Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day Tulsa Oklahoma: Tulsa - Fifth Largest Veterans Day Parade

My hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma boasts the 5th largest Veterans Day parade in the U.S. Isn't that something for a city ranking 46th in the U.S. by population? Please scroll down for current posts through the remainder of Veterans Day.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Three veterans will lead today's parade in downtown Tulsa:

Parade Grand Marshall Paul Andert

Parade Chief of Staff Sam Childers

Parade Commander William Beal

On this day in 1918, World War I ended on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11 hour. Veterans Day honors all U.S. Military veterans who have served, and are serving, our country.

 On this day in 1921, The Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated at Arlington Cemetary.

Tomb of the Unknowns - Veterans Day

On this day in 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund launched "The Wall that Heals." This half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial travels through communities, "Bringing the Wall Home" to communities where families and friends can visit "in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings."

Vietnam Veterans Memorial - The Wall that Heals

World War II Veterans Memorial

USS Oklahoma

The USS Oklahoma was the 37th battleship commissioned by the U.S. Navy. She moved to Pearl Harbor in October 1936. On December 5, 1941 she moored there with six other war ships at "Battleship Row."  At 7:56 a.m. on December 7th, 1941 she was torpedoed and sunk within 12 minutes.


Okies on the USS Oklahoma

To the crew, she was affectionately know as "The Okie." A battleship was a small town gone to sea, her inhabitants mostly young and far from home.
One crewmember, USS Oklahoma survivor and author, Stephen Bower Young, wrote: "Despite the passage of time, it seems like yesterday. My mind sees clearly the shipmates I knew so well as they emerged, laughing and talking from a hatch, portside, main deck, aft, of the Oklahoma.
It is a time for morning quarters for muster, and at the urging of their petty officers, the white-uniformed sailors good-naturedly form into double ranks. They stand at ease...squaring round hats over suntanned faces...their talk is animated and they turn in my direction. Then a cloud grows darker and I see those certain few less clearly."

The Korean War, which continues today, is sometimes known as the "forgotten war."


Korean War Veterans Memorial

33,741 US Dead

23,615 Killed In Action

92,134 US Wounded

4,820 US Missing In Action (Declared Dead)

7,245 Prisoners Of War

2,847 Died in POW Camp

389 POWs known to have been alive after all U.S. POWs supposedly returned.

The lightly wounded, and released back to duty are not included in these figures.

Veterans Day - Desert Storm - Persian Gulf Wars

Veterans Day - Iraq War


Veterans Day - Afghanistan War

On this day in 1620, the Mayflower Compact was signed. The first colonists leading the way to America, as we know it today, signed a governing document for Plymouth Colony. The colonists crossed the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Mayflower. At least half of those were Christians, seeking the freedom to practice Christianity, without the tyrannical direction of the the King James. The Compact clearly established that the Colony would be free of English law. "It was devised to set up a government from within themselves and was written by those to be governed." The compact began "In the name of God, Amen." 
When creating the Mayflower Compact, the signers believed that covenants were not only to be honored between God and man, but also between each other. They had always honored covenants as part of their righteous integrity and agreed to be bound by this same principle with the Compact. John Adams and many historians have referred to the Mayflower Compact as the foundation of the U.S. Constitution written more than 150 later.  

America was indeed begun by men who honored God and set their founding principles by the words of the Bible. They lived their lives with honesty, reliability, and fairness toward establishing this country “for the sake of its survival.” A great many of America’s Founding Fathers have been quoted in regard to living by Biblical values.
On this day of honoring, remembering, and memorializing our veterans, it is good to remember that our military consists of many religious and non-religious beliefs - but always, our wars have been about liberation, never about occupation, never about confiscation. On this day, I remember my father, who served in WWII and two brothers who served in the U.S. Air Force and I am praying God's blessing on all who have served and are serving. The Veterans Day parade in Tulsa, Oklahoma has just begun.

Honoring the Veterans of the United States on Veterans Day

Others honoring our troops, then and now:

FaultlineUSA - Veterans Day 2009

Holger Awakens - In Honor of our Veterans - Freedom Isn't Free

ChicagoRay - Veterans Day 2009

RightTruth - By courage and by arms

Bungalow Bill's Conservative Wisdom: A Great Veterans Day Story - Navajo Code Talkers

 fousesquawk - Veterans Day-Remembering

Monkey in the Middle - Remembering November 11th

geeeeeZ - A Veteran Salute and a special request to sports titans to help the troops

Social Sense - Veteran's Day 2009

Old Soldier - For our Heros Past, Present and Future

Pundit & Pundette - Gratitude for our veterans

GrEaT sAtAnS gIrLfRiEnD - Veteran's Day!

No Sheeples Here! - The 11th Hour on the 11th Day of the 11th Month

Tulsa Photo courtesy Caleb Long

Photos of Tulsa Veterans Day leaders courtesy Newson6

Afghanistan soldier photo courtesy Photo/Christopher T. Sneed/U.S. Army 

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