May. 8th, 2017

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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