OT: Veterans’ Day 2013

Screen shot 2013-11-11 at 1.42.35 AMRichard Armitage wears a “Remembrance Day” poppy, 2008. Source.

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We have the day off from school / work to honor our veterans. My students told me last week that they mostly don’t attend the obsequies. I suspect this is because the reality of war in the world is kept far from most of them, even though this campus is filled with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans (who mostly stick with each other — I can imagine they find the other students immature). May they continue live in a country where the war can be kept far away and they have the luxury of not having to worry about it, I suppose.

I don’t have anything new to say this year, as my reaction is more or less the same every year, so if you’re interested in what I think, here are posts from previous years: 2012; and 2011; and 2010.

~ by Servetus on November 11, 2013.

9 Responses to “OT: Veterans’ Day 2013”

  1. Veterans Day always brings memories of my Dad and his stories of WW11. He drove a tank in North Africa and up through Italy from Anzio to Rome. Although I have family members currently serving, his experiences are what I think of on Vets day. He saw a lot of major combat, but he would only tell us funny stories about poker games or sleeping on the ground every night for four years (stories about this always came after we unsuccessfully asked him to take us camping). I am grateful for his and others’ sacrifice and try not to take vets for granted, at least on this day..

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  2. My dad served stateside as an MP at a German POW camp in Crossville, Tennessee during WW II after a bayonet injury suffered during training camp took him out of infantry service. I was thankful to hear that the treatment of those prisoners seemed humane —I have worried in subsequent years such was not the case by “our” side–and in fact, several of those prisoners chose to return to the US to that region, marry and settle down after the war.

    I was reminded that just because someone is serving on the “other side” does not mean they support or follow the philosophy or tactics of the leader–in this case, Adolph HItler.

    I think of the families around the world and here at home who have lost loved ones in wars or who have friends and family members deployed overseas right now, and I am grateful to all those who serve/have served.
    I hope I never take the freedoms I do have for granted.

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  3. Saw the vets out placing the flags on the morning commute. Although I know that it is as old as time, I am ambivalent, at best, about armed conflict. An odd reflection of my dad’s attitudes maybe. He served stateside during the Vietnam years, was discharged and threw his Army duffle off a bridge, but is an active member of the American Legion. Whatever I might think about war, I support the sacrifices of people whose lives are changed irrevocably through service.

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  4. This is a day to honor all our Veterans from all our conflicts. I served myself but somehow I have never seen myself in the same league because I never left the U.S. All my time was done in the U.S. so though I am considered a Veteran I defer to what to me are the true Veterans, the men and women who are bravely serving in Iraq, Afganistan, Korea and elsewhere. I honor my father and family members who served in WWII and all others who did the same for us everywhere to protect us. When I served no one gave thanks so it is important today to remember them all and say thank you.

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  5. Peacetime / stateside vets are always telling me their sacrifices were less — I disagree. If you’d have had to go, you would have gone.

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  6. On November 1st one of Mr. 70’s uncles passed away. He was 95 and a WWII vet. Mr. 70 would sit down with him and talk about the war years and what he had gone though. On Saturday he and our to younger boys when to visit another uncle 93 and also a WWII vet, as one never knows it maybe the last time they see him. My grandpa was in the guard and at 38 with a wife, 10 year old son, 7 year old daughter (my mom) and a baby on the way joined to go over seas. He didn’t have to because of his age but thought it was his duty. Everyday a WWII vet passes away and soon they will be gone. This passed weekend the 3 of Jimmy Doolittles raiders met for the last time, do to there age.

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  7. Read that about the Raiders. How time passes. My dad is a Vietnam vet and is 72 already …

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  8. We had Remembrance Day on Sunday in the UK. Heathrow airport observed a moment of silence in Terminal 5 @ 11am – along with a trumpet solo. It was a simple tribute, but very moving.

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  9. […] uniform and buying coffee after their ceremonial obligations have ended. Their fellow students had the luxury of staying home. They’re debating whether it’s too cold to go to the beach, and if they should stay […]

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