Veterans Day Honoring and Remembering All of Our Veterans

Remembering Our Veterans

Originally known and observed as Armistice Day, the day the fighting stopped for good in World War I, November 11th has gradually broadened to become the day on which America remembers and honors all of her veterans - living and dead.

A second holiday, Memorial Day, which started as a day to remember those who died in the Civil War, has also been expanded to become the day when America remembers and honors those who gave their lives in all of the wars we have fought.

While Veterans Day honors all veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present, the focus tends to be on those who have served in recent wars as they and the wars they have fought in are the ones we know most intimately.

Monument in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Honoring Canadian Soldiers who gave their lives in World War I and World War II
Monument in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Honoring Canadian Soldiers who gave their lives in World War I and World War II

Veterans Day November 11th

Veteran's Day is a day set aside to honor the veterans of America's wars. It was originally known as Armistice Day to commemorate the official ending of hostilities in World War I - which occurred at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.

The next year, 1919, following a call by many to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of the war, ... Click Here to Continue

Home at Ft Hill and Main Streets in Canandaigua, NY where a candle still glows in in the right front window waiting for the son who went off to War in 1918
Home at Ft Hill and Main Streets in Canandaigua, NY where a candle still glows in in the right front window waiting for the son who went off to War in 1918

The Candle in the Window

While not a common custom any more, there is still one home that I know of where a candle glows in the front window waiting to welcome the return of a soldier gone off to war. Oh, it's not the current war or the one before this one or even the one before that one. No, some nine decades ago a mother lit a candle in the window and kissed her son good-by. At that time, in the small rural city known as Canandaigua, nestled in the rolling hills of central New York state where they lived, this was not uncommon and there were probably many candles burning in front windows in Canandaigua and other cities... Click Here to Continue Reading

Audie Murphy in Uniform with Medals from World War II (Public Domain photo courtesy of WikiPedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Audie_Murphy_uniform_medals.jpg )
Audie Murphy in Uniform with Medals from World War II (Public Domain photo courtesy of WikiPedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Audie_Murphy_uniform_medals.jpg )

Veterans Day - Audie Murphy Actor and War Hero

Each year on Veteran's Day many TV channels broadcast war movies intended to honor the exploits of our veterans. Among those shown is the 1955 movie "To Hell and Back" staring Audie Murphy. Unlike most of the war movies that are shown that day, the hero in "To Hell and Back" is played by himself.

The role movie star Audie Murphy played in front of the cameras in 1955 was the same role that he played as a real combat soldier in North Africa, Italy and France a decade earlier. The big difference was that the first time around the guns were real, there was no script and the ending was not known.

The son of poor Texas cotton farmers with only a grade school education, Audie, like many young men of his generation, was anxious to defend his country. After being rejected by the Marines and the Navy because of his size and youth, he finally convinced the Army... Click Here to Continue Reading

Sculpture at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona honoring fliers shot down and taken prisoner during Vietnam War
Sculpture at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona honoring fliers shot down and taken prisoner during Vietnam War

A Memorial to Veteran Aviators and Their Planes

Planes and crews from Davis-Monthan AFB have helped with the nation's air defenses during the Cold War, Vietnam, the Gulf War and now the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

While it remains an active and busy Air Force base, there is, just past the entrance gate, an island of tranquility where one can pause and reflect on the men and aircraft who have served so gallantly during the turbulent era of the past half century.

Here, amidst lush green grass and palm trees, is a peaceful desert oasis honoring the men and aircraft who guarded our skies during the wars, both hot and cold, of the past half century.

Death of Henry Allingham - Veteran of World War I and Original Member of Britain's RAF

July 19, 2009

With the death of Henry William Allingham in the early morning hours of July 18, 2009 the number of known surviving veterans of World War I, or the Great War as it is known outside the U.S., has dwindled to four. It is estimated that over 65 million people directly participated in the prosecution of the war in which close to ten million military personnel lost their lives. Large as they are, these numbers do not include the nearly 8 million civilians who died as a result of the war.

At the time of his death, Henry Allingham had lived for 113 years and 42 days making him the oldest living man in the world. He was also the oldest living World War I veteran and currently holds the record as having lived longer than any other known British male in history. Having been born in 1896, Allingham was one of the few to have been alive in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first... Click Here to Continue Reading

Mathew B Juan - Ira Hayes Memorial Park in Sacaton, Arizona
Mathew B Juan - Ira Hayes Memorial Park in Sacaton, Arizona

Mathew B. Juan – Native American Hero of World War I

Sitting in the center of the dusty little Arizona town of Sacaton is a small park with a monument to its war dead. Little parks with monuments to those from the town who gave their lives in past wars are not uncommon in the small towns of rural America.

As one approaches the park,... Click Here to Continue Reading

Eglise De Bnquenay, Ardennes, Nov 9th 1918 (Photo taken by my Uncle Walt while serving in France
Eglise De Bnquenay, Ardennes, Nov 9th 1918 (Photo taken by my Uncle Walt while serving in France

Christmas in a War Zone - From a World War I Soldier's Diary

So, here is my uncle's account of his Christmas Day in 1918 where, at the age of 24, he found himself in an Army band in France playing the French Horn and attempting to enjoy what he thought was a temporary lull in the war. I have presented it as he wrote it with ... Click Here to Continue Reading

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lifecoachlive 7 years ago

Very nice tribute!! We all should remember our veterans. Thanks for sharing.


KellyEngaldo 7 years ago

Loved the Candle in the Window and sharing of the Omaha Beach. We need this history. We must remember our Veterans and the importance of peace and unity.


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Chuck 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Rocque - that was quite an experience. Thank you for sharing and thanks to that gentleman and your cousin for their service.

Unfortunately, there are people who have never heard of Omaha Beach or, some, even D-Day. Fortunately, we have days like Veterans Day and Memorial Day to take time and remember our past and the sacrifices made by people in the past to defend and preserve what we enjoy today.

Thanks again,

Chuck


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Rocque 7 years ago from California

I recently took my cousin to the Veteran's Hosptial 45 miles from where I live. While waiting for him to finish his appointment I was out side by the really nice pond that they have and I saw an elderly man almost hit my car while trying to get an over sized truck into a compact size space.

I helped him get parked by waving him in and avoided him hitting my car. On his return to his truck I noticed his cap said something about WW2. I asked if he would mind telling me where he served during WW2. He said he landed on Omaha Beach, and asked me if I had ever heard of it. Wow. The thought that people could not know Omaha Beach in D-Day in itself was un-nerving.

However I felt dwarved in the presence of a real live hero. I do not think I would have felt more respect for many more people then someone who landed on that beach in World War 2 fighting for freedom.

We chatted for a few minutes. There was so much I wanted to say, but I did not want to be rude or imposing. He surprised me by saying to make sure I told my cousin he was a hero for serving our country. He said he always takes time to thank the vets of today for carrying on the fight for freedom. He also said that we will always need a strong military, and we should continue to help the less fortunate around the world.

That is what he did all those years ago. More people should be vocal about their appreciation of the men and woman who give so many years in the military service.


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bobmnu 7 years ago from Cumberland

I have two sons in the military so these holidays are very important to me.


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

Godd hub, I'll be honouring our Canadian soldiers on Rememberance day,Nov 11.


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Vizey 7 years ago

One day all living beings in the universe have to go. Heroism for nation is always alive and remembered for their bravery. Your representation of such similar occasion in a sequential manner is also better enough. It is a great hub.


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Carol the Writer 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Great Hub! I am thankful for all the work our veterans have done for our freedom. Never forget! - Carol


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Great Hubs, I am so thankful for all the veterans, and for all that they have done so I can have my freedom. We must keep fighting for the freedoms which they maintained for us.

Keep on hubbing!


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States

Great hub. Our flag will be out for Veteran's Day. We are free thanks to many a brave man that has lived before us.


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ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

People have got to respect their bravery for following ordes and protecting our country. Put your flags out.

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