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On behalf of a grateful nation...

Monday, November 11, 2013

The full citation reads:
On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a token of appreciation for yor father's faithful and honorable service.

I had the opportunity to say that today at the graveside memorial for his father, a WWII veteran. Unlike today's all-volunteer army, the soldiers who served during WWII were drafted "until the cessation of hostilities".

Many blessings to the veterans and families who have answered their nation's call to serve.
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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 11/16/2013 10:41PM

    I was at the Base memorial - marching the parade. Always a touching moment.

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GOING-STRONG 11/13/2013 10:21AM

    My husband is a Marine Vietnam Vet and I am very proud of his service. We owe a great debt to those who have fought for our country... but I don't need to preach to the choir!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/12/2013 10:48AM

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NATPLUMMER 11/12/2013 10:18AM

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 11/12/2013 1:24AM

    We will not forget.

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TXPATRIOT 11/12/2013 12:03AM

    WWII Vets, part of the Greatest Generation!



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DOGLADY13 11/11/2013 10:04PM

    I've been thinking about my father a lot the past few days. He would have been 90 years old on Friday and today is Veteran's day. He was career military - Navy and then Air Force.

Of course with it being Veterans day, there's all sorts of stuff in the news. I heard several that focused on the concerns that a few years after we are out of Afghanistan, the US public will shift their focus and benefits to Veterans will be cut again. Not that they are exactly rolling in the dough now... I hope that isn't the case. I see too many homeless men who are veterans and it makes me sad. There are more than a few whose PTSD is so bad they won't go in for shelter unless the weather is really extreme. One guy will only come inside the door and sit next to it until morning.

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ROXYZMOM 11/11/2013 9:22PM

    I am speechless

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BIGPAWSUP 11/11/2013 8:27PM

    I have the hardest time keeping my eyes dry.

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SMITTY4RL 11/11/2013 7:58PM

    I remember my father who was drafted at age 19 in WWII and spent the next 2+ years away from his wife at home--back then they didn't have rotations stateside per se. He stayed in and made it a career, serving in the Korean War as well. My sister who retired from the Army reserves a couple of years ago and my niece who is still on active duty, having returned from a long tour in Afghanistan last year, and finally my husband who is a retired Army Black Hawk pilot. Yep, God Bless our veterans and active duty folks--thanks for the post and thank you, too!

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CAROL494 11/11/2013 7:52PM

  Thank you for your service!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/11/2013 7:47PM

    God bless our Veterans!

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