This week’s Monday Madeleines edition is a salute to our veterans. Ironically (or not), Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day) fell on 11/11/11 this year, which may just be testament to the fact that they’re all number 1 in our hearts.
Enjoy and please comment.
Veteran Worked Magic In USO Organization
Chances are you’ve never heard of a guy named Bill Pitts. That’s unfortunate, because he was an important part of the war effort during World War II. No, he didn’t fight in the war. Instead, he began doing his magic act for troops on Texas bases training to go overseas as part of the USO, where he met (and performed alongside) several celebrities. We discovered this through a tweet by the @TimesRecord pointing to their first-of-a-series profile article on war veterans.
Fallen Soldier’s Family brings Dog they Named Hero Home from Iraq
Here’s a very heartwarming story about the efforts of a New Hampshire family to retrieve a fallen soldier’s dog from Iraq. The soldier was killed in Iraq in 2007, just one day after befriending a puppy there. Now buried at Arlington, the story tells about the mountains of red tape that had to be moved to get that soldier’s best friend to the U.S. Thanks to @keepTWfree (Julia Famularo) for pointing us to this article on The Washington Post‘s Post Local.
More than a Name on the Wall [VID]
Here’s a tribute to Vietnam veterans and those who lost a loved one in that war, with a great song by The Statler Brothers. Thanks to @uprightinusa (Karen Ball) for leading us to this great video.
Video of the Week
As the YouTube member who found this public domain video says, “It does a fantastic job of illustrating the debt of gratitude that we owe to those who have worn our Country’s uniform in the past, and to those who wear it today.” We couldn’t agree more. Thanks to @francoisnaste (Francois Naste) for helping us find it.
Did you enjoy this Veterans Day special edition of Monday Madeleines? Which were your favorites? Leave a comment and share your thoughts, a memory, an expression of gratitude or what have you. No over-sharing here. (But if you somehow cross that line, we’ll let you know.)