Thanksgiving – Then and Now

I wish to express my thanks to each and every one of you !!

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For those of you living where there is no official Thanksgiving Day – look around – family, friends, Freedom and life itself – all enough to give thanks for each day !

Thanksgiving during WWII…

They’re celebrating Thanksgiving on this very day,
My thoughts are at home, though I’m far away;
I can see everyone, eating dinner deluxe,
Whether it be chicken, turkey or even duck;
The fellows over here won’t whimper or moan,
They’ll look to the next one and hope to be home.
 
Truly and honestly, from way down deep,
They want you to be happy and enjoy your feast.
These holidays are remembered by one and all,
Those happy days we can always recall.
The ones in the future, will be happier, I know
When we all come back from defeating the foe.

_______Poem by an Anonymous WWII Veteran

Please remember the troops that gave you freedom and those that protect it each day !!

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… and please be considerate to those who may not be celebrating…

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Military Thanksgiving Humor – 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Shirley Baltz – Hammonton, NJ; US Navy WAVES, WWII

Sam Cartner – Asheville, NC; US Army Air Corps, WWII, B-24 tail gunner

Edward Ferguson – Petersburg, IL; US Army, WWII, Korea

courtesy of Cora Metz poster designs.wordpress.cm/, US Army

William Gray – Kent, WA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, LT., 391/366th Fighter Group. KIA

Charles ‘Hap’ Holladay – Cookeville, TN; US Army Air Corps, WWII, meterologist

Henry Karwas – MI; USMC, WWII, PTO

William Richardson – Ivey, GA; US Army, WWII, 95th Division

Melvin Stone – Portland, ME; US Army, WWII, ETO, 187th Combat Engineers

Mel Tillis – Pahokee, FL; US Air Force

Harold Tor – Huntington Beach, CA, US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 11th Airborne Division, Purple Heart

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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 23, 2017, in Current News, Home Front, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 193 Comments.

  1. My earliest Thanksgiving memory is hearing a program on the radio contrasting what we would be eating compared to what the POWs in Vietnam would be eating. I think about it every year.

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  2. I’m so bummed I missed this! 🙂 Happy belated holiday! 🙂

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  3. My late response to your post gp.
    My kindest regards to you and all who still respect Thanksgiving Day
    Many a person in uniform will celebrate this day every year, somewhere around the world.
    May their efforts not be in vain.

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  4. Thanks for preserving the past for the future.

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  5. Thanks to you, GP, for being here, for reminding us, for making us think, for encouraging us to be grateful.
    I am.
    Never Forget!

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving

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  7. Another year nears its end; a fitting time to remember and reminisce. Thank you for steering our thoughts in the right direction.

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  8. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, GP!
    I am thankful for you and your blog…you keep us focused on some of THE most important people in the whole wide world!!! 🙂
    And I am thankful to all who serve(d)…past, present and future!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  9. offering a happy
    gratitude back
    at you 🙂

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  10. Happy thanksgivingday for you and your family to

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  11. Thanks for all you do and the lessons I learn here. I hope you had a good day!

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  12. GP, thank you for bringing us posts of our WWII heros. Hope your Thanksgiving Day was peaceful. Happy weekend! 🌷 Christine

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  13. Thank you! We’re thankful for all your support and enthusiasm. Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

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  14. It is beyond my imagination how hard it must be to be away from family and friends on special days and all the while protecting the people of a country. Happy Thanksgiving to you GP from Canada. I’m thankful that your posts always help me to remember those who are giving so much for a greater good.

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  15. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, GP!

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving! (one day late, sorry couldn’t get internet earlier)

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  17. Hello GP! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Thank you for “holding the candle of remembrance lighting”. Have also a good weekend. Michael

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  18. When people are in extraordinary situation they are more grateful and appreciate even small things which make them happy. Nice poem!

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  19. Loved that poem. Belated best wishes for Thanksgiving!

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  20. Happy Thanksgiving, GP, to you and yours! I hope your day was wonderful. 🙂

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  21. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. Thank you for continued efforts to spread awareness, appreciation and knowledge of all the wonderful men and women of the military, both past and present, who sacrifice so much for us all! Cheers!

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  22. A big tip of the hat to you, GP! You NEVER miss an opportunity to salute those who serve/have served in our military.

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  23. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  24. Happy Thanksgiving to all those near and far! xo

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  25. A Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, GP! And a Happy Thanksgiving to all our men and women in the Armed Services home and abroad. 🙂

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  26. What a wonderful poem that is, GP. Your blog serves such an important purpose — helping us to remember those who have served on our behalf in the past, and those who are serving today. It’s easy to forget, even among those of us who are well-intentioned. We need reminders, and you do such a good job: not only of reminding, but also of educating.

    I hope your day was a great one — and that your turkeys and my duck bagged some dinner, too! 🙂

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  27. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  28. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, GP Cox! Thanks for the good jokes,
    all your support and the excellent posts!
    Warm greetings from the Cotswolds,
    The Fab Four of Cley

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  29. Thank you for a beautiful poem and a very timely reminder to be grateful to those who serve.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  30. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    I hope everyone has had a blessed Thanksgiving.

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  31. Thank you for thinking of me.

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  32. Thank you very much, Andrew!!

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