After the Summer Olympics wrapped up in London, 4,280 athletes who have physical or visual impairments then competed in the Paralympics. These athletes included American soldiers injured in the line of duty, and their performance was as inspiring as the traditional Olympic Games that preceded it. A service of Courage and Faith at St.
Paul s Cathedral in London marked the opening of these faith-inspired games, which included 20 sports, such as men s under-22 basketball for young men who are paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. While most of the top stars at the real Olympics are Christian athletes inspired by their faith, governments controlling these games typically disfavor religious or controversial remarks. Athletes were even told to be careful about what they said on Twitter, lest someone feign offense and demand that the athlete be sent home.
But the Paralympics are not so hostile to faith and free speech, as demonstrated by the crowd of 1600 who attended the St. Paul s ceremony at the outset of these games. And unlike the empty seats that spotted the Olympics, the Paralympics had 80,000-person sell-outs for every session, morning and evening.
Some of the athletes, despite their disabilities, rivaled the performance of the gifted Olympic athletes who preceded them. Oscar Pistorius, a faith-inspired double-amputee who competed in the traditional Olympics to the amazement of the world, was himself defeated in the 100m and 200m by other outstanding disabled athletes at the Paralympics. He then won the gold medal in the 400m race.
One athlete, American Navy lieutenant Brad Snyder, had lost his sight in the service of our Nation when a bomb exploded as he sought to help another soldier.
But he swam to his third gold medal in the Paralympics, declaring that “It is an honor and a privilege to be here serving my country.
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With apologies, only just received ( 2145 ) Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson of the Light Dragoons take place on Thursday, 13th September, 2012
|RAF Brize Norton (Family Service Starts)||Family Service usually takes about one hour|
|Cortege expected to leave RAF Brize Norton||(Approximately 0.8 miles to Brize Norton)|
|(Approximately 0.9 miles to Memorial)|
|Memorial Garden (Norton Way, Carterton)|
|Minister Lovell (Junction with A40)||(Approximately 8.0 miles to Eynsham)|
|St Anthony of Padua Parish Church (Final Turn)||(Situated at entrance to JRH)|
|John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford)|
———-ooOoo———- On behalf of the Royal Marines Association
The Department of Defense announced the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Aug.
27, in Kalagush, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered from enemy, small arms fire. They were assigned to the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
Killed were: Sgt. Christopher J. Birdwell, 25, of Windsor, Colorado Spc.
Anders, 21, of Baker City, Oregon No.
712-12 August 28, 2012
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Session 8: June 1, 2012 April 1809, Portugal
The final battle began on a fine morning with the 30th Northumberland prepared behind their lines, with the stolen French cannon offering steady support. Two lines of infantry faced off at the bridge, the French attempting to take it and the English steadfastly refusing to yield.
Volley after volley was fired into the enemy and yet the French still advanced and fired. The cannon boomed across the distance, killing many, and yet the French still advanced and fired.
Lt. Hardrick stood ready with the 13th Light Dragoons to attack. Cornet Wyle ready to give the French a proper drubbing. Sgt. Finkauf looking to improve his station with a feat of excellence. Corporal Limekiller salivating at the thought of stealing a French lieutenant’s horse, parading it around before returning it, painted with the Union Jack. Private Greenleaf, nursing the one remaining bottle of cognac of his ruined treasure, hoping to simply survive. Private Crossley seeking death or glory by taking the French Eagle in battle. All stood prepared to do their duty to King and Country!
Soon the withering fire of the 30th Northumberland took it’s toll on the advancing French infantry and, with the cannon’s steady boom, routed the other force. The 13th Light Dragoon’s sprang into action, charging across the bridge to harry the retreating forces and come face to face with the French cavalry.
The battle continued on, this time cavalry vs. cavalry. Sabres flashed in the sun, heroic charges and valiant last stands were made and the French, sans their Eagle and the French lieutenant’s horse, were forced to retreat. Though wounded in battle, Lt. Hardrick and his men managed to win the day and gain a new reputation with the French, a reputation built upon their defeat at the hands of the 13th Light Dragoons.
After the battle, the main column arrived and secured the bridge. Promotions all around: Lt. Hardrick was promoted to Captain, Cornet Wyle received his Lieutenancy. Sgt. Finkauf gained a Cornet rank, while Corporal Limekiller became the new Sergeant. And the privates, Greenleaf and Crossley, were awarded with corporal badges.
Bex stole the French horse from Limekiller but he managed to get it back and fulfill his personal mission, gaining a reputation with the French lieutenant – a character that will come back for REVENGE!
(This was the first session we used the extended skirmish rules and they worked quite well. The skirmish was divided into infantry attack and cavalry attack and I had the players take the roles of the 30th Northumberland of Foot officers and men, using their PC’s as the template, to fight out the infantry attack. Then we switched to cavalry and they played their own PCs for that. The fight went back and forth, and it looked like the cannon gave them a distinct advantage but it was hard fought, nonetheless.
As for the promotions, they were very lucky with their draws and everyone managed to win a battlefield promotion.
This was also the end of the Duty & Honour sessions and only the future can say whether we will return to the exploits of the 13th Light Dragoons! Hurrah!)
Federal Tax Exempt Status Granted to Heroes Fallen Studios Inc. Posted by Clayton D. Murwin on July 9, 2011 at 1:56 PM Heroes Fallen Studios Inc. received in the mail today July 9th its letter of Federal Tax Exemption from the IRS today. We are now Officially a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization
Different approach same mission, to support our Veterans. I came into contact with Veteran Travis Martin earlier this year through some mutual contacts. I was asked to consider volunteering my time to do accompanying sketches for their publication Journal of Military Experience Volume II. I agreed and 18 stories later here are a few of the sketches that I did for those stories. Which you can see below
Anne arrived late Tuesday evening and yesterday we hit a few places around Springfield. Today we’re heading to Ozark to visit Leola’s and Riverview, and have lunch at Spring Creek. So this is posting a little early so we can get out the door. I wrote this post earlier this week, hope you’re having a …
Vintage Inspiration #92 Painted Upholstery
Jimmy Fallon’s recent jokes, from NBC: Hey, did you hear about this? On Friday, President Obama spent the night at his home in Chicago for the first time in over a year. It was nice – he even went down to the basement and dusted off some old campaign promises. Everybody’s talking about this. Soda dr …
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Jimmy’s jokes, some recent zingers
Marking 60 years of the queen’s reign, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations centered around an extended weekend on 2,3,4 and 5 June. Many female celebrities attended the exciting celebration with splendid attire. Among them, two ladies were honored as the “Best Dressed of the Week” by famous fashion mag …
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Simple Dresses Expressed Beauty at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee