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

    1619 days ago
    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!

    1623 days ago
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    We will not forget.
    1624 days ago
    WWII Vets, part of the Greatest Generation!

    1624 days ago
    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.
    1624 days ago
    I am speechless
    1624 days ago
    I have the hardest time keeping my eyes dry.
    1624 days ago
    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!
    1624 days ago
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    Thank you for your service!
    1624 days ago
    God bless our Veterans!
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