Veteran’s Day

Always a Soldier!!

Always a Soldier!!

 

“FOR TOO LONG, TOO MANY OF US HAVE PAID SCANT ATTENTION TO THE SACRIFICE OF A BRAVE FEW IN OUR MIDST.  IT IS UNHEALTHY FOR A NATION TO BECOME DETACHED FROM THOSE WHO SECURE IT.”_______Howard Schultz, author of For Love of Country

 

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I first want to give my personal THANK YOU to each and every veteran that fights for peace and freedom!!!  I tear up and become speechless at the mere sight of any one of you!!  Boo-ya!!  Here in the United States of America we do our best to convey our gratitude to these men and women for giving so much of themselves for our safety on this day.  In such nations as: Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, India, Mauritius, South Africa and many in Europe, a day set aside is called Remembrance Day and was recently observed.

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Our fellow blogger @ Parent Rap led me to this –  100 Ways to Honor a Veteran – if you care to view it – CLICK HERE.

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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

by: Cadet Major Kelly Strong, Air Force Junior ROTC, Homestead Senior High, Homestead, FL 1988

watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it, and then
He stood at ease.
 
looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
He’d stand out in any crowd.
 
thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mother’s tears?
 
How many pilot’s planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldier’s graves?
No, freedom is not free.
 
I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a certain chill.
 
I wondered how many times
that Taps meant “Amen,”
When a flag draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
 
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
 
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
O unmarked graves in Arlington
No, freedom is not free.
 
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MILITARY HUMOR  – 

Soldiers Never Change!

Soldiers Never Change!

Our budget-cut Air Force?

Our budget-cut Air Force?

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CURRENT NEWS –

The true story of WWII hero, POW, and Olympic athlete, Louis Zamperini who recently passed away 2 July 2014, has his life depicted in Laura Hillenbrand’s best seller, Unbroken, will be coming to the big screen, 25 December.

Did you know? – One of most inspiring anthems, God Bless America, sort of has a birthday – Irving Berlin wrote an earlier version in 1918, but the one we hear today was first performed on 11 November 1938, in a radio broadcast by Kate Smith.  The song eventually became her theme song.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Harold A. Blake Jr. – Fulton, NY; US Army, 11th Armored Div., WWII, ETO, Battle of the Bulge

Margaret Yang Kim – Oahu, HI, WAC, WWII

Gordon Lewis – Waterbury, CT; USMC, WWII, PTO, First Lt., pilot, MIA

Samuel Melish – Cincinnati, OH; USMC, WWII, PTO, Cpl, gunner, MIApatriotic1

Gilford Muncy – Hyden, KY; US Army, WWII, ETO

Marcus H. Muncy – Hyden, KY; USMC, WWII, Cpl, PTO

Harry Phillips – Sunderland, UK; Merchant Marine, WWII, SS Empire Webster, Lloyds War Bravery Medal

Everett A. Smith – Broad Channel, NY; US Army, 11th A/B Div., WWII, Cpl.

George Zimmerman – Tampa, FL; US Army, WWII, PTO

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NOTE _  All the Farewell Salutes today are friend or relatives of our fellow bloggers.

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on November 11, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 99 Comments.

  1. Thanks for your recent comments on our blog posts. All five of my brothers served during WW 2 and thankfully all came home again. My mother later received a letter from Secretary of Defense Forrestal thanking her and the family for service to our country. And thanks to you for your honorable service. – CHRIS

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    • I thank you for your family’s service as well. But I do not wish to mislead you, Chris. My father, son and uncle served. My dad, Smitty, didn’t put his foot down very often, but when I told him I was going to enlist – a flat-out NO came out. So, here I am so many years later trying to help keep the memory alive of all those that DID serve. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Wow that poem really hits the heart…and makes the eyes water…
    Bless them all, past and present, living and dead…and prayers for the wounded and broken souls who came home to less than they deserved for the sacrifices and sufferings they bravely offered…

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  3. I really like that first shot.

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  4. Beautiful image. Truly.

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  5. I like the “Freedom is not free” and it is fairly very high price to pay for!

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  6. Reduced Vet Day activities Miami Dade. 54% foreign born now and even streets named for Americans being changed to satisfy cultural diversity.

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  7. Thanks for a great Rememberance post gp, the majority of the western worlds stand united in respect of our great Hero’s, the saddest part about Rememberance day each year, is that we seem to have new monuments, and new fallen, to Remember each year.
    War is the eternal curse on mankind.
    Ian

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    • You are so right, Ian. I cringe every time I hear of even one more soldier leaving anymore – it is all so endless. But, as long as power and money are in the mix – politicians will continue to find a reason.

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  8. A beautiful tribute post, GP! My gratitude knows no bounds to the wonderful men and women who have and do sacrifice so much for our freedoms. Thank you for posting this!

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  9. Thanks to all of you ❤ – and you especially GPCox!
    Deeply touched, Dina

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  10. What a beautiful idea for the farewell salute.

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  11. You’ve posted an exquisite Veteran’s Day blog, G.P. Each time I visit it’s another terrific experience. Thank you for including my best friend’s father-in-law.

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  12. AZVHV.wordpress.com

    Thank You for this, the poem, and the link to 100 Ways to Honor a Vet.

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  13. I enjoy your blog. Today, I happened to notice that the wives of several friends posted Facebook pictures of themselves with their husbands in uniform. A combat Viet Nam veteran when service was not often honored, I appreciate the thanks I saw in so many places today. But I also thank my wife and all the other wives who waited at home wondering each day if their husband was OK. They don’t get the recognition but in their own way they are vets too.

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    • Very true, but we did recently have a Gold Star Mothers post and November IS Military Family Month, so they do get some recognition. I too was a family member, so I definitely understand.

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  14. The greatest of respect to all veterans wherever they are. We should NEVER forget their sacrifice.

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  15. Carol Schlaepfer

    I was so trouched by the Poem, “Freedom is not Free”. The depth of truly understanding and conveying those heartfelt into “every day” words is so beautiful.
    I loved this entire post, and the “humor” part.
    God’s continued Blessings for all of our Military, both past and present.

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  16. Do you know who created the picture at the top (the old man with the young warrior shadow)? I teach Photoshop to 8th graders, teach how to create shadows, and always use a project with an alter-ego. This is perfect, but I want to give proper credit.

    Any ideas? Thanks, GP.

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  17. I want to thank all my fellow veterans, past and present, living and dead, for their service to our country. I am proud to be a part of such a great group. And thank you, GP, for the honor you give to our veterans through your great blog. Lest we forget.

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  18. It is a terrible world that needs soldiers. But it would be so much worse without them. They are a treasure and we spend them too easily.

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  19. I agree that we should honor them year-round but especially today. I love Kate Smith signing God Bless America and it should be the standard theme. Great post, Everett!

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  20. Thank you for posting this tribute to all who served. I have tears in my eyes seeing my father and uncle listed together here. May none be forgotten.

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  21. Yes, thanks to all who served.

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  22. That first photo brought me to my knees. We civilians are definitely too far removed from military families and experiences. I think there would be many benefits to our nation ofre-instituting a draft requiring military or civilian service.

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  23. Thanks to all the veterans who served to protect us all

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  24. Great post…great pix. I cried reading this. Woof!

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  25. Thanks for a fine salute to those who have served.

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  26. Thank you for the post, Everett! You’re so right, “… it’s just NOT enough”

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  27. Brian Murray, MS

    Thank you GPCox for keeping the spirit alive. I always enjoy reading what you post.

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  28. Great post! I loved every part, especially the shadow of a soldier in the top image!

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  29. Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

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  30. We should always honor them, but especially today. And, Kate Smith singing God Bless America should just be the standard version.

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  31. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    Veterans Day should be every day, not just 11/11. I’m posting the resources because it has articles with 100 and 101 ways to say ‘Thank You’ to vets. Also, if anyone has a website or blog strictly about veterans I would be honored to add them to the resources page.

    Veterans Day Resources
    http://parentrap.org/2014/10/21/veterans-day-resources/

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  32. I agree, words fall far short when describing emotions felt when thinking about the sacrifices of veterans in all wars–gratitude, reverence, solitude, come to mind.

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  33. A very sad day indeed but I don’t know if the young ones care so much now. Once upon a time everyone stopped what they were doing at 11am when the bugle sounded. People stopped in the street, they stopped talking and bowed their heads, tradesmen downed tools and so on. The Last Post always give me goosebumps. I hope we never forget.
    I love the quote and the poem by the way.

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    • Thank you very much, Norma. I agree and that is the reason I included the quote. We are far too detached from the troops who keep us in the lifestyle to which we have become accustomed. Thank you for everything!

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  34. Wonderful tribute, Pacific Paratrooper. Thank you for your service. I am teaching my grandchildren as young as they are about the brave men and women who give so much of themselves for this great nation. They must know. They must never forget.

    God bless you.

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    • Thank you very much for your comments. Tho, I must not mislead you into believing I am the paratrooper, that was my father. I am a member of the 11th A/B Assn. and have been overseas, but none of this site is about me. I greatly appreciate your sentiment!

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  35. Remembrance Day is always a solemn one for me and while the ceremonies at the cenotaphs are moving it’s the ones at my granddaughter’s school that are especially poignant to me. Lest we forget.

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  36. That’s my saddest day of the year…

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  37. We are truly grateful to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we could live peacefully. Thank you for posting this!

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