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The Real Meaning of Veterans

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HAPPY 239th BIRTHDAY MARINE CORPS!

 It is important to remind people why we remember! As life gets busy its easy to see Veterans Day as another day off. I suggest you consider the real meaning of the day and celebrate for the appropriate reasons.

 World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

 In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

 The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

 Obviously today we include all our veterans. WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq and all other areas of the world our Military has had operations. It was the great Zell Miller who stated “Our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home. For it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.” I could not have stated it better!

 

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   With the end of current operations in Afghanistan and Iraq American forces have taken 49,897 wounded and lost 6838 since the beginning of the 9/11 conflict. They are all American patriots and some personal friends. If you’re going to party this Veterans Day do it with a Marine , soldier, veteran and or their families.

“Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier.” (Zell Miller) Remember it!

   A hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble acts. Many of the men and women who serve in   our armed forces are heroes and without them the sport of off roading wouldn’t be possible. It was veterans returning from WWII that first engaged in the sport we love. Some enjoy this pastime in part because of the adrenalin and exhilaration they experience when conquering obstacles on a trail. Others simply enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. So it’s no surprise that veterans engaged in this sport to get away from the experiences of war. Today sharing the experience with friends and family can make for a very enjoyable and rewarding pastime. Sharing it with a hero is nothing less than a privilege and an honor.

Third Battalion, Fifth Marines getting ready for deployment.

    

 

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