Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'. The Rolling Thunder biker rally during Memorial Day is a classic annual event in Washington DC. The video below is a music tribute to these grateful bikers who choose to honor our brave POWs (prisoners of war) and MIAs (missing in action) soldiers. God Bless America and country :).
When there is a war, not only the politicians & soldiers are affected, but many more are affected by it. For instance, at the time of the Vietnam War, the farmers of South Vietnam were gravely affected by it. The fighter jets were flying over countryside all the time. These military tactical jet planes depend heavily upon the JP-8 fuel which is loaded in external fuel tanks. However, once the fuel has been used, they are abandoned for reducing the total weight of aircraft.
Fuel tanks like these were scattered throughout the country. However, they were later recovered and used for a better purpose.
What other use could you find for these fuel tanks?
You don't really have an idea what Wadi us-Salaam is when you see it on Google Maps. Wadi us-Salaam means 'Valley of Peace'. It would seem as if the area, which covers 1,485 acres is a sprawling Iraqi city. It has the same size as small American town and seems to contain a good mix of residential neighborhoods & office buildings.
But what do you see once you zoom in and take a closer look at Wadi us-Salaam? You will realize that your assumption that it is an Iraqi city is wrong. The area has people but it is in fact a graveyard. As a matter of fact it is considered one of the biggest graveyards on the planet. It has millions of human remains.
There is also a presence of military in the area because of the occurrence of violent events.
How would you like to be buried there?
Veterans have done their share in protecting us and preserving our freedom. We must therefore treat them with utmost respect. Unfortunately, a veteran was insulted for something rather petty. Kenneth Knudson, an 88 year-old veteran who served in WWII was jailed for a very silly reason.
Kenneth is the owner of a jewelry store situated in Horton, Kansas. There was a crack on the outer wall of his shop. He had the store for 30 years now and since he was unable to fix the crack he was treated as a criminal. Kenneth had to spend the night in a cell and he was also asked to pay a fine amounting to $500. He was put to jail one day after Christmas.
Kenneth said that he did not feel as if he committed a crime, but he added that he understood the city's requirement to repair places that had damage.
Still, the punishment was too much. The city offered to have the repairs done for about $10,000. The cost would be applied to his tax bill. However, the veteran still would not be able to afford the cost.
Are you shocked about this veteran's predicament? If you are then please share this.
These guys were already putting their lives in danger to protect their country. On top of that they also went out of their way to help save one of our little friends that was in trouble. They heard it crying from a ditch and stopped to take a look. When the soldiers looked a little deeper they discovered a kitten who was in need of a helping hand.
You can see that these guys are heroes in more ways than one.
Marines went into the plane and put a flag on a soldier's coffin when it came home as the gathered passengers and family gazed on. R.I.P James
The gold medal of Honor is hanging around this soldier's neck, but you can see the prosthetic in his hand that catches your attention.
The hand is able to hold a glass or shake someone's hand, just like the one that a ranger used last week to shake President Obama's hand as he became the 2nd living veteran since the sixties to be awarded the highest honor offered by our nation.
These hand movements are all controlled by a motion sensor that is connected to the brain and allows the user to do many normal actions.
When he needs to, the soldier can change his hand to suit different circumstances. When he's doing some work in the kitchen he can take off the hand part and put a knife blade on his arm so that he can prepare food easily for his family.
When he's out with his friends golfing he can attach another special device that helps him hold the golf club correctly so he can swing just as well as the other players.
"I'm not the best player in the world, but I have a good time" the soldier said in a meeting with the press. "I'm able to really relax and have a fun time. Plus I've met a lot of fantastic people doing it."
The soldier lost his hand when he was trying to grab a hand grenade and throw it in another direction. By doing that he saved the lives of two fellow soldiers and was awarded a medal at the White House.
When he was a child he always saw the medal as something that would be an honor to be awarded. However, when he won it he felt completely overwhelmed because of all the attention he was receiving.
Over the last week he travelled all around, including visit to Ground Zero, and also waving to fans at a baseball game in New York.
But it is his new hand that has gotten the most looks, showing some of the improvements in military technology that are letting more injured veterans to serve on after injury in the military.
"I just want to say that your hand is pretty awesome before we get into the show," said a famous show host before he began an interview with the soldier.
The soldier stated his experience with the advances in military medicine came when he was first in a hospital for burn victims and amputees.
"When I walked around the place I was amazed. I couldn't even tell the difference when I saw a guy with a fake leg when he had pants on," the soldier said. "I was amazed. The technology has come so far that there's nothing that they can't do."
He also has been brought down to earth by the "great moods" of other soldiers with medical problems much worse than his. In his current job he helps injured military personnel from all areas and their families.
He gives advice to soldiers and also assists families set up transport, meals and a place to stay.
But he, even after being injured, wanted to go back to serve. Earlier this year he went back to the Middle East for his 8th tour in a war zone.
"Over the past couple of years I've been seeing the other men training, and it's fantastic to finally be back and serving again," he said.
"The most difficult thing about this was having my wife understand why I wanted to go back. She said that I had already lost so much, why would I want to go back?"
The soldier said to her that his risk isn't any more than the other soldiers already over there serving.
She responded by saying that she knew it was important for him and that he should be with his men.
A military dolphin is one that is trained to be utilized in military operations. Both the US and Russia have trained and used dolphins for many different uses. These military-trained dolphins have been taught to search and help lost swimmers in the navy or to find mines underwater.
The US. Navy trains dolphins and sea lions in a special facility San Diego, California. They collect some of their dolphins from the Mexican Gulf. Military dolphins were utilized by the US. Navy in the 1st and 2nd wars in the Gulf. There are currently about seventy five dolphins being trained and used.
Because of the secrecy of this training, there are whispers of military-trained dolphins that can put mines underwater, to find enemies, or to search for and eliminate underwater subs using self-destructive ways. There have even been guesses about the possible creation of intelligent add ons, such as harmful darts, sonar stopping devices, and other tools for dolphins. The US military denies ever engaging in such a training program, but controversy theorists don't buy it.
In the mid 2000s there was a news report that after a hurricane some military dolphins had escaped. The military said that these stories were just rumors or urban legends.
These dolphins are trained by special teams of Navy mammal trainers. Different teams have different responsibilities for training the dolphins about different tactics. Dolphins are educated just like the dogs that police use for their work. When they do something right they are given rewards like fish. Dolphins are educated to find mines and enemies and then give the news to their trainers.