People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf – attributed to both George Orwell and Winston Churchill.
‘Tis time we thanked these honorable and loyal rough men and women for many a good night’s peaceably sleep – Lethal Leprechaun.
This Friday marks Veterans Day 2011 which should make this issue come as no surprise, especially in light of the technical malfunction on last Friday cause a portion of the very early framework for the issue to be erroneously posted to the blog. Ergo this isn’t an overly humorous issue. However it does have the honor of marking something that has never happened before in the history of the holiday, marking the observance of it falling on the date numerically represented as 11-11-11, something only possible every 100 years!
Veterans Day in United States
In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans Day was originally established to honor Americans who had served in World War I. Today Veterans Day honors veterans of all wars for their patriotism and willingness to serve in the military and sacrifice for our country. The main event in the nation’s capital is the observance at Arlington National Cemetery.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.
In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. The Congress also requested that the president should “issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.
In 1968 the Uniforms Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) made an attempt to move Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October. The bill took effect in 1971. However, this caused a lot of confusion as many states disagreed with this decision and continued to hold Veterans Day activities on November 11. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which stated that Veterans Day would again be observed on November 11 from 1978 onwards. Veterans Day is still observed on November 11.
Here is the schedule of events for 2011:
Arlington National Cemetery
November 11, 2011, 11 a.m. Across the Potomac from Washington at the west end of the Memorial Bridge, Arlington, Virginia. (703) 607-8000 This is the national Veterans day service with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Seating in the amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least a half hour before the ceremony.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
November 11, 2011, 1 p.m. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, DC. Color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony pay tribute to all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War America’s other conflicts.
Vietnam Women’s Memorial
November 11, 2011, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW Washington, DC. (301) 314-8505. Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories “in their own voices” about their experiences. There will also be stories featuring soldiers of the current struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan and other locations around the world.
World War II Memorial
November 11, 2011, 9 a.m. 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Washington, DC. (202) 619-7222. Wreath laying ceremony.
November 11, 2011, 1 p.m. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. (202)737-2300. The Naval District of Washington will lay a wreath, at the Lone Sailor Statue in commemoration of Veterans Day.
Air Force Memorial
November 11, 2011, 11 a.m. One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA. Wreath laying ceremony and a two-minute moment of silence will be observed to commemorate those members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed during war.
National Marine Corps Museum
November 10, 2011, noon. 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Virginia. (800) 397-7585. Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day with a ceremonial sword cake cutting.
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
November 11, 2011. Mount Vernon, Virginia. Special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m., at 2 p.m. wreathlaying at the tomb of our first commander-in-chief, George Washington. Active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free-of-charge. The wreathlaying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission. The barbershop concert and Martha Washington program are free.
Manassas Veterans Day Parade
November 12, 2011, 11 a.m. Manassas, Virginia. The community parade includes military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams, military units from the various Armed Services, military vehicles, and members from local veteran organizations.
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war. – Otto von Bismarck
Too bad this isn’t true of every politician, despot and ruler of every country in every corner of the world. If looking into those eyes were a requirement for governing the world would be a much more peaceable place– Lethal Leprechaun
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
November 03, 2011
Presidential Proclamation — Veterans Day, 2011
VETERANS DAY, 2011
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Today, our Nation comes together to honor our veterans and commemorate the legacy of profound service and sacrifice they have upheld in pursuit of a more perfect Union. Through their steadfast defense of America’s ideals, our service members have ensured our country still stands strong, our founding principles still shine, and nations around the world know the blessings of freedom. As we offer our sincere appreciation and respect to our veterans, to their families, to those who are still in harm’s way, and to those we have laid to rest, let us rededicate ourselves to serving them as well as they have served the United States of America.
Our men and women in uniform are bearers of a proud military tradition that has been dutifully passed forward — from generation to generation — for more than two centuries. In times of war and peace alike, our veterans have served with courage and distinction in the face of tremendous adversity, demonstrating an unfaltering commitment to America and our people. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the country they loved. The selflessness of our service members is unmatched, and they remind us that there are few things more fundamentally American than doing our utmost to make a difference in the lives of others.
Just as our veterans stood watch on freedom’s frontier, so have they safeguarded the prosperity of our Nation in our neighborhoods, our businesses, and our homes. As teachers and engineers, doctors and parents, these patriots have made contributions to civilian life that serve as a testament to their dedication to the welfare of our country. We owe them a debt of honor, and it is our moral obligation to ensure they receive our support for as long as they live as proud veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This year, as our troops in Iraq complete their mission, we will honor them and all who serve by working tirelessly to give them the care, the benefits, and the opportunities they have earned.
On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families. To honor their contributions to our Nation, let us strive with renewed determination to keep the promises we have made to all who have answered our country’s call. As we fulfill our obligations to them, we keep faith with the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve our Union, and with the ideals of service and sacrifice upon which our Republic was founded.
With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation’s veterans.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2011, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
Damn! Wadda Ya know! The Socialist Towelhead in Arrogance got one right!
Oregon veteran faces eviction if he hangs US flag
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Edward Zivica, a 70-year-old who served in the Navy in the 1960s, faces a hard choice come Veterans Day next week: He can obey the rules and remain in his apartment complex, or he can follow his tradition of hanging the American flag outside his place.
The managers at his subsidized housing project in Springfield, Ore., have given him notice he’ll be evicted if he again violates the rules against putting anything on the exterior walls.
That notice came after the flag went up on Oct. 27 for Navy Day, one of several that Zivica marks by hanging it outside the community room near the main entrance. He’d gotten a letter from the management in June telling him to quit.
Zivica was in the Navy’s Submarine Service from 1960 to 1967, the Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/sNKhiN) reported.
The flag, he said, was one the Army sent when his dad, a World War II veteran, died. Zivica says a brother also served, in Korea, as a Marine.
He told the paper he doesn’t have many options for housing, so he would knuckle under and sign a compliance notice, which he called “a confession” and “an apology.”
But he also said he finds it hard not to hang the flag on Veterans Day.
“It’s one of the biggest days of the year for us,” he said. “… I guess we’ll see what happens.”
The downtown apartment complex is managed by St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, which opened it in 2009 with Zivica as one of the first tenants. CEO Terry McDonald said the action wasn’t aimed at the American flag as such but rather at preventing a precedent that could lead to more-controversial flags or banners.
“If you’re going to live in a situation where there’s lots of other tenants, you need to follow the rules that are set up,” McDonald told KVAL-TV, which first reported the story (http://bit.ly/vLRh9f).
After residents requested one, management has put up a flagpole. Zivica calls it “flimsy and cheesy-looking,” plastic with no lanyard to hoist the flag or lower it to half-staff. The small flag, he said, has faded to orange after less than a year.
Less than one day later after this making the AP Wire Service this statement appears on the St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County website which I found when I went to locate an e~mail address to offer you so that you might tell them what a bunch of (multiple expletives deleted) liberal democratic (more expletives deleted) they were.:
Tenant’s Personal Flag Will Be Displayed at Apartments
St. Vincent de Paul has received a lot of attention today regarding a tenant who was asked to stop hanging a flag from the side of the apartment complex without permission. We would like to share the following updated information.
This morning our tenant agreed to provide a list of dates when he would like to fly his flag. St. Vincent de Paul granted him permission to fly the flag on those dates, provided it is done in a manner that’s respectful to the flag and our other tenants. In accordance with the rules of the complex, St. Vincent de Paul will be happy to grant permission to put an additional American flag at the complex if tenants inform us in advance. Our tenant feels this issue is resolved, and we are pleased to accommodate his request.
Some additional information:
- This was never an issue about patriotism or respect for veterans. St. Vincent de Paul sponsors numerous emergency assistance, housing and job training opportunities for veterans.
- This was never about the American flag; a lit American flag flies on a flagpole at the complex 24/7.
- We are pleased that this issue has been resolved and we sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding.
Thanks to tactical support, this time by a local news station ( http://www.kval.com/news/local/133100768.html ) and the AP Wire Service who picked up the story and took it national, it looks like us Veteran’s won another one! From where I stand however it’s still a crime we even have to engage in these battles.
SPEAKING of crimes against Vets, not only is the above one but the length show below that Vet’s and supports of our Armed Forces have to go to to see that they have the respect and dignity their final honors deserve is also a crime!
News America Marketing Supports Believe in Heroes™ Campaign This Veterans Day
More than 50 Brands in SmartSource Magazine’s Sunday Coupon Insert Also Support the Believe in Heroes™ Campaign
NEW YORK, Nov. 4, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — News America Marketing, a division of News Corporation (Nasdaq: NWS), today announced that Sunday’s (November 6th) issue of its widely distributed SmartSource coupon insert is dedicated to Wounded Warrior Project’s Believe in Heroes™ campaign, which heightens awareness for all that today’s veterans have done for our country and encourages Americans to put the veteran back in Veterans Day. More than fifty brands have pledged their support for this cause and are offering coupons with a total value of more than $50.
Veterans Day, November 11, honors the courage and patriotism of all the men and women who have served in the United States military, and this year the day falls on 11-11-11, a date that comes only once every 100 years. News America Marketing is commemorating this unique anniversary of Veterans Day by joining the Wounded Warrior Project’s Believe in Heroes™ campaign to meaningfully honor the sacrifices, challenges, and triumphs our nation’s military members and their families experience.
This weekend, SmartSource Magazine will feature a special Wounded Warrior Project insert that will be distributed to over 50 million households. The insert will feature coupon information from Heinz, Clorox and many other favorite household brands, each of which have donated and supported Wounded Warrior Project and the injured veterans the organization serves.
News America Marketing is a strong supporter of our country’s service men and women. For the past three years, the organization has sponsored an all-expense paid trip to the Super Bowl for two marines and a guest, and will do so again for the 2012 game. News America Marketing has also held fundraisers in its individual offices for the Wounded Warrior Project as well as Operation Gratitude, an organization that annually sends 100,000 care packages to U.S. service members and their families. This weekend’s issue of SmartSource Magazine will be the company’s first effort to raise the awareness of the American consumer to this important cause.
“Our support of Wounded Warrior Project solidifies our dedication to the men and women who fight for our country every day. News America Marketing has always been a proud supporter of our armed forces, and being able to dedicate an issue of SmartSource Magazine to such a great cause is an honor for us,” said Paul Carlucci, CEO and Chairman, News America Marketing.
Wounded Warrior Project’s vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of injured service members in our nation’s history. Thousands of Wounded Warriors and families receive support each year through programs designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment.
“We are trying to change the lives of the people who have fought for ours,” said Steven Nardizzi, Executive Director, Wounded Warrior Project. “We are thankful for News America Marketing’s participation in our Believe in Heroes™ campaign and appreciate their commitment to our nation’s wounded veterans.”
Wounded Warrior Project does not accept any government funding, so it is the support of generous Americans that allows the organization to provide programs to aid in the healing of these brave warriors and their families. News America Marketing strongly encourages Americans to visit believeinheroes.org to take advantage of all the special Veterans Day savings offerings and to make a donation to this worthy cause.
Help support our troops by supporting these companies, and put a little back in your pocket at the same time!
The thing is this didn’t just happen in 2004, I see it happen every year. Texas National Guardsmen out placing flags on graves at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery here (amazingly enough sans interference by the Draconian cemetery director or the VA) taking the time to stop what they are doing and thank VFW and family members who come to visit the graves of the fallen.
Dining Notes: See which restaurants are honoring veterans with free eats on Nov. 11
Posted: November 4, 2011 – 12:06am | Updated: November 4, 2011 – 7:04am
Several restaurants will honor America’s military veterans and active-duty personnel with special deals this Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.
Applebee’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11: Last year, Applebee’s served 1,024,000 million free meals to military veterans and active service members. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. There will be 7 entrées to choose from. Military ID or proof of service required. Find locations at http://applebees.com/.
Chili’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals. This offer is available during business hours on November 11, 2011 at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit their website to find locations.
Golden Corral – Free meal, Monday Nov. 14: The 10th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 5 pm to 9 pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. The free “thank you” dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. For more information visit http://www.goldencorral.com/military/.
Special thanks to Golden Corral: To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.5 million free meals and contributed over $4.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization
Hooters – Free Meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Hooter’s is serving up a free meal to military veterans all day on Veterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Choose one of the new specialty items on the Hooter’s menu. Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchase required. For more information, visit, www.HootersVeteransDay.com.
Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Friday November 11th. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating. If they are not, do you really ever need a Krispy Kreme donut again that badly?
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – free lunch or dinner, Sunday Nov 13, 2011: McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 13th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 13th. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Also, Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. For more information visit: M&S Veterans Appreciation Event.
Outback Steakhouse – A week of Free Bloomin’ Onions and Cokes Monday Nov. 7 – Friday Nov. 11. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product during the week leading up to Veteran’s Day. This offer is available to Military Personnel who have one of the following forms of identifications: U.S Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), DD form 214 Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), Photograph in Uniform, Wearing Uniform. For more information, visit, http://outback.com/companyinfo/veteransday.aspx.
The Outback understands commitment. For the past two years, The Outback, with the help of their patrons, has donated $2 Million to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization providing everyday and emergency support for active troops, wounded warriors and their families.
Subway – Free Six Inch Sub. Select Subway locations offer a FREE six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead. If they are not, do you really ever need a sub par cold cuts Subway sandwich again that badly?
Texas Roadhouse – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Offer varies by location; our local Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4pm. Other locations may vary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.
T.G.I. Friday’s – Buy one get one free Nov 11-14. At participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID. November 11-14. I’m getting tired of saying it so here’s a blanket comment; if they are not participating in this program you really need to ask yourself if you need to be giving them your business in such hard economic times or spending that money where the company supports and thanks our troops. This goes for all these places.
Uno Chicago Grill, Friday, Nov. 11. Uno’s is offering a free entree or individual pizza with a purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater value. Offer good for all military for veterans and active duty military. ID or proof of service required: Show up in uniform (if your service permits), provide military ID, show a picture of yourself in uniform, or have other ID showing proof of service. Leprechaun Note: There was a link with this but the page is down currently. I ahve no way of knowing what that means.
Home Depot: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. Update: Home Depot and Lowes 10% Military Discount Available Everyday.
Lowes: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Nov. 7 – Nov. 11. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays.
Bed and Breakfast for Vets
In the third year of the program, B&Bs for Vets has organized over 485 (and counting) participating Bed and Breakfasts and Inns across the US and Canada which will be offering veterans a free night’s stay on November 10th, the night before Veterans Day. This offer is available to both active duty military members and veterans with ID, but space is limited. Each Inn and B&B has at least one room available for this promotion and reservations must be made directly through the participating Inns and B&Bs. For more information visit B&Bs for Vets.
Other Veteran’s Day Discounts
Here are some additional Veteran’s Day Discounts. In all cases, be sure to provide proper ID or proof of service. In addition, some of these stores are franchises, so verify participation before assuming the discount is in place.
Free Car wash. Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day. Find a list at Grace for Veterans, which helped veterans receive 101,537 FREE Washes on Veterans Day in 2010.
Amazon.com – Discount “Veterans Day Honor” MP3 album download. This downloadable album includes 12 songs as performed by the military bands and ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces. Visit Amazon on Veteran’s Day to download the album. In fact you can download it now!
Sport Clips – FREE haircut to active-duty military & veterans. Offer only available at select locations. Please call to verify local participation.
Tim Hortons – all US locations are offering a free donut to all veterans (check out the Star Spangled donut!).
Wow! Everyone needs to watch this one.
If this doesn’t speak volumes to you, then you aren’t paying attention.
Actually there are 3 separate P.S.As dealing with Veterans issues here. Please give your kind attention to all 3.
We are losing these figures of Living History at an alarming rate. Many of the WWII Museums like The National Museum of the Pacific War have oral history programs where these living pieces of history are interview usually via telephone at no cost to them. These taped interviews are then transcribed and preserved as the voices of a living breathing bit of a historic event told from each ones unique perspective. With most of these Vets in their late 80s and early 90s, time on interviewing them is rapidly running out.
My wife serves as one of multiple transcriptionists for her grandfather who is a tireless volunteer for this project and has to date done over 670 such interviews despite being over 80 himself. If you have a WWII vet in your family or know of one please consider asking them about their willingness to be interviewed and then contact me off blog.
Also if your grandmother or some other member of your family was a “Rosie the Riveter” a WAC or a WAVE or something along those lines please ask them if they would be willing to be interviewed also as Home Front and Women’s War Contributions are also being documented.
You can find an e-mail address for me personally in the closing credits.
CALL FOR PHOTOS
Help VVMF and HISTORY® Honor Service Members Memorialized on The Wall
HISTORY is proud to join the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) Call for Photos, a nationwide campaign to collect a photograph for each of the 58,272 men and women whose names are inscribed on The Wall. Collected photographs, like the ones below, will be displayed in the future Education Center at The Wall and will also appear online on the VVMF’s Virtual Memorial Wall.
This October and November, HISTORY will host a series of Call for Photos events in New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Chicago with VVMF to advance the collection of the more than 35,000 photos still needed to complete the display. Anyone with a photo of a service member listed on The Wall is urged to scan and submit their photo online or bring it to the event where it can be scanned.
Please join us at these Call for Photos events and help us put a face with a name.
- NEW YORK, NY
Times Square, Military Island
Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 from 12:00 – 6:00PM
Featuring The Wall That Heals
To learn how to submit a photo of someone from NYC or the State of New York, click here.
- PHILADELPHIA, PA Independence National Historical Park
Adjacent to the Visitor Center on N. 6th Street and Market St.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 from 1:00 – 5:00PM
Featuring The Wall That Heals
To learn how to submit a photo of someone from Philadelphia or the State of Pennsylvania, click here.
- ATLANTA, GA
Centennial Olympic Park
Directions to Park
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011 from 12:00PM – 6:00PM
Featuring The Wall That Heals
To learn how to submit a photo of someone from Atlanta or the State of Georgia, click here.
- CHICAGO, IL
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
The Riverwalk between W. Wacker Drive & N. State Street
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 from 10:00AM – 2:00PM
To learn how to submit a photo of someone from Chicago or the State of Illinois, click here.
*If you have a photo of a service member who is not from one of the 4 states above, you can submit it here.
Visit www.veterans.com to learn more about other veterans initiatives and activities from HISTORY.
We made the commitment never to forget them, now help keep that promise, if someone from your family or a family you know is on the Vietnam Memorial Wall please help ensure their photo gets submitted. Help make them more than just a name chiseled on a cold stone slab, help put a face with that name, help make them a whole person for all to remember. Don’t we owe them at least that much?
Vietnam in HD – 3 Night Event Begins Nov. 8 at 9/8c
Placing this as The Last Word should be in no means interpreted as a slight to Andy Rooney who’s work and commentary I always enjoyed, though didn’t always agree with. It was difficult to find a place in an issue dealing with a specific subject where this would appear to fit in.
Andy was in fact a Veteran himself and in some ways both his world view, his honest blunt and to the point writing style as well as his penchant for writing and saying clearly and openly what other people were thinking have influenced my writing style and thought process when it comes to this blog.
Andy Rooney, Mainstay on ‘60 Minutes’, Dead at 92
Andy Rooney, whose prickly wit was long a mainstay of CBS News and whose homespun commentary on “60 Minutes,” delivered every week from 1978 until 2011, made him a household name, died Friday in New York City.
He was 92 and lived in Manhattan, though he kept a family vacation home in Rensselaerville, N.Y., and the first home he ever purchased, in Rowayton, Conn.
CBS News said in a statement that Mr. Rooney died after complications following minor surgery.
In late September, CBS announced that Mr. Rooney would be making his last regular weekly appearance on “60 Minutes” on Oct. 2. After that, said Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and the program’s executive producer, he would “always have the ability to speak his mind on ‘60 Minutes’ when the urge hits him.”
But a little more than three weeks after that appearance, CBS announced that Mr. Rooney had been hospitalized after developing “serious complications” from an unspecified operation.
Mr. Rooney entered television shortly after World War II, writing material for entertainers like Arthur Godfrey, Victor Borge, Herb Shriner, Sam Levenson and Garry Moore. Beginning in 1962, he had a six-year association with the CBS News correspondent Harry Reasoner, who narrated a series of Everyman “essays” written by Mr. Rooney.
But it was “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney,” his weekly segment on “60 Minutes,” that made him one of the most popular broadcast figures in the country. With his jowls, bushy eyebrows, deeply circled eyes and advancing years, he seemed every inch the homespun philosopher as he addressed mostly mundane subjects with varying degrees of befuddlement, vexation and sometimes even pleasure.
He admitted to loving football, Christmas, tennis, woodworking and Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of the few politicians who won his approval because, as an Army general during World War II, he had refused to censor Stars and Stripes, the G.I. newspaper for which Mr. Rooney worked. He also claimed to like shined shoes and properly pressed pants and had machines in his office to take care of those functions, although somehow he always managed to look rumpled.
But he was better known for the things he didn’t like. He railed against “two-prong plugs in a three-prong society,” the incomprehensibility of road maps, wash-and-wear shirts “that you can wash but not wear,” the uselessness of keys and locks, and outsize cereal boxes that contained very little cereal.
“I don’t like any music I can’t hum,” he grumbled.
He observed that “there are more beauty parlors than there are beauties” and that “if dogs could talk, it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one.”
He made clear he thought that Gen. George S. Patton and Ernest Hemingway, both of whom he had known personally, were gasbags. He actively disliked New Year’s Eve, waiting in line for any reason, and the bursars at whatever colleges his children attended.
He once concluded that “it is possible to be dumb and be a college president,” but he acknowledged that “most college students are not as smart as most college presidents.”
On the subject of higher education, he declared that most college catalogs “rank among the great works of fiction of all time,” and that a student of lackluster intellect who could raise tuition money would find it “almost impossible to flunk out.”
Time magazine once called him “the most felicitous nonfiction writer in television.” But Mr. Rooney was decidedly not everyone’s cup of tea.
The New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen, for example, took strong issue with Mr. Rooney’s dismissive comments after Kurt Cobain of the band Nirvana committed suicide in 1994. It was not surprising, she wrote, that Mr. Rooney “brought to the issue of youthful despair a mixture of sarcasm and contempt,” but it was “worth noting because in 1994 that sort of attitude is as dated and foolish as believing that cancer is contagious.”
Mr. Rooney’s opinions sometimes landed him in trouble. In 1990 CBS News suspended him without pay in response to complaints that he had made remarks offensive to black and gay people.
The trigger was a December 1989 special, “A Year With Andy Rooney,” in which he said: “There was some recognition in 1989 of the fact that many of the ills which kill us are self-induced. Too much alcohol, too much food, drugs, homosexual unions, cigarettes. They’re all known to lead quite often to premature death.” He later apologized for the statement.
But the gay newspaper The Advocate subsequently quoted him as saying in an interview: “I’ve believed all along that most people are born with equal intelligence, but blacks have watered down their genes because the less intelligent ones are the ones that have the most children. They drop out of school early, do drugs and get pregnant.”
Mr. Rooney denied that he had made such a statement, and because the interview had apparently not been taped, the reporter was unable to prove that he had. “It is a know-nothing statement, which I abhor,” Mr. Rooney said.
He said that he had accepted the suspension rather than end his relationship with CBS News. He said that when he was an Army trainee, he had been arrested in the South because he insisted on riding in the back of a bus with some black soldiers who were friends of his.
Many of his colleagues rushed to his defense. “I know he is not a racist,” Walter Cronkite said.
Mr. Rooney was suspended for three months but was brought back after only one. During his absence the ratings for “60 Minutes” declined by 20 percent and the network received thousands of letters and telephone calls from viewers who missed his commentaries.
Mr. Rooney generated more criticism in 2002, when he said in an interview on a cable sports show that women had “no business” being sideline television reporters at football games because they did not understand football. He did it again in 2007, with a newspaper column complaining about the current state of baseball. “I know all about Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, but today’s baseball stars are all guys named Rodriguez to me,” he wrote.
He subsequently acknowledged that he “probably shouldn’t have said it,” but denied that his intent had been to denigrate Latin American players.
Andrew Aitken Rooney was born on Jan. 14, 1919, in Albany, the son of Walter and Ellinor Rooney. His father was in the paper business. After his graduation from Albany Academy, he worked as a copy boy for The Knickerbocker News before attending Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., where he played left guard on the football team (even though he was only 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds) and worked for the weekly newspaper, The Colgate Maroon.
In 1941, three months before Pearl Harbor, he was drafted into the Army and used his powers of persuasion to get himself assigned to Stars and Stripes. He didn’t know much about reporting, but he learned his craft by working with journalists like Homer Bigart, Ernie Pyle and Cronkite.
He became a sergeant, flew on some bombing missions, covered the invasion of France in 1944 and won a Bronze Star for reporting under fire during the battle of Saint-Lô in Normandy. A year later, he was among the first Americans to enter the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Thekla, Germany.
In collaboration with Bud Hutton, a Stars and Stripes colleague, Mr. Rooney wrote two books: “Air Gunner” (1944), a collection of sketches of Americans who had been stationed in England, and “The Story of the Stars and Stripes” (1946).
After his discharge, Mr. Rooney returned to Albany and worked as a freelance writer.
By 1949 he had persuaded Arthur Godfrey to hire him as a writer. He continued writing for several entertainers, but also became involved in news and public affairs when he was asked to write some scripts for “The Twentieth Century,” a documentary series narrated by Cronkite. That led to his long-term association with Harry Reasoner, which led to his involvement, initially as a writer, with “60 Minutes.”
In the early 1970s, after briefly working for PBS, Mr. Rooney returned to CBS and began appearing on camera in a series of specials, one of which, “Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington,” won a Peabody Award.
Mr. Rooney was as outspoken about CBS, his longtime employer, as he was about everything else. He made no secret of his dislike for Laurence A. Tisch, the network’s chief executive from 1986 to 1995. Protesting Mr. Tisch’s cost efficiencies and job cuts in 1987, Mr. Rooney said CBS News “has been turned into primarily a business enterprise, and the moral enterprise has been lost,” and threatened to quit if a writers strike against CBS News was not settled.
Although his commentary was mostly written for CBS News, he also had a syndicated newspaper column for three decades, for which he was given a lifetime achievement award in 2003 by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. (That same year he received a similar award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.) He published a number of books, primarily collections of his commentaries, most recently “Out of My Mind” (2006), “And More by Andy Rooney” (2008) and “Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit” (2010).
Mr. Rooney’s wife of 62 years, the former Marguerite Howard, died in 2004. Mr. Rooney is survived by their four children: Ellen Rooney of London, Martha Fishel of Chevy Chase, Md., Emily Rooney of Boston and Brian Rooney of Los Angeles, along with five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Rooney frequently said he considered himself “one of the least important producers on television” because his specialty was light pieces. “I just wish insignificance had more stature,” he once said.
But he put things in perspective in his 1,097th and last regularly scheduled “60 Minutes” appearance.
“I’ve done a lot of complaining here,” he said then, “but of all the things I’ve complained about, I can’t complain about my life.”
Neither can anyone else Andy. I hope that someday as a blogger I will be thought of as 10% the writer and Social Commentator you were and 5% as well thought of.