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webmaster | 11/09/13

Monday is the 95th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Known at the time as “The War to End All Wars,” little did we know how many more wars and military actions would mar the history of mankind.

At 11 a.m. Monday in front of the museum in Courthouse Park, the American Legion Post 11 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1981 host Madera’s Veterans Day services. This is always a nice affair and an excellent way to show our veterans how grateful we are for their service and sacrifice.

Many of my generation faced the unpopular police action known as the Vietnam War. Far too many of the men and women who served in that fiasco returned home to a largely ungrateful nation.

Aesop, according to, said “familiarity breeds contempt.” Is there a correlation between the nightly news coverage of the conflict in Vietnam and the way Americans felt about that undeclared war? It is one thing to read statistics about how many soldiers, sailors, pilots, Marines and civilians were killed in battle, it is quite another to see war for the first time on television in ones living room. We lost 58,220 Americans lives in Southeast Asia including fighting in Laos and Cambodia, said Internet site Wikipedia...


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