Wednesday, November 11, 2009


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Honor our veterans

Ninety years ago, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I, and the veterans who served in it. While the name has changed to Veterans Day, the purpose remains the same: to remember those who served this great nation.

While most people recognize veterans one day a year, veterans service organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars strive to highlight the importance of veterans all year round.

It is easy to overlook the role that veterans play each day in America, but impossible to forget the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. Some are older now, such as America’s last living World War I veteran Frank Buckles, and some are still in their 20s returning from combat duty in Afghanistan. But they all deserve to have one day where everyone stops to recognize the sacrifices they have made.

So while you and your family enjoy a day off, do not forget the real reason you are able to relax and have a day away from work. Take a moment to thank a veteran, and contact your local VFW Post for ways you can make a difference in veterans’ lives on Veterans Day and throughout the year.

Jim Rowoldt

State adjutant/quartermaster

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Department of California


November, 11 :
My parents are sport fanatics! My Grandfather,Bill Grimm on my mother side, with my Great-Uncle(Warren O. "Wedge" Grimm) were named "Walter Camp's All-American" in football on the West Coast. Lt. Warren O. "Wedge" Grimm (March 9, 1888 - November 11, 1919), An All-American at the University of Washington and an officer in the United States Army, he served with distinction as part of the American Expeditionary Force Siberia stationed in Russia in 1918-1919. He was assassinated on November 11, 1919, by members of the IWW (Wobblies) during the Centralia Massacre in Washington State.
You would have thought having gone through the horrors of it themselves in the First World War they would have never done it again. At least the children who had had to go through the war, those men that had to go through the Hell would never have wanted to send their children into war again, but they did! It doesn't seem to take them long to forget the horrors and Hell of war!
Ted Rudow III,MA

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