November 12, 2002 |
Yesterday's commemoration of Veterans' Day was its usual unremarkable mixture of rain-soaked ceremony and unabashed commercialism. President Bush paid all due honor to the nation's fighting forces while promoting his own war with Iraq. Aging soldiers closed ranks - they're dying at a rate of a thousand a day now - and some schools and offices closed doors, an homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice before such a notion became a Hollywood clich?. Still, time did not stop yesterday at the 11th hour of the 11th day, when the original Armistice was signed.
January 6, 2014 |
After a 30-year military career in which he earned three graduate degrees, rose to the rank of colonel, and served as an aide to Pentagon brass, Robert Freniere can guess what people might say when they learn he's unemployed and lives out of his van: Why doesn't this guy get a job as a janitor? Freniere answers his own question: "Well, I've tried that. " Freniere, 59, says that his plea for help, to a janitor he once praised when the man was mopping the floors of his Washington office, went unfulfilled.
October 27, 2003
In the last 60 years, Americans have fought in wars and conflicts all over the globe. A new cohort of veterans will return from the battlefields of Iraq. What are your thoughts as this Veterans Day - originally the Armistice Day of World War I - approaches? Do you look back on your own or your family's experience of war? Do you have words for the returning veterans of this latest conflict? Send letters or essays of about 200 to 300 words to South Jersey Voices, 53 Haddonfield Rd., Suite 300, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08002.
November 15, 1987
Now that the evidence has melted away, it's hard to believe that the area was covered with snow on Wednesday. At left, pedestrians walk through the storm on 15th Street just north of Chestnut Street. At right, Anthony Hoppe and his children, Rebecca, 8, and Robert, 4, were at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington to observe Veterans Day. The name of Sgt. Thomas S. Lipp, Hoppe's brother-in-law, recently was added to the memorial.
November 11, 1995
Russian and U.S. troops speed side by side in armored personnel carriers and Humvees, their colorful unit flags whipping in the chill autumn wind. A Hollywood fantasy or Tom Clancy potboiler? No. Those were real Russian and U.S. units on maneuvers last month in the hills above Ft. Riley, Kan. The unthinkable has become the unremarkable only four years after the collapse of the Soviet empire, which brings us to Veterans Day, 1995. It is an opportunity to reflect upon, and pay tribute to, those who served the United States in war and stand ready to defend its best interests in peace.
November 9, 1986 |
In Delaware County, where there are more than 90,000 veterans and 75 veterans posts, Veterans Day has special meaning. "Patriotism is still alive and well in Delaware County," said John Kearney, a member of Springfield's American Legion Post 227. "The veterans organizations here are very strong in their memberships and in their activities. We're very involved in Americanism. " The veterans organizations in the county include the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Jewish War Veterans, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Veterans of World War I and a group of former prisoners of war. Kearney, who was in the Army in World War II, said the veterans groups perform community service by visiting hospitals, sponsoring scholarships for youths and entertaining disadvantaged and retarded children.
November 18, 1992 |
The phone jarred me awake last Wednesday. The familiar voice on the other end said: "Hey, grab your socks, fall out on the road, let's celebrate. " Slats, what are you talking about? "It's our day. We're being honored. " For what? "It's Veterans Day, don't you know? So you're a veteran and I'm a veteran, let's do something. " But it is a workday. We have to work. "Yeah, I guess you're right. But it don't seem right. " What don't? "This is a holiday.
November 9, 1999 |
The largest Veterans Day parade in the town's history is planned to begin at noon Thursday, with a military flyover; 17 school bands; a host of state officials, including Gov. Ridge as the grand marshal; and a Veterans Legacy flag-exchange ceremony. Mayor Bob McMahon, the parade's chairman, said that during the flag exchange, each veteran will hand a U.S. flag and a POW-MIA flag to a relative or student. "Through the flag exchange ceremony, we hope to give a new generation who has not experienced war firsthand a chance to appreciate what their family members did to preserve freedom in this country," McMahon said.
November 10, 1988 |
Alfred Pirolli is just like the rest of us. He still feels a thrill, "a tingle in the spine," he calls it, when the flag passes by and the band plays "The Star-Spangled Banner. " And when a lone bugler sounds "Taps," a lump builds in his throat and his eyes mist a bit. "Yeah, it's still there. Though I hear the national anthem and 'Taps' every day, the feeling's always there. I think it's there for all of us," Pirolli said. He knows that tomorrow, during the 10 a.m. Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremonies of the United Veterans Council on Washington Square, those feelings will return.