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What This Memorial Squad is Doing For Deceased Veterans Is Absolutely Beautiful

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With the world seemingly on fire and folks so divided over their political ideologies that they’re willing to stoop to all manner of evil, wicked lows to express themselves, it’s always a good idea to take a break from talking about the darkness in the world and let ourselves be reminded that there’s still a lot of good happening here too.

For instance, here’s a story about a Memorial Squad who did something awesome for a deceased veteran, putting on display that there’s still genuine patriotism and love for one another alive and well in America.

George Anthos spent just three years in the Army, from 1955 to 1957, before returning home to Illinois and pursuing a profession as a hair dresser.

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But at age 83, he puts on a military-style uniform every Tuesday and reports to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery near Joliet.

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Since 2003, he has been a part of its Memorial Squad — men and women who provide military honors for veterans buried there.

“We have a code in the military of ‘no man left behind,’” he said. “It’s my way of bringing veterans home for the last time.”

About three dozen people accompany veterans on their last journey. They present the colors, play taps, fire ceremonial gun salutes and present U.S. flags to survivors.

The cemetery, which is the only active national one in the Chicago area, opened in 1999 on the grounds of the former Joliet Arsenal. More than 50,000 veterans, their spouses and certain other relatives are buried there, in graves or columbaria. The federal government pays for the burial, the marker and the burial flag.

Anthos said Mondays and Fridays are typically the busiest days. The rites take place at three committal shelters, not the grave sites.

The brave men and women who make up our armed forces are some of the finest folks this great nation has to offer, and as such, it’s always wonderful to see them getting the honor they are due.

Too often, in our society where leftism is running amok, people like to belittle our military and mock these folks and the sacrifices they have made for their freedoms. Just look at the NFL National Anthem protests for example.

This ought not be. Be sure to thank a veteran you know or one you see out and about, for having the courage to voluntarily serve their country and protect your liberty.

Source: Stars and Stripes

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Apple Backs Down, Will Allow Parler Back on App Store

The news is seen as a major boost for the First Amendment.

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Free speech is a fickle thing, and precious too.  If we’re not careful, it can be stripped away but those who hide behind the claim that a “private” company can limit your personal freedoms. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms are almost always the culprits here, bending the algorithmic reach of those with whom they disagree. Enter Parler:  A free speech app where only the bare legal minimum of content would be moderated. The platform became incredibly popular with an astonishing swiftness, but soon faced trouble from companies who had previously aligned themselves with Facebook and Twitter’s more controlling stance. Apple, who had previously booted Parler from its App Store, has now relented to the Constitution. Apple has approved Parler’s return to the iOS app store following improvements the social media company made to better detect and moderate hate speech and incitement, according to a letter the iPhone maker sent to Congress on Monday. The decision clears the way for Parler, an app popular with conservatives including some members of the far right, to be downloaded once again on Apple devices. The letter — addressed to Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ken Buck and obtained by CNN — explained that since the app was removed from Apple’s platform in January for violations of its policies, Parler “has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices.” On April 14, Apple’s app review team told Parler that its proposed changes were sufficient, the letter continued. Now, all Parler needs to do is to flip the switch. The news is seen as a major boost for the First Amendment.

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WATCH: NC Man Slings Rabid Bobcat Across His Front Yard

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For many North Carolinians, neighborhood living brings with it the peace of mind that the most invasive animals you might have to deal with are squirrels who are trying to rest in your attic, or raccoons hoping to fatten up from your trash can.  The Tar Heel state has some bears, sure, but they’re not often the pestering or dangerous type like you might see in the Pacific Northwest or parts of California. But one man this week got up close and personal with a seriously frightening creature this week, after it lunged at his wife from underneath their car. A disturbing video captures the moment a rabid bobcat attacks a North Carolina woman—and the moment her husband grabs it off her and throws it through the air. Kristi and Happy Wade of Burgaw were walking to their SUV to take their cat to the vet the morning of April 9 when the growling animal ran across the street and attacked, WIS-TVreports. After throwing it several feet, Happy Wade eventually shot it after it ran into the couple’s garage and then continued to charge, ABC 11 reports. A neighbor who had been jogging by at the time stopped to help and called 911. Video of the incident is simply unbelievable. https://twitter.com/nojumper/status/1383145940807163904?s=20 The bobcat was injured by Wade and later euthanized by local law enforcement.  An autopsy revealed that the animal was indeed rabid, and the family has been undergoing treatment for their numerous bite wounds.

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