The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear The American Legion’s case regarding the Bladensburg Veterans Memorial in Prince George’s County, Md.
The Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial was erected in 1925 by Gold Star mothers and an American Legion post to honor 49 Prince George’s County men who gave their lives during World War I.
The Gold Star mothers who designed the memorial in 1919 chose a cross shape to recall the cross-shaped grave markers standing over American graves in Europe. The memorial stood peacefully for almost 90 years until the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit in February 2014.
In 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland ruled the memorial was constitutional, citing the use of crosses to mark the graves of fallen American servicemen overseas. Later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the District Court’s decision, declaring the cross shape of the memorial violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The American Legion, represented by First Liberty Institute and the international law firm Jones Day, is asking the Supreme Court to reverse the Court of Appeals ruling that could lead to the bulldozing of the Bladensburg Veterans Memorial. (Source: American Legion)
LAST WEEK’S POLLS
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Total Votes: 15
I’m not interested in reading this book. 60% (9 votes)
I plan to read this book. 33.33% (5 votes)
I’ve read it and thought it was very funny. 6.67% (1 votes)
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This should be made into a movie 100% (6 votes)
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Yes, if I don’t take care of myself; I can’t take care of anyone else. 80% (12 votes)
No, a number of other things are a higher priority 20% (3 votes)
Less than 10% of the things I recall are negative 52.94% (9 votes)
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Yes 52.94% (9 votes)
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About fifty-fifty 17.65% (3 votes)
Yes 77.78% (14 votes)
No 22.22% (4 votes)
BOOKS OF THE WEEK
I can’t say I agree with everything in this book, nor do I want to be this intense; but, I still found the book useful.
Men’s Health Maximus Body
By Bobby Maximus & Michael Easter
Men’s Health magazine’s #1 personal trainer delivers cutting-edge, high-intensity workouts to help you pack serious muscle and become unstoppably fit. (Source: Amazon)
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
I’ll let this movie speak for itself.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
MUSIC OF THE WEEK
Eve of Destruction
By Barry McGuire
ART OF THE WEEK
NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL
Some impressive monuments to the service of America’s soldiers can also be found in other countries. France has a total of 11 cemeteries and monuments dedicated to the service of U.S. soldiers, and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer is on a bluff overlooking one of the Normandy beaches that U.S. troops landed on during the Normandy invasion.
The 172.5-acre cemetery contains the graves of 9387 soldiers, many of whom lost their lives in the D-Day invasion. The memorial has a semicircular colonnade with a bronze statue in the center called the “Spirit of American Youth Rising From the Waves.” A garden to the east features inscriptions of the names of 1557 soldiers who lost their lives during the Normandy campaign but could not be found or identified.
EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK
General of Armies of the United States
The military career of George Washington spanned over forty years of service. Washington’s service can be broken into three periods (French and Indian War, American Revolutionary War, and the Quasi-War with France) with service in three different armed forces (British provincial militia, the Continental Army, and the United States Army).
Because of Washington’s importance in the early history of the United States of America, he was granted a posthumous promotion to General of the Armies of the United States, legislatively defined to be the highest possible rank in the US Army, more than 175 years after his death.
THIS WEEK’S JOKE
Hey, it isn’t easy to find jokes that relate to Veterans Day, so please forgive me. This was the best I could do.
SOME RESULTS OF WPC 2018 World Powerlifting Championships
FIRST PLACE RAW BENCH PRESS & RAW DEADLIFT
70 TO 74 YEARS OLD
80 TO 84 YEARS OLD
TOM & BILL
RAW DEADLIFT WORLD’S RECORD
FEMALE 75 TO 79
I have always thought Martina Navratilova was correct with her statement, “Whoever said, It’s not whether you win or lose that counts, probably lost”.
However, I have always believed that you don’t have to win, you just have to fight.
Warning: This book will not change your life, only you can do that.