implied that such a ceremony would be frowned upon by President Barack Obama who is attempting to...
  • Britain sparks row by sending senior diplomat to Ahmadinejad ceremony

    08/03/2009 5:07:02 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 655+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 4, 2009 | Martin Fletcher and Francis Elliott
    Britain sparked controversy yesterday by sending its second most senior diplomat in Tehran to the ceremony at which Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, officially endorsed President Ahmadinejad’s hotly disputed re-election. Iran’s opposition leaders, who say the election was rigged, boycotted the event. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) sent Patrick Davies, the British Embassy’s deputy head of mission, even though the regime has repeatedly accused Britain of fomenting the turmoil that has engulfed Iran since the ballot, arrested Iranians working for the Embassy and expelled the BBC’s Tehran correspondent. The FCO said that it sent Mr Davies to the...
  • US atheists choose 'de-baptism' to renounce childhood faith

    07/24/2009 5:43:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies · 1,121+ views
    Anglican Media ^ | July 23, 2009 | G. Jeffrey MacDonald
    Until last summer, Jennifer Gray of Columbus, Ohio, considered herself "a weak Christian" whose baptism at age 11 in a Kentucky church came to mean less and less to her as she gradually lost faith in God. Then the 32-year-old medical transcriptionist took a decisive step, one that previously hadn't been available. She got "de-baptised". In a type of mock ceremony that's now been performed in at least four states, a robed "priest" used a hairdryer marked "reason" in an apparent bid to blow away the waters of baptism once and for all. Several dozen participants then fed on a...
  • Ceremony Commemorates Vietnam War’s First Combat Casualties

    07/08/2009 4:51:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 656+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2009 – Bright blue skies above the National Mall today belied the solemnity of the ceremony commemorating the first two American combat casualties of the Vietnam War. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Chester Ovnand and Maj. Dale Buis were the first two U.S. servicemembers killed in the Vietnam War. Their sacrifice was honored in Washington, D.C., Jyly 8, 2009, in a ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of their deaths. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “On this date 50 years ago, two men lost their lives...
  • The White House on National Day of Prayer: A Proclamation, but No Formal Ceremony

    05/03/2009 7:03:49 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 22 replies · 908+ views
    USNews ^ | 5/1/09 | Dan Gilgoff
    The National Day of Prayer Task Force, which is run out of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colo., has been eagerly awaiting word from the White House about plans for next Thursday's National Day of Prayer. Specifically, the group wants to know if President Obama will issue a proclamation observing the National Day of Prayer next Thursday and whether he'll host a formal White House event to mark the day—the latter being the practice of the Bush White House. The White House tells me that there will be a proclamation but no White House...
  • Olympic artists angry (Kung Fu Students)

    08/16/2008 4:46:29 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 26 replies · 154+ views ^ | August 14, 2008 | Kristoffer Rřnneberg
    The Kung Fu pupils in the opening ceremony of the Olympics have spent the last year cooped up in a military camp outside Beijing. Conditions have been bad. "They weren't even given enough food," says their trainer. This news adds to the criticism of the Beijing Organizing Committee. Viewers from around the globe marvelled at the Opening Ceremony last Friday. One of the most spectacular features was the martial arts display by 2008 pupils from the famous Shaolin Centre in Henan province. With coordinated movements, they showed the Tai Chi variant of Kung Fu; a popular way to relax for...
  • Ceremony Of Welcome At The Government House In Sydney

    07/19/2008 12:49:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 1 replies · 97+ views
    EWTN ^ | July 17, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    On Thursday 17 July 2008, the Holy Father was formally welcomed to Australia by the Governor General, the Prime Minister and other officials. He delivered the following address. Your Excellencies, Dear Australian Friends, It is with great joy that I greet you today. I would like to thank the Governor-General, Major-General Michael Jeffery and Prime Minister Rudd for honouring me by their presence at this ceremony and for welcoming me so graciously. As you know, I have been able to enjoy some quiet days since my arrival in Australia last Sunday. I am most grateful for the hospitality that has...
  • Olympic ceremony boycott a "cop out": White House (national security adviser Stephen Hadley)

    04/13/2008 10:01:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 83+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/13/08 | Randall Mikkelsen - ap
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A boycott of Olympic ceremonies by world leaders over China's crackdown in Tibet would be an evasion of responsibility and less effective than quiet diplomacy, the U.S. national security adviser said on Sunday. The remarks by White House adviser Stephen Hadley come as a challenge to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has said she will not attend the opening ceremony of this year's Beijing Olympics, and to those calling for President George W. Bush and other leaders to do the same. "I think unfortunately a lot of countries say 'well, if we say we are not going...
  • UN chief may not attend Olympic ceremony ("due to scheduling issues")

    04/10/2008 9:57:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 74+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | AP
    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. secretary-general has told China's government that he may not attend the August's opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Asked later whether Ban Ki-moon would not be attending the Olympics, spokeswoman Marie Okabe said in a news conference, "Yes. That's correct." "The secretary-general had conveyed to the Chinese government some months ago that he may not be in a position to accept the invitation to attend this important event due to scheduling issues," Okabe said. Ban is planning "a substantive visit to China" instead, Okabe said. Human rights campaigners have called on...
  • End-of-Tour Ceremony Honors Casualties

    02/03/2008 8:50:33 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 131+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Laura M. Bigenho, USA
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 3, 2008 – Civilians and servicemembers gathered at Al Faw Palace here Feb. 1 to reflect on the cost of war and pay their last respects to fallen warriors during a Multinational Corps Iraq end-of-tour memorial ceremony. The ceremony honored those killed and wounded while the U.S. Army’s 3rd Corps was the maneuver command element from December 2006 to February 2008. Multinational Corps Iraq Commander Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said the ceremony was a time to reflect on the bravery and selfless service of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. “These individuals are...
  • Soldiers Attend Tree Lighting Ceremony

    12/12/2007 5:01:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 416+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek
    Third Brigade Combat Team Soldiers waved Chemlights while singing Christmas carols during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 8, at Forward Operating Base Hammer. Photo by Spc. Ben Hutto, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) attended a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 8, at Forward Operating Base Hammer to welcome a Christmas season spent with their Army family. “I enjoyed the ceremony. It was very motivating and very uplifting,” said Staff. Sgt. Derrick Mears, from Richmond, Va., a communications non-commissioned officer in Headquarters...
  • Troops on minds of many at Fort Huachuca ceremony

    12/07/2007 4:56:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 139+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Christmas and the holidays are a family affair, Maj. Gen. John Custer said Thursday night. As he spoke outside the main chapel on the fort, the commander of the fort and the Intelligence Center said this time of the year “is a time of renewal.” With Christmas dedicated to the celebration of the birth of Christ and his message of peace, the holiday is bittersweet for many families, as soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines “are deployed in harm’s way.” It hurts that fathers and mothers cannot be with their loved ones this time of year, Custer said....
  • America Supports You: Ceremony Recognizes Extraordinary Troop Support

    11/13/2007 2:54:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 65+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2007 – Americans who offer extraordinary support to the nation’s servicemembers got the red-carpet treatment yesterday during a luncheon held in their honor at the famous Rainbow Room restaurant here. Cast members from the FX show "Rescue Me" congratulate Army Maj. Todd Schmidt during the Microsoft Above and Beyond Awards ceremony in New York City, Nov. 12, 2007. Schmidt, a member of the headquarters Army staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., received the award for providing school supplies for children in Afghanistan. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Adam M. Stump, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution...
  • Release Ceremony for Almost 500 Detainees Overseen by Iraqi PM

    11/08/2007 3:52:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 156+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Elizabeth Robbins
    Released detainees sit to hear words of encouragement from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during today’s detainee release ceremony at Camp Liberty. Nearly 500 men were released after the Combined Review and Release Board determined they are no longer a threat to Iraqi or Coalition forces, or the security of Iraq. Photo by Maj. Elizabeth Robbins, Multi-National Force-Iraq Public Affairs. CAMP LIBERTY — A detainee release ceremony here today at Forward Operating Base Constitution highlighted the expanded capacity of the Government of Iraq and Multi-National Force-Iraq to release detainees from Coalition Force custody. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki oversaw the...
  • NYC: Channel 7 to cut 9/11 memorial coverage (to air "Regis" instead of reading victims' names)

    09/07/2007 1:17:25 AM PDT · by Stoat · 13 replies · 954+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | September 6, 2007 | RICHARD HUFF and CORKY SIEMASZKO
    ExclusiveChannel 7 to cut 9/11 memorial coverage By RICHARD HUFF and CORKY SIEMASZKO DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERSThursday, September 6th 2007, 6:46 PM   The city's top-rated TV station will slash its coverage of the Sept. 11 memorial ceremonies by dropping the most emotional part - the reading of the names of the victims. WABC-TV says it's running "Live with Regis & Kelly" instead, and will follow it up with "Rachael Ray" and "The View," while every other broadcast station in town will cover the ceremony start to finish.It marks the first time one of New York's local broadcast stations...
  • LA Mayor Villaraigosa booed at David Beckham ceremony

    07/13/2007 6:28:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1,410+ views
    ap on ^ | 7/13/07 | AP
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was greeted by a crowd of thousands Friday with something he doesn't usually hear - a booming chorus of boos. The icy reception came as Villaraigosa took part in a welcoming ceremony for the newest member of the Los Angeles Galaxy - soccer superstar David Beckham. But when the mayor was introduced, the crowd estimated at 5,000 turned on him with jeers and howls as if he was a member of an opposing team, while the moment was recorded by a vast array of international media. It might have been payback. At a 2005 match...
  • New Book Captures Solemnity, Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery

    05/21/2007 5:10:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 253+ views
    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va., May 21, 2007 – A black and white photograph with Arlington National Cemetery as the somber yet sublime backdrop captures a lone mourner kneeling before a headstone among seemingly endless rows of pale grave markers. Stones, flowers and other symbols of remembrance grace the grave of Army Sgt. Michael J. Bordelon, who died in May 2005 during a combat operation abroad. Photo by David Burnett, used by permission  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. This poignant image and others are spread across the pages of “Where Valor Rests: Arlington National Cemetery,” a new book that...
  • Armed Forces Recruits Take Oath of Enlistment at Florida Ceremony

    05/05/2007 3:37:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 307+ views
    MIAMI, May 4, 2007 – Scores of young people raised their right hands and joined America’s armed forces during a joint enlistment ceremony here yesterday. Left to right: Floridian recruits Angeline Medina, 17, from Miami Gardens; Jorge Lainez, 18, from Miami; and Frank Giro, 18, from Hialeah, are sworn in as new Marine enlistees during a joint oath of enlistment ceremony at Miami’s Opa Locka Airport on May 3. The ceremony inducted 120 young people into the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy or Coast Guard. Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The mass enlistment,...
  • Wereth 11 Remembered in Ceremony (SS Masacre in Belgium in WWII)

    05/01/2007 6:36:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 901+ views
    WERETH, Belgium, May 1, 2007 – During the early stages of World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, 11 black U.S. soldiers assigned to the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion were tortured and executed by German SS officers. Though they have been gone for many years, their spirits live on in this tiny village located in eastern Belgium. Army Sgt. Edward Murray, Spcs. Clint McKinley and Terrence Hicks, and Pfc. Kevin McPherson, assigned to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Germany, served as the color guard for an April 28 ceremony in Wereth, Belgium. The ceremony commemorated 11 black soldiers assigned...
  • USS Cleveland Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

    04/05/2007 4:36:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 349+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 2nd Class Brooke Raffaele, USN
    SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2007 – The United States gained 59 new citizens here yesterday, as 59 servicemembers took the oath of citizenship aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Cleveland. Army Sgt. First Class Jose Vargas, center, joins 58 sailors and Marines in taking the oath of citizenship aboard USS Cleveland in San Diego, April 4. U.S. Navy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. With retention and recruitment at the highest levels in recent history, officials said the Navy can now afford to focus on shaping the force to ensure the best-qualified, most diverse candidates are challenged to...
  • Ceremony Honors Troops Killed in Persian Gulf War

    02/25/2007 5:39:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 182+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2007 – About 160 family members of U.S. troops killed during the Persian Gulf War gathered at an Army officers’ club at Fort Myer, Va., today as part of an annual observance to remember fallen loved ones. Marine 1st Sgt. Bobby Barnett accompanies Lujaine al-Habib, daughter of a Kuwaiti diplomat, as she places the U.S. Marine Corps’ flag onto a tablet of remembrance at the Fort Myers Officers Club, Fort Myers, Va., today as part of an annual observance ceremony honoring U.S. servicemembers who died during the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War. Defense Dept. photo by Gerry...
  • Servicemembers Gain U.S. Citizenship in Iraq Ceremony

    02/16/2007 3:35:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 383+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Amanda J. Solitario, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2007 – He has proudly called himself an American soldier for more than a year, and now he can finally call himself a citizen of the country he serves. Army Spc. Sherif Z. Shalaby, a translator aide with the 15th Sustainment Brigade, was one of the more than 85 servicemembers to gain their U.S. citizenship during a Feb. 11 naturalization neremony here. Shalaby said words can’t describe the wealth of pride and excitement he felt as he raised his hand to take the oath of allegiance. "It was really a great moment," the Egyptian native said....
  • Weapons Cache Seized; Ceremony Held for Iraqi Police Graduates

    01/15/2007 6:20:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 241+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2007 – U.S. soldiers assisted in the removal of a makeshift bomb near Baghdad after Iraqi police seized the devise along with a weapons cache during a raid on Jan. 13, U.S. military officials reported. The weapons cache included 60mm mortars, 81mm mortars, a 60mm mortar launcher, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and nine rockets, explosive formed charges, a 120mm artillery round, 107mm rockets, blasting caps and timers, officials said. Also on Jan. 13, a ceremony was held in recognition of Ramadi Iraqi police graduates. A total of 58 Iraqi police officers graduated from their weeklong advanced training...