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Old 11-11-2011, 07:27 AM   #1
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Thank you for your service

Thanks to all of you veterans and your families for helping make this beautiful, sunny Veteran's Day (out here at least) possible.
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:35 AM   #2
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Ditto. Thanks to my father, my former FIL, to Nords, and to all our soldiers currently deployed overseas.

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This week I have been buying poppies (they keep falling out or my lapel, but this is the best design I have sen yet) from the Royal British Legion box at my local pub here in Baku. A lady I work with asked me what the significance was and I was happy to explain.

I bought them in Canada when I worked there, too. Some people knew what the significance was.

It is interesting to me that the US has Veterans' Day (to honor the living) and Memorial Day (for those who did not come back). I am not aware of another country that has a day to honor veterans that does not turn it into a missile parade. (Someone please enlighten me.) Most countries seem to want to only remember the cost of war. We also remember the effort.

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Some people knew what the significance was.
For those that don't:

In Flanders Fields - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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It is interesting to me that the US has Veterans' Day (to honor the living) and Memorial Day (for those who did not come back). I am not aware of another country that has a day to honor veterans that does not turn it into a missile parade. (Someone please enlighten me.)
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Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice ("at the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.)
The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance of members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I. This was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.[1]
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
I've been in the UK at this time of year on many occasions, and the poppies were fairly ubiquitous on the streets.

On behalf of my fellow vets, we sincerely appreciate the good thoughts. Not that we deserve the praise, but it's quite humbling that you would think enough of us to bring it up.
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Thanks to all those who put their lives on the line to defend our freedom and democracy.
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On behalf of my fellow vets, we sincerely appreciate the good thoughts. Not that we deserve the praise, but it's quite humbling that you would think enough of us to bring it up.
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A huge thank you to all veterans but a special shout out to my FIL - Army Air Corp and my DS USMC - deployments to Ramadi, Iraq and Helmand Afghanistan.
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Branson, Missouri - Where Vets are remembered year-round
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Branson, Missouri - Where Vets are remembered year-round

An interesting article, considering the day:

In Branson, Missouri, veterans are remembered year-round - Yahoo! News

BTW, to my fellow Nam vets - welcome home ...
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Vietnam era vet here, but big thanks to all Vets, especially to our troops who have served and are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan (simply the best)
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Thank You - We Appreciate All You Do

DW and I attended a Veterans Day celebration this morning at 11. It was sponsored by the local VFW.

Thank you to all veterans - both living and deceased, in the U.S., in Europe and around the world.
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Thank you to all the Vets for keeping america safe !
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Welcome Home, indeed to all the Vietnam veterans. It's long overdue.

Thanks to ALL who served our nation over the years. May God bless you and grant you peace.
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Thank you to all the veterans who have served our country. Thinking of my dad, my grandpa, and all my uncles who have served also today.
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Since 9/11 about 3 million Americans have put on the uniform, that is about 1% population. So why aren't Vets the real 1%?

In some positive news I was very happy to see the Senate pass nearly unanimously a bill providing tax credits of $5,600 to companies who hire unemployed Vets. A friend of mine who is Vietnam era vet hopefully can benefit.
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Happy Veteran's Day All. Now let's see some Flags out there.
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