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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hug A Veteran Today

Whatever it is that you call today, whether it's Veteran's Day, Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, Poppy Day, please join me in honouring those who served their country.

Here in this blog, we have Ruth Anne Adams, former JAG officer, and total Sundries heroine. I also honour my father's service, as well as my two male cousins, one of whom is currently deployed abroad in Afghanistan.

I, for one, am forever in their debt.

Please check back later, as I update this blogpost with photos of the commemorations around the world.

In case you wonder why some call it Poppy Day, or why poppies are associated with 11 November (the date which ended World War I), the answer lies on Flanders Field:

In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland the poppies are paper representatives of the flat Earl Haig variety with a leaf, mounted on a plastic stem. Wearers require a separate pin to attach the poppy to their clothing. In Scotland the poppies are curled at the petals with no leaf. In Northern Ireland, because the poppy honours soldiers of the British Armed Forces and due to The Troubles, it is worn primarily by members of the Unionist and the Irish Protestant community.

President Woodrow Wilson had these words to say on November 11, 1919 when the first commemoration of Armistice Day was proclaimed:

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"


IN THE COMMENTS: Please join me in honouring Chickenlittle's late father. He writes:

My father (RIP) was a Korean War Vet (19 year-old inductee). He served in the 141st tank battalion. I'll be flying the colors for him especially tomorrow.

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  • My father (RIP) was a Korean War Vet (19 year-old inductee). He served in the 141st tank battalion. I'll be flying the colors for him especially tomorrow.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Tue Nov 11, 01:24:00 am GMT-5  

  • Thank you so much for writing this, Chickenlittle. May your father RIP.

    I note from the link, a funny anecdote:

    During the winter of 52/53 the 141st was integrated. 10 percent of the Battalion was transferred to other outfits and was replaced by colored (as they were known then) troops. The exchange took place in one day and was trouble free except for a brief hassle at the EM Club one night which may have been caused by German beer rather than race differences.

    Heh. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 11, 01:29:00 am GMT-5  

  • Why thank you Victoria. :)

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Tue Nov 11, 02:18:00 am GMT-5  

  • Thank you, Victoria. Today, I honor my wonderful husband who was an Infantry Officer who did tours in Korea, Fort Benning and Fort Bragg. He was a Jumpmaster and Pathfinder. I also honor my now-deceased father, who was also an Infantry Officer. He was an ROTC graduate who served in the Korean War era, but only waged the war "at Indiantown Gap." I proudly wore his First Lieutenant silver bars when I first joined the JAG.

    Dave's dad was active duty in the Air Force; he has several uncles who served; and, most notably, our nephew, Little Dave, is headed to Iraq this month.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Tue Nov 11, 07:16:00 am GMT-5  

  • To all of them: THANK YOU!

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Tue Nov 11, 02:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • My late sister-in-law's father was killed in a French village while reconnoitering for his unit's advance. He was a major, but didn't hang back. She was a baby at the time.

    The story of how Lt. Col. Fay's family made contact with the French village in the last decade -- including some of the people who tried to save his life is one of many great "stories of our fathers" out there.

    I also honor my brother-in-law David for his honorable service in Vietnam.

    And though not a veteran yet -- I honor my fabulous second son for his active duty to the people of the United States of America as an officer of the best army in the world.

    And thank you to all our other veterans and service people who drop by Sundries.

    Victoria makes it a good place to be.

    By Blogger JAL, at Tue Nov 11, 08:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The best way to honor veterans is to make sure that the new generation of veterans is afforded the respect they deserve.

    I have long been an opponent of the war in Iraq, but the men and women who fought there did so because that is what they were ordered to do. They did it to the best of their ability and should not in any way be blamed for doing their duty.

    Whatever judgment history will ultimately make about the reasoning, justification for or strategy in Iraq, those of us who opposed the war must be very clear in making sure that it does not reflect on those who went to serve.

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Tue Nov 11, 10:53:00 pm GMT-5  

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