This week, we honor and recognize all of you and everything you have done to allow us to continue what the United States stands for; live free in a democracy. My apologies to Kate Smith, but God Bless America.
This week there have been so many celebrations throughout the state to commemorate Veteran's Day. There have been community programs, school presentations, honors at the local VFW's or American Legions. All of them say thanks in their own way.
This week is a time to remember and honor our veterans. We say thanks to those that have engaged in the fight to ensure we all live in a free, democratic society. We all owe them our gratitude and hopefully all of us have taken a moment in our own way to say thanks to our Vets.
How time flies, it seems like it was just a few years ago, we remember:
WWI songs of George M. Cohan, Yankee Doodle; Grand Ol' Flag; Over There.
Glen Miller in WWII with Moonlight Serenade, In the Mood, Pennsylvania 6500...
Then, Creedance Clearwater Revival in Vietnam, with Run Through the Jungle, Who'll Stop the Rain.
It isn't what these songs said as much as their highlight of the tradition, the bond, the espirt de corps they instilled in people. They represent an immortalizing of a time when honor, integrity, courage and service before self, carried a different message and was one of distinction.
Today, we honor and recognize those who have made all of the todays possible for all of us. We cannot thank them enough and we cannot provide them words to explain how we all feel. All we can do is give a firm handshake, a hug and a straight look in the eye and say thank you.
Take a moment a listen to one of these immortal songs. If these don't hit a nerve, then nothing will.
Kate Smith’s first radio broadcast of Irving Berlin’s,God Bless America...
Jimmy Cagney and Frances Lankford, Over There… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0K551W0fzk
Glen Miller...In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siLVAAqolSw
CCR..Run Through the Jungle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP3TTGuddjY
To all our Veterans, with the ultimate respect and gratitude, we say thank you!