Each year on November 11 we honor the men and women who have sacrificed their time, their comfort, and sometimes even their lives in times of war and peace throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. We recognize them as an outstanding group who deserve all the honor and praise they are given. But more than that, Veterans Day is really meant as a thank you to millions of individuals, each with their own experiences. Each veteran is a person with a story of their own.

Today on the blog we focus on those stories found in the newspapers from WWI until today. Not all ended happily, but each shows a piece of a person’s life, given to his country for the greater good. (Click on a picture to see the full article.)

Fermin Villarreal, WWI:

Rose for a Veteran

Jack Stout, WWII:

Jack Stout, War Veteran

Robert Young, Vietnam War:

Bobby Young's Story

Jesse Valma, WWII/Korean War and Wendel Angle, WWII:

Swapping Stories

Exchanging Memories

Joe Ambrose, WWI:

WWI Veteran Attends Wreath Ceremony at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

100th Infantry Battalion, WWII:

100th Infantry Battalion

More stories from veterans and Veterans Days gone by can be found in this search. Thank you, veterans, for your service and sacrifice.

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