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11 November 2010

Veterans Day
 Honoring our United States Military Veterans

In 1919, United States President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as a holiday, Armistice Day. In 1938 Armistice Day became a legal holiday. And in 1954 Congress amended the name, replacing Armistice with Veterans, and it has been know as Veterans Day since.

When I brought up the idea of posting a blog entry on Veterans Day at our managers meeting, everyone thought it was a good idea. And so over the past two weeks or so I have been thinking on what to write about. My thoughts came clear yesterday morning. I won’t keep you long, but I thought it important to recognize this day.

I don’t remember the date or the name. I just remember standing at attention in the hot South Carolina sun for a retirement and retreat ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base. We were honoring a career officer who was retiring after 33 years of service. Thirty-three years, I thought … now that’s dedication.

As the Master of Ceremonies read word after word about this decorated officer, I began to sweat. And later as the sounds of retreat played and the flag was lowered, I began to cry. There’s nothing quite like standing in formation, at attention, with silent tears streaming down your face in the hot setting sun. It was a moving experience for me that day.

So today we say ‘thank you’ to our U.S. military veterans. Thank you for your time in service. Thank you for your dedication, your sacrifices and your service for our country. Today we remember you. Today we honor you.

‘Freedom is not free’, I say. Blood, sweat and tears have been shed for our freedom. So if you know a veteran, call them up today. Shake their hand. Sit and talk for a while. And you will hear the voice of dedication, sacrifice and service.

To all the men and women who have served …

Thank you.

Posted by kaye at 11:26 AM | Link | 6 comments

Re: Veterans Day
Thank YOU Kaye!

Posted by alyson on November 11, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Re: Veterans Day
Thank you, Kaye, for the time you gave to our country. I also want to say "Thank you" to Vincent Mecca in estates for the time he gave. I'm proud to work with both of you!

Posted by susans on November 11, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Re: Veterans Day
Yes, thank you to both Kaye and Vince for their service. Let us not forget that today is also a day of remembrance in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium and other countries. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 marked the end of the war on the Western Front.

Posted by sykes on November 11, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Re: Veterans Day
From a mother who has a son that is a veteran, I thank you for remembering this day. God Bless

Posted by Pam on November 11, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Re: Veterans Day
Thanks everyone for your kind words. It is a special day to remember special people all around the world. May peace be with you.

Posted by kaye on November 11, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Re: Veterans Day
To all our veterans, thank you for your time in service! And to all our active duty military, thank you for serving now!

Posted by Kaye in CS @ SPC on November 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM

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