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Our Vets – never out of fashion! … Today! Worcester Veterans Day events … and for all vets! FREE SPECIAL-FOR-YOU MEALS at Applebees, Friendlys

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Cece’s first ICT photo shoot. She’s no bigger than a greeting card! pic: R.T.

WORCESTER HONORS OUR VETS

Pancake Breakfast at Veterans Inc

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Veterans Inc.,

69 Grove Street, Worcester

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Parade: 11 AM

Parade begins at corner of Glennie Street and Grove Street by Percy’s Appliances.

It will proceed down and end at 69 Grove Streetl.

For information regarding parade participation please call (508) 791-1213 x123.

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Wreath Laying Ceremony

2 PM

At the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Green Hill Park, off Lincoln and Belmont streets

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Wreath Laying Ceremony

2 PM

At the Korean War Memorial on Worcester Center Boulevard.

– City of Worcester website

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AT APPLEBEES restaurant – there’s one on Park Ave – FREE SPECIAL ENTREES FOR ALL VETS!

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And at all FRIENDLYs ice cream:

Free breakfast, lunch or dinner today for all vets! Bring military ID.

Free! Vets can order the Big-Two-Do: two slices of Brioche French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast; two strips of applewood-smoked bacon or two sausage links, sided by two made-to-order fresh eggs. Plus: a cup of joe!

Or: Free All-American Burger with fries and soda, iced tea or hot beverage.

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Jett says relax and enjoy this holiday!

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How spoiled is my brat #10

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Veterans’ Day 2016

By Edith Morgan

Friday, November 11, 2016, is the day we set aside for our annual Veterans’ Day remembrance: it is a National Holiday, so everyone can observe it.

Originally called Armistice Day at the end of World War I, when finally after four years of bloody fighting we signed an armistice – to commemorate the end of a war when hostilities were finally ended – on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918.

President Woodrow Wilson welcomed the end of hostilities in a very optimistic speech, in 1919, describing the efforts that had been made in the intervening year to rebuild and recover from this first huge world war, which many people at that time hoped would be our last.

On “Armistice Day” as it was first called, our “reflections were to be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory … ”

On June 4, 1926, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution asking then-President Calvin Coolidge to issue a yearly proclamation calling for ceremonies on November 11. And so Armistice Day became a national holiday.

A variety of different kinds of observances took place over the years. Of course, by 1945 we had been involved in another World War, and under the leadership of a World War II veteran from Birmingham who convinced Dwight Eisenhower to support a National Veterans’ Day – and to change the name of this holiday to the name it bears today.

Originally always scheduled to be on November 11th, since 1971, due to the passing of “The Uniform Monday Holiday Act” this day was moved to Mondays every year from 1871 to 1977. But on November 11th, 1978, it was once again observed on November 11. If the real date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there is a day off on the Friday or Sunday near the date.’ So schools and government offices are closed and workers get a day off.

Some people have recentty suggested that since election day is so close to Veterans’ Day, we merge the two days, giving the public a day off and allowing people to vote on that day.

We should not confuse Veterans’ Day with Memorial Day – which specifically honors those who have died serving in our military.

Woodrow Wilson hoped that this day would be ..”a day filled with the solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service,“ and be a day …” dedicated to the cause of world peace.”

With fervent hope that finally peace may come to pass (although we are engaged in several deadly wars around the globe!) let us this Veterans’ Day salute and support all our veterans and pledge to stand behind them and their families, so long as they need us.

Help make rosaries for our soldiers

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Putting a rosary into the hands of every member of the U.S. Armed Forces around the globe who wants one.

 Operation Ranger Rosary will hold their next meeting on December 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Phelan Center, Blessed Sacrament Church, and 551 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA. 01602. 

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US military struggling to stop suicide epidemic among war veterans

From The Guardian. – R. T.

US military struggling to stop suicide epidemic among war veterans

Last year, more active-duty soldiers killed themselves than died in combat. And after a decade of deployments to war zones, the Pentagon is bracing for things to get much worse

William Busbee 

William Busbee was in many ways the archetype of the US soldier, and his mother feels he was let down by the army he loved so much. Photograph: Libby Busbee

Libby Busbee is pretty sure that her son William never sat through or read Shakespeare’s Macbeth, even though he behaved as though he had. Soon after he got back from his final tour of Afghanistan, he began rubbing his hands over and over and constantly rinsing them under the tap.

“Mom, it won’t wash off,” he said.

“What are you talking about?” she replied.

“The blood. It won’t come off.”

On 20 March last year, the soldier’s striving for self-cleanliness came to a sudden end. That night he locked himself in his car and, with his mother and two sisters screaming just a few feet away and with Swat officers encircling the vehicle, he shot himself in the head.

At the age of 23, William Busbee had joined a gruesome statistic. In 2012, for the first time in at least a generation, the number of active-duty soldiers who killed themselves, 177, exceeded the 176 who were killed while in the war zone. To put that another way, more of America’s serving soldiers died at their own hands than in pursuit of the enemy.

Soldier suicides Credit: Guardian graphicsAcross all branches of the US military and the reserves, a similar disturbing trend was recorded. In all, 349 service members took their own lives in 2012, while a lesser number, 295, died in combat….

to read more, click on link below …

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/01/us-military-suicide-epidemic-veteran


Improve the lives of War Dogs! Please help!

From a “friend”:

As an animal lover, I was outraged when I read this:

Experts estimate that the average War Dog saves 150 soldiers lives during his tenure of service. Currently war dogs are considered equipment provided to their “human” soldier handlers but while their handlers return home to their families these dogs are classified as “Excess Equipment” and left behind like junk.

Unless a dog is adopted as a pet and the adoptive owner pays ALL the expenses to bring the dog home, it will be left behind. PLEASE contact President Obama, Dept. of War, your Congresswoman/man and ask them to change the laws/help these brave animals!

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Improve Retired War Dog Adoption!

Retired Military Working Dogs have no “return to home station” benefits even though for the time of their service they are commonly considered “military members.” As it now stands, retired OCONUS (OVERSEAS) MWDs must be transported at adoptive owner’s expense as a pet!

Air Force Major General Mary Kay Hertog explained that adopters must bear the brunt of transport for adopted dogs returning from overseas because, “Once that dog is adopted, it becomes a pet, and therefore loses its MWD status.” The General added, “So it would be fraud, waste and abuse for the DOD to transport that pet.”

Experts estimate that the average MWD saves 150 soldier lives during his tenure of service. This is a laudable feat which should be recognized in an official capacity

Several organizations including US War Dog Association are asking Congress to amend H.R. 5314 (Public Law 106-446, 106th Congress) to include the following three changes:

Provide for authorized DoD Transport of retiring MWDs stationed at permanent OCONUS bases who are adoption suitable or already adopted back to CONUS (continental United States) via military transport.

Grant an official reclassification of current active duty MWD from “Equipment” to “MWD Troop/Soldier”. This change is necessary in order to undergird the reclassification of a retiring MWD from the current “Excess Equipment” to “MWD Veteran” or “Military K9 Veteran.”

Mandate the creation and establishment of a DoD recognized Commendation and Medal for Meritorious MWD Service for Active Duty MWDs.

Let the President, DoD, and Congress know how you feel about this issue!

Let there be peace on earth!

By Michael True

“The same war continues,” Denise Levertov wrote, in “Life at War.” Her lament is more appropriate for 2011 than as it was when she wrote the poem forty-five years ago.

Columnists and academics, including Andrew Bacevich, Boston University, are finally acknowledging facts familiar to anyone “awake” regarding failed U.S. policies, wasted lives and resources during this period, Willfully ignoring such facts, as Professor Bacevich wrote, “is to become complicit in the destruction of what most Americans profess to hold dear.”

At the beginning of this New Year, consequences of “life at war” stare us in the face: the victimization of military and civilian populations and a huge national debt, Continue reading Let there be peace on earth!