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Today December 7th a day which will live in infamy 

Today is December 7 – a day that President Roosevelt said would be “a date which will live in infamy.” On that fateful morning of December 7, 1941, America was attacked without warning. More than 2,400 Americans died and 1,100 were wounded. Our country was changed forever. This attack led us into war, and the citizens of America responded with courage and resolve. So it may be well to reflect on what took place and how we today…

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A missile strike kills the beloved clown of Aleppo

As the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tightens the noose on rebel-held enclaves in the city of Aleppo, its relentless shelling of civilian areas claimed yet another casualty. According to news reports, Anas al-Basha, a 24-year-old social worker who dressed as a clown to entertain children, died in a suspected regime or Russian missile strike Tuesday in the Mashhad neighborhood of eastern Aleppo.
Basha’s death was confirmed in a tweet by a man who identified himself as Basha’s brother:

According to the Associated Press, Basha chose to stay in the city and continue his work even as other members of his family, including his parents, left Aleppo. Samar Hijazi, Basha’s supervisor, recalled her slain colleague to the AP. “He would act out skits for the children to break the walls between them,” she said, adding that “all of us in this field [of child care] are exhausted, and we have to find strength to provide psychological support and continue with our work.”
Mahmoud al-Basha, who identified himself as Anas’s brother, lamented his passing in a Facebook post.
Anas “lived to make children laugh and happy in the darkest most dangerous place,” he wrote. “… Anas who refused to leave Aleppo and decided to stay there to continue his work as a volunteer, to help the civilians and give gifts for the children in the streets to bring hope for them.”

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Ruth Gruber dies at 105; journalist and author brought Jewish refugees to U.S. during WWII

When Ruth Gruber saw a report during World War II that 1,000 Jewish refugees were being brought to the United States, she rushed straight to her job with the Secretary of the Interior.
“I got rid of my breakfast and rushed to the office and said, ‘I have to see the secretary.’ I told him, ‘Somebody has to go over and hold their hands; they’re going to be terrified,'” Gruber said in a 2010 interview in the Sunday Telegraph of London.

That somebody turned out to be her, and as she accompanied the refugees to the U.S., she interviewed them, which became the basis of “Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America,” one of her many books but only one part of Gruber’s long, trailblazing life. The book inspired the 2001 television miniseries “Haven,” in which the late Natasha Richardson portrayed Gruber. 
The journalist and humanitarian died Thursday at her home in Manhattan, according to her editor, Philip Turner. She was 105.

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ISIS-destroyed parish

There were gasps, followed by tears at a small church in northern Iraq as a group of Christians returned to their parish Sunday to find that everything had been destroyed, including the statue of the Virgin Mary which Islamic State militants had decapitated before they left.

A confession booth turned into a closet, a desecrated tomb, red prayer benches burnt. As Father Thabet Habib recited prayers at the Saint Addai church, the sound of broken glass crunched underneath worshippers’ feet.

Keramlis, a Christian town on the Nineveh plains in northern Iraq, fell to the Islamic State in August 2014, two months after the extremist group took Iraq’s second city of Mosul and surrounding areas, sending most of its inhabitants fleeing.

The town was liberated around three weeks ago as part of the push for Mosul, but most of its homes have been destroyed in the process.

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Honoring the unknown Soldier tomb 

*Today is Veterans Day, a day when we honor the men who have served our country and to thank them for their service and sacrifice to defend us. This holiday was originally known as Armistice Day, was established to remember the 1918 signing of the Armistice Treaty and to honor the heroes of World War I. 

In 1921, Congress ordered the building a tomb to honor the men who had given their lives. One unknown American soldier was chosen to be buried in the tomb. When the Navy ship Olympia arrived in Washington with the body of that fallen soldier, America responded. The Band played “Onward Christian Soldiers” as the casket was taken to the U.S. Capitol, where the soldier was laid in state. ( More )

Another slap in the face to all who defend our nation everyday regardless of their color

He did it again, and this time he had company.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continued his protest of the national anthem, taking a knee while “The Star Spangled Banner” played at the preseason finale in San Diego tonight.
This time, he was joined by safety Eric Reid, who was not in uniform. The crowd booed as both players kneeled, while Kaepernick was jeered mercilessly when he played.

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One Military working dog who faced combat and saved lives finds home in retirement another may be put down by Uncle Sam 

Airmen at Offutt Air Force Base last month gave a retirement send-off — complete with tributes, cake and medals — to Ada and Tex, two military working dogs whose bomb-sniffing noses saved lives during combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
But the two 10-year-old German shepherds face very different fates.
In retirement, sweet-tempered Ada will live with her last handler, Senior Airman Kathryn Malone of Offutt’s 55th Security Forces Squadron, lying about on a comfy bed and playing with her favorite toy: a purple rubber snowman that squeaks.
But Tex, who is high-strung and has persistent seizures, will likely be killed.
“For me, it’s going to be like losing a best friend,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Stewart, 31, Tex’s handler and closest companion for more than a year. “He was one of those dogs that you’d know he had your back.”

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A 4th of July requist from a veteran 

Supreme Sacrifice

Yes we should honor all those who are serving in the Arm Forses or have served. However today’s holiday Monday, May 30 along with every Memorial Day is about honoring those who made the Supreme Sacrifice.Thank their families and give thanks to the Lord for their actions. 

See why boy cries when he puts on dad’s military jacket