View Full Version : Remembering Veterans this day.

11-11-2016, 10:27 AM
To all Veterans, past, present, and future, thanks for your service, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. Special thanks and gratitude to the families whose loved ones made that ultimate sacrifice for us!

Wynn :Amflag2:

11-11-2016, 10:38 AM
Here's to you brothers and sisters.

11-11-2016, 11:17 AM
There's plenty of vets in our families. I remember them most every day. I need to tell 'em more often tho. Thanks Wynn.

11-11-2016, 01:41 PM
Very good, Wynn! Thanks!

11-11-2016, 05:15 PM
Thanks to all the vets, particularly those on this forum!

My Hubby was infantry in Vietnam, and I am retied AF.

11-11-2016, 09:44 PM
Yup, thanks to all my brothers and sisters that served and are now. I spend a bit of time at the VA hospital in Fresno CA and see a lot of vets with missing limbs. Makes me sad thinking of how their lives have been changed by the dirty rotten politicians. Also surprised to see how many WW2 vets walk around. Some covered in caps and patches declaring their service but many others quietly getting by. Parking is so scarce that I try for afternoon appts and get there by 12:30 giving me a lot of time to chew the fat with quite a few of them. We don't talk about what outfit or the nastys of battle, just how they get by now. One quiet one had a little PTSD dog and was proud of it so a couple of us talked about the dog and fussed over it putting a smile on his face. You'd think many would be bitter about what they face but seldom do I encounter that. Mine is a quality site and not at all like those ion the press.

Also, thought I'd mention that Ollie North was the Grand Marshall of today's Veteran's Parade in Fresno/Clovis and the guest of honor at the Marine Ball. The CEO of the company my son works for is a disabled vet and heads up the parades and most other events. Was the MC of today's parade (again).

Like the Fourth of July, Veteran's Day depends of where you live. I'm fortunate to see the excitement and turnout for these events.

11-12-2016, 10:36 AM
Thanks for your service, OldLincoln, and everyone else. Veterans mean more to my wife and me every day. I ran around the house yesterday trying to cobble together a light stand for my green light to illuminate Our Flag for last night. I finally got that set up and took a few pictures, sharing one on Facebook.

I've "found" many old acquaintances... yeah, we're all getting old... with the various groups on Facebook. I "waste" a lot of time on there and a few chat rooms... KahrTalk and GlockTalk. I share stuff between the sites when I can... funny and informative, sometimes.

It's not all negative, but you have to learn to deal with what you don't like. I block sources for some of my "friends" when i don't like the content or the frequency of their posts. Some people do spend all day posting pictures of food or pets or religious memes. When it gets excessive, especially with tacky half-naked women and the like, I usually can block their source.

Anyhow, I've been getting reacquainted with guys from the 60's... classmates and military... and high school and college and military in the 70's-'80's, as well as family and friends.

I would love to see a "Like" option here so that it's easy to support or acknowledge someone and their posts.


I captured our waxing moon, too.

11-12-2016, 11:14 AM
MIL is in the local nursing home, so we attended Veterans Day festivities there yesterday. There are two WWII veterans there, and all the veterans where well honored. I felt privileged to be there!

11-12-2016, 12:03 PM
On Veteran's Day, I sent a text message to a certain liberal/socialist friend of mine, asking that they remember the Veteran's who served, and fought to keep our country a free republic that it is, even for the right to burn the flag, and protest election results.

The response was predictable, a string of remarks made in a tirade of verbosity that filled three text messages to their capacity in return.

I won't defile a honored vets here, with those remarks, but instead offer my humble thanks and gratitude for their own service, and admitting my underlying social regret for not serving, having been in a place that did not find it very fashionable to serve when I was of age to do so.

Thank you to each and every Veteran of the United States Armed Forces, and the Coast Guard.

11-15-2016, 01:35 PM
Was I asleep when they moved the coasties to DoD? I keep hearing people listing them as armed forces, but nope, until recently it was they fell under DoTransportation, and DoTreasury in wartime. I know they went DHS, but when did they become armed forces?

11-15-2016, 04:25 PM
I just Googled it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Coast_Guard

The United States Armed Forces[6] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Armed_Forces#cite_note-6) are the federal (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_government_of_the_United_States) armed forces (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armed_forces) of the United States (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States). They consist of the Army (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army), Marine Corps (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marine_Corps), Navy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy), Air Force (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Air_Force), and Coast Guard (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Coast_Guard).[7] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Armed_Forces#cite_note-7) The President of the United States (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States) is the military's overall head, and helps form military policy with the U.S. Department of Defense (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Defense) (DoD), a federal executive department (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_executive_departments), acting as the principal organ by which military policy is carried out.

Wiki says "The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Armed_Forces)[14] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Coast_Guard#cite_note-15) and one of the country's seven uniformed services (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniformed_services_of_the_United_States)."

I'll have to read that to see what the SEVEN are! :confused:

11-15-2016, 04:31 PM
I posted from Wikipedia, but have you not noticed that they have ships with cannons and missiles, too?? :D

11-16-2016, 10:52 AM
Still not what I was taught. I've had conversations with some coasties, and they were emphatic that they were not armed forces.

11-16-2016, 11:01 AM
Coast Guard is armed forces but they are rescue oriented.
The few Coast Guard boats I've seen had guns. When we went on a cruise to Alaska years ago it happened to be about Sea Fair time and the Navy had some ships people could tour tied up right behind our cruise ship.
Coast Guard had several small boats and they kept all boat traffic in the area far away from those Navy ships.

11-16-2016, 12:02 PM
I was in the Navy from 77-85, back then the Coast Guard was part of the DOT, but would be transferred tot the DOD in time of war.
After 9/11 they became part of Home Land Security, I do not know if they would still transfer in time of war.

Back when I was in the running joke was, that anyone who couldn't swim joined the Coast Guard, because if they sank, you could wade in.

I attended a couple of training classes where Coasties attended too, also used to wear the same Crows and rating badges as real Navy.
Most Coast Guard Ships did not have any major weapons, one small cannon, and a few light machine guns.

11-16-2016, 03:01 PM
Title 14, Part 1, Chapter 1 of the United States Code (https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2010-title14/pdf/USCODE-2010-title14.pdf) reads "The Coast Guard as established January 28, 1915, shall be a military service and a branch of the armed forces of the United States at all times. The Coast Guard shall be a service in the Department of Homeland Security, except when operating as a service in the Navy."
So I'm guessing that an active duty Coastie's ID will read somwhere "Armed Forces of the United States".
I had one that read that when I was an active duty Marine, but my Marine Corps retired ID reads "United States Uniformed Services" at the top.
BTW, after the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, the other two uniformed services are the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps.

11-16-2016, 04:07 PM
My Air Force retired ID states; "United States Uniformed Services" across the top.

11-22-2016, 10:59 AM
Finally, a definitive answer. Thank you.