Monday, November 12

Honoring Veterans: 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." — Dwight D. Eisenhower, President

Before my grandfather (16th Infantry, 3rd Bn, 1st Inf Div - Berlin) died a few years ago, he left behind a legacy for others to carry forward with the Berlin Veterans Association. Originally, he served in the Army Air Corps until it became part of the Army Air Forces, which were later disestablished by Congress (thus creating the U.S. Air Force). Among other assignments, he was stationed in Germany during the Berlin Blockade (Also know as the Berlin Airlifts), one of first major crises of the Cold War.

While our family has several veterans and we honor of all them today, I would like to bring attention to the Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association, the organization that consists of men and women who served with Les and/or were connected to him by serving in Berlin. Their service, like the service of all our veterans, need not be forgotten.

Another organization worth mentioning today is U.S. Vets. U.S. Vets is the largest non-profit organization in the country dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk veterans, and a nationally recognized leader in the field of service delivery to veterans. I have been close to this program on a number of occasions as a state commissioner with the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service (NCNCS), which administers AmeriCorps programs in Nevada.

Every year, U.S. Vets helps more than 1,100 homeless veterans return to full time employment. It has one of the most successful homeless rehabilitation models in the country and I’ve been personally touched by their work on more than one occasion — including when a plumber, working on the kitchen sink in my home, shared his homeless story with me. As it turned out, he was graduating from the U.S. Vets program a few weeks later.

And finally, we also extend our heartfelt appreciation to Soldiers’ Angels, which is launching a new holiday program for troops who are currently deployed around the world. (They also have several programs to assist veterans.)

I learned about Solders’ Angels after speaking with Rick Calvert, creator of BlogWorld. We wrote a short piece on how BlogWorld had donated a booth to Soldiers’ Angels on our community blog last week.

Last week, I had planned to share some insights into BlogWorld today, but that can wait until tomorrow. Today is better served by observing and honoring all those who have served so their efforts and sacrifices to this country and other countries are remembered always. Thank you, and bless you, one and all. Our veterans.

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6 comments:

kystorms on 11/12/07, 12:14 PM said...

Thank you Rich for adding more info, more words to this day, to the Veterans and the various awesome ways each of us are lending a hand.

Rich on 11/12/07, 2:20 PM said...

Thank you Lisa. The pleasure was mine.

All my best,
Rich

Bill Sledzik on 11/12/07, 6:31 PM said...

Amen, Rich. And if you don't mind, I'm going to add a link to this comment. While most WWII vets have passed on, my uncle Bernie, a P-47 pilot in Europe ('44-'45), is doing well at 82, and recently wrote a short memoir about the war. The folks who run the website for the 406th Fighter Group put his essay online for all to enjoy. It's quite a read when you have 30 minutes. Sadly, there are few left to pass along these stories.

http://406thfightergroup.org/bernard-sledzik.php

Rich on 11/13/07, 6:57 AM said...

Bill,

What an amazing gift. And your uncle, an amazing man. Thank you.

All my best,
Rich

Recruiting Animal on 11/13/07, 10:53 AM said...

I forgot to put up my Remembrance Day posting because it came on a Sunday. I'll do it later this week.

Rich on 11/14/07, 6:29 AM said...

Hey Animal,

I look forward to it. It's always great to see you drop by.

Best,
Rich

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