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Today on UpAlong - Happy Wednesday!
  Thank You Veterans and Soldiers

This week, as we take pause and remember all of the fallen soldiers, past battles, and their contributions to our freedoms and way of life, we also salute ALL members of the military, navy, air force, and coast guard, both active and retired.

This is a time to reflect on the freedoms that we all hold so dear, in a time when parts of the world have seemly gone insane.

Let no one take these freedoms for granted – they did not come freely.


  Lest We Forget
"These brilliant red poppies are very significant."

Author: Bonnie Jarvis-Lowe

Every year for many years, in November, we have a garden of red ‘poppies’ leap into our lives, and into the lives of our communities. The stunning combination of the red and black of these small flower symbols on lapels, caps and in car windows draw your eye, and you cannot help but remember for what reason they come into our lives.



  The HMS Newfoundland
"HMS Newfoundland (59) in 1945"

HMS NEWFOUNDLAND was launched on 19 December 1941 in Britian. She was a modification of the Royal Navy's FIJI design with three dual 6" turrets, increased AA firepower in the shape of eight 4" and numerous 40mm and 20mm AA guns. She carried six 21" torpedo tubes. Displacement 8,000 tons. Length 549 ft. Beam 62 ft.

On completion, NEWFOUNDLAND joined the 10th Cruiser Squadron of the Home Fleet to work up before becoming flagship of the 15th Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean.

At 13.37 hours on 23 Jul, 1943, an Italian U-407 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the Support Force East during the invastion of Sicily and heard one detonation. The HMS Newfoundland (59) was hit in the stern and lost her rudder, but managed to reach Malta, steering only by propellors. After emergency repairs, she went to the Boston Navy Yard where she was repaired from August 1943 to April 1944. The ship then crossed the Atlantic to the Clyde for a long refit until November 1944.

Her first major peacetime task was to assist in the repatriation of British and Commonwealth prisoners of war and she eventually returned to the United Kingdom in December 1946.

Since first commissioning she had visited all five continents and had steamed 48,000 miles.

On 2 November 1959 , after seventeen years service, was sold to Peru and renamed ALMIRANTE GRAUCAPITAN QUINONES and in 1979 she was withdrawn from service. She eventually crossed the Pacific for the last time to be broken up in Japan.



  Combat Quotes

To face what the brave men and women have, and still do, to protect our rights and freedoms, many develop an interesting and unique sence of humor. Below are quotes from current and former Forces personel.

  • If it's stupid but it works, it isn't stupid.
  • Try to look unimportant; the enemy may be low on ammo and not want to waste a bullet on you.
  • If at first you don't succeed, call in an airstrike.
  • The enemy attacks on two ocasions: when he's ready and when your not
  • If you are forward of your position, your artillery will fall short
  • All 5 second grenade fuses burn down in 3 seconds
  • Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself.
  • Never go to bed with anyone crazier than yourself.
  • When your attack is going really well, its an ambush
  • Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.
  • There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole.
  • When you have secured the area, make sure the enemy knows it too.
  • Incoming fire has the right of way.
  • If the enemy is within range, so are you.
  • The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.
  • B-52s are the ultimate close support weapon.
  • The one item you need is always in short supply.
  • Interchangeable parts aren't.
  • So he said, "Cheer up: it could be worse!" So we cheered up. And it got worse.
  • The easy way is always mined.
  • Teamwork is essential; it gives the enemy other people to shoot at.
  • Never draw fire; it irritates everyone around you.


  Going to Newfoundland for Christmas?
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Traveling to Newfoundland can be expensive, especially during peak travel dates, such as the Christmas Season. For a lot of families, the high costs can prevent them from visiting Newfoundland during this fun time.

How much does it cost a person, or family, to travel to Newfoundland? Which method is cheaper, air or sea? What dates are most expensive and busiest, and on which dates can you travel that will save you money?

UpAlong.org has been researching these questions, and what we discovered might amaze you.



  Child Support

“When you go back to your Mom’s tonight, give her this envelope and tell her that since you are now 18, this is the last check she’ll ever see from me for child support. Then, stand back and watch the expression on her face.”


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