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All gave some - some gave all

By Joe Campbell, Far East District Public Affairs

Americans around the world will observe Veterans Day Nov. 11 to commemorate the contributions of the millions of men and women who have and continue to serve selflessly in defense of freedom.

Since the late seventies, the District III (Korea) Department of Pacific Areas, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America has organized a Veterans Day memorial service in Yongsan. As part of the ceremony, members of the VFW along with U.S. and Korean dignitaries place floral tributes at the 8th U.S. Army War Memorial, each tribute, a compassionate remembrance and a heartfelt thanks to all veterans who have served and are still serving throughout the world. The service will be held at 11 a.m., Nov 11 on Yongsan Main post across from the bus station.

Throughout the Veterans Day weekend, members of the VFW, worldwide, will be handing out “Buddy Poppies,” a time-honored tradition that began in the early twenties. Today, disabled, needy, and aging veterans in VA Hospitals and domiciliaries craft “Buddy Poppies” across the country. The revenue generated from the sale of Buddy Poppies provides compensation to the veterans who made the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs, and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation's veterans.

The poppy movement was inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields" written in 1915 by Col. John McCrae of the Canadian armed forces.

For more on the history of Veterans Day and those still serving in Far East District click here.

Veterans Day Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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