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Veterans Day

Post by Annelie » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:17 am

I hear they died to protect our freedom.
Yes, some did but others died honorably doing a job their country asked of them.
That includes not only the Allies but those of the Axis countries.

Am I the only one thinking of the Germans and Axis Veterans at this time when commemorating 11.11 Veterans Day?
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Post by Tom Houlihan » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:34 am

No, m'Dear!

Veterans and comrades both.
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Re: Veterans Day

Post by Luftman129 » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:20 pm

No, I'm thinking of them both also. Especially since my family has German ancestry in it.

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Re: Veterans Day

Post by phylo_roadking » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:33 pm

It's happening increasingly here in the UK - but not "officially" on Remembrance Sunday as yet.

But next year, for the 70th anniversary of the Battle Of britain, the Luftwaffe apparently be joining the RAF in a flypast over London...
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Re: Veterans Day

Post by der alte Landser » Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:51 pm

Certainly, everyone has the freedom to remember whomever they want to at any time of the year. Not to be crotchety or anything (but I did turn 50 in September.) Veterans Day in the US is for America's veterans. Germany has a holiday established to honor and remember the fallen warriors who died in its' service. This year, that commemoration is November 15th. The name of Germany's holiday is Volkstrauertag (National Day of Mourning). The date varies a bit each year, and falls two Sundays before the start of Advent.

Veterans Day honors America's surviving veterans. Our national holiday to our our war dead is Memorial Day, in May.

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Re: Veterans Day

Post by centurion854 » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:01 am

I understand the desire to feel like we should remember all those who died defending their country. However, American soldiers wouldn't have died if others didn't start the war. And veterans day is for honoring surviving american vets. Memorial day is for american war dead. Now no one says you can't pause to remember the dead any time you want. I think it's a personal choice.

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Re: Veterans Day

Post by philippe_jehl » Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:41 am

It is also known as armistice day in some countries, the day World War one ended. A celebration of the ending of a terrible war. It has become over time a celebration of honeroring all war veterans past and present but I think still also a day of peace and rememberance of all those that died in not only world war one but in all wars regarless of Nationality

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