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November 12, 2002 | By Jane Eisner
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.
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January 6, 2014 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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November 9, 1986 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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November 18, 1992 | BY MIKE ROYKO
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.
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November 9, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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November 10, 1988 | By Burr Van Atta, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 13, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
BILL COSBY looked out at the veterans and civilians gathered at the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and asked those who've already given so much for just one more thing. "I want you to go deep in your heart right now and I want you to . . . call out the name of someone who left their life for us over there or died coming back here," Cosby said. "Do it!" And the crowd of hundreds shouted hundreds of names. Each name was different.
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November 12, 2014
A caption block Monday with photos on a Veterans Day observance at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken misstated a relationship. Tom Pappas accepted the Camden County Military Service Medal on behalf of his father, John.
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November 12, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to streamline its tangle of websites and launch a new customer service system, overhauling how veterans interact with the agency. The reorganization, announced on the eve of Veterans Day and touted as the largest in VA history, could come alongside a sweeping round of discipline at the beleaguered agency, in which more than 1,000 employees have been pegged for potential action, according to VA Secretary Robert McDonald. In Philadelphia, where the city's VA hospital and benefits office have been tied to the national scandal over delayed care, veterans and their advocates responded to the announcement with optimism.
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November 12, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, celebrated Veterans Day together in Malvern, Chester County, on Tuesday, and both said the federal government needs to help veterans more. Alluding to the recent scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs involving long delays in health care for veterans, Toomey said, "We have a profound obligation as a federal government to make sure that we are serving the people who served us. We've fallen down on that job in recent years.
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November 12, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the snowy December day when his Eagles won the 1948 NFL title, Nick Basca's long journey home was underway. He hadn't worn the green-and-white uniform since that infamous Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. In the intervening years, the Phoenixville resident had traveled thousands of miles. Now, at last, he was coming back, a hero again. On Nov. 11, 1944 - Armistice Day, ironically - Basca was killed in the woods near Orbec, France. A tank-commanding corporal in Gen. George Patton's Third Army, he died instantly when a German mortar tore through his armored vehicle.
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November 12, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
While honoring members of the armed services with special ceremonies on Veterans Day, the nation should also take time to reflect on its decision more than 40 years ago to field an all-volunteer military. It certainly made sense at the time for war-weary Americans trying to quit the Vietnam conflict. And there's no appetite to revive the draft now, after more than a dozen years of fighting in Afghanistan and with more military "advisers" returning to Iraq. This country has used conscription since its birth, when it was employed on a limited basis to fill militia ranks during the Revolutionary War. The first national drafts occurred during the Civil War, but only about 2 percent of Union troops were draftees, and some prospective conscripts paid others to take their place.
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November 12, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he heard the order "all hands abandon ship," Howard Brooks jumped from the sinking Houston, and clung to the side of a raft loaded with wounded shipmates. He later fell into the hands of the Japanese and was forced to work on the Burma Railway, made famous by the 1957 film Bridge on the River Kwai. In Europe, Jack Vogel, a nose gunner on a B-24 Liberator, braced for a crash landing after two of his bomber's four engines were knocked out by German antiaircraft fire over northern Italy - and the plane "fell like a leaf from a tree.
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July 6, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John V. "Bud" Hendrick Jr., 95, of Wallingford, a cofounder of the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum in Media, died Tuesday, June 24, of cardiovascular disease at his home. Mr. Hendrick grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and lived in Drexel Hill for 35 years before moving to Wallingford in 1988. He worked as a pharmaceutical representative for the wholesale division of Smith, Kline & French for 36 years and later joined Suburban Medical Services in Newtown Square as manager of pharmaceutical purchasing.
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January 6, 2014 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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