It’s usually around this time of year that I start getting excited for the upcoming ski season – granted its still 5-6 months away.
Last night I watched one of the coolest ski movies I’ve seen in a long time – Valhalla by Sweetgrass Productions. It’s more far out and has better music than your typical ski movie. Beautiful footage and cinematography. Available on Netflix – preview below.
Today, the great city of Detroit turns 313 years old. As fate would have it I also recently read about the origins of Detroit’s motto:
“Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus” or “We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes”
The motto, first uttered in 1805, is eerily fitting for the city today.
The full story of the motto’s origin comes from the WSJ:
That motto, Detroit’s, comes from a French Roman Catholic priest, Father Gabriel Richard. He was born in France in 1767 and moved to Baltimore in 1792 to teach math. Reassigned to do missionary work, he moved first to Illinois and later to Detroit, where he was the assistant pastor at St. Anne’s Church.
St Anne’s Church, in the southwest part of the city, stands between Michigan Central Station and the Ambassador Bridge. It was founded in 1701 and could be the oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic parish in the U.S.
On June 11, 1805, a fire destroyed nearly the entire city, weeks before the Michigan Territory was established. It was that fire that led Mr. Richard to write: “Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.”
Operation Overlord: Order of the Day
Allied Expeditionary Force
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944 ! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground.
Our Home Fronts have given us an superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your devotion to duty and skill in battle.
We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good Luck! And let us all beseech blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
-General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower
Supreme Allied Commander
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, gave a commencement address last week at the University of Texas. Here’s what he had to say:
Source: The Big Picture