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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....Veteran's Day, November 11, 2002
Mama_Bear and Billie

Posted on 11/11/2002 6:20:31 AM PST by Billie

The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the llth Month






Veterans Day
November 11, 2002



God Bless Our Country....
....God Bless Our Veterans








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Honoring Veterans Everywhere....
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Picturing Some of FR's




The Origins of Veterans Day
In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, became the focal point of reverence for America's veterans.
Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation's highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as "Armistice Day".
Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holidiay 12 years later by similar Congressional action. If the idealistic hope had been realized that World War I was "the War to end all Wars," November 11 might still be called Armistice Day. But only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, war broke out in Europe. Sixteen and one-half million Americans took part. Four hundred seven thousand of them died in service, more than 292,000 in battle.
Realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of WW II and Korea, Congress was requested to make this day 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.


We Will Never Forget




Every year the President of the United States urges All Americans to honor the commitment of our Veterans through appropriate public ceremonies.







Taps

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh -- Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Then good night, peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear -- Friend, good night.

Composed By Major General Daniel Butterfield. Army of the Potomac, Civil War. Major General Butterfield is buried in the Post Cemetery at the United States Military Academy at West Point.








Thank you, Veterans, and thank you, FReepers, for all you have done to preserve our freedom in America. A thank you, too, to Mama_Bear, who provided the information for today's thread when I wasn't sure what to 'do' for Veteran's Day today. I had the background done, and the layout, but it was as far as I had gotten when she came to the rescue. : ) Thank you, Lori, I know how much the Military means to you and everyone who participates here.

God Bless All, Past and Present.





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To: daisyscarlett
George W. Bush. I was glad I voted for him in November 2000. I'm happy to say, he has already made me proud of that vote! Many times he has. MORE than SIX years to go, too ! :O)
51 posted on 11/11/2002 8:08:22 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: Billie
Good morning, Billie!

No mercy.
Coming soon: Tha SYNDICATE.
101 things that the Mozilla browser can do that Internet Explorer cannot.

52 posted on 11/11/2002 8:08:43 AM PST by rdb3
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To: Billie; LadyX; ofMagog; larryjohnson; Scuttlebutt; ladtx; Long Cut; rdb3; lodwick; Mama_Bear; ...

Click on the pic

53 posted on 11/11/2002 8:09:30 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Billie
Good Morning, Billie. Thank you for posting this lovely thread in tribute to our Veterans.

Ours is not a military family. None the less we are most appreciative of the sacrifices made by others for us.

Thanks to all who protected this great nation.

Thanks to all who are currently protecting this great nation.

s/Granny & her Family
54 posted on 11/11/2002 8:11:08 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Aquamarine

55 posted on 11/11/2002 8:13:17 AM PST by mhking
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To: mhking
My phone line is down and I'm at a neighbor's house. I wasn't able to check the midi link before I posted so I'm not sure if it's working. Did it work for you?
56 posted on 11/11/2002 8:17:38 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: All; Billie; Jim Robinson; ST.LOUIE1; daisyscarlett; dansangel; lodwick; Diver Dave; JustAmy; ...
Good morning, everyone.

Thank you, Billie, for this special thread today. I have been looking forward to this day. Honoring our veterans and our military is what we do best here and I am happy that I was able to contribute.

There is no place I would rather be right now than on this website and on this thread with you fine people. I am so proud to be associated with all of you!

Thank you, Veterans everywhere, for answering
the call to serve and defend America.


57 posted on 11/11/2002 8:23:31 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Billie
Veterans' Day Bump!!
58 posted on 11/11/2002 8:26:57 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: COB1
Good morning, Cob. I wish I understood.
59 posted on 11/11/2002 8:41:08 AM PST by Billie
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To: daisyscarlett
I knew he (as all presidents do for the past many decades) was going to Arlington, but this trip seemed to be completely off the agenda. It is a wonderful message that President Bush has sent to our Vietnam vets. It's a wonderful juxtaposition to the past president who couldn't go near that subject lest he be reminded of his dodging.....
60 posted on 11/11/2002 8:42:07 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: daisyscarlett; Billie; dansangel; WVNan; Aquamarine; MeeknMing; lodwick; Diver Dave; HiJinx; ...
Thank you, Daisy.
I'm watching the ceremony at Arlington with a REAL Commander-in-Chief.

It is a solemn day filled with memories - relatives who served - boys I dated while stationed at Parris Island who went to combat in Korea - the years as a military wife - could go on for hours.

I am one with my America ~ ~ proud, and at peace.

61 posted on 11/11/2002 8:42:17 AM PST by LadyX
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To: jwfiv
Good morning, jw. You just about named them all - no Air Force blood? :)
62 posted on 11/11/2002 8:43:08 AM PST by Billie
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To: lodwick
Good morning, sunrise man. You have FReepmail.
63 posted on 11/11/2002 8:44:29 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie

64 posted on 11/11/2002 8:46:53 AM PST by WSGilcrest
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To: daisyscarlett
Darn! Our Veterans Day Parade in Media PA., featuring members of the E Company Band of Brothers has been called off because of rain. Well here's a salute anyway.
65 posted on 11/11/2002 8:50:38 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: Aquamarine
I can't check for it - I've got sound turned off from behind the firewall here; I won't be able to look until I get home this evening.
66 posted on 11/11/2002 8:52:41 AM PST by mhking
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To: Moose4
Thank you so much, Moose, and what a terrible tragedy for the friends and family of Joseph Tobul. Prayers for comfort for them. Thank you for the photos.
67 posted on 11/11/2002 8:56:31 AM PST by Billie
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To: All
Billion$ For Baghdad - Nothing For Veterans

WASHINGTON (Oct. 31, 2002) - "I just don't get it!" American Legion National Commander Ronald F. Conley said, referring to the failure of congressional conferees to ignore the specter of a presidential veto and to approve concurrent-receipt legislation before Election Day.

"President George W. Bush said we have billions of dollars to rebuild Baghdad, not to mention Afghanistan," said Conley, whose 2.8-million member Legion is the nation's largest veterans organization. "At the same time, his non-veteran advisors are saying they will encourage him to veto any legislation that corrects the inequity of concurrent receipt, because it is a budget buster. Well, 402 House members and 82 Senators did not think so when they voted for correcting a 100-year-old travesty. The travesty is that service-disabled military retirees, by law, are the only group of Americans who have to give up their retirement pay dollar-for-dollar to collect their disability pay."

The 2003 National Defense Authorization that conferees will deal with after the election contains concurrent-receipt provisions that would allow service-disabled military retirees to receive their full military retired pay as well as their disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Under a federal law passed in the 1890s, service-disabled military retirees receive a cut in their retired pay equivalent to their VA disability compensation.

Consider the case of two service members in the same wartime military unit. One is injured during military service, leaves the military after a five-year enlistment and is awarded VA disability compensation while working a federal civilian job, and continues to collect full disability after retirement.

The other is injured also, and is given a disability rating by VA after retiring with 20 years of military service. Both veterans are federal retirees. But the military retiree is the only federal retiree that receives a cut in retired pay equal to the amount of disability compensation.

"Obviously this is wrong," Conley said. "I'll tell you something else that's wrong. Two weeks before a major national election, the power brokers in Congress stalled the conference committee, so that no version of concurrent receipt could reach the president's desk prior to November 5th.

"These same non-veteran advisors to the president claim that paying disability and retirement would jeopardize national defense. My response to that is this: There is money budgeted in the House version and even if there wasn't, no civilized nation can afford to send its young men and women to war, and then play the budget shell game with them after 20 or 30 years of service defending our nation.

"What signal does this send our brave young men and women who are now going to war? Is it, 'Don't get wounded, don't get shot, and don't get ill, because we didn't budget for that?' If we didn't budget for concurrent receipt, then perhaps we should rebuild the Baghdads of this world tomorrow and take care of our veterans today.

"It is the same old story as told by the English poet Rudyard Kipling, when speaking about the British soldiers referred to as Tommys when he said: 'Tommy this and Tommy that. Chuck him out, the brute. But he is the savior of his country when the guns begin to shoot.'"

Copied from the American Legion Website

68 posted on 11/11/2002 9:02:37 AM PST by Militiaman7
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To: Aquamarine
Good morning all, breakfast is ready so I'll be right back - but God Bless our brave Veterans and their supportive families! :) And another great job, Desiging Women!
69 posted on 11/11/2002 9:05:28 AM PST by Libertina
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To: Salvation
I am bringing your post (#221) and my reply over to today's thread. :-)


A salute to all veterans, those who have fallen in the service of our country and those who have served or are currently serving us to sustain our peace.

God bless all of you!

Thank you, Salvation, for joining us in paying respects to our Veterans today.

Thank God, this is true!


70 posted on 11/11/2002 9:06:24 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: LadyX
Watching Veterans Day ceremonies on TV is good for our soul and mental health. Thanks for your Service and here's to our good physical health, as well.
71 posted on 11/11/2002 9:06:43 AM PST by larryjohnson
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To: Billie


72 posted on 11/11/2002 9:09:47 AM PST by rdb3
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To: larryjohnson
Yes, it is a good thing, if heart-wrenching.
Thank you for your service, too, Oh Watcher of the First Light!
73 posted on 11/11/2002 9:10:44 AM PST by LadyX
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To: Billie
A big thank you to all members of the military today, past and present! I appreciate all of the sacrifices you made or are making in your service to our country! Freedom isn't free and you helped us preserve our freedoms. Thank you!
74 posted on 11/11/2002 9:16:33 AM PST by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: Billie
Ooops, I'm so embarassed, yes, my dear Uncle Ken, served in the USAF for 20 years.

I've got family that fought for the Colonies during the Revolution, and then on both sides of the great and tragic Civil War.

I was late getting to work this morning, just couldn't leave home while the President was speaking at Arlington...he gets me to bawlin' like a baby, sometimes...sheesh.

Old Glory looks extra beautiful today.

75 posted on 11/11/2002 9:26:06 AM PST by jwfiv
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To: Billie; ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; COB1; lodwick; MeeknMing; daisyscarlett; dansangel; JustAmy; WVNan; ..
In respect & gratitude to all America's Veterans who have answered the call to serve.

And in special remembrance of all those who gave their lives that we might live free!

A Special Tribute
I Called You Answered Thank God
Thanks to Doc at: http://www.geckocountry.com/milgraphics.htm
And ST.LOUIE1
76 posted on 11/11/2002 9:32:44 AM PST by JulieRNR21
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To: Billie; Mama_Bear
Nice job, Billie and Mama_Bear. Excellent tribute.

A big THANK YOU to all our Veterans on this special day.


77 posted on 11/11/2002 9:44:10 AM PST by The Thin Man
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To: The Thin Man
Hi, T Man. Thanks for joining us in honoring our Veterans today. Always nice to see you here. :-)
78 posted on 11/11/2002 9:53:51 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie
Beautiful thread - gorgeous graphics

Veteran's Day, 2002

79 posted on 11/11/2002 9:56:45 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: Severa
Good morning from VA Beach!

Good morning to you! My dad was stationed at Norfolk Naval Base, so I know the Virginia Beach area well. I graduated from Granby High School (many moons ago, LOL!).

Please tell your husband that we appreciate so much what he does. I know that military families also serve and sacrifice, so thank you for your service too. :-)

80 posted on 11/11/2002 10:02:05 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: big'ol_freeper
What a beautiful and moving tribute! Thank you for this.
81 posted on 11/11/2002 10:10:26 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Billie
Billie! Thank you for this Wonderful Wonderful site! God Bless you!

I, too, salute ALL the Veterans. I also salute my Viet Nam Vet Hubby, who received two Purple Hearts, and was able to bring them home to us, thank God!

He is registered on Free Republic as Maine Rebel, although he is just a lurker. :)


82 posted on 11/11/2002 10:23:17 AM PST by SheLion
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To: Molly Pitcher; Billie
Hi, Molly. My own WWII Vet father is still with me - I just called him to thank him again for serving our country during WWII. He was so pleased. But, he is so modest and rarely talks about that experience.

God bless all our veterans - young and old. Where would America be without you?

83 posted on 11/11/2002 10:35:34 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Billie; Severa
Happy "FR Anniversary" to Severa
84 posted on 11/11/2002 10:36:44 AM PST by Mixer
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To: daisyscarlett
Hi, daisy. I am so happy that I was able to contribute to Billie's Veterans Day tribute today. And, I appreciate the participation of so many fine FReepers and friends of our military and veterans. It makes my heart smile. :-)


85 posted on 11/11/2002 10:49:37 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Billie

86 posted on 11/11/2002 10:52:47 AM PST by Mo1
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To: Billie; Freedom'sWorthIt; Molly Pitcher; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett
Good afternoon Billie. What a wonderful tribute today.

Freedom and molly. My dad is also a WWII vet., was seriously injured in Taipan and rarely talked about his experience. Finally last Memorial Day he participated in a ceremony his community association put on. It was so very touching.

God bless all our veterans and military personnel...
87 posted on 11/11/2002 10:54:50 AM PST by dutchess
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To: SheLion
I also salute my Viet Nam Vet Hubby, who received two Purple Hearts, and was able to bring them home to us, thank God!

Please tell him that many on FR thank him for his service. And, thank you for your service as a military wife.

88 posted on 11/11/2002 10:55:03 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: ValerieUSA
Thank you, Valerie, for bringing your special touch and photographs to this thread. You are appreciated. :-)
89 posted on 11/11/2002 10:58:25 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: JulieRNR21
Thank you, special lady, for those graphics and for all of the patriotic things you do everyday to support your country, President Bush, the military, and conservative principles. :-)
90 posted on 11/11/2002 11:04:19 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Hi Mama_Bear!
This thread is becoming a thing of beauty today. What a wonderful tribute to our heroes!
Thank you and JKPhoto for your dedication to our troops, and for your friendship!
Enjoy this beautiful day in sunny California!
91 posted on 11/11/2002 11:04:41 AM PST by ladyinred
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To: COB1
If you are out there, Happy Veterans day to you sir!
Thank you for your service, and your dedication to those who wear the uniform now and in the past!
92 posted on 11/11/2002 11:08:44 AM PST by ladyinred
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To: ladyinred; chadsworth
This thread is becoming a thing of beauty today.

The beauty of this thread is entirely due to beautiful people like you who are coming by to honor our veterans today. Thank you, lir, for all you do in support of our military and veterans. You are a patriot and a friend. Hugs to you and chads. :-)

93 posted on 11/11/2002 11:14:15 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: jwfiv
Old Glory looks extra beautiful today.

Yes, She does!

Thank you for your wonderful support of this thread. You are appreciated here. :-)


94 posted on 11/11/2002 11:28:04 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Iowa Granny
Thanks, Iowa Granny, for coming by and helping us to pay tribute to our Veterans. I do not believe that it is necessary to be a "military family" or to have served in the military to be able to understand and appreciate what we owe those who have answered the call to service. Thank you for honoring them today.
95 posted on 11/11/2002 11:41:19 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Thank you!
Speaking of Chads. The one rule I do insist on around here, in spite of all of his doghouse whining, is that he not work on Veteran's day! This holiday to remember those who served and died defending this country is taken too lightly these days IMHO! (not here, of course)
His partner, himself a veteran is working, and can't understand why Chads isn't!
The little stinker did sneak out though, and I have a feeling he just might be doing something he isn't supposed to be! :-)
96 posted on 11/11/2002 11:46:40 AM PST by ladyinred
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To: Mama_Bear
I went to college at ODU & lived at 81st in VA Beach for a while. I hear the area has changed alot in the last 5 years.
97 posted on 11/11/2002 11:48:29 AM PST by Feiny
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To: Temple Owl
Darn! Our Veterans Day Parade in Media PA., featuring members of the E Company Band of Brothers has been called off because of rain. Well here's a salute anyway.

Oh, I am so sorry to hear that. I know you were looking forward to it.

Our military serves day and night often in horrible conditions, it is too bad that those participating in the parade could not have braved the rain today. I'm sure there are many who gladly would have had the parade not been cancelled.

98 posted on 11/11/2002 11:48:53 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: dutchess

Hats off to ALL veterans!!!

99 posted on 11/11/2002 11:51:07 AM PST by Feiny
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To: ladyinred
The little stinker did sneak out though, and I have a feeling he just might be doing something he isn't supposed to be! :-)

LOL! Sheesh, lir! You have to watch him every minute, don't you? ;-)

100 posted on 11/11/2002 11:52:14 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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