Thank a Veteran or Active-Duty Soldier By Leaving a Comment Here

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!

Al Gillis November 10, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Thank you!!! and may God bless all the U.S. veterans who wore and wear the uniform while protecting our nation and our nation's interests at home and abroad! America is proud of you and we honor you!
howard mcgowan November 10, 2011 at 06:41 PM
SEMPER FI Happy birthday Marine Corps
Roger Dube November 10, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Joseph November 10, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Thank you and God bless to all U.S. veterans, as well as to those still serving!
Kevin Kelly November 10, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Happy birthday U.S. Marines (236 years-old)!!! God bless all veterans, past and present, and thank you for serving our great country and protecting my freedom.
Jennifer November 11, 2011 at 03:54 AM
I am blessed that my husband is my hero. 27 years serving our country in the USMC and the Army National Guard. He is finally retired from the military and is now helping unemployed Veterans find employment. God bless all our men & women who are serving and have served as well as the families who support them.
PGRD November 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM
This is to thank all those who serve and protect us and today especially our veterans. We send them out to the ends of the earth, to inhospitable, hostile places. Let us welcome them home and care for them as they have cared for us. Let us not reject them and ignore them. Let us help them heal and finally let us ensure that on their return we ensure that they find productive, satisfying roles to play in society. This must be one of our most important priorities.
Lauren November 11, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
PattyK November 11, 2011 at 12:58 PM
I sit here comfortably in my home because of veteran's past and present who sacrificed their lives to keep our country safe. May god bless you all! Thank you so much.
DOTTIE NARDONE November 11, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Daniel Marcella November 11, 2011 at 03:30 PM
EVERY day is Veteran's Day! God bless the American Armed Forces and THANK YOU for all that you do. Godspeed.
robert wilson November 11, 2011 at 05:42 PM
As a Veteran I feel that today we observe the sacrifice of those that never came home and the active Military today that are in harms way, I hope that some day we'll all learn
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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