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In 1789, General and President George Washington spoke these words,
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country."

Did you know that as of Aug 2011:

  • There are 22.7 million military veterans in the US
  • 39.1% of veterans are 65 or older
  • 1.4% of veterans are under age 25
  • 6 states account for 36% of the Veteran population in the US - California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio
  • 8.1% of veterans are women but that percentage is projected to double in the next 25 years
  • The average age of all veterans is 60
  • The average age of Gulf War veterans is 37
  • The average age of Vietnam War veterans is 60
  • The average age of Korean War veterans is 76
  • The average age of World War II veterans is 84

2016

Viking Veterans Memorial Dedication
Villa Angela-St. Joseph HS - May 29, 2016

The Viking Veteran Memorial is a monument located on the campus of Villa Angela-St. Joseph (VASJ) High School in Cleveland. It was dedicated Memorial Day weekend 2016.

The Viking Veteran Memorial was created to honor the six St. Joseph High School students who were killed in Vietnam.

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Viking Veterans Memorial VASJ HS in Cleveland

Viking Veterans Memorial


Photos and videos of the Viking Veterans Memorial Dedication


9-11 Memorial and Boulevard of 500 Flags in Eastlake Ohio

Just east of Cleveland in the suburb of Eastlake Ohio is an inspiring memorial to remember the attacks of 9-11 and to honor military veterans, police, fore and others who have risked their lives for us all.

9-11 and World Trade Center Memorial in Eastlake Ohio

9-11 and World Trade Center Memorial in Eastlake Ohio


Photos and a video tour of the Eastlake Memorial and Boulevard of Flags


2014

9-11 Memorial and Museum
New York City


Gunner's Mate Seaman Devin Adams, from Cleveland, in waters South of Japan

Gunner's Mate Seaman Devin Adams, from Cleveland, Ohio, performs weekly maintenance on the MK-38 machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63). Stethem is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alonzo M. Archer/Released)

 Gunner's Mate Seaman Devin Adams



Making Mentor, Ohio (and all of us) proud

Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Seymour, a submarine sonar technician from Mentor Ohio, is serving aboard the USS Michigan (SSGN 727) Blue Crew in the U.S. Navy protecting and defending America on the world's oceans aboard one of the world's most advanced submarines.

The Navy's guided missile submarines provide the Navy with unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities from a stealthy, clandestine platform. Armed with tactical missiles and equipped with superior communications capabilities, guided missile submarines are capable of launching missile strikes and supporting Special Operation Forces missions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian B. Martinez/Released.)

Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Seymour

Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Seymour


"Why Being There Matters"

On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world's oceans give the Navy the power to protect America's interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world's oceans.

Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America's finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

Thank you very much for your support of the men and women in U.S. Navy, deployed around the clock and ready to protect and defend America on the world's oceans.


United States Air Force Honor Guard in Cleveland

There was a very special guest at the 2014 Cleveland Saint Patrick's Day Parade. The United States Air Force Honor Guard Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington DC marched in the 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland Ohio.

The mission of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard is to represent Airmen to the American Public and the World. The vision of the USAF Honor Guard is to ensure a legacy of Airmen who: promote the mission; protect the standards; perfect the image; and preserve the heritage.

Before the Parade began, the Honor Guard drilled on a side street.

US Air Force Honor Guard marching at Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade

US Air Force Honor Guard





See the US Air Force Honor Guard in the Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade.


Navy Airman Curt Wozniak from Cleveland

"Why Being There Matters"

On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world's oceans give the Navy the power to protect America's interests anywhere, and at any time.

Your Navy protects and defends America on the world's oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America's finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that.

They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Curt Wozniak, from Cleveland, Ohio, cleans an M4 rifle in the ship's armory aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is pierside at Naval Air Station North Island. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Fenaroli/Released)

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Curt Wozniak, from Cleveland, Ohio, cleans an M4 rifle in the ship's armory aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)



Petty Officer 1st Class Jamario Perry from Cleveland

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 18, 2014) Gunner's Mate 1st Class Jamario Perry, right, from Cleveland, stands as a safety observer while Operations Specialist Seaman Mikhail Franco, from Ocoee, Fla., fires a 9mm pistol during a small arms qualification on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85).

McCampbell is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

Jamario Perry



2013

Veterans Day at Cleveland City Hall 2013

Joint Veterans Commission Of Cuyahoga County with Base Cleveland Veterans Committee, Cuyahoga Community College, and City of Cleveland shared in a commemoration of Veterans Day 2013 at Cleveland City Hall.

The Keynote speaker was Rear Admiral Fred M. Midgette, Commander U. S. Coast Guard Ninth District.

Rear Admiral Fred M. Midgette

Rear Admiral Fred M. Midgette

Photos and Videos from Veterans Day 2013 in Cleveland


40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) (Newton D. Baker Chapter) and Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County hosted a special event titled: The Vietnam War: A Presentation and a Conversation.

It featured a presentation by Colonel David W. Taylor (USAR-Ret) who is the author of the book: Our War the History and Sacrifices of an Infantry Battalion in the Vietnam War. The event was held at Saigon Plaza in Cleveland and hosted by Lt Colonel Joseph Meissner and Gia Hoa Ryan.

Veterans saluting the flag

Veterans saluting the flag

Photos and Videos from the Vietnam War Veteran event


Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Cleveland
Run to Remember dedicated to remembering those who have died saving lives or defending freedom

Seaman Sarah Molli, a member of Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, and Master Chief Jeffrey Waters, a member of Coast Guard Base Cleveland, participate in the Run to Remember event held in Cleveland, May 17, 2013. In the event honoring those who have died saving lives, Molli placed first in her age group and first for females overall.

Seaman Sarah Molli, a member of Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, and Master Chief Jeffrey Waters, a member of Coast Guard Base Cleveland. Molli placed first in her age group and first for females overall.



Dog Tags

When visitors first enter the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago, they will hear a sound like wind chimes coming from above them and their attention will be drawn upward 24 feet to the ceiling of the two-story high atrium.

Dogs tags on ceiling

Dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War hang from the ceiling. The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above & Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Stein.

The tens of thousands of metal dog tags are suspended 24 feet in the air, 1 inch apart, from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with shifting air currents.

Dogs tags on ceiling

Museum employees using a kiosk and laser pointer help visitors locate the exact dog tag with the imprinted name of their lost friend or relative


2012

Akron Army pilot serves 40 years
Thank you for your service Chief Warrant Officer 2 Blaine Wykoff


Navy Week in Cleveland

From August 27-September 4, 2012 six ships of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy participated in Cleveland Navy Week and the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and The Star-Spangled Banner.

Navy Week Cleveland 2012


Main Navy Week Page

War of 1812 Weapons, Gear and more

Ships at Navy Week Cleveland


Marine Week in Cleveland

From June 11-17, 2012 more than 175,000 visitors came to Public Square, Gateway Plaza, Voinovich Park, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Burke Lakefront Airport to meet America's Marine Corps.

Marine guards the Vietnam Memorial Wall


Main Marine Week Page

See the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Marine Week Cleveland

See the 400+ US Flag Memorial at Marine Week Cleveland

See Flags of the branches of the Military at Marine Week Cleveland

See the Quantico Marine Band at Marine Week Cleveland

See the Marine Museum exhibit at Marine Week Cleveland

See Marine Equipment and Tech at Marine Week Cleveland


Marine Brigadier General Daniel D. Yoo spoke about the contributions of Brookpark Ohio's 3rd Battalion 25th Marines and others at the Asian Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.




Marine Brigadier General Daniel D. Yoo spoke about 3 Asian-American military heroes




2011

Pearl Harbor - 70 years later
Cleveland Seniors remember December 7, 1941

Inside the shrine room of the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor

Inside the shrine room of the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor
To the Memory of the Gallant Men Here Entombed and their shipmates who gave their lives in action on December 7, 1941, on the U.S.S. Arizona" inscription in marble with the names of Arizona's honored dead



Veterans Day 2011 celebrated in Cleveland City Hall

USS Cleveland crew with ship bell

USS Cleveland crew members with ship bell



One of the highlights of the 6th annual Lebanese American Heritage Ball hosted by The Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA) was the keynote address given by Lebanese American General John P. Abizaid (Ret.).

John Philip Abizaid is a retired General in the United States Army and former Commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), overseeing American military operations in a 27-country region, from the Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, to South and Central Asia, covering much of the Middle East. CENTCOM oversees 250,000 US troops.

Abizaid succeeded General Tommy Franks as Commander, USCENTCOM, on 7 July 2003, and was also elevated to the rank of four-star general the same week. He was succeeded by Admiral William J. Fallon on 16 March 2007.

US Army General John P. Abizaid speaks at Lebanese Heritage Ball in Cleveland

General John P. Abizaid in Cleveland


More of General Abizaid
Including his reasons the US must not abandon the Middle East


A Celebration of Patriotism and Bravery to honor our Military Personnel
10th Annual Support Our Troops Luncheon featuring Bob Hope, nephew of the famous Bob Hope and special keynote speaker, Mr. David Beamer, the father of Todd Beamer. Todd is the young man who rallied the passengers of United Flight 93 together with his cry "Are you guys ready? Let's roll!"

David Beamer and Lucy Stickan

David Beamer and Lucy Stickan



Flag Day 2011
US Army 236th birthday celebration

Sergeant Eddie Horne and Sergeant Johanna Wright were named Newton D. Baker Greater Cleveland Chapter of Association of the US Army Soldiers of the Year.

Sergeant Eddie Horne and Sergeant Johanna Wright

2011 Soldiers of the Year
Sergeant Eddie Horne and Sergeant Johanna Wright



Chicago - and Glen Alan Fiester - Remembered
by Purple Heart Veteran Luis Martinez

Fly the Flag
Special days you should display the US Flag

Where the Action is
Amy Kenneley reflects on Memorial Day

Remember Martha Raye?
Did you know she did more than sing and act?



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Honors and Benefits Available to Military Veterans
Make sure you know what is available to you and your family

Famous Times Square Kiss on V-J Day
Recreated in Cleveland 65 years later

USS Cod World War II Submarine
Photos and a video of a submarine veteran

RIP Colonel Robert Howard
Toughest Man in America

Fire Fighters Memorial
Where would you find this tribute to brave Cleveland Fire Fighters?

Eagles Over Berlin by Kati Fabian
Historical novel about the Berlin Blockade and Airlift

The Ohio National Guard at work in Iraq
1-137 FARPs offer helicopter oasis

Incredible photo from 1918
18,000 soldiers form Human Statue of Liberty

USS New York
Ship built with scrap steel from the World Trade Center


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World War II Posters
That you mght have not seen before

Scouts retire US flags on Flag Day 2009
at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland

65th Anniversary of D-Day at Normandy
Never forget June 6, 1944

82nd Airborne Veterans in Cleveland
Pictures from their monthly breakfast

How To Hide An Airplane Factory
World War II photos - the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant

Historic US Military Uniforms, Buffalo Soldiers
and a tribute to Pamela Donovan

September 11, 2006 - 5 years later
Remember how you felt that day?

Standing on Hallowed Ground
We have to be there

Tomb of the Unknowns
At Arlington National Cemetery

Thank a Vet
American Dead in each war

A Mother waits for her son's homecoming
by Amy Kenneley

...And the Pursuit of Happiness
Reflections on the 4th of July by Amy Kenneley

Send an e-mail to our troops
Information on several web site resources

Rally for America
Pictures from the March 2,2003 event to Support our Troops

December 7th, 1941 - Pearl Harbor
Sixty One Years ago - the world changed forever

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Honor Our Fallen

Let's Roll
Amy Kenneley's look back at 9-11-01

Stories, poems, pictures and more from 9-11-01
Including your feedback

A Soldier on Christmas
Written by a Marine in Okinawa

Mom and the Marine
A poignant and timely essay by Amy Kenneley

Veteran's Day 2001
It's different this year - by Debbie Hanson

The American Flag
Treat it with the respect it deserves




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