Sunday, November 9, 2008

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is this Tuesday November 11th. It was first celebrated on Nov 11, 1919 as Armistice Day to honor the Veteran's of World War I. In 1938, Armistice Day was made an official American Holiday. After World War II, citizens felt veteran's of all wars should be recognized. In 1954, congress changed the name to Veteran's Day. In the U.S., the holiday is celebrated by approximately 2.9 million U.S. veteran's with parades and ceremonies among other events.

Our family has had someone serve in every U.S. war since the American Revolution, including the Mormon Battalion.
Dad served in the Navy at the end of World War II, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

George Cottam (Dad's Uncle) served in Germany in World War I. He was Killed in Action.

John Donohoo (Mom's Uncle) also served in Germany in World War I. He came home alive and shortly after returning died of a ruptured appendix on the way to the hospital.

Robert Burns Donohoo (Mom's Grandfather) left Tennessee to serve with a company from Illinois during the Civil War.

Dewey Donohoo (Grandpa) served in Panama in WWI
Uncle Ross (Mom's Brother) was career Military.
He served in a lot of different places. (Right)

Max Skabelund served in

the military in the late 50's

and early 60s (left)

Rich Coppel was in the

Air Force in Viet Nam (Right)

Steve, left, served in Operation Desert Storm

Adam, right, served in the current War in Iraq.

Tuesday is a day to remember the Veterans who gave of their time and endangered their lives to keep us safe and free.
I am grateful to the members of my family both the ones pictured and the ones not mentioned who served in the military, and gave of their time, and for the families that stayed home to wait for them, worry about them, and pray for them.

At 11AM on 11/11 lets all stop for 2 minutes of silence, in memory of the Men and Women who fought to defend our Freedoms.


ChefTom said...

Awesome Post, Thanks.

Cindy C. said...

I'm not sure that you are aware but Rich served in the air force during the Viet Nam war and Max also served in the Navy before he and Karen got married.