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On this 4th of July, we celebrate with our readers the independence of our great Country as a central step of our History, even while lamenting the influence of a bad philosophy – Enlightenment - and an evil religion – Deism - over men who promoted it

We received the following news that we share with our readers: The first, a symbolic act where hundreds of US troops in Iraq re-enlist on this national day; The second, an act of heroism where in the line of duty, a soldier gives his life to save his fellow soldiers.

Hundreds of US troops in Iraq re-enlist for national day

AFP Jul 4, 2008 - More than 1,200 US troops serving in Iraq signed up for extended service in the military to mark America's national day on Friday.

At least 1,215 troops re-enlisted for periods ranging from two to six years at the ceremony held at the spacious Al-Faw palace of executed dictator Saddam Hussein near Baghdad airport.

General David Petraeus, the head of US-led coalition forces in Iraq, said he was "proud of their decision to re-enlist and help the people of Iraq win their most important battle ... freedom."

The US military has regularly re-enlisted service members in Iraq but Friday's swearing-in was one of the largest, the military said.

More than five years after the invasion that toppled Saddam, US-led forces are still battling to stabilize the violence-wracked country.

The US military has lost 4,113 personnel since the March 2003 invasion, according to independent website

But it says that overall violence has now fallen to its lowest levels since the invasion.

(Original news here)

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A Fitting Tribute to a Slain Navy SEAL Gains Attention

FOX News Friday , July 04, 2008 - A little-known tribute some Navy SEALs gave to a fallen comrade is gaining notice.

Petty Officer Michael A. Monsoor was killed in battle in Iraq in September 2006, and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in April.

His funeral in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego was attended by “nearly every SEAL on the West Coast,” President Bush said.

During the service, as Monsoor's coffin was taken from the hearse to the gravesite, Navy SEALs lined up in two columns. As the coffin passed, video shows each SEAL slapping down the gold Trident from his uniform and deeply embedding it in Monsoor's wooden coffin.

The slaps were reportedly heard across the cemetery.

The symbolic display moved many, included Bush, who during his speech in April's Medal of Honor ceremony spoke about the incident.

"The procession went on nearly half an hour," Bush said. "And when it was all over, the simple wooden coffin had become a gold-plated memorial to a hero who will never be forgotten.”

Monsoor — described as an "outgoing guy" by his grandfather, George Monsoor, Sr. — was killed on September 29, 2006. He had been assigned to protect fellow SEALs on a rooftop in Ramadi, Iraq, when a fierce firefight with insurgents broke out. During the battle, a grenade bounced off Monsoor’s chest and landed on the roof.Faced with the choice to save his comrades or save himself, Monsoor threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the impact.

He is survived by his parents, an older sister and two brothers.

Click here to see a video showing the SEALs' tribute to Monsoor on YouTube

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