Honor Flight: The Journey Continues

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Women account for almost 9 percent (1.6 million) of all veterans, and the percentage is growing.

Thankfully, American men and women have continued to hear our nations call to fight for our freedoms and security, even when our country has hard issues to overcome when it comes to partisan skirmishes. In 1978, the observance was shifted back to November 11, in recognition of its special historical and emotional significance.

Honor Flight Dayton President and Director Jim Salaman says the money will go a long way toward expanding services to veterans. The 6.7 million who served in the Vietnam Era, though, came home without fanfare from an unpopular war.

I hope that we will all do not forget to treat our veterans with the respect they deserve and take care of them now in the same way they have taken care of us in the past.

To all of our veterans, wherever you served: Thank you.

In an effort to recognize all Americans who had served, the 83rd Congress voted to change the holiday by replacing the word "Armistice" with the word "Veterans" on June 1, 1954. They go through unbelievably hard training, then wait on alert for when they may be dispatched to the most risky areas of the world.

On Monday, a special Veterans Day mass is scheduled for 9 a.m.in the Catholic Center at 1344 South Lumpkin St.in Athens.

"Trust me, you have no idea what our servicemen and women have gone through during their service overseas", Blackwell said. Whether drafted in times of conflict or volunteering in times of peace and prosperity, they show the world the power of an idea, the power of the dream America stands for: democracy and the equality of all people under the law.

It's Veterans Day, the day we honor the men and women who have served in the USA armed forces. Historians say World War II, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, is an exception.

As we take time this Veterans Day morning to honor the men and women who served this country and sacrificed so much, our thoughts are with a generation of veterans who are slowly but surely leaving us - the "Greatest Generation" who defended freedom in the United States, and the world, in World War II. In The Economist, a columnist recently explained, "The gulf between America's armed forces and its civilians has never been greater".

Judging from President Donald Trump's North Korea trash talk, the US may be gearing up for war.

The observance of Veterans Day was briefly moved in the 1970s to make it the same day of the week each year.

For far too many Americans, today is just another day, with the possible exception of it being a day they can stay out of work and still get paid.

Either with his own poetry, such as "Facing It", or by encouraging us to read other veterans' poems, Komunyakaa explains that poetry has dual roles - to delight and to instruct, a concept traced back to Aristotle and Horace's "Ars Poetica".

And finally, we would ask that if it becomes our time to pass this world, that those we loved be taken into your prayers as well as into your arms, that you might dry their tears and comfort them. It especially is a day to thank living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

The same paper has gone out of their other way to offer dissenting voices, such as this piece from an active duty soldier titled, "Hero worship of the military presents an obstacle to good policy".