✴ Veteran’s Day 2016 ✴ Open Thread



On this Veteran’s Day, as on all Veteran’s Days we need to pause and reflect and remember all those who stand staunchly between us and those that would harm us. All those who always have. And we need to give them the biggest, loudest thank you our nation can give. Because they gave to and for us.

I was born in 1944 while my father was serving overseas in World War Two. He gave me a perspective on the military I have never lost. He served in the United States Army and retired when I was 11 years old. Thus I was and always will be an Army Brat. As such my respect knows no bounds.

At a time in our history when respect for many of our institutions has waned or disappeared it is particularly important to remember these men and women. Because with out them all the precious little twits running for their safe spaces at the drop of an unwanted word wouldn’t be “safe” to act like fools.

It takes courage for a soldier to risk life and limb for his country. The least we civilians can do is to honor these heroes. That is the basis of the Veterans Day celebration. Venerate these great men and women with words of appreciation. The edifice of our society stands on the martyrdom of these selfless souls. Here are some inspiring Veterans Day quotes. These Veteran Day quotes remind the younger generation of their duty towards their country, and inspire them to uphold the tradition of liberty, fraternity, and equality.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus: In valor there is hope.

Richard Watson Gilder:

Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.

Grocery Store Chain Honors Veterans with Beautiful Video

By Todd Starnes

The other day one of my radio listeners sent me a link to a brilliant television commercial that was created by Food City.

Food City sells Hamburger Helper and Doritos and Dukes Mayonnaise to folks who live in the Southern states.

But the supermarket’s television commercial had nothing to do with selling groceries – it was about Veteran’s Day.

And folks – it was one of the most poignant, heart-felt commercials I’ve ever seen.

“It’s all about bringing families together,” said company spokesman Kevin Stafford. “It’s God. It’s country. It’s family – and then it’s Food City.”

These days, there aren’t too many big companies left across the fruited plain that do business like that – which makes Food City’s Veterans Day commercial all the more intriguing.

“The country and what it means is extremely important to our company,” Mr. Stafford said.

It’s true. That’s why the Star-Spangled Banner proudly waves outside every single store (so long as it is permitted by local ordinances).

Food City founder Jack Smith served in the Navy and the company has always had a deep appreciation and admiration for the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces.

I don’t know how I can improve on that wonderful video so I’m not going to try. I’ll leave that to the rest of you to add to in your wonderful comments.

Thank a Vet today because without them we would not be free to do it.


23 Responses to “✴ Veteran’s Day 2016 ✴ Open Thread”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Excellent post, Marge. And yes, many thanks to those who have served, and their families. One day of gratitude is insufficient for all veterans have done for this Nation.

    Military.com has a good piece on Veteran’s Day: http://www.military.com/veterans-day?ESRC=eb_161111.nl

    Many, many thanks!

  2. helenk3 Says:


    this is such a great article about veterans

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  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves. ~ Carol Lynn Pearson

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Jonah Goldberg: Obama Helped Pave the Way for Clinton’s Defeat

    One of the main reasons Trump won is that he’s fascinating — to friends and foes alike. Clinton managed to be boring even when it was widely believed she’d be the next president of the United States. She won’t become more compelling as a civilian living in Chappaqua, New York. Meanwhile, he’s going to be the leader of the free world, with appointments to make and pronouncements to give.

    Lastly, Clinton lost graciously, giving arguably her finest speech the day after the election. Who wants to rub salt in the wound?

    But Clinton’s defeat is worth contemplating, because it’s crucial to understanding not just Trump’s victory but the profound damage Barack Obama has wrought on the Democratic Party.

    John Podhoretz put it well in a recent column for The New York Post.

    “The most important political story during the nearly eight years of the Obama presidency is how

    that presidency delivered a neutron-bomb strike to his party,” Podhoretz wrote. “Obama and the political structure of America have been left standing — but nearly 1,000 Democratic officeholders have been defeated.”


    I am trying very hard to be gracious about Hillary and the demise, final hopefully, of the Clinton omnipresence in politics. Trying and often failing as the following cartoon will show. Shame on me 😦

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Charles Krauthammer also had a piece (in my paper today) abt how this is the third election in which Americans stood up to Obamaism. He said people like Obama personally, but NOT his policies. And they made it crystal clear in turning every Confederate state Red, and changing a bunch of other ones. I’ll get the link in a second.

      Anyway – always love to know what Goldberg thinks. Thanks for this, Marge!

  6. helenk3 Says:

    this is something that seems to be overlooked in reporting

    A third of all House Democrats now hail from three states (CA, NY, MA). California alone accounts for 20% of the House Democratic caucus.
    5:17 PM – 9 Nov 2016

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Clinton Camp Claims Media Was Pro-Trump, Blames Them For ‘Devastating’ Loss

    A top member of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign told Clinton’s top supporters Thursday her defeat was “the most devastating loss in the history of American politics,” while campaign chairman John Podesta said the defeat was due to a pro-Donald Trump bias in the media.


    Oh cry me a river you fools.

  8. helenk3 Says:

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  10. mcnorman Says:

    Thank you for a beautiful post.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      So glad you enjoyed it. Some things need to be no matter what the politics of the day are. We all, left and right need to respect and honor those to whom we all owe so much.

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Vice President-elect Pence to Take Over Trump Transition Effort

    WASHINGTON — Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take over the job of leading Donald J. Trump’s transition effort, taking the helm from Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, as Mr. Trump moves to assemble a government after his stunning upset victory, several sources close to the transition team said on Friday.

    Mr. Christie had been in charge of the transition for the last several months, but the surprise nature of Mr. Trump’s victory made it critical to move more quickly to assemble a team.

    The president-elect told advisers he wanted to tap Mr. Pence’s Washington experience and contacts to help move the process along, according to people familiar with the discussions. An executive committee, which will include members of Congress, will advise Mr. Pence as the process moves forward.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Interesting, no? Didn’t Trump say he wanted a VP to do all of the heavy lifting? Seems like he found a willing minion in Pence…

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    How awesome is this picture of a little boy praying with police officers?

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Well, well, well – seems Trump got fed a question before the first GOP debate. And seems Megyn Kelly got violently ill right before she had to go on. Wait until you see how she thinks that happened: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/305534-megyn-kelly-trump-got-debate-question-in-advance

  15. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    After meeting with Obama, Trump is now considering amending Obamacare, or repealing/replacing it: http://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/11/11/wsj-trump-says-hes-considering-keeping-parts-of-obamacare/21604316/

  16. helenk3 Says:


    some good graphs in here

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  18. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Phyllis Chesler has an excellent piece abt how all these Leftists freaking out really need to get a grip already:


    No kidding. As much as I am concerned abt a Trump Presidency, and you all know I am, these people have lost the edge. This is how we do it in the USA. Get over yourselves.

    Like these young snowflakes across the land, so distraught at the results of a legal election that they have to have their classes canceled: http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/dont-miss/216758722-story

    Another friend mentioned a rival university to his was giving their students Play-doh and coloring books to help them cope.

    WTH?! That sounds like a DAY care, not a university!! If my child went there, I would yank them out so fast it would make their heads spin…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I had just read an article about the “Play-doh and Coloring Books”. And then the line that followed: “I am not making this up.”

      I have been anti-Trump since before he ran. I stopped watching Neil Cavuto because he always had “the Donald” on the damn phone. But this kind of response to an election is just stupid.

      These are the kind of people that graduate from college and then complain they can’t find a job. After all they spend hours every day searching online. A job search program that has only a 1% rate of success. That’s leaves them free to take up residence with Mom and Dan and complain on FaceBook and Twitter every day.

      There are lots of good, strong young people who will be of great benefit to this country. My concern is will there be enough of them to support these deadbeat fools for the rest of their lives.

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