- Veterans Day -
November 11
"A tribute of remembrance, honor, and thanks
to all the men and women who defend,
and who have defended, the cause of freedom."


As of July 1, 1997, there were approximately 3,247,975 veterans living in the United States.  Nearly 80 of every 100 living veterans served during a period when the U.S. was involved in an armed conflict.
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http://www.infoplease.com/spot/veteransday4.html


Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.  Others carry the evidence inside them, a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's alloy forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.
You can't tell a vet just by looking.

What is a Vet?

A vet is the cop on the beat who spent 6 months in Saudi Arabia sweating 2 gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

A vet is the barroom loudmouth whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed 100 times in the cosmic scales by 4 hours of bravery near the 38th parallel.

A vet is the nurse who fought against futility and went to
sleep sobbing every night for 2 solid years in Da Nang.

A vet is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back at all.

A vet is the Quantico drill instructor that has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into soldiers, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

A vet is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on their ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

A vet is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass by.

A vet is the 3 anonymous heroes in the Tomb of the Unknown, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes who valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

A vet is the elder bagging groceries at the supermarket, palsied now and aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that their loving spouse were still alive to hold when the nightmares come.

A vet is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of their life's most vital years in the service of their country and who sacrificed their ambition so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

A vet is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say, "Thank you."  That's all most people need and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

-  Original Author Unknown  -
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"It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press."

"It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech."

"It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate."

"It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

-  Author, Father Dennis O'Brien, USMC  -
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A brief history of Veterans Day
In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, an armistice was signed. The "war to end all wars" was over.

In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation's highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe).

These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m..

Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later by similar Congressional action. If the idealistic hope had been realized that World War I was "the War to end all Wars," November 11 might still be called Armistice Day. But only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, war broke out in Europe.

Realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of WW II and Korea, Congress was requested to make this day an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.
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http://www.sherylfranklin.com/holidays/veterans_day.html


Some Veterans Day Links...

Department of Veterans Affairs - History of Veterans Day
http://www.va.gov/vetsday/page.cfm?pg=3
Learning Network - Veterans Day
http://ln.infoplease.com/spot/veteransday1.html
One Marine's Salute - Rebirth of Patriotism
http://www.postcom.org/public/2001/2001news/one_marines_salute.htm

Google search - "veterans day"
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&q=%22veterans+day%22

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