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To Our Veterans, We Say Thank You

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White House: BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Since the birth of our Nation, American patriots have stepped forward to serve our country and defend our way of life. With honor and distinction, generations of servicemen and women have taken up arms to win our independence, preserve our Union, and secure our freedom. From the Minutemen to our Post-9/11 Generation, these heroes have put their lives on the line so that we might live in a world that is safer, freer, and more just, and we owe them a profound debt of gratitude. On Veterans Day, we salute the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who have rendered the highest service any American can offer, and we rededicate ourselves to fulfilling our commitment to all those who serve in our name.

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Today, we are reminded of our solemn obligation: to serve our veterans as well as they have served us. As we continue our responsible drawdown from the war in Afghanistan and more members of our military return to civilian life, we must support their transition and make sure they have access to the resources and benefits they have earned. My Administration is working to end the tragedy of homelessness among our veterans, and we are committed to providing them with quality health care, access to education, and the tools they need to find a rewarding career. As a Nation, we must ensure that every veteran has the chance to share in the opportunity he or she has helped to defend. Those who have served in our Armed Forces have the experience, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve success as members of our civilian workforce, and it is critical that we harness their talent.

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in the dignified transfer of U.S. Army Sgt. Dale R. Griffin at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware

Across our country, veterans who fought to protect our democracy around the globe are strengthening it here at home. Once leaders in the Armed Forces, they are now pioneers of industry and pillars of their communities. Their character reflects our enduring American spirit, and in their example, we find inspiration and strength. This day, and every day, we pay tribute to America’s sons and daughters who have answered our country’s call. We recognize the sacrifice of those who have been part of the finest fighting force the world has ever known and the loved ones who stand beside them. We will never forget the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice and all those who have not yet returned home. As a grateful Nation, let us show our appreciation by honoring all our veterans and working to ensure the promise of America is within the reach of all who have protected it.

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With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation’s veterans. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2014, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

BARACK OBAMA

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My deepest appreciation to all of our TOD veterans (and the veterans in our individual families) … in advance of Veterans Day ~ at “the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month” ~ and always!

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A faded photograph
A comrade’s name and address
In the bottom of an old shoebox
Wondering if the uniform would still fit
And where the medals are.
Remembering how you missed
The home-cooked meals
And Sunday night dinner at Mother’s
And now you find yourself
Missing them again.
Remembering there was no escaping
Until your “hitch” was up
The sights and sounds
Your uncertainty you would prevail
Memories that burn in the night.
You are now a Veteran
A Veteran!
Duty has become honor
You kept your country free
You kept so many free.
And every time you see the flag
You see it through misted eyes
It hits you every time
It’s part of your story
Forever, a Veteran.

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137 Responses to “To Our Veterans, We Say Thank You”


  1. November 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    A completely beautiful Veterans Day tribute Nerdy, you put so much work and love in to this. Thank you, you’re pure gold.

  2. 8 desertflower
    November 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful job, Nerdy! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  3. November 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Beautiful round-up, NW! Blessings and gratitude to all our veterans, everywhere.♥ ♥ ♥

  4. 15 Dudette
    November 11, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Gorgeous post Nerdy! Thank you!

    Thanks for highlighting my tweets too! 🙂

  5. 27 Dudette
    November 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

  6. 30 Dudette
    November 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm

  7. 33 Dudette
    November 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  8. 35 Dudette
    November 11, 2014 at 1:34 pm

  9. 38 Dudette
    November 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm

  10. 39 Dudette
    November 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    This should be shouted from rooftops and blared on loudspeakers!

  11. November 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    {{{{{{{Nerdy}}}}}}}, Thank you so much for this beautiful and moving Veterans Day post. There you go again, making be feel all verklempt. You are a treasure.

  12. 42 arapaho415
    November 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Ladyhawke posted this on the last thread (thank you, LH), but bears repeating.

    CBS, home to lying ODS sufferer Lara Logan conveniently “forgets” to disclose this:
    [CBS Face the Nation Bob] “Schieffer’s brother Tom helped make George W. Bush a very rich man. Tom Schieffer and Bush were both part of the ownership group that bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in 1989, and as the team’s president Schieffer played a key role in making that investment a profitable one.(Bush invested $600,000 and earned a $25 million return just nine years later.) Bush then turned around and made Tom Schieffer the U.S. ambassador to Australia and then to Japan.”

    and…

    “In fact, the Face The Nation host once conceded that when it comes to Bush, ‘It’s always difficult to cover someone you know personally.'”

    More on the atrocious cost to America of GWB’s disastrous 8 years as POTUS in linked article.

  13. 44 yardarm756
    November 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Look real close and you’ll find yardarm. Far right, front row. 1967 deployment to South China Sea.

  14. November 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    IT’S ABOUT FREEDOM

    (h/t lolgop)

    • 75 99ts
      November 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Cruz doesn’t want to know – if PBO is for it – Cruz is against it – saves having to “know stuff” or “learn stuff”. Tis how the GOP in congress can get re-elected despite being the dumbest of the dumb

  15. 76 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I’m sure everyone does (or has done) this but no one wants to say they do on Twitter! LOL 🙂

  16. 81 yardarm756
    November 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    OT-Time for a breather,eh?

    Grandma’s Thanksgiving ​Invitation

    Dear Family,

    I’m not dead yet. Thanksgiving is still important to me. If being in my Last Will and Testament is important to you, then you might consider being with me for my favorite holiday.

    Dinner is at 2:00.
    NOT 2:15
    NOT 2:05
    Two 2:00

    Arrive late and you get what’s left over.

    Last year, that moron Marshall fried a turkey in one of those contraptions and practically burned the deck off the house. This year, the only peanut oil used to make the meal will be from the secret scoop of peanut butter I add to the carrot soup.

    Jonathan, your last new wife was an idiot. You don’t arrive at someone’s house on Thanksgiving needing to use the oven and the stove. Honest to God, I thought you might have learned after two wives – date them longer and save us all the agony of another divorce.

    Now, the house rules are slightly different this year because I have decided that 47 percent of you don’t know how to take care of nice things. Paper plates and red Solo cups might be bad for the environment, but I’ll be gone soon and that will be your problem to deal with.

    House Rules:

    1. The University of Texas no longer plays Texas A&M. The television stays off during the meal.

    2. The “no cans for kids” rule still exists. We are using 2 liter bottles because your children still open a third can before finishing the first two. Parents can fill a child’s cup when it is empty. All of the cups will have names printed on them and I’ll be paying close attention to refills.

    3. Chloe, last year we were at Trudy’s house and I looked the other way when your Jell-O salad showed up. This year, if Jell-O salad comes in the front door it will go right back out the back door with the garbage. Save yourself some time, honey. You’ve never been a good cook and you shouldn’t bring something that wiggles more than you. Buy something from the bakery.

    4. Grandmothers give grandchildren cookies and candy. That is a fact of life. Your children can eat healthy at your home. At my home, they can eat whatever they like as long as they finish it.

    5. I cook with bacon and bacon grease. That’s nothing new. Your being a vegetarian doesn’t change the fact that stuffing without bacon is like egg salad without eggs. Even the green bean casserole has a little bacon grease in it. That’s why it tastes so good. Not eating bacon is just not natural. And as far as being healthy, look at me. I’ve outlived almost everyone I know.

    6. Salad at Thanksgiving is a waste of space.

    7. I do not like cell phones. Leave them in the car.

    8. I do not like video cameras. There will be 32 people here. I am sure you can capture lots of memories without the camera pointed at me.

    9. Being a mother means you have to actually pay attention to the kids. I have nice things and I won’t put them away just because company is coming over. Mary, watch your kids and I’ll watch my things.

    10. Rhonda, a cat that requires a shot twice a day is a cat that has lived too many lives. I think staying home to care for the cat is your way of letting me know that I have lived too many lives too. I can live with that. Can you?

    11. Words mean things. I say what I mean. Let me repeat: when I say, “You don’t need to bring anything,” means you don’t need to bring anything. And if I did tell you to bring something, bring it in the quantity I said. Really, this doesn’t have to be difficult.

    12. Dominos and cards are better than anything that requires a battery or an on/off switch. That was true when you were kids and it’s true now that you have kids

    13. Showing up for Thanksgiving guarantees presents at Christmas. Not showing up guarantees a card that may or may not be signed.

    In memory of your grandfather, the back fridge will be filled with beer. Drink until it is gone. I prefer wine anyway. But one from each family needs to be the designated driver.

    I really mean all of the above.

    Love you,
    Grandma

  17. 84 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm

  18. 85 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

  19. 86 Linda
    November 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    CNN is reporting that PBO chewed gum. ” Social Media is Blowing Up “… ” Should we be reporting on this ? “

    • 87 debz
      November 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      This was a big story on USA Today. He offended the Chinese internet users by chewing gum and not using the very special Chinese cars to drive around in. OH MY!

      • November 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

        Linda, are you kidding? Is CNN reporting that POTUS chew gum.

        • November 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

          Must have been on Fox too because a right-winger(volunteer) mentioned it this morning at our food pantry. Giver her credit though: She pointed out that it was Nicoret and how much better for him to do that if he needed to than to smoke. When she first mentioned it, I said, “‘They criticize him for breathing so what is new?'”

        • 90 desertflower
          November 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm

          No. She’s not kidding. I put a link up yesterday from USAToday. Dumb, petty little shits.

        • 91 COS
          November 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm

          I am sure PBO chews his nicotine gum whenever he has the urge to smoke. That is his prerogative. Shame on CNN, USA Today and Chinese internet users.

  20. November 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm

  21. November 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Beautiful Veteran’s Day Post, Thanks NW!

  22. 97 No Child Left Behind
    November 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    All Time EST.

    8:00 pm The President participates in a State Arrival Welcome Ceremony
    Local Event Time: 9:00AM CST
    Great Hall of the People – Beijing
    Open Press

    8:15 pm The President holds a restricted bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China
    Local Event Time: 9:15AM CST
    Great Hall of the People – Beijing
    Closed Press

    9:50 pm The President holds an expanded bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China
    Local Event Time: 10:50AM CST
    Great Hall of the People – Beijing
    Pool Spray at the Top

    10:40 pm The President delivers statements with President Xi Jinping of China
    Local Event Time: 11:40AM CST
    Great Hall of the People – Beijing
    Open to pre-credentialed media

    • 98 arapaho415
      November 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Yay, thank you, NCLB!

      I haven’t seen a schedule with the times, and am grateful for the schedule in EST and CST times.

      I’ll try to be awake for some events, at least, LOL.

  23. 100 No Child Left Behind
    November 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    For your reading pleasure.

    http://nydn.us/1pNmYe1

    Obama gives Putin chilly reception at APEC summit in China
    The President blew off Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt at warmth as the two leaders differ over crises in Syria and Ukraine. Meanwhile, Obama told Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting he wanted to take their countries’ relationship ‘to a new level.’

  24. November 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    • November 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      • 106 Deb
        November 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

        Now that is funny and true. LOL

      • 107 donna dem 4 obama
        November 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm

        She needed to redo the wording of her message. I know what she means because she is asking for volunteers but it comes across as offensive.

        Again (I’ve been saying this for over a year) …her time has long since past. She needs to go back to being a very good representative of her district and the President would then appoint someone competent to lead our party in a forward thinking manner on a full time basis.

        • November 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm

          I absolutely agree. But the President is in a difficult position because if he does let her go, the Clintons will explode.

          • 109 donna dem 4 obama
            November 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm

            Let them explode. You know I don’t give a darn about those two. 😡

            If she remains she better be as impartial as Howard Dean was in 2007/2008 election. He refused to step in and take any sides and she better for darn sake do the same. I know that she is part of that Clinton circle which is another reason why she should step down. I bet PBO could find someone really great that was part of his OFA team to lead the party. I think we need to stay away from elected officials for the foreseeable future.

            • November 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm

              Absolutely. There must be quite a few people who could run the DNC with the smarts and insights to put us back on the right track. DWS and the inner circle at DNC made a catastrophic mistake. Something must be done to restore trust and competence.

        • November 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

          I agree Donna…we need a grass roost oriented person..in the spirit of OFA…although the DNC may have access to the data….knowing what to do with the data and how to make it work are two different things…there have always been grass root elements in the DEM Party…but the DEM Party leadership is still too mired in old party politics…there has to be a change in focus and tactics…PBO knows the way…

    • 112 No Child Left Behind
      November 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      This made me laugh!!!

    • November 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    • November 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm

  25. 117 JER
    November 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

  26. 119 donna dem 4 obama
    November 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

  27. November 11, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Gov Nixon’s presser is telegraphing the Grand Jury’s endgame. OMG, this is expected but still excruciating

    • November 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      • November 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      • 123 donna dem 4 obama
        November 11, 2014 at 3:52 pm

        Disgusting!

        Didn’t our Vicki leave for the Ferguson area last week? Is she still there?

        • 124 arapaho415
          November 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm

          She’s back home.

          She posted here a couple of days ago, reported that everyone is angry, as you would expect.

          Vicki, please correct me if I’m misremembering.

          • 125 Vicki
            November 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm

            You got it right Arapaho.
            On the ground is very firghtening.
            A City Council member clearly confused by my appearance (Jill Biden’s 72 year old sister) informed me proudly that the FD has a secret new machine they brought in special for the announcement. When she saw my expression she retreated to “Of course, all we care about is that nobody gets hurt.”
            Neither this official nor anyone else was able to explain to me why, if citizen welfare is the concern, an indictment and a charge have not been brought forth a long time ago.

            • 126 Vicki
              November 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

              Even more alarming is that the PD has circulated a memo that I thought was bogus but found out it is real which encouraged the people of St. Louis to stock up on guns and if possible send their families out of town.

    • 127 99ts
      November 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Grand jury saw ONLY the defense side of the issue – Never happened before – Grand juries are presented with the prosecution facts. Justice is well and truly upside turkey in Ferguson

  28. 128 FoxfireTX
    November 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    NW, thank you for this beautiful tribute to our veterans.

  29. 129 JER
    November 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

  30. November 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Abbott took it to Vlad, hard ….

  31. 132 Nena20409
    November 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    A great threat in honor of all our Vet, Nerdy Wonka…….you did great. Thanks.

  32. 133 japa21
    November 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm

  33. 134 Linda
    November 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Gov. Jay Nixon was offensive . Way to aggressive and his treats were stupid. He does more harm than good.

  34. 136 MadameSoph
    November 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Happy Veteran’s Day and Thank you to all TOD vets and their families!

    This tribute is lovely NW, thank you for giving us a place to share our gratitude and appreciation!

  35. 137 Nena20409
    November 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm


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