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Thank a vet. How many are there? Answer follows. But for me they are are a brother, a nephew, a cousin, some uncles, lots of friends and co-workers. For you they might be the same or a sister, an aunt . . . your boss.
Technically, this holiday has been around for 58 years; before that, it was called Armistice Day.
About the numbers . . . about 21 million, of which about 1.6 million are female. Click here for more statistics.
But thanks for your service. The sequence of fotos below I took a few years ago at the Staten Island Maritime Festival . . . at the salt pile. I intend it with all respect: the suit is a metaphor for military training, which transforms the trainee.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. I took the top foto in Burlington, VT, but I could have taken it in eleven other locations.
Over 22 million . . . the number of living US veterans. I salute you.
Staten Island, less than 15 miles from the old Consolidated Shipbuilding Company in the Bronx. Today I’ve been reading Black Company: The Story of Subchaser 1264, published in 1972 by her first commanding officer, Eric S. Purdon, later Commander. Click here to read Purdon’s obituary.
A former crewman on PC-1264 was Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. , later Vice Admiral Gravely.
The top foto comes from Purdon’s book and is used without permission.