A day to honor men and women who have served our country as members of the United States Armed Forces.
SIGNED INTO LAW MAY 26, 1954
Veterans Day. More than a day off from school. A day in November to honor all veterans- men and women in the military who have served. And the correct spelling “the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “ according to an article “Apostrophe Sparks Veterans Day Conundrum”. I had to look it up.
Who do you know who has served? Scan and email a photo of a veteran you know, along with name, rank and service branch and I will add to the post a gallery of veterans.
“My dad’s blouse from WW2. He was in Germany and at Dachau Concentration Camp a couple of days after being liberated to “immunize and vaccinate” the population. When he called back to the hospital outside of Munich to explain that the population didnt need vaccines – they needed food and water – and when he asked them what they should to as they just kept dying… they said “ we dont know”. No one has seen anything like this….. Picture is one he sent my mom walking down the street in Germany.”
S Sgt Michael R Pace was a graduate of Airline Mechanic School and was an Airline Propeller Mechanic as seen in the next three photos sent by his daughter, my friend Vincie. He served in Sicily, Naples, Rome and Egypt
Vincie’s father is in the front row: second from Right _______________________________________________
WWII Veteran Robert S Hinkle in Agra, India , February 1945. Deb Beozzo’s father
Lt. Colonel Kathryn Ingram, US ARMY
Retired Lt. Colonel Linda Dempster( see father’s photo at top of blog) – she served our Country for many years including a side trip as a very young nurse to Viet Nam and eventually becoming one of the first Army Nurse Corp’s Certified Nurse Midwives ( P.S. I was her Case Study at Fort Knox Kentucky when expecting my son Mark in 1976- Scroll down to see him in the USMC)
Colonels Rick and Kristin Foerster
Colonel Rose Miller Afghanistan 2006
Don Anderson and Ed Kichi Sept 1966
Phu Bai, Viet Nam
Mike Kichi USMC Sent by blog follower and friend and frequent commenter Toni Kichi (RIP)
From Anne Hamilton- UK-
Charles Albert Kydd ” I thought Ruth might like the attached photo of my great uncle, the brother of my English grandmother (the one you met). Charles Albert Kydd was born in 1896. He went missing and I’ve also attached a document relating to this which I found in amongst my gran’s papers. Unfortunately I don’t know anything else – not even what regiment he was attached to.”
Thankfully he did survive the war and lived into old age!
To include those currently serving in the military This photo sent by Sally Nauer of her son’s unit (Jonathan Nauer) neighbors at Ft. Knox in the seventies
WWII, on the left my father’s brother Alan Ray Hendricks who “observed his 28th bday by flying a bombing mission over Japanese-held Koror Island in a 7th AAF Liberator on which he is a gunner”.(old yellowed newspaper clipping) Received the Distinguished Flying Cross.
My Uncle Alan Ray Hendricks (USA). Uncle Harold Hendricks My grandfather Floyd and grandmother Mary Alta and my father Roy J Hendricks
Uncle Harold “Butch” Hendricks (USN)
Suzanne sent me her father-in-law and father and that sparked the idea. rutheh (at) gmail (dot) com
These next photos are from my DIL Erika’s side of the family.
Her mother Marlene’s father Frank Simok was in the Navy in WWII.
Donald Payer after returning from Bicentennial Cruise in the Mediterranean, my DIL Erika is the little one in her mother Marlene’s arms. ￼￼￼
What a nice tribute to the Veterans
Thank you Carrie.
Dear Ruth….I have been thinking about all of the veterans. Then I remembered your yearly tribute to them. It felt so good to open your link and see the photo of our father. I am going to pass your tribute on to our family. Thank you so much.
Thanks for writing and sharing, Jack.
This is an awesome tribute. Thanks.
I’ve seen our family pic before but did not know the newspaper quote. That’s awesome. God bless all who served. Jim
All heroes! Thank you for including my father and brother. It brought a smile to my face!
I always look forward to your Veterans Day blog!!!! This lived up to expectations! 🙂
Didn’t you send TAPS one year? I heard it playing in my mind as I scrolled through this!!!!
This is a great tribute! For all! Thank you Ruth!!
Ruth – Thanks for posting my Air Force photo. I appreciate people thanking me for my service, but there’s more to my story which people may find of interest. Three of the guys I went to high school with died in Vietnam while I was still in college, including one of my best friends. I was VERY actively opposed to the Vietnam War, and I almost got court-martialed for wearing my Air Force Officer’s uniform to two anti-war demonstrations in San Francisco. That was in the summer of 1971. The Air Force brass were really, really, REALLY angry about my anti-war activities (all of which were legal). They wanted to court-martial me, and give me a Dishonorable Discharge. I told them I’d take them to a civilian court if they did. They didn’t want the negative publicity. They could just picture the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Air Force Officer Court-Martialed for Opposing the Vietnam War!” They eventually decided that I was just a pain to deal with, and they gave me an Honorable Discharge in December, 1971. I’m proud to have played a small part – a very small part – in ending the Vietnam War.
Thanks so much for remembering and honoring our veterans every year with your gallery. Appreciate it.
I appreciate your annual tribute to the men and women who have served. The variety of these images tells a powerful story.