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