Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Odd and Ends

Zahra Baker - You most likely didn't miss the sad news that Hickory Police believe that they have located the remains of Zahra Baker.

Cedar Posts first covered the story of the missing young girl back in October, but as the news coverage began to build, it was decided to leave the hype to the Nancy Graces of the world.

Friday's announcement brings a very sad end to a chapter in North Carolina history. A chapter we would all just as soon forget. This is clearly North Carolina's Susan Smith.

Veterans Day - Is an odd holiday of sorts. It has been celebrated all week long although it was officially on Thursday. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Why November 11? Well because World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when Germany signed the Armistice agreement.

Veteran's Day, Veterans' Day or Veterans Day? - While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.

Cedar's recent take on two veterans is here and here.

A live video feed from the American Cemetery at Normandy is here.

American Soldiers Who Never Came Home - The opening scenes from the movie Saving Private Ryan remind us all that some of our heroes are buried in France. But unless you look past the media coverage and hype you really can't comprehend how many of our fallen are buried in foreign soil.

The some of American Cemeteries in Europe

Aisne-Marne, France
Ardennes, Belgium
Brittany, France
Brookwood, England
Cambridge, England
Corozal, Panama
Epinal, France
Flanders Field, Belgium
Florence, Italy
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Lorraine, France
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Manila, Philippines
Meuse-Argonne, France
Mexico City, Mexico
Netherlands, Netherlands
Normandy, France
North Africa, Tunisia
Oise-Aisne, France
Rhone, France
Sicily-Rome, Italy
Somme, France
St. Mihiel, France
Suresnes, France

A complete data base from the American Battle Monuments Commission is here.

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