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1971 Basic Military Training Squadron 3743; WAF Flight 013

Accept your share in suffering disgrace as a good soldier of the Messiah Yeshua. No soldier on duty gets involved with civilian affairs, since he has to please his commanding officer. ~ 2 Timothy 2:3-4, CJB


November 11, 2012 is the legal public holiday for Veterans Day. According to the United States Department Of Veterans Affairs,

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

Originally, November 11th first was called Armistice Day—a day dedicated to the cause of world peace, and a day set aside to honor the veterans of World War I.  After World War II, a war in which Army soldiers, Navy sailors, Marine Corps marines, and Air Force airmen had to be battle-ready, the amended Act of 1938, which established November 11th (Armistice Day) as an annual legal holiday, was changed on June 1, 1954 from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Veterans Day, thus, is a day to honor American veterans of all wars!

In the above picture is this blogger with her 1971 Air Force Basic Military Training Squadron. This military basic training took place on Lackland Air Force Base and this base is located in San Antonio Texas. Furthermore, Lackland Air Force Base currently is the only site for enlisted basic military training for all non-prior service Airmen of the regular Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve.

This blogger is the African-American woman who is down front and in the center of the picture. Since she was one of her squadron’s four squad leaders, she and the other three squad leaders were placed on the first row and in the center of the picture. The squad leaders are easy to pick out, as they are the four tallest women grouped together in the first row.

It is this blogger’s prayer that God Almighty will continue to bless those families who have lost loved ones during any war, or during peacetime.  Even though this blogger is a veteran herself, she still prays for and gives honor to all of the fallen military heroes, all of the living veterans, and all of the current active duty servicemen and servicewomen.

May God give every American a fresh and renewed spirit of love for his or her veterans and for his or her nation, as a whole. In Jesus’ name . . . Amen.

Happy Veterans Day!