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Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable).[1][2] It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service.[3] There is another military holiday, Armed Forces Day, a U.S. remembrance that also occurs in May, which honors those currently serving in the U.S. military. (wikipedia)

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Thank you for looking.

 

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Aguinaldo

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You are a loser when you quit".
(Dr. House)

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A wonderful, humbling series of images, Aguinaldo. We wore our poppies on Saturday here too. 

 

My heart is at war with my mind constantly on the very issue of war. In my heart I am a pacifist, but in my mind I desire to put to death all that is evil in the world. And that carries with it the greatest penalty of man's curse. Death. 

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On 12/11/2019 at 00:28, Dallas said:

A wonderful, humbling series of images, Aguinaldo. We wore our poppies on Saturday here too. 

 

My heart is at war with my mind constantly on the very issue of war. In my heart I am a pacifist, but in my mind I desire to put to death all that is evil in the world. And that carries with it the greatest penalty of man's curse. Death. 

Thank you for the words Dallas.

Here in the USA the ever present security aparatus don't let us forget about evil.

In Brazil we don't have a such present aparatus, but we witness evil a lot. The violence there is at an unbearable level

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Aguinaldo

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You are a loser when you quit".
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Aquinaldo, thank you for this tribute to the Americans who have served their country in the Armed Forces. I spent 20 years in the US Navy and am proud of my service.

 

Dallas, your sentiments are very much the same as mine. We live in a world where very little is perfect and the happenings around us do not make much sense at all.  I hope and pray for peace; while at the same time stand ready to do what it takes to preserve it. A most serious conundrum when the means to the end are so much like the evil of discord and violence itself...

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17 minutes ago, BillM said:

Aquinaldo, thank you for this tribute to the Americans who have served their country in the Armed Forces. I spent 20 years in the US Navy and am proud of my service.

 

Dallas, your sentiments are very much the same as mine. We live in a world where very little is perfect and the happenings around us do not make much sense at all.  I hope and pray for peace; while at the same time stand ready to do what it takes to preserve it. A most serious conundrum when the means to the end are so much like the evil of discord and violence itself...

My pleasure Bill.


Aguinaldo

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You are a loser when you quit".
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13 hours ago, BillM said:

Aquinaldo, thank you for this tribute to the Americans who have served their country in the Armed Forces. I spent 20 years in the US Navy and am proud of my service.

 

Dallas, your sentiments are very much the same as mine. We live in a world where very little is perfect and the happenings around us do not make much sense at all.  I hope and pray for peace; while at the same time stand ready to do what it takes to preserve it. A most serious conundrum when the means to the end are so much like the evil of discord and violence itself...

Fair comment.

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Thank you Aquinaldo for your wonderful images and comment.

 

Bill, thank you and your fellow US soldiers, sailors, and airmen (and service women) for your service.  Had it not been for their sacrifices in the first half of the 20th century, I doubt if myself and any of my fellow Australians and New Zealanders would have been born, so again thank you and your fellow servicemen and women - past, present, and future.


Both  Australia and New Zealand celebrate ANZAC Day on the 25th April each year.  This is a very big celebration in both countries.  The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsular on the 25th April 1915, and along with British soldiers, and were ultimately thrashed by Turkish troops under the command of the famous Turkish General Mustafa Kemal (later known as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and the first president of modern Turkey).  Despite their defeat and subsequent withdrawal, the ANZACs acquitted themselves well - maybe too well perhaps given the attrition experienced - but it did bond the two young nations and showed what their soldiers were capable of.  ANZAC Day is thus a celebration of the military coming of age of these two young colonial countries as well as a remembrance of their sacrifices and service. Later in WWI, the great Australian General Sir John Monash used more modern risk management techniques (he was an engineer, architect, and lawyer and a trained soldier before WWI) and was adept at using well coordinated multi services approaches to battle planning and as a result his efforts helped bring the war to more speedy and less wasteful end.  But for him matters may have ended quite differently.

 

ANZAC Day is a full holiday in Australia and NZ (save for some leftist organisations such as certain educational establishments........). 

 

"Remembrance Day in Australia (11th November) is dedicated to Australians who died as a result of war, particularly from World War I onwards.  A minute of silence is dedicated to the deceased, especially for soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation. Remembrance Day is annually observed on November 11 although it is not a public holiday. "


Poppies are worn in Australia and NZ for ANZAC Day and on Remembrance in Australia poppies and legacy remembrance badges are worn, but to a much lesser extent than for ANZAC Day.  Remembrance Day is even less celebrated in NZ than in Australia.  (The Legacy badges are sold to raise money to support war widows and the children of deceased soldiers.)

 

WWI attrition and injury rates were particularly high for Australia (1 in 5) and also NZ in WWI - with high impacts on these countries in the post war years as communities had to deal with the loss of its young men and the rehabilitation of those that made it back. 

 

No one wins in war.

 

 

On 10/02/2020 at 10:49, BillM said:

Aquinaldo, thank you for this tribute to the Americans who have served their country in the Armed Forces. I spent 20 years in the US Navy and am proud of my service.

 

Dallas, your sentiments are very much the same as mine. We live in a world where very little is perfect and the happenings around us do not make much sense at all.  I hope and pray for peace; while at the same time stand ready to do what it takes to preserve it. A most serious conundrum when the means to the end are so much like the evil of discord and violence itself...

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Thank you for the kind words Hugh!

 

I was able to visit Melbourne when our ship spent a week there in 1980.  The wonderful people I met and the beautiful city of Melbourne are some of my most favorite memories. 


Bill

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