Saturday, November 09, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2556, November 9th, 2013

(Photo: Citizen's Voice).
The 68th Annual Wyoming Valley Veteran's Day Parade will be held on November 10th, 2013 in Kingston. The parade with step off approximately at 2 p.m. and will feature all branches of the military, floats, school bands and many area organizations. This is the largest Veteran's parade in Northeast PA and everyone is invited to participate in this event
This year's parade theme is Saluting Our Veteran's and their Families.
LCDR Susan Allen, who retired from the U.S. Navy in 2008 after 20 years service, said this year host service will be the Navy. The Navy's Ceremonial Guard from Washington, D.C., will perform silent rifle and sword drills in honor of that branch of the military. Allen, who now teaches in the Tunkhanock Area School District.
Eyewitness News Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick will be the emcee for the event. (Photo: PA Homepage).


Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013:
“On Veterans Day 2013 we honor those who bravely sacrificed and risked their lives to defend our freedoms from threats around the globe. This day has so much deep and heartfelt meaning to proud Americans everywhere, because we remember the brave men and women who have kept us safe during peacetime and dangerous times of conflict in this century and in the many years that came before.
“Sadly, the last surviving American veteran of World War I passed away about two years ago – Frank Buckles of West Virginia – removing our last physical link to the great war of nearly 100 years ago. But our connection lives on with this federal observance of November 11th, representing the armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, which we acknowledge today as Veterans Day.
“The heroes that began America’s story at Lexington and Concord in 1775 have been followed through the decades and centuries since by men and women who have fought – and still fight to this day – so that we can remain the greatest and most free nation the Earth has ever known. In the trenches of Europe in World War I, on the beaches of Normandy in 1944, in the wilds of Korea, the jungles of Vietnam and the sands of the Middle East, Americans have shed their sweat and blood selflessly on our behalf.
“For those who have served, and those who still wear the uniform today, a grateful nation salutes you.”


At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Veteran I'd like to say keep your parades! The Korean and Vietnam War guys never got one. Parades make the citizens feel better and give them a sense that they are doing something for the troops similiar to the support the troops verbage, but lets be honest. Unless a neighbor or a family member has died or been maimed in these wars nobody has paid any attention at all. And the much blown out of proportion followup care has been difficult to obtain and in many cases nonexistent!What the Vets really need is continued health care and jobs not parades and talk. I served in an unpopoular war. No employer ever gave me a leg up because of my service and none ever asked to see a discharge. I never wanted a parade and I dont attend them now. I am thankful when the troops come home and I appreciate their service if not the cause. I never for a moment regretted my own service because it made a different man of me, a better man. In my opinion, which has been well researched, all our wars since WWII have been political and totally unnecessary. Former soldiers like Dwight Eisenhower did all they could to prevent war while in office because they knew war much too well. The later day politicians and hawks of my age group were mostly draft dodgers anxious to send young people off to do what they so carefully and successfully avoided. Current politicians never called upon to serve have no concept of the truths Eisenhower knew so well. He sent young men off to die and he never forgot it! I am not bitter. My service was a long time ago. Have your parades if you must but do the other things to show respect for those who served. Look out for them all, they earned it and we as a country promised it and beware of today's "Patriots".

US Army
Vietnam 1969-70


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