Friday, November 11, 2005

Today, a salute and a sincere thanks to the U.S. veterans of World War 1 who defended the freedom of our country. It's sad to consider that their numbers of living have went from 65,000 in 1990 to an estimated 30-50 remaining today. THANK YOU! YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! ALL OF YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON IN OUR HISTORY!

Lloyd Brown, a 104-year-old World War I veteran smiles as he recounts why he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 16 at his home in Charlotte Hall, Md., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005.

Brown remembers Armistice Day in 1918 as few, ever so few, veterans can. 'For the servicemen there were lots of hugs and kisses,' he recalls. Brown, a teenage seaman was aboard the battleship USS New Hampshire when the fighting stopped. 'We were so happy that the war was over.'

Brown adds, 'There's not too many of us around any more.' No one knows exactly how many of America's World War I veterans will celebrate Veterans Day, which marks the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, that ended what then was considered the Great War. An estimated 2 million Americans served in Europe after the U.S. entered the war in 1917.

Today, just eight veterans as receiving disability benefits or pension compensation from service in World War I.

I honor you today SIR!

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