A message from Ox Gara, AFF Director and Drum Major of the Allied Forces Pipes and Drums, on November 17, 2015:
“From The Allied Forces Foundation Pipes and Drums: Our hearty congratulations and best wishes to our President and CEO Maj. (Ret’d.) Stephen Cain, MBE, on this 50th Anniversary of his Commissioning. Read more →
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Several directors of the Allied Forces Foundation, Inc. and the Allied Forces Foundation Pipes & Drums were present at the Remembrance Sunday Ceremony and Observance held at the Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden (formerly the British Garden/British Memorial Garden) in Manhattan on Sunday, November 8, 2015.Read more →
Allied Forces Foundation MCM Teams were hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at Quantico, Virginia for a guided tour around the laboratory and facilities.
The Teams were broken up into three groups to visit and learn about mission capability of the FBI’s Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), Firearms/Toolmarks Unit (FTU) and Explosives Unit (EU).
It was amazing to see how all the evidence is collated and investigated by all these very specialized teams who make up the FBI Laboratory, and also for Wounded Warriors to see these activities that will help stop events happening in the future to our servicemen and women, Law Enforcement and security agencies around the world.
The AFF Teams were very privileged to have the opportunity to see some of the approximately 7500 weapons which are held by the FBI. We were able to see some very famous gangsters’ weapons of the 1920-1930 era, from those of John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd to some of the rarest weapons in the world. We also saw a Sedgley Office of Strategic Services (OSS) .38 (Glove Gun) designed for OSS in World War 2, the first firearm suppressor by Maxim in the early 20th century, and a StG 44 (Sturmgewehr 44) assault rifle 44 which the USSR used to develop the AK47 as we know it today.
This was a very special day made available by the kind support of the FBI team from the Laboratory and TEDAC. Thank you from the all the AFF and Teams from our partner nations.
The MCM’s vibrant online course map, created with Bethesda, MD-based web software and interactive services firm, Geocentric, is accessible on the website at www.marinemarathon.com, or you may view it here:
This is a video message for TEAM LEWIS from Mrs. Steele’s third grade class at Wylie Elementary located in Dexter, Michigan. The children wish you, Allied Forces Foundation (AFF) and all the runners this weekend “Good Luck!” Read more →
“Better to die than be a coward” is the motto of the world-famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers who are an integral part of the British Army.
Following the partition of India in 1947, an agreement between Nepal, India and Britain meant four Gurkha regiments from the Indian army were transferred to the British Army, eventually becoming the Gurkha Brigade.
Since then, the Gurkhas have loyally fought for the British all over the world, receiving 13 Victoria Crosses between them.