It’s nice to know responsible dedicate folks serve in opposite branches at important levels. This day in 1983 a Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a likely worldwide nuclear war by correctly identifying a report of an incoming nuclear missile as a computer error and not an American first strike. The nuclear early warning system of the Soviet Union twice reported the launch of American Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles from bases in the United States.
These missile attack warnings were correctly identified as a false alarm by Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov, an officer of the Soviet Air Defense Forces. This decision is seen as having prevented an erroneous data for decision about retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies, which would have likely resulted in nuclear war and the potential deaths of millions of people.
Investigation of the satellite warning system later confirmed that the system had malfunctioned, while on this same date in 1988 in a farewell speech to the U.N. General Assembly President Reagan saw “a moment for hope” for peace in the world, citing a new U.S.-Soviet treaty to sharply reduce nuclear arms due during the following year.
Our next flag event will be Columbus Day October 8th. We will put out flags on Main Street only on Friday October 5, 2018 and pick up on Tuesday October 9, 2018. Will meet at the Legion Hut at 0830 hrs. each time.
Don’t forget our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month. October 4th and 18th will be the next ones. 7 PM. Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in September are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Just watch the weather, it is the only factor that my change that. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print. Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.