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I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day.  I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it.  We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.  ~Benjamin Harrison


Memorial Day/Vintage Soldiers Appreciation Post

Memorial Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday in May. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the war.  The South had a remembrance day (also in May) but the day was not celebrated jointly until the beginning of the 20th century. Formally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day has become a day to remember all those who have served and fallen during a time of war.


LGBTQ* People You Should Know
(AND) LGBTQ* Books To Keep On Your Radar
Colonel Sir Victor Barker D.S.O 1895 - 1960
* First recognized by the name Valerie Arkell-Smith 
* Early documentation/recordings report of Baker’s dysphoria and desire to be recognized as male
* Was married twice to two different men (the later marriage producing two children)
* In 1923, Arkell-Smith began to express a more masculine recognized dress and presented as male going by the name Victor Baker.
* Baker went on to marry Ms. Hayward  (most likely with illegal documentation)
* Received a letter marked to Mr. Baker in 1926 to join the National Fascisti  (an anti-communist league which was loosely based on the British Fascisti)
* Trained young men in fencing and boxing
* Went on to become Colonel Victor Baker
* Baker was arrested later in life for forged documents and bankruptcy
* Went on to be part of a side-show
* Died under the name Geoffrey Norton
Book: Colonel Baker’s Monstrous Regiment: A Tale of Female Husbandry — By Rose Collins
Synopsis:In an England devastated by the terrible losses of World War I, Colonel Victor Barker was a rare man indeed. Dashing, well-respected, with impeccable manners, he was a model gentleman. His wife was proud of his good breeding and fine looks, and his young son worshipped him as a war hero. But beneath the army uniform Barker hid an astounding secret. In 1929, following a sensational trial, the good colonel was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment. For Colonel Barker was, in fact, a woman. Her real name was Valerie Lilias Arkell-Smith, the most infamous “man-woman” of them all. Among Rose Collis’ books are A Trouser-Wearing Character, K.D. Lang, and The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Erotica. …Shrink

LGBTQ* People You Should Know

(AND) LGBTQ* Books To Keep On Your Radar

Colonel Sir Victor Barker D.S.O 1895 - 1960

* First recognized by the name Valerie Arkell-Smith 

* Early documentation/recordings report of Baker’s dysphoria and desire to be recognized as male

* Was married twice to two different men (the later marriage producing two children)

* In 1923, Arkell-Smith began to express a more masculine recognized dress and presented as male going by the name Victor Baker.

* Baker went on to marry Ms. Hayward  (most likely with illegal documentation)

* Received a letter marked to Mr. Baker in 1926 to join the National Fascisti  (an anti-communist league which was loosely based on the British Fascisti)

* Trained young men in fencing and boxing

* Went on to become Colonel Victor Baker

* Baker was arrested later in life for forged documents and bankruptcy

* Went on to be part of a side-show

* Died under the name Geoffrey Norton

Book: Colonel Baker’s Monstrous Regiment: A Tale of Female Husbandry — By Rose Collins

Synopsis:In an England devastated by the terrible losses of World War I, Colonel Victor Barker was a rare man indeed. Dashing, well-respected, with impeccable manners, he was a model gentleman. His wife was proud of his good breeding and fine looks, and his young son worshipped him as a war hero. But beneath the army uniform Barker hid an astounding secret. In 1929, following a sensational trial, the good colonel was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment. For Colonel Barker was, in fact, a woman. Her real name was Valerie Lilias Arkell-Smith, the most infamous “man-woman” of them all. Among Rose Collis’ books are A Trouser-Wearing Character, K.D. Lang, and The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Erotica. …Shrink

HOMO HISTORY — LGBTQ People You Should Know

ALAN TURING - June 23, 1912 - June 7, 1954
* British Mathematician
* Cracked the “unbreakable” German secret code during WWII
* Helped formulate the concepts of algorithms (a finite set of well-defined instructions for accomplishing some task )
*Tried and convicted for “gross indecency" in the early 1950’s
* Due to clasified status, British government (following trial) deemed his wartime achievements and work inadmissible
* Forced to chose between prison sentence or “organo-therapy” (experimental hormone therapy)
* Opted for “therapy” over prison
* Hormones and medications assisted in Turing becoming chemically depressed        
* 1954 - Turing committed suicide (less than a decade after his critical role in wartime efforts and saving countless lives through his research)

HOMO HISTORY — LGBTQ People You Should Know

ALAN TURING - June 23, 1912 - June 7, 1954

* British Mathematician

* Cracked the “unbreakable” German secret code during WWII

* Helped formulate the concepts of algorithms (a finite set of well-defined instructions for accomplishing some task )

*Tried and convicted for “gross indecency" in the early 1950’s

* Due to clasified status, British government (following trial) deemed his wartime achievements and work inadmissible

* Forced to chose between prison sentence or “organo-therapy” (experimental hormone therapy)

* Opted for “therapy” over prison

* Hormones and medications assisted in Turing becoming chemically depressed        

* 1954 - Turing committed suicide (less than a decade after his critical role in wartime efforts and saving countless lives through his research)

-Oath of Enlistment-
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I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

-Oath of Enlistment-

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I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.