In Honor Of Our Military

Hosted by Maggie ^O^
Group active since Thu, May 29, 2014

I wanted to create a group where we can honor those who have and are serving our country.

It started as military but will be expanded to include our brave first responders also.

Some members of Just A Pinch are in countries other than the U.S.A.

Please feel free to join us with your stories about your military friends and family members.

This group is not for sharing recipes but rather for sharing the love and the stories of those we know who have served or are serving.

Treat this as a tribute group for the brave men and women who make our freedoms possible.

Maggie ^O^
May 29, 2014

My Story

I have many family members who served in our military. Most made it home but some did not.

Those who made it home came home physically in 1 piece but suffered many different issues as a result of war.

I have always been deeply affected by military people.

When VietNam happened I was horribly angry when we had POW and MIA people .. that just wasn't right.

I began campaigning to make people aware and to do my little part to bring our people home one way or another.

It was approximately 1997 when I came upon a website called Operation Just Cause.

This website was all about our POW and MIA people.

They had an "adoption" form there. I read it and signed up immediately.

What happened was very cool. I was given the name and history of a military person, from my state, who was MIA in VietNam.

At the time I had a website and decided to include a special area for military.

My adopted MIA is named RoberT Wayne Altus.

Captain Altus was an Air Force pilot. He and his weapons and systems operator 1st Lt. William
Phelps were shot down Nov. 23, 1971 over Laos.

Neither of them have ever been found.

I built a page on this person. When it was done I asked the organization to get in touch with his family so they could see what I had done.

His sister contacted me within 2 days via telephone. She told me that his mother had just passed away but his father was still alive. She had shown the page I created to his father and it moved him to tears knowing that a complete stranger cared enough about his son to try and keep the word out about our POW/MIA people.

As time went by I got to meet these 2 wonderful individuals. The sister was so much fun and very helpful and informative. It was almost as though we were sisters. His father was quite the character. He was such a sweet old man. He died in 2006 and the sister passed in 2008.

My time spent with them was very special and will forever be precious in my memory.

We went together to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Portland Oregon one afternoon. We found Robert's name and I have to tell you that it was such a powerful moment to see that name and to touch it.

We did a tracing of his name and spent a fair amount of time in silence holding hands and shedding a few tears.

Here is a link to his story (not my webpage)}&DE={E9FAB9EF-FBFD-4835-A9F9-25E678B7315A}

And here is a photo of my MIA ... RIP Robert Wayne Altus.

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Maggie ^O^
Dec 25, 2017

Merry Christmas To Our Military and Their Families

Thank you for all of your sacrifices and keeping us safe.

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Maggie ^O^
Dec 24, 2017

Remember Them

You would not be celebrating holidays without the sacrifice they make and the sacrifices of their families.

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Maggie ^O^
Dec 7, 2017

It's Peal Harbor Day

Keep the memory alive .. share the story so future generations will know what really happened.

RIP to all the victims and much respect to those who survived.

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Maggie ^O^
Nov 21, 2017

Please Remember Them on Thanksgiving

Many families will be separated from their loved ones on Thanksgiving so please remember those families and those military heroes when you are giving thanks.

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Maggie ^O^
Nov 18, 2017

As The Holiday Approaches ...

Please remember the many who will not be able to spend it with their families.

If you know a military family why not invite them to celebrate with you or take them a nice offering for their meal.

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Maggie ^O^
Nov 11, 2017

A Thank You To All Veterans

Since 1919, Americans have been celebrating a very special day on Nov. 11.

Today is Veterans Day.

It is a day of acknowledgment.

It is a day of utmost respect and reverence.

It is a day of thanks for those who helped pay the price for freedom.

Please appreciate that sentiment.

Originally called Armistice Day, President Wilson first declared Nov. 11 a day of remembrance following the end of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. President Wilson set the tone of observance with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

Following World War II, President Eisenhower renamed Armistice Day to Veterans Day, expanding the day of memory to commemorate the sacrifices of all those who have served their country.
Those who fought in the World War II — a war fought valiantly on both sides of the globe — belong to the greatest generation in the history of the United States. That is indisputable. But we are losing a very precious commodity in our country: WWII veterans.
According to the United States Veterans Administration, at the end of that war the nation was the proud home to nearly 16 million veterans. Only 620,000 of those 16 million heroes were alive in 2016. A veteran of WWII is dying every two minutes — some 372 per day across our nation. Seven years ago about 815 veterans on average were dying each day. The number is decreasing because, of course, there are fewer World War II veterans alive. Today, the average age of a World War II vet is well into the mid-90s. A once vast but now dwindling yet still wonderful national resource that are our WWII veterans is vanishing. That is sad.

Add to that there are hundreds of Korean and Vietnam wars veterans passing daily. An estimate several years ago put the figure at over 700 per day. Veterans from those two wars have to be well into their 60s-through-80s.

More than 5.7 million Americans served during the Korean War. Today there are still approximately over 2.25 million Korean war veterans still alive.

The youngest a World War II vet could possibly be would be well into his or her 90s. Passage of time has taken so many of them from us but we must refuse to let it ever take the memories of their heroism and sacrifices away from us. Those old enough must never forget and those old enough must continue to teach our young about commitment and sacrifice.

Many schools and community groups pay respects to our veterans. There were many school ceremonies held this past week. Good for all of the schools involved and good for our conscientious teachers who impart knowledge into their students so that all the efforts on the battlefields, on the shores and on the mighty oceans will never be lost among future generations. And shame on any teacher or school not stressing Veterans Day.

You shouldn’t have had to be around during World War II to understand and appreciate what our service men and women did for us during the most pivotal period in our nation’s history. Same with the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars. We must preserve and cherish the heritage created by our country-minded veterans — those who served during times of strife and those serving during times of peace. We must pass it down through our young. And let’s not overlook those active troops serving diligently across the globe.

So pause today.

Reflect and be grateful.

The democratic ideals that make the United States of America the finest nation in the history of mankind were forged and protected by our service men and women.

Let’s not ever lose sight of that.

If you know a veteran, simply give him or her a few words of gratitude today — a simple thank for all they have done and sacrificed.

Actually thank a veteran whenever you can and not just each Nov. 11.

And if you are a veteran, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Humbly, we salute you. Again and again.

The American way remains the best way and always will and for that every citizen in this country should be grateful.

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