Letter: Thank Q-C vets with more than a moment of silence


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Posted Online: Nov. 11, 2012, 6:00 am
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Since Sept. 11, 2001, almost three million Americans have answered our nation's call, and more than 1.3 million service men and women have since returned to our communities -- including the over 28,000 veterans who call the Quad-Cities home. They join the ranks of more than 22 million veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Following World War II, Nov. 11, previously known as "Armistice Day," became Veterans Day in order to thank and honor all America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Our service members, veterans and their families deserve to be applauded for their strength, devotion and service to our nation. It is our duty to maintain their trust and faith and always remind them through our support and actions that they are the strength of our nation.

To adequately honor our veterans and their families, America must continue to acknowledge their lasting legacy of strength and selfless service. Our military is committed to our veterans and providing them opportunities for employment, education and healthcare.

This Veterans Day -- more than pausing in silence to honor our nation's veterans -- let's demonstrate our support by looking for ways to reach out and help them. Don't just say "thank you" to our veterans, show it by hiring a veteran, or volunteering in the community, or supporting a local veteran's organization.

Together we can ensure our veterans have the opportunity to reach their highest potential!

First in Deed!

Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek,
commander,
First Army















 




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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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