On the 11th hour…

Today there are still a lot of people who do have an idealist view of what ‘military service‘ and ‘military heroes’ are . Many families have lost members at the terrible battlefields of 1914 and 1939-1945.

It is good that the world stand still for remembering all those people who gave their life for what they thought to be ‘giving their live for the good cause”.

Still many consider that service to one’s country only can take place by taking up weapons. To go to defend their country with weapons demands a special breed of person – they consider such a person a true Hero. But throughout the years hopefully many veterans came to see that those hero’s of ‘one day’ were often very soon forgotten by their governments.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

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After the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) there have been several rebellious movements, with a.o. the Whiskey Rebellion (1791–1794),  Quasi-War (1798–1800), to get a First Barbary War (1801–1805), Tecumseh’s War (1811), the War of 1812 with the Creek War (1813–1814), Second Barbary War (1815) and so many wars against the local American autochtone inhabitants, the Indians. Many died in a Patriot War (1838) whilst many accepted American Federal authority after the Utah War (1857–1858) but had to go to fight again believing in their cause to dome to a dissolution of the Confederacy and to get a beginning of the Reconstruction Era.

The Spanish–American War (1898) may have brought the collapse of the Spanish Empire, it seemed the Americans did not yet learn from all those battles, but thought they just did it in the right way to get that what they wanted, more power.

The United KingdomRussiaJapan, France, United States, Germany, Italy and  Austria-Hungary had already their little war on a world level with the Boxer Rebellion (1899–1901) defending the colours of their flag with the Righteous Harmony Society and  China.

Mexico and Germany got Carrancistas and the United States fighting a Border War (1910–1919) which made them rolling from one war into an other, having their youngsters also going to fight across the Ocean on the battlefields of Flanders and getting many casualties in World War I (for them 1917–1918), the Russian Civil War (1918–1920) and World War II (for them starting two years later = 1941–1945).

But still they did not seem to get enough, though so many cried out for “No more war!”. Soon as part of the Cold War many countries send their boys out to fight in the Korean War (1950–1953).

The Indochina Wars got many from our generation ‘fighting’ on the streets to stop all that killing, but our protestsongs did not do so much to end the Vietnam War (1955–1973). The boom-children could see that those who were afraid of sharing with each other and having common goods where willing to spend lives which belonged to many fathers and mothers who were not interested in politics. The Bay of Pigs Invasion (1961) and the Cuban missile crisis (1962) brought again much fear into many family homes.

Our children and grandchildren came to see how much turned about power over others or over resources of nature (oil, metals, diamonds, a.o.) like in the Gulf War (1990–1991) where like in the Vietnam war innocent civilians and unknowing soldier were victims of chemical experiments.

Those veterans of the many wars certainly had and have nothing to celebrate on a veteran’s day. They are victims of those in power. They are left in the cold when the battle was over or when they got out of the news in the media.

So many of those veterans still living today have horrible nightmares, have tremendous pains to endure,and who is helping them? Who is standing behind them to be there when they are needed? suddenly those veterans are not necessary any more because they became useless for a battlefield.

It are those forgotten soldiers we should remember as well.

It is not right to blame the general public to say

Vietnam War veterans were treated very badly, since public opinion of the war was so low.

The United States government could still take care of the many who returned damaged. They tax people so they receive money from the (working) public to govern and to take care of social issues. But they did and do not enough. and still there is not done enough to make all conscious that never again such a war should be able to get of the ground.

11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

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In the 1960ies we came on the streets to call for peace. Today our call and the call of our children and grandchildren should be so much stronger demanding Peace for all!
Click on the picture to find out more about a peace-movement which should continue to grow!

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  • Revolutionary War hero makes his mark and home in Pottstown (pottsmerc.com)
    When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, Pottstown – or Pottsgrove as it was then named – was a 22-year-old settlement with a few hundred people living in a handful of buildings along a dirt road. By modern standards it was not even a town.But by 18th century American standards it had some strong points. That “dirt road” was the main route from Reading to Philadelphia, then the largest and wealthiest city in America, and Pennsylvania’s third largest city and a source of manufacturing. Other assets were the large, well-built homes that John Potts and some of his many sons constructed in the town, and the fine land that went with them.
  • The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism: Crash Course US History #8 (warriorgirl3.wordpress.com)
    John Green teaches you about the United States Constitution. During and after the American Revolutionary War, the government of the new country operated under the Articles of Confederation. While these Articles got the young nation through its war with England, they weren’t of much use when it came to running a country.
  • War on terror is the new gold rush Permanent, secret war is new normal (republicbroadcasting.org)
    Why would it ever end, with so many getting so rich?James Risen discusses the massive fraud and waste of this war, covered in his new book, “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War”, out now.
  • A Salute to Our Veterans on Veterans Day (usguntimes.com)
    George Washington became famous for many reasons; he was the general that defeated the British during the Revolutionary War and the man who would become the first president of the United States. However, George Washington was also a veteran who shared in the combat, fear and misery in the field with his Continental Army
  • Washington’s wartime office goes on display (cbsnews.com)
    A replica of a large canvas tent that served as George Washington‘s home and command center during the Revolutionary War is going on display in Williamsburg.

    The display is part of a commemoration of the 1781 Siege of Yorktown and a special program on Indian diplomacy and the Revolutionary War that runs Thursday through Sunday.

    The commemoration is a collaboration between the planned Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia and Colonial Williamsburg.

  • Column: SC honors vets for their service (thesheridanpress.com)

    “Sheridan College,” noted Dr. Paul Young, its president Tuesday during annual Veterans Day ceremonies on campus, “will always be a veterans college.”

    Indeed. The college’s roots date back to post WWII when the Truman Commission in 1946 called for an establishment of a network of community colleges throughout the U.S. Sheridan College was founded two years later.

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    Burtis and Amy King announced the roll call of 120 names of Wyoming armed forces members who lost their lives in Vietnam, including nine from Sheridan County. Burtis also noted that since 1775, some 2.5 million Americans have lost their lives defending this country’s freedoms, from the Revolutionary War to the ongoing global war on terror.
  • Honoring the flag they fought under (wdtn.com)
    While the flags are retired, what they stand for and who stood for them, remain on the minds of many.“It’s our responsibility to honor and never forget those who paid for our freedom with the ultimate sacrifice,” says Col. Mona Vollmer (Ret.) who spoke at Woodland’s Veterans Day ceremony.
  • Preservation Groups Launch `Campaign 76′ to Save Revolutionary War Battlefields (planetprinceton.com)
    Nearly 240 years after the shot heard ‘round the world signaled the beginning of the journey toward American independence, the biggest battlefield preservation group in the country has announced a new initiative to preserve Revolutionary War Battlefields. The first venture of the new initiative will be a fundraising campaign to preserve 4.6 historic acres on the Princeton Battlefield.Historians and preservationists gathered in Princeton today to launch the national project,  called “Campaign 1776,” and announce the Princeton Battlefield initiative.

    The Civil War Trust, the nation’s most successful battlefield preservation advocate, is leading the campaign.

  • The Truth about the Vietnam War (warriorgirl3.wordpress.com)
    Did the United States win or lose the Vietnam War? We are taught that it was a resounding loss for America, one that proves that intervening in the affairs of other nations is usually misguided. The truth is that our military won the war, but our politicians lost it.
  • Today in 1973: The War Powers Resolution is enacted over President Nixon’s veto (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
    the military has become involved in numerous conflicts around the globe without specific declarations of war from Congress. Instead, Congress has given specific authorizations for the use of military force to allow the president, as commander-in-chief, to involve the U.S. in armed conflicts around the world. However, after the Vietnam War dragged on beyond the point at which the public supported it, and after reports that President Richard Nixon was conducting covert bombing campaigns in Cambodia without informing Congress, action was taken.And this action was the War Powers Resolution, which took effect 41 years ago today, when President Nixon’s veto was overridden by the House first, and then the Senate, on November 7, 1973.

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