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Why Veterans Day is marked on November 11

Why Veterans Day is marked on November 11

But Terry Pehan, a retired Air Force colonel, says Veterans Day means something different to the men and women who fought in combat. America's men and women in uniform gave it their all for all of us throughout their military service.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls.

Those serving in the Gulf War era, from August 1990 to now, often aren't appreciated, as videos make war look so high tech and sophisticated but shortchange the very real danger in what our service members do.

I am a veteran of World War II. We also do so because it's right and appropriate to honor our veterans.

Do you remember the opening scene of the movie Saving Private Ryan?

Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954, and rededicated the day to honor all US veterans. "We really want people to know about the Walk of Honor project is that when they buy a brick to honor their military person living or deceased, 100 percent of the proceeds goes to the Always Free Honor Flight".

" Saunders Brothers Salute to Veterans will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River".

This isn't the feel-good message that many people will hear today, but I believe it is important that we understand not only what our veterans went through, but the hard memories they acquire during service and their struggle to achieve a sense of normalcy after they return. Since 2005, the organization has transported hundreds of veterans to see memorials in Washington D.C.

Although Armistice Day was observed to honor those who had served in World War I, American soldiers were called upon to fight in World War II and the Korean War only decades later.

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7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.

World War I -known at the time as "The Great War" -officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. Americans don't know what they have; this country is great!

The reality is - as the original Sunday LNP letter writer noted - that active duty personnel today represent a miniscule portion of the USA population (just 0.4 percent).

Let us all today reaffirm these words and thank our veterans and their families for shouldering the weight of our freedom.

"For our part, we shall achieve that peace only with patience and perseverance and courage - the patience and perseverance necessary to work with allies of diverse interests but common goals, the courage necessary over a long period of time to overcome an adversary skilled in the arts of harassment and obstruction". And if you have a family member who served in the military but has since passed on, take time out of your schedule to reflect on that family member's service and sacrifice.

One of those veterans turned ninety-five this year.

Either with his own poetry, such as "Facing It", or by encouraging us to read other veterans' poems, Komunyakaa explains that poetry has dual roles - to delight and to instruct, a concept traced back to Aristotle and Horace's "Ars Poetica".

The same paper has gone out of their other way to offer dissenting voices, such as this piece from an active duty soldier titled, "Hero worship of the military presents an obstacle to good policy".


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