ROTC battalions honor veterans

first_imgOn Sept. 10, 2001, Richard Evans was a civilian with plans to marry his fiancée later that year. This Veterans Day, 12 years later, he is an active-duty captain in the U.S. Army, a survivor of four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and a father of four. “It’s an awesome thing when the country gets behind and supports us [on Veterans Day],” Evans said. “I think we’ve learned some really hard lessons from the past. “As a soldier, I’ve felt nothing but gratitude from South Bend, Mishawaka and Notre Dame in particular. I’m very thankful for that and the opportunity to be here.” Since July, Evans has served as an assistant professor of military science at Notre Dame and a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadre, or staff. Despite his prior tours of duty, Evans said he does not focus on his own service on Veterans Day. “It’s a time for me to reflect,” Evans said. “I’ve been in the military for 12 years. I’ve deployed four times, so I think about all the great men and women I’ve had the opportunity to serve with. I think about the sacrifices my family has made to allow me to pursue this career.” Tyler Thomas, a senior Naval ROTC midshipman and tri-military commander of the three Notre Dame ROTC branches, said Army and Air Force cadets and Navy midshipmen held a 24-hour vigil at the Clarke War Memorial fountain starting Sunday evening in honor of Veterans Day. “We protect the War Memorial, which stands for all of the Notre Dame graduates who have died in World War II, Korea and Vietnam,” Thomas said. “We pay tribute to the sacrifice they gave. “Ultimately, that’s the ideal service we try to strive for. It may not necessarily mean giving our lives in the defense of the country, but they set a great example of how we should be living our lives.” Thomas said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will address ROTC students and staff members at a public ceremony Monday evening in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library. “[Mayor Buttigieg] is in the reserves right now, and he’s actually going to be going overseas in February with the Navy,” Thomas said. “It’ll be really interesting to hear his perspective, especially in his pre-deployment work up.” Thomas said the ROTC branches will participate together in Veterans Day activities, including a special appearance at the women’s basketball game Monday night. “We try to make it a tri-military celebration,” Thomas said. “During the women’s basketball game, we’ll be doing a flag unfurling that’s tri-military.” Chris Lillie, senior cadet and battalion commander for Army ROTC, said the rifle drill team would also make its first presentation in several years at the basketball game. “It’s actually the first time in at least five or six years that we’ve had a drill team performance, so we’re kind of excited that we’re getting that going,” Lillie said. Thomas said Veterans Day unites the ROTC branches beyond community-event planning. He said recognizing the service and sacrifice of all military men and women was the main lesson for midshipmen and cadets in training. “We can learn from every service of the people who went before us, so it’s important to not just recognize Navy veterans or Army veterans, but celebrate their lives together,” Thomas said. Lillie said the tri-military events reflect the shared commitment of the military divisions to protecting the United States. “[The ROTC branches] don’t represent different things,” he said. “They’re all focused on different things, so seeing them come together shows that it’s one team, one fight.” Maggie Armstrong, senior cadet and a squadron commander for Air Force ROTC, said her family’s military history made her learn and appreciate the significance of all veterans from a young age. “It was a family holiday, and I never really understood why until my dad explained to me when I was about 12 that he had lost his entire crew in a plane crash,” Armstrong said. “That day was about remembering those people and the ones who’d gone before us to make our country free.”To me, Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect and remember the brothers and sisters in arms who’ve gone before us. Whether they are retired or out of service or reserves or killed in action, it’s an opportunity to remember what this country stands for and that there are people willing to fight for it.” Lillie said the same spirit extends to students at Notre Dame, even those who have no connections to ROTC or to the military in general. “With the big ‘God, Country, Notre Dame’ mantra that we have on campus, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone on campus that isn’t big on service, and that includes service to country,” Lillie said. “Whether or not you’re actually directly involved in the military, Veterans Day is a big day for everyone because you can go out and support the principles that you as an American believe in and that the people that are fighting for America are representing directly.” Evans said Veterans Day also reminds civilians of the ongoing sacrifices that military men and women must make. “What I’m afraid of is with the nearly 3,000 KIA [killed in action] and I think somewhere near 8,000 wounded soldiers, that the general populace will start to forget the sacrifice and service that these men and women have made,” Evans said. “Veterans Day is a day a year to remind everybody … [of] what they’ve had to do – leave their homes, leave their families, to bring freedom to a group of people and protect our shores from future attacks.” Evans said members of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities frequently approach him when he wears his uniform to thank him for his service. He said Veterans Day would be a chance for civilians to continue supporting the armed forces. “It gives them an opportunity to be a part of something larger than campus,” he said. Contact Lesley Stevenson at ls[email protected]last_img read more

Pablo Mari sends message to Arsenal fans after impressive debut against Portsmouth

first_img Full Screen Advertisement Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip Ad Read More PLAY Top articles by Metro Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Read More About Connatix V67539 Pablo Mari impressed on his debut (Picture: Getty)Arsenal new boy Pablo Mari admits he was ‘happy’ with his performance on his full debut for the club in a 2-0 win against Portsmouth in the FA Cup.The Spaniard joined the Gunners on loan from Flamengo in January and was making his first appearance for the club as goals from Eddie Nketiah and Sokratis sealed Arsenal’s path through to the next round.Mikel Arteta was certainly pleased with Mari’s performance and praised the 26-year-old after the win at Fratton Park. Comment Read More Mari was making his full debut (Picture: Getty)‘He is very vocal and very comfortable on the ball, always commanding the back four and he looked like he’s played here for months. I think we have a good player,’ said Arteta.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Pablo Mari sends message to Arsenal fans after impressive debut against Portsmouth / 1/1 Read More Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Mar 2020 6:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Coming Next Read More And Mari was equally satisfied with his own display, admitting he was ‘happy’ with his full debut in a post on Instagram.‘On to the next round of the #EmiratesFACup. Happy with the win and my debut for @arsenal,’ said Mari.‘Huge team effort and great support from our fans! Let’s go Gunners!’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal now await their opponents for the next round before Arteta’s attention turns back to the Premier League.The Gunners host West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday in full knowledge that their league position will determine whether they qualify for the Champions League next season.A shock 2-1 defeat to Olympiacos last Thursday ended Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Europa League, which was a second viable way of returning to the Champions League.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Shay Given sends warning to Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Dean Henderson SPONSORED Video Settings 1 min. storylast_img read more

7 Milestones on Canada’s Path to Concrete Climate Action

first_imgOctober 3, 2016The Canadian government proposes a pan-Canadian approach to carbon pricing, starting at a minimum of CA$10 ($7.31) per tonne in 2018 and rising by CA$10 a year to reach CA$50 ($36.55) per tonne in 2022. Provinces and territories have flexibility in deciding how they will implement carbon pricing—by either pricing carbon directly or adopting a cap-and-trade system—and flexibility in choosing how they will spend the revenue generated from these schemes.November 17, 2016Canada becomes one of the first countries to release an initial mid-century strategy, which outlines its long-term vision and framework for low-emissions development. In this strategy, Canada examines an emissions abatement pathway that is consistent with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. A major theme running through this strategy is Canada’s commitment to innovation, which the country views as key in the transition toward a low-carbon economy.December 9, 2016Canada presents its plan to reduce GHG emissions and meet its international commitments while sustaining economic growth, known as the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF). The new framework comprises four main pillars: pricing carbon; complementary measures to further reduce emissions such as energy efficiency standards; measures to adapt to the impacts of climate change and build resilience; and actions to accelerate innovation, support clean technology and create jobs. This is the first time that several governments across Canada agree to a strategy to meet the 2030 national target. Saskatchewan and Manitoba are the only provinces to not sign on to the plan, citing concerns over carbon pricing and health care spending, respectively.This man in British Columbia has just installed solar panels on his home. Photo by DeSmog Canada/Flickr March 22, 2017Canada’s finance minister presents the 2017 budget, which includes plans to invest CA$21.9 billion in green infrastructure over the next 11 years. This investment covers initiatives that will support the implementation of the PCF, such as the allocation of CA$2 billion over five years to establish the Low Carbon Economy Fund. The fund will support actions that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are in addition to current plans.April 13, 2017Canada releases its latest national greenhouse gas inventory report. The report shows a continued decoupling of emissions from economic growth—since 2005, the emissions intensity per unit of GDP has decreased by 16.4 percent. The report also includes Canada’s latest emissions projections, highlighting that the measures to be implemented under the PCF will bend the curve significantly, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 175 million tonnes (193 million tons) in 2030. While these measures still fall short of achieving the 2030 target, the report notes that this estimate doesn’t include the full suite of commitments under the PCF.Source: Government of Canada Whether G20 countries embrace responsible climate policy is of critical importance, since together they account for roughly 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent of global GDP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced responsible climate policy as a goal of this year’s G20 Summit in July. In the lead up to the Summit, WRI researchers will take a close look at G20 countries’ progress toward meeting their targets under the Paris Agreement as part of our G20 Climate Progress blog series.Canada recently reaffirmed its commitment to champion climate action and embrace the economic opportunities of clean growth. In 2015, the country set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. To meet this goal, Canada will need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 210 million tonnes (232 million tons) by 2030 from 2014 levels.Canada has faced scrutiny for lacking a sufficiently ambitious climate goal, and lags behind its peers in terms of how fast it aims to decarbonize its economy after 2020. There is also domestic and international criticism towards Canada over environmental impacts associated with Alberta’s oil sands. At the same time, Canada has taken concrete steps over the last year to make good on its pledges. Here’s a closer look at seven key milestones.March 3, 2016The Canadian government announces the Vancouver Declaration on clean growth and climate change. This declaration launches a negotiation process between the federal and provincial/territorial governments to agree on a national plan to reach Canada’s 2030 target. The Declaration outlines Canada’s plans to increase its level of ambition to deliver greater mitigation and adaptation actions, while enhancing cooperation and promoting clean economic growth.June 29, 2016Canada agrees to the North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership Action Plan, which brings about enhanced cooperation on climate and energy between Canada, Mexico and the United States. The Partnership sets new mitigation goals: to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector by 40–45 percent by 2025, strengthen energy efficiency and vehicle emissions standards, and achieve 50 percent clean power generation in North America by 2025. In 2014, the three countries generated around 37 percent of power from clean sources. The Partnership also includes plans to conserve nature by supporting biodiversity and protecting species such as migratory birds and the Monarch butterfly.Massey Park in Ottawa, the Canadian capital. Photo by Andrew Moor/Flickrcenter_img Looking AheadOver the last year, Canada has pursued several strategies to meet its 2030 target. Although the government still needs to turn several of these plans into action, it has secured the support of most provinces and territories, and has made clean growth a key element of its 2017 budget. As Canada turns to implement the identified actions, it should use its mid-century strategy as a guidepost toward achieving the 2030 target. This will help to avoid costly missteps by ensuring the alignment of medium- and long-term objectives and minimize the risk of carbon lock-in associated with country’s oil sands industry. While greater ambition is still needed globally, these are encouraging steps on the pathway toward a low-carbon economy.last_img read more