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VETERANS and MEMORIAL DAY



"All gave some,
Some gave all"

USO -- Sent with love to our military
http://www.uso.org/

Dear Soldier, Thank You For Caring
( seen better with "select all" )
http://www.carol8444.com/myweb/new_page_26.htm

Number of deaths .... weep and pray
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/
http://www.nytimes.com/ref/us/20061228_3000FACES_TAB1.html

Letters from the Fallen

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/25/us/25dead.web.html

12,000 US soldiers under NATO command in Afghanistan -- Oct. 15, 2006
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061005/ap_on_re_as/afghan_nato_13

Notice: no mention of home-country of soldiers; just "NATO"  -- Oct. 26, 2006
http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-10-26-voa14.cfm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,,1932279,00.html
No victory in Afghanistan
http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,,1926820,00.html

101 Airborne --
It's the Veteran who gave us freedom
http://www.kfdi.com/get/operationiraq/page7.asp

Biometric ID for US military -- Oct. 27, 2006
Freeland, WA, USA, October 26, 2006 -- The United States Military Central Command is deploying soldiers to Iraq with the latest technology in biometric security to secure their personal and private information. Commanders at CENTCOM are distributing the BioCert(r) ClipBio(tm) Pro 1GB fingerprint flash drives to soldiers being deployed to Iraq.
US Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and other coalition forces are using the ClipBio Pro as shown on the BioCert(r) ClipBio Pro Website to secure their personal communications with their families, personal files, create, store and email documents and to store confidential information all protected with their fingerprints. The BioCert ClipBio Pro is designed to secure up to 1Gigabyte of information with a simple swipe of your finger.

Unlike previous generations, today's soldiers have the ability to communicate from the field via the Internet with their families through the use of email, video email and other high tech methods on a regular basis. In years past, these messages from loved ones in the battlefield used to take months to get from a combat zone to the recipient. Now they take nano-seconds.

Todays soldier can carry everything they need to do everything they would normally do with a PC, all in under 2 ounces - in the palm of their hand for under a hundred dollars. Members of every branch of service are carrying their ClipBio Pro with them in the field." claims James Childers - CEO of Artemis Solutions Group, makers of the BioCert ClipBio Pro Flash Drives
but also to conduct other personal business such as balancing the checkbook, budgeting, checking or repairing their credit report, online banking and all of the other activities that they would perform on their PC at home.
http://press.xtvworld.com/article14975.html

PATRIOTIC SONGS http://www.usflag.org/songs.html

Battle Hymn of the Republic-"Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Lord"
written by Julia Ward Howe
http://www.contemplator.com/america/battle.html
also at http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/b/h/bhymnotr.htm

More Patriotic Songs: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/musicpatriot.htm

Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation
under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.”

http://www.flagday.org/Pages/StoryofPledge.html

UN blue
http://www.usasurvival.org/ck110102.shtml

On the Net: Veterans Affairs: http://www.va.gov
Updates
http://www.va.gov/dva.htm

Korean Veterans
http://www.kwva.org/
http://www.nps.gov/kwvm/home.htm
http://members.aol.com/veterans/warlib6k.htm
36,000 Americans lost their lives
http://www.theforgottenvictory.org/

Viet Nam War:
www.bibl.u-szeged.hu/bibl/mil/vietnam/konyv/r/rowe_i.html
www.pownetwork.org/bios/r/r077.htm
www.usvetdsp.com/story16.htm
www.nickrowe.com

Veterans and Memorial Day Poetry
http://members.aol.com/usaheroes/memorial.htm

Message from Gen. Richard B. Meyers
2004 Richard Myers
http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Nov2004/n11102004_2004111002.html
War on Terrorism
http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwhr156.html
2004 Donald Rumsfeld
http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Nov2004/n11102004_2004111001.html

Memorial Day History and Information
http://www.usmemorialday.org/

History of Memorial Day----Waterloo, New York.... 1865
http://www.waterloony.com/MemDay.html

Honoring Michael New who believes in the sovereignty of America
"I am not a U.N. soldier"
http://www.constitutionparty.com/new_v_new_world_order.htm
NWO- IQ...Daniel New
http://www.constitutionparty.com/test_your_nwo_iq.htm
Home Page http://www.mikenew.com

Let Us Not forget
http://poetry-emotion.com/Garden_Of_Greetings/letusnotforget.html

They Gave Their Tomorrows
http://www.weezye.com/memday/memorial.html

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The following links honor our American soldiers, living or dead.

POW-MIA's http://aiipowmia.com
and
http://www.mmtcnet.com/bmiller/vietnam/mia_pow.htm


Voiceless Veterans

http://www.hackworth.com/25may99.html
Gulf War Vets
www.gulfwarvets.com
www.gulfwarvets.com/vetday/vetday.htm
Vets Message Board
www.gulfwarvets.com/cgi-bin/Ultimate.cgi?action=intro

ANNIE's Memorial Day Page
http://www.annieshomepage.com/memorialday.html

Defending America
http://www.hackworth.com/23may00.html

James F Baxter, Veteran of WW2 and Korea
http://www.geocities.com/James-Baxter/biog.htm

JF Baxter Testimony
http://www.geocities.com/James-Baxter/test.htm

Be sure to read J F Baxter 's articles ... they are very good
Earth's Choice Maker Joel 3:
http://www.geocities.com/James-Baxter/
http://www.geocities.com/James-Baxter/index.html

Origins of Veterans Day http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/hspls/veteransday.html

Remember
http://www.vietvet.org/memday.htm

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Air Force http://www.af.mil
Army
http://www2.army.mil
Coast Guard
http://www.uscg.mil
Marines
http://www.usmc.mil
Merchant Marines http://www.hendersondispatch.com/articles/2005/06/01/news/letters/let02.txt
There were 9,300 Merchant Mariners killed and over 12,000 wounded during World War II. The Merchant Marines suffered the highest casualty rate of ANY service during WWII with 1 in 26 Merchant Mariners killed.
As a proud daughter of a Merchant Mariner who participated in the invasion of Normandy and many more missions I believe we should honor these brave men as we honor ALL veterans!
http://www.hendersondispatch.com/articles/2005/06/01/news/letters/let02.txt

Merchant Marine
She is pushing a bill -- HR 23 -- dubbed the "Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2005." It would provide the old mariners with a monthly benefit of $1,000 and allow them to be treated as military veterans for the purposes of Social Security. That would mean slightly higher benefits.
If the mariners had the veteran designation, they could have received $160 more per month since they retired. The average age of a World War II veteran mariner is 81
http://www.nj.com/columns/ledger/braun/index.ssf?/base/columns-0/111742865613780.xml&coll=1

WWII Merchant Marine veterans were responsible for piloting slow moving cargo vessels, known as Liberty Ships, which transported the supplies necessary to win the War. Their acts of heroism delivering oil, gas, ammunitions, food, water, troops and military equipment across the seven seas, resulted in the highest casualty rate compared to the U.S. Military branches during WWII. One of out every twenty-six Merchant Mariner was killed during the War. They were also the only auxiliary service under the U.S. War Department to accept servicemen with handicaps and missing limbs, and had the highest concentration of minority servicemen
Helping MM Vets http://www.house.gov/filner/

More information about World War II Merchant Mariners may be found by visiting the following URL: http://www.usmm.org/ or by contacting communications director David Splivalo at 408-396-2927.
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/05-30-2005/0003761821&EDATE=

National Guard Bureau http://www.ngb.dtic.mil/
Nat'l Guards First Duty : Supplement the U.S. Military -- May 14, 2007
"Approximately 80 percent of National Guard and military reservists have served in either Afghanistan or Iraq since 2001. Some of those reserve component troops have been deployed more than once. My old battalion commander told me of an E-9 in Rhode Island who was over ‘there' on his fifth tour!
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/challenges.php?id=973520

Navy
http://www.navy.mil
Reserves
http://snap.myskins.com/infobeat/1999/07/2452.000000.html

Dept. of Transportation:
US Merchant Marine Command
http://www.usmm.org/

The American Legion ---- "For God and Country"
World's Largest Veterans Organization

http://www.legion.org/

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

John 15:13



from Bill Lane LV, Nevada


Sheryl's Page:
http://www.sherylfranklin.com/holidays/memorial.html

Memorial Day Tribute and Links
http://www.computingcorner.com/holidays/memorial/memorial.htm

An American
http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/airforce/wing/warrior-conduct.htm

Articles, Poems ....American Heritage Library
http://www.constitutional.net/library.html

Don Feder "I AM AN AMERICAN".....
http://familymatters.org/American.htm and at http://www.dadi.org/American.htm
and at:

http://www.skybusiness.com/larsenfamily/index4.html


from Bill Lane LV, Nevada


Thank God I am an American
http://www.jg3.com/roundrobin/tgiaaa.html

Give Me Your Tired Your Poor ....by Emma Lazarus
"The New Colossus" http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CAP/LIBERTY/lazaruspoem.html
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CAP/LIBERTY/lazarus.html
http://www.libertystatepark.com/emma.htm

America 2002--- FREEDOM and LIBERTY
"Freedom" and "Liberty" are now banned from school... April 20-2002
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=27319

"Read This or Be Assimilated"..... Bob Wallace...April 19-2002
Willingly losing our Freedom

www.lewrockwell.com/wallace/wallace34.html

Dept. of Defense DoD---Sec. of Defense Donald H. Rumsfield
News etc.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/nation/specials/nationalsecurity/military/

God First, then Country www.GodsStandard.com
http://www.newsbull.com/m.asp?id=421

No more media coverage of returning coffins--Oct. 21, 2003
To this problem, the Bush administration has found a simple solution: It has ended the public dissemination of such images by banning news coverage and photography of dead soldiers' homecomings on all military bases.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55816-2003Oct20.html

No coverage of returning dead soldiers
As a result, the president has decided that news crews will no longer be allowed on military bases where they might take photographs of the coffins of American soldiers killed in action.
It is a significant step. It is an ill-advised step.
It is one which will likely hurt the president’s image more than it will help his message about the progress being made in Iraq. It might even be an unprecedented step.
George Bush’s feelings toward the press, however, are not unprecedented; http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,101187,00.html

Veterans Hospitals to close--June 6-2002
WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans hospitals across the country and the vets they serve will come under intense scrutiny as officials consider where to cut back and where to add new services.
In the end, an unknown number of
hospitals are likely to close as the Department of Veterans Affairs shifts its focus to outpatient care and works to bring services closer to people who need them
While they keep saying they're improving services, they are drastically cutting services," said Bruce Parry, 55, of Veterans for Unification, a Chicago advocacy group.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&514&e=12&u=/ap/20020606/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/veterans_health_2

Freedom isn't free. Freedom isn't free.
You've got to pay the price,
You've got to sacrifice
for your liberty........
.Song

Eternal Father -- Strong to Save (for all military forces)
Song on the Titanic that fateful day
"O Father, hear us when we pray
For those we love so far away."
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/e/t/eternalf.htm


HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE
When you hear the word Waterloo, you probably think of Napoleon's surrender. There's another Waterloo--in New York--and it's the birthplace of Memorial Day.

Decoration Day
http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/memorial/memorial.html
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. Find other interesting historical facts about the holiday, wars and conflicts, and more.

A moment of remembrance
http://www.remember.gov/
3:00 PM is the national moment of remembrance. The entire nation will be unified in remembering our fallen veterans. There are various ways to participate. This site will help you choose a way to remember.

Celebrate like the old days

http://www.usmemorialday.org/observe.htm
It's okay to have a cookout with family and friends, but don't forget about why we have this special day. This site suggests some meaningful ways to honor those who died.

Beautiful yet melancholy
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org/ceremonies/originoftaps.html
Taps was first played during the Civil War. It was written by Union Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield in July 1862.



CONFLICTS -- PAST AND PRESENT
Americans have lost their lives in many wars and conflicts. Here's some information on larger conflicts.

Civil War
http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/index.html
One soldier wrote that soldiering is 99% boredom and 1% sheer terror.
View an online exhibition and learn more about the Civil War.

The war to end all wars --
World War 1
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWW.htm
This excellent encyclopedia provides everything you need to know about World War I. View a chronology, war statistics and more.

Axis and Allies --
World War 2
http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=home.asp
The National World War II Memorial opened last year. It honors all Americans who served during the war, including the more than 400,000 who died.

War and pix
http://www.vietnampix.com
It's hard to view pictures of war and not be moved in some way. Some make you laugh--like seeing soldiers dancing with Raquel Welch at a USO show. Most are serious.

Gulf War I
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/gulf/etc/synopsis.html
It was hard to tear yourself away from CNN during the first Gulf War. Never before had war been televised like this. There are some great interviews with the key decision makers at the time.

Gulf War II
http://icasualties.org/oif/
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/

AND FINALLY...

Don't forget
http://www.aiipowmia.com/other/hostilechron.html
The above wars and conflicts are the major ones. We've also lost military personnel in smaller conflicts.
This site ensures those who died are not forgotten.

Salvation