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Dec 30, 2018 13:00:46   #
repleo (a regular here)
 
Caught a short clip of the USAF Band's rendition of 'One Voice' on TV this moning. I was really smitten by the beauty and sentiment. Had to look it up on YouTube.
If you missed it, check it out here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q41ctPLDHvU

Should be an anthem for our divided times.

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Dec 30, 2018 14:25:52   #
NMGal (a regular here)
 
Never heard this one before. They did a good job.

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Dec 31, 2018 06:27:54   #
Largobob
 
Thanks for posting. I do sometimes wonder how much taxpayer $ are spent on maintaining (salaries, food, uniforms, instruments/equipment, medical care, etc) non-essential services by our military. Think of the color guards, precision flight expositions (blue angels, etc), bands, vocal groups, drill teams, etc. Great entertainment....but certainly not without cost.

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Dec 31, 2018 06:37:09   #
foathog
 
the first girl has a very nice voice.

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Dec 31, 2018 08:01:59   #
Fotoserj
 
Very very good, lots of talent in this band

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Dec 31, 2018 08:10:33   #
traderjohn
 
Largobob wrote:
Thanks for posting. I do sometimes wonder how much taxpayer $ are spent on maintaining (salaries, food, uniforms, instruments/equipment, medical care, etc) non-essential services by our military. Think of the color guards, precision flight expositions (blue angels, etc), bands, vocal groups, drill teams, etc. Great entertainment....but certainly not without cost.


Are military cemeteries a "non essential" cost?

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Dec 31, 2018 08:42:55   #
PRETENDER
 
I would rather see this than seeing them wasting their lives scattered across the world.

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Dec 31, 2018 08:51:00   #
Largobob
 
traderjohn wrote:
Are military cemeteries a "non essential" cost?


That, traderjohn, is a very interesting question. I believe that military cemeteries are on Federal/national/international property, and maintained by separate Federal funds....like the park service is. (I personally support the V.A., and support anything tied to honoring those who served....including death benefits, pensions, cemeteries, etc)

I believe that the "entertainment" organizations (drill teams, bands, choruses, flight groups, etc) maintained by our military branches, are a decision by that particular branch, and the cost to maintain/operate them comes from our active military budget $$. Seems like in these times when our Federal budget is spiraling out of control, there may be "fringe/frill" areas that could be looked at for cost savings???

Now, please let's not discuss whether the loss of U.S. lives, resulting in the need to maintain military cemeteries, is essential or non-essential.

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Dec 31, 2018 09:31:54   #
Swede
 
Great song to end a year, greater song to bring in a new one.

That was wonderful

Thanks

Swede

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Dec 31, 2018 10:10:57   #
BobHartung (a regular here)
 
Largobob wrote:
Thanks for posting. I do sometimes wonder how much taxpayer $ are spent on maintaining (salaries, food, uniforms, instruments/equipment, medical care, etc) non-essential services by our military. Think of the color guards, precision flight expositions (blue angels, etc), bands, vocal groups, drill teams, etc. Great entertainment....but certainly not without cost.


Certainly the cost of the bands and choral groups is a mere pittance compared to the flight teams and other items. They are worth the taxes paid.

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Dec 31, 2018 10:23:27   #
Modnar
 
From someone acrosss the Atlantic Ocean I found it a very moving presentation by first class singers and musicians. When I read of some of the things the US governed spends its money on, then this is worth every cent.

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Dec 31, 2018 11:09:08   #
Bultaco
 
Largobob wrote:
Thanks for posting. I do sometimes wonder how much taxpayer $ are spent on maintaining (salaries, food, uniforms, instruments/equipment, medical care, etc) non-essential services by our military. Think of the color guards, precision flight expositions (blue angels, etc), bands, vocal groups, drill teams, etc. Great entertainment....but certainly not without cost.


I wonder how the cost would compare to free health care to congress for life?

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Dec 31, 2018 11:14:07   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
Wonder no more, Bob. Those non-essential services are a great recruiting factor. If you know someone who works in a recruiting station for any of the services ask them if those shows don't raise recruitment inquiries and sign ups.
--Bob

Largobob wrote:
Thanks for posting. I do sometimes wonder how much taxpayer $ are spent on maintaining (salaries, food, uniforms, instruments/equipment, medical care, etc) non-essential services by our military. Think of the color guards, precision flight expositions (blue angels, etc), bands, vocal groups, drill teams, etc. Great entertainment....but certainly not without cost.

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Dec 31, 2018 11:36:35   #
Largobob
 
Bultaco wrote:
I wonder how the cost would compare to free health care to congress for life?


Yup...now that's a whole other question....

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Dec 31, 2018 11:38:12   #
Largobob
 
rmalarz wrote:
Wonder no more, Bob. Those non-essential services are a great recruiting factor. If you know someone who works in a recruiting station for any of the services ask them if those shows don't raise recruitment inquiries and sign ups.
--Bob


I'm sure you are correct. I guess embossing the "U.S. Army" logo on a free pen, isn't enough....

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