Honoring Those Who Served

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, President of the United  States of America, do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe, Thursday, November 11, 1954 as Veterans Day.  On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.  I also direct the appropriate officials of the Government to arrange for the display of the flag of the United States on all public buildings on Veterans Day.  – The first Veteran’s Day Proclamation

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. – Veterans Day History – www.va.gov

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies blow
In Flanders fields.

What did you do today?

What did you do today, my friend,
from morning until night?
How many times did you complain
the rationing was too tight?
When are you going to do
all those things you say?
A soldier would like to know, my friend
What did you do today?

No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land is an eerie sight
At early dawn in the pale light…
And never a living soul walks there
To taste the fresh of the morning air;
Only some clumps of rotting clay,
That were friends or foemen yesterday.

Field of Heroes

At my back is the colonnade of the Mansion Lee,
Sprawling before me, a free nation’s capital I see.
Just below this dwelling high,
Beneath an eternal flame a president and his family lie.
It’s a fitting place for a president to be,
Surrounded by the hero spirits of the free.

The Final Inspection

The soldier stood and faced his God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining bright
Just as brightly as his brass
“Step forward now, soldier,
How shall I deal with you?”

Please take the time to honor those who so faithfully served this great and free country.  May God bless them and their families.  May God continue to bless our country.

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Honoring:

Seaman First Class Hudson Grey Pendry, U.S. Navy
January 18, 1918 – October 15, 1994
World War II

Sergeant Jerry Wayne Pendry, U.S. Army
December 14, 1947 – June 12, 2015
Vietnam