Soldier Spots ‘Lone Man’ At Arlington Cemetery On Veteran’s Day, Who It Was Will Give You Goosebumps

It was a crisp fall day at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday when Army veteran David Brown went to visit two friends who were laid to rest there. While the vet was paying respects to his fallen heroes, he noticed another man all alone in the cemetery not too far, but away from all the cameras. Brown was intrigued by who this lone man was and who he was visiting which prompted Brown to walk over and speak to the lonely man in the cemetery. As Brown got closer to the single gentleman, he was taken aback when he discovered who he was and that was just the beginning.

Veterans Day is a holiday that honors our nation’s veterans that are both living and who have passed away. It is for that reason that Arlington National Cemetery is a popular destination for many people to visit to pay respect to our nation’s heroes. One of those people who attended the famed cemetery was Army veteran David Brown who has two friends laid to rest there. While the majority of the visitors stayed close to President John F. Kennedy’s Eternal Flame and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Brown was in Section 60, where recently fallen service members are buried.

The scene in this area was much quieter with families scattered near the grave markers of their loved ones paying their respects. That is where Brown’s two friends were laid to rest describing them in a Facebook post as “one of whom hardened me into a soldier,” and the other “helped soften me into a leader.”

That is when Brown noticed a lone man in the corner of the cemetery away from everyone. Brown began to walk closer to the gentleman, and that is when he saw who it was. The man was retired U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis, who is secretary of defense under President Donald Trump. At first, Brown stated that he was surprised to see Mattis there, but then after further reflection, he realized he could not imagine him being anywhere else.

This morning, I visited a quiet, out-of-the-way plot of Arlington National Cemetery known as Section 60. Being Veterans…

Posted by David Brown on Saturday, November 11, 2017

Here is more from Brown’s Facebook post:

This morning, I visited a quiet, out-of-the-way plot of Arlington National Cemetery known as Section 60. Being Veterans Day, the Cemetery was packed with tourists and volunteers, schoolchildren and general well-wishers. The crowds at Arlington’s main gate jostled shoulder-to-shoulder to see the Tomb of the Unknowns, or visit Kennedy’s Eternal Flame. Some had arms full of flags to plant, row by row, stone by stone.

These aren’t the people you see at Section 60.

Section 60 is a newer plot of Arlington National Cemetery, where most of the recent American casualties of war are laid to rest. I visit this plot because two men I knew were buried here, about eight rows apart. One of those men hardened me into a soldier; the other helped soften me into a leader.

While visiting their graves, I met a lone man walking the stones at Section 60. Far away from cameras and fanfare, Defense Secretary James Mattis spent his Veterans Day with the recent fallen. I watched him listen patiently to stories from surviving friends and family members. An old man visiting his Marine son’s grave told Mattis that he was his boy’s hero; the Warrior Monk smiled sadly and said that the old man’s son was one of his.

James Mattis is one of those living legends who transcends politics and ideology. His job is his life, and that job is the welfare of this country and its service members. This Veterans Day, I send a special thanks to James Mattis, for not taking today off.

Soon after the chance encounter with Mattis, Brown was interviewed by IJR, and this is what he had to say about meeting with the famed retired general.

He explained that the general conversed with everyone “like an old friend,” and never did the majority of the talking, but instead chose to listen.

“He was just as comfortable talking to an Army major in dress blues as he was a service member’s child, and the ability to transition seamlessly from one particular type of loss to another is something I’ve never seen in anyone else, military or otherwise,” Brown told IJR.

While the encounter was certainly meaningful to everyone he spoke to on Saturday, Brown explained that Mattis’s actions also have an effect on the military as a whole.

“I think it’s important that the boots on the ground feel like there’s someone at the top who has their backs,” he said. “I’ve always heard that a leader can serve the people above him or the people below him, but rarely can he do both at once. I think every individual service member knows that General Mattis is looking out for them first.”

He added that people in uniform need to be able to believe “they have leaders at the highest levels that they can trust.”

We all know that Mattis is a well-respected general and rightfully so, but hearing this stunning account just adds more credence to the stories. Mattis is not only a strong leader but he knows how to connect with all people from all walks of life which explains why so many that have served under him admire him. President Trump knew exactly what he was doing when he tapped General Mattis to the position of Secretary of Defense and it because he is what embodies what makes our country great.

Source:The Daily Caller,

NFL Is Freaking Out After Camera Caught What They Tried To Hide At Disrespectful Veterans Day Game

After three months of perpetual protests and a continuing decline in ratings and revenue, the National Football League had a chance to start to mend the problem they created for themselves by doing the right and respectful thing for Veterans Day games. While on the surface there seemed to be some show of honor and praise for the military and our country, the camera caught something else they tried to hide. Now it’s too late for the league as the final nail has been hammered into the coffin of their season and perhaps the sport and the NFL is freaking out.

While it’s appreciated that there was some effort to honor veterans day within the anti-American NFL, one day of salutes and perhaps more players standing than before, doesn’t make up for three months of disgusting behavior.

The boycott of the NFL is still in full swing but there was something special planned for this past weekend in knowing that Veteran’s Day weekend and football games would collide. The constant disrespect that these players had shown all season so far wasn’t going to be tolerated by those who have and are currently serving our country. Using the NFL’s favorite excuse for still allowing kneeling during the National Anthem, that it’s a player’s right to free speech to make such a statement, veterans and others who support our military planned their own use of the First Amendment, regardless of what the league has set up to commemorate this day on their behalf.

A massive Facebook group with hundreds of thousands of followers and likes called for a nationwide boycott of the National Football League on Veterans Day Weekend. The site urges fans around the country to change the channel “in solidarity” with Americans who respect the national anthem, our flag, and those who served to protect our rights and freedoms.

The official statement from the site urges people not to watch or listen to NFL games on November 12 in solidarity with veterans around the country, as football players have continued to disrespect the national anthem, the American flag, and everything our nation stands for. And lastly, it adds that until millionaire football players stop protesting the National Anthem of the United States the site will be there encouraging patriotic Americans to boycott the National Football League.

True to their word, everyone in the group seemed to follow through with the stated mission this weekend in a massive protest of their own that sent a very clear message. Their effort was certainly noticed as cameras caught the emptiest stadiums seen this season, with far more vacant seats than filled ones.

“The Houston Texans are playing the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this Sunday and it looks like the kneeling controversy is still hurting attendance in a big way,” according to the Gateway Pundit.

AP Reports:

The Houston Texans defense is off to an impressive start against the high-powered Rams offense.Jadeveon Clowney and his teammates limited Jared Goff and the Rams to 131 total yards in the first half at the Coliseum, keeping Los Angeles out of the end zone entirely. The Rams entered the game with the NFL’s highest-scoring offense at 32.9 points per game.Greg Zuerlein hit three field goals for the Rams, who led 9-7 at halftime. Zuerlein has already surpassed his previous career-high for a season with 27 field goals in the first nine games for the Rams, who are mediocre in the red zone despite their prolific points totals.

Fox LA sports anchor Liz Habib took snaps of today’s game showing a more than half empty Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The stadium is more than half empty well into the first quarter.

Tweet credits: Liz Habib.

Soldier Field had an especially depressing show of fans, or lack thereof.

This comes after months of NFL players publicly protesting the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner during pre-game ceremonies which has caused millions of fed up fans to change the channel, stop buying NFL merchandise and boycotting their sponsors. The fact that there is so much resistance now against their show of resistance, with no signs of slowing down, shows that there’s no coming back from the destruction they have caused this industry, at least anytime soon.

We all know most football players are illiterates who really don’t seem to be able to understand the negative repercussions their actions will have, but the owners should know better, at least if they care about saving their massive investment. That doesn’t seem to be the case as they prioritize allowing players to make a point over making profits. The should have told these entitled players from the start, “You don’t stand for the anthem, you don’t play!” It would have been so simple and would have saved their season but now that time to do something about it has long since passed and everything they desperately do now is only seen a move made in vain.

Army Ranger Who Was Only Player To Stand For Anthem Shocks Americans With What He Did On Veterans Day

Two days after President Trump blasted NFL players who chose to disrespect the flag in September, hundreds of players knelt in protest during the national anthem or stayed in their team locker room. One team that remained in their locker room was the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Mike Tomlin stated before the September 24 game that the team would stay in their locker room during the national anthem, but that is not what ended up happening.

When the national anthem began to play, one player was spotted outside the tunnel with his hand over his heart. That player was offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan.

Now, Villanueva is planning something rather special for veterans across the country this Veterans Day weekend that will have red-blooded Americans cheering. 

This weekend, many fans will be watching to see what NFL players will do in regards to their disrespectful national anthem protest. For months, the American people have witnessed NFL players kneeling during the national anthem essentially spitting the face of veterans across the country. It has not been confirmed if teams will kneel during the national anthem during today’s games, but we do know that Alejandro Villanueva has something else planned.

Alejandro Villanueva of the Pittsburgh Steelers is passing out Army decals to all his teammates to wear on their helmets in today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts which to many fans if a breath of fresh air.  

Here is more from ESPN:

The Steelers will recognize Veterans Day this weekend by wearing helmet decals representing the various Army divisions in an effort led by left tackle Alejandro Villanueva.

Villanueva, whose background as a former Army Ranger made him a prominent figure in the league’s controversy over the national anthem, told ESPN he is presenting each Steelers teammate with an Army decal to wear for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. A player will represent one Army division, as Villanueva has decals representing 13 different divisions that he will spread around the locker room.

“It’s just a small-unit patch that really doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but the history behind it means the whole world to a lot of veterans,” Villanueva said. “They died for that patch. When you watch the Steelers on Sunday and you see the flash of the 10th [Mountain] division and the 7th [Infantry] division … you’re calling out specific units.”

Villanueva was part of two divisions, 10th Mountain and 75th Ranger Regiment, and served in Afghanistan before becoming an NFL player.

He is pairing the decals with players whose personalities match the spirit of a specific division. Villanueva received the decals from the Army football team and said he has cleared their game-day usage through the Steelers.

As an example of his process, Villanueva will give right tackle Chris Hubbard the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” Division decal because the player and division are known for reserved but efficient workmanship. Backup quarterback Landry Jones gets the 1st Armored Division in part because Jones knows Villanueva’s brother-in-law, who served with that division.

During protests in Week 3, Villanueva stood alone outside of the tunnel during the national anthem, which he and other players classified as a confusion in the Steelers’ attempt to respond to President Donald Trump’s explosive comments about NFL players days earlier.

Villanueva said Veterans Day was an ideal time to honor soldiers through the decals since the NFL allows it this week. He has notified coach Mike Tomlin of his plans.

But Villanueva knows that alone won’t bridge what he calls a growing divide between the NFL and parts of the military. He notices this when he visits veteran hospitals every Tuesday.

“There’s tension between the veteran community and the NFL. You go to VFW’s, and they won’t show NFL games,” Villanueva said. “[Veterans] don’t know if it’s, ‘Do we have to live in a utopian, perfect country for you to stand up for the national anthem?’ It’s a very tough concept for a lot of veterans to understand. I go back and forth because I’m in the middle of this whole thing. I’m a football player, but obviously, the flag is the most important thing to me while I’m in this country.

“At the end of the day, people love football. It’s a reality. We shouldn’t deprive ourselves of this great sport because of the unfortunate things that are surrounding things happening off the field.”

It is wonderful to witness a player honoring our veterans, but will it be enough to reverse the damage that has been done. For months, too many players have spit in the face of our nation’s heroes by kneeling during the national anthem that a simple decal on a helmet isn’t enough to erase that disrespect.

Now, of course, this is a kind gesture by Villanueva and a great start in repairing the damage done by these nasty protests, but it will take more than a decal to change everyone’s feelings. 


BREAKING NEWS Out Of The NFL On Veteran’s Day Weekend

As Americans are paying their respect to our military on Veterans Day weekend many of us have called for a boycott of the National Football League in response to player protests during the national anthem and have urged others NOT to watch any NFL games-especially today.

One of our Facebook pages, Nation In Distress which has over 2.9 MILLION followers has been leading the charge to boycott the NFL and their sponsors.

Nation In Distress, commonly referred to as NID has been ruthlessly hammering the NFL ever since Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench during the National anthem.

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Now, not only are the NFL’s ratings totally in the tank, with Sunday Night Football having one of the worst nights ever, but teams are having a difficult time filling the stands.

The controversy hit fever pitch after President Trump called out the anti-American players who decided to protest during the National Anthem, pitting the league against his army of supporters. Suffice it to say, it appears as if the league is losing, and the Deplorables are winning.

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In New Jersey, a bar in Farmingdale called Woody’s Roadside Tavern plans to hold a fundraiser for veterans and their families, instead of showing NFL games on the bar’s 20 television screens, reported.

Rob Johnson, a co-owner of the New Jersey bar, told that their anti-NFL event was inspired by a regular customer who served in Vietnam and felt disrespected by NFL players taking a knee during the anthem, Fox News reported.

“While it’ll probably cost us some money, we thought it was more important to stand with our veterans,” Johnson told

In Colorado, a decorated local veteran recently turned down an invitation from the Denver Broncos to be honored during Sunday night’s game against the New England Patriots, Fox 31 reported.

And a conservative watchdog group called 2ndVote is asking fans to “stiff-arm the NFL,” the Washington Times reported.

“We’re sending the National Football League, its corporate sponsors, and the television networks a message this Veterans Day weekend!” 2ndVote told the newspaper. “Americans are sick of the disrespectful National Anthem protests that the NFL has not only allowed to continue, but has institutionalized in pregame ceremonies.”

The league and its players union announced Saturday there would be “no change” in league policy regarding the on-field protests, which began last season with a one-man effort by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said he wanted to draw attention to police mistreatment of African-Americans across the U.S.

So far, the San Francisco 49ers’ Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin were the only members of the team seen kneeling before their game.

Those 2 bastards are filthy scumbags.

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The NFL is in serious trouble, and it’s all because Commissioner Roger Goodell has allowed the league to take a hard turn to the left.

In fact, legendary sports pundit Jason Whitlock, a black man, called out Goodell for taking the league exactly where he wanted it to go in a blistering op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

[Emphasis mine]

It makes sense to blame ineffective leadership. But what if the problem is effective leadership? Football is headed exactly where Mr. Goodell has steered it—to the left. The NFL has long been a combatant in America’s larger culture war. …

By contrast, a year ago Mr. Goodell hired a Democratic political strategist, Joe Lockhart, as the NFL’s executive vice president of communications. Mr. Lockhart, best known as President Clinton’s press secretary for two years, also worked for Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry. Last week the New York Times credited him with crafting the NFL’s message on the anthem controversy. …

Mr. Lockhart is an aggressive media manipulator. The Times reported that several NFL owners were bothered by a snide comment Mr. Lockhart made about Mr. Trump: “Lockhart told reporters that talking about police brutality is ‘what real locker room talk is.’”

And there you have it, folks. For those wondering why Goodell would ever allow his league to be destroyed like this, it all actually goes back to people tied to Obama and his Marxist ideals.


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Knowing this, I personally hope the stands become completely empty and the league never recovers.

Talk about betraying your fan base.

Thankfully, Americans seem to be putting these anti-American rejects right in their places.

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Massive Layoff’s Just Hit NFL After Veterans Day Fiasco That Isn’t Over Yet And Its Bad

The NFL has not been doing too well since the media sensation surrounding players kneeling for the national anthem. Ratings and players notoriety and support have taken a hit because people are sick and tired of watching others disrespect the flag and the veterans and service members who fought for it. Now ESPN is taking a hit because of it.

After the Thanksgiving holidays, multiple sources have told reporters from Sports Illustrated that ESPN is expected to lay off more than 100 of their staffers. The positions that are being targeted for layoffs are front facing talent on the television end of the business, executives, producers, as well as technology and digital staffers. On-air talent is being considered for a cut because of how much ratings have plummeted as well as viewership. The on-air talent is being held responsible for not keeping people’s attention.

However, ESPN officials have refused to publicly comment to Sports Illustrated. Hiring has continued though, so it appears that layoffs will be considered for older employees who have been with the network longer. A sort of out with the old and in with the new type of deal.

Sports Illustrated reported,

“In Oct. 2015 the company laid off roughly 300 employees, about 4-5% of its workforce—a particularly brutal act of gutting given the long tenures of many of those who were cut. Many of those employees helped build the foundation of ESPN and had given their professional life to the company.

Last April, ESPN eliminated around 100 journalists and on-air personalities. At that time the company said: “A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions.” ESPN continues to be impacted by the changing habits of consumers including cord-cutting and cord-nevers (those who have never purchased a cable subscription) as well as the rising costs of sports rights. The network has dropped in households from 100.13 million in 2011 to an estimated 87.5 million households today.

Part of the reason ESPN will conduct the moves in late November/early December, two sources said, is to get employees an additional year in the stock vesting program. Last month Michael McCarthy of Sporting News first noted a round of layoffs were coming to ESPN. If you have endured layoffs at your place of employment, you know how extraordinary awful they are. Multiple ESPN employees in speaking with SI said the atmosphere in Bristol is tense, especially in the SportsCenter division. Asked to characterize how employees are feeling, one longtime on-air anchor offered one word: “Queasy.””

The Free Beacon reported,

“The network has suffered from steep expenditures on broadcasting deals in tandem with a reduced subscriber base, even as it has made a series of public missteps.
One public relations challenge came when “SportsCenter” host Jemele Hill called President Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter and then called for a boycott of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ advertisers. ESPN suspended her for twice violating company social media policy, and Trump publicly mockedthe network for its ratings.

Executive decisions have also harmed the network’s image. Examples include the rapid canceling of a partnership with Barstool Sports and the controversial removal of an Asian-American announcer from a University of Virginia football game over his name’s similarity to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Rumors of layoffs surfaced in October, when Sporting News reported that 40 to 60 positions would be eliminated. Even with that modest estimate, sources were saying at the time that the layoffs would affect popular people at all levels. “This time it won’t matter if you’re ‘liked’ or not. It’s not going to be pretty,” one source said.”

The irony of this report coming out a day after Veterans Day cannot be lost on, or forgotten by anyone. NFL ratings through ESPN have been decreasing rapidly and it is in no small part due to the fact that players have been kneeling during the national anthem. Football viewership has a stronghold in middle America and average citizens love America, work hard, and respect this country. They have chosen not to tune in because of it.

The MLB does not have this issue and the NFL would do well to look at the MLB as an example of what to do if they want to remain relevant and making money. Because if they continue on the path they are going their ratings will get worse and their business will flop.

Given that yesterday was Veterans Day this is very good news. People need to be held responsible. And the best part of it all is that these paid athletes and celebrity sports entertainers are being held responsible with their layoffs based purely on the fact that their actions have consequences and nobody wants to watch them anymore.

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One New York Giant, Two 49ers Protest During the Anthem on Veterans Day

Three players took a knee during the national anthem before the New York Giants game at the San Francisco 49ers, while the rest of the league stood during Veterans Day weekend.

Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin protested on the 49ers sideline, while the Giants’ Olivier Vernon knelt on the New York sideline.

The protesters opted to kneel for the anthem despite a request from the NFL Players Association, that all players observe the 2-minute moment of silence to honor veterans before the games on Sunday.

According to the Associated Press, “Other players who have been protesting most of the season stood for the anthem this week, including the Seahawks Michael Bennett, who stood before Thursday night’s game. Titans receiver Rishard Matthews walked onto the field holding hands with soldiers and stood with teammates for the anthem for the first time since President Donald Trump criticized players for protesting.

“Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protest movement last season. He remains unsigned and has filed a complaint that team owners colluded against him because of the protests — aimed at police brutality against African-Americans and other issues.”

NFL Just Announced What Its Anthem Policy Will Be for Veterans Day — It Will Piss People Off

The NFL has had a hard time over the past couple of months, as hundreds of players have protested during the national anthem, leading the league to become one of the most divisive brands in the entire country. Ratings have plummeted as a result, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to allow the protests to continue.

Now, Veterans Day is approaching, and the topic is making headlines yet again. However, the NFL made an announcement stating it would not be changing its policy despite tremendous pushback.

One Facebook page named Boycott The NFL has over 200,000 followers and created a video asking viewers to boycott on Veterans Day weekend. The video has received over 10 million views and over 670,000 shares.

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One of the page’s posts stated:

We will be not be watching or listening to NFL games on November 12th in solidarity with veterans around the country, as football players have continued to disrespect the national anthem, the American flag, and everything our nation stands for.

Meanwhile, one NFL player has taken a different approach to the day. Alejandro Villanueva, the only player to appear and stand for the national anthem on his team several weeks ago, gave each one of his teammates an Army patch to place on their helmet for their game on Sunday.

Because of all the national anthem controversy, broadcasters have chosen to stop showing the anthem altogether in an attempt to avoid the drama and save their ratings.

First Lady Melania Trump Visits Children at Alaskan Military Base on Veterans Day

First lady Melania Trump stopped at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska to visit children in a pre-school during a refueling stop on her trip back to Washington, D.C. on Friday.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported:

A security-screened crowd packed into Arctic Oasis Community Center, which serves the base as a family gym, indoor playground, hair salon, arcade and more. Trump arrived with a traveling team that included step son-in-law Jared Kushner on an Air Force jet from Beijing on their way back to Washington, D.C., after touring Asia with President Donald Trump.

The first lady spent less than an hour at a preplanned event to celebrate families of active-duty members that included arts and crafts, stories and games. It occurred on the observed holiday for Veterans Day, which falls on Saturday this year.

People held their phones over their heads and crushed up against barricades to document the moment. Some were trying for good shots of their children, handpicked to show the first lady activities including making rainbows in jars and creating decorative fish from plastic jewels, CDs and glitter.

The first lady’s visit was to highlight educational opportunities at the base in preschool, child care, and after-school programs.

“And to literally honor our military families,” Tammy De Benedetto, head of JBER child and youth services, said.

Air Force Master Sgt. David Jennings brought his wife, Lindsay, and their two daughters, Abigail and Annabelle, to see Trump, the Associated Press reported.

“A great family memory here,” Jennings said.

“What a genuine lady,” De Benedetto said. “Very humble.”

“With every child, with every student, with every staff – she interacted,” De Benedetto said. “Just a wonderful lady.”

The base is home to 14,000 soldiers, airmen, and civilian contractors and 15,000 family members.