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A veteran is someone who,  at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to  ‘The United  States of America ’ for an amount of ‘up to and  including my life.’ That is Honor, and there are way too many  people in This country who no longer understand  it.’



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      Linni wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • i so agree with you sassy! especially the younger generation! i have taught my children from when they were small, what a veteran is.  

      we were at a wedding onetime, and there was a young man in his Marine uniform, and my son went over, shook his hand, and said ” thank you sir for fighting for our country!” the young man had tears in his eyes!

      the veterans DESERVE our love and respect!



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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • My father was a veteran from WWII.  His stories of being in the service were amazing.  I am forever so grateful for his and so many others service to assure that I have the freedoms and liberties that I have today.  

      I attended a military funeral a couple of weeks ago.  It was for the father of a good friend of mine.  He was a cook in the Navy.  He wasn’t an ordinary cook, but had cooked for generals all over the world.  I absolutely loved the service and it always reminds me what these men and women gave to our great country.



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      Holly Hanson wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Thank You, Sassy, for a great comment!  My son-in-law is in Iraq right now, and as much as we appreciate what he and all of the men and women in the services do, we are all desperate for him to return.  God bless you!



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      Shopgirl1960 wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Thank you Sassy! My son is a YOUNG veteran and is always on “call” to serve this great Country of ours~!

      Della



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      Shopgirl1960 wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • This is my baby in Iraq.  Just finding seeing this picture again caused my eyes to tear.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • My dad’s a veteran, as well as my 2 brothers. I’m very proud of them! We got to celebrate veterans day in a special way. My oldest brother (who is 11 years my junior) was critically injured at 21 and got a medical discharge. For years he sought out some replacement for his passion for the ARMY. Finally, 7 years ago, he got involved in Civil Air Patrol. On Tuesday evening he was promoted to Commander of the local CAP Chapter. My dad and my other brother(recently home from Kosovo) were present. It was pretty special!

      Oh, as an aside, did you know that Veterans Day originated in the community I live in? Emporia, Kansas. We even let the kids out of school on Veterans Day!



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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • When I was teaching....I started a mini museum at the elementary school on Veteran’s Day.  All of the children’s parents and grandparents would bring in memorabilia from their service (uniforms, awards....anything) and we would display it.  Then throughout the day, each teacher would bring their class up to where it was displayed to view everything.  We also would put the event in the local newspaper and invite veterans to come to the school to see the mini museum.  Veterans came and enjoyed it.  It was neat to watch the older ones look at the items.   I am no longer at that school but I did see in the paper they are still having the museum on Veteran’s Day.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • MC, what a neat idea! I wish more schools would do that.



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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Thanks Coachmom...we enjoyed it so much.  It was a lot of work but very rewarding.  We would have one of our local public safety officers whose child attended the school to come up in uniform that day to be the security for those items.  We wanted to insure those that brought items that they would be monitored at all times.  We never had a problem with anything being missing or damaged.  We also we would have a program outside at the end of the day with our local American Legion and our ROTC guard from the high school come and perform.  It was a big day and I felt it taught our students the meaning behind Veteran’s Day.



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      Inakika wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Thank you so much for this, Linni.
      My oldest son AJ was Navy, he passed away 3 years ago. The Navy really embraced my family after his death, never did I expect that.
      To this day I still hear from his shipmates, they miss him almost as much as I do.
      My son worked aboard the USS John Stennis, which is a Carrier. He was what they called a purple shirt, the shirt color of the guys who help to maintain and fuel the aircraft on the ship. I miss him so much.
      Shopgirl, Someday,
      We appreciate the service your son/son in law are providing for our Country. Blessings to them both.
      Ingrid



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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Ingrid we appreciate your son’s service as well.



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      Inakika wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Thank you Mary. I appreciate you for saying that.



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      Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Nov 17, 2008
    • Inakika: you are also a hero for enduring the greatest hardship on a mother with such grace.



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