Sunshine and Faithfullness
January 5, 2014 25 Comments
I’m always of two minds about awards. I’m always honored, and thrilled that somebody actually thinks I do something worthwhile here, and I’m always terrified that it’s a ponzi scheme, and there’s no one left to nominate. But I’ve also found that while most of these want 7 or ten nominees, nobody yells too loudly if you fall a bit short. And to be honest, I don’t nominate people just to fill the blank, I want being nominated to mean something. And so.
Semper Fidelis is of course, the motto of the US Marine Corps, and often in its shortened form of “Semper Fi” used as a greeting, it has built on and contributed to a great tradition of one of the greatest of military formations, to wit:
Customs and Traditions
“Semper Fidelis” (“Always Faithful”) is the motto of the Corps. That Marines have lived up to this motto is proved by the fact that there has never been a mutiny, or even the thought of one, among U.S. Marines.
Semper Fidelis was adopted about 1883 as the motto of the Corps. Before that, there had been three mottoes, all traditional rather than official. The first, antedating the War of 1812, was “Fortitudine” (“With Fortitude”). The second, “By Sea and by Land,” was obviously a translation of the Royal Marine’s “Per Mare, Per Terram.” Until 1848, the third motto was “To the Shores of Tripoli,” in commemoration of O’Bannon’s capture of Derna in 1805. In 1848, after the return to Washington of the Marine battalion that took part in the capture of Mexico City, this motto was revised to: “From the Halls of the Montezumas to the Shores of Tripoli” – a line now familiar to all Americans. This revision of the Corps motto in Mexico has encouraged speculation that the first stanza of “The Marines’ Hymn” was composed by members of the Marine battalion who stormed Chapultepec Castle.
It may be added that the Marine Corps shares its motto with England’s Devonshire Regiment, the 11th Foot, one of the senior infantry regiments of the British Army, whose sobriquet is “the Bloody Eleventh” and whose motto is also Semper Fidelis.
USMC History Division
Thanks to whoever up the line, Citizen Tom?, who bothered to run that down.
Anyway, rules, you gotta have rules. Here they are (They’re similar for both so we’ll combine them)
- Use the logo in the post. Check
- Link to whoever nominated you. Check
- Write 10 pieces of information about yourself. Check
- Nominate ten fellow bloggers. For the Sunshine Award, that means bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” For the Semper Fidelis Award, that means bloggers who are “always faithful.” Check
- Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.
Those ten pieces of information about me are:.
- I was born in Indiana
- My ancestry is completely Norwegian
- Most of my life, I worked as either an electrician or lineman, or sometimes both.
- One of my oldest hobbies is electronics
- Which is why I’m still a ham radio operator
- I doubt any will be surprised that another hobby is history.
- I also do some woodworking, mostly cabinetmaking, when time allows
- I like to play with mechanical things as well, like old tractors, cars and such.
- I’m divorced and have been for many years
- I have found it critical to “say what you mean and to mean what you say”
The Semper Fidelis Award must go first of all to Jess. I have never in all my life known anyone, man or woman who is more faithful and more dependable than she is. One of the very few people in the world that I trust completely and implicitly. In full disclosure, she is also my editor here, and I am always well pleased to leave the blog in her very capable hands. I also sporadically contribute to hers.
For the rest, which will be for both awards, hopefully without duplicating too often.
- Blogsense-by-Barb Common sense with a patina of faith, well delivered.
- Ancestral Yuba A voice full of common sense from California, may their tribe increase.
- Freedom by the Way My oldest blogfriend, and still one of the best.
- Juwannadoright, another voice of common sense from the west
- PumabyDesign 001, another of my oldest blogfriends, and just outstanding
- Quotes and notes and opinions, still another old friend, Sherry spans Christian and political, somewhat like we do here
- The Lean Submariner My favorite bubblehead and some lean management as well
- IrishAnglican’s Weblog Father Robert is not only an Anglican Priest but a retired Royal and US Marine (Recon if I remember)
- And finally, just to round it out, one of my very favorites Catholic Cravings, Hi Laura!
So there you have it, from Old England to OZ, some of my favorite blogs