HDR 188: Irene’s Bluster, Heroes Who Muster

A lone Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), walks his tour in humble reverence during Hurricane Irene in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Aug 27. Members of The Old Guard have guarded the Tomb every second, of every day regardless of weather or holidays since April 6, 1948.

ALOHA, ALL!!  Did you get enough coverage of Hurricane Irene?  Yes, I know it was a bad storm and caused damage – I hope all HDR readers and their friends & families are safe.  But give me a break….non-stop 24/7 coverage????  If this storm had happened in the Heartland it would have been covered as a passing story – a headliner on day one then relegated to the back pages.  (GEE….weren’t there terrible floods in Nashville and Iowa this past year?  They sure got a lot of coverage, didn’t they?)  But since it was New York, we heard breathlessly and incessantly about the 3 foot storm surge on Staten Island.  This video link shows the true media absurdity in covering Irene:  Was Irene Mostly Hype? Watch This Video and You Tell Me | All American Blogger  Hopefully, the coverage did make us realize there are some who don’t give a second thought to doing their duties, no matter what the weather conditions.  Most notably, our military.  On the internet, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment got some attention….they guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.  The picture above is an actual photograph during the onslaught of Irene  in D.C.

Since World War II, “The Old Guard” has served as the official Army Honor Guard and escort to the President. In that capacity, 3rd Infantry soldiers are responsible for conducting military ceremonies at the White House, the Pentagon, national memorials and elsewhere in the nation’s capital. In addition, soldiers of “The Old Guard” maintain a 24-hour vigil at the Tomb of the Unknowns, provide military funeral escorts at Arlington National Cemetery and participate in parades at Fort Myer and Fort Lesley J. McNair.

The black-and-tan “buff strap” worn on the left shoulder by each member of the 3rd Infantry is a replica of the knapsack strap used by 19th-century predecessors of the unit to display its distinctive colors and distinguish its members from other Army units. The present buff strap continues to signify an Old Guard soldier’s pride in personal appearance and precision performance that has marked the unit for 200 years.

A further distinction of The Old Guard is the time-honored custom of passing in-review with fixed bayonets at all parades. This practice, officially sanctioned by the War Department in 1922, dates to the Mexican War in 1847 when the 3rd Infantry led a successful bayonet charge against the enemy at Cerro Gordo. Today, this distinction is still reserved for “The Old Guard” alone.

For those of you on Facebook, you can “Like” The Old Guard’s page HERE.  Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown day and night, during hurricanes, sleet or snow, sure makes a few days without subways seem rather mundane, don’t you think?

Blaming Global Warming in Five, Four, Three, Two….Any day now we’ll hear about how global warming caused Hurricane Irene.  No doubt the greenies will use it to further push their agenda.  Let’s see – what has “green” done for us lately?  Most pertinent, what about all those “green jobs” Barry promised?    Are “Green Jobs” the Answer? – AskHeritage  Accoring to the report, “the President’s promise to create five million green jobs over 10 years has proven to be nothing more than “a pipe dream,” with California’s Bay Area providing a particularly poignant example of how “green” jobs have actually been lost, not gained.”  Nice.  Of course, Al the Goracle just compared global warming skeptics to racists, so we sure don’t want to be on the wrong side of the issue, do we????   Al Gore | Global warming | racists | The Daily Caller  Heck, I think I’ll just head on over to Crazy Pete’s Enviro-Friendly Discount Galleria:  

And Don’t Forget FEMA – They’ll want more money, too:  Lessons from Hurricane Irene   Of course libs are going after Eric Cantor because he…well…just makes sense:    Cantor Demands Common-Sense Spending Cuts in Exchange for More FEMA Aid

Quick Links:  

More Bad News for the Obama Economy | Hawaii Reporter

Articles: Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write

Lockerbie bomber close to death … again? « Hot Air

Obama’s Legacy: A Failed Recovery & Double-Dip Recession – Forbes  (Mahalo to Steve for the link.)

You’re gonna love this one:  Armed federal agents raid Gibson Guitar again, ‘browbeat’ employees – Common American Journal  “What a coincidence! CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican Donor. And their Democratic-donating competitor, Martin, uses the same wood but wasn’t raided. Well, when you’ve got a President who jokes about tax audits as revenge for a personal slight, it’s hard not to be suspicious, isn’t it?”

And one more Irene wrap-up:  Irene: Deaths, Flooding, Power Losses State-by-State – Businessweek

Final Thought:  “Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God” Inscription on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier



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5 responses to “HDR 188: Irene’s Bluster, Heroes Who Muster”

  1. Don Cutting says :

    Methinks that perhaps your critical assessment of the media’s 24/7 coverage was a bit premature…considering later disaster and damage reports from NY State, Massachusetts and Vermont. I, too, become weary of 24/7 coverage however, when one has two adult children and their families located directly in the projected path of Irene, over reporting is more welcome.

    As to the Iowa/Nashville vs. East Coast coverage and comments: I would normally believe that an impending storm which could and essentially did impact 80+ million people would attract more attention than Iowa/Nashville…but then, I am most likely biased having hailed from the Northeast and, therefore, probably more inclined to ignore the Fly-Over Country.

    • giliar says :

      Aloha, Don – thanks for weighing in! First, I have friends in the northeast as well and in no way meant to discount the fact that many people were injured, experienced problems or were even killed. However, what irks me is how whenever some natural disaster happens on either coast, it’s given top priority. On some media outlets, the entire weekend was taken up with coverage of Irene. It finally became so ridiculous that even the commentators were making asides about how silly it was that they were reporting on every little detail of the storm. As you say, “Fly-Over Country” (i.e. The Heartland) is somehow deemed insignificant. Is it really because there may be fewer people there, or is it a more insidious reason? Could it be that the coast dwellers actually think they matter more – that they are smarter and superior individuals? I hate to say it, but I really think a lot of it’s the latter. I grew up in The Heartland but lived in both New Jersey and Maryland for a number of years. And I can tell you from experience that for many people on the coasts, “Fly-Over Country” means “Not Worth A Second Thought.”

      • Don Cutting says :

        Hi Gilia…I take issue with your assertion that I deem the Heartland dwellers as “insignificant.” Your words, not mine! One must keep in mind that the majority of people on both coasts represent deep blue states which goes a long way to explain their indifference and disdain to the red state mid-West. From my perspective, as a transplanted New England Yankee, if it was not for the Heartland folk, this country would be mired in deeper kim chee than it is currently. Also, I am not wavering from my contention that affected population remains the primary cause of the disparity of news coverage. The consideration applied to the impact to 80+ million vs. Iowa (3+ million) and Nashville (600, 000+) still remains, in my opinion, the decisive factor regarding news coverage (notwithstanding that 24/7 IS overkill).

      • giliar says :

        Hey Don – didn’t mean that you personally deem Heartland dwellers as insignificant….I know you don’t feel that way. But most in the media do….hence the term “Fly-Over Country.”

      • giliar says :

        P.S. Thanks for the Judge Judy video. HDR readers who haven’t seen it really need to watch it and see where their hard earned tax dollars are going: Who You Support With Taxes

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