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What Veterans Day Means to Me

What does Veterans Day mean to you? We welcome you to add your thoughts and comments about Veterans Day, about people who serve or have served in the U.S. Military. Many of these additions will be shared on VetFriends.com and with television stations and newspapers. Thank you.

From Armistice to Veterans, as one veteran to all, I salute you all!! We should honor ourselves' for keeping our flag free and secure, we are the courageous men and women who fought and died for the idealism of liberty and freedom for all.

I thank you veterans for not being selfish with your lives and believing in our nation's freedom.

And, for those in the tomb of the unknowns, thank you for the historical significance you've made. We will celebrate and honor our unknown American veterans of all wars and for their patriotism, love of nation, and sacrifice you and your families have made for the common good of our nation.

May we laugh, cry and remember on this day, November 11th, our experiences and memories.

It was the veteran, who saluted our flag, who served under our flag and who will be remembered under our nation's flag.

Richard A. Zelonis (USN/USA)- This veteran may fade, yet this veteran will not run.
-Forever a Veteran.

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Richard A. Zelonis
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I would like to say thank you to all our Veterans past present and future. I believe we should thank you every day of the year not just on certain days. My Dad and his brothers are all Veterans. I say a prayer everyday for you and your family. May God bless you and keep you safe always. Thank you again and God Bless America. Beverly '
Beverly Mikesell
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Veteran's Day is a time when all of us who have served can wear our colors and be proud of what we were no matter where or when we were in or what our job was. Each of us were a part of a whole and were important. The best of all is that we are a part of a select group of people...we are veterans! Let's be proud and tell our stories, there are people who really want to know. ' '
Stephen R. Hendrickx
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I served during the late 1970's in the U.S.A.F. I will never forget the people who I would have laid down my life for and the honor of wearing my country's uniform. God Bless all my fellow Veterans: past, present and future and God Bless our troops and families serving today. May God protect and watch over the United States of America, the greatest country in the world. '
Stefana Stein
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Us Veteran's have a lot in common, we love our country (U.S.A.). I support all Veterans and especially the one's that are serving in harms way today in Iraq and Afghanistan. We may not all agree that we should have troops there, but we must support the one's that were sent there to fight for us to help defend freedom and Democracy. May God Bless America and the men and women in uniform.
James E. McAfee, a Korean Veteran from Arnold, MO '
James McAfee
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I have always been proud of my 22 year career in The Us Navy and my advancement from E1 to E 7 and on up to LDO Lieutenant and the seven ships I had served on! My proudest day since I retired was this past November 9th when I had the privilege to speak to the junior class at Englewood high School in Englewood Colorado1 The students were extremely attentive and their questions intelligent! I hope that some of them will consider a Navy career and will task me in guiding their quest.
Roger Arthur Hutchings
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Veterans Day to me is one of the most significant and memorable days of the year. It causes me to pause and reflect on my own service time, my buddies whom I miss all the time, my family's collection of Veterans, and thanking all those who have ever served to protect this country. Veterans day this year is even more significant when we have young men and women on the line fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and other remote regions of the world. An entire new generation of Veterans is coming up through the hard fought wages of war. Veterans day to them will mean as much if not more than it does to us... for their world, their time, their wars are truly global in nature. God bless them all. God bless all who have served and shall serve in the future. '
David V. Chevalier
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Too many Americans consider it a waste when a member of today's military loses his/her life in conflict. We veterans know well that we CHOOSE to risk our lives in order to help improve the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves.

No loss of a veteran's life is ever a waste. Whether you believe in the cause or not, it is that individual veteran who said, "with this selfless act of service I hereby lay down my life in order to benefit someone else." No one has the right to determine whether or not that veteran made the right choice. He/she made it of their own free will, which makes it a most wonderful gift, and a sacrifice that should be treasured by all.

No non-veteran will ever understand this, and therefore no non-veteran should ever pass judgement against those who choose to give what Jesus told us is the greatest gift a man can give, to lay down his life for his friend. As a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom I can say that I have many friends in Afghanistan whose lives were worthy of my decision to risk my life to help save their's. There have been many Americans who did lay down their lives for Afghans.

There are also friends of Americans in Iraq, and veterans there risk their lives for them daily. Those who choose not to serve in the military, and therefore do not risk their lives should fully support the lives of those brave Americans who choose selfless sacrifice in order to benefit something greater than one's self.

Thank you veterans, whether you served in peacetime or time of conflict. I appreciate the brave and selfless sacrifice that you made.

Jeff Sanders
U.S. Army
Jeff Sanders
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To me, Veterans Day means; Honor, Respect, and the price we pay or have paid to keep our country free. Those who serve have great respect for our country or they would have never volunteered to protect those who have been left behind. I myself am a Veteran of the United States Navy and I proudly served. I have been retired now for nearly 12 years. If I could do it all over again I would to help protect and serve our great country. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! and GOD BLESS those who have served and are now serving in our Armed Forces. HAPPY VETERANS DAY to each and everyone. -MS1 Debra J. Taylor (USNRET) '
Debbie Taylor
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I would like to say thank you to all the veterans past, present, future that serve our country. May God bless you always. I say a prayer for you each day. '
Beverly Mikesell
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WE are at war, to me everyday our fathers, sons, brothers, mothers and sisters who are in foreign countries defending the rights of others and fighting for the freedom of others should be honored as they are on Veterans Day. After all freedom is not free, it takes the dedication of our troops who are ready to lay down their lives for others.

At this time in history, it is the most important job in the country. So get out there and pray for our troops, fly the flag and show your appreciation for our men and women who have fought so hard to make this the greatest country the world has ever seen. AMEN '
Larry Bahr
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I have a 1940 Packard that I drive in the Milwaukee Veterans day parade. Looking forward to Sat. Nov. 4 to do it again. Each year I get to drive a Vet. Last year I drove a WWII Battle of the Bulge Vet, 3rd Division with Gen Patton.

Words can't express the pleasure I had, to see this 83 year old vet, eyes light up when he saw my car and knew he was going to be riding in it. I had several bags of bite size tootsie rolls that we threw to the kids along the route, GOD BLESS ALL OUR VETS, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. Tom '
Tom Mlinar
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I for one, take alot of pride in All Veteran Holidays! Veterans Day is Special to me because it brings All branches of the Military together! I wish that all the people in this Country, would wake-up and smell the coffee!! Unless a family has a family member in the Military, they don't even have a clue about the sacrifices Soldiers make for the Freedom of this great Country!!I still see the blood on my hands, the screams in my head, the total devastation and personal loss!! It's like a projector going off in my head each and every night! No one enjoys seeing their best friend, being tossed through the air like an open can of tomato paste!! For those who fought for it, Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know!! Army SFC J.C. "Doc"Glynn-5th Spec. Forces Vietnam ' ' '
JC"Doc" Glynn
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There are so many of us Americans that fly our flag because we love the United States of America. So often we forget what this country stands for and how we got this freedom and how we continue to keep it. Our Veterans and those that are active duty have fought to keep us free. They have risked their lives, lost their lives and put their lives in danger so that we may be free. Free to speak what we want, free to go wherever we want, free to practice whatever religion we want, etc..

Our military families have done without their spouses because they are fighting for what we have today. Many have lost their husbands, wives, brothers, sisters and children for our freedom. Many do not believe in war. Personally, I don't like war. Who does? But we have to continue to fight to keep our freedom. We have to fight for the underdog every now and then. No matter what we feel politically, we need to support our troops. Honor those who have already fought their wars, and thank them each and every day. Not just on Veterans Day, but every day. If you can, find a way to thank those that are serving today. I thank the good Lord above that we have a day to honor our Veterans. My family is full of military. My husband was a Navy Seal, my father was in the Navy, my uncles, cousins, grandfather. Too many to list!!! My Dad is our local American Legion Commander. I am our local American Legion Auxiliary President. I am honored to serve in any manner that I can. So, if you can, thank a Veteran today and tomorrow!! You'd be surprised at what a "Thank You" will mean to them.
Barbie Smith
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Here is to the Vets that served our country and fought for our land of the free. God Bless all of you that have served, are serving, and will be serving. Thanks again for keeping this land free. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!! '
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VETERANS DAY is a very important day to me and my family. If it wasn't for the VETERANS then we wouldn't be enjoying the FREEDOMS that we have in the USA today and the world would be a chaotic mess. Our VETERANS and our ALLIES have made this a better world. We would be speaking Japanese or German today or be under Communistic domination if not for them. Our FREEDOMS would be a thing of the past. I'm honored to be able to go out to area schools and participate in VETERANS DAY programs. I encourage the students to find out who in their family is a veteran and to record their military career so that it can be passed on from one generation to the next. If we fail to " Pass it on " then it will be lost forever. Every basic right and freedom we have today has been paid for with the blood, sweat & tears of VETERANS. My great-grandpa Gentrup served in the Civil War, his son, my grandpa, served in the Spanish-American War and I have the Civil War discharge papers and the Spanish-American War Basic Training picture. My great uncle served in WWI and my father-in-law served in England, France, Belgium and Germany during WWII. I served with the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam for one year in 1967-68. My brother-in-law served during the Vietnam War in England and then in Thailand in the Air Force. I'm proud to be an AMERICAN VETERAN and so proud of the sacrifices the veterans have made. I lost 2 classmates in Vietnam and I'll make sure that they are never forgotten. We need to teach the youth of America about our VETERANS and to show them respect. We also must teach them to respect the American Flag and teach them what it represents. I ask God to bless our VETERANS, those living and those who have passed on, bless our troops serving today and may God Bless the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. '
PG Gentrup
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My wife and I are participating in a "USO" pre- show at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, which is now playing Irving Berlin's "WHITE CHRISTMAS." Opening night was last night with a full house and a lot of emotional people in the audience, when we told some true stories of our family relation's experiences in the war in Europe. My flag was displayed at 0600 hours today. Thank you for your Web site.

Carl R. "Doc" Ellis
Cpt USAR retired. '
Carl R. Ellis
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I have been retired from the Army since 1984. I spent a year in Viet Nam. In all those years only one person has thanked me. But this Veterans Day my Granddaughter's Grade school made up for it. They had a wonderful program for all the Veterans. We were presented a gift that each student had made for the Veterans. This school in Meigs County Ohio made up for all these years. It made me proud to be a Veteran and most of all the school to honor Veterans. '
Thomas M. Kimes
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I observed a Veterans Day Ceremony in my City today. This was the first time I ever had done so. But for some reason I felt that it was time for me to thank those Veterans who served before me, the ones who served with me, those who served afterwards and those brave young men and women who protect us today. Thru the ages freedom has come at a price and those who gave that great sacrifice to protect our freedom should be Honored, as well as those who served. If only the rest of America would feel the warmth and love in our heart for our fellow Veterans. If only they all could return to observe Veterans Day. '
Charles (Retired Army)
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