Honoring our Veterans

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On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

poppies2015london888,246 lives – a cascade of terrible beauty that shocks the eye as it tugs at the heart. The number of Empire soldiers who lost their lives in the “War to End All Wars”. The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was more than 38 million: there were over 17 million deaths and 20 million wounded, one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.

American effort during World War II (1941-1945) saw the greatest mobilization of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force in the nation’s history (more than 16 million people); some 5.7 million more served in the Korean War (1950 to 1953). In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans’ service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

2,594,000 U.S. military personnel were deployed to South Vietnam. 58,220 died, and 303,644 were wounded.

In the Gulf War, otherwise known as Operation Desert Shield, 700,000 U.S. troops served.

It is amazing to read the number of conflicts just in the 20th century, which finished with U.S. involvement in Bosnia and Kosovo.

The 21st century has seen almost constant involvement in the Middle East, first in Afghanistan, then in Iraq.

Here is a comprehensive list of all conflicts in which the United States has been involved:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_the_United_States

Thank you to all of our veterans, living and dead, for what they have sacrificed for this country.

Many families have sent their young men to war over the years. In my own family, I can name relatives fighting in the Revolutionary War (both sides!), the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

We owe a great debt to the men and women of our military!

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19 Responses to Honoring our Veterans

  1. Lburg says:

    I’m downloading this article to read with my grandson and granddaughter when they come for Thanksgiving. It will be part of our quiet time together along with )’the Star Spangled Banner as you’ve never heard it’ video…. thanks, Stella.

    Here’s the video link for anyone interested:

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Thank you for posting this. I wish it was posted everywhere. Shamefully I had forgotten that it was the bodies of our patriots was what was holding up the flag until I heard this again. I never knew the details of the men below deck.

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    And then there’s the single largest killer of American veterans, the VA:https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/2/300k-dead-vets-va-health-care-enrollment-list/

    Sort of ironic that on this day dedicated to vets that so many vets died while under or desperately waiting for care from the agency whose sole purpose is to care for them. So let’s get on with this and get back to ‘vet-normal’ come Monday.

    I’ve been dealing with two Senators over an issue that would effect many vets in our area. One office said they’d call back and let me know…that was more than a few weeks ago. The other just about immediately told me that while they deal with individual problems this was too big of a bee hive to bother. Still feel the swamp’s gonna git drained?

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    • Col(R)Ken says:

      Need Help? I had a very rough week, the upcoming week is going to be a challenge. I’m not going to drop my Ruck, never have never will.
      That Mississippi State Cheerleader Trent Lott in your AO? ……

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Senators are selectively in one’s corner. The VA is too big of an ox to be gored, A VA hospital pumps money into lots of local contractors and the VA also gets a lot of vets tied into its pharmacy program. A Senator shakes the VAv tree and all sorts of crap falls out – contractors get contacted and made to feel uncomfortable by the VA bureaucrats, they in turn start pulling Senator strings.
        There’s too much money involved in the VA and the VA bureaucrats know how to leverage it. The VA’s there for its own purposes and if you interfere with the bureaucrats agenda, if you don’t smile and take a big bite out of that
        s**t sandwich they serve, well you could end up in the next 300,000.
        Lott left the Senate to join ex-Senator Breaux of Louisiana as a lobbyist – mo’ money, mo’ better hours. No member of the Great Unwashed in his corner.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Sorry you’re having a bad one, not much to say other than ‘sorry’ and ‘that sucks’, but we’re sort of used to playing the hand we’re dealt. We’re committed, no place to go but forward.
        As usual, if there’s anything we can do just ask.

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      • G-d&Country says:

        Big hugs and prayers to you {{Col. Ken}} for this coming week.

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      • MaryfromMarin says:

        In my prayers, Col …

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  3. stella says:

    My uncle Tom and his three sons: Harold, Ramon and Donald.

    Uncle Tom was my godfather, and we lived next door to his family for the first nine years of my life.

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  4. stella says:

    My half brother (different dad) Bob McCombs, age 17, WWII.

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    • G-d&Country says:

      God Bless your family for serving Stella, and all our veterans and the families they leave behind while serving.
      Your half brother reminds me of a pic of my Dad, but he was much skinnier. People forget a large number of the population were almost starving before WW2. I tried to put on my dad’s navy pants (I was a teenager, weighed about 105 pounds), and I could not get them on. He was skin and bones when he joined the Navy. When he volunteered, he chose the Navy because he was told they had the best food. As it turned out they sent him to flight school in the Midwest, so he did get food to eat, but he was disappointed he never got out to sea to fight. The war ended just as his flight training was finished. Good timing as far as I’m concerned though.

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  5. G-d&Country says:

    But You Didn’t
    by Merrill Glass
    Remember the time you lent me your car and I dented it?
    I thought you’d kill me…
    But you didn’t.
    Remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance was
    formal, and you came in jeans?
    I thought you’d hate me…
    But you didn’t.
    Remember the times I’d flirt with
    other boys just to make you jealous, and
    you were?
    I thought you’d drop me…
    But you didn’t.
    There were plenty of things you did to put up with me,
    to keep me happy, to love me, and there are
    so many things I wanted to tell
    you when you returned from
    Vietnam…
    But you didn’t.

    God’s Blessings to all those left behind.

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  6. G-d&Country says:

    9,000 fallen soldiers are etched into the sand on Normandy beach.

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  7. G-d&Country says:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/american-soldier-found-living-vietnam-1862473
    American soldier presumed dead 44 years ago ‘found living in remote Vietnam village’ By Rachael Bletchly 20:37, 30 APR 2013 Updated02:04, 1 MAY 2013

    A US army veteran, Master Sergeant John Hartley Robertson, 76, has allegedly been found living in a remote Vietnam village 44 years after he was presumed dead when his helicopter was shot down. Fellow veteran Tom Faunce traced the ex-Special Forces Green Beret to south-central Vietnam but found he had forgotten his children’s names, his birthday and how to speak English. Filmmakers followed Faunce’s efforts to take Sgt Robertson back to the US to reunite him with his family. The film, called Unclaimed, has renewed speculation THAT OTHER AMERICAN POWS COULD STILL BE IN CAPTIVITY IN SOUTH EAST ASIA.Emmy award-winning director Michael Jorgensen claimed THE US GOVERNMENT EVEN KNEW OF SGT -ROBERTSON’S ALLEGED SURVIVAL AS EARLY AS 1982 BUT DID NOT CONTACT HIS GRIEVING WIFE and two children OR ATTEMPT TO BRING HIM HOME. Sgt Robertson was on a top-secret operation over Laos when his ¬helicopter was hit in 1968. Despite his body never being found, he was presumed dead for nearly half a century. Sgt Robertson’s family believed it was possible he survived and claimed to have ¬documents proving he had been held in a Vietnamese prison for some time. In 2008, Faunce was working in South East Asia when he was told of the existence of an “army brother” shot down 40 years earlier. Faunce teamed up with Jorgensen to track the man down, convinced they would be exposing a hoaxer. “Tom went to meet him and was very sceptical, grilling this guy, trying to get him to break”.
    With a Canadian-Vietnamese police officer translator, the man told them he had been captured by the North Vietnamese shortly after being shot down. HE WAS HELD IN A BAMBOO CAGE AND TORTURED FOR ABOUT A YEAR – LEAVING HIM WITH BRAIN DAMAGE THAT COULD HAVE LED TO DEMENTIA. He was eventually released, due to the extent of his injuries, and cared for by a local nurse. The pair later married and had children. But Faunce and Jorgensen became convinced he was Sgt Robertson and discovered reports dating from 1982 alerting the military to his possible survival. Jorgensen said: “Why did the Americans leave him there for all those years? ARE THERE OTHER JOHN HARTLEY ROBERTSONS IN VIETNAM?” Despite fingerprinting him at a US Embassy in 2010, the army insisted there was not enough evidence to confirm he was Sgt Robertson. Jorgensen added: “It’s not because the Vietnamese won’t let him go, it’s more THE US MILITARY DOESN’T WANT HIM TO COME HOME.” The film captured a tearful meeting with a man trained by Sgt Robertson in 1960, who said HE RECOGNISED HIS FORMER BOSS ON SIGHT. Sgt Robertson’s sister, Jean said ‘There’s no question. I was certain, when I looked in his eyes, there was no question that was my brother’.” The translator said the man claiming to be Sgt Robertson spoke like a Vietnamese native with no trace of an American accent. He added: “I still didn’t believe until I saw the family reunion.”
    Sgt Robertson decided to stay in Vietnam, reportedly having fulfilled his final wish to see his US relatives one final time. DNA testing would easily reveal once and for all the identity of the man in the Vietnam village but Jean does not believe it is necessary. She said she was convinced the man was her long-lost brother. Sgt Robertson’s wife and two children agreed to take part in testing but later dropped out for unconfirmed reasons. Jorgensen said: “Maybe that’s because the daughters don’t want to know if it’s him. It’s like, that was an ugly war. “It was a long time ago. We just want it to go away.”
    Please read: http://www.vvof.org/mccain_hides.htm The War Secrets Sen. John McCain Hides. Former POW Fights Public Access to POW/MIA Files By Sydney Schanberg (awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his 1975 coverage of political and social chaos in Cambodia)

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    • G-d&Country says:

      I want to end my comments here with this:

      The Ravensbruck Prayer
      “O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted on us, remember the fruits we have bought, because of this suffering – our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown out of all of this, and when they come to judgement, let all the fruits we have borne be their forgiveness.”

      Written and left by the body of an unknown prisoner of the WW2 Ravensbruck women’s concentration camp. Forgiveness as Jesus did on the cross.

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    • Howie says:

      Juan McShame

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    • Col(R)Ken says:

      I’m familiar with this story. DNA is the only way too convince me……

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