Most of the more than 300 blogs in this space have brought you stories of the heroes and recipients of the above medals and more. But so often what does not get much attention is those who fell between the cracks, yet nevertheless stood in danger's way so that you and I can enjoy the freedoms earned, not by a pen and paper, but from the ends of their rifles.
Today I want to share with you the video link given to me and ask you to please have a look at it and then pass it on to others. They will, be glad you did.
Here is the link... http://www.youtube.com/v/ervaMPt4Ha0&autoplay=1
Please come back after viewing, and I'll bet you will not have a dry eye when you do. The video was made back in 2006 by a 15 year old teen in the US. Recently a web site claimed it had by then been seen over 29,000,000 times.
TWENTY NINE MILLION..by a 15 yr old!
Now take a look at what an older fellow has done. He's a news anchor by the name of Tom Brokaw, and this short clip has been on this site before.. and will hopfully come again. Check this out. It was made just before the Olympics in Vancouver BC many years ago. Here it is.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrA4V6YF6SA
Now, listen to this very emotional song by Jack London at... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34n4AJu2mkg
And finally listen to Trace Adkins with a tear jerker song about Arlington National Cemetery, where you can visit thousands of veterans graves, and go back every day of the year to see a different Medal of Honor grave marker. A handful of these came from Canada. (Our Minister of Veterans Affairs was in the cemetery last month but the press releases say nothing of his visit to those graves.) The video is at... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGzuvmut3Hs
Today's blog is dedicated to those who have worn the uniforms of our two nations in the past, those that wear it today, and those who will wear it tomorrow. It is also dedicated to their families and friends back home who gave them that support they needed when they were out risking, and since 2001, almost 5,000 losing their lives so that we can sit back and do our thing.
Many of these were women. While doubtful to be noted in the Canadian press, and with millions of Americans living in Canada, they and you should know that today is the start of Womens' History Month in the US. In Canada we celebrate this in October.
It has been estimated that beteen 400 and 1,000 women fought disguised as men during the Civil War. One figure says it could be several thousand. Many of these came from Canada...one serving in 8 different regiments. In many years of researching the Canadian MOH recipients I do not recall ever finding a case of a man serving in so many army units. That, with exception of the one fellow who was a scoundrel and joined about 30 or more for bounties and then deserted till caught and being sent of to jail.
Watch this space mid week for today's normal blog.