DoD photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl
A veterans’ cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island, allows people to walk their dogs among the gravestones much to the dismay of many who find it sacrilegious.
According to The Associated Press, the state has received six complaints in the past year from visitors to the cemetery who found fault with dogs roaming around the 265-acre property.
David Brasuell, president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, called it “inappropriate.”
Many state veterans’ cemeteries ban pets out of respect for the fallen, but Rhode Island is the exception. Some allow an exception, but only in the case of service animals.
Washington, D.C.’s Congressional Cemetery — home to the graves of former cabinet members, generals, merchants, and foreign diplomats — however, has a dues policy that allows paying members to walk their dogs within it.
While many find it disrespectful, some dog owners suggest that banning pets is unnecessary.
“People come here to mourn. I understand that," said Rebecca Allen, an Exeter native. "But why shouldn't someone be able to bring their dog?”
Legislation was introduced in 2014 and 2015 to ban pets from the cemetery; however, the question of enforcement caused an indefinite stall.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."