While observing this federal holiday today, please take time to remember ALL who have served in defense of this country.
Archive for the ‘Maritime Miscellaneous’ Category
‘El Faro’, an American cargo ship was reported missing today in hurricane conditions by the U.S. Coast Guard. Search was suspended at sundown and will resume first light. My thoughts and prayers are with the crew and their families. GCaptain has been posting updates as they come in.
I really hope more oppose this. I am very disappointed (and yet well aware) that so many undervalue and are continually devaluing our maritime industry.
“The McCain amendment would gut the nation’s shipbuilding capacity, outsource our U.S. Naval shipbuilding to foreign builders and cost hundreds of thousands of family-wage jobs across this country.”
Yesterday, Nov. 11, was Veterans Day. I have so many family members to be grateful to for their service. Too many to name.
Obviously the question of veteran status for merchant mariners comes up. It is a controversial history. It is sad to say that World War II merchant mariners did not receive veteran status until 1988. I met some of the men who worked tirelessly to make that happen. Merchant mariners can still receive veteran status if they participate in supply transport to current era conflicts. I know that Desert Shield/Storm had mariner vets and even some later conflicts. I’m not sure if the current conflicts have resulted in medals and veterans… something to research.
Yesterday an opinion piece was published titled: When Honoring Vets, Include Merchant Marine. It is a good article and inspiring to know that men like Eisenhower and MacArthur saw the invaluable service of the men in the merchant marine.
On a message board of spouses yesterday, the question was posed about how do we explain this life, who is a vet and who isn’t, how we’re different from the armed services, etc. I couldn’t help myself and had to correct everyone that there is no S and they are mariners, not marines–that will go a long way in differentiating the merchant marine from the other branches. I couldn’t help myself–old habits die hard.
Just an additional little share: A high school classmate of mine, an army vet, wrote an article about how to show appreciation to vets in general. Also a good read. How To Show A Veteran Your Appreciation. Good suggestions… I think I have a service project for my scouts in the near future.
I am thankful to the men and women who serve. For the most part, the veterans I know are humble and patriotic and proud of their service. I know there are serious tragedies and much wrong with our military and very few come out of their time of service unchanged. Some have serious gripes about our military and those in charge and a nation that has thrown away so much. They may not even want to be thanked but I appreciate them anyways, especially one in particular. Maybe he would rather be thanked by seeing a world that makes a difference, that changes the status quo, that makes the world a place where we don’t need armies and navies. A world that truly understands freedoms and doesn’t blindly hand them over. Yes, our veterans deserve that too.