Veterans Day !!

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  1. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    My deepest gratitude to all Veterans, Past and Present, who have served this great country of ours !!


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  2. chuckusaret

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    It really p's me off to see the local merchants using Veterans Day to line their pockets. As a veteran this is my day to remember all those that paid the ultimate price protecting this great country and those that had the good fortune to have survived. God bless our Veterans...
     

  3. SHOOTER13

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    Attended a service at VFW Post 676 in Pennsylvania this morning...then

    went to the retirement home where my daughter works to present the veterans there

    with a small party cake and flags...now going to Applebee's with my wife ( SM USA CID retired )

    to meet up with some of our Army buddies for a late lunch.

    If you really want to honor Veterans...get out among them and help them...whatever you can do !!

    Here are a few links to organizations we, as a family, work with through out the year...

    http://operationfirstresponse.org/

    http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/give-back.aspx

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  4. SHOOTER13

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    “TO HONOR VETERANS OF ALL WARS”

    Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Alabama, organized a Veterans Day parade for
    that city on November 11, 1947, to honor all of America's Veterans for
    their loyal service. Later, U.S. Representative Edward H. Rees of Kansas
    proposed legislation changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day to
    honor all who have served in America’s Armed Forces.

    In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November
    11th as Veterans Day and called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate
    themselves to the cause of peace. He issued a Presidential Order directing
    the head of the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans
    Affairs, to form a Veterans Day National Committee to organize and oversee
    the national observance of Veterans Day. In addition to fulfilling that
    mission, the committee oversees the annual production and distribution of
    the annual Veterans Day poster and this Teacher Resource Guide.

    In 1968, Congress moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October.
    However, it became apparent that the November 11th date was historically
    significant to a great many Americans. As a result, Congress formally
    returned the observance of Veterans Day to its traditional date in 1978.

    The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at
    Arlington National Cemetery. At 11 a.m., a color guard, made up of members
    from each of the military services, renders honors to America's war dead
    during a tradition-rich ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

    The President or his representative places a wreath at the Tomb and a
    bugler sounds “Taps.” The balance of the ceremony, including a "Parade of
    Flags" by numerous Veterans service organizations, takes place inside the
    Memorial Amphitheater, adjacent to the Tomb.


    In addition to planning and coordinating the National Veterans Day
    Ceremony, the Veterans Day National Committee supports a number of Veterans
    Day Regional Sites. These sites conduct Veterans Day celebrations that
    provide excellent examples for other communities to follow. For a listing
    of these sites, please visit: www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/regsites.asp.


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  5. threetango

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    My VFW post has done a ceremony at our towns largest park on Nov. 11th at 11:00 AM for at least the 35 years that I have been a member. Today We also had an old car show, food vendors etc. the Post handed out 1,000's of Buddy Poppies at the event. Sad, some people had no idea what they were or why we handed them out. Some people even refused to take one.
     
  7. SHOOTER13

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    This generation has no idea of the sacrifice of previous generations,

    the history of our military is the history of our country...paid for with

    the blood of ordinary people who performed extraordinary feats of bravery

    and fortitude to provide the freedoms they take for granted everyday.