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    Didn't want to let it slip by without mention. To all of you that served and have family members who continue to serve, my thanks.

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You can add my thanks to Will's. 




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Same here.  Wars right or wrong, the vets all served and continue to serve a noble cause in protecting our freedom.

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Also - Add my thanks


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It is the Soldier

People - Martino - Vet DayIt is the Soldier, not the reporter 
Who has given us freedom of the press. 
 

It is the Soldier, not the poet, 
Who has given us freedom of speech.
 
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, 
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, 
Who has given us the right to a fair trial. 

It is the Soldier, who salutes the flag, 
Who serves beneath the flag, 
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, 
Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.


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That sums up the whole idea about Veteran's Day better than what everybody else wrote about it!


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Great poem Terry.  The truth in those words is non arguable and direct.  May all Veterans, past, present and future be blessed and remembered.
The thing that makes our current veterans even more remarkable is, they are all volunteers.  The draft was discontinued in 1973 and while one again has to register at eighteen, none have been called. 
Many have forgotten why Veteran's Day falls on November 11 and has not been changed to another Monday holiday, for a three day weekend.  It's the symbolic meaning of the day and the continuing interest of the Veteran's Organizations that have kept it from happening, as has been tried in the past.  For those who don't know the symbolism, it was: The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the armistice was signed to end "The War To End All Wars".  We remember it from history as World War One.  In fact, the original name for the holiday was "Armistice Day", later changed to give recognition to all veterans.
God Bless America.....................Thanks to our Veterans.

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I thought the draft was discontinued after 1973?
At the time I had gotten a drafter number of about 350,
the conflict was dying down and I was never called up.

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At the time I had gotten a drafter number of about 350,
the conflict was dying down and I was never called up.

The military was as relieved as you.  Couldn't resist.

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   Might have been the catalyst for ending the draft.

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It took me awhile after that to admit I avoided an all expence paid trip to Vietnam.


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I celebrated Veteran's Day at my usual spot on 5th Ave.
across from the public library.  It's amazing how long
the parade is now; over three hours. It's lead by hundreds of "Rolling Thunder" roaring up Manhattan.
Veterans begin now with WWII (last WWI vet died this
year at 107) and includes Korean War, and Iraq-Afganistan vets.  Largest vet groups are from Vietnam War. Also Hundreds of ROTC groups from colleges and
high schools, and bands from North Carolina, Virginia,
Ohio and Pennsylvania. The parade ends with Korean and Formosan Veterans groups, mostly from Flushing. 
 
A wonderful reception was giving the crew (both Marines
and Sailors) from frigate "New York" which has a
bow built from steel salvaged from the World Trade Center.
 


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USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) is actually an Amphibious Transport Dock rather than a Frigate.  Both types of ships are surface combatants, but have different primary missions.  NEW YORK's primary mission is to support expeditionary warfare, putting US Marines ashore using landing craft or helicopters.

http://www.newyork.navy.mil

A Frigate is a more traditional surface combatant, smaller than an Amphibious Transport Dock, designed for ship to ship/submarine combat with guns and torpedoes.  The USS OLIVER HAZARD PERRY class frigates have guided missiles for an additional anti-air warfare capability.  Paul X. Rinn, the Captain of one of these frigates, USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58), was a New Yorker (Mount St. Michael Academy & Marist College) who became a naval hero after his ship hit a mine in the Persian Gulf on 4/14/1988 and he and his crew successfully saved their ship from sinking.
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