Posts Tagged ‘Veteran’s Day’

God Bless the U.S.A.!

November 11, 2016

Happy Friday and Happy Veterans’ Day!  Today is the  day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military. So to each and every veteran, “thank you” for your service.  In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served — not only those who died — have sacrificed and done their duty.

Les Nabis!

November 11, 2015
Artist self-portrait, image in the public domain in the U.S.

Artist self-portrait, image in the public domain in the U.S.

First and foremost, Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have served or who continue to serve in the United States military.  Thank you for your service.

Additionally, today marks the birthday of Édouard Vuilllard, a French painter and printmaker and a member of Les Nabis (a group of Symbolist painters).  Les Nabis is from “the Hebrew and Arabic term for ‘prophets’ and, by extension, the artist as the ‘seer’ who reveals the invisible” (theartstory.org).  Vuillard was influenced by the following notable artists: Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin, Paul Sérusier, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Puvis de Chavannes.  In turn, Vuillard proved to be a major influence on these artists: Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Signac, Walter Sickert, and Henri Matisse.  Despite the significance of his accomplishments and contributions to the art world, Vuillard, a bachelor, was generally withdrawn and lived with his mother (she died in 1928, he died in 1940).

I don’t make portraits, I paint people in their homes.” (Édouard Vuillard)

Happy Veterans Day, 2014!

November 11, 2014

FlagToday marks the official federal holiday where we honor our veterans (those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces).  It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.   Did you know that the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918?  The United States celebrated or observed Armistice Day for years; it wasn’t until 1954 that the U.S. established the current Veterans Day holiday.

President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11, 1919 . . . and said:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

Thank you to all our veterans!

Thank You, Veterans!

November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day!  Veterans Day (which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans) is not to be confused with Memorial Day (a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving).  So, in honor of all of our veterans out there, here’s a rock and roll version of the Star Spangled Banner.  Enjoy, and thank you for serving.

Happy Veteran’s Day 2012!

November 11, 2012

Today we honor (and thank) the many veterans that have faithfully served our country . . . here are some quick facts (courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 2011):

  • 21.5 million (the number of military veterans in the U.S.).
  • 1.6 million (the number of female veterans).
  • 2.3 million (the number of African-American veterans).
  • 1.2 million (the number of Hispanic veterans).
  • 264,695 (the number of Asian veterans).
  • 153,223 (the number of Native American veterans).
  • 27,469 (the number of Hawaiian or Pacific Islander veterans).
  • 9.2 million (the number of veterans 65+ years of age).
  • 7.5 million (the number of Vietnam-era veterans).
  • 5.1 million (the number of Gulf War veterans).
  • 1.8 million (the number of WWII veterans).
  • 2.4 million (the number of Korean War veterans).
  • 5.4 million (the number of peacetime only veterans).
  • 51,079 (the number who served in Vietnam and both Guf Wars).
  • 43,942 (the number who served in WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam-era).
  • 876,663 (the number who served in both Gulf Wars).
  • 205,205 (the number who served in the Korean War and the Vietnam-era).
  • 129.972 (the number who served in WWII and the Korean War).
  • 3 states with more than 1 million veterans (California [1.9], Florida [1.6], and Texas [1.6]).
  • 14% (Alaskans over the age of 18 who are veterans).  Other states with veteran populations over 12% include: Maine, Montana, Virginia, and Wyoming.
  • 26.3% (veterans over the age of 25 who have at least a bachelor’s degree (compared to 28.5% of the total population).
  • 92.3% (veterans over the age of 25 with at least a high school diploma (compared to 86% of the population as a whole).
  • $35,821 (median income for veterans, compared to $25,811 for the population as a whole).
  • 9.1 million (the number of veterans age 18-64 in the labor force).
  • 3.5 million (the number of veterans with a service-connected disability rating).
  • 810,245 (the number of veterans with a disability rating above 70%).
  • 15.8 million (the number of veterans who voted in the 2008 presidential election [71% of veterans]).
  • 12.4 million (the number of veterans who voted in the 2010 congressional election [57% of veterans]).
  • 9% (percentage of U.S. nonfarm firms that are majority owned by veterans [approximately 2.4 million]).
  • 75% (percentage of veteran business owners over the age of 55).

Sources: 2011 American Community Survey, Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2008, Voting and Registration in the Electoin of November 2010, Survery of Business Owners 2007.

Happy Veterans Day!

November 11, 2011

Earlier today I found a poster (depicting the Normandy landing on D-Day) entitled Courage.  It had the following caption: “Bravery doesn’t mean you aren’t scared.  It means you go anyway.” (Unknown)

I would like to take this moment to thank each and every veteran for “going anyway.”

Happy Veterans Day!

November 11, 2010

I would like to offer my thanks and appreciation to each and every veteran today (and everyday).   

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  — John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Here are some links to Veterans Day  history (including the Congressional resolution), statistics, general facts, and information on the Veterans Day National Ceremony (including the Presidential Proclamation) at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Veteran’s Day Bonus!

November 11, 2009

In addition to being Veteran’s Day in the US, it is also Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Day? In 1921, President Warren Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery

The Guard takes 21 steps during his walk across the Tomb of the  Unknowns; it alludes to the 21-gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

The Guard actually began their vigil at the Tomb on March 25, 1926 (during the daylight hours only).  However, this was expanded on July 2, 1937.  There has been a Sentinel on duty in front of the Tomb every minute of every day since then.  

Thank you to all of our veterans.

“Soldiers never die until they are forgotten.
Tomb Guards never forget.”

Happy Veterans Day!

November 11, 2009

Here are some fun facts courtesy of the United States Census Bureau!  Enjoy!

+ 23.2 million
The number of military veterans in the United States in 2008. Source: Table 508, Upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010

+ 9.2 million
The number of veterans 65 and older in 2008. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.9 million were younger than 35

+ 5
Number of states with 1 million or more veterans in 2008. These states were California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million).

+ 10.4 million
Number of veterans 18 to 64 in the labor force in 2008.

+ 15.8 million
Number of veterans who voted in the 2008 presidential election. Seventy-one percent of veterans cast a ballot, compared with 63 percent of nonveterans.

+ 2.9 million
Number of veterans who received compensation for service-connected disabilities as of 2008. Their compensation totaled $36.2 billion.

Here’s the complete article.

Source: U.S. Census

Happy Veteran’s Day!

November 11, 2008

To all of our veterans, thank you, and Happy Veteran’s Day!america

And, for those of you who’d like to know ALL of the lyrics . . .

AMERICA

Lyrics by Samuel F. Smith – 1832

My country, ’tis of Thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills,
My heart with rapture thrills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet Freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of Liberty,
To thee we sing,
Long may our land be bright
With Freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by thy might
Great God, our King.

Our glorious Land to-day,
‘Neath Education’s sway,
Soars upward still.
Its hills of learning fair,
Whose bounties all may share,
behold them everywhere
On vale and hill!

Thy safeguard, Liberty,
The school shall ever be,
Our Nation’s pride!
No tyrant hand shall smite,
While with encircling might
All here are taught the Right
With Truth allied.

Beneath Heaven’s gracious will
The stars of progress still
Our course do sway;
In unity sublime
To broader heights we climb,
Triumphant over Time,
God speeds our way!

Grand birthright of our sires,
Our altars and our fires
Keep we still pure!
Our starry flag unfurled,
The hope of all the world,
In peace and light impearled,
God hold secure!