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(In line with the celebrations of Bastille Day in France and the 150th anniversary of the Canadian nation, the following message will be given in parts in both English and French, the co-official national languages of Canada. Apologies for the late post given the task of translating this message into French.)

COMMEMORATIVE MESSAGE IN HONOR OF THE 4TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE SUDDEN AND TRAGIC PASSING OF CANADIAN-AMERICAN ACTOR AND MUSICIAN CORY MONTEITH - 1 (English)


Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America and Canada, to all our remaining living veterans of the Second World War and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women, reservists and families of the entire United States Armed Forces and the Canadian Armed Forces, and of all the uniformed military and civil security services of the United States of America and Canada, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy, light and small industry, agriculture and aquaculture, business, tourism and the press, and most of all to all our people of the free world, especially to all who have in one point or another been a part of TV history in these past 8 years and to our Canadian and US expats abroad:

Today, the 13th day of the month of July, 2017, marks the 4th year anniversary since the devastating loss of one of the biggest television stars of our modern history, one who helped bring the Fox television network into its years of greater TV triumphs and inspired so many people all over the world – as the beloved and dearly missed football quarterback and glee choir member Finn Hudson from the television series Glee. The sudden death of Canadian-American television actor and musician Cory Monteith due to a drug overdose on this tragic day in 2013, that very day that most young TV viewers and fans will never forget, shocked the whole world and the entire movie television industry that he worked for quite some time. By the time news that his dead body was found in the Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, BC, Canada, had been made public (news of it having reached the day after, the 14th day of July, in Europe, Asia and Africa due to time differences, the 14th being the National Day of France and Bastille Day), the whole world was united as one in mourning for him, his family, friends and for those who worked with him on one of the biggest television series of this generation and of the early 21st century, who, together with his fellow co-stars, while breaking open the issues surrounding the young people of today also, in line with past television musical series, reintroduced Broadway musical theater and a whole lot of classic pop and rock tunes to an all new generation of viewers all over the world from the year 2009 up to 2015. Thus, for so many of us, it would be one of the saddest days in our recent history, his death occuring before filming on the fifth of what is now six seasons began.

Cory, who was born 35 years ago in the city of Calgary, Alberta, and later on grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, would, despite a sad childhood and teenage addiction to drugs and alcohol, grow up in the arts and in music and would later emerge as a rising star of television and film, wherein in the former viewers worldwide first noticed him in the early years of this century. And today, it is the people of the world who have watched him before who also are today united in remembrance with the peoples of both the United States of America and Canada – a testament to how his legacy has reached almost every corner of the world. Indeed, the people loved him and his fellow cast and crew members so much, especially to his co-star Lea Michele who later became his partner, companion and girlfriend, that when news of his death broke out they were united as one in expressing with them their profound sadness on the death of such a man who not just became an icon and a model artist of his generation and of ours, but also threw open the doors of inspiration and opportunity to so many other people not just within the United States and Canada but all over the globe, inasmuch as he inspired them to show their potentials, hope towards better days and most of all, to never stop believing.

It is indeed 4 years since that historic tragedy that sent shockwaves to the television industry and to viewers in almost every country of the world. Profound sadness is over all of us today and the very hotel where it happened and the street where in the hours following flowers and candles were seen as a memorial stands as a silent witness to a tragic day that will never ever be forgotten. Not all the fans and television viewers of the TV series Glee have moved on, for such a sudden tragic day that had affected their lives to this very day have caused them, time and again, to cry tears of profound grief for the loss of such a man who not only became a part of their lives but also became to them a beacon of inspiration and friendship. For all of us, given the circumstances that led up to this fateful day, let us, more than ever before, just as Cory dedicated his life to the arts and helping those in need, be even more ready to fight the evils of drug addiction and alcoholism in the world today while being engaged to bring the arts to even more people, especially with the changing political, economic and social situation of these times in our history.

Today, as we mark as one the 4th year anniversary of the day that forever changed television and the world, we stand as one united people in remembering the life and legacy of an actor and singer who left us all too soon, who symbolized the cultural friendship between the peoples of the United States of America, Canada and France, who became for so many a model person of humility, caring for others, and of hard work to carry on our plans for a brighter tomorrow. Today, as we remember him as one, we end this day united in our heartfelt memories of this young man who became in so short a time became a part of us and part of our television history, whose death at a young age of 31 broke all our hearts and is the reason for the sadness we feel today and remember everyday, whose undying legacy in our hearts and minds and as part of our history will remain forever and for generations to come!

In conclusion, as we mark this tragic day 4 years on and continue to honor the memory of this great young man who has become a part of our generation, as one united people, committed to keeping alive his memory, and will be ready to defend the values he kept and shared with others, and the legacy he has entrusted not just to his cast members but also to all of us, will stand in the crossroads of our history, making this one journey together towards a brighter tomorrow, with his memory our guiding light in the darkness, in this dark world an eternal flame lighting up the hopes and dreams of so many people, and and the shining star looking and watching over us with happiness, peace and love, looking forwards a brighter future made possible by the sacrifices made by our serving men and women, veterans and all our fallen heroes of our armed forces, police, fire services and emergency services, by our workers and our athletes, and the men and women of radio, cinema and television whose stories have over the years inspired us and made us be ready to work for a better tomorrow for all of humankind!

And as the old poem says…

At the going down of the sun.. and in the morning… we will remember them!

Lest We Forget! Je Me Souviens!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO DIED FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE FREEDOMS OF THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND CANADA!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE CANADIAN-AMERICAN ACTOR AND MUSICIAN CORY MONTEITH!

LONG LIVE THE FRIENDSHIP OF THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FRANCE AND CANADA WITH ALL THE DEMOCRATIC AND FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLES OF THE WORLD!

LONG LIVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, AND FRANCE, UNITED AS ONE TOGETHER WITH THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD IN THE ROAD TOWARDS A BRIGHTER TOMORROW!

And together as one united people with the rest of the world, until the end of the line..

Don’t Stop Believin’!

2358h EST, 2058 PST July 13, 2017/1158H, July 14, 2017, the 241th year of the United States of America and the 150th of Canada, the 128th of the beginning of the French Revolution, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, the 42nd of the TV program Battle of the Network Stars, the 70th of the United States Department of Defense and the United States Armed Forces and the 50th of the modern Canadian Armed Forces.

Semper Fortis

John Emmanuel Ramos

Makati City, Philippines

Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

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"We, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America, to all our remaining living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women, reservists and families of the entire United States Armed Forces, and of all the public security and civil defense services of the republic, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy and light industry, agriculture, business, tourism and the press, and to all our people of the free world who celebrate with the American people on this very important day:

These were the final words of this historic declaration that was approved by the Second Continental Congress on the fourth day of July, 1776, written by 5 of its members: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman, the very document which ended an almost month-long debate on the political future faced by the 13 colonies of British North America which were engaged in what was the American Revolutionary War against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and its allies. The raison d’etre of this declaration was a historic resolution by Richard Henry Lee from Virginia on June 7 declaring that now that the colonies had their own national armed forces and militias fighting against the British soldiers and sailors, the time had come for the Congress to consider breaking all political, economic and social ties with the British government in London and to Parliament given not just the war itself but the events that transpired before it in a span of just 11 years since the British victory in the Seven Years’ War that made the people of the colonies outside of present day Canada resent British government, her laws, and the armed forces and made imperative the plans of these colonies to unite as one nation and people against a common enemy that through strict legislative acts led to the suffering of her people and resulted in 6 years of war against British rule that led up to today, 241 years to the day that with a majority vote of 11 of the state delegations present the independence of the United States of America was officially confirmed and the declaration approved and later signed by the president of the Congress, John Hancock and all the 55 members of the Congress from all 13 provincial legislatures assembled in plenary session in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the birth of this new nation, the first of the independent republics of America and of the modern world, would be marked in the coming days by the public readings of this historic declaration of this the unanimous decision of the Second Continental Congress, its leaders and all its colonial delegates to officially proclaim the full independence of the United States of America from the government and people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Today, we mark this historic anniversary by recalling the very people without whom this impossible document have not been drafted and approved by the Second Continental Congress, the men and women who compose the active and reserve ranks of the United States Armed Forces and the heroic sacrifice of so many service personnel in these wars and military operations it fought, who we remember today and in every day of our lives, given their heroic deaths were for the country they served and pledged to defend, as well as of the hundreds of thousands of the law enforcement, civil defense and emergency management services of this great nation who fell in the line of duty for the defense of the public order and the law and in saving other lives from danger, especially of the first generation of national servicemen of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps who in these 6 years of national war against the British and its allies abroad helped defend the young republic from her enemies and ensured its continous existence, assuring the people of the world of a country that will always be their friend in times of need in war and in peace.

For just as the United States, in its involvement in two World Wars, in Korea and Vietnam, in the First Gulf War, and in the the battles against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in countless other operations worldwide, have defended not just its interests but the freedom of all the people of the world against the forces of fascism and communism, so should we, the people of the free world and of the United States of America, following the example of the heroes and heroines of these conflicts, as one united people, must continue the struggle in which so many died in the august name of the Union either in military service, in law enforcement, in sports, or just as civilans bringing the values that brought forth this nation, its culture and traditions and the American dream of a brighter tomorrow to all the people of the world who need it even more than ever before. These values must not die, these must be shared to our youth and our future generations, including those from countries that have been true and faithful friends of the United States for many years.

Even in these changing times for the United States, this holiday of the anniversary of the declaration of independence of the United States cannot be forgotten nor be stopped, for it is for the people of this great country and the world a great day to remember the origins and long history of this great nation and to celebrate its diverse people, its wide landscape, vibrant culture and many centuries of historical and cultural heritage.

Today, I join the people of the United States of America to mark the 241st year anniversary since the historic declaration from Philadelphia that officially began the long journey of this great nation to become the eternal beacon of democracy, unity, freedom and independence to so many people all over the world. As we march on as one people towards the events of the year 2026 – the 250th year anniversary of national independence – today, as we joyfully commemorate this historic day of humankind, we march on honoring the men and women who have made this day come true while keeping alive the memory of the millions of men and women who served in its uniformed services and have made the nation proud through their services in various fields of endeavor, in sports, culture, industry and in film, radio and television and the millions who died in the service of this great country in the uniformed services and in civil acts of heroism. All over our great world, the Fourth of July thus is a great day in which we join hands in celebration of this very birthday of the first of the great republics of the modern world, a very day of great importance to remember and commemorate the memory of the heroes who built this nation and of the men and women who have given the republic honor, glory, prestige and distinction and have flew the Stars and Stripes all over the world. To all our dear military, police, fire, EMS, forest service and border guard servicemen and women and veterans, as well as to all our national athletes in sports, we remember you today with our deepest respect and gratitude, for the service you gave for this country will be honored for generations to come. Today and always you will always be the beacons of hope for the youth of our tomorrow and for the millions of the people of the world an inspiration and guide towards a brighter future for all of humanity. And to all who died for the sake of this great nation, today and always, we keep you all in our remembrance.

In conclusion, may we who join the American people in celebration of this the 241st year anniversary of the independence of the United States of America mark this important day with fitting tributes and always hold on to the legacy and promise of this great land for the inheritance of our future generations and joyfully celebrate the very day in which the American people broke the chains of British colonial government and opened wide the door of a new era of the history of humanity!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF THE MILLIONS OF MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHO DIED FOR THE INDEPENDENCE AND LIBERTY OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND HER PEOPLE!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THOSE WHO MADE THEIR MARK AND HAVE DONE GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HAVE BROUGHT FORTH HER NAME TO ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD!

LONG LIVE THE 241ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

LONG LIVE THE VALORIOUS, INVINCIBLE AND LEGENDARY AMERICAN NATION, ITS EVER-VICTORIOUS PEOPLE, AND THE ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVING MEN AND WOMEN IN SERVICE OF ITS ARMED FORCES!

LONG LIVE THE VETERANS OF THE UNIFORMED MILITARY AND CIVIL SECURITY AND DEFENSE SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

GLORY TO THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, GUARDIAN DEFENDERS OF OUR DEMOCRATIC WAY OF LIFE, OUR FREEDOM AND OUR LIBERTY AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE WORTHY OF OUR GENERATIONS TO COME!

GLORY TO THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OF JULY 4, 1776, ONE OF THE GREATEST EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY, THE GREAT EVENT THAT TRANSFORMED 13 COLONIES INTO ONE, MIGHTY, STRONG AND GREAT COUNTRY, THE FIRST REPUBLIC OF OUR MODERN WORLD AND OF ALL OF HUMANKIND!

GLORY TO THE FIRST AND THE GREATEST OF ALL THE FREE NATIONS OF THE WORLD, OUR GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

MAY OUR ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!


1900h, July 4, 2017, the 241th year of the United States of America and the 119th of the Philippines, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, the 42nd of the TV program Battle of the Network Stars, and the 70th of the United States Department of Defense and the United States Armed Forces.

Semper Fortis
John Emmanuel Ramos
Makati City, Philippines
Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

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MAY 8, 2017

May. 8th, 2017 05:00 pm
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MESSAGE IN HONOR OF THE 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORY IN EUROPE AND THE 106TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEGINNING OF NAVAL AVIATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America, to all our remaining living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women, reservists and families of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and of the entire United States Armed Forces, and of all the uniformed military and civil security services of the Allied combatants of this conflict, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy and light industry, agriculture, business, tourism and the press, and to all our people of the free world:

It was on this very day, 72 years ago, that on Berlin, the capital city of Germany, the world witnessed the historic signing of the documents of German surrender in the presence of representatives of the Allied leadership in Berlin, ending 5 years, 8 months and 8 days of a war that forever changed the whole of Europe starting from September 1, 1939, at the cost of so many lives (the war actually began in China in 1937 due to the Japanese invasion of the rest of the country sans Manchuria, which was a Japanese imperial territory administered from 1931 under local leadership, and the conflict in the Pacific which officially commenced in 1941 would only end in 3 and a half months later) - this historic event of the official signing of the act of the total capitulation of the entire German nation and her armed forces before the victorious Allied Powers that we today mark as the day of the official conclusion of the Second World War in Europe and Northern Africa. The news of the end of this great war that forever changed the world was met with great celebration among the peoples of this great continent and within Canada and the United States, with joys and tears in all our eyes, for indeed it was not just a continent that had, from 1914 to 1918, earlier been the epicenter of warfare that the world never expected to be, had once again, after almost 6 years of warfare, seen a sigh of relief, but the victory had been won against the forces of Nazi Germany and the Fascist Italian Social Republic. Celebrations erupted all over a contingent that had been ravaged by these 5 years and 8 months of a war that changed forever its landscape and its destiny, where battles had been raged in every time and place, in land, air and sea, from the skies about Britain, the Normandy beaches and hills, towards the Alps, the Balkan Mountains, the steppes, the snowy Arctic to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where at the cost of millions of military personnel killed, wounded or taken prisoner, from strength to strength, Allied military power proved to be the decisive factor in the victory in which we celebrate today against the military might of the Axis countries and their respective armed forces, plus the deaths by the millions during the Nazi Holocaust of Jews, members of other religious communities and people who sympathized with the resistance movement, as well as of Poles and others in Soviet concentration camps and Gulag camps and by exile to other parts of the USSR of various ethnic communities, and the determination of the home front sectors, including the economic, the arts, and the defense industries to help fight the Allied war effort up to the very end – towards the defeat of fascism and totalitarianism and the final victory of the Allied Powers. Today, therefore, is a day of remembrance and celebration of the victory won against Nazi Germany and its allies at the cost of millions of lives lost and economies and agricultural lands ruined in parts of Europe where the Nazis and Italians held sway.

Just as a joint Soviet-Czechoslovak force with assistance by several personnel of the United States Army and local partisan organizations was repulsing the final signs of Axis resistance in the Czechoslovak capital of Prague, on the late night hours of this day 72 years ago, radio stations all over the world sounded the news that a group of officers representing both the German armed forces and the victorious Allied Powers, within hours before 12 midnight, had signed the official document recognizing the total surrender of all of Germany, her people, the armed forces and the civil uniformed services to the victorious Allied nations and the Allied armed forces in compliance with the provisions of the decisions made in the Tehran, Yalta and Postdam Conferences by leaders from the major Allied combatant countries during the war - the very news this historic victory that was brought to the world by radio, telegrams, and the print media, including on the Soviet Union and much of Asia the next day, May 9, 1945, the very victorious end of the Second World War over Europe and parts of Northern Africa that we celebrate today with the peoples of the many countries that constituted the Allied Powers, in spite of the changing and evolving national, political, economical, social, cultural and enviromental situation we today face. This is that great victory we today celebrate with deep joy, pride and heartfelt gratitude, especially to the remaining living Allied war veterans who collectively form part of what is now known as the ‘’greatest generation” of heroes and heroines who lived on this great planet. With heartfelt respect, we today mark this day in remembrance of the millions of the military and civilian fallen and POWs and the victories made against the Axis powers and against the forces of fascism and imperialism of Germany and Italy and their allies in Europe and North Africa during this long war.

While Victory Day falls tomorrow for those in the former countries of the Soviet Union (except for the 2 of the 3 Baltic countries) and in Israel, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, as well as in the Channel Islands, most countries of the European Union, USA and Canada celebrate the holiday today with much joy, commemoration, remembrance and gratitude to these men and women who through their service and most of all by their sacrfice against evil enemies, brought forth the victory in which we honor today. Out of respect and gratitude for the liberty they fought so hard during those 5 years and 8 months of global conflict, and in memory of those who perished during the conflict as well as of those veterans who survived the war and have been deceased in recent years, even as the rising of neo-fascist and socialist aligned groups have become for us a source of anxiety and concern, once more we give our greatest gratitude to the already mentioned greatest generation, that is to say, to the millions of our mililtary, paramilitary and civil uniformed personnel of the Allied combatant nations who served during the 5-year long world war, and the hundreds of thousands who still remain living, as well as our home front veterans of the conflict, and most of all, the millions who perished in service for their countries for the defense of our freedoms against the forces of the Axis Powers in the battlefields and concentration camps. Their stories of bravery, courage and determination to win the victory are the memories we honor today through books, films, television and other forms of media and art. In this the 72nd year since the victory was won over the forces of fascism in Europe and North Africa, through these forms we remember the great heroes and brave units that distinguished themselves during the course of the conflict, including the servicemen from Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regt., 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, XVII Airborne Corps, United States Army, dubbed today as the “Band of Brothers” after the book about them by the late Stephen Ambrose, the vanguard unit of the airborne forces of the United States Army in the campaigns in Normandy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Southern Germany, and in the 2014 film “Fury” by director David Ayer recalling the bravery of Allied tank crews in the final months of this war. With profound remembrance and our deep admiration and commemoration, we remember today the memory of these millions of men and women who in any way possible, in the battlefields, concentration camps and the home front sectors, fought during those 5 years against the forces of fascism and imperialism and against those who were ready to bring the world in line to the evil ideologies of the Axis powers, risking their lives and their futures to break the chains of hardship that resulted in the suffering of the peoples of Europe and North Africa, and thus, thru their efforts brought forth a world and a brighter tomorrow truly worth defending for future generations to come. As we celebrate this historic anniversary of the victory we won as one united people of the free world, may we remember the sacrifices made for the defense of freedoms and liberties during the years of war that forever changed the very world we live in, all for the sake of fighting the evil forces of fascism in the European and Mediterranean Theaters of Operations, until the final victory!

As the veterans of the Second World War – including those of the European and Mediterranean Theaters of Operations - are fading out one after the other, we the people of the free world must do all we can to ensure that this victory and all the Allied actions of the Second World War will be honored and remembered by all of us, especially our future generations, for the memory of this greatest generation who fought this war from the beginning towards its victorious end in May and September 1945 in all its theaters and in the home front for the sake of one goal: to defend not just our liberty and freedom, but also the future of our world and of all of humanity must be renewed, sustained and most of all be given to our future generations and most of all to our children and youth, who must continue celebrating this great holiday with deep respect, reverence, and everlasting gratitude. As the tide of renewed fascist, far-right and far-left actions is rising everywhere in the world, in these changing circumstances and situations in the world of today may we never ever forget the legacy left behind by these men and women who risked even their lives to fight the forces of the Axis Powers and the ideologies they represented. Together as one people, to help ensure the continuity of the traditions of liberty and independence fought by all military veterans of all conflicts past and present and therefore hope to help bring into reality a world that will always be for our tomorrow, the very world fought by all our fallen military personnel in this great war, we must always uphold their memory and of the victory in which we honor today. We therefore promise to them to honor their sacrifices and their role in building a better world and bring forth the defeat of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. We will never let history be repeated. And we will do our part and our best ability in defending their immortal legacy to the spirit of freedom all over the world, especially to all our generations to come.

Today, together with all the people of the United States of America, we mark as one people the 106th year anniversary of the beginning of naval aviation in the United States of America. Within almost a decade since that first flight in the sands of North Carolina, and with the United States Army preparing for the formation of a full military aviation branch, the humble beginnings of this important service arm of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard began in the fall of 1910 under the leadership of no less by the “father of United States naval aviation”, Commander George Washington Chambers, when the first test flights were staged, and the test flights conducted later in San Diego in January 1911 by Glenn Curtiss’ firm which prepared the way for the opening of the service’s own naval air training facility in this great city, the fruits of this great effort led up to this historic day 106 years past when the Curtiss firm’s two planned training biplanes to be manufactured for the Navy was officially ordered by this service, therefore officially starting the long history of naval aviation in this country. The naval aviators of the American nation have indeed ensured the defense of the principles of the American nation and its independence, and showed bravery and courage in the defense of the homeland in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars, Iraq and Afghanistan, alongside other actions called by the government and the Armed Forces of the United States, as well as in disaster relief operations at home and at aboard, and have seen action in the recent campaigns against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Today, 106 years since the beginning of American naval aviation, the naval air arms of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard and all naval aviators, flight officers and aircrews who are part of it are ready to stand up and fulfill their duty to the nation in helping defend the nation’s airspace and maritime waters, and above all, help defend national independence and territorial integrity as well as of all the peoples of the world. As one of the oldest naval air services of the world, today, these Top Guns of America’s Navy are ready and prepared to be above the rest, and to be up there with the best of the best, ready to fly and to strike when ready for their country, people and home. This is their absolute commitment and dedication to the duty of helping to protect the maritime waters of the United States and to protect the freedom of navigation all over the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of a grateful people, therefore I greet you all in this historic double holiday anniversary – the 72nd anniversary of the great victory won in Europe against the fascist Axis Powers, especially against Nazi Germany, and the 106th anniversary of naval aviation in the United States of America!

Thus, as we today mark these great anniversaries of our history, once again we send our greetings to all our remaining living Allied war veterans of the war in Europe, to all the active, reserve and retired servicemen and women of the uniformed military, public security and civil defense services of all the combatant Allied countries, and all active and reserve personnel , military families and veterans of United States naval aviation on this great holiday, sending to all our best wishes of a happy and long life and of peace. We send our greetings and warmest thanks to all of you on this very day that we celebrate both the Victory in Europe and the official birthday of United States naval aviation. Today, we are proud to honor and to thank all who served in the Second World War as part of the European and Mediterranean Theater of Operations of the Allied Powers, as well as to all the naval aviators, flight officers and aircrews, active and reserve, their families, and our aviation veterans of the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Coast Guard in this double holiday anniversary that we celebrate with joy and gladness. For it is for their determination and courage to win the freedom we enjoy today and for always being prepared at all time to defend it at all costs, especially at the risk of losing their lives for the sake of the future generations of humankind!

Today, as we mark these great days in our history, may we never regret to recall the heroic deeds of our predecessors who fought in this war and of all our past naval aviators who flew throughout all these years for the sake of the freedom and independence not just of the United States of America by of all of the free world. May we as one people never tire of honoring the memory of our heroic forebears and always work hard to be worthy of their sacrifices, most of all, for the sake of our present and for the future of our world. And as we move towards tomorrow, we, the generations born after this great war, will do our best to build a world that will surely be of peace, prosperity and progress, with its nature and history preserved and our future generations ready to live in the spirit and shadow of these great heroes of the war years, who perished for the sake of the world of our future!

And in conclusion, may we who honor the millions who died during this war and the memory of the millions of Allied soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who perished for our generation and for our children may have the courage to continue to honor their service and the role they played in the victory in which we honor and celebrate today and in the 106 years of naval aviation in the United States, and may we who will keep these sacred and memorable days with respect and reverence especially for those who went before us and always be ready to stand worthy of our great heroes of the past, and to help win a world for our tomorrow that is peaceful, prosperous, clean and with a bright future for our children – a world that is worth defending and worth fighting for!

And as the men of Easy will always say: WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN AND THE HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE FROM 1939-1945!

ETERNAL GLORY TO ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF OUR WORLD AGAINST FASCISM, NAZISM AND IMPERIALISM IN THE FIELDS OF BATTLE, THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS, AND IN THE HOME FRONT!

LONG LIVE THE VICTORIOUS ALLIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE!

LONG LIVE THE EVER-VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE FREE WORLD AND ALL OUR SERVING ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND VETERANS OF THE ARMED SERVICES OF ALL THE COMBATANT ALLIED COUNTRIES THAT HELPED WIN THIS GREAT WAR AGAINST FASCISM AND NAZISM, AS WELL AS ALL OUR ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICE PERSONNEL, CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND VETERANS OF THE POLICE, FIREFIGHTING, FORESTRY, BORDER CONTROL, CUSTOMS AND RESCUE SERVICES!

GLORY TO THE HEROES, FALLEN AND VETERANS OF UNITED STATES NAVAL AVIATION AND TO THE GLORIOUS ACHIEVEMENTS IT MADE TO THE NATION IT HAS ALWAYS SWORN TO DEFEND!

LONG LIVE THE ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND VETERANS OF THE NAVAL AVIATION SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS AND THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE AND NORTHERN AFRICA AND THE GREAT VICTORY OVER THE FORCES OF FASCISM!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 106TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF NAVAL AVIATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
GLORY TO THE VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER UNIFORMED SERVICES!

GLORY TO THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEFENDERS OF OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE WORTHY OF OUR GENERATIONS TO COME!

And to the entire HBO War Fandom, especially the fans of Band of Brothers, who will celebrate for all time this day of victory over Nazi Germany:
LONG LIVE EASY COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION, 506TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM AND NOW 3RD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION (AIR ASSAULT), XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS, UNITED STATES ARMY… THE “BAND OF BROTHERS”!
CURRAHEE! AIR ASSAULT! ARMY STRONG!

A HAPPY VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY AND HAPPY 105TH BIRTHDAY TO NAVAL AVIATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
HOOOAH! HOOYAH!

1800h, May 8, 2017, the 241th year of the United States of America and the 119th of the Philippines, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, the 42nd of the TV program Battle of the Network Stars, and the 70th of the United States Armed Forces.

Semper Fortis
John Emmanuel Ramos
Makati City, Philippines
Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

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On this day that we remember the Australian and New Zealand military forces who fought in the Gallipoli Campaign and the Australian Army personnel who liberated Villers-Bretonneux alongside British and French Army soldiers in the First World War, and the Portugese Armed Forces personnel and civilians who helped overthrew dictatorship, may we who live today honor and remember their sacrifices for the freedoms we cherish on this day.

John
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MESSAGE IN HONOR OF THE 71ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORY IN THE BATTLE OF IWO JIMA

Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America, to all our living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women and reservists of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and of the entire United States Armed Forces, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy and light industry, agriculture, business, tourism and the press, and to all our people of the free world:

Today, the whole world remembers among others the very anniversary of the fallen of the struggle of the independence of Mali and the beginning of the Bangladesh Liberation War as a result of the violence of Pakistani military personnel against the Bengal people in 1971, as well as the tragic 2010 sinking of the ROKS Cheonan.

And so today, with deep joy and heartfelt thanksgiving and gratitude, as one united people, together with the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, especially of the United States Marine Corps, we on this very day of joy celebrate with all of you the 72nd year anniversary of the victorious conclusion of the historic in the Battle of Iwo Jima, which ended on thus very day, March 26, 1945, as a historic Allied victory won against the Japanese in this part of the Pacific Theater of Operations. With a grand total of 6,821 US servicemen killed in action, more than 19,000 wounded and one escort carrier destroyed against the more than 18,800 Japanese deaths the US Marine Corps, Navy and Army Air Forces inflicted, leaving 3,000 Japanese in hiding and 216 taken as POWs, a high cost was paid in this great victory by the forces of the 5th Amphibious Corps led by General Holland Smith, made up of the combined Marine forces from the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions, within a month and 8 days since the beginning of the battle, 33 days since the raising of the national flag and 10 days after its secure status was declared.

As we remember the memory of the 6,821 who perished in the sands of this island for the freedom and independence of the American nation against the Axis in this part of the globe during the 37 day long battle, including the 14 Marines who would be given posthumously the highest medal of the United States Armed Forces for acts of heroism, the Medal of Honor, and no less than Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, who for his sacrifice on that island earned him the Navy Cross, plus 3 of the 6 who raised the second flag on that island on the 23rd of February, a great moment for the Marine Corps that will forever be a great part in the 241 year history of the United States of America, we remember them on this day and everyday for their heroic sacrifice for the future generations of the world. Indeed the United States Marine Corps had a great role in the victory that we, with deep respect and profound thanksgiving and gratitude, remember on this day. Throughout the 37 days of this battle once more in its history did the USMC show itself to the world as the defender of American values, culture and heritage and of the common values of all the people of the free world, indeed it was so much a cost did the Corps, together with the Navy and the Coast Guard, win this historic battle.

Indeed “Uncommon valor was a common virtue”, said the great Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, when he was asked to describe the bravery and courage of the hundred thousand Marines of V Amphibious Corps who served there in this, one of the bloodiest battles that the United States Marine Corps faced in the Second World War in the Pacific Theater of Operations and one of the biggest victories of the Allies in this part of the world, alongside the men of the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard and the United States Air Force (then the Army Air Forces, this year the USAF will be marking its 70th founding anniversary as a branch of our glorious Armed Forces). His words are forever recorded in the Arlington National Cemetery’s Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, the very monument made on the basis of the historic photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising that today, after 63 years since its historic inauguration, proudly stands over the Arlington fields and the graves of so many Marines over the centuries who even at the cost of their lives, served faithfully always to their country and people, and honoring the 242 years of long and faithful service of the United States Marine to the people and government of the United States of America and to all the people of the free world. In these changing times of our world, by recalling the victory won 72 years ago today in Iwo Jima against the military might of the Empire of Japan, we remember the heroic actions done during the days of the Iwo Jima Campaign and most especially the six thousand US military personnel who died in that island for the sake of the freedoms we cherish today and in the generations to come.

Today, March 26, 2017, with all our profound gratitude, humble respect and our deepest thanks not just to those who died but also to those who survived and our remaining veterans of this great battle, as the whole world remembers and celebrates this very moment in our history and most of all in the history of the glorious United States Armed Forces, we, as one united people, in remembrance of all the fallen and with profound thoughts of all who serve today in the armed forces and in our uniformed security and civil defense services, mark this the seventy-second year anniversary of the historic victory won by the United States Armed Forces against the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy in the Battle of Iwo Jima – a great prelude to the final victory won against the Axis Powers later in the year. For this very immortal battle, one of many Allied victories in the Pacific Theater of Operations and one of the greatest military victories of the United States Armed Forces in this part of the world during the Second World War, shall be remembered as the one very battle that showed the world the bravery, courage and determination of the United States Marine for the defense of the American nation and all the free people of the world, and for the preservation of the values of freedom and liberty on which the United States was formed, thanks in part of the courage and gallantry shown by the US Marines in the early years of the nation that it helped to build thanks to the efforts of the Second Continental Congress 242 years past. Today, as we remember this great victory, may we remember as one united people the thousands of Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen who made their stand in the sandy Iwo Jima beaches for the sake of the defense of the freedom and independence of the United States of America and for the greater future of our free world. It is with the sacrifices of all who fought in this historic battle that we indeed live today in the freedoms in which they fought in the sands of Iwo Jima 72 years ago, as well as in other wars before and since until today in various parts of the world, for we truly live in a free world and for a future truly worth defending and worth fighting for!

As we think of all our remaining living veterans of this battle and of all remaining living veterans of our greatest generation who fought in the Second World War, we today honor their service by living our lives worthy of all who fought for the United States and for the freedoms of all the people of the world most especially of those who died in the fields of battle. Our future generations must never forget to remember that it is for our liberty and freedom, but also the future of our world and of all of humankind that they , the millions men and women who fought in the Second World War in the Allied combatant countries, will be remembered generation after generation and in the hearts of so many people all over the world!

In conclusion, as we together march forward towards the upcoming seventy-second year anniversary of the victorious conclusion of the Second World War, may the eternal memory of the six thousand military personnel who died in this great battle be remembered for all time not just by the people of today, but all the more by our generations of tomorrow!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN OF THE LONG FIGHT FOR FREEDOM OF THE PEOPLES OF MALI AND BANGLADESH!!

LONG LIVE THE 45TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BANGLADESHI INDEPENDENCE!

ETERNAL GLORY AND MEMORY TO THE HEROES, MARTYRS AND VETERANS OF THE GREAT BATTLE OF IWO JIMA, ONE OF THE GREATEST BATTLES EVER FOUGHT BY THE MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THE VETERANS, ALLIED HEROES AND FALLEN OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS!

LONG LIVE THE 72ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE HISTORIC AND VICTORIOUS CONCLUSION OF THE BATTLE OF IWO JIMA AND THE GREAT VICTORY WON BY THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, NAVY AND COAST GUARD AGAINST THE MILITARY POWER OF THE EMPIRE OF JAPAN!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS, INVINCIBLE AND LEGENDARY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, ALWAYS FAITHFUL TILL THE END FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OF THE FREE WORLD!

GLORY TO THE VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER UNIFORMED SERVICES!

AND FINALLY, GLORY TO THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEFENDERS OF OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE WORTHY OF OUR GENERATIONS TO COME!



Semper Fidelis! Oorah!



1500h, March 26, 2017, the 241st year of the United States of America, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, and the 70th of the United States Armed Forces.



Semper Fortis



John Emmanuel Ramos

Makati City, Philippines

Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

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MESSAGE IN HONOR OF THE 72ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE RAISING OF THE NATIONAL FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ATOP THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT SURIBACHI IN IWO JIMA

Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America, to all our living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women and reservists of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and of the entire United States Armed Forces, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy and light industry, agriculture, business, tourism and the press, and to all our people of the free world:

Today, the whole world remembers among others the arrival in 1778 of the great Prussian general Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben to the Continental Army quarters in Valley Forge, the beginning of the historic siege of The Alamo in 1836, and the anniversary of the 1847 Battle of Buena Vista, the 1905 formation of the Rotary Club, the beginning of the February Revolution and the formation of the Federal Communications Commission in 1917, the Miracle on Ice of 1980 and the attempted coup by several officers of the Spanish Civil Guard in the Cortes in 1981.

Today we join in the celebrations of the forty-seventh anniversary since the declaration of the Republic of Guayana in 1970 and the thirty-third year anniversary of the independence of Brunei Darussalam in 1984, as well as the 3rd year anniversary of the closing of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games and the victory of the Ukrainian Euromaidan Revolution of 2014
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On this day in 1918, within days of the passing of a decree in the Council of People’s Commissars officially declaring the formation of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army and the start of a mass national service draft nationwide, hundreds of thousands of men especially from the industrial sectors that helped win the October Revolution continued pouring into recruiting stations for a fourth straight day to apply for their national service obligation as soldiers of the WPRA in the midst of the threats of all out civil war, from 1919 onward this day is celebrated as Fatherland Defenders Day all across the former Soviet Union save for the Baltics, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, in memory today of all men and women who served their country in the military services.

On this day in 1945 the Red Army and the Polish Armed Forces in the East ended the Nazi occupation of Poznan, the Philippine capital city of Manila was liberated from the Japanese despite its wartime damages and at the cost of so many lives, the Los Banos internment camp in the namesake town in Laguna Province was found and its POWs then liberated by a joint force of Filipino guerillas and American soldiers from the US Army’s 11th Airborne Division, and the RAF Bomber Command destroyed Pforzheim from the air.

And so today, in these changing times, as we await with joyful anticipation the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Academy Awards and for the beginning of the United States NASCAR season for this year, we celebrate as one united people the anniversary of an historic event in the 242 years of the United States Marine Corps and in the 241 year history of this great country, the United States of America: the seventy-second anniversary of the raising of the national flag on the peak of Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima. What we are celebrating today is now in the clear light of the recent revelation of the United States Marine Corps which was made public on June 23 this past year thanks to efforts made by historians and history experts and resource persons concerned, ending years of speculation and mystery surrounding the events of this this battle that is, for all generations, part of the history of not just the Corps, but of the United States Armed Forces, which this year marks 70 years since their modern formation with the foundation of the United States Department of Defense.

It can be recalled that four days ago, after months of long preparation, on Februrary 19, 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima began when the Marines of V Amphibious Corps under the command of General Holland Smith and composed of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions, United States Marine Corps, landed on Iwo Jima’s sandy beaches and so began what would be without a doubt one of the bloodiest and biggest battles fought in the Pacific Theater of Operations, the very battle that will forever change the face of the USMC for generations to come. Wave after wave of Marines from that corps, supported by naval gunfire and air attacks, began to pound the Japanese forces garrisoned in the island, as well as in the Japanese airfield built some years ago in the southeast of the island. Within an hour after the beginning of this historic campaign, at around 1000h, the Marines began to advance on the Japanese airfield. And just as the 1st Battalion of the 27th Marine Regiment led by their battalion CO LTCOL John Butler and battalion XO Major Justin Duryea approached the Japanese defenses south of the airfield runway, the battalion witnessed what happened next: the final and ultimate sacrifice of one of the greatest Allied heroes of the Second World War and of the United States Marine Corps, no less than Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, who was by then assigned as a machine gunner with Charlie Company under the battalion. It has been a century since he was born in Raritan in New Jersey, within miles from New York City and its bright lights and skyscrapers, but his calling was in our armed forces, and thus in the mid-1930s that young Italian American man first served in the United States Army while being deployed to the Philippines with the 36th Infantry Regiment in Fort McKinley near Manila, and in 1940 joined the ranks of the 7th Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, and thus in this historic unit as a machine gunner with Charlie Company of its 1st Battalion had already been fighting for his country during the actions of the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942-43 especially during the Japanese attempts to attack Marine positions near Henderson Field in late October 1942 – the diamond jubillee anniversary of this historic event we will mark as one united people this coming October - therefore earning him for the actions he committed that helped stop the Japanese the highest medal for bravery in the United States Armed Forces, the Congressional Medal of Honor, and within months of his return to the Corps after joining the 1943 War Bonds Tour, being assigned to this historic unit of the 5th Marine Division stationed in Oceanside, California , because of being a target of Japanese mortar fire on his position, gave his life for the defense of his country the United States of America, and for the liberation of all the peoples of the Asia-Pacific from years of suffering and hardship under the iron hands of the Empire of Japan, its government and armed services, in front of his two fellow Marines, machine gunner Private First Class Charles “Chuck” Tatum and Private First Class Steve Evanson from Baker Company 1/27, and as a result of his sacrifice and the American capture of the air base would reward him with a posthumous award of the Navy Cross –his posthumous award would mark the very first time ever that an enlisted serviceman and non-commissioned officer of the United States Marine Corps had in the process had received two of the highest United States Armed Forces medals for bravery and courage under fire in the service of the people of the United States of America and in the wartime defense of the American people and of the the nation he swore to serve at the cost of his very own life. Today, we remember him and the hundreds of Marines, sailors and Coast Guardsmen, both living and dead, who were awarded state orders, medals and decorations of the armed forces and government of the United States for their actions in this great chapter of our history. (This scene was reenacted in episode 8 of the 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, which premiered in March of 2010, with the roles of the men being played by Jon Seda, Ben Esler and Dwight Braswell.)

And on this day, 72 years ago, 4 days after the beginning of the battle that will forever define the history of the USMC, came the day that will forever be a part of the history of the Corps, the armed forces, and the entire United States of America, a day that will be a memorable part of the victorious Iwo Jima campaign. For it was on this very historic day that an historic instruction was given on this very day by the then Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal who had by then arrived at the island to check on the process of the battle and the military campaign for the liberation of Iwo Jima. He had informed GEN Smith when he approached him that his corps, upon the capture of top of Mount Suribachi by its units, would shoulder the task of hoisting on the summit the national flag of the United States of America to ensure to the American people, the Allied military forces and all the people of the free world that a “United States Marine Corps lasting for the next 500 years” will be the defender of the American nation it helped to build and the free world it has always pledged to defend and protect at all costs, helping propel the Allies to the final victory over the Axis in this part of the world, and thus, at 10:20am that very morning, upon receiving this historic decision, gave the historic order to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment of the 5th Marine Division, with Lieutenant Colonel Chandler Johnson as its commanding officer, after telling him that that Mount Suribachi had already fell to US hands and the USMC would commence follow up operations to stop Japanese resistance in the mountain areas where the Japanese had bulit makeshift bunkers and tunnels. The battalion commander, faced with the heavy responsibility of performing this historic great responsibility not just for his battalion, but for his regiment, division, the Corps, the armed forces and his country, assigned Easy Company 1/27 as the unit to do so, commanded by its company commanding officer, Captain Dave Severance. The company was tasked to lead this historic undertaking spearheaded by its 3rd Platoon under its new commander and company executive officer 1Lt Harold G. Schrier (who took over command of the platoon as its past commander was pulled out due to wounds sustained in the battle). His orders were to deploy a 40-man platoon formation to secure the recently captured summit of Mount Suribachi, in addition they would be the one unit responsible for raising the national colors on it as what Secretary Forrestal had recommended. Later on, the battalion command assigned the then battalion adjutant 1LT George G. Wells to handle the task of finding the needed national flag (in other versions it was LTCOL Johnson who himself shouldered the process) and then he went to the beaches to find the battalion LST, the USS Missoula, and arrived aboard to see if its flag will take the role as the icing on the cake. After receiving permission from its commander, the flag was obtained and Lieutenant Wells, holding the flag, then went to the CP handing it over to LTCOL Johnson, who then handed over to him an old ex-Japanese water pipe as the pole, and then gave both to Lieutenant Schrier and his platoon, ready to be raised atop the summit. Later in the morning, the 40-man team from 3rd Platoon, Easy Company, joined by Marine combat photographer SSGT Louis R. Lowery from Leatherneck Magazine, secured Mount Suribachi’s peak. And then with the flag and the pipe ready, the first national flag was hoisted, which was done by Schrier together with SSGT Henry “Hank” Hansen, assisted by PHM2C James Bradley, PSGT Ernest I. Thomas Jr., CPLs Charles Lindberg and Harold Schultz, PFCs James Robertson and Raymond Jacobs and PVT Phil Ward, all of Easy Company, in the presence of Secretary Forrestal and to the cheers of the sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, with Lowery providing the iconic photograph for that event and the rest of the 40-man team performing mopping up operations against any Japanese attempt to sabotage it from the slopes. (That very flag raising itself would cost Schrier his Navy Cross, together with his later awarded Silver Star for his actions later in the campaign.) Surprised by the outcome of the event, Secretary Forrestal then approached LTCOL Johnson with permission to hand over the flag and then display it in the Pentagon in the secretary’s office desk. The offer to hand the flag over to the Navy Department was rejected, since the battalion had owned the flag which had been hoisted earlier.

Later, at around 1100h that same morning, with the top of Suribachi safe LTCOL Johnson gave order to several Easy Company, 2/28 Marines to lay the telegraph lines on the mountain and to get the needed walkie-talkies for the battalion CP on its foothills. These Marines who complied – all of them from the same platoon from Easy Company - were SGT Michael Strank, CPL Harlon Block, and PFCs Ira Hayes and Franklin Sousley, who installed the lines, and PFC Rene Gagnon, who obtained the necessary walkie-talkies and brought them to the battalion staff. It had then dawned on Johnson that given the circumstances a personnel from the battalion told him that should the Secretary of the Navy’s orders be complied, the flag that would be hoisted must be a little more bigger and larger, thus the flag that had been raised earlier must be replaced. With that in mind, the battalion gave the order that a larger Stars and Stripes substitute the one that had been already raised earlier by the 40-man team if found at once. Shouldering the process, according to the official USMC records, was no less than the then battalion assistant commander of operations, 1LT Alfred Turtle, who on receiving the request hurried to the beaches. After looking and asking from ship’s crews for a larger flag, he then went aboard the US Navy ship LST 779 and later on obtained the flag on that amphibious vessel (it was from a supply post stationed in the then Navy Station Pearl Harbor, today Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, where it was assigned during that time) after the consent of the ship’s commanding officer was sought to obtain it. The color now in his posession, the lieutenant ran to the shore and upon reaching the battalion CP, where Gagnon was, informed LTCOL Johnson that the mission was a success, and hand him the flag, which Gagnon later received with the order to hoist it. But according to a 2004 discovery made by the Historian’s Office of the US Coast Guard, reinforced by a 1991 New York Times interview by 2LT Wells, Gagnon himself was given the flag replacement order, leaving at once to find it. Minutes of inquries then led him to the LST USS Duval County, where he later boarded, and he later found the larger national standard that the ship had and the said flag – hand woven by civilian worker Mabel Sauvageau from the Mare Island Naval Shipyard – was given to him by USCG Quartermaster Robert Resnick after the corresponding permission had been granted by his commanding officer LT Frank Molenda for the flag to be obtained. With the flag now in his hands Gagnon then hurried off with Turner and Wells to the battalion CP, later informing his commander that the flag he had been given was the larger replacement one the battalion command had ordered. With the mission completed, Gagnon went off with the flag and the longer Japanese water pipe that the lieutenant colonel had given him.

Before noon, another 40 man platoon from Easy Company 1/27 had been deployed to Mount Suribachi’s peak, with Bradley and a few other corpsmen, detecting no Japanese soldiers at the top as a bombing operation had been ongoing against enemy positions and bunkers. That platoon had photographers Joe Rosenthal and Bob Campbell and cameraman Bill Genaust (the latter two Marine combat photographers) with them climbing the mountain with Hayes, Sousley, Strank, Schultz, Gagnon and Block, which carried both the larger flag and the water pipe, with the platoon guarding the formation as the 6 Marines climbed the mountain. It was almost midday, and with the flag and the pole now ready and the cameras ready to roll, the 6-man Marine squad hoisted the second, more longer national flag of the United States of America at the summit of Mount Suribachi to more louder cheers and the sound of ship horns sounding in celebration, with with Rosenthal taking the picture and Genaust the film of this important moment that would become in due time become part of the 242 year long history of the United States Marine Corps, the 70 year history of the United States Armed Forces and of the 241 year history of the entire United States of America. (This historic event in the history of the Corps was recreated with great detail in the 2006 film Flags of Our Fathers with Adam Beach, John Michael Cross, Barry Pepper, Ryan Philippe, Jesse Bradford and Benjamin Walker playing the flagbearers, and the late Paul Walker, Tom McCarthy and Alessandro Mastrobuono playing the men who raised the first flag, plus Jamie Bell, Neal McDonough and Robert Patrick, and the film Letters from Iwo Jima, made that same year, tells of the heroic Japanese defense of the island that took many Japanese lives in the process as against so many US Marines of V Amphibious Corps that had died and injured.) When the victory was declared later on March 26 – within a month and few days from this historic act - only Tatum, Bradley, Schultz, Gagnon and Hayes were among the hundreds of Marines from their divisions who went back to their country as veterans of the war and as victors to the very people they swore to defend at the cost of their very own lives. Many Marines of all ranks had indeed shed their blood in the defense of the homeland and people during this battle, together with few from the Navy and Coast Guard, during the course of this battle that changed this very service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

As the great FADM Chester Nimitz had put it in his words, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue” among the hundred thousand Marines of V Amphibious Corps who served there in this, one of the bloodiest battles that the United States Marine Corps faced in the Second World War in the Pacific Theater of Operations and one of the biggest victories of the Allies in this part of the world, alongside the men of the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard and the United States Air Force (then the Army Air Forces). For it was during those days indeed where the United States Marine showed to the world, just like in the battles of the past, that at all costs shall he fulfill his mandate and sacred duty as a defender of the hopes, dreams, aspirations, liberties and freedoms not just of all the people of the United States, but of all the people of the world. His words are forever recorded in the Arlington National Cemetery’s Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, the very monument made on the basis of the historic photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising that today, after 63 years since its historic inauguration, proudly stands over the Arlington fields and the graves of so many Marines over the centuries who even at the cost of their lives, served faithfully always to their country and people, and honoring the 242 years of long and faithful service of the United States Marine to the people and government of the United States of America and to all the people of the free world. In these changing times of our world, by recalling what has happened 72 years ago on this very day wherein our national flag flew proudly over Mount Suribachi, we never forget to remember the heroic actons done during the days of the Iwo Jima Campaign and most especially the thousands who died in that island for the sake of the freedoms we cherish today and in the generations to come.

Today, February 23, 2017, with all our profound gratitude, humble respect and our deepest thanks not just to those who died but also to those who survived and our remaining veterans of this great battle, as the whole world remembers and celebrates this very moment in our history and most of all in the history of the glorious United States Armed Forces, we, as one united people, in remembrance of all the fallen and with profound thoughts of all who serve today in the armed forces and in our uniformed security and civil defense services, mark this the seventy-second year anniversary since the events of this day when these 6 Marines, risking even to lose their very own lives in the defense of their country, made the impossible responsibility of unfurling on the top of this fiery and great mountain with their bare hands the very symbol of our freedom and liberty, the glorious national flag of our great country the United States of America in the peak of Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima, that very flag which this June 14 marks the 240th year anniversary of its sanction by the Second Continental Congress as the national flag, a moment that will be forever a part of our history and patrimony, and a part in the long 242-year history of the United States Marine Corps and the 70 years of the modern United States Armed Forces, truly a sacred and memorable moment of national pride that will be forever be remembered and never forgotten in our hearts for years and decades to come and in the hearts of all the people of the free worl, and most of all of the American people, a memorable moment that will be treasured to our children. For this very immortal battle, one of many Allied victories in the Pacific Theater of Operations and one of the greatest military victories of the United States Armed Forces in this part of the world during the Second World War, shall be remembered as the one very battle that showed the world the bravery, courage and determination of the United States Marine for the defense of the American nation and all the free people of the world, and for the preservation of the values of freedom and liberty on which the United States was formed, thanks in part of the courage and gallantry shown by the US Marines in the early years of the nation that it helped to build thanks to the efforts of the Second Continental Congress 242 years past. May we today and for all our days forever cherish and honor the very day that the flag of independence was proudly raised in Iwo Jima, and truly know all too well that the freedom we have was the reason why America’s Greatest Generation of Heroes fought from 1941 to 1945 in the name of the nation and for the defense of her people and all the peoples of the free world, as part of its commitment as an Allied nation, and to defend the world from those who would do it and humanity great harm and destruction. It is with the sacrifices of all who fought in this historic battle that we indeed live today in the freedoms in which they fought in the sands of Iwo Jima 72 years ago, as well as in other wars before and since until today in various parts of the world, for we truly live in a free world and for a future truly worth defending and worth fighting for!

As we think of all our remaining living veterans of this battle and of all remaining living veterans of our greatest generation who fought in the Second World War, we today honor their service by living our lives worthy of all who fought for the United States and for the freedoms of all the people of the world most especially of those who died in the fields of battle. Our future generations must never forget to remember that it is for our liberty and freedom, but also the future of our world and of all of humankind that they , the millions men and women who fought in the Second World War in the Allied combatant countries, will be remembered generation after generation and in the hearts of so many people all over the world!

In closing, may the eternal memory of these brave 6 Marine flagbearers, who risked their futures and their lives for the sake of our liberty, be remembered all the more by all of us today, everyday and by the generations to come – the very eternal memory of them and of all the millions who fought in the Second World War who will never be forgotten and will be honored for all time, in very age, century upon century, for the peace of our world and for the future of humanity!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE RED AND SOVIET ARMY AND OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS, AS WELL AS OF THE PRESENT DAY ARMED SERVICES OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES!

ETERNAL GLORY TO ALL THOSE IN THE WORKERS’ AND PESANTS’ RED ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCES WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY 76 YEARS AGO IN THE START OF THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR!

LONG LIVE THE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE COUNTRIES THAT COMPOSED THE FORMER SOVIET UNION!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN OF THE BATTLE OF MANILA AND THE BOMBING OF PFORZHEIM!

LONG LIVE THE 33RD NATIONAL DAY OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, THE 47TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF GUAYANA, AND THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLOSING OF THE SOCHI WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE VICTORY OF THE EUROMAIDAN REVOLUTION!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF THE 6 MARINES WHO ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY EXACTLY 72 YEARS AGO ON THIS VERY DAY IN OUR HISTORY, ATOP THE PEAK OF MOUNT SURIBACHI IN IWO JIMA, RISKING EVEN TO SUFFER DEATH BY ENEMY GUNFIRE AND GRENADES, RAISED THE VERY SYMBOL OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, OUR GLORIOUS NATIONAL FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

ETERNAL GLORY AND MEMORY TO THE HEROES, MARTYRS AND VETERANS OF THE GREAT BATTLE OF IWO JIMA, ONE OF THE GREATEST BATTLES EVER FOUGHT BY THE MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THE VETERANS, ALLIED HEROES AND FALLEN OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS, INVINCIBLE AND LEGENDARY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, ALWAYS FAITHFUL TILL THE END FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OF THE FREE WORLD!

GLORY TO THE VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER UNIFORMED SERVICES!

AND FINALLY, GLORY TO THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEFENDERS OF OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE WORTHY OF OUR GENERATIONS TO COME!

Semper Fidelis! Oorah!

2300h, February 23, 2017, the 241st year of the United States of America, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, and the 70th of the United States Armed Forces.

Semper Fortis

John Emmanuel Ramos
Makati City, Philippines
Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

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Over a decade has passed since I was reintroduced to diving thanks to Tom Daley of the UK. And thus I owe him my thanks for bringing me back into being a full time diving fan.

Now I'm just getting ready to get the body and shape needed for swimming and diving. When that day comes when I join aquatics I will surely carry on what I've learned and done over these 10 years.
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2LT George Rice: Looks like you guys are going to be surrounded.CPT Richard Winters: We’re Paratroopers, Lieutenant. We’re supposed to be surrounded.- Band of Brothers (Episode 5, Crossroads)


Ladies and gentlemen, to all people of the United States of America, our living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans and fallen of our military and civil uniformed services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and all our athletes, to all our workers of culture and the arts and to all our people of the free world:


I send my greetings to all of you on the glorious 72nd year anniversary of beginning of the Battle of the Bulge – one of the greatest Allied victories of the Second World War in the European Theater of Operations.


We celebrate today the 72nd year anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge in these very difficult times for the world as seen in the events that followed what happened this year in Europe and the United States itself, which have seen the resurgence in increasing intensity of what our forefathers – the combined forces of American, British, Canadian, French and Polish soldiers – saw and fought against on the snowy forests of the Ardennes 72 years ago – the forces of fascism that the Allies faced in this part of the world. Just as the Allies faced Nazi soldiers in southeastern Belgium 72 years ago, and also just as the US led United Nations military forces fought the Korean People’s Army 56 years ago and like our veterans of Vietnam War, we must be ready at all times to fight for our freedom and independence not just from outside but from the inside, at all costs. Given all that has happened and the recent revelations that are now public it is all clear that the incoming US President and his cabinet have not just the traits of fascism and corporatism and hatred of the Jewish people and of the working people, but also of Russian involvement in many ways, just like how the former USSR assisted in arming North Korea and Vietnam when the US fought in these countries and in setting up pro-Communist governments during the Cold War, as well as of dictatorship and totalitarian and oppressive governance as shown in many countries in the world in the past.


Remember how much the United States, having been born in war, would respond to the call to defend the freedoms of all of the free world in it’s more than 240 years of independence, with the help of her people and the armed forces? Now that the republic facing a constitutional crisis of national and global importance, the American people, one by one, are slowing building their anger and discontent due to recent revelations of Russian participation in the Republican Party’s presidential and congressional campaigns combined with admission of Russian assistance to anti-freedom movements in Europe – which would translate to the US being a modern besieged Bastogne and its people, together with the people of the free world and the armed forces and its veterans, preparing to lift the blocking problems that face the nation and ready to shame the people who are making it possible, bringing a total defeat to their plans of authoritarian government in any way possible. We are just like Easy Company of the Second Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division getting ready for an offensive while deflecting attacks from the enemies of the republic and of our liberty, at a high cost of losing lives and limbs, just like some of them who fought in the battle 72 years ago. Inspired therefore by the legacy of the hundreds of thousands who fought off the German Army and Air Force in the snowy Ardennes 72 years ago, let us be determined as one united people regardless of race, language and religion to fight off the coming threats and move as one in the building of a stronger nation in the years to come and to honor their memory of struggling against a fascist government that ruined the lives of so many in Europe. For at the cost of hundreds of Allied military dead the final German push into France was stopped and the road was cleared for the liberation of western parts of Germany and the Low Countries from Nazi oppression.


Indeed the eyes of the world are in upon the United States in the coming days. In these changing times for the American people may I ask you all now at this moment that before the critical December 19 meeting of the Electoral College the American people and the people of the world must, in honor of the hundreds of thousands of American men and women and the millions of people of the world who died fighting against and fell victim to fascism, communism and totalitarianism show the government, legislature and armed forces of the American nation that Russia indeed cannot be trusted and the candidate that it has backed and also by most of the Republicans must not just denied the office of the presidency but also together with members of his upcoming cabinet and allies in Congress be prosecuted for crimes against the republic and her people.


As we today reflect upon the great battle fought by the Allies in the snowy Ardennes in the cold of winter that opened the way towards the road to the victory won in the spring of May 1945 in the European continent against the forces of fascism, and therefore honor the memory of all the heroes, fallen and Allied veterans who fought even in the cold during this battle 72 years ago, while at the same time recalling the memory of the hundreds to died in the battles against communism, socialism and dictatorship all over the world let us charge forward in the battle for the defense of our freedoms against the evil ideologies that have threatened the future of all humanity and work together towards the achievement of the brighter tomorrow for all of humanity and the eternal preservation of our freedoms and human rights. As we commemorate their courage and bravely under enemy fire and cannonshots, even in such extreme cold, to avenge the hundreds of thousands who died in the prisons and camps in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy and in the resistance movements within Axis-occupied areas of Europe, and thus built upon a legacy of freedom and independence for us the generations of today, and for a future that is worth defending we pledge and promise therefore, in honor of their sacrifice, to sustain forever the freedoms we cherish today and to never let history be repeated not only today but also in the years to come!


Under the banner of independence and freedom and towards the complete and final defeat of our democracy against fascism, communism, socialism and dictatorship all over the world, let us march forwards a better tomorrow and for a world that is truly worth defending and fighting for, and together with our Army Team and the Armed Forces will stand ready at the cost of our lives to defend the true American values that must live forever!


As the men of Easy Company will say: WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER!


And I’ll leave you with the very word that General McAuliffe sent to Army Group B via a letter: NUTS!


ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN, HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE!


LONG LIVE THE LEGENDARY 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION, THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASTOGNE, AND THE OTHER VICTORIOUS ALLIED UNITS THAT ENDURED THE SNOW, ICE, AND THE COLD TO ACHIEVE VICTORY OVER THE AXIS POWERS!


LONG LIVE THE 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEGINNING OF THE HISTORIC BATTLE OF THE BULGE!


And most of all:

LONG LIVE EASY COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION, 506TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH BRIGADE COMPANY TEAM AND NOW 3RD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION (AIR ASSAULT), 18TH AIRBORNE CORPS, UNITED STATES ARMY!!


May God forever bless this great country the United States of America!


CURRAHEE! AIR ASSAULT! ARMY STRONG! HOOAH!


1700h, December 16, 2016, the 240th year of the United States of America, the 241th year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 122th of the International Olympic Committee, the 120th of the Olympic Games, the 75th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 71st since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 4th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 11th of Operation Red Wings, and the 69th of the United States Armed Forces.


Semper Fortis

John Emmanuel Ramos

Makati City, Philippines

Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

(Requiem for a Soldier) (Salute)

(March of the Belgian Paratroopers)(Taps) (Last Post)
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Given the results of the US presidential election, should something do wrong on December 19....

I am possibly refocusing on moving myself and later my entire family to Canada, to live the rest of our lives there in peace.
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It's been 5 years since I first took the decision to prepare myself for the task of moving to the United States for good. And I still never regret the choice I made. There are still no second thoughts about it.

Given the situation faced by the country that I have come to call home for 22 years, where I was born, raised and grew into adulthood, I know in my heart that even through I will be a little sad on leaving the Philippines soon, I will leave with happiness, joy and memories of those years I've spent here, knowing that it is for my own good and to sustain the family I have at home that I've made that choice to immigrate and will never turn back from it.

It will be a little bittersweet on the day that I'll depart the country where I was born. But when that day comes, I hope that as I say goodbye to my family, relatives and friends, I will look back on those years in which I was on the Pearl of the Orient and the first independent republic of Asia with profound humility and respect, hoping that I'll do my part in making a better and brighter world for the generations of tomorrow. For me, as I look forward to the day of my imminent departure from the Philippines towards the US, I look forward with deep optimism that I will surely have a great future ahead of me overseas.

John
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Ladies and gentlemen, to the people of the United States of America, people of our free world, active and reserve enlisted personnel, warrant officers, officers, generals, admirals, commissioners and chiefs of the armed forces, the public security services and civil defense services, our military, public security and civil defense service veterans and families of fallen and wounded personnel, our sportsmen and women, coaches and sports officials, the leadership, members, veterans and constituent organizations of the International Golf Federation, and the entire leadership, members, athletes, coaches and supporters of the United States Golf Association and its member organizations:

I write this message to you to inform all of you concerned on the irrevocable loss of one of golf’s biggest stars, the late Arnold Palmer, yesterday, September 25, 2016, at an old age of 87.

As we mourn the passing of one of the greatest golfers of our time, we remember his many years of profound service to his sport and to his country the United States of America, and the many victories he achieved in this sport. We will never ever forget his long career in golf and the legacy he left behind. We will always remember his life of profound service to the sporting world.

His loss will be felt in a big way by all of us, even as we have just celebrated golf’s big Olympic debut in Rio last month with great joy.

May the name of this great man who served as one of the world’s veteran athletes with many decades of sporting service rendered without fail to the American people be remembered for generations to come.

John Ramos
1700h, September 26, 2016
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15 years, ladies and gentlemen, have passed since the blackest and darkest day in the history of our world, 43 since that tragic coup of 1973 and 4 since the historic stand in Benghazi by former US Navy SEALs. The memory of the thousands who perished and the many more military and civil security personnel who died for the defense of our liberties since those attacks and the civlian fatalities of similar acts of terror are still fresh in our minds. How are we to remember them even after all those years? And how are we to honor the many heroes of these great and tragic events?

Because for so many of us, it hits home: the.thought that the events of that day would in one way or another change the way we either see, hear and/or feel about the world we live in.

This day will forever go down in history and will be remembered for countless generations as the day that forever changed the world and of all of humanity.

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001!
ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF THE MANY MILITARY AND CIVIL SECURITY PERSONNEL WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE LIBERTY AND INDEPENDENCE OF ALL THE FREE WORLD!

1000h, September 11, 2016, the 15th since the attacks of 2001 and 5th since the death of Bin Laden and 4th since the atatcks in Benghazi, Libya.

John Ramos
Makati City, Philippines
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Only one Animal Kingdom fan fic was made here. Hope for more fics!
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I've dreamed so much of being with the Cody bois and sometimes Renn and Nicky and being with Smurf. I cannot let my mind stop thinking.
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Can someone make me a fic about me staying in bed with Finn Cole?
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Ladies and gentlemen, veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945, immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans and fallen of the Second World War and all the people of the free world, especially to those serving in uniform as part of the uniformed services from all the combatant Allied countries today, including from the military and civil uniformed services of Pakistan, India, Poland, the Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea:

To all of you, today, with great joy and thanksgiving in our hearts we mark today the 71st year anniversary since the Japanese Imperial Rescript on Unconditional Surrender, the official end of all combat actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations of the Second World War and the end of the 5 year war that has forever changed the world we live in.

For it was on this very day in 1914, the Battle of Cer, the very first Allied victory in the First World War against the Central Powers, began.

On this day in 1920, the Polish Land Forces inflicted a heavy defeat on the Red Army in the outskirts of Warsaw in one of the greatest battles of the Polish-Soviet War, the Battle of Warsaw, more known as the “Miracle on the Vistula River”, today marked as Armed Forces Day in this great country.

On this day 72 years ago, Operation Dragoon, the Allied landing offensive for the liberation of Southern France, began with the landing of a multinational Allied landing force along the Provence coast thus starting the liberation of this part of France, helped by members of the French resistance movement in the region.

On this very day, the world marks the following national independence days:
Indian Independence Day (1948),
Republic of Korea Republic and National Day (1948),
And the National Day of the Republic of Congo (1960).

On this day 76 years ago in Liberty Field, Fort Benning, Georgia, just as the flames of war were striking the western half of the European continent, a test airborne platoon made one final jump and therefore, with their qualification achieved, these pioneer paratroopers jump started the formation of the airborne troops of the United States Army which will have their baptism of fire in this great conflict.

And today, on this very important day in our history, a day that will always be remembered generation upon generation, exactly 71 years ago today, the 15th of August 1945, the great Catholic and Orthodox Christian Feast of the Dormition and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Theotekos and Mother of God, as the clock striked noon Japan Standard Time, with the whole world awaiting the much-anticipated news within days after the US-led atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet declaration of all-out armed conflict against Japan and its allies leading to its offensive in northern parts of the Korean Peninsula and Manchuria, NHK Public Radio played the pre-recorded message of no less than HIM Emperor Hirohito made just days earlier officially informing the government and people of Japan of the acceptance of the “unbearable” and “unendurable” provisions of national unconditional surrender as stated in the Postdam Declaration made by the Allied national heads of state and military leaders that April, within weeks before the official end of the war in Europe and the victory won against Nazi Germany, and with deep sorrow at the deaths of so many men, women and children and the destruction of infrastructure, rural areas and industries within either Japanese held or liberated territories from as far west as Eastern China to Myanmar towards the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies and Papua, in a span of 3 years, 9 months and 8 days of warfare that changed forever this part of the world (plus another 4 when counting from the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937) therefore announcing the full termination of military actions against the Allies by the servicemen of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, many of these who were the ones responsible for countless murders committed in their areas of responsibility from 1937 till 1945. Upon hearing this announcement mixed emotions filled the hearts and minds of the Japanese people, Korea rejoiced at the end of 4 decades of Japanese administration that caused a lot of suffering among its people, and the people of Vietnam, motivated by the Viet Minh and anti-Japanese sympathizers, began to storm government offices all over Vietnam to wrest control from both Japan and France and begin the groundwork in which national independence will be achieved.

Whilst marking the end of all combat actions in the Pacifc Theater of Operations of the Second World War, this annoucement of Japan’s acceptance of unconditional surrender to the victorious Allies on this very day marked the close of a war that forever changed this planet and all of humanity.

Today the world recalls the millions of Allied military and civilian fallen, they whose blood poured in their sacrifice in the defense of our liberties and our free way of life in many parts of the globe during this long conflict had sown the seeds of a present that is full of the same troubles they have seen, heard and felt during those times, but as we carry in our hearts the memories of so many who died for such a noble cause of standing up not just for the freedoms they fought but for the future of our one and only planet, we will have the courage and bravery just as they had in their time to fight the evils of our world and the blocks towards our future, so that future generations will, by our actions today, remember the very deeds they had committed in these past years of war and the crimes committed against the innocent that must never be forgotten.

On this very day of the solemn 71st year anniversary of the Imperial Rescript on Surrender and the official conclusion of combat activities in the Asia-Pacific region, we today remember with deep respect and humility and with great sorrow the millions of lives lost from Western Europe up to the Pacific Islands during these 5 years 11 months and 32 days that the Second World War have brought upon the world we live in, and the countless millions of men and women who served under the colors of the victorious Allies as servicemen and women in the uniformed services, as members of Allied-sponsored resistance organizations and those who sustained the war effort at home and in the workplace. The heroic sacrifice made by these soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, Coast Guardmen and partisans, poured the blood of liberty wherever they fought, in land air and sea engagements, intelligence and espionage activities and partisan actions in the occupied territories and countries of the Axis Powers, and thus upon the work they have done and the battles they fought against the Axis, today we enjoy the freedom and peace they fought for at the cost of their lives, and see a world built upon the ideals these men and women dedicated their lives and careers to stand firm in its defense. We remember today the brave battles fought in Dunkirk, Leningrad, Moscow, Sevastopol, El Alamein, Tobruk, Stalingrad, Kursk, Lenino, Normandy, Minsk, Eindhoven, Rome, Smolensk, Tula, Kiev, Kharkiv, Odessa, Rostov-on-Don, Milan, Lyon, Bastogne, Warsaw, Bryansk, Kronstadt, Shanghai, Pearl Harbor, the Bataan Peninsula, Corregidor Island, Singapore, Besang Pass, Hong Kong, Wuhan, Midway Island, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, the Santa Cruz Islands, Belgrade, Sofia, the Caucasus, Karelia, Cologne, Xiamen and countless other battlefields in land, air and sea. We honor the brave sacrfices of the millions who served in the military and civil security forces and guerilla formations. And we also recall the bravery shown by ordinary civilans in the home front efforts to win this great victory which we remember today!

As we remember on this important day the millions of men and women who fought in this global conflict, they who form the greatest generation of heroes the world have ever known who through these years, in the fields of battle, the frontlines, the concentration camps and the home front gave their all to defend our freedom and independence, they, who like the men of Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, United States Army, the brave men of the 1st Marine Division’s 1st, 5th and 7th Marine Regiments and the tankers of the 2nd Armored Division’s 66th Armor Regiment are remembered in various forms in print media, television and film, we, the sons and daughters and grandchildren of that generation, together with their relatives and friends and ours too, will in our hearts and minds remember the collective memories of they who risked their lives to fight for us, our liberty and our future. May we honor those who through their service built a world for the generations of today and a great future that is worth defending not just for us but for those who will follow us.

Most of all, as we mark this great anniversary, we think of our remaining living Allied military and resistance veterans of the Second World War – including those of the European, Mediterranean and Pacific Theaters of Operations . As the millions who served fade out slowly one after the other, we the people of the free world must do all we can to ensure that this victory and all the Allied actions of the Second World War will be honored and remembered by all of us, especially our future generations, for the memory of all who have fought during this conflict to defend not just our liberty and independence but also the future of our world, will always remain vivid and alive in our hearts for all generations. As the tide of renewed fascist, far-right and far-left actions is rising, coupled with a renewed concern on race, religion, and the evil ideologies that started this conflict in several European countries and within the United States itself, and even in Japan, as we mark this great anniversary of the conclusion of a war that will forever define humanity we therefore promise them, their families and friends and to the immediate families and comrades of those who fought with them and survived the war but are no longer with us that we who live today will, for the sake of future generations who must never let history be repeated once more in their own eyes, remember the struggles and sacrifices made in these times of war and what they fought for against the evil plans of the Axis leaders who wanted the death and destruction of countless lives, properties and industries and to deliberately end the liberties of so many people.

To all those who have become part of what is known as the greatest generation of heroes – those millions who served in all the theaters of the 2nd World War, especially to the heroes, martyrs, living and deceased veterans from the victorious Allies, and to all those serving today in the military and civil defense services of the Allied combatant nations, in anticipation not just for this day buit for the 71st anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War in the Pacifc Theater this September, our dearest thanks to all of you on this very special day for the memory they have will be for us our treasure for the generations to come, the memory that will forever be a part of a future and a world that is truly worth defending, a world in which you all fought with your blood, sweat, tears and hard work. We therefore assure you that what you all fought will never ever be forgotten!

In celebration today of the 96th year anniversary since the Polish victory in the historic Miracle in the Vistula in 1920, we also join the people of Poland in celebrating Armed Forces Day and the anniversary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw and thus remember the serving men and women in the active and reserve ranks of the Polish Armed Forces and the Second World War Polish veterans who fought in the armed services in the Western and Eastern Fronts, the Home Army and in resistance groups. Their courage and determination in keeping the ever present strong will to defend the spirit of Poland at all costs shall never be forgotten, for all through these years the Polish Armed Forces has always stood by the nation it has swore to defend. As it has defended the heritage and traditions of the Polish people, today it celebrates its long years of standing strong as the military service of the Polish Republic.

Today we also join in the celebration of the national days of India, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Congo and remember their role not just in the victory we remember today but in the building of a better world for the generations of tomorrow, while anticipating the 71st year anniversary of the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence with deep respect and gratitude to the Indonesians who let the war end with the rising of one of the greatest of countries in the Asia-Pacific.

In conclusion, as we mark with our actions this very important day in the history of humankind, may we carry forth the spirit of these men and women who fought and died during the years of the Second World War and build a world of peace, harmony and progress, a clean environment, and a brighter future for all our children and grandchildren - truly the very future that is truly worth defending. May we always treasure in our hearts all those who have gone before us and have entrusted to us the spirit of defending our freedom and liberty in all those years from the beginning of the war up to the great victories in Europe and the Pacific which we always remember with great appreciation and our ultmost gratitude!

And as the men of Easy Company will always say: WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MLLIONS OF THE FALLEN AND THE HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE AND THE PACIFIC FROM 1939-1945, WHOSE LEGACY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY ALL THE GENERATIONS TO COME!

ETERNAL GLORY TO ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF OUR WORLD AGAINST FASCISM, NAZISM AND IMPERIALISM IN THE FIELDS OF BATTLE, THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS, AND IN THE HOME FRONT!

LONG LIVE THE VICTORIOUS MEN AND WOMEN IN THE SERVICE OF THE ALLIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE, NORTHERN AFRICA AND THE ASIA-PACIFIC!

LONG LIVE ALL THE ALLIED MILITARY VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR!

LONG LIVE THE EVER-VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE FREE WORLD AND ALL OUR SERVING ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND VETERANS OF THE ARMED SERVICES OF ALL THE COMBATANT ALLIED COUNTRIES THAT HELPED WIN THIS GREAT WAR AGAINST FASCISM, NAZISM AND IMPERIALISM, AS WELL AS ALL OUR ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICE PERSONNEL, CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND VETERANS OF THE POLICE, FIREFIGHTING, FORESTRY, BORDER CONTROL, CUSTOMS AND RESCUE SERVICES AS WELL AS OUR YOUTH OF TODAY AND THE CHILDREN OF OUR TOMORROW WHO WILL CARRY ON THE LEGACY OF ALL THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE THEM!

LONG LIVE THE 69TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA!

LONG LIVE THE 55TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO!

LONG LIVE THE 96TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE POLISH ARMED FORCES AND THE HISTORY VICTORY OVER THE SOVIET UNION IN THE 1920 BATTLE OF WARSAW!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 68TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA!

LONG LIVE THE 71ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAPANESE DECLARATION OF SURRENDER AND THE LIBERATION OF KOREA!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 71ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS AND THE GREAT VICTORY OVER THE FORCES OF THE EMPIRE OF JAPAN AND THE AXIS POWERS!

TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO ALL OVER THE WORLD, A HAPPY 71ST VICTORY OVER JAPAN DAY!

And may I repeat the immortal words of the Polish National Anthem:
Poland has not yet perished, so long as we still live!

Pakistan Zindabad! Hindustan Zindabad! Daehan Minguk Manse!
May God Forever Bless The United States of America!

CURRAHEE! AIR ASSAULT! ARMY STRONG! SEMPER FI! Ooooooooooooooraaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

1200h, August 15, 2016, the 240th year of the United States of America, the 241th year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 122th of the International Olympic Committee, the 120th of the Olympic Games, the 75th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 71st since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 4th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 11th of Operation Red Wings, and the 69th of the United States Armed Forces.

Semper Fortis
John Emmanuel Ramos
Makati City, Philippines
Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)
(Requiem for a Soldier) (Honor by Hans Zimmer)
(Slavsya from Mikhail Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar)
(Victory Day by Lev Leshenko)
(Last Post) (Taps) (Rendering Honors)
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The past days have been filled for me with dreams and chats about Animal Kingdom, that brand new drama from TNT in the US. In the heels of its just aired 1st season finale I'll be posting here later on who among the bois would I'll be going with and doing just anything even longer.
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Someone sent me an imagine fic featuring one of my favorite characters on Animal Kingdom - J Cody.

I am deeply surprised by this.
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I have been fan of the TNT drama Animal Kingdom from the very start and will not regret it, the only new US summer drama that I've liked so much for now.

#BadisBred
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My name is John Emmanuel C. Ramos. 20. From Makati City, Philippines. New user of this site.
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