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Today, I have called my guys as is SOP on this day.

My uncle, a B-17 pilot in WWII, 351st Bomb Group, Polebrook, England, and a tank commander from my unit are both in hospice. I called them both (as I will continue to do). They can hear me and understand, but can't talk.

I have also called some of the remaining guys from A Co. 2/34 Armor (Presidential Unit Citation for the Battle of Soui Tre/LZ Gold, 1967).

The older I get, the more overwhelming it becomes.



Please remember our Military on this day.

 

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It's Remembrance Day here which I guess is pretty similar. My father was a soldier as was my grandfather so it's a pretty big deal for me.

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
 

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There are less and less veterans around to tell their stories to us, which makes it even more important for the younger generations to realise the importance of peace so we don't repeat our mistakes.

My grandfather was in the war, as well as my great grandfather and at least one great grand uncle (he was mustard gassed but survived)... while I didn't know the latter two, I know they all did a great service for the country.

My grandfather is still alive and well at 90, the war really shaped his life. He's lived most of his life in peace, but he still talks about the war like it was yesterday, he always has. Seeing things like heaps of bodies piled up in concentration camps stays with you, you never get over it.
 

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I'm a nurse. I work at a hospital solely dedicated to veterans. I work in the dementia area and have become attached to my patients. I spent the day with them they had special live music dancing and a party as well as special activities for them this week


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Nice sentiments all. Veteran's day is a big thing in my household. My Hubby come from a largely military family. He was named after a great uncle who was killed at war.

Lets also not forget our younger veterans.
 

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Lets also not forget our younger veterans.
Yes! Theres a million young guys right out of high school going over there seeing things and risking their lives like none of us could ever begin to imagine. My husband included. Hes infantry so he was on the front lines of the front lines! ha Some of the stories hes told me I cant fathom experiencing myself. I always tell him to stop because I cant bear to hear anymore of it.... Its pure crazyness.... And thankfully hes taking it a lot better than most other guys out there are... We dont thank our veterans enough. Especially the young ones today!
 

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And we should remember those who have died. When boys from my father's old Regiment are killed, veterans turn out to the funeral from all over the country (probably helped by the fact that Wales is a pretty small place), usually wearing their regimental ties and old berets to show their solidarity with the young men who are still serving.
 

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I’m a Vietnam veteran and up till now I never talked much about it, it was a time when people spit on you and called you a baby killer if they knew, so I kept it to myself.
 

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I’m a Vietnam veteran and up till now I never talked much about it, it was a time when people spit on you and called you a baby killer if they knew, so I kept it to myself.
I am maybe 1/2 a generation after you. I heard it all but never understood it at all. Well to say the least, That is not something I would do.
 

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I am maybe 1/2 a generation after you. I heard it all but never understood it at all. Well to say the least, That is not something I would do.
I was drafted without a choice and felt it was completely unfair and uncalled for because it wasn’t my war.
 

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It just seems so different to here in Wales - we send a bigger percentage (compared to our population) of young people (both men and women these days) to the armed forces than any other part of the UK and, in general they are treated with great respect.
 

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This was the first Veteran's Day where there wasn't a living WWI survivor. Time passes but a solider's sacrifices are not diminshed. I thank you all (including my hubby and step-daughter who were both in the AF).

Builder I am sorry that you were drafted in the war. My brother was as well. I was about 7 when he came home and I still remember the 60 foot Christmas tree that we had in the front lawn so that we could celebrate the Christmas' that he had missed. It wasn't until I was older that I understood that not all returning vets had the same experience. May I say now to you Welcome Home, and thank you.
 

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Builder I am sorry that you were drafted in the war. My brother was as well. I was about 7 when he came home and I still remember the 60 foot Christmas tree that we had in the front lawn so that we could celebrate the Christmas' that he had missed. It wasn't until I was older that I understood that not all returning vets had the same experience. May I say now to you Welcome Home, and thank you.
Thank you kindly! I understand that it was different in other parts of the country. For me it was the San Francisco Bay Area and I admit that I was a little bitter and even a little jealous after Desert Storm. The only reason I ever put up a flag on Veterans Day was to honor my dad and all those who fought in WWII. I didn’t give a dam about the rest of them until my son went to Iraq in the very beginning after 9/11.
People should realize that it wasn’t the fault of 18 yr old kids that were lied to and told they were fighting for their country. They had no knowledge of things outside their own little worlds and were powerless to do anything about it. I never learned what it was really about until many years later and a lot of kids died for no reason while older entrepreneurs made huge fortunes in defense contracts.
 
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