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Posted by Jolly on November 11, 2015

In France and Belgium it’s called Armistice Day. In the UK, Canada, Australia and most former and present Common Wealth countries it’s called Remembrance Day. In the US we know it as Veterans Day. In Poland, it’s Independence Day. All these countries commemorate the end of The Great War, World War I, which ended the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, November 11, 1918.
From the moment the guns of August opened fire in 1914 until the war ended in ww1.jpg1918, the French suffered more than 4.8 million dead and wounded, the UK 2.5 million, Russia 8.2 million and Germany 6.6 million. Almost an entire generation of young men had been lost. The world had watched in stunned horror as the war that had been expected to last no more than six months dragged on for four tortuous years. These kinds of mass casualties had never been seen before. A whole new kind of warfare had been unleashed on the world. The destructive power of war had been increased exponentially.

Each country honors the sacrifices of their military members. In the US, Veterans Day, although still a memorial for fallen servicemen, has become a day of thanks toww1_vet.jpg living veterans and an appreciation of their service. Many countries refer to this remembrance period as Poppy Day. Poppies, as a result of the poem In Flanders Field, have become a symbol of the tremendous loss of life.  The poppy’s red color appropriately is emblematic of the terrible bloodshed that occurred and is an even more suitable symbol of the war loss when poppies blossom on some of the worst battlefields of Flanders. 
Regardless of a country’s commemoration traditions, it is important that these memorial events continue to remind a nation and its people of the sacrifices of their service members and that standing flag_fighter_pilot.jpgup to tyrannical and oppressive states is not a no-cost business.
 If you’re in or have been in military uniform, we here at Fighter Pilot University salute you.  Or as we say here at FU, you kickass!!

Are you having your morning joe in an FU Cup?



The Patriot


Posted by DJ1 on
Thanks Jolly!
My Father was a sabre-carrying Cavalryman in WW1 and a Army Surgeon in WW2. I couldn't have had a better hero! Did my part in 'Nam + 27 years!
Serving the country is an Honor. God Bless America.
Posted by Chiller on
Thanks Jolly....Indeed, it was an honor to serve.

"Chiller": USAF 67-93.
Posted by hiflyer on
Served with pride and honor. Huey pilot, Vietnam, '65-'66.
Posted by Ramrod on
Thank you so much Jolly,
A big salute to all of those combat veterans I was privileged to support especially the "Take Her Down" Wild Weasels of the 35 TFW along with the F-4 pukes of the same wing and most of all my F-106 drivers of the Aerospace Defense Command who knew how to Bear Hunt and protect this one great nation under GOD.

Kaye "Ramrod' Downing
Capt. USAF (Ret.)
Intell Spook
Posted by hrprrbn on
Thanks to all of you who served. You are true heroes!
Posted by ViperPilot on
Nice Jolly...thanks for posting this!
Hey, here's flash from our (sadly was is become distant) past:

Ramstein Approach: "F-4 Phantom callsign Knight 11, I don't know where you think you are going, but it's not to the Heidelberg Initial Approach Fix. Please snap 360 at this time"

Knight 11: "Roger 360, Approach, we had the wrong TACAN channel set"

Ramstein Approach: "OK Knight 11 with the wrong TACAN channel, welcome back to you think you can find Heidelberg IAF now"

Knight11: "We gonna give it our best shot"

Ramstein Approach: "I'm sure you will Knight 11, and we will be watching"
Posted by Jolly on

That’s Awesome! Yea, I think it was after that I decided I was making my nose gunners look like shit and probably should wait until UPT where they expected me to fuck up the Tacan Approach! The other was the landing I did with AL Norman where the SOF called to tell him it was the hardest landing he’d ever seen in the F-4, he covered for me like a true bro. Thanks for the stick time brother, you have no idea how much that helped me do well in UPT. I owe all you guys who took great care of this pitter!

Jolly (aka STX)
Posted by Dibbs on
Spent many inst checks holding in the HDL IAF at RMS. I remember the Landau TACAN when I was at Sembach in OV-10s in '82. Great way to nav under the WX, but you had to get an IFR pickup to get back home. I remember flying at 500 feet and seeing 104s streak by below me!! Miss those days..
Jim "Dibbs" Dibble
Posted by ThomasACurtis on
posting photo of my Dad with his Spad.
Posted by Lyndy33 on
'52-'72 First fighter F-80. Surprise:F-100 is the primary trainer for the O-1 / O-2. Big-06 Da Nang '67-'68 from a line of Big-06's
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