Thousands gather in Trafalgar Square on Thursday March 23, 2017 for a candlelight vigil remembering the victims of the Westminster Bridge/Parliament terror attack that took place yesterday in London, England. Mayor Sadiq Khan, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Craig Mackey addressed the crowd and lit candles, reaffirming London’s united front against terrorism.
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Organisers say that “at least 250,000” people took part in the march, which began in Tavistock Square and ended in Westminster, where speakers including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed the crowd.
Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy spoke on leadership and professionalism at the Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Symposium on Feb 25-26, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The University of Texas golden boy from 2006-2009 (2008 Walter Camp Award winner, 2008 Heisman runner up, 2009 Heisman finalist) and former Cleveland Browns quarterback from 2010-2013, McCoy emphasized the role of leadership and accountability both on and off the field.
I say my kids because four years ago I watched them; wide-eyed, insecure adolescents filled with a mixture of hope, fear, and uncertainty, “doolies,” some barely 18 years of age.
Through my lens, I have watched them grow and mature into women and men of great strength, integrity, and character, who will one day be tasked with leading our country.
Among the newest batch of second lieutenants, 360 will directly attend pilot training, 89 will work in space and cyber space fields, 89 will attend graduate school and 44 will join nuclear missile operations.
I still have a difficult time parallel parking, let alone flying a fighter jet (which is amongst one of the many reasons I am an artist).
840 hats were tossed in the air, voices raised in celebration as the F-4 Thunderbirds echoed their roaring sentiments.
You’re not kids any longer, congratulations Class of 2015.
Despite being bombarded by advertisements, promotions and “too big to miss sales events,” today is November 11, 2014 and it is Veteran’s Day once again. This day is one of the few times out of a busy year the general public acknowledges the sacrifices and contributions our service members have made (or in the retail industry, a new sales flyer and some flashy graphics).
I am privileged to work with these remarkable men and women every day, and I can tell you it is truly an honor to have them enrich the tapestry of our legacy with their service.
We ask so much from them, much more than most of us are willing to give of ourselves. As Americans, we have been conditioned to presume our liberties and freedom will always be there. Even I often take it for granted that there will be someone else to fight for it.
So please, the next time you see a veteran (yes, even the less glamorized former heroes, dejected, crusty, and seemingly defeated begging for change outside of your local WalMart) remember that their service and story matters.