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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Veterans Day, Heartland Style
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At 11:00 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent. The costliest war in human history to that point was over. Men who just a few moments ago would have killed each other cautiously stood in their trenches and entered no mans land. The War to End All Wars was over.

Thus eventually began the holiday of Armistice Day, to commemorate the service of all the Dough Boys, Marines and Sailors who had fought in WWI. After the hopeful optimism that war itself had ended was proven to be false in 1939-45, and again in 1950-53, the holiday was changed to Veterans Day to remember all who have ever served our nation. Our Canadian brethren celebrate November 11th as Remembrance Day, their version of our Memorial Day.

While Memorial Day is to honor those warriors who have paid the last full measure of devotion, today is for the living. Today we honor all those who have worn the uniform. Or at least thats what it is supposed to be. However in far to many parts of the country it’s just another federal holiday, a day to grumble that the banks are closed and that the post office won’t be delivering our daily quota of bills and junk mail.

But not to the people of Dos Palos California. In this small enclave of patriotism and American values nestled in the Central Valley, they remember. They know. And they have decide that Veterans Day will not just be one day where the students of Bernhard Marks Elementary School host a parade. It will be remembered every day. For you see in this small town of forty-eight hundred souls, of true patriots where both the Mayor and Police Chief are Marines, they have erected a $50,000 granite Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the elementary school.

The 28 foot long, 7 feet high, and 8 inch thick memorial bears the names of over 1200 of Dos Palos’ sons who have served since the Civil War. One of those is Don Sorg. He and four of his brothers served during WWII in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. “I’m the only one left” he said. “This is end, I’m 89, and I just love to see this, kind of tore me up a little bit”. Don isn’t the only one. Since it’s unveiling, misty eyed vets can be seen at most all hours scanning the names inscribed on the wall, searching for the school friend they served with; seeing their own name, once again being transported back through time to when they were young, and when they bore the heavy burden of guarding freedom lightly upon their then strong shoulders; once again wearing their nations uniform with pride.

So while the patriotic Veterans Day parade happens but once a year, the memorial will serve as a daily reminder to the students of Marks Elementary of service to something greater than ones self, an attribute in abundance in Dos Palos.

This memorial, this sacred shrine, has been erected entirely through private donations, including over $4,000 raised by the students of Marks Elementary School. The Memorial Committee has so far raised about $35,000, and is in need of another $15,000. Donations can be made by calling the school at (209)392-2311.

By the way, one of the names on that granite wall, one of those Dos Palos sons who proudly bore the burden of freedoms defense, is our own beloved LC Caveman, to whom I owe the credit for this post. Because you see, if it had not been for him I, like you, would never have known just how much the true greatness of this nation is alive and well in a small town called Dos Palos.

Thank You Caveman, and a hearty and grateful Thank You to all of my fellow veterans who have ever worn the uniform of the armed forces of the United States of America.

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13 Responses to “Veterans Day, Heartland Style”
  1. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN

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    Another few hours and I will be rising and getting ready to go to the Cenotaph, an honour I have had for many years. In my homeland, this is known as Rememberance Day and some of us do remember. We don our poppies and medals and go through the regular playing of The Last Post, etc, and stand in the chill November air with tears freezing in droplets on our cheeks.
    There are no more WW1 vets and precious few WW2 vets remain but, though they are not present, we cherish and honour their memories for the freedoms they fought to save for us and our families.

    It took great alliances to defeat freedoms enemies and the foreign fields of Europe, the deserts of Africa, the jungles and atolls of the Pacific, the seabeds of the mighty oceans are littered with their remains and if you close your eyes whilst flying the air routes of the world you can still picture the “Gray Eagles” clawing their way accross the skies through enemy fighters and flak and should some of the younger ones think that this is all “ancient history”, then they should pay a visit to a Veterans Hospital and, afterwards, say a prayer to their G-d everyday for these gallant souls. Broken in body and mind, maybe, but never in spirit.

    Now a new Generation had to take up the torch . Fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, daughters and wives have challenged the twisted idelogies that would have enslaved vast portions of this planet from VietNam to Malaya, Borneo to Bosnia and they left their homes in Detroit, Canberra, Toronto, Christchurch and London and joined like minded men and women in this newer battle.
    A changing world meant changing alliances that has seen the sons of the old Vikings as comrades-in-arms with sons of Italian farmers. Dutchmen and Dane, Spaniard and Salvadoran are coming together and it can only be hoped that it is not too late and that the thunder of the guns on the right and left flank speak in unison though the language be unfamiliar.

    God Bless our old veterans and God’s speed to our new warriors for there is no nobler profession than The Profession of Arms that embodies the willingess
    to lay down your life for a friend or to protect the innocent.

    May you all have blue skies, gentle breezes and soft landing s forever.

    LC Joe D.

  2. Deathknyte Comment by Deathknyte

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    I wonder if there are any statistics on how much of the military is made up of small town people?

  3. Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P. Comment by Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P.

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    There are, Deathknyte. Something over half, the last I heard.

    It is a beautiful memorial, Caveman. Thank you for the pictures of it.

    And Crunchie, Misha?

    Thank you for posting this, and for having the site to do it at.

  4. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    What a wonderful picture. I just want to say thanks to all vets past and present, including those on this site.:)

  5. The Major Comment by The Major

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    It is wonderful to see that at least one school in this country is not in the clutches of the anti-military, anti-Veteran left. Thanks for the post and the picture - it made my day! Now it is time to call and thank the Veterans and active-duty in my family.

  6. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Crunchie…..my hands tremble as I type, dude, you left me speechless. But love of country is alive here in the Central Valley. I only wish I could have contributed more to the construction. But I live only a block away, I will keep at eye on her, visit regularly. The man building this, named Hart, donated the labor and a whole bunch of concrete. The circle around it has indiviual stones set in concrete, many say blue skies, semper fi, you know the stories. But Mr. Hart, the contractor, yes, he is one of us…….. Now we have the Memorial for Veterans Day, and the cemetary for Memorial Day. Just a nondescript, hardscrabble farming town, where on the main drag the dealerships have names like Case, International Harverster and John Deere. The heart and soul of a people, just salt of the earth types. I am so proud and grateful to be one of them.
    But we built that thing without a dime from government, it came from the people…I was a very small fish in a very big pond, but I wrote about it, supported it and gave what meager fundage I had available.
    But you want to see a gorwn man cry, I have, just recently, and now it’s gettin’ kinda’ blurry here and I have to go to work. The talkers talk, the doers do. Thanks Brother…….

  7. Unregistered Comment by Uchuck the Tuchuck

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    Ladies and Gentlemen of the armed forces:

    Thank you for seeing fit to place yourselves between me and the war’s desolation. You have my rerspect, my admiration and my heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifices great and small that come with the decision to take the shilling and answer the call. May God bless you all with health and contentment.

    Melvin Charles Smith
    Williamsburg, Kentucky

  8. paragon27x Comment by paragon27x

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    Just an FYI for everyone…. Mark Levin put on an awesome Radio Show for Veteran’s Day. Definitely worth your time. Go to marklevinshow.com It’s the 11/9 archived show.

  9. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN

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    Caveman

    Well done, brother. It is because of true hearts like yours that their memories will live on.

    LC Joe D.

  10. Lady Heather Comment by Lady Heather

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    Last living soldier who fought in the trenches during WW1.

    Many thanks and much gratitude to our military service personnel, both dead and living.

  11. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    great link Lady H, how sad that the bearers of that legacy are almost all gone now.

    To the veterans and currently serving members of our armed forces, I’ll remember you all tomorrow. You have my eternal gratitude and support……

    Support Our Troops, kick a hippies ass

  12. Ginothegreat Comment by Ginothegreat

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    A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “My Country,” for an amount of “up to and including my life.”

    That, my friends, is honor, and there are way too many people in this and many countries who no longer understand it.

    I am a veteran, as was my father and all his brothers my uncles, as are many others on this forum. I would just like to salute everyone who has served, is serving, or will serve their country. To those who are in the field of combat today, be it in Afghanistan, Iraq, or some other little shit-hole somewhere on the globe, you have my sincere wish that you come home safely to your loved ones.

  13. Unregistered Comment by Azygos

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    Lt Jackson Another story you won’t find in the MSM. Thank Gd for men like this.