Posted tagged ‘Veteran’s Day’

Thank You: Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014


I never served in our military, but I thank those who have whenever I can. I thank them at airport terminals and at cab stands. I see them at the State Fair wearing caps designating them from wars 60 years ago and I thank them; I see them at the mall or at baseball games wearing t-shirts or vests mentioning wars 30 years ago and I thank them.

I thank my dad and my uncle. I thank my co-workers at Innovative-IDM:

Dan Mahoney – Army (Sales Houston)

Danny Causey – Army (IT)

Mike Adams – Army (Sales Baton Rouge)

Percy Foster – Army (Field Service Dallas)

 

CD Oyeka – Navy (Technician Dallas)

Gene Gray – Navy (Utility Player)

James Nairn – Navy (Board Repair)

John Gray – Navy (Sales Dallas)

Lonnie Gillilan – Navy (Field Service Dallas)

Lonnie Muse – Navy (Field Service Dallas)

Mark Phelps – Navy (Board Repair)

Mike Terlesky – Navy (Engineer Houston)

Steve Lyons, Sr. – Navy (FAE Houston)

 

Jeff Smith – Air Force (Field Service Houston)

Jesse Simental – Air Force (Corporate Ops Dallas)

Jim Bishop – Air Force (Board Repair)

 

David Holmes – Marines (Technician, Board Repair)

Dustin Green – Marines (Sales Dallas)

Natasha Richardson – Marines (FAE Houston)

Thank you . . .

November 11, 2011

I never served in our military, but I thank those who have whenever I can. I thank them at airport terminals and at cab stands. I see them at the State Fair wearing caps designating them from wars 60 years ago and I thank them; I see them at the mall or at baseball games wearing t-shirts or vests mentioning wars 30 years ago and I thank them.

I thank my dad and my uncle. I thank my co-workers at Innovative-IDM:

Mitchell Smith – Navy (Field Service Baton Rouge)
Lonnie Muse – Navy (Applications and Field Service Dallas)
Donald Poehl – Navy (Field Service Houston)
Steve Lyons – Navy (Engineered Solutions Houston)
Gene Gray – Navy (President)
Mickey Jackson – Marines (Board Repair Houston)
Percy Foster – Army (Field Service Dallas)
Colbert Kaiser – Army (Warehouse Houston)
Dan Mahoney – Army (Sales Houston)
Jim Bishop – Air Force (Board Repair Houston)
Jesse Simental – Air Force (Purchasing Dallas)
Jeff Smith – Air Force (Field Service Houston)
James Nairm – Navy – (Board Repair Houston)
Bill Ware — Coast Guard (Engineering Houston)
Chris Mason — Navy (Board Repair Houston)
Robert Boeder — Army (Warehouse Dallas)
Josh Veverka — Navy (Sales Mobile)
Danny Causey — Army (IT Dallas)

A short personal story: On one of my visits to Pearl Harbor, I saw the park ranger about to drop the American flag at the end of the day. It was near the entrance/exit of the park, and a man wearing a cap designating him as a WWII veteran approached the ranger.

“Can I help you take down the flag?” asked the veteran to the ranger. To which the park ranger rigidly stood back from the flagpole and sternly said, “No sir you may not. But may I help you take down the flag, sir?” It was the ultimate show of respect from the younger park ranger. And the two finished the job together. Awesome. — pepper hastings

Thank You . . .

November 11, 2009

I never served, but I thank those who do whenever I can. I thank them at airport lounges and at cab stands. I see them at the State Fair wearing caps designating them from wars 60 years ago and I thank them; I see them at the mall or at baseball games wearing t-shirts or vests mentioning wars 30 years ago and I thank them.

I thank my dad and my uncle. I thank my co-workers at Innovative Automation, Jesse and Gene and Lonnie, and maybe others who have served and I don’t know about it.

A short story: On one of my visits to Pearl Harbor, I saw the park ranger about to drop the American flag at the end of the day. It was near the entrance/exit of the park, and a man wearing a cap designating him as a WWII veteran approached the Ranger.

I was within an earshot as the veteran asked the ranger, “May I help you take down the flag?” To which the park ranger rigidly stood back from the flagpole and sternly said, “No sir you may not. But may I help you take down the flag, sir?” It was the ultimate show of respect from the younger park ranger. And the two finished the job together. — pepper hastings

11/11 — Could We Do Better in U.S.?

November 11, 2008

poppy1Today is Veteran’s Day in the U.S. If you meet a veteran or current serviceperson, thank them for their duty to our country.

Canadians call today Rememberance Day, and wear red poppy lapel pins that can be purchased for a small donation at most convenience stores and gas stations.

In a former life, I attended an annual trade show in suburban Toronto every year on Nov. 11. At 11 a.m., a horn would blow in the Exhibition Centere and everyone would stop in their tracks for one minute of silence in memory of soldier sacrifices and in specific, Nov. 11, 1918, the day WW1 ended.  Supermarkets, malls, banks and other public places might also invite their customers to fall silent at 11 a.m.

It’s a nice custom they have in Canada, and one I wished we followed here in the US.  — ph