Happy Veteran’s Day 2013

Posted on: November 9th, 2013 by Will Rodriguez 11 Comments

Happy Veteran’s Day fellow Vets, all Americans and Allies!

A veteran is an American who at one point or the other served in our armed forces during war or peace.  There are 22 million vets in America today, 7% of the US population.  Most are volunteers, some were draftees.  They all took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same”.  Some have done so and paid the ultimate price, all served understanding that may be the potential price.  We owe much if not all of our way of life to those that have defended it.

After WWI, there was an international effort to commemorate the end of “the war to end all wars” and up to that point had cost the most lives in the world’s history at over four million.  In 1938 Congress created Armistice Day to celebrate world peace and primarily honor the Veterans of WWI.  After WWII and the mass mobilization of 15 million Americans, Congress decided in 1954 to rename “Armistice Day” to “Veteran’s Day” and change the focus to honor all veterans.  Congress in 1967 decided to make a much older holiday called “Decoration Day” the current “Memorial Day”, a day dedicated to honor American dead in all our wars.  Decoration Day was a widely celebrated state holiday originating from the Civil War and commemorating its vets and dead.  The convoluted history has caused much confusion over the years.  In short, Memorial Day commemorates our war dead and Veteran’s Day commemorates our living veterans but as veterans we never forget those that didn’t come back. 

So on Veteran’s Day I offer an inadequate thank you to all my brothers and sisters who have worn the uniform and to those that thank me for my service I respond with,

 “Appreciate the thanks but personally it isn’t necessary, I feel I must thank America’s citizenry for the privilege to serve in uniform among so many fine Americans.  I lack the”eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor” to communicate an honor beyond expression. “

So Happy Veteran’s Day to all and as I always do I remember  and recite the names of those I personally served with that didn’t come back:

From 1st Sqd, 1st Plt B Co 2-502

SSG Richard L. Alter
PFC Clifford W. Bath III
PFC James Draper Jr
PV2 Andrew J. Franklin III
SPC Samuel A. Hintz
PFC Michael A. Jankowski
PV2 Jeffrey L. Rivas
PFC Timothy S. Sayer
(Killed in an air to air collision with a TF 160 BlackHawk 1988)

HHC 1st BDE 3rd Armored Div
Captain Joseph G. Kime III  (Killed when his vehicle drove over a mine in Desert Storm)

HHC 3-5 Cav 3rd AD
Specialist Peter L. Swano (Died shortly before our crossing into Iraq during Desert Storm)

C Co. 3-5 Cav 3rd AD
1LT Jeff Case (Shot himself after returning from Desert Storm)

Until we meet again and God Bless the US of A.

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  • Ed Swaner

    Thank you and all veterans that have given us our freedoms that we so richly enjoy, Will.  That list is way too long.  But you listing them here and us reading their names makes them live on.  All gave some, some gave all.  Happy Veteran’s Day!

  • clluelo

    No Major Thank-you and all veterans for keeping us (I am Canadian) safe. Every one has my deepest respect and gratitude

  • Ed Swaner Absolutely Ed.  I hope others list those they knew also…

  • LauraKinCA

    My thanks and respect to all of you that have donned the uniform and willingly went into harms way to protect our way of life. It’s been a great pleasure to get to know some of you through this and similar sites. And thank you Will for developing your blog as a place to learn and interact, and most definitely remember those who gave all.

  • 5000area375

    God bless the families of the fallen.
    Lance Lobenthal
    Robby Knight
    Larry Barnard
    Dan Bush
    Christopher Speer
    Rest in peace brothers.

  • TeufelshundeUSMC

    “Do not confuse duty with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect.”


    The re-entry from military to civilian life is difficult (even more so for some). To those in margins, jobless, friendless, homeless, at times mindless, happy Veterans Day, I hope you guys make it back. And to the families of those who are now in the other side, I thank you for your sacrifice and my prayers.

  • steelhorse

    To all that have servered we salute you everyday not just today HAPPY VETERANS DAY !!!!!!!

  • dethenigma

    Greetings ~
    To ALL I THANK YOU for your service, from the clerk to the front-line grunt and those who defend from the shadows… THANK YOU!
    “Ne Desit Virtus”

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  • A buddy from another blog asked me to post…

    Jim Mackin MGySgt  USMC(Ret) wanted to add his nephew LT Mike McGreavy who was a member of the QRF on Op Red Wings.  Mike was also a Ranger School graduate and has a street named after him at Ft. Benning.
    To my dissatisfaction all I can offer is my inadequate thanks
    for his ultimate sacrifice and prayers for his NOK who continue to
    grieve his loss.

  • engelbrad

    Happy Veterans Day Heroes!!!… You are all outstanding!
    Will… A special OUTSTANDING to you. Thanks for tolerating guys like me who get to enjoy a great life in a great Nation that you have all defended. You welcome us in to your house for education and knowledge. I so deeply appreciate your time and effort writing great stuff that helps us lucky civies have a better understanding of Service and the Men and Women that sacrifice for our American Flag!…. Thank you!