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Old 11-09-2008, 11:51 PM   #1
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Veterans Day

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Armistice Day 1918. The end of the war (WW1) to end all wars. 20 years later WW2 was breaking out in Europe in 1938, the year of my birth. Of course I was not yet aware of it then but my earliest recollections were as a young boy growing up in Detroit. My parents were English and I recall mom and dad boxing up food and clothing to send to their families still living in England. Many families did the same. Some of those packages went to the bottom of the Atlantic in ships sunk by German U-boats. I remember the gas ration stickers pasted to the windshield side of the rear view mirror of our family Chevrolet not to mention some food rationing. (can anyone remember 'coloring' margarine to look like butter?) I remember my parents huddled around the radio when news updates of the war were given and the news reels of the many battles shown between features at the movies. In my junior high school days the accounts of the Korean "Conflict" were a part of many homework assignments. I graduated from high school in 1956 during another kind of war, The Cold War. There was a mandatory draft for all young men 18 and over. I joined several of my friends in not waiting to be called and enlisted in the different services. My friends served but I was classified 4F. My hearing deficiency since birth did not meet military requirements. I did the day long testing and was reasonably confident that I would be soon in Air Force Blues. I must have been visibly disappointed because an AF officer sat me down in his office while he called for potential placements that would accept my disability but it wasn't to be. I started college and found a job that I enjoyed. In 4 years my friends began finishing their service requirements and came home to their schools and future families. None of my friends that I recall was envolved in Viet Nam. I was very disappointed and angry of the treatment our troops recieved at home for fighting in Nam. Then there was Desert Storm and my wife and I were relieved it ended quickly mostly because our son was closing in on his enlistment age. Todd joined the Navy in '94 and was deployed with the Iraq war twice but thankfully he was not in harms way but treated some of the casualties as he is a Navy corpsman. He is now 14 years in the Navy and currently based at Bethesda Navy Hospital. Lynn and I are proud of his service and the service of all our vets. Remember all our vets on Veterans Day and thank them personally when you see them in your daily travels. Today's headlines have shifted to our economic troubles. We have young men and women still in harms way. Take a moment to remember them and support them. OH, what Great Service ALL VETS have done for this Great Country!
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:51 AM   #2
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:02 AM   #3
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Very well said. I do remember the margarine that had the yellow dot (dye) in it you had to pop the dot and mix it all up. I was in the Viet Nam era. Served 6 years in Navy. My first ship was a Troop carrier right out of boot camp. They had unloaded about 2,500 marines after the Cuban Blockade and had to be in San Diego for repairs. The day I got off the troop carrier to go to communications school 2,500 marines were loaded on and they headed for Viet Nam. I ended up on the East Coast on a Destroyer but we did have our tense moments off Cuba and in the Black Sea.
It is too bad the rest of the nation does not give the respect to service men that they deserve whether they are in harms way or working in an office for one of the military services.
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:10 AM   #4
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I would like to thank all my fellow veterans on this day of remembering and celebrating all the great service they have provided. Have a great day and another wonderful year.
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:41 AM   #5
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A few years back I got tired of the abuse VN Vets were recieving, and decided to come out of the closet. I now openly display evidence of my service and dare anyone to say anything to my face.

Funny thing. No one does. Instead they walk up to me and say "Thank you for serving my country". Okay, this embarresses me. That's not why I do it.

See, its my country too.

To all you vets. It's your day. Revel in it! You earned it!

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Old 11-10-2008, 05:05 PM   #6
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My father in law recently passed away and was a member of the Army Air Corps during the second World War. The Committal Service was held today at the National Cemetery in Phoenix. The service included full military honors by members of the local VFW. It was a very moving service as these Veterans paid tribute to one of their comrades and said goodbye one last time. The folding of the flag and it's presentation as well as the 21 gun salute made me proud to have served my country as well.

The number of World War II veterans is getting smaller everyday. If you know one, thank him for their service to our great country. We are free today because of their courage and sacrifice.


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Old 11-10-2008, 05:23 PM   #7
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The number of World War II veterans is getting smaller everyday. If you know one, thank him for their service to our great country. We are free today because of their courage and sacrifice.
My local VFW Post states that we are losing the WW II guys at the rate of over 1,000 per day!

When I got drafted in 1966, I was pretty sure that my time would be 2 years-or less depending on how it turned out. The tour to SE Asia was for a year. I think the Marines did 13 months. Now you veterans or folks currently in the military know that can change. The folks went into WW II "for the duration" which meant that they were to stay until it was over. They had no deros to look forward to.

Anyhow, my utmost admiration is for the World War II vets. My tours to SE Asia were not the most pleasant of times but they did not compare to the Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, or any other of the numerous operations that simply were horrific!

They are the reason I cannot speak German or Japanese today!
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:28 PM   #8
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Smile Lifting a toast to vets past and present!

Happy Veterans Day and thanks to all of you for your service!!
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:32 PM   #9
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Thankfull for Veterans

I am not a veteran, but I have the utmost respect for those who are. Being an educator and having the privilege of saying the Pledge of Allegiance every day gives me the opportunity to reflect upon the sacrifices made. My Grandfather on my Father's side served in the Coast Guard during WWII. He was a great man and indirectly taught me how to appreciate those who serve. Thank You All!!
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:08 PM   #10
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To all my fellow veterans; Thank You, many times over. Also, it makes me proud, and humble, that so many of our youth, have chosen to serve their country, in these trying times.
May God bless you all.
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Happy Veterans day to all Veterans. You stood up when many others lay down!!
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Thanks to all our vets and current service men & women!
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Originally Posted by FreshAir View Post
(can anyone remember 'coloring' margarine to look like butter?)

Thank you for starting this thread and expressing so eloquently our thanks to our veterans and their families.

As a naturalized citizen, I try not to take forgranted all of the blessings and freedom I have living in the United States.

My family immigrated from the Philippines in the early seventies. Both my parents were small children during the Japanese occupation of their country and shared some of their memories of that time both good and bad; having nothing to eat but rice mixed with lard, having their farm animals and pets reappropriated by the Japanese soldiers, seeing MacArthur land, reading and hearing about the Bataan death march, and last, but not least, receiving candy from GI's who they would affectionately call, "Joe".

Thank you veterans and all active duty service men and women, because of your service and sacrifice we are blessed to enjoy our freedom. You have our undying gratitude.

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Old 11-11-2008, 10:43 AM   #14
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I Salute All Our Veterans

This is a special day set aside to show our appreciation to all the MEN and WOMEN that have served our country. I know the sacrifices you and your families have made. This country would not be where it is today without the service you have given to it. My father a WW2 Veteran 85 years old served this country for 33 yrs. Today he lies in a hospital bed. We are praying and confindent he soon will be home. He is one tough man. To him and all those that have served, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU!!!

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