So, this has been running though my mind for a while now, and I’m finally getting around to it:
I have heard people talk about not understanding the point of the ceremony and hype around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. And I don’t blame them. Even though I’m a combat veteran, it took me a while to understand why it meant so much to me. Please allow me to pass my understanding on to you.
As soldiers, we have written a check to the people of the USA, redeemable for up to and including our lives. This came with the promise that if we had to give our lives, our sacrifice would be honored.
No. Matter. What.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the ultimate fulfillment of that promise. It is standing proof that, even if the ONLY thing we can determine is that you were a US soldier, and not your identity, your sacrifice will STILL be honored.
And this is not just important for those about to face the risk of death. For those of us who survived, but have comrades who did not, this is super important. It brings comfort to those of us who knew those that have fallen. To know that they are honored, as we were promised they would be.
To be super blunt, it doesn’t fucking matter what you think of the military: it is a demonstrable fact that without them, people wouldn’t have the right choose how they feel about ANYTHING. And those who gave their lives to continue to support and defend these rights deserve to be honored and remembered.
Marines with Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion (2nd LAAD) conducting a live fire training exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on June 6, 2017. Marines with MARSOC worked with 2nd LAAD to conduct live fire exercises to maintain proficiency and accuracy with various weapon systems. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Cody J. Ohira)
Happy Veterans Day to our real-life superheroes! Today we give thanks to all who put the freedoms and safety, we all take for granted, before their own. We give thanks to those who’s selfless nature and sacrifices too often go unnoticed. So reach out to those veterans in your life give them a big ol’ hug and thank them. To all the veterans out there, THANK YOU!! Today you will be noticed. 🇺🇸
74 years ago ordinary kids from small towns across America joined with our allies to do the extraordinary. Landing at Pointe du Hoc at now infamous beaches such as Omaha, Juneau, and Utah, while German artillery rained down upon them. These heroes continued to liberate towns for the next year until all of Europe was free from tyranny and oppression.
The US Invasion of Grenada. A 1983 United States–led invasion of the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, which has a population of about 100,000 and is located 160 kilometres (99 mi) north of Venezuela, that resulted in a U.S. victory within a matter of weeks. Codenamed Operation Urgent Fury, it was triggered by an armed revolution and overthrow of the sitting government by the Grenadian Marxist-Leninist vanguard party ‘New Jewel Movement’ with support of Cuban forces.
The U.S. Army’s Rapid Deployment Force, which consisted of the 1st and 2nd Ranger Battalions, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Marines, U.S. Army Delta Force, and U.S. Navy SEALs constituted the 7,600 troops from the United States and Jamaica.
The U.S-led force defeated Grenadian resistance after a low-altitude airborne assault by the 75th Rangers on Point Salines Airport on the southern end of the island, and a Marine helicopter and amphibious landing on the northern end at Pearl’s Airfield shortly afterward.
The date of the invasion is now a national holiday in Grenada, called Thanksgiving Day.
In January 1991, Somalian President Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown by a coalition of opposing clans, precipitating the Somali Civil War. In September 1991, severe fighting broke out in Mogadishu, which continued in the following months and spread throughout the country, with over 20,000 people killed or injured by the end of the year.
These wars led to the destruction of Somalia’s agriculture, which in turn led to starvation in large parts of the country. The international community began to send food supplies to halt the starvation, but vast amounts of food were hijacked and brought to local clan leaders, who routinely exchanged it with other countries for weapons. An estimated 80 percent of the food was stolen. These factors led to even more starvation, from which an estimated 300,000 people died and another 1.5 million people suffered between 1991 and 1992.
Operation Provide Relief began in August 1992, when U.S. President George H. W. Bush announced that U.S. military transports would support the multinational U.N. relief effort in Somalia. The U.S delivered 48,000 tons of food and medical supplies in six months to international humanitarian organizations trying to help Somalia’s more than three million starving people.
When this proved inadequate to stop the massive death and displacement of the Somali people (500,000 dead and 1.5 million refugees or displaced), the U.S. launched a major coalition operation to assist and protect humanitarian activities in December 1992. Operation Restore Hope.
The Battle of Mogadishu. A part of Operation Gothic Serpent, took place on 3 - 4 October 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, between forces of the United States and Somali militiamen loyal to the self-proclaimed president-to-be Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
The initial U.S. Joint Special Operations force, Task Force Ranger, was a collaboration of various elite special forces units such as U.S. Army Rangers, 1st SFOD-D “Delta Force”, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment; Air Force Combat Controllers, Air Force Pararescuemen, and Navy SEALs from the Development Group (DEVGRU).
Task Force Ranger was dispatched to seize two of Aidid’s high-ranking lieutenants during a meeting in the city. The goal of the operation was achieved, but initially only intended to last an hour. The operation spiraled into an overnight standoff and rescue operation extending into the daylight hours of 4 October.
U.S forces saw 18 men killed in action, with an additional 73 wounded. Somali forces saw 500 men killed in action, and an additional 800 wounded.
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