Koffee Klatch on Veterans Day ~ A time to reflect

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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:


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

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   Posted 11/11/2009 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband is a Navy Vetran. He was very fortunate to servre during peace time. he was between desert storm 1 and 2.
My dad was in the Army in the 60s he narrowly missed being deployed.
I also have 2 Great uncles who were in Viet Nam
My grand father was in Korea, and viet Nam
My father in Law also served in the navy.( I believe he was in during Desert storm1) He is retired.
My cousin served in the Marines.

I would like to thank all Vetrans. They are willing put them selves in harm way to defend our country. They are all great heroes. I promise to use my freedom to it's fullest everyday, and never forget.

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   Posted 11/11/2009 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   

My father Laurence: WWII

My friend Don:  Korea

My dear friend Eldon: Viet Nam...and Desert Storm

Two nephews who are still active Marines and have served in both Afghanistan and Iraq

and...Glenn.  I have a POW bracelet from 1968  and I keep checking, but he has never been found and is still MIA.  Viet Nam.




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Post Edited (vestabula) : 11/11/2009 8:36:51 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/11/2009 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Grandfather Vern - Army - WWII
Father in law Alvin - Marines - Korea
Friend Jim - Army - Viet Nam
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   Posted 11/11/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
My grandpa WWI
My uncles WWII
My husband served during Viet Nam
My oldest son served during both mid east conflicts
My middle son served during Desert Storm
My grandson served and lost his life in Iraq
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   Posted 11/11/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
My Dad in the Army
My Husband Retired Marine-Beirut
My sister Jane a Marine
My step brother a Marine-now deceased suicide due to PTSD
My half brothers AirForce
My Ex husband retired Marine-Gulf War
My friends Navy, Army, Airforce, National Guard and of course My beloved Corps
Myself I was a Marine! OORAH Devil  Dogs!

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Happy Veterans Day!
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Post Edited (FunnyGurl) : 11/11/2009 7:48:13 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/11/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
My Dad           WWII      Marine
My FIL             WWII      Navy
My Uncle          Korean    Airforce
My Friends       Vietnam   Army

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   Posted 11/11/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband - Navy and Army - served in Viet Nam and also 6 Day Israeli War (w/ US Navy)
My brother - Retired from Army - served in Viet Nam during Tet - spent many yrs in Korea (peacetime)
My brother in law (sister's late husband) - Army - peacetime
My brother in law (husband's brother) - Retired from Army - Navy and Army - served in Viet Nam
My father in law - Navy - peacetime
My sister - Army - peacetime
My nephew - Army - Iraq - 1991, -  Iraq -2003
My great nephew - Marines - Iraq - 2003
We have several friends that were/are in the miltary. One young man is my younger son's dear friend, joined USMC right after HS. Their Sr yr in HS began w/ 9/11. Yesterday was the 234th anniversary of the USMC, I always contact him to just say - Semper Fi - he is one good fella.
 Funny Gurl, I don't believe we have spoken before, so first of all Welcome! And then, Thank you for your service to our country.
Marlee, you know my heart and prayers are w/ you.
God bless our Veterans - and God bless America!!
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 11/11/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Even peacetime Vets give a lot to their country

I could try to count how many Vets I know, but that would take ages ...

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   Posted 11/11/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Irish Babe Love the name
Thank you Alice
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   Posted 11/11/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, my brother-in-law Craig is in the Navy. He is serving in Afghanistan right now. He'll have served either 20 or 25 years soon. I think my grandfather is a vet, but I can't remember which war he served in. I am really thankful that Craig is serving, even though I worry about him. I am thankful for all the men and women who have served or are serving. They keep our country safe. So I thank all of them for being brave enough to fight the good fight.
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   Posted 11/11/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
My Dad, CR, Navy-WWII
my 2 brothers & sister Rich, Mike, Char Navy-Vietnam
Father in law-Floyd-Army-WWII
lots of friends from every branch

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   Posted 11/11/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Ahem. ANZAC Day is April 25, and on that day we remember all servicemen and women, but particularly those who died at Gallipoli in WWI.

We also celebrate Nov 11th, and *that* is when we wear poppies.


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   Posted 11/11/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
My uncles Bill, Ed and Will - WW II
My uncle Leon - Korea
My husband - Cuban missile crisis
My cousin Roy - Vietnam (killed in action)
My nephew Tom - Desert Storm
My friend Danny - Desert Storm and Afghanistan

Thank you to all of our veterans.
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   Posted 11/11/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My Dad Howard Army WWII France, Italy, Germany, Africa

My Cousin's husband Gus Army in Iraq yet

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   Posted 11/11/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
2 Grandads- Francis in WWI (Army) and the Gordon a lifer in the Air Force
My Dad, Don- Korea (Army)
My Dad's brother, Harry Jr, - Korea (Army)
My Man, Wayne- Iraq (Army)
My Man's Son, Jonathan- Iraq conflict, 4 tours so far (Army)
My Man's Daughter, Karen- Iraq, released on disability (Air Force)
My Man's Nephew, Mikey- Iraq, now a River Rat in the Navy
My Son's Best Friend, Rob- Purple Heart in Iraq, wants to re-inlist (Army)
Bless them all for keeping us free
          Nana Monster

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   Posted 11/12/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Sorry this is a day late but my computer would not log on to the forum yesterday---for some unknown reason.

However, it is never too late to thank our veterans for their service.

My brother Tom Bronze Star - Viet Nam

My brother Bob- stateside Army during Viet Nam

My cousin Gorden  - Viet Nam helicopter pilot

My cousin Marv Viet Nam

My uncle Bob - WW11

My Uncle Dave - stateside Korea

My son Alan peacetime

and last but not least (since I'm into genealogy)  My great great grandfather John Phillip Garman - Union Army Civil War

Thanks to funnygirl for your service and bless you all for keeping us free.


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