Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not. - Seneca

Wishing everyone a happy and meaningful Thanksgiving! - Dominique Allmon


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Friday, November 13, 2015

Paris Is Still Here

Tonight is a moment of pain, 
of tears, of mourning, 
but Paris is still here. 

Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Once again our hearts go out to Paris as the French President Francois Hollande declares a state of emergency across the country after a series of terrorist attacks that rocked Paris, killing at least 129 and wounding more than 400 people on November 13, 2015. 

Things must change in Europe before it's too late...

Makeshift memorial at Carillon cafe, Paris
November 14, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

240 Years of the US Marine Corps

The US Marine Corps Silent Drill

For James

"Mere words cannot express what it means to be a part of the most amazing and elite fraternity in the Universe." - Sgt. James W. Allmon, USMC

"I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the traditions for generations of warriors past." - Cpl. Jeff Sornig, USMC, in Navy Times, November 1994 

For the last 240 years US Marine Corps was and continues to be a brotherhood of a very special brand of men, and relatively recently, women. They are the few, the brave. As Gen. William Thornson of the US. Army once said, There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion. 

The Marines are the first to go and the last to leave. Their courage and bravery is legendary. And they are never "ex", not even "former" Marines. A Marine is a Marine for life. He only wears a different uniform when not in active duty anymore. But only the Marines know why.

 Happy 240th Birthday US Marine Corps!
And a very Happy Birthday to my special Marine!

Dominique Allmon


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