Veterans Day

We remember. And Admin’s dad (USN WW2) will be getting a call today.

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  1. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:20 am on November 11th, 2014

    today we give thanks to all those who gave so much to our country. We are fortunate to be able to live here.

  2. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:25 am on November 11th, 2014

    Greetings!

    Today’s GOOGLE Doodle is dedicated to our veterans. I give so much thanks to those who have served my country, and those who continue to do so.

  3. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:32 am on November 11th, 2014

    Good morning, Wose. Have a good day. Hope there are no tissues involved.

  4. Billy's Buddy
    8:55 am on November 11th, 2014

    Good morning Wose, B,M&L and All.

    The program at our grandchildren’s elementary school to honor veterans is probably cancelled because of snow, snow, snow! (Two hour snow delay.) Billy’s other buddy really enjoys this program because the little kids make thank you cards and hand them out to veterans with a hand shake and thank you. Other Buddy was stationed in Germany in the early 60s listening through headphones to Russian messages.

  5. Billy's Buddy
    9:01 am on November 11th, 2014

    Nana: There was a 16-car pileup in Duluth yesterday. So happy that you and your slow-driving sis were NOT there at the time.

  6. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:09 am on November 11th, 2014

    Off to the work place. Stay warm and safe!

  7. B.Stover
    9:10 am on November 11th, 2014

    “On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month….”

    Good morning all.

  8. Herd of Hounds
    9:27 am on November 11th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Alice M. Thank you for the punny stuff last night. Mom has been lax in her slacks in the pun department. BSD, thank you for the witch of November. Remember it like it was yesterday.
    Spence and Admin, thanks for the shout out for vets. Mom always thinks of her papa, a pilot trainer in WWII and her Uncle Frank, an infantry man in Italy. She sent today’s post to her b i l who spent 30 years in the army (and 1 in the USMC, maybe a story for another day)
    Have an evenly eleven day.

  9. Martha
    9:32 am on November 11th, 2014

    My dad. My brother. My Grandfather. My aunt. My aunt. My great uncle.. My aunt. My uncle. My husband. Thank you all.

  10. B.Stover
    9:40 am on November 11th, 2014

    Rio: I watched “Rory’s Birthday.” I agree that Kelly Bishop does a brilliant job. The acting is very good in the series. For some reason my favorite characters are Michel Gerard, the French concierge, and Luke Danes, owner of Luke’s Diner.

  11. Herd of Hounds
    9:42 am on November 11th, 2014

    Marthe, we just knew you belonged to a special family!

  12. BooBear
    9:50 am on November 11th, 2014

    Good Morning, All! Thank you to all veterans past and present for your service.

  13. Basil and Sage
    9:51 am on November 11th, 2014

    Good morning all. The Storyteller may or may not have sniffled a little when he saw today’s blog opening, and read your first comments.
    Thanks to all Veterans. You willingly went forth in service to your country. No one could ask more of any man or woman. May each of you feel the gratitude of this country wrapped around your shoulders like a warm blanket, and know that you are honored.

  14. Herd of Hounds
    10:07 am on November 11th, 2014
  15. Herd of Hounds
    10:07 am on November 11th, 2014

    Service Anthems above…it is safe to open!

  16. Dawson
    10:14 am on November 11th, 2014

    Today and always I give thanks and honor to all our veterans.

  17. Diane C.
    10:25 am on November 11th, 2014

    Barb, Mag and Lucy, Wose, Billy’s Buddy, B. Stover, HOH, Martha, Boo Bear, Basil and Sage–Amen. Let us not forget.

  18. Herd of Hounds
    10:29 am on November 11th, 2014

    Just a question: how many here have visited the Vietnam Wall in D.C.? Mom was moved to tears just looking at it before even looking for (and finding) names.

  19. Diane C.
    10:38 am on November 11th, 2014

    …also maybe a day to reacquaint ourselves with the work of Wilfred Owen, the great English language poet of WWI. the best-known of his work is Dulce et Decorum Est, easily googled, but I thought I’d offer up my favorite:

    http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/owen1.html

  20. Diane C.
    10:39 am on November 11th, 2014

    …also maybe a day to reacquaint ourselves with the work of Wilfred Owen, the great English language poet of WWI. the best-known of his work is Dulce et Decorum Est, easily googled, but I thought I’d offer up my favorite:

    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/176833

  21. Herd of Hounds
    10:40 am on November 11th, 2014

    A Double Dawson by DianneC. on a triple 11 day!

  22. Diane C.
    10:41 am on November 11th, 2014

    Oh rats! I double-Dawsoned! The first link is to “Dulce et Decorum Est” (with annoying endnotes). The second is to “Strange Meeting”.

  23. Herd of Hounds
    10:42 am on November 11th, 2014

    We likes”Strange Meeting”.

  24. Diane C.
    10:49 am on November 11th, 2014

    HOH–I can do it again, and make it three, if you like (maybe with links to Siegfried Sassoon or Rupert Brooke). W. Owen was killed in WWI three weeks before the Armistice we observe today, not that anyone asked.
    Benjamin Britten set nine of his poems (Owen’s, not Britten’s) for his War Requiem written after WWII. (Easily found in various performances on YouTube)in case anyone’s interested.

  25. Diane C.
    10:50 am on November 11th, 2014

    HOH–Me, too. Hope we’re all doing well on a day of solemn remembrance.

  26. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    11:23 am on November 11th, 2014

    HoH — as you can well imagine, living in the DC area, we have been to the Vietnam War Memorial many times, as well as the WWII Memorial and the lessor known but equally moving Korean War Memorial. I remember taking my dad to the WWII Memorial shortly after it opened a few years back and how moved he was by the experience (he was in the Army and in a troop convoy in the Pacific on his way to the invasion of Japan when the war ended). There is also a lot of electronic data base information at the WWII Memorial about soldiers who were killed during the war (Debbie was able to locate information about her uncle who was one of the 800 American soldiers lost when the Belgian ship SS Leopoldville was sunk off of the coast of Cherbourg, France, on Christmas Eve, 1944).

  27. Herd of Hounds
    11:33 am on November 11th, 2014

    Wookie’s and Teddy’s Dad: It never ceases to amaze us. As a “literate” nation we have stories, poems and plays, but the oral history we can share with each other is absolutely amazing :)

  28. O'Howlers
    11:34 am on November 11th, 2014

    Thank you to all of our veterans, including Pop, his dad, all 3 of his brothers, and his uncle, and all 6 of Mom’s dad’s brothers.

  29. Staff
    11:37 am on November 11th, 2014

    Wookie and Teddy’s Dad.
    Every time you post about your Dad I think of my father who was also on a troop ship headed for Japan when the bombs were dropped. He is 90 now. My mother was also a trainer for pilots. She was with the WAC’s and was based in Karatchee and used a link trainer to show seasoned pilots how to fly using radar. That allowed them to fly over ‘the hump’ in bad weather in order to get into Burma. Mr.Staff was in Vietnam.

  30. Herd of Hounds
    11:38 am on November 11th, 2014

    P.S. And YES the emotional impact of the WWII, Korean and Vietnam Memorials were one of the most moving parts of D.C. when my faculty went to D.C. in 2004. We were a museum magnet school with a primarily inner-city population trying to find ways to fire up the kids. We came home with so many ideas!

  31. BearSpiritDog
    11:46 am on November 11th, 2014

    Today, With Grateful Hearts, We Remember All Who Have Served…be it 2-legged or 4-legged…Family, Friends & Strangers, Members of the Nation Within, Equine and Avian. We Salute You All.

    We too have visited the Wall in D.C.

  32. O'Howlers
    11:46 am on November 11th, 2014

    Mom and Pop were at the Vietnam Wall, and yes, it was emotional, particularly seeing a familiar name. The WWII Memorial was not yet there. Mom wants to visit that. Pop’s dad was in both WWII and Korea, so he found the Korean (forgotten) War memorial especially moving.

  33. Siber-H
    12:17 pm on November 11th, 2014

    A heartfelt thank you to all our Veterans and those serving n the military now all over the world. You are our national treasures.

    I like reading your posts about your family members who have served.

  34. Riö -The Evil Pug
    12:45 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Veteran!…Beau thinks he is a Veteran because he was born on 11-11….snort!

  35. Herd of Hounds
    12:51 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Perhaps he is, of sorts. Happy Beau-day.

  36. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    1:05 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Staff: I thought I remembered that your dad was also on a troop ship in the Pacific when the war ended. My dad is 95, so he has a couple of years on your dad age-wise. We did have to move him into an assisted living residence facility earlier this year primarily for safety reasons (it was just getting too difficult for him to manuever in our multi-story house) but he has made the transition well and there is even a veterans group at the residence facility that gets together periodically. Teddy is also a frequent visitor there, which my dad really appreciates.

  37. Siber-H
    1:05 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Happy Birthday Beau!
    It’s fine with me if you want to think you are a veteran.

  38. Billy's Buddy
    1:13 pm on November 11th, 2014

    We were able to attend the Veterans Day program after all! It was a beautiful and emotional time. The best part, for me, was having our two grandchildren present their grandpa with home made thank you cards for serving in the military. He also received many others from other students. No doubt he will cherish them all.

    The music director also explained about the unoccupied POW/MIA chair.

    My father was stationed in England during World War II. He loaded bombs on aircraft. He was billeted with a family who kept in touch with him for many years, and with my mother after he died. He, as a native Polish speaker, was also present as an interpreter at two concentration camps when they were liberated. The only thing he ever talked with me about was the “ghost” that lived in the house where he stayed. He laughed about the rocking chair in his room that would start rocking at odd times. He said it was a friendly ghost.

  39. Terry Ballard
    1:15 pm on November 11th, 2014

    My Dad, who served in the Pacific theater died two years ago at age 91, after a long downhill slog with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia (both of his older sisters got it, so I get a little panicky every time I forget something). He was mustered out, but quickly rejoined the Air Force in the 1940s and served until 1960. He managed to stay stationed in the Phoenix area until 1958, at which point we were all sent to the Philippines for 18 months. While there, he took pictures of all of the places on the base that nobody else thought to save, so he is immortalized to this day on a web page about that time (http://www.terryballard.org/clark.htm ) Dad used to say that there are just two kinds of people in the world – officers and enlisted. He was proud to be in the latter camp.

  40. Masquers
    1:18 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Beau blurring in for a birthday treat!

  41. BARB, MAGGIE AND LUCY
    1:22 pm on November 11th, 2014

    BB, It is amazing the experiences these gentlemen had and didn’t speak much about. What an emotional experience for your dad to be at a concentration camp and talk to the survivors. I can’t even imanine what that must have been like.

    Does anyone have an opinion as to why there is so much more PTSD today than in past wars? Were the men of WWII and Korea more stoic? It seems like it became more pronounced with Vietnam and even more previlent today. Do we just know more about it and can give it a name today or is it in fact more wide spread?

  42. Billy's Buddy
    1:22 pm on November 11th, 2014

    The Wall: I haven’t visited the one in D.C., but have visited the traveling wall a couple of times in a couple of places. There were tears involved.

  43. BearSpiritDog
    1:24 pm on November 11th, 2014

    In honor of Beau’s Birthday and his being a Veteran…we hereby nominate him for FOD.

  44. Billy's Buddy
    1:26 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Happy Birthday, Beau! You are a handsome FOD!

  45. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:34 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Gray!…He looks young in that photo. He has gotten considerably more gray with each passing day…heh!heh!

  46. Siber-H
    1:36 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Barb, I don’t have an opinion, but I have often thought the same question about PTSD, past and present.

    I have read more about PTSD occurring after World War I than I have World War II. During World War I, it was called shell shock.

  47. Siber-H
    1:39 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Bear, Good choice for FOD…our Birthday boy and veteran.

  48. Siber-H
    1:47 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Rio, Some dogs gray early just like some people do.

  49. B.Stover
    1:52 pm on November 11th, 2014

    PTSD wasn’t “coined” until the 1970s after Vietnam. It was called other things earlier, for example “shell shock.”

  50. B.Stover
    1:53 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Sorry Siber-H. I didn’t see your post.

    Happy Birthday Beau.

  51. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:59 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Clarkson!…I remember Clarkson being in a play where the subject was PTSD. I cannot remember the name of the play though…grunt!

  52. C.hobbiti
    2:09 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Rio: living with you I sure causes a few gray hairs. Are you still hogging all the treaties and toys?

  53. B.Stover
    2:21 pm on November 11th, 2014

    When I was looking up PTSD, I read an article that said a psychiatrist suggested that it was described in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 by Lady Percy who is describing what her husband (Hotspur) is like since he came home from battle. I looked it up (Act 2, Scene 4, Lines 31-58) and it is a very good description of PTSD. She describes him as pale, having lost his appetite (for everything including her), and in his sleep he talks about “trenches, tents…cannon…Of prisoners ransomed, and of soldiers slain….” The play was written around 1597.

  54. Siber-H
    2:27 pm on November 11th, 2014

    As long as there has been war, which is the history of the human race,
    PTSD must have been with us.

    A person can also get PTSD from experiences like an auto accident.

  55. Riö -The Evil Pug
    2:37 pm on November 11th, 2014

    CHobbit!…That’s funny, my friend says the same thing. She blames me for her hair color and now she is blaming me for Beau going gray at a rapid rate….grunt!

  56. Staff
    2:40 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Yes, Mr. Husky Auto Accidents and Rape. That is my special peeve with a few of the politicians who feel that there are rapes that are ‘real’ and rapes that are not real. But I do not want to make this a topic on our nice blog. grump.

    I am late for lunch. BBsoon

  57. Wose-the Small and Meek
    3:14 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, Beau!
    Did Rio give you a card?

  58. Herd of Hounds
    3:33 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Yes, we (the HOH) have noticed our 4 year old Lucy Lou the Labrdoo is beginning to get a white mustache and white hairs in her all black coat. She is still our kid like puppy but with white hair, Go figure!

  59. B.Stover
    3:53 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Staff is correct. One article I read said that women are more likely to get PTSD than men because of sexual assault.

  60. Herd of Hounds
    4:30 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Gosh, mom said she experienced a date rape in 1970, before anyone talked about it, women were told to “not be loose”. Go figure.

  61. Wose-the Small and Meek
    4:36 pm on November 11th, 2014

    I just watched the last half hour of my favorite baseball film, “Pride of the Yankees.” I wish I had checked the TCM schedule….

  62. Martha
    4:48 pm on November 11th, 2014

    A childhood friend of my husband was three when his dad was killed in Korea. He, his wife, and kids came down to see us in Maryland (where we lived at the time). Our two families attended the dedication of the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and then we all went over to Arlington Cemetary to locate his dad’s gravesite. That was a weepy, but very special, day.

  63. Herd of Hounds
    4:59 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Today and all the memories have been wonderful! Please let us keep our former generation in mind at the holidays!

  64. Tupper's Mama
    5:13 pm on November 11th, 2014

    My favorite story for Veteran’s Day:
    The Storyteller and I were in DC with friends for the 25th Anniversary Dedication of the Wall.
    We spent one day just going to the different monuments, starting with the Wall, where we looked up some of the guys Leonard knew. We saw the Nurses’ Memorial, and the WWII. Our last stop was the Korean Memorial. If you have never seen it, it is a series of life size statues of a platoon of men on the march. They have backpacks and ponchos and radios and guns – it really looks like a snapshot of a platoon was turned into a 3D model.
    We walked around the figures silently. Leonard was very emotional, and tear streaked, but quiet.
    As we got ready to move on, a young Asian couple came up to Leonard. They asked him if he had served in Korea – when he said that he had, they bowed, and then said to him, “Thank you for protecting our country”.
    I still get very teary eyed when I look at the picture we took of them, and remember that moment.
    Thank you all for sharing your memories.

  65. Diane C.
    5:13 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Beau–Happy Birthday.
    B, M and L–Siber-H and B. Stover beat me to it, but I immediately thought “shell shock”in response to the PTSD question. I read an Op-Ed piece yesterday in my local paper (LA Times) which discussed the much higher wounded-to-killed ratio in recent wars (Gah! What a phrase–“recent wars”!) and attributed that to better battlefield medicine (thus a higher survivor rate–9 wounded to 1 killed rather than 3 to 1). So I’m thinking part of the greater coverage given to PTSD may also be due to a higher survival rate, complete with traumatic stress…
    Father and husband in WWII. Husband dropped out of HS to join on his 17th birthday…

  66. Diane C.
    5:20 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Rio–Was it maybe “Tracers”? Or “Hollow Men”?

  67. Siber-H
    5:26 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Diane, I think your theory makes sense.

    Wose, I checked the TCM schedule this morning and I didn’t see Pride of the Yankees listed.

    Thank you guys for sharing your memories. It is a good way to remember what Veteran’s Day is all about.

  68. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:06 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Thank you Diane, that does make sense.

    Happy Birthday Beau. We also want to see your card from Rio.

  69. O'Howlers
    6:48 pm on November 11th, 2014

    We typed a long post about PTSD and the disparagement still faced, but this stupid iOS lost it. Carpola.

  70. Herd of Hounds
    6:57 pm on November 11th, 2014

    DianneC. your comment makes so much sense. We have discussed it here all day long but you, You, YOU finally gave the idea meaning.TY

  71. Herd of Hounds
    7:41 pm on November 11th, 2014

    OH, Know y’all are quiet and submissive, just haven’t heard from all y’all in quite some time. Hope things are good with chicks and Sibes (and horses).

  72. O'Howlers
    7:53 pm on November 11th, 2014

    HOH, we are all well, but clumsy Mom fell tonight. She not only broke our only 2 eggs; she also managed to hurt her ribs pretty bad. She is blaming Kat.

  73. Thieves!
    8:09 pm on November 11th, 2014

    We gladly say thank you to these vets who have served our country and not the thermometer toting kind.

  74. Herd of Hounds
    8:13 pm on November 11th, 2014

    OH mom, you and our mom must be twins. She tripped over Darah 3 nites ago, bruised shin but cracked ribs…hurts to …breathe, laugh. cough, think!

  75. Herd of Hounds
    8:53 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Terry Ballard, loved what you posted about your dad. Papa was born in 1921 also. Still miss the original “old fart”. What a guy he was. Seemd like being special went with that generation.

  76. Riö -The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Home!…My friend if finally home after partying with a bunch of IT Nerds…grunt!…Who else in the world goes out on a Tuesday night?…wheeze! ….Only Nerds.

  77. Mollypop's Mom
    9:06 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Rio, excuuuse me. I have been a Happy Nerd all my professional career. Tuesday nights are a good time to go out.

  78. Herd of Hounds
    9:15 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Open mouth, insert paw.

  79. Mollypop's Mom
    9:30 pm on November 11th, 2014

    O’Howler’s Mom, I have fallen and had cracked ribs like you. It hurts like heck. It takes 4 to 8 weeks to heal and it’s important to be still and let the healing happen. I understand how difficult that is with your farm and the chores but that’s what it takes to get the ribs healed.

  80. Tupper's Mama
    9:31 pm on November 11th, 2014

    We are going to say good night from here. But first, we want to say thank you to youse guys; our friends, our family, our support system. You are each and every one of you very important to us, and in our prayers every night. We do appreciate all the good thoughts and prayers and messages you send our way. Your words of encouragement keep us strong, and the funny conversations here keep us going.
    So, please know, you are all special to us. Even you Rio, you irascible, ornery, adorable Pugster.
    G’night, family

  81. Herd of Hounds
    9:36 pm on November 11th, 2014

    nighty night.

  82. Riö -The Evil Pug
    9:39 pm on November 11th, 2014

    MollysMaw!…Proof Pawsitive! All nerds go out on Tuesday night…heh!heh!…I have no idea why….wheeze!

  83. Dawson
    10:00 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Beau makes a distinguished friend of the day. Happy birthday Beau!

    Thank you for all the special stories of your veteran family members and friends.

  84. Diane C.
    10:06 pm on November 11th, 2014

    OH Mom and HOH Mom–Oh No! Ribs really hurt! Jump under the quilt and have a S.C.
    We observed a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. in ballet class today. So I’m also grateful for an extra minute of normal breathing.

  85. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:16 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Beau did make a good FOD, and on his birthday too.

    Saying good night now to all you Nerds and Non-Nerds out there.

  86. Thieves!
    10:46 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Beau: happy birthday!

    Broken Rib bandits: We promise not to say anything funny until you and your ribs are back to tip top.

  87. Staff
    11:30 pm on November 11th, 2014

    Ouch. Broken Ribs sound like no fun at all. You guys be careful out there.

    Amalia we love you too.

    We sent a whole bunch of stuff to Rebecca. Two items ‘for sure’ for the auction and the rest probably boutique stuff. She will decide I know. I hope the photo’s were all OK.

    Tired tonight. See you in the morning. Sleep well and stay warm under the quilt.

  88. O'Howlers
    7:33 am on November 12th, 2014

    We didn’t mean to worry youse guys. Mom didn’t crack ribs, she just bruised them. She took the night off from walking (boo), but plans to get back to everything today.

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