On this Day in American History 2003: The War in Iraq begins.🇺🇸

March 19, 2019

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On this Day in American History 2003: The War in Iraq begins

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On this day in 2003, the United States, along with coalition forces primarily from the United Kingdom, initiates war on Iraq. Just after explosions began to rock Baghdad, Iraq’s capital, U.S. President George W. Bush announced in a televised address, “At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.” President Bush and his advisors built much of their case for war on the idea that Iraq, under dictator Saddam Hussein, possessed or was in the process of building weapons of mass destruction.

Hostilities began about 90 minutes after the U.S.-imposed deadline for Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq or face war passed. The first targets, which Bush said were “of military importance,” were hit with Tomahawk cruise missiles from U.S. fighter-bombers and warships stationed in the Persian Gulf. In response to the attacks, Republic of Iraq radio in Baghdad announced, “the evil ones, the enemies of God, the homeland and humanity, have committed the stupidity of aggression against our homeland and people.”

Though Saddam Hussein had declared in early March 2003 that, “it is without doubt that the faithful will be victorious against aggression,” he went into hiding soon after the American invasion, speaking to his people only through an occasional audiotape. Coalition forces were able to topple his regime and capture Iraq’s major cities in just three weeks, sustaining few casualties. President Bush declared the end of major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Despite the defeat of conventional military forces in Iraq, an insurgency has continued an intense guerrilla war in the nation in the years since military victory was announced, resulting in thousands of coalition military, insurgent and civilian deaths.

After an intense manhunt, U.S. soldiers found Saddam Hussein hiding in a six-to-eight-foot deep hole, nine miles outside his hometown of Tikrit. He did not resist and was uninjured during the arrest. A soldier at the scene described him as “a man resigned to his fate.” Hussein was arrested and began trial for crimes against his people, including mass killings, in October 2005.

In June 2004, the provisional government in place since soon after Saddam’s ouster transferred power to the Iraqi Interim Government. In January 2005, the Iraqi people elected a 275-member Iraqi National Assembly. A new constitution for the country was ratified that October. On November 6, 2006, Saddam Hussein was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging. After an unsuccessful appeal, he was executed on December 30, 2006.

 

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Giving Thanks For The Many Blessings And People Of Our 2018 Year🇺🇸

January 22, 2019

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Today We Honor A Great American†🇺🇸

January 21, 2019

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“Acts 17:26 says, ‘Of one blood God made all people, to live together on the face of the earth.’ So we can be brothers and sisters because we are one blood; we are the human race. And I believe if my uncle were here today, he’d like for us to consider ourselves as human beings, not different races. One race, colorblind…” -Alveda King

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Blessed New Years!🌲🎅🦌🌲

December 25, 2018

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It’s Time For All American’s To Report For Duty And Support Their Local Military Units & Their Families This Christmas!🌲🎅🦌🌲

December 20, 2018

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You too can be ones of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”! Help bring local community based support for America’s Best and their Families this 2018 Christmas Season!

Contact Santa’s Elves at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU can Help Support Your Local Military Units and their families this Christmas!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

Merry Christmas!

Don’t Forget The MP’s And Thier Families At Your Local U.S. Military Base!🌲🎅🦌🌲

December 19, 2018

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North Pole South / FOB Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, CA: On December 8, 2018 Santa’s Elves, with “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” had the wonderful opportunity to once again deliver Toy’s to the MP Soldier’s and at the Main Gate of the JFTB Los Alamitos Base for their families of  the California Army National Guard!

You too can be ones of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”! Help bring local community based support for America’s Best and their Families this 2018 Christmas Season!

Contact Santa’s Elves at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU can Help Support Your Local Military Units and their families this Christmas!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

Merry Christmas!

Don’t Forget Our Troops & Their Families This Christmas…🌲🎅🦌🌲

December 18, 2018

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“THANK YOU” For Our Unit Christmas Party Support From The 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, United States Army Reserve!🌲🎅🦌🌲

December 11, 2018

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North Pole South / FOB: U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Center, Garden Grove, CA:-On December 8, 2018 “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” gave fun and helpful Unit Christmas Party Support to the wonderful Soldiers and families of the 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, United States Army Reserve.” Read below…

“Thank you so much for your time and efforts for helping us fund our Unit Christmas party. (This was our first one in years from what I heard since I took the position as the Training /Operations NCO here) So this was a truly different and memorable experience for the Soldiers and their families.

With the help of the “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families, Our Nations Heroes Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign, we were able to fund for 30 Soldiers’ plus their families meals! SGT Tonya Tran, Training /Operations NCO, 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, United States Army Reserve.”

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You too can be ones of Santa’s Christmas Elves and Report for Duty for America’s 1# Christmas Drive “Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families”! Help bring local community based support for America’s Best and their Families this 2018 Christmas Season!

Contact Santa’s Elves at Info@YellowRibbonAmerica.org to learn how YOU can Help Support Your Local Military Units and their families this Christmas!

“Operation Christmas For Our Troops & Their Families” is a community outreach project of Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation and proudly supported by the Yellow Ribbon America News & Campaign for America’s Military members and their families. Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation, with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 46-4762128.

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Merry Christmas!

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A brief History of the Christmas Holiday🌲🎅🦌🌲

December 10, 2018

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The first time the birth of Jesus Christ was attributed to the date December 25 was in the 4th century, according to early Roman history. Early celebrations of Christmas are thought to have derived from Roman and other European festivals that marked the end of the harvest, and the winter solstice.

Some customs from those celebrations that have endured include decorating homes with greenery, giving gifts, singing songs, and eating special foods.

The holiday developed further with the legend of St. Nicholas. Although much of his history is unconfirmed, the man who became St. Nicholas lived in the 4th century and is believed to have been a bishop in Asia Minor.

Many miracles are attributed to him and some countries named him their patron saint. He also is considered the patron saint of, among others, children (for protecting them), sailors (whom he reputedly saved at sea), and the poor (to whom he generously gave gifts).

In his honor, the Feast of St. Nicholas was marked on December 6 and gifts given the night before. The tradition was well established in many European countries by the 12th century. Eventually, because St. Nicholas’ Day and Christmas Day are so close together, their traditions generally were combined.

St. Nicholas took on different personas in different countries. For example, The Netherlands have Sinter Klaas; Father Christmas gives gifts in Great Britain; Père Noël does the same in France; and in Germany St. Nicholas has had many names including Klaasbuur, Burklaas, Rauklas, Bullerklaas, and Sunnercla, although Father Christmas is becoming more popular. In the United States, the Dutch settlers’ Sinter Klaas evolved into Santa Claus.

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Other Christmas info:

  • The Story of Jesus Christ’s birth is told in New Testament’s gospel of Saint Luke and Saint Matthew.
  • Some Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s coming on January 6, the Epiphany, when they believe he was baptized.
  • The song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” refers to the 12 days between Christmas and the Epiphany.
  • The word Christmas comes from the Old English Cristes maesse, which means Christ’s mass.
  • The word X-mas is sometimes used instead of Christmas. In Greek, X-is the first letter of Christ’s name.
  • The German word Christkindl, which means Christ child, eventually turned into Kriss Kringle.
  • Santa Claus generally was depicted as an elf until 1931, when Coca-Cola ads portrayed him as human-sized.
  • Rudolph didn’t become Santa’s ninth reindeer until 1939 when an advertising writer for the department store Montgomery Ward created him.

Sources: Encarta 96 Encyclopedia, World Book, Encyclopedia Brittanica