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Video: Lone Officer Stands at Attention in Downpour to Honor Deceased WWII Vet

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A police officer from Alabama gained national praise after a video of him standing at attention in the rain during the funeral procession for a 100-year-old veteran in the United States Army became viral.

Mount Vernon Police Department officer Newman Brazier kept his respectful stance, donning his usual uniform instead of rain gear, despite the downpour as the body of Private First Class Robert Lee Serling was heading to the cemetery where it was laid to rest Monday by the 92nd Division of the Buffalo Soldiers in Spanish Fort, Alabama, according to WPMI-TV.

Brazier’s actions, recorded on camera, drew the attention of some of the mourners at Serling’s funeral, including Eddie Irby Jr., who is the leader of a group for black veterans in Mobile, Alabama, according to The Associated Press.



He would remain in that position until the procession passed by, the outlet reported.

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“Somebody like that, you marvel at their respect, admiration, and all they stand for,” Irby Jr., president of the 92nd Infantry Division, told WPMI of Brazier’s act of honor. The 92nd “Buffalo” was a racially segregated all-black division in the two world wars.

“That’s what vets do,” said Brazier, who is a veteran himself.

“I felt that he wanted to be acknowledged. I felt that being from a small town like Mount Vernon and that he can do what he did, and he can pass and nobody realize it and not respect it.”

“It was my point to let everyone in that area know that he was there, he was passing through, even if it was for the last time,” he said.

Serling was one among the handful of African-Americans to fight for the nation in the Pacific theater of the Second World War.

He had lived a long life of 100 years before he passed away on June 5.

In April, he had celebrated his 100th birthday. His friends and well-wishers helped him make his day memorable by organizing a birthday drive-by, as reported by the Pine Grove Baptist Church in Mount Vernon.

Serling gave an interview in 2015, which was uploaded to YouTube.

“I joined the Army in 1942 … three years, eight months and two days,” Serling said at the time. “I think the Lord enabled me to sit here with you in the interview. So many of us gone in World War II, just a few of us left.

“And I want to thank God I’m still able to get around and drive … I can’t thank God enough for what he did.”

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Nancy Pelosi Dares to Call Biden 'Perfect' on Foreign Policy as Americans Are Still Stuck in Afghanistan

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In a display of cognitive dissonance epic even by the standards of politics, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday lauded President Joe Biden as “perfect” on foreign policy, an astonishing statement in light of the fact Americans are still trapped in Afghanistan after the botched withdrawal of U.S. forces from that country last month.

Stranger yet, she said so from foreign shores.

Pelosi made the eyebrow-raising comment at a moderated conversation at the Cambridge Union Society at Cambridge University in England.

“He’s perfect for now,” Pelosi said in an amphiboly of a statement. “He knows his foreign policy. He was chair of the Foreign Policy Committee.”



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Pelosi’s Biden-knows-foreign-policy schtick is starkly at odds with reality.

The American military’s hasty retreat from Afghanistan included 13 service members lost to a suicidal terrorist’s bomb at the Kabul airport, the abandonment of some $85 billion worth of military equipment and — most egregious of all — American citizens left behind to deal with the not-so-tender mercies of the Taliban.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken admitted before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Biden administration gave the names of American allies seeking to leave Afghanistan to the Taliban, but would not — or could not — provide any details on how many specific names were revealed to the terrorist group, or how many civilians remain in Afghanistan.

Heckuva job, Blinken!

That is to say nothing of the fact the destruction of American credibility with friend and foe alike is compounded by the strategic mistake of leaving Afghanistan, which could revert back to becoming a safe harbor for terrorists under its new Taliban masters.

Biden has gifted Afghanistan to the very religious extremists that drew America there in the first place.

The whole world is wondering if the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan is a temporary setback of failed political leadership that can be ameliorated over time, or the beginning of the end of Pax Americana.

And Pelosi thinks this is “perfect” foreign policy?

One suspects the “D” associated with her name means “Delusional.”

Pelosi then went on to claim Biden is known to “extend the hand of friendship to friend and foe alike.”

Apparently, that includes foes like the Taliban. Who knew?

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

In a display of cognitive dissonance epic even by the standards of politics, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday lauded President Joe Biden as “perfect” on foreign policy, an astonishing statement in light of the fact Americans are still trapped in Afghanistan after the botched withdrawal of U.S. forces from that country last month. Stranger yet, she said so from foreign shores. Pelosi made the eyebrow-raising comment at a moderated conversation at the Cambridge Union Society at Cambridge University in England. “He’s perfect for now,” Pelosi said in an amphiboly of a statement. “He knows his foreign policy. He was chair of the Foreign Policy Committee.” https://youtu.be/mIa_wHnj2Ys Pelosi’s Biden-knows-foreign-policy schtick is starkly at odds with reality. The American military’s hasty retreat from Afghanistan included 13 service members lost to a suicidal terrorist’s bomb at the Kabul airport, the abandonment of some $85 billion worth of military equipment and — most egregious of all — American citizens left behind to deal with the not-so-tender mercies of the Taliban. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken admitted before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Biden administration gave the names of American allies seeking to leave Afghanistan to the Taliban, but would not — or could not — provide any details on how many specific names were revealed to the terrorist group, or how many civilians remain in Afghanistan. WATCH: Biden Secretary of State Antony Blinken REFUSES to answer how many American names were given to the Taliban. pic.twitter.com/Xw6Jb3tZ0d — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 14, 2021 Heckuva job, Blinken! That is to say nothing of the fact the destruction of American credibility with friend and foe alike is compounded by the strategic mistake of leaving Afghanistan, which could revert back to becoming a safe harbor for terrorists under its new Taliban…

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Hiding in Plain Sight: 'Lost' 17th-Century Masterpiece Uncovered in New York After Years of Searching

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Iona College art history professor Tom Ruggio likes to visit churches from time to time.

“I’m used to wandering into churches, and I find it very peaceful,” he told Westchester magazine.

But on one particular visit, when he darkened the door of the Church of the Holy Family in New Rochelle, New York, he was struck by something he hadn’t fully noticed before.



“I was there at least three times before I noticed the painting one day when the lights were on brightly,” he said.

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“I knew it was a 17th-century painting. It’s something you expect to find in Italy, but it was really out of place in a church in New York.”

Intensely curious, Ruggio started researching the piece he had spotted at the Catholic church, and what he found was revelatory.



The painting was indeed a masterpiece by the Italian artist Cesare Dandini from the 1630s, showing the holy family and a young John the Baptist, believed to have been lost for decades.

For 50 years, art historians have been looking for it, and on that fateful day when Ruggio visited the church, he found it.

There are competing stories as to how the piece crossed the pond and made its inconspicuous way to the church. One story is that a local family donated it to the church; another is that a former paster purchased it and brought it stateside.

“The former pastor Monsignor Fitzgerald went over to I believe London and was going through different galleries because he wanted to get paintings for over the door here and on the other side of the church,” Monsignor Dennis Keane of the Church of the Holy Family told WABC-TV.

“He purchased two of these paintings in a gallery, but we don’t know the name of the gallery.”

What is certain is that the painting is a lovely find, especially when historians thought it had been lost.



“This painting was thought to be lost for decades, so it was hiding in plain sight essentially in New Rochelle,” Ruggio said, according to News 12 The Bronx.

The church has loaned the painting to Iona College for three months, and it will be displayed in the Ryan Library before being returned to the church.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Iona College art history professor Tom Ruggio likes to visit churches from time to time. “I’m used to wandering into churches, and I find it very peaceful,” he told Westchester magazine. But on one particular visit, when he darkened the door of the Church of the Holy Family in New Rochelle, New York, he was struck by something he hadn’t fully noticed before. “I was there at least three times before I noticed the painting one day when the lights were on brightly,” he said. “I knew it was a 17th-century painting. It’s something you expect to find in Italy, but it was really out of place in a church in New York.” Intensely curious, Ruggio started researching the piece he had spotted at the Catholic church, and what he found was revelatory. The painting was indeed a masterpiece by the Italian artist Cesare Dandini from the 1630s, showing the holy family and a young John the Baptist, believed to have been lost for decades. For 50 years, art historians have been looking for it, and on that fateful day when Ruggio visited the church, he found it. There are competing stories as to how the piece crossed the pond and made its inconspicuous way to the church. One story is that a local family donated it to the church; another is that a former paster purchased it and brought it stateside. “The former pastor Monsignor Fitzgerald went over to I believe London and was going through different galleries because he wanted to get paintings for over the door here and on the other side of the church,” Monsignor Dennis Keane of the Church of the Holy Family told WABC-TV. “He purchased two of these paintings in a gallery, but we don’t know the name of…

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