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Carlos Carmona, Association of United States Army Fort Pitt Chapter President
Pittsburgh, PA - November 10,2011 In 1920 Calvin Coolidge quoted “The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten” from the young Byzantine Emperor Maurice Tiberius Augustus.
Almost 100 years from the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1918 America signed an Armistice with Germany ending the “Great War” a war than in itself contributed to 35 million casualties. The next time you go to or watch a Penn State Game imagine everyone in the stadium and multiply that by 300 and you start to get close. Or just take everyone in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia disappear and you get a little closer. Unimaginable by today’s standards. Since then our country has called upon its military over 150 times to provide humanitarian aid, military assistance, security force, international training etc…
This Friday on the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year we have not forgotten our defenders. We take time to shake hands, and thank our friends who have helped us defend our nation. As well as to praise and thank those who paved the way before us. To give us the freedom to choose, grow and work hard for our own dreams. On this day we say thank you to all persons who have taken their countries well being into their hands.
America has now, more than it has ever had, the most experience, well trained, battle hardened and motivated military in the world. With a 100% volunteer force with a technology and skill level unsurpassed by any other. America’s has truly become a nation that is “PERSUASIVE in peace and INVINCIBLE in war.” A nation that continues to be the light of prosperity for many others in the far corners of the globe.
Thank you to all veterans and most importantly their families. America is what it is because you have given it the opportunity…
As we say thank you to all veterans on Friday let us not forget our true “brothers in arms”. The only other branch that dedicates its forces to the ground fight. Our fellow Marines celebrate their 236th Birthday on Thursday November 10th. The Marines and Army have been side by side since the beginning. From the “Battle of Bull Run” to the door-to-door fighting of Fallujah and mountain passes in Afghanistan. Let's take time to say happy birthday and thank you to our fellow brothers in arms. Please see the message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Seargent Major of the Marine Corps.
In appreciation the “FORT PITT” Museum and Hienz History Center will welcome all veterans for free on Veterans Day. Please take time to visit and say thank you for the gracious support they have given the chapter and our veterans.