Real Life Heroes

Memorial Day

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset […]

Moments in History

Sgt. Stubby

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The 102nd Infantry Regiment was practicing on the fields at Yale University when a pit bull mix wandered by seeking out the sound to fulfill his curiosity. It was the summer of 1917 and the world was at war. The wandering dog soon fell in line with the soldiers and spent the day with them. By sunset, the unit had made him their unofficial mascot and named him Stubby.

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Moments in History, Real Life Heroes

Memorial Day

ww1-flanders

Tomorrow marks Memorial Day in the United States, a date to mark those that lost their lives in defense of not only the freedoms and way of life we enjoy here, but defending the freedom of our allies from conquest and oppression.

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Military-Grade Awesome

Strategery

Battle_of_Hoth

This happens to be a holiday weekend in the US, because on Monday we will remember those that have lost their lives in defense of this country and her freedoms.  Knowing that we have a bit of a diverse and multicultural crowd here at Atomic Toasters, I am going to try to balance the patriotic-type tribute that will run later today with a look at some military strategy of another group of rebels fighting the tyranny and oppression of a sweeping empire. I think you know the Rebel Alliance and Empire in question, and the battle we will be looking at starts out the film The Empire Strikes Back, the Battle of Hoth.  This careful analysis comes by way of Spencer Ackerman at Wired.com’s Danger Room and can be found in its entirety there.  Hit the jump to get a taste of what you will find there!

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Startup

IT’S A GO!! USS Iowa to depart San Francisco today

It’s here! YEAY! The day has arrived!!

After a fortuitous week-long delay due to inclement weather off the California coast, the Last Battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) will (finally) be departing her berth in Richmond under tow and making her way out the golden gate around 2:30pm, enroute to her new home in Los […]

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Startup: A Fitting Memorial

The original animatronic President Lincoln

Today is, of course, Memorial Day in the United States, but by a fitting coincidence it is also the 89th anniversary of the opening of the Lincoln Monument in Washington, DC, which memorializes the sixteenth president of the United States.

It is interesting, however, that this is not […]

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