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In Honor of Garland Jarvis & Earl Salvason,
Larry's uncles, who bravely served our country

Here is a great way to say, "Thanks" to those who serve in the military! The next time you are in an airport or anywhere else you see someone in uniform give them the sign. The sign we are using is intended to communicate, "Thank you for your service to our country!"

To make the sign simply place your hand on your heart as though you're saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Then pull your hand down and out, bending at the elbow (not the wrist), stopping for a moment at about the belly button with your hand flat, palm up, angled toward the person you're thanking.

The SIGN that says thank you!


"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy - Inaugural Address
January 20, 1961


a prayer for the day when we don' have new names to mourn

Orgin of Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is a day dedicated to honor all men and women, both living and deceased, who have served in the United States armed forces.

It is a somber reminder of the millions of Americans who have fought for freedom and the more than one million who have died for that cause.

It is also a good time to remind ourselves that we are Americans first before we are Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals.

In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, an armistice was signed. The "war to end all wars" was over.

November 11, 1919 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States, to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I in order to ensure a lasting peace. On Armistice Day, soldiers who survived the war marched in a parade through their home towns. Politicians and veteran officers gave speeches and held ceremonies of thanks for the peace they had won.

Congress voted Armistice Day a federal holiday in 1938, 20 years after the war ended. But Americans realized that the previous war would not be the last one. World War II began the following year and nations great and small again participated in a bloody struggle. After the Second World War, Armistice Day continued to be observed on November 11. United We Stand!

In 1953, townspeople in Emporia, Kansas called the holiday Veterans' Day in gratitude to the veterans in their town. Soon after, Congress passed a bill introduced by a Kansas congressman renaming the federal holiday to Veterans' Day. In 1971, President Nixon declared it a federal holiday on the second Monday in November.

Americans still give thanks for peace on Veterans' Day. There are ceremonies and speeches and at 11:00 in the morning, most Americans observe a moment of silence, remembering those who fought for peace.

After the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, the emphasis on holiday activities has shifted. There are fewer military parades and ceremonies. Veterans gather at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. to place gifts and stand quiet vigil at the names of their friends and relatives who fell in the Vietnam War. Families who have lost sons and daughters in wars turn their thoughts more toward peace and the avoidance of future wars.

Veterans of military service have organized support groups such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. On Veterans' Day and Memorial Day, these groups raise funds for their charitable activities by selling paper poppies made by disabled veterans. This bright red wildflower became a symbol of World War I after a bloody battle in a field of poppies called Flanders Field in Belgium.

Armistice Day Changed To Honor All Veterans

An answer to the question of how to pay tribute to those who had served in this latest, great war came in a proposal made by Representative Edwin K. Rees of Kansas: Change Armistice Day to Veterans Day, and make it an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.

On Memorial Day 1958, two more unidentified American war dead were brought from overseas and interred in the plaza beside the unknown soldier of World War I. One was killed in World War II, the other in the Korean War. In 1973, a law passed providing interment of an unknown American from the Vietnam War, but none was found for several years. In 1984, an unknown serviceman from that conflict was placed alongside the others. To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, The 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.

A law passed in 1968 changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived."

General George S. Patton, Jr.

National Ceremonies Held at Arlington

The focal point for official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day continues to be the memorial amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns. At 11 a.m. on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes "Present Arms" at the tomb. The nation's tribute to its war dead is symbolized by the laying of a presidential wreath. The bugler plays "taps." The rest of the ceremony takes place in the amphitheater.

Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington and elsewhere are coordinated by the President's Veterans Day National Committee. Chaired by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the committee represents national veterans organizations.

Governors of states and U.S. territories appoint Veterans Day chairpersons who, in cooperation with the National Committee and the Department of Defense, arrange and promote local ceremonies.

We need to show more sympathy for the following people.

  • They travel miles in the heat.
  • They risk their lives crossing a border.
  • They don't get paid enough wages.
  • They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do.
  • They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.
  • They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day every day.

I'm not talking about illegal aliens; I'm talking about our troops! God bless them! Doesn't it seem strange that many Democrats and Republicans are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don't support our troops and often threaten to de-fund them?

Veterans Day Quiz - Everyone knows about Veterans Day. But what do you "really" know about this holiday and the American veterans it celebrates? Take this quiz and find out.

Veteran's Day Resource Guide - A multitude of links to Veteran's Day, veteran's organizations, celebrations of Veteran's Day and related veterans sites.

Department of Veterans Affairs - This site is a worldwide resource that provides information on VA programs, veterans benefits, VA facilities worldwide, and VA medical automation software. Made available on September 1994, the site serves several major constituencies, including the veteran and his or her dependents, Veterans Service Organizations, the military, the general public, and VA employees around the world. Dept. of Veteran Affairs

David Hall was a true American patriot that was known for his traveling Liberty Bell. David has been seen at funeral after funeral where Patriot Guard in every Military Texas Funeral hold flags in hand and a silent salute to show their support and respect. Click here for more details!

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Follow the links at the bottom right of each page and in the "Veteran's Day Links" box (upper left) to complete the Veteran's Day tour.

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Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul: Stories to Stir the Pride and Honor the Courage of Our Veterans - Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Sidney R. Slagter - This self-help-guide-cum-tribute to veterans will appeal to wide readership (approximately 27 million Americans are veterans). Slagter, founder of Veteran Stories Inc., "a corporation dedicated to honoring veterans from all wars and all branches of service" and the soul-soothing duo have recruited a strong lineup of contributors, among them Sen. John McCain, Bob Hope, Charles Kuralt, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Sen. Daniel Inouye and 75 others. Walter Cronkite checks in with a blurb on the back of the book.
American Patriot - Lee Greenwood - This CD is a rousing and timeless call to American patriotism. American Patriot contains all the patriotic favorites that bring to mind the sacrifices made by Americans over these past two and one quarter centuries - from the minutemen of Concord to the men and women in uniform today, each is accorded honor. And each is warranted our respect and praise for the price they have paid to keep our country free. Includes the popular, "God Bless the U.S.A." American Patriot

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