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11-14-05 Veterans Are Special People – Worthy of Honor and Memorials

It was heartwarming to read many area newspapers in recent days and see that most Americans still respect God, Family and Country.  Thank the Good Lord for that.



November 11, 2005


Veterans Are Special People – Worthy of Honor and Memorials


By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.


Veterans can be picked out of a group of people.  One can recognize the maturity, sense of responsibility and appreciation of life.


Too often, they are killed or hurt in service to our nation.  This occurred in the days of the American Revolution and many generations since.   We hear so much by the Anti-Bush press about 2,000 deaths in Iraq.   A number of battles in the Civil War had a higher death total- the same for WW II, Korea and Vietnam.   Some activists, in the past and now, claim they are patriotic and respect members of the Service.  However, their actions and statements  cause more hurt to servicemen and veterans than most ever realize.


As Americans, we do not show the respect and honor that veterans deserve.  Without them and their sacrifices, we would not have a strong and free nation.


While many of the Big Media types run a lot of Anti-War and Anti-Military propaganda and other stuff, local newspapers show respect and recognize veterans.


It was heartwarming to read many area newspapers in recent days and see that most Americans still respect God, Family and Country.  Thank the Good Lord for that.


SEE:   9-23-05 Josiah Daniell, Farm Boy & WW I Hero of Oconee County, Georgia


 A Special Person-  A United States Veteran  11-11-05



11-12-05 Veterans Remembered


The Newton Citizen



November 12, 2005


Vets honored, remembered


 Patricia Wise places flags at the base of the veterans memorial at Lawnwood Memorial Cemetery. Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

11-12-05 Veterans Remembered at Normandy


The Savannah Morning News



November 12, 2005      LETTERS

Visit to Normandy beach, military cemetery prompt question of duty to all

A Savannah Resident

As I write this, the captain is taxiing out for takeoff at Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris, bearing me home to America after a short stay in France.

One day I toured the Normandy beaches where the Allies came ashore on D-Day for the final push to Germany to free the world from Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regimen.

Later that day, I walked around the American military cemetery where more than 9,000 American boys, killed on those beaches during the invasion, are buried. The cemetery sits on a bluff overlooking the English Channel.

Imagine, if you will, over 9,000 white crosses spread over acres of green fields lined up precisely in perfect rows, each cross with the rank, name, home state and the last day of those buried there.

Many of those who died were just kids away from home for the first time. I envision now each soldier standing at his final place in full uniform, at strict attention, and with eyes straight ahead staring into eternity.

My mind wanders back to what I know of the world before the U.S. entered the war, under the leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the shock of Pearl Harbor. Our country was in an isolationist mood. Not our fight, said many; just coming out of the Depression, we can't afford it, others said. England, desperate for help, begged for armament and supplies and FDR created lend-lease and other programs to assist, in spite of the fact that he risked alienating many who wanted no part of another war.

So we fought to save our fellow democracies from tyranny, and sacrificed our sons and our treasure to do so.

Cain asked, "Am I my brother's keeper?" And so we must have seriously asked ourselves the same question: What do we owe our fellow man? Today we are embroiled in a war in Iraq and Afghanistan. No weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, but possibly Saddam Hussein, like Hitler, was his own weapon of mass destruction. Hitler murdered 6 million Jews and countless others. Saddam killed perhaps a hundred thousand.

Where does humanity draw the line? How many bodies constitute a mass?

So, are we our brother's keeper, those of us who are capable?....

11-11-05 Veterans Honored in Hall County


The Gainesville Times



November 12, 2005


Ceremony gives vets full salute
Soldiers old, young support armed forces




 Ann Parks and John Smallwood place the wreath Friday during the American Legion Post 7 Veterans Day Program at the Georgia Mountains Center.

Paula Stuhr The Times



A sense of honor and respect bound the crowd of military veterans, family members and supporters who gathered Friday to celebrate Veterans Day at the Georgia Mountains Center in Gainesville……


"I did not have any greater privilege, with the exception of my family, than the opportunity to serve in the U.S. military," said Joe Sartain, the master of ceremony.


To many who attended, it was a poignant event. Friday marked the third passage of the holiday since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Talk about the current war dominated the event.


Sartain implored the audience to spread positive news about the effort, which he said is little noticed in the media.


"You hear so many bad things and you don't hear the good things. ... And (the good news) is not going to come from the mainstream press. It's going to come from the veterans," he said.


"We need to be positive and show more appreciation. It's in our hearts, but we need to put in our mouths. The next time you see a veteran, tell 'em thank you."


Iraq War veteran Maj. Kevin Jarrard delivered a keynoted address centering on support for the current crop of soldiers, who in time will become the next veterans.


"Despite the best efforts of those who seem to hate our commander in chief ... young people are still willing to serve our country ... to make sure evil is confronted head on," he said.


"Perhaps the naysayers should investigate why in the third year of a war men and women are re-enlisting in record numbers."

His words inspired pride in U.S. Army veteran Bob Adams.


"Being a World War II veteran, I've witnessed a lot of these, and the older I get the more it seems to mean that people still remember veterans," he said.

"So many years ago, I was in Italy fighting World War II. Today, it's nice to know that it's not forgotten."


But some, like Vietnam veteran James Matuska, said the community offered only scanty support.


To respect veterans, he said, people should attend events in their honor, something few did Friday.


"I appreciate the people who do come, but this is a poor showing. I'd like to see the town close down for a day," he said.


"(The holiday) means everything to me. If we don't have veterans, we don't have a country."