military tradition

Veteran’s Day

                                               November 11, 2016

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11th, honoring all military veterans – that is, all who served in the United States Armed Forces….from World War I, which ended 98 years ago, on November 11, 1918….through nearly a century of history and conflict, to today.

(Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day, observed at the end of May each year, honors those who died while in military service.)

The iconic quotation by G. K. Chesterton encapsulates the attitude of those who have served, and serve today:

   The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him,
                          but because he loves what is behind him.

An enduring tradition: Joseph Ambrose, then, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War.

A lovely military man selling poppies stopped me today and asked if he could reposition mine - while doing so he told me that women should wear their poppy on their right side; the red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much. The leaf should be positioned at 11 o'clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended. He was worried that younger generations wouldn’t understand this and his generation wouldn’t be around for much longer to teach them
—  ANZAC (kittykatex)

So, in the interview, Jemma mentioned something really interesting. She says that she believes that bernie comes from a traditional, military family, which actually makes a world of sense. She also confims that Alex was the first relationship she had with a woman. No wonder she stayed with Marcus for so long, not just for her kids, but for her own family who sound like they would like neither divorce nor lesbianism.
Serena’s mum has been dead for a while now,and while she was old fashioned, Serena still tended to do what she wanted, especially after her death. I feel like Bernie still has that judgemental, overbearing mother in her life who would struggle her daughter being anything other than hetro. Bernie and Serena’s relationship can’t be a secret, mostly because it would be too hurtful to Serena, so committing to a serious relationship seems like it may put a hell of a lot on the line for Bernie. And we know what Bernie’s like with trying to please everyone, so she’ll have given everything to prevent her family from finding out about her (it also makes sense why she didn’t want the kids to know- I’d imagine her family are the kind that teach that homosexuality is wrong, and she may genuinely be a little bit ashamed about it).

I’d love the show to delve into Bernie’s relationship with her mother (that would actually be a really interesting storyline for her to return on- her mother gets ill, and is treated by Serena, who she really likes. We and Serena have no idea who she’s treating until bernie rushes to her mother’s side at the end of the episode).


Today we honor military veterans who have served and sacrificed for our nation.  

Pictured here, the BLM protects and manages the Fort Ord National Monument on the Monterey Peninsula in California. A part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, the former Fort Ord military base has been set aside for preservation, conservation and recreation for current and future generations to enjoy - and to remember the military tradition of this historic place.

Thank you, veterans.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

Can I just…Like, people are joyful over Trudeau’s new cabinet. Joyful. Over a federal cabinet. But look:

Our new Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada is Jody Wilson-Raybould, an aboriginal woman and leader. This when we’re dealing with a crisis around missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Our new Minister of Defense is Harjit Sajjan, an actual combat veteran and first generation immigrant. This when former the PM’s rhetoric on Canada’s military tradition centered mostly on white British stuff around the War of 1812.

Our new Minister of Veterans Affairs is Kent Hehr, a lawyer who is physically disabled and an experienced activist in the areas of gun violence and LBGTA+ rights. This after a period when Canadian veterans hadn’t just been denied an advocate in Veterans affairs but it had almost become hostile towards them. 

Our new minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Coast Guard is Hunter Tootoo. An Inuit man has been given the portfolio responsible for issues of natural resources and Canadian sovereignty. 

(Hold on, I need a minute. Hunter Tootoo is hotter than Trudeau. By far. Holy shit. Okay, I’m good now)

And I could go on. We have an actual scientist handling science! A first generation immigrant in charge of democratic institutions! A paralympian in charge of sports and people with disabilities! A doctor as minister of health!



Keep going Trudeau. You’re doing brilliantly so far.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, IMJINGAK : A girl wearing a traditional hanbok dress stands at a military fence facing towards North Korea at Imjingak park, south of the Military Demarcation Line and Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, on February 19, 2015. South Korean families separated during the Korean war often visit the DMZ to offer prayers to their relatives in the North, on the occasion of the Lunar New Year.     AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones