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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 12, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
IN HONOR OF Veterans Day today, events across the region will recognize the sacrifices of the men and women who have served the nation. Here are six such events: * The Lawncrest Community Association will salute veterans with a flag-raising ceremony, a performance by the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, and essay reading by the fifth-grade winner of the "Why I Appreciate American Veterans" essay contest. When: 8:30 a.m. Where: Lawncrest Recreation Center, Rising Sun Avenue near Comly Street.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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December 19, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
City and federal officials said Thursday that Philadelphia had "effectively ended" homelessness among military veterans, meaning every veteran in the city who wants housing has it. Since August 2013, officials said, 1,390 Philadelphia veterans have been connected to permanent housing. Mayor Nutter said 15 remain on the streets because they don't want to be housed. "I have a message for each of you who are still out there," he said at a City Hall news conference, pausing for a moment to collect himself.
NEWS
November 14, 2015
ISSUE | VETERANS Simplify claims The Veteran Engagement Team Act, or VET Act, seems to complicate an already complicated process. I am sure U.S. Reps. Ryan Costello and Mike Fitzpatrick have the best intentions ("Take VA into community to better serve veterans," Wednesday), but adding another layer to the claims process isn't the answer. Put the forms online, and they will be available to all veterans without having an event outside Veterans Affairs that will only add work for an overwhelmed workforce.
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November 12, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
IN HONOR OF Veterans Day today, events across the region will recognize the sacrifices of the men and women who have served the nation. Here are six such events: * The Lawncrest Community Association will salute veterans with a flag-raising ceremony, a performance by the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, and essay reading by the fifth-grade winner of the "Why I Appreciate American Veterans" essay contest. When: 8:30 a.m. Where: Lawncrest Recreation Center, Rising Sun Avenue near Comly Street.
NEWS
November 12, 2015
ISSUE | VETERANS DAY Keep our day I am a Vietnam veteran and proud off it. I honor and observe Veterans Day as a solemn day of prayer and remembrance. Now, Tom Taft, the chief operating officer at Germantown Academy, wants to make Veterans Day "our National Election Day" ("To honor service, move elections to Veterans Day," Nov. 4). One of the saddest statistics in America is the low voter turnout. In the 2012 presidential election, only 57.5 percent of eligible voters turned out. Last week, only 23.7 percent voted for Philadelphia mayor.
NEWS
November 10, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
ROBERT SHEDRICK returned from Vietnam in 1972 shaken and confused. He doesn't like talking about a tour there with the Marines when he lost several of his comrades, or about how he became homeless in 1995, or how he later lost his legs years after drinking water polluted with dry-cleaning fluid and benzene at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. "It was hell in Vietnam," Shedrick, 68, said yesterday across from Independence Hall, where he watched participants arrive at the end of Philly's first Veterans Day parade.
NEWS
October 26, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
After decades of parades for all reasons, Philadelphia will hold its first citywide veterans parade on Nov. 8. "In some ways, it's strange that Philly didn't have one, but now we do," said Scott Brown, director of the city's Veterans Advisory Commission. With the backing of U.S. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.) and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Brown and a committee of about 50 organizations planned the inaugural parade. It will be held Nov. 8, in advance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. "We didn't want to interfere with Veterans Day celebrations either," Brown said.
NEWS
October 23, 2015
SHORTLY AFTER his appointment last year as director of the Veterans Advisory Commission, Scott C. Brown noticed something that was missing. Philadelphia had no veterans parade. As a Navy veteran, Brown found that puzzling - and disheartening. He did some research and found that despite the lip service we always pay vets, "there never was an official veterans parade in Philadelphia" - ever. In his bones and in his job, Brown knew that was just wrong and nominated himself to raise the flag.
NEWS
October 23, 2015
ISSUE | VETERANS Help them take college classes On Nov. 11, we will mark Veterans Day with speeches, festivities, and stories about our brave men and women. Meanwhile, the nearly two-year battle to get our student veterans the chance to register early for college classes will continue. Athletes and others have often received this opportunity, but veterans in most states do not. (Veterans in Pennsylvania got it last year.) There is no cost to anyone, yet Congress has failed to pass bills that would provide the benefit.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Lewis, an Army veteran, lost his job as a security guard, and then his home, when the osteoporosis in his feet prevented him from standing for long periods. He lived on the streets of Coatesville, his hometown, because he did not want to burden his family. The Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center housed him temporarily and helped him find work at a warehouse. This year, he set a goal to celebrate his birthday in his own home. Lewis turned 50 on Saturday, a week after moving into his new two-bedroom apartment in Coatesville.
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