Happy Veterans Day

275px-WW2_Iwo_Jima_flag_raisingI wanted to wish all of our veterans and their families a happy Veterans Day and to thank them for their sacrifices. I just took a walk down to the mall in Washington and watched children give veterans cards that they made for today. It was a scene that captures all that is right with this country. It was kind and unpretentious and real.

My father Jack Turley served in the Pacific in World War II with the Navy and my grandfather Ed Turley served in the Army with the Fighting Irish in World War I. We were fortunate to have both return from the war, though my paternal grandfather was wounded and suffered from memories of gas attacks on the front.

This day brings back a common history and investment that all families have made to this country both as veterans and as family members of veterans. I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday.

41 thoughts on “Happy Veterans Day”

  1. Mr. Viera,

    Feeling honored by We the People and used by the politicians are 2 sides of the same coin.

    “I feel honored when [please, do fill in this blank].”

    Personally, murdering innocent people isn’t one of mine. Regardless of how many people thank me for it.

    Respectfully.

  2. Dead Metaphors

    We serve as a symbol to shield those who screw us
    The clueless, crass cretins who crap on our creed
    We perform the foul deeds they can only do through us
    Then lay ourselves down in the dark while we bleed

    Through cheap Sunday slogans they sought to imbue us
    With lust for limp legacy laughably lean
    Yet the Pyrrhic parade only served to undo us
    We die now for duty, not “honor” obscene

    We carried out plans that the lunatics drew us
    Their oil-spotted, fly paper, domino dream
    Then we fought for the leftover bones that they threw us
    While carpetbag contractors cleaned up the cream

    We stood at attention so they could review us
    Like bugs on display in a cage made of glass
    We hurried, then waited, so they could subdue us
    Yet somewhere inside something said: “kiss my ass.”

    We did the George Custer scene Rumsfeld gave to us
    We took ourselves targets to arrows and bows
    While the brass punched their tickets, the Indians slew us
    A “strategy” ranking with History’s lows

    When veterans balked they contrived to pooh-pooh us
    With sneers at our “syndrome” of Vietnam sick
    When that didn’t work they set out to voodoo us
    With sewer boat slanderers paid to be slick

    The wad-shooting gambler comes once more to woo us
    His PR team planning precise photo ops
    For to sell his used war he’ll have need to construe us
    As witless weak wallpaper campaign-ad props

    The nuts and the dolts in their suits really blew us
    They made our life’s meaning a dead metaphor
    Still, no matter how Furies and Fate may pursue us
    The Fig Leaf Contingent has been here before

    The years pass in darkness and graveyards accrue us
    As early returns on investments gone wrong
    So the next time “supporters” of troops ballyhoo us
    Remember to vomit in tune to this song.

    Michael Murry, “The Misfortune Teller,” Copyright © 2005

  3. Tony C., yours is the first time anyone on this blog has ever agreed with any of my comments. I am forever grateful my friend. 🙂

  4. You want to thank a veteran?

    Then prevent your government from sending men/women (mostly naive teenagers) thousands of miles from home to kill and die for chicken hawk war criminals (Richard Bruce Cheney, etal) and their bankrupt ideologies.

    That would be thanks enough.

  5. I am also one of your peers (a veteran) and I have felt sometimes honored and sometimes used in the midst of all the handshaking and the waiving of the red, white, and blue. Honored by regular folks who are sincerely grateful and who are only looking for some way to make that expression – and used by those who use the image of the faithful soldier, sailor, marine, to try to whip the culture into a pseudo-patriotic frenzy in order to justify the purchase, sale, and launch of 100 1.4 million dollar Tomahawks as we go around, as is our current posture, and bully the rest of the world – while making unbelievable profits for the defense industry.

  6. http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/11/the_untold_story_of_war_us

    Excerpt:

    “Today marks Veterans Day, the federal holiday honoring U.S. men and women who have fought in the armed forces. Veterans continue to face extremely high levels of unemployment, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress and homelessness.

    -Since 2000, nearly 6,000 service members have experienced traumatic amputations from injuries caused by improvised explosive devices and other war-related dangers.

    -Nearly one million active service members have been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder since 2000;

    -nearly half of those have been diagnosed with two or more. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs,

    -an estimated 22 veterans take their own lives each day. Last year, more U.S. military personnel died by their own hands than the hands of others.

    -On any given night, nearly 63,000 veterans are homeless.

    -Many suffer chronic debilitating mental health problems.

    We are joined by long-time writer and photographer Ann Jones, author of the new book, “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars — The Untold Story.””

    (Emphasis, of a sort, is mine.)

  7. I have thought hard about this day and the pride and feelings of this day can not be put into words. For the veterans you know it comes from deep inside and the pride is so great that it can not be explained. Brothers in arms, you know the meaning. I have two great prides of those words. The brothers you lived and fought with you knew better than your own family brothers. That is the first. The second is brothers you held in your arms and saw the flicker of life leave them was the second meaning. Both your cried for when you had to let them go. In those days you lived closer to God and felt him because you knew the next may be you and when it came you were at peace with God and with brothers.

    Thank you, fellow brothers with the pride and honor you have given us all our lives and may God bless and keep you all, past, present and future. May we all honor and have pride in this great country we have served and fought for all these years and may God show his light on this great land.

    Red Worthington

  8. It was a sad Veterans Day. Get over it. Today is Tuesday. No rain. No Monday Night Football. Banks are open. No government shutdown. DOW was up yesterday. Blame that on Obama. Those of us who shorted the Dow Index in January 2009 when Bushie left office are mad at Obama. The Dow Index is up from 9600 to 15,700 or thereabouts. Who would have thunk? We were betting on a downside and got an upside which means we lost for trying to “short” the Dow Index. No more new doghouses in the dogpac. But we got smart. When Obama got re elected we invested in the Dow Index Fund straight up and it has gone up. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

  9. The origin of the day:

    In a country that uses every possible occasion to celebrate its “warriors,” many have forgotten that today’s holiday originally marked a peace agreement. Veterans Day in the United States originally was called Armistice Day and commemorated the ceasefire which, at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918, ended the First World War.

    (The Nation).

    In that light, Happy Armistice-Veterans Day.

  10. Never did like getting thanked for “serving.” Kinda shows me how out-of-touch the American people are with the reality of the matter.

    “I’m so sorry” would be more appropriate, I think.

    For what it’s worth, I have nothing against killing people. Just do it justly.

  11. Now if you’ll please excuse may absence, I’ll be working on the logistics to secure the Colonel’s party favorites.

    “Sir, Yes Sir”, “They love you long time.”

    Oops, I can write the rest of that skit here. lol

  12. Ya all u Vets, I apologize we lost control of the USA to the Commie/Nazi Wallst/City of London Baks/Insurance co/War profiteers/aholes.

    I haven’t turned the flag upside down just yet though!

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