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Veterans Day

I'm a veteran. At VA.gov, FAQs say: 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. Although Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, IT IS NEVERTHELESS A DISGRACE THAT VETERANS DAY IS NOT A NATIONAL HOLIDAY. Please introduce legislation to rectify this insult to veterans who didn't die.
—Guest howard crise

homeless veterans

Here's a tribute song written and recorded by Jim Asleson to honor homeless veterans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86qv5blrXE8
—Guest kittycatt

veterans of the gridiron

To hear Chris Carter and some of the other ESPN commentators, they too should be honored on this day. Afterall, they play on a "battlefield" and go to "war" every Sunday. They are brave and fearless and play a dangerous game in which their bodies are battered and beaten - and for what?????? Some of these men will make these sacrifices and earn less than a million dollars. My point..... Chris Carter, Ray Lewis and you others.... show some respect. Quit making comparisons to war, and battles and heros. You can compare yourself with Justin Bieber, the Kardashians, and Mylie Cyrus as they are entertainers like yourself. Please stop.... you lose your integrity and it makes you sound stupid. Thanks
—Guest razbo

Bring our Heroes Home

I am writing to my congressmen urging them to take the war seriously and end it. Also to help fix the problems at the Veterans Administration.
—echeadle

Get Patriotic for Veterans Day

We are gearing up for the Get Patriotic campaign to help support our veterans. I'm hoping your readers will take a look and get involved by posting, tweeting, sharing commenting and telling your friends about us. I'm not sure I can post a link, but here's a try: http://www.kidsbookgroup.com/events/get-patriotic/
—Guest Denise Mistich

veterans day

i never knew this much before but thnx have. i love this day beacause we dont have school and it remembers the soldiers most importantly
—Guest brandon

Thanks

You can thank a family member or friend who served.
—Guest Kaitlyn

A BPD / USMC Veteran Hero

Please forgive the troll and take moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by this veteran. http://www.michaelawoodjr.com/2012/11/08/the-most-disgusting-thing-about-baltimore-and-its-police-department/
—Guest Michael A. Wood Jr.

who is a veteran?

Today is Veteran's Day, but most people, including the media, do not know who qualifies as a "veteran". Some think you must have served during wartime to be classified as a veteran. Others think it means you served 20 plus years and receive veteran benefits. I think the media should make the public aware that "veteran" applies to all who have served their country, regardless of when and how long.
—Guest larry

"Sacrifice"

Veterans and Memorial Days: To me the word SACRIFICE stands out! Sacrifice for the good of our American way of life. Many times it has been the Ultimate Sacrifice. Others a Sacrifice, to never again see those we love in this life. Both days should bring them back into our hearts and love them once again and hope that love will last for eternity. I pray our Lord God will bless all who have Sacrificed to know they are remembered, appreciated, and loved.
—Guest Michael S Miller

same

I have a 4" X 4" post in my front yard, with a 3' X 5" Old Glory on it. Fromn the other 3 sides, 3" lower, I'll have a US Army flag, a USAF flag, and a "Don't Tread on Me" flag. Me, my father-in-law, and wife.
—Guest Dean Hawkins

same

I have a 4" X 4" post in my front yard, with a 3' X 5" Old Glory on it. Fromn the other 3 sides, 3" lower, I'll have a US Army flag, a USAF flag, and a "Don't Tread on Me" flag. Me, my father-in-law, and wife.
—Guest Dean Hawkins

Speaker

I am a member of the American Legion Post 887 of Eldred Pa. Will be speaking to the Veterans at the American Legion in Smethport,Pa on Saturday Nov.10th. I am a Viet Nam Vet of 1968, who was shot 3 times in one day, awarded the purple and bronze star w/Vfor valor. I have a web site, twistoffateministry.com
—Guest Rev. Frank T. Eppley

Owed to the Life of the Soldier

Our military men and women get so very little praise or awareness from the vast majority of our country that I was moved to write this poem. Owed to the Life of the Soldier by Curt Vevang You saved our freedom by going to war. I worked and partied and stayed on our shore. I have what you've earned, I've hardly a care. You fought in the war. Life's not at all fair. You were killed one day, by a road side bomb. I'm here in the states in the peace and calm. I have the freedom that you've earned for me. Your life has ended. I'm happy and free. I have what you've earned, I've hardly a care. Your home is a box. Death's not at all fair. You lie there in pain, confined to your bed, fragments of shrapnel entombed in your head. What price did I pay for all that I got? A pebble of sand compared to your lot. I have what you've earned, I've hardly a care. You lie in that bed. Life's not at all fair. I have my freedom which I didn't earn. You paid the price and got nil in return.
—Vevangcb

Thank You to All that Serve to Protect

I honor the firefighters, public enforcement, health and other people including volunteers that protect us daily from attack, disease and local disasters (that may sometimes be the result of external forces as well). Enemies of all human kind may find us at home in the United States of America where we live, work and enjoy. Ours is one of the few countries that fights most of its battles in other locations. So thank you to our military forces, who serve in the near or distant locations from our shores, and of whom I am proud to have been a serving member. Thank you to all that serve to protect us all, and who do that no matter whom they may serve, and most upliftingly without the slightest consideration to race, religion, sex and more!
—Guest Bo Petty

To the Heroes, their family and friends

Link to video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5EMdM-VgVU
—Guest Tony Diorio

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