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Why we celebrate Memorial Day

It it clear that the last 15 years of constant combat for our military has brought about a new perception of what Memorial Day is about. For years growing up as a military brat, as a peace-time soldier, then a combat veteran myself and then back to being a peace-time soldier again that Memorial Day […]

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Happy Veteran’s Day Message from Nick Palmisciano and Ranger Up

There have been several good friends of mine writing what Veteran’s Day means to them today for this blog. I know Nick is super-busy so I didn’t bother in asking him to write something, but as always he went above and beyond and did a video that is better than writing a post. He didn’t […]

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (March 30, 2010) —A humvee of the Afghan National Army traverses a solitary road through the Tagab Valley. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O’Donald/Released)

Old Blue- What does Veteran’s Day mean to me?

  I feel tremendously privileged to be a veteran.  By that, I mean that I’ve been privileged to have the opportunity to serve, and to serve in the capacities that I have.  I’m not special.  There are millions like me.  There are millions of others who have never had the opportunity to serve.  Those who […]

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Shard-What Veteran’s Day means to me

  My dear friend and fellow Veteran Bouhammer, asked me to express what Veterans Day means to me. Well, in a word; Blessed. God blessed me to be born American. So it, Veterans Day, means everything. No Veterans, no freedom. Period. A heavy price / sacrifice was paid for me to live the life I have […]