Veterans Day – 2017 – Thank You

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National Veterans Day Ceremony

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

National Veterans and Military Families Month – November 2017

For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on 11 November – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November.

Veterans and Family Month Calendar 2017

Veterans Month Calendar 2017. Decorative only

For more information on Veterans Month acitivtes in your area – check out the calendar below or visit your local VA facility.

 

 

Remembrance Day around the world!

Remembrance Day (sometimes known informally as Poppy Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919,[1] the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. (“At the 11th hour” refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) 

Information here today is from the US Veteran’s Administration and Wikipedia.

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Military Humor – 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Albert Cheese – Hampstead, NC; USMC, 1st Sgt. (Ret. 20 y.)

Stephen Cribben – Rawlins, WY; US Army, Afghanistan, Sgt., 10th Special Forces Group, KIA

Norman Dyke – Warwickshire, ENG; RAF, WWII

Adrien Einertson – Camas, WA; US Navy, WWII

Jack Gustafson – Athabasca, CAN; RC Army, WWII, ETO

Edward Keane – Warwick, RI; US Army, 11th Airborne Division

Louis Manci – Scranton, PA; US Army, Korea, 187th ‘Rakkasans’

Charles O’Neill Jr. – Cleveland, OH; USMC, WWII, PTO

John Trudden – Broad Channel, NY; US Air Force, Korea

Tony Victor – Huntsville, AL; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, B-17 gunner/radioman

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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, 2017, in Current News, Korean War, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 107 Comments.

  1. Excellent article Sir, I am going to reblog this one for you.

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  2. Thank you for such a moving tribute GP.

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  3. We were headed up to Spokane on Veterans Day. I agree we need to care for these men and women who have dedicated their lives to the military. They need to be remembered every day.

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  4. Many Veterans have devoted their lives to the Military and suffer during the process, and then suffer in many ways after, when the novelty of caring for a Veteran wears thin by different Governments.

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  5. An excellent tribute and I join in the thanks to those who have given so much for us xx

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  6. I intended to post something about Veterans Day, but I’ve been too busy to keep up with my normal blogging schedule. Hat tip to you, GP, for honoring those who serve and have served.
    🙂

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  7. Well done for posting this; we should all be proud of who we are, profoundly grateful to those who gave their yesterdays for our todays and remember, too, the tragic waste. With your background, you may appreciate a bit about our National Remembrance Service – http://bitaboutbritain.com/national-service-of-remembrance/ – the highlight is the veteran march-past and it’s common to spot US ex-service personnel in this.

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  8. Thanks for this awesome blog!…I agree that we all need to celebrate and honor our Veterans for a whole month instead of just one day!…http://www.nearariver.com/whole-month-near-river-bj-rae-eagle/

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  9. Reblogged this on Anna Cottage and commented:
    This Blog is always such a wonderful tribute to all those that gave their life so that we may live. Freedom, as you say, is Never Free.

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  10. First of all a Big Thank You for all your hard work. I am delighted that President Trump has Proclaimed November 2017 as National Veterans and Military Families Month, I wish my Country did. As regards your item on Our Remembrance Sunday, sadly even though so many attended, the numbers are disappearing. Shame more youngsters don’t attend and all those we have let into the Country. But, the most appalling thing I could not and will not accept is that the Queen chose not to lay her Wreath at the Cenotaph, she had that Son of her’s do it. She would not even have to hold the wreath before laying it, she has her Equerry to do that. The BBC cameras picked up some of the looks on the former Service mens faces, one of shock and not happy. After all those that gave their lives, the least she could do is honour them. Finally, thank you as ever for always including those that fought in Korea, the forgotten War, just like the Falklands War, so few remember those brave men.

    Reblogging this ever moving Tribute to all those that have fought and died, especially on this day.

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    • Thank you very much for such a compliment and for helping to have all troops honored on days such as this. Those that have our back every day deserve such tributes.

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    • Anna I’m sorry if that is how some people feel and they have a right to do so including yourself. I will just say a couple of things that I think are important. The Queen is 91 years old. 91. The Queen served in the Auxillary Territorial Service during World War II. Her uncles served during the war, one died in an airplane crash. She has laid a wreath at the Cenotaph throughout most of her fifty year reign. She missed the ceremony twice when she was pregnant, and four times when out of the country on state visits. This is the first time she has made the decision not to lay the wreath and sit with her husband in the balcony. The next in line to the throne Prince Charles laid the wreath on her behalf and then again as himself. Her husband Prince Philip who served in combat in World War II and has just retired from public duties at the age of 96 still attended. At 96 the former Royal Naval officer still stood but occasionally leaned against the side of the balcony. Looking frail. The Queen was seen to wipe a tear. If you are not a fan of the Queen or of Monarchy then that is understandable but I feel strongly it is unlikely the Queen did not get this duty solemnly and carry it out for as long as she did. Given the wartime service of herself, her father, her uncles, her cousins, her son, her grandson this makes perfect sense to me. But hey if you think otherwise so be it.

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  11. Thanks always for sharing the history GP, we observed Memorial Day today in Trinidad & Tobago…
    I did a post on our Memorial Park some time ago: https://formuchdeliberation.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/geopics-on-fmd-8-entries-and-exits/

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  12. Always in our hearts and minds. ❤

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  13. Thank you for your service then and now.

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    • I do not wish to mislead, I did not serve – but wish I had. Back when I wanted to enlist, it was the height of the Vietnam War and it was the one and only time my father put his foot down and demanded I not. I now spend my days thanking those that join!!

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    • I did mention Remembrance Day, but more info this subject is always a welcome sight, Gerard, thank you! Anyone who serves for freedom should be shown respect and gratitude everyday!

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  14. Niet meer dan normaal. ze verdienen ons respect.

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  15. Respectful bow !
    Happy Veterans Day😊

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  16. Thank you, GP, for this post, and for all you put into your site.

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  17. A special thanks to families, friends and all who have served in the cause of democracy, going all the way back to the Revolutionary War. And a special thanks to you, G, for always remembering. –Curt

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  18. Indeed. I salute all those that Serve and Served to preserve our Freedoms.

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  19. this vet
    smiles
    to you 🙂

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  20. Our writers group did a special series in our local newspaper honoring the Veterans. Some were personal experiences, others interviews, and mine was from the diary of a Civil War soldier. All Veterans need to be honored not just today but throughout the year.

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    • That was a very nice project for your writing group and I hope it was well received. The veterans did not pick just one day to protect us, so we should spend everyday thanking them !! I’m glad someone (YOU) thought of honoring those long past as well.

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  21. Thank you to you, GP! And to everyone who has served!
    Thank you for this post today, too.
    As John said…we must never forget!
    (((HUGS)))

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  22. I attended the wreath laying ceremony for allied and commonwealth countries today at the monument in Phoenix, Mauritius. Those attending included the U.S. ambassador with military attache, many other diplomatic reps, veterans, the last post was sounded by a bugler and a minutes silence was observed. Prayers and wreaths laid on commonwealth soldiers graves.

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  23. Amen. God Bless them all.

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  24. Love the humor and respectfully salute the fallen, survivors and their families. I am glad President Trump made this month in dedication to Veterans and their families. Blessings GP for this tribute.

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  25. Happy Veterans Day and Remembrance Day!

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  26. Have a peaceful Veteran’s Day, GP ❤

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  27. Wonderful post, GP. I love the depth you always add.

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  28. Nice tribute, GP. Julie and I have been at the memorial parade today, serving lunch to the veterans.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  29. Remembrance Day here in England today. The Remembrance Parade will be at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London tomorrow ~ Remembrance Sunday.
    The inscription on The Cenotaph reads; THE GLORIOUS DEAD

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  30. Three of our daughters are teachers. I share your post with them and many others so thank you very much.

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  31. Ms Cora Ann Metz  Writer & Retired US Army Veteran

    |  http://www.cmetzdesigns.wordpress.com |

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

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  32. Thank you! I am because of you!🌻

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  33. We will never forget them. Brothers-in-arms. My brave lads. Heroes all. Keep marching on boys.

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  34. Thanks to all veterans for their sacrifice and love for our country.

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  35. Thank you for your service.

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  36. We must never forget, NEVER

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  37. Thank you for linking to this post!!

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  38. Thank you for adding me to your list.

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