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Veterans Pride

A Message from Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson

America's veterans are the face of America. They come from all walks of life, all ages, all ethnicities. They served our Nation honorably and well and we honor that service, but how do we honor the veteran – the individual who put on the uniform and gave his or her all for our country?

Last spring I had the privilege of attending the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day ceremonies in Sydney, Australia. ANZAC Day is the most important national holiday in Australia, a combination of Memorial Day and Veterans Day. It was established to commemorate the more than 8,000 Australians killed in the battle of Gallipoli in World War I, and now honors all Australian and New Zealand veterans.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson

One of the things that stood out during the day-long ceremonies was how all of the veterans and surviving family members wore their medals and campaign ribbons. It focused public pride and attention on those veterans as individuals with personal histories of service and sacrifice for the common good.

That is why I am calling on America's veterans to wear their military medals this Veterans Day, November 11, 2006. Wearing their medals will demonstrate the deep pride our veterans have in their military service and bring Veterans Day home to all American citizens.

Veterans, wear your pride on your left side this Veterans Day! Let America know who you are and what you did for freedom.

1 posted on 11/11/2006 3:56:14 AM PST by snippy_about_it
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Veterans Day Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Which is the correct spelling of Veterans Day?

a. "Veterans Day"
"Veteran's Day"
c. "Veterans' Day"

A. Veterans Day (choice a, above).
Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an "s" at the end of "veterans" because it is not a day that "belongs" to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.

Q. On what day of the week will Veterans Day be observed?

A. Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls.  The Veterans Day National Ceremony, like most ceremonies around the nation, is held on Veterans Day itself.  However, when Veterans Day falls on a weekday, many communities choose to hold Veterans Day parades or other celebrations on the weekend before or after November 11 so that more people can participate.

Q. Who decides if a government office or business closes or stays open on Veterans Day?

A. Federal government closings are established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  Generally, when a holiday falls on a non-workday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the federal government is closed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).  A complete schedule of Federal Government closings can be found on the Internet at .

State and local governments, including schools, are not required to follow OPM closure policies and may determined for themselves whether to close or remain open. Likewise, non-government businesses are free to make their own decisions to close or remain open for business, regardless of federal, state or local government closings.

Q. Why do some schools close and others remain in session on Veterans Day?

A. Because there is no legal requirement that schools close on Veterans Day, individual states or school districts are free to establish their own policies on school closings.  Most schools that do not close for Veterans Day schedule assemblies or other activities to honor America's veterans on Veterans Day and throughout the week that includes Veterans Day. 

Q. What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

A. Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.  In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty. A complete history of Veterans Day, and why it is observed on November 11, can be found on the Veterans Day History Web page. 

Q. Why are red poppies worn on Veterans Day, and where can I obtain them?

A. The wearing of poppies in honor of America's war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day, not Veterans Day. The practice of wearing of poppies takes its origin from the poem "In Flanders Fields," written in 1915 by John McCrae. Click here to read "In Flanders Fields." For information on how to obtain poppies for use on Memorial Day, contact a veterans service organization, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) or The American Legion, as a number of veterans organizations distribute poppies annually on Memorial Day.  You can find veterans groups in the Veterans Service Organization link on VA's Veterans Day web page. Veterans groups in your area can be found in your local phone book.  Look in the yellow pages under "Veterans and Military Organizations" or a similar heading.

Q. How can I get a Veterans Day poster?

A.  Each September, the Department of Veterans Affairs distributes posters to schools, state governments, Veterans Day Regional Sites, the military services and veterans service organizations.  We fulfill individual poster requests until our remaining inventory is exhausted.  However, you can download or print your own poster in the size and resolution you want directly from the Veterans Day Poster Gallery.  Click on the poster image, then choose from the selections offered.

Q. Can I get a Veterans Day Teacher's Guide?

A. We encourage teachers and others interested in obtaining Teacher's Guides to download the Portable Document File (PDF), available from the Veterans Day Home page. Please feel free to make as many additional copies as you need.

Q. Is Veterans Day celebrated in other countries?

A. Yes, a number of countries honor their veterans each year on November 11, although the name and types of commemorations differ somewhat from Veterans Day celebrations in the United States. For example, Canada and Australia observe "Remembrance Day" on November 11, and Great Britain observes "Remembrance Day" on the Sunday nearest to November 11. There are similarities and differences between these countries' Remembrance Day and America's Veterans Day. Canada's observance is actually quite similar to the U.S. celebration, in that the day is intended to honor all who served in Canada's Armed Forces. However, unlike in the U.S., many Canadians wear red poppy flowers on November 11 in honor of their war dead. In Australia, Remembrance Day is very much like America's Memorial Day, a day to honor that nation's war dead.

In Great Britain, the day is commemorated by church services and parades of ex-service members in Whitehall, a wide ceremonial avenue leading from London's Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. Wreaths of poppies are left at the Cenotaph, a war memorial in Whitehall, which was built after the First World War. At the Cenotaph and elsewhere in the country, a two-minute silence is observed at 11 a.m., to honor those who lost their lives in wars.

Click here to go to the Veterans Day home page.

2 posted on 11/11/2006 3:57:49 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Hurtgen; James Ewell Brown Stuart; alfa6; Allen H; Colonial Warrior; texianyankee; vox_PL; ...

"FALL IN" to the FReeper Foxhole!

Good Saturday Morning Everyone.

If you want to be added to our occasional ping list, let us know.

6 posted on 11/11/2006 4:03:09 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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Thank you, veterans, for your service to our country and the cause of freedom. We honor you not only today but every day. God Bless you.

16 posted on 11/11/2006 4:31:50 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub. Brian, we're all pulling for you!)
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If I could add something personal here, hope it is ok. Mr. Voice is a Vietnam veteran, he's the reason we are honored to drive around with the Purple Heart plates on our vehicle. He's been feeling a little more poorly these days,please remember him and other vets in your prayers today.Veterans Day dredges up a lot of memories, some not so good.
32 posted on 11/11/2006 7:01:30 AM PST by voiceinthewind
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Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Birthday Marines!

Semper Fi,
"C" Company, 1st Battalion, Fifth Marines, 1st Marine Division
An Hoa, Viet Nam 1969-1970

33 posted on 11/11/2006 7:14:05 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom ain't free. Semper Fi)
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War is hell.

Remembrance and homage to those that fought to bring it to an end, to those that yet bear painful memories.

Thank you.

35 posted on 11/11/2006 7:22:21 AM PST by freedom9
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I too add my thanks to all my fellow Veterans. As a way of saying thank you, I have posted a personal dedication too all Veterans on my blog, Right in a Left World: Brave Men, Dedicated to My Fellow Veterans.

Additionally, under that post is a link to a very moving and inspiring song dedicated to Canadian Veterans, A Pittance of Time.

If you have never seen it or desire to see it again, please visit, have kleenex handy. It moves me to tears each time I see it.

38 posted on 11/11/2006 8:28:56 AM PST by DakotaRed (Kerry Should Resign!)
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Thank you fellow Veterans, especially President Bush and Sec. Rumsfeld.
39 posted on 11/11/2006 8:29:56 AM PST by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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Veterans Day

I asked a friend whom I knew to be a veteran what
Veterans Day meant to him-and I listened
carefully to what he had to say:

"I don’t know quite where to begin,” he said slowly,
“For me, the meaning is in my heart.”
“I am proud to be an American who responded to my country’s call
and when called upon, I did my part.

Did I fight for freedom? Yes! our politicians will tell you,
as they strut and pontificate this Veteran’s Day.
Flags and red, white and blue bunting will adorn their platforms
as they glamorize sending young Americans into harm’s way.”

“Did I fight for your freedom? Its very difficult to say.
I have to remind you of a sign that adorns a place nearby,
Placed prominently on the green of the Boise Veterans Hospital.
In bold letters that have made some cry,
It says in patriotic language so noble and so American,
But many of the veterans who visit there will be reluctant to tell you-
Only if you have been in combat, is that message really clear.”

“Did I fight for your freedom? Hell no! is my first response.
I fought for the lives of friends and comrades caught in dark places.
Under fire, and besieged with stress unknown to most,
Killing other men and never quite able to forget they had faces.
Unable to have the luxury of grief for good friends suddenly dead,
your particular freedom nor anyone else's ever crossed my mind.
At least not then, and would not even now as I ponder these thoughts,
except, somehow, reason has to be found for those left behind.”

“Did I fight for your freedom? I guess I did, and mine too.
Some understanding person, maybe who had even been there,
Realized Veterans needed their day, a day of parades, remembrances
small American flags on Veterans graves, help for the cross we bear.
Freedom, the word is over used, but maybe appropriate for Veterans Day,
gives a tangible reason why wars must be fought.
Do not forget, as sweet as the word freedom sounds and is over used,
Freedom as you know it was very dearly bought.”

Last night they came to see me in my deep sleep, still young while I am old.
Sweede, Mel, Roger, others, whispering approval of what I just told.

K. W. Andrus
Colonel, USMC (Ret)

40 posted on 11/11/2006 8:44:57 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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One of my co-workers has the flag from her Veteran Father that was given to the family at the funeral. Up until a few years ago, it was not in a case; the exposed side of the flag apparently is a little dirty. 

Her question to me is: "Where can the flag be properly cleaned/restored & folded back in the cocked-hat?"

Anybody know of any business that does this, or that can help with this question?

110 posted on 11/16/2006 11:38:03 AM PST by tomkow6 (........Support the artists appearing in the Canteen (buy a BURKA)!)
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