From the Soldier side: Happy New Year...how about from Dec 31, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq.
The Battle of Fallujah was pretty much over. We were still attached to the USMC (Thank God, the 1st Mar Div was the best military unit I was ever with!)
The US Military was allowing the citizens who had fled Fallujah to return on that day. What a way to start the new year. But, the power to most of the city was off, and many of the street lights had been blown to hell in the battle. So, it was very dark at night. How do you light up a city so the citizens can move back in?
How about firing 155MM artillery flares for hours? Each round would go way up into the air over the city...burst open and a parachute would let the flare float back to the ground. The flares went on for hours. What a great way to bring in the New Year! Best fireworks show I ever saw in my life!