Koffee Klatch on Veterans Day ~ A time to reflect

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Chutz
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   Posted 11/11/2009 1:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Veterans are honored around the world today.

Canadians celebrate Remembrance day. Everyone around the country does a moment of silence. They all wear poppy's from November 1st to the 11th to remember.

Australia celebrates poppy day but they call it Anzac day and it is a holiday, no one goes to school and no one goes to work. They use this free time to remember the soldiers that fought in world war 2.

France also remembers their Veterans of war on this day but call it Armistice Day.

And in the USA, where I happen to be from, today is a holiday where government offices, schools and banks are closed. It's 24 hours for us to give thanks to those who have given us our freedom. Below is a quote I think is appropriate today. President Harry Truman said:

OUR DEBT TO THE HEROIC MEN AND VALIANT WOMEN IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY CAN NEVER BE REPAID. THEY HAVE EARNED OUR UNDYING GRATITUDE. AMERICA WILL NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES.

Is there a Veteran in your life whom you can thank for your freedom? Today is a wonderful time to name those who you have known that served your country. Please use only first names or initials and maybe their relationship to you. This is not meant to be a sad time but a time of thanks and celebration of what we have.


My Veterans are:

My father: Glen - WWII
My uncles: Lawrence and Beryl - Korea
A friend from High School days - Viet Nam

Proudly,
Chutz
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bsjaguar
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   Posted 11/11/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Arnold, my father-in-law

Gene & John, uncles

Becky, me

Just to add.  It used to really burn me when I would be working on Veterans day but they would close all the government offices.  I'm sure that at least 50% of them weren't veterans but they got a paid day off.  So anyway, for any of you that are working today, make sure to make an effort to thank any veterans you may work with.


---Jag---
 
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Splashdancer
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   Posted 11/11/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
My father - Bill - U.S. Marine Corps, 3rd Marine Division; sniper, demolition man; Guam, Mt. Suribachi (he was there for BOTH flag raisings)
 
My dad was the greatest man I have ever known (he passed away last year). He was brave, honorable, and loyal; he represented everything that the U.S.M.C. stands for. He served his country proudly and he was the best dad a girl could ever hope for. Semper Fi.

auntkay
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   Posted 11/11/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to honor my dad on veterans day!! James

privey
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   Posted 11/11/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Bless all the family members and their loved ones who work so that we can have a free Nation ot live in.
Cathy

BigLucy
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   Posted 11/11/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
My Uncle who died four years ago at the age of 87. WWII vet, captured by the Germans and spent a couple of years in a prison camp. My favorite memory of him is how well groomed and clean he was every day.

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/11/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
My dad is a vet, My Uncle was a vet and my husband is retired USAF,
Prayers and Hugz to all whom serve...Freedom, God bless the USA...........
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 11/11/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
     I work with several men in my place of work, that served in the Armed forces. We all need to remember them, and let them know how much we appreciate their loyality to this great contry, and the price they paid for our freedoms we enjoy. Thank you all who served in any branch of the Armed Services. If I was to add one more thing, I think it is shameful that this country does not take care of the young men women that were wounded in combat. How can we put a price on the freedoms that we enjoy at the expence of some of these great service men/women. They deserve to be taken care of! And to the family's who have lost a young one serving this country...my heart goes out to you. You should be among the proudest, as your son's and daughter's paid the higest price of all. I'm so very greatful to all the Veteran's, GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

PAlady
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   Posted 11/11/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have a direct relative who served in the military. My Dad always wanted to, but he had one leg slightly shorter than the other. I know it always bothered him. But I had two high school friends killed in Viet Nam. I've found their names on the wall in Washington.

And the families need to be remembered for their sacrifices - so many of them. It's also a shame that many live in poverty, or near poverty, while spouses are deployed.

On a different note, if you've never seen the HBO movie (based on a true story) called Taking Chance rent the DVD when it comes out. I was mesmerized. It's the story of the Marine escort who accomanied Chance Phelps' remains back to his home town for burial. I learned so much. Plus it was extremely well done. And very, very moving.

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 11/11/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
My Dad served in the Army, my brother served in the Marines & was in Viet Nam. A different person came back from Nam, he still to this day will not speak of it. Many people I know that went to Nam cannot talk about it. My neighbor's husband is in the reserves, he just left this month for second deployment to Iraq. They have a very small boy who is struggling over his daddy being gone. Some of us neighbors make it a point to go check on them, invite them to eat with us or go out and eat. We try to include them in as many activities as possible.
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Jadensmommy
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   Posted 11/11/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I would like to honor my husband today, he served in the US Navy stationed in Japan as a Corpsman. He served until 2004.

My Papaw Burley served in the Air Force and died when I was 5 so I don't remember alot about him. But I'd like to honor him also on Veteran's Day!

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

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White Beard
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   Posted 11/11/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
May we honnor all the Service Men and Women that have given their lives to keep our country free, and may it always remain free, and may we honnor all the men and woman who have served and continue to serve our country in all the various branches of the Military and Coast Guard! It is due to their selfless dedication to honor and serve our country that makes our country such a Great Place for YOU and ME!

My Father Tommy served in the Navy on the Destroyer USS Walker in the Pacific during most of WW II, Most of all my Uncles on My mom side of the family also served in the Navy! And of course I (Tommy 2) had to be different and made a career in the Air Force from 1969 thru 1991!

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