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Happy Veterans Day to all who have served our great nation. Thank you for your courage and dedication. Thank you for our freedom. God bless you all!





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Beautiful and emotional day..


Fort Snelling National Cemetery is large (436 acres) and has more than 180,000 people buried there. It is located adjacent to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP).


Veteran's Day

11am Madison Square Park, NYC

A tribute to all of the brave souls who lost their lives for our country...

"I'm proud to be an American

where at least I know I'm free,

And I won't forget the men who died

who gave that right to me"


--God Bless The U.S.A.

by Lee Greenwood

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."


~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The soldier's grave we have adopted. Sgt. John E. Tarbox

My boot camp graduation photo, Great Lakes, Illinois. Milking and bilking the new military is a cottage industry near every base. Geez, we were all so green and so far from home.


Take a moment, remember them all,

Thank you to each and every one....may the sun shine eternally upon you.

Please Note: This is not my picture, it is from It's from yesterday's memorial of the shooting victims at Ft. Hood in Texas.


While every service member that is called to duty overseas is fully aware of the possibility of meeting the enemy, there is no greater betrayal than to be shot down by one of your own. Especially in this case, by someone who's duty it was to help those returning from the battlefield, cope with getting back into day to day life.


I'm not going to speculate on his motivation...Lord knows it's easy to get caught up in a wave of disgust for his actions...but when it comes right down to it, with 13 dead and around 40 wounded - some very seriously - those are the people that need to be thought of today. Them, and their families. And of all the fallen from countless conflicts and wars, and those they left behind.


The majority of the people that voluntarily join the military should be commended for doing so. They take care of the dirty work, so that we can feel safe in our beds at night. Those, and those killed in action, are the ones we should remember today.


Semper Fi.


Day is done.

Gone the sun.

From the lakes

From the hills.

From the sky

All is well.

Safely rest.

God is nigh.

For all the Veterans now and before, thank you!

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Veteran's Day Parade Flyover

Manchester, Georgia

With deep respect for the Veterans who have stood between us and a deep abyss.


Currently 100% of our forces are volunteers. They are paid peanuts and their families struggle to make ends meet.


I was surprised to hear on the History Channel this morning that only 20% of the Viet Nam Vets were draftees. I would have thought the inverse from popular lore.


Above are photos of my dad, my two brothers and me. I am the cute baby on the bottom left. My dad with the Lyndon Johnson big ear is on the top left. My older brother is on the top right and I'm pretty sure he is gay - if he is not gay he is missing a good chance. (Just look at the necklace he is wearing.) My younger brother is giving the finger to the world on the bottom right - a trait that he continues to this day.


I thought about the significance of this day when I saw a goofy wall hanging my mom put together many years ago and gave me showing these 4 photos. My Mom and Dad are long gone, but I thought of my Mom carefully cutting photos into circles to place in the frame as a special gift for me. – I removed them to scan for this.


So, my thought is that all of the Vets were once babes in their mom’s arms. They are not statistics to be used by politicians of any stripe. Both sides suck in my opinion.


My dad and both of his brothers served in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific. One of his brothers died in service. My mother’s only brother served in the Navy in WWII in the Atlantic. My brothers and I also served in the Navy.


My Father-in-Law served in North Africa and Italy.


Two of my wife’s 3 brothers served in the Air Force.


My older brother’s son served in the Army in Iraq during the first (1991?) conflict in a WMD unit.


My younger brother’s son is currently serving in Iraq in the Army as an interpreter. (Prayers for his safety are welcome and requested).


All of us volunteered.


I did diddlysquat in terms of personal sacrifice during my time in service.


Today thousands serve in harms way and deserve our prayers or good wishes.


I salute the brave men and women who serve and have served to keep us free.


Happy Veteran's Day



If you know a veteran, say thank you...

Thank you Dad and Paul!

As we approach Veteran's Day, my wife and I went to Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL this afternoon to pay respects.

Veterans Day is the anniversary of the symbolic end of World War I on November 11, 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations to help remember those lost during the war. The exception is Italy, which celebrates the holiday on November 4 for the Armistice of Villa Giusti. The holiday is known as Armistice Day in many nations around the world.


After WWII, the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in the British Commonwealth of Nations. Poland also changed the holiday to National Day and called the Polish Independence Day. In Belgium, the day is known as the Day of Peace.



It's taking me a while to visit your stream and taking me a while to upload for my Project 365 . . . sorry guys!!! I hope you guys are all doing great and again, I'm soooo sorry that I haven't been by as much as I used to. I'm planning to do some catching up tomorrow. Hugs, Lulu :-)

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