Tuesday, November 15, 2005
From the Arizona Daily Star
If the worth of a man can be measured by the tears shed at his funeral, Tucson Army Spc. Tommy Byrd died very rich for one so young.
More than 500 mourners gathered at a Midtown church on Veterans Day for an anguished goodbye to the 21-year-old soldier killed in action in Iraq.All the Army traditions aimed at comforting families of the fallen were carried out with military precision: 21 rifle shots, a flag-draped coffin, the awarding of a Purple Heart.
But Byrd's loved ones were inconsolable as the rituals unfolded, their sobs filling the cavernous room and echoing down the packed church halls.
Holding her husband's flag, Mykel Byrd kisses his coffin. Tommy Byrd's funeral took place at the Central Church of the Nazarene, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery & Memorial Park. In background is Noah Pincusoff, who served with Byrd in Iraq. David Sanders / Arizona Daily Star
Soldier's Mom has a heartfelt and moving account of SPC Byrd's funeral. Byrd was a friend and fellow Soldier of her son, Noah.
Read her account here. It is required reading.
Thanks to Matt at BlackFive for his post.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
From Captain Chuck "TCOverride" Ziegenfuss
Here's a message from Chuck for all of you to tune in tomorrow to MSNBC's Connected:
Mkay... I dragged my drugged and temporarily one-handed body out of the hospital bed to tell ya'll about something most important.
Carren is gonna be on national TV (and live national TV at that) to let everyone know about Project Valour-IT. She will represent me (the nerd who thought of this project), and the many people who have made this project a success.
She is going to be on "Connected coast to coast" a show run by MSNBC. Don't know how long she'll be on, but for the love of god, please tune in, put your hands on the top of your TV, and talk to Jebus when the show is over. The show runs from 1200-1300 (noon to one fer ya civlians out there)(and that's eastern time) My beloved is supposed to be on around 1240, but I will rest assured that her looks, personality, and general charm will either get her on early, or the show will go into extra rounds like Rocky and the Big Ruskie in Rocky IV.
Here's how you can help. Send this to every one you know, post it on your blog, get them to post it on theirs. One side will say it's a failure of the gummint to not prvide this for the soldiers, others just see it as a way to help our brothers and sisters who have fallen but will be getting up. However they spin it, just get the word out.
There's less than 18 hours to game time, so let's get our blog on!
Chuck asks that we "cross post the hell out of this". So, I'll make it easy for you. Copy the above message. Below are the link and trackback for Chuck's post at TC Override.
Hattip to Matt at BlackFive
Monday, November 07, 2005
We’ve all heard about the Iraq War deck of cards featuring Iraq’s 55 “most wanted” leaders that were distributed to American troops at the start of the war. After that, political card decks were all the rage.
There were the Bush Cards, the Democratic Weasels cards and countless others.
They are not a new invention, however. In 1863, a double pack of cards was printed by Mortimer Nelson, one showing Confederate Generals, the other showing Union Generals. Many packs were printed during the first and second world wars depicting people in the news that were in politics…Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt.
In later years, there were several packs printed that poked fun at the world leaders… "The Politicards" series first came out in the days of Nixon, then Carter, then Reagan and finally, Clinton. Link.
All of which should mean that it is time for a re-issue of that 1957 classic talking song, The Deck of Cards by Wink Martindale. Everyone of a certain age - or, more likely, an uncertain age - should remember The Deck of Cards. It was about a young American soldier arrested for playing cards in church. It ends with the much parodied lines: "and friends, the story is true. I was that soldier." You can find news of Wink - still with his own radio show, it seems - and the lyrics of the song on the internet but it is interesting how decks of cards and soldiers seem to be forever intertwined. Link.
Hattip to Matt at BlackFive.
Sunday, November 06, 2005|
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Soldier's Angels is raising money for PROJECT: Valour IT ~ Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops
I encourage you to click the donation button to the left and contribute today! For more information, read below. I stole this from our team leader, Matt, at BlackFive.
"At that time I had no use of either hand. I know how humbling it is, how humiliating it feels. And I know how much better I felt, how amazingly more functional I felt, after Soldiers' Angels provided me with a laptop and a loyal reader provided me with the software. I can't wait to do the same, to give that feeling to another soldier at Walter Reed." - Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss at TC Override
Want to be part of something big?
Valour-IT's online fundraising competition begins today! Let's see who can raise the most money to help reconnect our wounded warriors with the world!
WHAT: Friendly fundraising competition for Valour-IT.
WHEN: November 2nd through Veterans Day (the 11th).
WHERE: Based in the blogosphere, spreading everywhere else.
HOW: Blogger teams will be divided along military branches, with civilians "up for grabs." The lines are drawn by service rivalry:
Jarheads (Marines) will be led by Holly Aho
Zoomies (Air Force) will be led by Mrs. Greyhawk
Squids (Navy) will be led by Mrs. Smash.
Doggies (Army) led by Blackfive
Non-military bloggers should choose a branch (read: the Army) to support. Now, normally, I don't take part in the gentle brutal inter-service rivalry, especially during war. But this is for a very important charity. Every donor during this time will receive a Soldiers' Angels Coin.Tell your friends, family and neighbors about Valour-ITPut up these flyers around your community (I put one up at my local Starbucks).