Happy Veterans (Armistice & Remembrance) Day!

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Happy Veteran's Day to my fellow warriors out there!

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives and those who perished while in service.
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Scepticalscribe

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Happy Veteran's Day to my fellow warriors out there!



Indeed. And excellent and worthy idea for a thread, and thank you for taking the time and trouble to start it.

There can be few of us in Europe who did not lose family in the Services during the two World Wars.

In my own case, an uncle of mine - a Flight Lieutenant in the RAF - who had married my aunt, my mother's eldest sister, herself a serving officer in the WAAFs, was killed in November 1943. I have his signet ring, which I wear.
 
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rshrugged

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Rudyard Kipling - Tommy

I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!
 

The-Real-Deal82

macrumors G3
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Indeed. And excellent and worthy idea for a thread, and thank you for taking the time and trouble to start it.

There can be few of us in Europe who did not lose family in the Services during the two World Wars.

In my own case, an uncle of mine - a Flight Lieutenant in the RAF - who had married my aunt, my mother's eldest sister, herself a serving officer in the WAAFs, was killed in November 1943. I have his signet ring, which I wear.
My grandfather was a flight sergeant in the RAF and was a co pilot on a Lancaster bomber during WW2. My Nan was a WAAF and they met at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. My grandfather went on to be a watchmaker after the war but also remained an employee of the RAF designing instruments for aircraft. The last aircraft he worked on was the Vulcan bomber and he was instrumental in working on the refuelling concept. My father donated his drawings to the Imperial War museum a few years ago as my grandfather died in 1966.

It's a nice time to admire our loved ones/family we may have never met etc and what they gave to secure the future we had and have.
 
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