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How do we honor veterans and their families here in Palo Alto?

Original post made by john, Old Palo Alto, on Jan 17, 2008

Wreaths on graves were displayed in a wonderful photograph of Arlington, layered in snow, bedecked with green wreaths with red ribbons, maybe somebody can find the link.

One local cemetery used to put flags up at veteran grave sites, Memorial Day,but they said it took two men three to four days just to put out the flags!

And, maybe there are ways living veterans and their families are honored, such as being recognized, or thanked, in public, and soon. Not as a political thing.

So, I thought someone might know the history of this, have a photo, or maybe propose something appropriate for all those thousands who served, and many died, for us, and for this country and for freedom.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2008 at 8:51 am

I thought that the fact that we have graves for unknowns with honors and perpetual flames was the way to honor each individual. I know that that does not give us an excuse, but in purely practical terms, that should take some responsibility away.

My own grandfather was seriously wounded in WW1 and taken prisoner in a German prisoner of war camp. I remember him as an old man, reluctant to speak bad of the Germans, who had nursed him back to health, and lived a full life despite his injuries (his shoulder was blown away which made movement of his left arm minimal and he had scars all over his face and upper body). I was and am very proud of what he did and think of him often, but do not need any type of memorial other than what we as a family have done for him and the annual remembrance of all past soldiers.

I am not taking away from anyone, but memorials are a personal thing, meaning different things to different people, and being forced into something that people do not want to do voluntarily is not a good reason for doing something.

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 18, 2008 at 10:23 am

How does Palo Alto honor its veterans? It doesn't. Veterans Day is just another day - day off for school kids maybe, and a big day for 'sales'. But honor veterans - naw, that's war stuff
and not 'cool' in Palo Alto. Yet there are vets here in town that were an Anzio, Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, and the Battle of the Bulge. Nurses who were in the military - all in their 80's and nineties now. Lots of Korean War vets and plenty from Vietnam.

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Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 19, 2008 at 4:43 pm

For Memorial Day, all of the local scout troops are invited to place flags at veteran's gravesites. I did it last year and it was quite moving. There were thousands of scouts in this one cemetery placing over 100,000 flags. Even though my son is not in the scouts anymore, I would like to do it again. If you want to honor living veteran's, go volunteer at the local VA hospitals.

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