Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veterans Day

Please observe a moment of silence at the 11th Hour on the 11th Day of the 11th Month to honor World War I veterans…

My father:
Clarence “Andy” Anderson
1896 – 1964
He was an “Observer” for the Army Air Force as it was believed that deaf people had exceptional eyesight. He was stationed in England.

My uncle:
Philip Sheldon Barnes
1892 – 1946
He was an aviator with the US Army and stationed in France. He was classified as a “pursuit pilot” after training in Riverside, California.

Commemorative bricks were laid in the Walk of Honor at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri at a Recognition Ceremony May 30, 2005. I was a guest of honor at the event. Among the memorabilia I collected for the occasion is a newspaper page with photos of a parade to observe “Armistice Day” (the former name for Veteran’s Day) down Main Street in Kansas City dated November 11, 1929.

I also have a newspaper clipping from December 5, 1918 about the arrival on American soil of five thousand troops, among them my uncle. The article ends with the note that the transport ships were met at their piers by Red Cross workers who distributed refreshments and cigarettes to the men.


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