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Appreciation for Our Veterans

Updated on August 21, 2014

Remembering those that have lost their lives in our nation's defense as well as those still serving...

There was a time when the American Vet was respected and looked up to, a time when able bodied young men would volunteer and ambitiously seek to serve their country with pride and enthusiasm. All the men in the family took pride and looked forward to the day they would be able to serve their country that had given them so much just by being an American.

Freedom has never been free!

America has been at war since we came into existence. Even though the early settlers came to a new land with a desire to be free of wars and oppression they soon found that to have this land and freedom they would have to fight for it… Freedom has never been free! It has always cost someone something and that something has generally been the lives of the young men in defense of their wives, families, loved ones and lands. Oftentimes defense against a superior foe and always in retaliation from previous oppression and hostilities brought upon us as a nation or our embassies maintained.

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1,298,175 lives

The major wars and conflicts involving American or colonist are listed: the American Revolution, the Barbary Wars, the War of 1812, Texas Independence, the Mexican-American War, The American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Grenada, the US Invasion of Panama, the Persian Gulf War, the Intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Invasion of Afghanistan, the Invasion of Iraq and now back to Afghanistan – 1,298,175 lives have been lost as of August 25, 2010. Again I state – Freedom is not FREE.

A soldier who has fought or served during a war

The celebration was first called Armistice Day to commemorate when the fighting stopped at the close of World War I. The fighting stopped and the leaders of several countries signed an Armistice at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month. Therefore it was first celebrated one year later on November 11, 1919 and the surviving veterans marched in parades immediately becoming hometown heroes. A veteran is therefore any soldier who has fought or served during a war. After nearly twenty years Congress voted to make Armistice Day a national holiday in 1938, but just one year later in 1939 World War II began.

Observe a moment of silence at 11 A.M.

After WWII, Armistice Day was still celebrated on November 11, and around 1953 people began calling it Veterans Day in remembrance of veterans of all wars. President Eisenhower signed a bill in 1954 proclaiming November 11th each year as Veterans' Day. In 1968 President Lyndon Banes Johnson signed a law changing the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October giving federal employees an additional day off work. But the people protested to such a degree that the date was changed back to it's original date, November 11th in 1978. Since this date each year on November 11th we give thanks for peace, and observe a moment of silence at 11 A.M., remembering those who fought and died during all times of war.

We as a nation give thanks

It is important on this day that we as a nation give thanks for times of peace, by remembering all those still protecting our rights and freedoms each and every day of the year.

© 2010 SamSonS


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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks viveresperando, for your visit and your nice comments...

  • viveresperando profile image


    7 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

    Nice... enjoyed reading your article!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    and I thank you 50 for your consistent spirit and nice comments.

    blessings my friend...

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    50 Caliber 

    8 years ago from Arizona

    Samsons, I'm late to the party, but everyday is Veterans Day in my mind, so job well done! I see you outed yourself as a fellow Vet. Thanks for your service and a mindful hub, Peace, 50

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks tor for your gracious comments and ratings...

  • torconstantino profile image


    8 years ago from Maryland

    Great hub! Truly a wonderful memorial to honor our service personnel - up and awesome!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    Thank you James, you are more than gracious...

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    James A Watkins 

    8 years ago from Chicago

    Thank you for this fine tribute to our veterans. It is very good. That is a staggering number: 1,298,175

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks carolina for your nice comments. I agree, when I got out in early 1970 I wondered if I was in America...

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    carolina muscle 

    8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I'm happy to say I see a lot more appreciation for Servicemen these days than when I was in.. Fine post!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks fred for your comments and observations...

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    fred allen 

    8 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

    Wow! When you added up the total of all who were killed defending this country, it hit like a ton of bricks. Think how many lives were affected by the loss of loved ones. It's staggering.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks CMerritt for your more than gracious comments...

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    Chris Merritt 

    8 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

    Thereis not enough words to say the thanks for this hub...Our Veterans deserve ALL of the respect that this Nation has to offer...Thanks samsons1 for your profound respect of vets with your hub.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you skye2day for your friendship, your visit and your most gracious ratings & comments.


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    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Beautiful Thank You for sharing in depth why we need to honor our vets with the utmost gratitude. I am honored to know vets and believe they are true heros. May God Bless you for sharing the story. I really enjoyed your work. Hugs Galore. Count me in your club. Thank You Lord for our vets and our nation. Amen.

    up and beautiful samsons1

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks dahoglund for your reply, and yes I was almost afraid to be seen in uniform during those days. Our own countrymen were upset with the war but wanted to take it out on the servicemen as if it was our choice to go to war...

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    Don A. Hoglund 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    I never did understand the attitude in the 1960's. Even if one has a problem with a given war there is no reason to treat the soldier badly.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you Becky for your friendship, your visit and your kind remarks...

  • Becky Puetz profile image


    8 years ago from Oklahoma

    Thanks for the reminder of lives lost to preserve our freedom.Your right; there has always been a hefty, even immeasurable price paid for the freedoms that we take so for granted.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Quill for your wonderful share and friendship.


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    8 years ago

    Wonderful... a blessing to read... I served in the Militia here and it has always been a special day as I reflect upon the freedoms I have today because of the men and women who fought for me to speak freedom. Thank you brother for the many thoughts you have placed here.

    Blessings and Hugs

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you my dear brother for your kindness.


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    Dave Mathews 

    8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    samsons1: Rated up and beautiful: Although I never served in any war theatre, I am still a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and I appreciate this Hub immensely. Thank you.

    Brother Dave.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    *thank you DiamondRN.

    *and thank you RevLady for your gracious acknowledgement.

    *also thank you lifegate for your remarks.


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    William Kovacic 

    8 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


    Thanks for the reminder and for all the information. It is so meaningful as there are many military personnel in my family.

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    8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

    I have a special place in my heart for all veterans including those in my family. I never forget and will certainly be pausing tomorrow to pray to my Lord for the living and the dead who serve or served our country. Voted up!


    Forever His,

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    Bob Diamond RPh 

    8 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

    Thanks, Samsons1.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you Polly for sharing your time of reminisce. I feel now I should have included something about the MIA's along with remembrances of the vets...

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    8 years ago from US

    Of course this makes me think of my dad who fought WWll and he was wounded in and never one time mentioned to anyone but Mom and for whatever reason my thoughts reading here were "Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Lose." But you know me, whether it fits or not a song always come to mind. Great of you to honor them and I do too and pray for the ones lost and homeless and out of their minds. May God let someone find them and help them all they can. I got my VA name stickers today asking for contribution, Mom and I always both got those with envelope to help out. It never occurred to me until today that should be the governments job, shouldn't it?

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks jacobkuttyta for you nice rating...

    *and thank you Dame Scribe for sharing your thoughts and comments...

    *and SaMcNutt thanks for your gracious remarks and please, come back often...

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    8 years ago from Englewood, CO

    And Next year it will be 11:00, 11.11.2011. I really enjoyed your hub. I learned and was reminded of many things I did not know, or forgot. Thank you!

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    Dame Scribe 

    8 years ago from Canada

    I struggle with saying 'Happy' when the price can be the life of a loved one, father, mother, brother, son, daughter. It's difficult but yes, Remembering our Veterans and Troops and their families, should always be honored. Great writing!

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    Siny J 

    8 years ago from Delhi, India

    Thanks for the nice information. Voted up.


  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks Ray for your visit and your comments...

    *and thank you Megavitamin for your remarks, men & women equally.

    and Happy Vererans' Day to ALL...

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    8 years ago

    Great hub, but don't forget about the women who serve (and have served through all wars in various capacities) too! Happy Veterans Day!

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    Ray Thoughts 

    8 years ago from The East Coast

    Samsons1, good job my friend! I'm glad you are honoring some of our finest men!


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