Veterans & Military Police & Fire
and Patriotic News for Cleveland Seniors & Baby Boomers
God Bless America!
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
The Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem, Arizona
Once a year at 11:11 am the sun shines perfectly on this Memorial. At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun's rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.
Photo by Mike Spinelli
They are staggered in size (from 17 feet to 6 feet) and ordered in accordance with the Department of Defense prescribed precedence, ranging from the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard.
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
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)
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
"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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!"