Today is Armistice day,Veterans Day-Lest We Forget

” That is one thing that we have to take care of more than ourselves”. quoted from my Great Uncle Kenneth.

On Veterans Day, today, I’d like to remember my Great Uncle who served in the WW II during the 40’s in the 42nd Airborne division of the Army. They were shooting at the German planes.   These Military photos from the 1940’s portray what is was really like in those times.

Some of them have his handwriting on the back. There are photos of my Great Uncle’s  friends whose relatives I may never know,forever  preserved in their youth ,wearing in military gear.

My father was in the military, the navy on a PT boats  in the South Pacific.

my Great Uncle's hand writing home to his mother.

Great Uncle Kayo and his soldier buddies

“Just a few of us who had to crawl in deep mud under machine gun fire and dynamite blowing up around us .  My rifle was clean compared to others. ” That is one thing that we have to take care of more than ourselves.”

My uncles soldier buddies taking a break, ticking pillows & cot mattresses airing.

My Great Uncle K fought in Europe, in Germany with the 42nd Division Airborne, Rhineland (Rainbow).

My Great Uncle Butch fought in the South Pacific in the 1940″s.  On the converse, my  Great Uncle Tom completed his Basic Training at  Fort  Indian Gap, Pennsylvania and then traveled out west to work in the Copper mines; the Copper mines needed workers,as quoted by my mom, ” it was a choice, work in the mines or military.”

What is Veterans Day?
United States President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919 by saying, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

Veteran’s Day began as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. That war, known at the time as the Great War, sparked an outpouring of still-remembered poems.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Military Gear
    Nov 11, 2010 @ 14:27:59

    Thank you for your post reminding people that Veterans Day actually started as Armistice Day. So many of today’s youth have no knowledge of the many lives lost in service to our country during that era. Awesome pics of your uncle in military gear too!


    -A former Marine proud to have served his country.



  2. Tes
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 05:04:41

    I always have the admiration for brave men and wemen who serve thier countries. It’s important for us to remember what they did and how greatful they were. My husband great grandpa was a freedom fighter in India who died in the war. I always keep these kind of stories close to my heart.
    Thanks for sharing this!



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