Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Thank You, Veterans…Thank You, Current Service Men and Women

Orvalle Harmon

Your hard work, service, and dedication are neither forgotten, nor overlooked.

My family has a strong history of military service: grandfathers on both my mother’s and father’s side of the family and more uncles than I can count have served. Some have given their lives in service, some have dedicated their lives to serving.

Pictured is my grandfather, Orvalle Harmon.

I often wonder, not just on days of remembrance, what life would have been like had they not made the choice to enlist. I know it wouldn’t be as good as it is.

To all U.S. Military personnel: Thank You.


From the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Web site, History of Veteran’s Day:

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

2 comments to Thank You, Veterans…Thank You, Current Service Men and Women

  • Steve

    That’s a nice tribute to vets. I’m glad you included women in your post’s subject. So many families (like yours) have a history of men serving in the military. Future (and some present) families will or can point with pride to women that served. It appears likely that women will soon be able to serve on submarines, too. As a former submariner, I say that it’s about time. There will be difficulties, but submariners are pretty good about overcoming problems.
    Happy Veteran’s Day, and thank you!
    – Steve

  • Kelly

    Hi Steve! Thanks for posting. I’m following the news about women submariners…I love that it looks like women will be able to serve there, too. Thanks for your service in the U.S. Navy. ~ Kelly

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