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    Veterans Day -- Mon, Nov 11

    Veterans Day / Armistice Day / Remembrance Day -- Monday, Nov 11, 2013.

    Got any plans? In your area, are there any great events or spots to head to? Any recommendations for folks who might be looking to show their support or participate in a suitable event or activity?



    To all our military veterans: a warm and sincere "Thank You" and salute to your courage, dedication and service in the name of liberty and your fellow citizens.




    Veterans Day in United States

    In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.

    Observance

    Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.

    Veterans Day is officially observed on November 11. However, if it falls on a week day, many communities hold their celebrations on the weekend closest to this date. This is to enable more people to attend and participate in the events. Federal Government offices are closed on November 11. If Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, they are closed on Friday November 10. If Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, they are closed on Monday November 12. State and local governments, schools and non-governmental businesses are not required to close and may decide to remain open or closed. Public transit systems may follow a regular or holiday schedule.
    History

    On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory". There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.


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    Attention ALL Veterans!!!

    This Veteran's Day, I would like to take the time to thank those generations of Veterans who have gone before me. I, and those whom I served with, are truly indebted to all of you for serving as a guide to the younger generation of Veterans. We have truly stood on the shoulders of giants, and I am forever grateful for your sacrifices. Godspeed, and Semper Fidelis.
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    Still amazes me that my dad is still working everyday has his own barber shop. At 93 he still fishs an hunts. All this after serving in WW 11 as a gunner on a landing craft in the pacific made it through most of the major campaigns they stole a 30 mm off a disabled tank mounted it on the boat he was small enough to sit up there an pound the beach as they approached. He than served as a marine in Korea where he was wounded twice at the Chosin reservoir ( not sure of spelling) has bronze star an letter from president . Got to go to a couple of reunions with him not many left, last time only 38 from WW 11 and from Korea only a handful. We owe them much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    Still amazes me that my dad is still working everyday has his own barber shop. At 93 he still fishs an hunts. All this after serving in WW 11 as a gunner on a landing craft in the pacific made it through most of the major campaigns they stole a 30 mm off a disabled tank mounted it on the boat he was small enough to sit up there an pound the beach as they approached. He than served as a marine in Korea where he was wounded twice at the Chosan reservoir ( not sure of spelling) has bronze star an letter from president . Got to go to a couple of reunions with him not many left, last time only 38 from WW 11 and from Korea only a handful. We owe them much.
    Thanks to you and your dad for your service..... and, it's "Chosin"
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    The best advice I can give a young vet, is immediately join the American Legion. They are there for you and support you 100%. If your eligible to join the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) do that also.

    The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) is also good, if you qualify. My only reservation with the VFW is that your service only counts if you were actually in a combat zone. Those of us who served in support roles that did not take us into a combat zone are not eligible for membership.
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    Happy Veterans Day and Happy Birthday to all my Marine bros and sisters!
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    The best advice I can give a young vet, is immediately join the American Legion. They are there for you and support you 100%. If your eligible to join the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) do that also.

    The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) is also good, if you qualify. My only reservation with the VFW is that your service only counts if you were actually in a combat zone. Those of us who served in support roles that did not take us into a combat zone are not eligible for membership.
    That was the first thing I found out about the VFW.
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    Thank you veterans! Land of the free BECAUSE of the brave is a truism!

    I can not express how much my family appreciates your service and honors your courage.
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    My sincere thanks to all you vets out there!

    The following isn't mine, but certainly worthy of posting here:

    WHAT IS A VETERAN?

    Whether - active duty - retired - deceased- national guard - reserve
    A Veteran is someone who at one point in their life
    wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America,"
    for an amount of "up to and including my life."


    THAT IS HONOR,

    There are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

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    I also wish to express my most sincere thanks to all who have written the above mentioned check
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    Happy Birthday Marines, and Happy Veterans Day to all!

    Semper Fi!
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