VETERANS DAY 2015

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For each and every veteran – Thank You!!

Armistice Day Becomes Veterans Day

World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had ended seven months earlier with the armistice, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Armistice Day, as November 11 became known, officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.

A military parade with crowds of excited spectators along 5th Avenue, in celebration of Armistice day and peace in Europe following World War One, New York, 1918. (Photo by Paul Thompson/FPG/Getty Images)

A military parade with crowds of excited spectators along 5th Avenue, in celebration of Armistice day and peace in Europe following World War One, New York, 1918. (Photo by Paul Thompson/FPG/Getty Images)

In 1968, new legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

Please watch and listen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq1xMXOhxqE

For their loyalty…

War Dog Memorial on Guam

War Dog Memorial on Guam

For the rest – Let your patriotism show!!

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For the Remembrance Days around the Free World!

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The Things That Make a Soldier Great


    The things that make a soldier great and send him out to die,
    To face the flaming cannon's mouth, nor ever question why,
    Are lilacs by a little porch, the row of tulips red,
    The peonies and pansies, too, the old petunia bed,
    The grass plot where his children play, the roses on the wall:
    'Tis these that make a soldier great. He's fighting for them all.

    'Tis not the pomp and pride of kings that make a soldier brave;
    'Tis not allegiance to the flag that over him may wave;
    For soldiers never fight so well on land or on the foam
    As when behind the cause they see the little place called home.
    Endanger but that humble street whereon his children run--
    You make a soldier of the man who never bore a gun.

    What is it through the battle smoke the valiant soldier sees?
    The little garden far away, the budding apple trees,
    The little patch of ground back there, the children at their play,
    Perhaps a tiny mound behind the simple church of gray.
    The golden thread of courage isn't linked to castle dome
    But to the spot, where'er it be--the humble spot called home.

    And now the lilacs bud again and all is lovely there,
    And homesick soldiers far away know spring is in the air;
    The tulips come to bloom again, the grass once more is green,
    And every man can see the spot where all his joys have been.
    He sees his children smile at him, he hears the bugle call,
    And only death can stop him now--he's fighting for them all.

by: Edgar A, Guest

For those who need assistance of any kind… browse through Colonel Mike Grice’s website!

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It has been a while since my last Shout Out to the Veterans and Volunteers of Arkansas – my apologies!  I think of you all quite often and Sheri DeGrom keeps me up-to-date on your activities.  Enjoy your day!!!!!!!!!

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Farewell Salutes – 

Carl Bove – Willow Grove, PA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, C/188th/11th Airborne

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…. . and every day!

Francis Dabrowski – Chicago, IL; USMC, WWII, Korea

Robert Feigley – Hagerstown, MD; US Army Air Corps, WWII, Korea

James Hoeh – Cincinnati, OH; US Army, Korea, 187th RCT

Clive Irving – Taupo, NZ; NZ J Force # 634744, WWII

Willard Janey – Graham, NC; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, HQS/675th Artillery

Melvin McCoury Jr. – Spokane, WA; USMC; Korea, Vietnam, Colonel (Ret. 23 years)

Ronald Prentice – Sydney, AUS; RA Air Force, WWII,pilot, 461 Sunderland Flying Boat

Ricardo Young – Rosston, AR; US Army, Afghanistan, XVIII Airborne, Sgt.

Stanley Zwicker – Nova Scotia, CAN; RC Army, WWII

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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!

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  1. Thanks for your efforts on this site. My father-in-law, Ken (KP) Smith is a veteran of the Leyte campaign in WWII. He went over the Manarawat Ridge with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 187th GIR. It is easy to find some general accounts of the action, but I don’t have much information about his specific battalion/company. I have been looking for pictures/historical info on the web.
    I have found a roll of honor that lists the fallen from his unit:http://www.ww2-airborne.us/units/187/187_honor.html
    Ken is still alive and active, and he still tandem-jumps on his birthday every year. He is 92!

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    • That is the unit my father, Everett Smith, was in, Ned. If your Dad remembers an old guy (Smitty/aka/Pops would have been 9 years his senior), who ended up on General Swing’s staff – that was him. I have quite a bit of info about them (as I could piece together) and will have more as I approach that time again. Right now I’m at August 1943. Being as your Dad belonged to the 11th Airborne, I recommend you try to acquire “The Rakkasans” by General E.M. Flanagan. I’d love to hear more about your dad.

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      • I have read multiple accounts of the land battle for Leyte that discuss the actions of the 187th, and it seems as if the 511th actually bore the brunt of the fighting. The 187th only took over the lead in the last few days of fighting. Ken never saw much action, because he was quite ill by this time. He did make it up to the Mohanag drop zone before he was put out of action. As I understand it, he was pulled out of his unit when they stopped at Mindoro on their way to Nasugbu Bay, Luzon. Most of the casualties were absorbed by the 187th on Luzon in Feb/Mar 1945, and Ken was headed back to New Guinea by that time.

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  2. Hi from Belgium click here to see what happend in Berlin: https://www.youtube.com/embed/R5i9k7s9X_A

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    • Outstanding footage! I noticed how no one spoke each other in the street scenes – complete silence – as though the person next to them didn’t even exist. Thank you very much for taking the time to bring me this link!!

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  3. Many do not recognize the tremendous courage and self sacrifice it takes to become a soldier. The military deserves the utmost of respect as well as embracement upon returning from active duty. Our freedom relies on these brave men and women and our gratitude needs to be expressed. Thank you and your family for their willingness to protect and defend our country.

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  4. For some reason here in Australia, Armistice day or Remembrance day here, is actually not recognized as a Public holiday, we only observe a ceremony around Australia at that particular time, which I find is a shame. We do honor ANZAC day but that is specific, would be great to acknowledge Armistice/Remembrance day in a similar fashion.
    Cheers.

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    • I suppose it’s because I grew up with it, but I can’t imagine honoring the troops any other way. More of us should actually SHOW our gratitude rather just hit the park for a picnic, the beach or sit in front of the TV, but we do deal with the human element when it comes to a day off work. I was surprised when I began looking into how other countries honor their veterans.

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  5. Thank to all the brave hearts and to you as well! Hope peace prevails around!

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  6. Thanks again remembering veterans a time when many people don’t care.

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    • Thank you. Being patriotic seems to have gone “out of style” – maybe parents and schools have fallen short on teaching their children, whatever the reason – I feel it’s a shame.

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  7. I knew you would have a post …and I thought of you and all you do to honor those who serve and protect our country…and I just want to say THANK YOU! You never let those of us who are not involves forget all these men and women have done…and continue to do…for us!!

    I hope you are well and that life is treating you beautifully ♡

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  8. Touching tribute, PC, and very much appreciated. You honor the veterans every day on this blog, and I really like reading your posts throughout the year. 🙂

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  9. Thank you, G.P. It was a grand day indeed. The motto for the volunteers, “Everyday IS Veterans Day.” I was with Tom all day but I’m happy beyond belief that the program at the Little Rock VA and slowly spreading outward is good and honest and 150% about the veteran.
    I’ll e-mail soon. Thank you for the shout-out.

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  10. I enjoyed reading the history of Veteran’s Day. I hadn’t realized (or apparently had forgotten) that it had been moved to a different date for a decade.

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  11. Thanks to everyone who sacrifices to protect our precious liberty!

    ‘Tis these that make a soldier great. He’s fighting for them all.

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  12. Very proud of all those who came before us to serve our country and those who are serving! Lets never forget their sacrifices!

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  13. I am so glad that it was changed back. Although events since have dimmed the hope that attended that original signing, hopefully the spirit of it is kept alive by holding it to the traditional date.
    If one looks at history, the legacy of what would have happened had these troops not made the supreme sacrifice would have been ugly to contemplate. I am not a believer that, ‘Oh, it would have come out the same no matter who won’. In some petty squabbles, yes, but not when values were as clear-cut as in those conflicts.

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  14. This was really nice GP. Loved the poem by Mr. Guest and your drawing attention to Colonel Mike Grice’s Website too.

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  15. Happy Veterans’ Day… 🙂

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  16. Beautiful tribute, GP! It brought tears.
    Thank you for your service, your life, and your dedication to Veterans and our military!
    (((HUGS)))

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  17. Today John and I watched Courtenay remember out Vets. Humbled by the military.

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  18. Thank goodness for their sacrifice. I doubt life would have been much fun (to understate the case ever so slightly) under either Hitler or the Kaiser. I can’t say the world today is exactly as I’d like it, but it really could have been MUCH worse.

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  19. Reblogged this on Before Sundown and commented:
    A wonderful tribute to our war veterans! A must read, and an incredible blog site about war history and our veterans.

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  20. A wonderful tribute. I look forward to your War posts. My grandmother had a German shepherd dog in WWI that was decorated for his bravery. Veterans Day is celebrated in our home. A prayer of thanks for all veterans. And my lifelong partner, Robert was a radioman in the Vietnam War. Instead of reblogging Robert’s last year’s Veterans Day post, I’m reblogging your post. More people need to be linked to your incredible blog site and writings. Thank you! Chryssa

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  21. What a wonderful tribute post. A little bit of everything and so well laid out. Happy Veterans Day to you and all Veterans.

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  22. Lovely heartfelt history lesson !

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  23. It’s always a great privilege to read you posts!

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  24. Reblogged this on Postcards from Kerry and commented:
    This is Remembrance Day all over the world and I can’t write a better post than GP Cox so I have posted his. One little addition – I would like to thank the American and Canadian Red Cross for supplying such wonderful food packages to the Prisoner of War Camp that my Dad in law, Robert Duncan was imprisoned in (East Germany). These generous food packages fed everyone and was swapped for other necessities.

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  25. GP today and throughout the year you keep those who sacrificed so much at top of mind and heart for so many. Thank you.

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  26. I loved this poem you have in this post. Thank you.

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  27. Wonderful tribute, GP. A good mix of everything that makes are military exceptional.

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  28. Thank you GP and for this beautiful tribute! It’s a post worth the time to read and remember.

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  29. What an excellent post this is–thank you!

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  30. Important information that everyone should know. I posted this on my FB page. Thank you!

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  31. I’m forever grateful to all those soldiers who fought, risking – and sacrificing – their lives, to make sure I could grow up in freedom,
    Pit

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  32. Thank you Brad!

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  33. Thank you for your sacrifices. And thank you to all the men and women who made so many sacrifices for our freedom and the freedoms of others. This include my father who served as a paratrooper in Korea. God bless all of you. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day.

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  34. Our lives would be a lot different if it weren’t for veterans. Happy Veterans Day, GP!

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  35. Thank you for all you do all year through this post!

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  36. We owe so much…

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  37. Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, Veterans’ Day, by whatever name we know it, we are remembering and giving thanks. A special thank you for including the War Dog Memorial in Guam.

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  38. Good tribute for today indeed, GP.
    I have just spent the morning at Julie’s bank in Dereham. We organise tea, coffee, and cakes for the members of the British Legion, after their parade to the war memorial. I had a great chat with a 95-year old veteran who flew a glider into action the night before D-Day. He was captured, and spent many years as a POW of the Germans. He still flies gliders today, as the oldest member of the Norfolk Glider Club. Fantastic to hear about.
    Another old guy was wearing The Burma Star. He had been a POW of the Japanese, and lost many friends. It is important to show these men that we are still interested in their lives. Who knows if they will be around for the next parade?
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  39. I needed this post today – thx 💚

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  40. I will remember all the men who came to bring freedom to my country… and specially those who never came back to their families…

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  41. Thank you for the favorable review and recommendation!

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