For the first time in the history of this column, I am bringing to you a news story found on the Internet that I am afraid will not make it in the everyday newspapers and it deserves to be seen by you.
The headline reads, “One Bullet, Six Dead Insurgents In Afghanistan.”
A British sniper, firing from over 930 yards away, amazingly hit the trigger switch of a suicide bomber’s vest, killing the attacker and five others around him caught in the blast. The Telegraph newspaper reported it. The unnamed 20-year-old soldier, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, has been credited with stopping a potentially devastating attack by the Taliban. British forces in Kakaran, in southern Afghanistan, later found a second suicide vest packed with 40 pounds of explosives nearby.
“The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch,” said Lt. Col. Richard Slack, “He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun. They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged them and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio, and the sniper said, ‘I think I just shot a suicide bomber. The rest of them were killed in the blast.’”
This astounding feat of marksmanship happened in December but has only just been disclosed. The sniper, who was using the British Army’s most powerful sniper weapon, the L115A3 gun, had previously managed to kill a Taliban machine-gunner from 1,465 yards away with the first shot on the tour of duty. The sniper incident is one of a number of gun battles between British forces and the insurgents. That was an amazing feat and deserves recognition, which is why it appears in this column.
The Black Pirate
This evening, at 7 p.m., I am hoping many of you will be at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall to see the first silent film made in Technicolor. It is titled the “Black Pirate” and features Douglas Fairbanks Jr. In their era, silent films had musical accompaniment to make them more enjoyable for those watching.
If you are in attendance, you will have the privilege and pleasure of hearing the hall’s Kimball organ provide the music for this exciting silent motion picture. In the first days of silent films, they were without any music, and as time passed, the filmmakers learned that by having music it made the silent films more interesting. You may remember that just a few years ago, a silent film, “The Artist,” won an Oscar for best picture and it had music that accompanied it.
The Garden Sate Film Festival has arranged for this event. The fee for the show is $15, and every penny of it will be used to restore the hall’s Midmer-Losh organ, which is the largest one in the world. Many of the people who will be in attendance will be wearing bandannas and an eye patch to emulate the pirate. There will be a big screen and plenty of room for you to sit and enjoy this wonderful silent film. This is also a time that parents and children can see a film together and both enjoy it.
Armed Forces Parade
The fourth Atlantic City Salutes America’s Armed Forces Parade will traverse the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Aug. 11, two days before the Atlantic City Airshow. Once again, the parade will kick off with a helicopter flying overhead. It is anticipated the show will have more than 125 units that will feature those currently serving in the armed forces as well as those who had served in previous years.
I am very happy to note that the parade committee now has a designated website (www.acarmedforcesparade.com), which includes a parade application. Once an individual accesses the website, he can complete the application form with one click and submit it for review. It is simple, clean and very efficient. We’ve already had seven people respond. We also have an email address, email@example.com.
One of the committee members brought up the idea about the possibility of posters being made to be distributed to stores, businesses, etc. It is anticipated at least 300 posters will be printed. Joe Kelly, president of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber, said we should print them and make sure they get placed in the show windows of various retail enterprises throughout Atlantic County.
Another committee member mentioned he is working on putting together a float with wounded warriors and their families. We were happy to hear that a float will be available that will hold 20 passengers. This will indeed be a gratifying manner for the public to pay their respects to those who fought battles and became impaired.
New Jersey State Police will once again participate in the parade. The 50 troopers, who last year showed their ability to march in unison, were warmly greeted by those on the sidelines. There will be floats with musical performers such as Bobby Fingers and Ed Morgan, as well as outstanding vocal groups. One of the committee members is working on other musical talents to perform the evening after the parade. He mentioned the possibility of Charlie Daniels appearing. Without a doubt, his performance would help to take the parade to a new level with national recognition.
Please be advised that spectators may bring their chairs with them to the Boardwalk and there is no fee for anyone along the wooden way. The parade will kick off at 6 p.m. from New Jersey Avenue and end at Albany Avenue.
The Beach at the South Inlet
Have you noticed the new name —The Beach at the South Inlet — for the 4-acre site formerly known as Pauline’s Prairie? It is anticipated that construction will begin in the fall. The Tishman Co. has been named contractor for the job and will employ about 350 construction workers.
Tropicana’s new lights
Tropicana Casino and Resort will be the first casino on the Boardwalk to rejuvenate its light system. They will have light bollards, large-scale video monitors and building illumination to be choreographed as a light-and-sound show. Hopefully others will follow with a new lighting scheme.
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