A Salute To All Veterans – Veterans Day 2012 in the USA

Of course last year was the big one: 11-11-11.

Veterans Day

Fly your flag…

From Wikipedia

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

Lest We Forget

Forget What? Too many may say/think.

From my neighbor to the North…

Oh Canada!

BTW – That video above is less than 2 minutes long. Go watch it and get yourself riled up.

Stir the blood.

It Gets Personal – For Some of Us

BTW2 – I just attended the funeral of my shipmate, my best buddy in the USN last month, in Texas, just east of Dallas. I posted about this earlier – here.

I had visited with him 13 months earlier when I found out he was dying of cancer. I pulled up to the house after a 13 hour drive (to allow me to reflect) to find him being carted off by the ambulance to the local ER (a 30 minute drive) – where I spent the day with him and his mother catching up.

He told me some very sad stories about his experiences with the VA over the past couple of years, that day as I sat bedside.

Damn it. I hate when stuff like that happens.

Me in late 1973/early 1974 on board the USS Okinawa LPH-03 in the South China Seas (on a Westpac).

To All Veterans – and Those Who Will Someday Be Veterans…in every country where you served the cause of Freedom…

I Salute You!

Thank you for your service!

Carry on.

For All the Rest of You

Check your favorite politician’s position on Veterans affairs.

Do they make you proud?

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