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Saturday, November 11, 2006

"In The 11th Hour On The 11th Day Of The 11th Month"

The Year was 1918 & World War One had come to a close. This was the Armistice & cessasion of hostilities in Europe. It was called The Great War. The Doughboys(Army) were coming home to peacetime:

Later, there was WWII, in both Europe & The Pacific, then Korea & then Vietnam & then a lull until The Gulf War & now The Mideast in Iraq & in Afghanistan;

Now there are war veterans of various wars;

Korean Vets are in their 60s' & 70s';

WWII People are in their 80s' & 90s';

Vietnam Vets are in their 50s' & 60s';

Gulf War Vets are in their 30s' & 40s';

& new vets are coming home from Iraq & Afghanistan;

The American Legion, Catholic War Veterans, Jewish War Veterans & Veterans of Foreign Wars, always honor these veterans, who served in uniform;

But, there are always those who served in war & not in uniform;

Those people who worked in putting together the Airplanes for the Army Air Corps, did their jobs, in ensuring that America was strong on defense, working many a round the clock shift;

Many were not accepted for service, but they did their part in the war effort;

One man comes to mind. He was rejected for his bad eyesight, so worked for General Motors, building the bombers, which went off to Europe;

I got from him, my sense of Faith & my dry sense of humor;

Thanks, Dad & all those Guys & Gals In The Defense Industries, for without you, there would've been no Victories In Europe & The Pacific;

Another thing about 1918 is that # is permanently retired from NY Yankees Fans Vocabularies, since 10-27-04, when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals in a World Series;

Thanks!

4 Comments:

Blogger Peter N said...

My Dad was a bomb disposal expert, a Captain, on that island Okinowa...well said Michael. For all the latest, visit my place. As you always do.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Peter?

I owe you a visit;

Thanks!

11:42 AM  
Blogger kaylee said...

My grandpa was in a couple different wars.........okay back to my patriots game
-kaylee

2:22 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Ok, Jets defeat Patriots in an upset 17-14.

5:14 PM  

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