Tag Archives: American Veterans

Independence Day – 245th Anniversary

Let us remember the true meaning of this day and our country’s principles “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these … Continue reading

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D-Day’s 77th Anniversary – June 6, 1944

    A Family Remembers Liberation:  Saint-Mere-Eglise, 1944 In the early hours of June 6, 1944, a man knocked loudly on the door of Alexandre Renaud, Mayor of Sainte-Mère-Église.  Since the town’s occupation by the enemy in 1940 there had … Continue reading

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Unwavering Valor – Memorial Day 2021

In Remembrance   Whether at present or long past, so many are families of veterans. Their commitment and service is a legacy to succeeding generations on true values in life… honoring our country and those who willingly serve.  In a … Continue reading

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A Christmas Truce in the Forest -1944

Christmas 1944 December 24th It was Christmas Eve 1944 and the last desperate German offensive of World War II raged around our tiny cabin.  When we heard the sudden knock on our door, neither Mother nor I had the slightest … Continue reading

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Unexpected Hero of Pearl Harbor

When the attack on Pearl Harbor began, Doris “Dorie” Miller was working laundry duty on the USS West Virginia. Enlisting in the Navy at age 19 in 1939, Miller had longed to expand his life and contribute extra money to … Continue reading

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The Bagpiper of Normandy -1944

Commonly known as Piper Bill, Private William Millin was personal piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat and Commander of 1 Special Service Brigade at D-Day. A commando brigade of the British Army, it was formed during the Second World … Continue reading

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WWII Thanksgiving for our Troops

Throughout U.S. involvement overseas, military officials did their best to provide a traditional, hot holiday meal for our soldiers. In 1943, the American people sent two liberty ships fully stocked with Thanksgiving supplies for those serving abroad. Included were turkeys, … Continue reading

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Their War Too, Military Women of WWII

During World War II, women’s service to their country was not limited to the factory floor.  It is true that millions of women were hired to work in factories and thousands were hired to work on farms through the Women’s … Continue reading

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In Remembrance

Unwavering Valor   Whether at present or years long past, so many of us are families of veterans. Their commitment and service is a legacy to succeeding generations on true values in life… honoring our country and those who serve. … Continue reading

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941 Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was a defining moment for our country and  propelled the United States into World War II.   Millions of Americans prepared to  enlist and serve for the devastation and losses suffered. With twenty-one American … Continue reading

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Letters from War and Home

In honoring Veterans Day, we also recognize the human toll on separated families and those who serve.  Our soldiers, and those cherished by them, express their current existence, their love and dearest thoughts, and perhaps final expressions of hope and regret in letters from … Continue reading

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Birth of an Anthem

Francis Scott Key An American lawyer, author, and amateur poet from Georgetown and Washington D.C., Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to the United States’ national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During the War of 1812, Key, accompanied by British Prisoner … Continue reading

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In Memory of Valor and Sacrifice

“Never in the history of the world has a country sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of all.”   When we mourn for such men who have died, ….we should thank God that such men were born.                                              – Gen. George … Continue reading

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Capturing Valor

Iwo Jima February 23, 1945 Five U.S. Marines and a Navy Corpsman Raised the American Flag On February 19, 1945, the United States invaded Iwo Jima as part of  its strategy to defeat Japan.  Although not originally a target, the relatively swift … Continue reading

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A Father’s Service, PT 161

We honor our fathers for their presence in our lives.  For those who are veterans, we should also remember their service. LT JOHN MCELROY, USN Prior to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, John McElroy had never considered the military … Continue reading

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Medal of Honor – Iwo Jima

Defining a Hero        FIRST LIEUTENANT JACK LUMMUS,  USMC RESERVE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR,  WWII As  individuals of distinguished courage or ability, duly recognized for valiant service and  heroic qualities,  they  fearlessly  sacrifice  for  a  higher purpose. ————————————— Awarded posthumously to First … Continue reading

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