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Please leave a comment here to thank a veteran or soldier you know. Or just say thanks to our troops, past and present.

This is your chance to say thanks or share photos, stories, greetings, and remembrances of the USA's fighting forces in a community forum.

This Veterans Day there are about 1.5 million active-duty service members currently serving in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard combined, and many more Americans served but have since retired from military service. 

President Obama addressed these troops and all of us when he issued a proclamation for the Veterans Day holiday.  As he says, "The selflessness of our service members is unmatched, and they remind us that there are few things more fundamentally American than doing our utmost to make a difference in the lives of others." 

With this in mind, we at Patch wanted to give you an opportunity to share the contributions of the veterans in your life. Click on the green button to upload pictures of a veteran who matters to you, or just share what's important about them to you in the comments. Let's celebrate the folks who have signed up for the service!

Kasey Hariman November 11, 2011 at 06:24 PM
What lessons do you think we should learn, Robert? I'm genuinely interested in what you have to teach us, as a veteran on this day, and I'm willing to bet other folks are also interested. Feel free to share!
robert wilson November 11, 2011 at 11:32 PM
Some day we will learn that it will no longer be necissary to send our young people to fight in any wars, I'm a combat Vet and would never wish it on anyone, is that clear enough, this is a site to remember our fallen and still serving Vets not silly debate.
Lita Newdick November 14, 2011 at 02:37 PM
I just watched the PBS special about where our U.S. soldiers come from. It followed a U.S. platoon of friends from Northern Michigan who joined the National Guard together because they were at a standstill in their lives, and were deployed to Afghanistan. I strongly recommend this film; it opened my eyes to the danger, disillusionment, misery and deceit our young men and women face when they believe the claims of U.S. government recruiters about what service in the army will do for them. In my opinion, every recruiter should be required to stress the "risks" as well as the "rewards" of serving in the military. They should also stress that if killing is against a person's principles, there is the option of choosing to be a conscientious objector.
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