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November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on November 11, 2010

In honor of Veterans Day and for all those who have, are, or will serve our country in the future, instead of ruminating on some homeland security-related issue I would like to point out a website from the Department of Veterans Affairs that includes information about Veterans Day and a moving video worth watching.


Video: Veterans Day 2010

The Presidential Proclamation for Veterans Day is also worth reading.


Presidential Proclamation — Veterans Day


On Veterans Day, we come together to pay tribute to the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Americans across this land commemorate the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve the liberty of our Nation, the families who support them, and the heroes no longer with us. It is not our weapons or our technology that make us the most advanced military in the world; it is the unparalleled spirit, skill, and devotion of our troops. As we honor our veterans with ceremonies on this day, let our actions strengthen the bond between a Nation and her warriors.

In an unbroken line of valor stretching across more than two centuries, our veterans have charged into harm’s way, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice, to protect the freedoms that have blessed America. Whether Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard, they are our Nation’s finest citizens, and they have shown the heights to which Americans can rise when asked and inspired to do so. Our courageous troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the globe have earned their place alongside previous generations of great Americans, serving selflessly, tour after tour, in conflicts spanning nearly a decade.

Long after leaving the uniform behind, many veterans continue to serve our country as public servants and mentors, parents and community leaders. They have added proud chapters to the story of America, not only on the battlefield, but also in communities from coast to coast. They have built and shaped our Nation, and it is our solemn promise to support our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen as they return to their homes and families.

America’s sons and daughters have not watched over her shores or her citizens for public recognition, fanfare, or parades. They have preserved our way of life with unwavering patriotism and quiet courage, and ours is a debt of honor to care for them and their families. These obligations do not end after their time of service, and we must fulfill our sacred trust to care for our veterans after they retire their uniforms.

As a grateful Nation, we are humbled by the sacrifices rendered by our service members and their families out of the deepest sense of service and love of country. On Veterans Day,let us remember our solemn obligations to our veterans, and recommit to upholding the enduring principles that our country lives for, and that our fellow citizens have fought and died for.

With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service men and women have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation’s veterans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2010, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


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Comment by William R. Cumming

November 11, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

Commemoration of the Armistice signed and in effective the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th month of 1918 ceasing hostilities in WWI. Unfortunately, did not mean peace. How many living that day suspected the horrors to come in WWII.

In my opinion WWI represents now and forever the suicide of the WEST.

Comment by Veterans Day & A Proud America!

November 12, 2010 @ 8:35 am

No manmade government no matter its form has survived for man’s greed, his arrogance, his prowess in power and control has not only depicted man’s intolerance of his fellow brother which DNA structure certainly offers conclusive findings of individualism, yet at the same time, far too many similarities than the differences and dysfunctional ways that mankind prefers in treating another. How shameful!

The pages of history since WWI especially have been turning faster and faster and in Biblical scripture, all men have been warned about the dastardly deeds they prefer in daily portrayal rather than the compassion and Love our Creator, Muslim or Christian and others choosing other practice has asked of each of us towards fellow family and neighbor.

Soldiers are being wounded and killed this very moment in their charge against those who act in evil manner and those making every effort to impose themselves and thus control others using names like infidels and other to justify and prevail.

Unfortunately for mankind, War again looms ahead and as we see Egyptian leadership and even Turkish leadership eventually giving way soon to extreme “fundamentalists” who manipulate and abuse the wisdom and compassionate teachings of the Koran and people, the Middle East will again provoke disharmony and instead of respecting one another and their respective heritage and beliefs, man prefers to pick up sword and harm the innocent quite contrary to the teachings of the Koran and Biblical scripture. Only God has the right to judge another, to harm another. It has been so written.

On this Veterans Day, We as Americans are perplexed by those Goldman Sachs fellas who seek to undermine the values of America and while our forefathers warned of the necessity in safeguarding the Constitution, unfortunately from our perspective here in Main Street USA, whether Hams, Hezbollah, the “Brutes of Tehran” – the “KGB Putinites” as I refer to them, the Taliban or AQ, the German lked EU now with fast deployment Army and little tolerance to civil unrest in EU populace, our beloved Republic, the United States of America even with its global charades, is still the beacon of hope for those so oppressed and raped of all identity and hope as the divide among man is far too substantial and his inability to talk, to listen to another sensitively and in some cases willingly compromise shows man’s ignorance and narrow minded perspective and on this Veteran’s Day, as I ask those Americans everywhere to turn their American flags upside down depicting our distress, I ask all who choose to kill and harm another, did God give you the right to make judgement on another and take up sword against a fellow human being…in your Koran and Bible, where is this judgement allowed to murder another in cold blood?

The west is in peril as well as all mankind. We have failed to repent and follow the rules our Creator asked us to follow – we have all failed and again, mankind sits on the brink of substantial suffering and much anguish.

By the way Barry Obama and your Goldman Sachs administration, the real estate mortgage interest deduction is ours to keep and while you raise taxes and fees, we remind you we fled the King of England and with no place to go, it will be you who will be booted out by hard working Americans who work harder and longer than anyone else. We sent a message in clarity this election and this continued erosion of our nation’s fiscal well being will not be tolerated and it will be you who sees change for sure….

Thank you to all Veterans and those serving this nation in every way for yes, we may make mistakes and sometimes our choices are wrong, however our inherent strength and conviction, our resiliency and compassion for all others despite differences describe America. We truly care about the Palestinian and Israeli, those in Africa subjected to rape and death, politicians with broken promises and so on and so forth….As to immigration and illegal entry, we have laws in place not to be circumvented and we will not tolerate illegal entry and stay in this nation as no other nation allows such nor benefit to those who choose to break the law.

God Bless America!

Christopher Tingus
PO Box 1612
Harwich, MA 02645 USA

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