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Veterans Day 2018

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES….

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NO MATTER WHAT COUNTRY YOU LIVE IN – IF YOU ARE LIVING FREE – THANK A VETERAN !!!

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Daniel Buchta – Far Rockaway, NY; US Navy, USS Nimitz

Jean Danniels – ENG; WRENS, WWII

Waverly Ellsworth Jr. – Buffalo, NY; US Navy, Korea, medic

Virgil; Johnston – Grove, OK; USMC, WWII

Alma (Smith) Knesel – Lebanon, PA; Manhattan Project (TN), WWII

Samuel Mastrogiacomo – Sewell, NJ; US Army Air Corps, WWII, MSgt., B-24 tail gunner, 2nd Air Div./8th A.F. (Ret. 33 y.)

Willis Sears Nelson – Omaha, NE; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, B-17 pilot

Gregory O’Neill – Fort Myers, FL; US Army, WWII, ETO, 787th

Orville Roeder – Hankinson, ND; US Army, Medic

Nicholas Vukson – Sault Saint Marie, CAN; RC Navy, WWII, Telegraphist, HMCS Lanark

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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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Boot Camp Humor – (you didn’t forget your D.I., do you….?)images.jpgDrill Sgt. humor

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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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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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VETERAN’S DAY

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In my own small way, a Thank You to each and every person who has served in the military to help protect my way of life…

 “Ole Top”

by Chuck Hall

1st Sgt. Phil "Ole Top" Dierickx, USMC, WWII, Korea, Vietnam

1st Sgt. Phil “Ole Top” Dierickx, USMC, WWII, Korea, Vietnam

I never got to meet him,
Nor serve in his command.
But I knew many like him,
Who bravely made their stand.
 
From what the “Bandits” tell me,
He dearly loves the Corps
Took real good care of comrades,
And took that one-step more.
 
‘Twas up in frozen Chosin,
When things looked bleak and bad.
He used his strength and wisdom,
And everything he had.
 
 
For those who fought beside him,
Who never will  forget.
He gave them will and courage,
Resolution, faith and grit.
 
The Corps has many heroes,
And stories they all tell.
“Ole Top’s” a hero in my book,
He served his hitch in hell.
 
 

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Night Intruder Lament

__Author Unknown

I have a story to tell you
A story of men bold and brave
Have fought, and some died for their Country
With a brightly burning plane for their grave.
 
On an island we called Honshu
With the broad, blue Pacific all around
We set up our tents and our shelters
And dug holes for our safety in the ground.
 
At night, when day fighters are sleeping
And we call Hacksaw for a fix
The Heavens are filled with our thunder
And the roar of our Baker-26.
 
On a cold moonless night in December
The order was read with a sigh
And a happy-go-lucky young pilot
Took his plane and his crew out to die.
 
They went with a smile all unknowing
‘Twas only a Korean patrol
Too bad that their duty included
Their answering God’s Final Roll.
 
Moonshine gave them their vector
Surveillance to the Yalu and back
They say the last words they transmitted
“We wish we were back in our sacks.”
 
One hour stretched into seven
It was no time to jest or grin
We knew as we waited and listened
Another Night Intruder had augured in.
 
There was no one to see and report it
No help from a searching patrol
Just three name scratched from the roster
Who will no longer answer the call.
 
So lift up your glasses my buddies
In honor of those who fought the fight
The sleep you enjoy out of danger
Is because of the boys who fly at might.
 
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I wish I could include so many other links for wonderful Veteran’s Day salutes, but that would be impossible – here are a few –

Pierre Lagacé and his cousin Joe pose us questions about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at:

http://athabaskang07.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/lest-we-forget-3/

CJ did a great job with:

http://morguemouse.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/the-things-that-make-a-soldier-great/

And, concerning our future generations:

http://allaboutmanners.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/the-inquisitive-child-a-remembrance-day-poem/

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Farewell Salutes – 

Dorothy Baldwin – Devonshire, England & Arlington, VA; British Army nurse, WWII

William Benson – Clearwater, FL; US Navy, WWII & Korea

Alexander (Sandy) Cameron – Toronto, Canada; CSTJ, CD, AdeC, Colonelmemorial_fl_07

Thomas Camp, Jr. Washington DC; BrigGeneral, US Army, WWII & Korea

August Genge – Niles, IL; US Army, WWII

Charles Nardoni – Chicago Heights, IL; US Army, Korea & Vietnam

Ted Okita – Chicago, IL; US Navy, WWII

David Polzin – Toronto, Canada; WWII

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