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Monday, March 11, 2013

US Sniper Team: Thanks Guys

US Sniper Team: Thanks Guys 
Please take a moment to help our injured veterans: 
The Yellow Ribbon Fund helps injured veterans by offering free car rentals, cab vouchers, hotel rooms, apartments, job mentoring and internship programs and free tickets to cultural and sporting events.

"Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant" or "Ave, Caesar, morituri te salutant" ("Hail, Emperor (Caesar), those who are about to die salute you") is a well-known Latin phrase quoted in Suetonius, De Vita Caesarum ("The Life of the Caesars", or "The Twelve Caesars").[1] It was used during an event in AD 52 on Lake Fucinus by naumachiarii—captives and criminals fated to die fighting during mock naval encounters—in the presence of the emperor Claudius. Suetonius reports that Claudius replied "Aut non" ("or not").

Variant wordings include "Ave Caesar" and "Nos morituri te salutamus" [2]—the latter in the 1st person ("We who are about to die salute you")[3]—and a response in 15th century texts of "Avete vos" ("Fare you well").[4]

Despite its popularization in later times, the phrase is not recorded elsewhere in Roman history, and it is questionable whether it was ever a customary salute. It was more likely an isolated appeal by desperate captives and criminals condemned to die, and noted by Roman historians in part for the unusual mass reprieve granted to the survivors.