re: AITA For Wanting No Military Uniforms At My Wedding?
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{ posted: Friday, 11 January, 2019 at 12:05pm // views: 15 // words: 197 }

YTA, but mostly for how you framed the issue as his service being inherently negative. Formal dress is an opportunity for people to try and represent themselves in the best light possible. Women wear dresses that they think makes them look lovely and elegant, this guy probably thinks his uniform makes him look better than a suit and tie do. Plenty of vets don't own any other formal wear.

That said, there's a question of whether he should technically even be wearing a uniform if he didn't retire from the service (versus just being a veteran), and it's not hard to imagine him (as you suspect) just trying to draw attention to his service in a way that's not very admirable, but I think you saved him from being the asshole over that and took over the mantle by attacking the whole idea of wearing a uniform as creating a question of servicemen invariably representing "war, fighting, negativity" rather than duty, honor, sacrifice, etc… which actually fits rather nicely with the wedding theme. You could have just said you're picky about the aesthetic and you want all the men in a tie and jacket.

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re: Was doing research of a family member who passed away in a POW camp in WWII. Found an actual photo of his capture.
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{ posted: Thursday, 10 January, 2019 at 12:51pm // views: 5 // words: 19 }

Fascinating! Seems an odd thing to have photographed, for either party. Any idea who took it?

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re: What’s something you happily do that others would think is the grossest thing ever?
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{ posted: Thursday, 10 January, 2019 at 11:34am // views: 12 // words: 15 }

Eating the steak fat that my family members cut off. They're crazy.

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re: I Can Name It Whatever I Want?
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{ posted: Thursday, 10 January, 2019 at 11:06am // views: 11 // words: 10 }

How dare you, sir. It's pronounced Mick-test-uh-kleez.

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re: Oyster cut on the underside of a webbed toe
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{ posted: Thursday, 10 January, 2019 at 10:40am // views: 13 // words: 14 }

What do you call your mom? Mom, mother, mommy, Aunt Janet?

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re: What is the funniest joke you know by heart?
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{ posted: Tuesday, 8 January, 2019 at 12:11pm // views: 16 // words: 60 }

Reminds me of the one where two buddies are out hunting. One goes off a ways to relieve himself, and when walking back toward the other yells out: "Don't shoot! I'm not a deer!"

BAM!

"OUCH! Why'd you shoot me?! I said I wasn't a deer!"

"Oh no! Sorry! I thought you said you WERE a deer!"

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re: What is the funniest joke you know by heart?
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{ posted: Tuesday, 8 January, 2019 at 12:08pm // views: 12 // words: 28 }

How do we know Adam (of Adam and Eve) was a Southern Baptist?

He lived with a naked woman and was tempted by an apple.

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re: Deciding on membership in SAR (sons of the american revolution)
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{ posted: Tuesday, 8 January, 2019 at 11:53am // views: 9 // words: 139 }

Great comment! Especially regarding your advice to incomers to "grow a layer of teflon".

I'm a guy who's in a couple of hereditary societies, and the advice doesn't just apply to the ladies. There are no shortage of temperamental stiffs among the men. I would go just a bit further and tell folks to remember that once they join, it is THEIR Society and their experience will be exactly what they make of it. Of course that doesn't mean you burst in the first day with your list of what's going to be done and start giving orders, but I've seen a lot of people come in, decide they didn't like what they saw, and left, while others come in, express what their interests and talents are and leadership is thrilled to put them to work.

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re: Deciding on membership in SAR (sons of the american revolution)
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{ posted: Tuesday, 8 January, 2019 at 11:44am // views: 11 // words: 380 }

Seems like you already have a lot of good info, but I'm pretty into hereditary groups so can't help giving my two cents…

Like lots of others have said, every member is different, and every chapter is different. I'm not in SAR, but I'm a member of SR (Sons of the Revolution). If you aren't already familiar, they're much the same. Founded around the same time and never merged. SAR is, I think, a lot large, but SR is pretty big in NYC (where I was living when I joined) and they own Fraunces Tavern, where Washington gave his farewell address to his officers. The only practical difference between the two groups is that SAR will take descendants of men who gave supplies to the Patriots, signed an oath of allegiance, etc… and in SR the ancestor pretty much has to have fought.

All that said, the couple of events I went to, I was pretty quickly able to find the folks who I meshed with–history buffs who like semi-formal social functions. I'm sure there were plenty of people there who like wearing medals from different societies or flaunting their importance, etc… but you don't have to (as u/filberuthie put it so well) "become bosom buddies with all the other members".

In any group, there will be folks who joined for the exact same reasons you did, and those that didn't. But you're (in my experience) guaranteed to find some really cool folks. For someone who is really into genealogy and revolutionary history, I have definitely formed some quick and tight bonds with other guys who feel the same way in a culture that largely doesn't.

Unfortunately, I don't know how practical it is (depending on where you live) to feel out ever possible chapter and find the best one before joining. I would really encourage you to just join and go to an event. Most people in a given hereditary societies are in a million others, and have contacts in a bunch of other chapters. If you can just find one such person to chat with, they'll be able to help you find what you're looking for, and transferring is easy once you've done the initial paperwork to get accepted by the National Organization.

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{ posted: Friday, 4 January, 2019 at 11:47am // views: 23 // words: 7 }

My favorite hotel.

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{ posted: Thursday, 3 January, 2019 at 5:09pm // views: 15 // words: 19 }

Middle of nowhere in East Tennessee in a strip mall. Bound to be top notch.

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{ posted: Tuesday, 1 January, 2019 at 7:14pm // views: 19 // words: 5 }

Painting

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{ posted: Tuesday, 1 January, 2019 at 2:02pm // views: 31 // words: 16 }

Too cold for the boys to pose well at the annual pilgrimage.

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{ posted: Monday, 31 December, 2018 at 1:23pm // views: 25 // words: 30 }

Boompa teaching Averill how to mount and paint the soldiers he got for Christmas. Both Averill’s grandfathers were army officers who grew up playing with soldiers.

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{ posted: Friday, 28 December, 2018 at 2:20pm // views: 36 // words: 5 }

Sammy.

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{ posted: Friday, 28 December, 2018 at 2:09pm // views: 34 // words: 8 }

Chick-fil-A is the best.

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{ posted: Monday, 24 December, 2018 at 8:31pm // views: 39 // words: 8 }

Merry Christmas to me

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