Veterans Day 2011
As this special day approaches, I want extend a special invitation to the Veterans Day Parade at McAlisterville, PA, this coming Saturday the November 12th. The parade steps off promptly at 2:00 pm and proceeds south through town ending at the Bread of Life Restaurant. Let’s make this year a particularly well attended event. Come support all our veterans past and present. Do you know what the official numbers are for all our past wars? I keep this list on my desk, under a piece of plexiglas to protect it from being torn or lost. It was a news release by the Cox News Service nearly twenty years ago. Just today located another more complete list of killed in action and disease while serving their tour of duty.
American Revolution; 1775-1783; 250,000 men served. 8,000 died in combat 17,000 others while serving. War of 1812; 1812-1815; 287,000 men served. 2,260 died in combat: 17,000 others while serving. Mexican- American War 1846-1848; 79,000 men served. 1,733 died in combat; 11,550 others while serving. American ‘War of the Rebellion;” 1861-1865; (Union) 2.2 million men served. 140,414 died in combat; 224,097 others while serving. (Rebels) 1-1.5 million men served. 72,524 died in combat; 190,000 others while serving. Total; 625,000 during “The War of the Great Rebellion.” Spanish-American; 1898; 306,000 men served. 385 died in combat, 2,061 others while serving. WWI; 4.7 million men served. 1917-1918; 53,402 died in combat, 63,114 other while serving. WWII; 16.3 million men served. 1941-1945; 291,557 died in combat, 113,842 others while serving. Korean War; 5.7 million men served. 1950-1953; 33,686 died in combat, 2,830 others while serving. Vietnam War; 8.7 million men served. 1955-1975; 47,424 died in combat, 10,785, others while serving. Gulf War; 467,000 men and women served. 1990-1991; 113 died in combat, 148 others while serving. “War on Terror 2001-present, total of two fronts.” 4,977 died in combat, 1,303 others while serving. Breakdown of total; Afghanistan; 1,435 died in combat, 368 others while serving. Iraq; 3,542 died in combat, 935 others while serving.
These weren’t our only wars. We have sent our young men and now women to die in foreign or domestic wars. From the Northwest Indian War 1798-1795 to Kosovo; 1999-2006, America has paid a very high price for our own freedoms and the freedom of other nations. Nearly 2.5 million Americans have died serving their nation and flag. On this Veterans Day, let honor the nearly 50,000,000 mostly men and in today’s Armed Forces now includes some women in the combat zones. Let us “Thank Them All” for their service to our country. “God Bless All American Veterans.”
Veteran Day Special Tribute
For several years now, the First Baptist Church of Juniata County, near the Stop 35 Restaurant has sponsored a special Patriotic Service honoring all U.S. Military Veterans. Whoever sees this and other announcements are welcome. The Carson Long Military Academy from New Bloomfield, Perry County will provide the morning “Color Guard.”
Major Jeffrey Davis will be the guest speaker. Major Davis devoted 18 years to military service in the Air Force. He served in operational officer in many stations, including as Chief of Police in Berlin during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. His credentials are extensive. In the fall of 1994 he accepted God’s call to full time missions work with Child Evangelism Fellowship of Eastern PA. He and his wife Cathy have three children. Their only son is now a Captain in the Air Force serving in Korea. All are welcome to join us for this special “Veterans Day” event to honor the “American Soldier.”
“Courageous” vs. “Ides of March”
Many read and apparently were encouraged by the words I write about the movie “Courageous.” It was a truly inspirational film and I personally wish Hollywood would produce more family oriented movies just like it.
Being a person with wide interests though, I am sometimes drawn toward certain actors, partly because they are usually characters that appeal to my adventurous side or they’re just plain funny. George Clooney happens to be one of those guys. He has played in many very good films. I laughed often in the movie, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.” However, I recently attended a political based movie entitled, “Ides of March.” I knew from the “PG” rating that there would have some offensive language in the movie’s plot. However as the plot thickened in this presidential primary based flick, it became apparent that the movie wasn’t going to be as I had hoped. The sneaky, conniving, behind the scene treachery that sometimes comes along with political office seekers, makes me want to throw-up. The language was worse than any George Clooney movie I ever had to endure. I really should have gotten up and walk out it was that bad. So, if you were thinking about seeing it. DON’T. It’s not worth the trip. I really should have gone to see the “The Three Musketeers” or “Puss in Boots.” I would have left them feeling a little more fulfilled.
Wasn’t that a wonderful winter wonderland on the 29th of October? Well for those who enjoyed it, good for you. I usually like snow, but not this early in the season. This storm was one for the record books. It wasn’t the earliest, because there was a time or two that was even earlier. This storm was the most snow this early. I probably should have taken a warning sign a bit more seriously than I did. About two weeks ago I had to prepare my mini-barn for my winter supply of hay. When I did this I had to move a couple items outside until I could find a new storage spot elsewhere. One of the things was a garbage bag that had some fiberglass insulation rolled up to keep it dry. The next morning I arose and looked out our bedroom window and saw bits and pieces that had been dragged over and under my man-room. We have been seeing a groundhog or whistle pig who had taken up residence under the building. He or she has been there for a couple years now because this spring we watched offspring bobbing their little heads out for us to see. They are probably gone, but momma is still there. Since she has now insulated her den, she apparently plans on staying for while; as long as she doesn’t get too destructive.
150 Years Ago
Field hospitals were just what they were, in the open, in the weather wherever they could find space. During the war most nurses were men, because the military believed women were thought to be too sensitive to cope with the recently injured or wounded...The Confederate Navy in an attempt to get world recognition sailed around the globe sailed as far away as the Sea of Japan in the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean. The Federate Navy was always in pursuit having sea battles in those distant waters.
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