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AFROTC Participates in Veterans Day Activities

The Piedmont Air Force Junior ROTC joined with the VFW Post 5464 for a Veterans Day Ceremony. In addition to their participation at the VFW, a cadet shared the importance of Veterans Day with the staff and students at Piedmont on Monday, November 10. Veteran’s Day is a time when Americans thank and honor all those who have served around the globe in the United States military, whether in wartime or peacetime.

The freedoms Americans enjoy on a daily basis have been made possible by millions of brave men and women who have fought for them. The following was read to the students and staff at Piedmont in honor of Veterans Day 2014:

Today, November 11th has been recognized as Veterans Day since 1954 when President Eisenhower first declared it a holiday. Often people will confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Memorial Day was originally set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.  On Veterans Day we thank all of our living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served have sacrificed and done their duty.

Let us take a moment to remember all of our veterans who have dedicated their lives to our country over the years in times of peace and times of war, and let us remember to thank the veterans that are still with us.

The American Revolution, 1775-1783. 217,000 participants and 4400 deaths in service. The last veteran died in 1869 at the age of 109.

War of 1812, 1812-1814. 287,000 participants and 2000 deaths in service. The last veteran died in 1905 at age 105.

The Indian Wars, 1817-1898. 106,000 participants and 1000 deaths in service. The last veteran died in 1973 at age 101.

The Mexican War, 1846-1848. 79,000 participants and 13,000 deaths in service. The last veteran died in 1929 at age 98.

The Civil War, 1861-1865. Over 3 million participants and 500,000 deaths in service. The last veteran died in 1958 at age 112.

The Spanish-American War, 1898-1902. 392,000 participants and 11,000 deaths in service. The last veteran died in 1992 at age 106.

World War I, 1917-1918. Nearly 5 million participants and 116,000 deaths in service. The last veteran died in 2011 at age 110.

World War II, 1940-1945. 16 million participants and 300,000 deaths in service. There are currently one million living veterans.

The Korean War, 1950-1953. 5 million participants and 35,000 deaths in service. There are currently over 2 million living veterans.

The Vietnam War, 1964-1975. 9 million participants and 47,000 deaths in service. There are currently over 7 million living veterans.

The Gulf War, 1990-1991. Over 2 million participants and 148 deaths in service. There are currently over2 million living veterans.

There are currently over 23 million living military veterans from all our period of war and peace. All of whom were ready to give the ultimate sacrifice for their country if called upon.

The Junior ROTC cadets, staff, and students at Piedmont High School would like to thank all of our veterans for their selfless service to our nation.

Written by: Piedmont AFJROTC
Posted: Nov 12, 2014 by Donna Helms

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