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Veterans Day | Veterans Day

david-c-dillon's picture
Nov.11.2013
Thank you men and women of our military. Picture is a Huey dropping a wreath into Whitewater Lake behind the Vietnam War Memorial in Indiana.
tracy-ewens's picture
Nov.11.2013
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A veteran, according to the dictionary, is a person that has served in the armed forces.  Veterans that have had direct exposure to acts of military conflict are often called war veterans. I am married to a veteran.  I have family and friends that are either veterans or war veterans....
ivan-g-goldman's picture
Nov.11.2013
My cousin Tech 4 Marvin Gillman, who’d been wounded in Italy, was part of the invasion of Southern France, but he never made it to the beach. On August 15, 1944 his entire stick (planeload of paratroopers) was mistakenly dropped into the Mediterranean somewhere off St. Tropez, and the 17 soldiers...
ivan-g-goldman's picture
May.28.2013
Let’s get this straight, please. Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Frankly, wishing someone a “happy Memorial Day” is tasteless and ignorant, particularly if that person had a family...
jm-cornwell's picture
Nov.14.2012
The family I often prefer is the family of my choice, the people with whom I have shared good times and bad and have become close to. Blood family can often depress and repress. And sometimes, like today, family is irritating and petty. On Sunday, I wrote about a man who visited our home many...
yolande-barial's picture
Nov.12.2012
The last several months of my life have been a whirlwind of activity. I have been excited and anxious, elated and overcome, overwhelmed and thankful, overjoyed and amazed. There has been a consistent thread of oh my goodnesses happening that I have just plumb exhausted myself. As the mom taxi...
mara-buck's picture
Nov.12.2012
In a trunk filled with mothballs lies the somewhat-shredded woolen flag that flew over my father’s minesweeper while it cruised the Straits of Iwo Jima.  My mother’s bridal suit and my father’s navy blues are there too, sandwiched along with the flag.  I will keep the uniform and the suit...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Nov.12.2012
On Veterans Day, I think of my father, the reluctant soldier, and all the soldiers who were to become reluctant veterans of World War II, the wars before it, and the ones to follow. As a teenager, I remember my father telling me about why, unlike most of his peers, he didn't want to join the...
manny-pacheco's picture
Nov.12.2012
Yesterday was Veterans Day. Today, we honor our men and women who have served our country so admirably in combat, and in times of peace. My good friend, Eve Rojas (who is a literary critic), posted this wonderful flyer. She asked her friends to pass this along: Veterans Day coincides with...
tracy-ewens's picture
Nov.11.2012
You know that scene in A Few Good Men when Jack Nicholson says, "You can't handle the truth!"? I know he turned out to be a maniacal nut bag, but that line sticks with me. Most of the time I disagree with Jack.  Our government is too complicated and what are we really building in...