In utrumque paratus…That little bit of Latin means “prepared for either…” In this case, the either refers to peaceful defense or war. War, as in World War III, that is. Nuclear annihilation by intercontinental ballistic missiles, aka ICBM.
We were vacationing up north in the Lake Champlain area of Vermont, riding our bikes through pleasant rural vistas, when we stopped at a visitors’ information site in Alburgh, a very small town. There was a solid historical marker set on a post that identified the area as the site of the first US ICBM missile silo – set way up north near the border with Canada to minimize the flying time to the USSR. I left without remembering to take a picture of the marker, but obviously others have had similar thoughts (see here). I didn’t know there was so much touristical interest in Cold War armageddon. Just seeing that marker was chilling to me.