Terry Wiegand

THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS

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My coming home was different. Needed to do a few things in Detroit. Went to the Avis counter to rent a car. Went to car. 10 minutes later I had to get help from a counter lady to show me where the key in a 70 Cutlass went. Had never seen a modern American car with a steering column lock.

 

Did not experience anything like hddennis in south Florida, all my forefathers & many friends had been in one of the services so nothing out of the ordinary. Two things I missed the most were proper American English and fresh milk.

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

I never had the chance to serve due to my health, but I thank everyone who did and does. 

I have had family members in every war the US has ever been involved in. I have my father's father's duffle bag with his name and sn printed on it, it's one of my most prized historical artifacts. He served at the Battle of the Bulge.

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I attended the Veterans’ Day parade in Southern Pines, NC. Highlights included a flyover of vintage military planes performing the Missing Man Formation and a parachute drop with three parachutists landing in a spot on the main street. Veterans were driven in old - or new - cars, driven by the owner and preceded by someone with a placard showing his/her name and service. Near the reviewing stand, the name of each veteran was announced as well.  Veterans rode in groups by conflict - all the WWII veterans in one group, all the Korean War veterans in another, the Viet Nam veterans next, etc. It was very nicely done. Gave us a chance to see a great bunch of cars and honor a great bunch of people.

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A very special thank you to all that have served in our nation's armed forces.

 

 

This past Veterans Day was a little bittersweet for us.

 

My step-dad passed away very recently and his funeral was this past Friday.

He served in the Navy during Vietnam as a rescue diver and in the engine room.

Being a little older than those that were being drafted he signed up and served his country as his father had done in WWII.

He was always very active in veterans events and was always there to lend a hand to anyone that needed it.

 

So the weekend started off by saying a final goodby to him, then Sat my daughter's Young Marine unit put flags out at Arlington Cemetery.

Sunday she had color guard duty for a local 244th Marines birthday event.

Monday her unit marched in a local Veteran's Day parade and then later it was another round of color guard for another event.

 

We were very busy trying the best we could to honor those that have served, those whose service we can never fully repay them for.

 

There is some military history in our family - one of my mom's uncles was KIA Dec 25th during Battle of the Bulge.

Step dad served in Vietnam.

Brother in law did his 22 years in the USMC and retired as a Gunny.

Niece is a FSgt in the USAF and is a crew chief on an F-22.

Nephew just finished USMC OCS and is awaiting his commission.

 

I'm very glad that my daughter wanted to join the Young Marines and has developed a deep appreciation for those that have served along with a deep sense of patriotism.

 

 

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20 hours ago, hddennis said:

Glad you had such a wonderful homecoming Carl. Mine was more like Grimy's, spit on by the first girl I saw after landing in San Diego, booed out of my hometown night club because I wore my uniform and none of my old school buddies wanted to hear about  my year in combat. Came home and put my Eagle Globe and Anchor in the closet for the next 30 years instead of being able to wear it with the pride it deserved, your experience may vary!

 

Howard Dennis

Charlie Battery  1st Battalion  12th Marines  3rd Marine Division

Viet Nam 1968-1969

 

Accept my sincere apologies for the thoughtless few...................Bob

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A bit late.No it is not,every morning I wake up,I thank the veterans,every day is veterans day in my book,thank you.

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A very sincere thanks to all of our brave veterans.

 

And to those who lost their lives for the benefit of

those at home, for the benefit of children and

grandchildren yet to come:  they say you're deceased,

but you're truly immortal.

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