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Calhoun County Committee on Aging hosted its 12th annual Veterans Day Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 12, for all veterans who have been reported with Calhoun connections.

 

Von Yoak continued his tradition of singing the “Star Spangled Banner.” The first time he sang on stage was 83 years ago.

 

The heart of the CCCOA staff was evident in all aspects of the program, from the patriotic decorations to the special hot rolls.

 

Executive director Rick Poling was in charge of the program and shared comments and statistics of veterans. This information is being printed because many of our veterans can no longer attend a celebration. Our nation cannot forget the sacrifice of life on the battlefields, and also those on the home front who supported them.

 

Death-tolls of the military in U.S. conflicts to date have often escaped public awareness, but merit our full attention:

Revolutionary War, 24,435

Northwest Indian War, 1,221

Quasi-War, 20

Barbary Wars, 35

War of 1812, 20,260

1st Seminole War, 30

2nd Seminole War, 1,500

Mexican-American War, 13,283

3rd Seminole War, 26

Civil War, 558,052

Indian Wars, 919

Spanish-American War, 2,446

Philippine War, 4,196

Boxer Rebellion, 37

Mexican Revolution, 35

Haiti Occupation, 146

World War I, 116,708; 204,002 wounded

World War II, 407,316; 670,846 wounded

Korean War, 36,914; 92,134 wounded

Vietnam War, 58,209; 153,303 wounded

Iran Hostages Crisis, 8

El Salvador (1980-1992), 20

Beirut (1982-1984), 266

Libya (1985-1986), 2

Persian Gulf Support (1987-1988), 39

Invasion of Grenada (1983), 19

Invasion of Panama (1989), 40

Persian Gulf War (1991), 293; 849 wounded

Somalia (1992-1993), 45

Haiti (1994), 4

Bosnia (1995), 12

Kosovo (1999), 2

Iraq, 4,410 deaths; 31,941 wounded, as of Nov. 8

Afghanistan, 2,153 deaths; 19,464 wounded as of Nov. 8

All of our veterans have made the following pledge: “I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

 

You can help make these brave citizens a part of our history by submitting their information and a photograph to The Calhoun Chronicle. This will be shared with CCCOA for its “Wall of Honor” and stored in the newspaper archives.

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