Happy Veterans Day!

Posted November 11, 2011 by Amanda | 5 Comments

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day in the U.S. It is also observed as Remembrance Day in other parts of the world. Let’s take a moment to reflect and honor the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces.

Originally, Veteran’s Day was proclaimed Armistice Day by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919, which marked the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. After World War II, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in honor of all veterans.

Below are some famous faces who are also military veterans. Be sure to check out our numerous projects dedicated to veterans of various wars throughout history.

Bill Cosby, U.S. Navy

 

Bill Cosby – In 1956, Bill Cosby joined the Navy and served served as a Hospital Corpsman for four years during the Korean War.

 

 

 

Brig. Gen. James Stewart, USAF Reserve

 

James Stewart – Stewart’s family had deep military roots. Both his grandfathers fought in the Civil War. Stewart flew 20 combat missions with the United States Air Force.

 

 

 

Elvis Presley, U.S. Army

 

Elvis Presley – In 1958, the “King of Rock and Roll” was inducted into the U.S. Army as a private, where he served for two years.

 

 

 

 

Audie Murphy, U.S. Army

 

Audie Murphy – Audie Murphy was the most decorated American soldier, receiving every U.S. medal available at the time. After the war, Murphy became a highly popular actor and starred as himself in the film, To Hell and Back.

 

 

 

Mel Brooks

 

Mel Brooks – He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and became a combat engineer. He took part in the Battle of the Bulge, clearing German mines after the battle.

 

 

 

Do you have a veteran in your family? Share with us their story!

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  • Terry

    I don’t usually comment in the Blog however there are a couple of points I would like to make about this one. One is that Geni, as  an international site is posting a singularly one-sided blog here featuring only veterans from the United States and no other countries. As a non-American I think Geni needs to address this assumption that all things American take presidence.
    The second thing is I feel it is inappropriate to say “Happy Verterans Day” or “Happy Remembrance Sunday”  This day is to Remember the terrible consequences of War. It is not a celebration like Christmas where we wish each other happiness.  It is insensitive to use such a phrase at a time of sadness for very many people.  In fact On 11/11 a child at our school was heard to say “Happy Remembrance Day” to someone and we were advised that if he said anything else like this in our earshot we must stop him and explain why it is inappropriate.  I didn’t expect to have to do that to a responsible group of adults!

    • Mark

      Sorry to hear that you don’t thank your Veterans.

      We remember those who died on memorial day in May.

      • Terry

        Did I say “We don’t thank our Veterans”? I don’t think so.  The Royal British Legion is the charity that benefits from the sale of poppies on Remembrance Day (or Armistice Day) and they do work from funding the operations of 4 new Personnel Recovery Centres offering the very best in rehabilitation care for the wounded, adapting a home to make it suitable for a disabled young soldier, or providing support such as pension advice or bereavement counselling – providing  welfare work that is a lifeline for thousands of serving and ex-Service people and their families.

      • Terry

        Did I say “We don’t thank our Veterans”? I don’t think so.  The Royal British Legion is the charity that benefits from the sale of poppies on Remembrance Day (or Armistice Day) and they do work from funding the operations of 4 new Personnel Recovery Centres offering the very best in rehabilitation care for the wounded, adapting a home to make it suitable for a disabled young soldier, or providing support such as pension advice or bereavement counselling – providing  welfare work that is a lifeline for thousands of serving and ex-Service people and their families.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5OPU3KVM7CHVP3EWQ5PJI6HI NADINE

    OUR VETERANS ARE NOT THRIVING AND MANY RETIREES ARE DYING- TODAY-NOVEMBER 11, 2012 WE MUST PROMISE OUR MILITARY- CURRENT AND RETIRED THAT WE WILL HONOR THEM BECAUSE THEIR COURAGE HONORS US!!