Phil’s Funny: Happy Veterans Day!

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12 Responses

  1. Avatar CoupBeTrouble says:

    So Veteran's Day is all about money, eh Phil? You are one sick and disrespectful individual.

    • Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

      You're kidding, right? THAT is what you saw in this cartoon?

    • Avatar Alan Ernesto Phillip says:

      It seems that one day a year we organize parades, picnics and barbecues with great passion and fanfare. Some may feel that's the obligatory or most convenient time and way to "honor" our women and men whom gave and give SO much. Yet, I believe that our Veterans need genuine, sustained honoring all year through: they need our continued respect and gratitude; they need gainful employment, they need honorable benefits; and real homes. Every day.

      My big brother, Dan Bystle, is an honorable Vietnam Veteran, born and raised right here in Shasta County – honorable every day. My father, Boyer, was a P-38 fighter pilot in the Army Air Corp, Pacific Theater – honorable every day; my uncle George was a silver star/purple heart'r in the 3rd armor division, 2nd tank over the bridge at Ramagen in WWII under general Patton – he was terribly injured in that historic battle by an incendiary RPG – he was honorable every day; my mother, Carmen, was a nurse for the Army Quartermaster Corp in WWII attending to our most horribly wounded and psychologically damaged veterans whom returned in very bad shape… she was honorable every day until the day she died in my arms. They would ALL just love Phil's cartoon!

      So to those who interpret Phil's cartoon the wrong way: The only thing "sick" or "disrespectful" would be any more knee-jerk politicizing of what is truly deep about his cartoon. If one just thinks about it before popping off hateful partisan shots, you might see Phil's take proposes a better healing and deeper respect for our veterans and our country… all year through. (You are a master, Phil!)

      Before popping off such a premature, wild shot before determining the proper target (like a trained Veteran would have done and do) maybe the "Mr. Troubles" of our nation just need a bit more time to think beyond this one day of BBQ, NASCAR, BEER and POLITICS toward genuinely and sustainably celebrating our veterans by thinking about honoring their needs – EVERY DAY.

  2. Avatar Dot N. says:

    You are right on, Phil! We need to take better care of our vets. Parades and stickers placed on cars supporting them, do not pay their bills.

  3. Avatar Carol M says:

    We owe every freedom we have to our veterans…show some respect and keep your squabbles to yourselves.

  4. Happy Veterans Day to all those who sacrificed for our country, with special thanks to son Joshua Domke (USMC), nephew Steve Goedert (USMC) and nephew Brant Edgar (USN). Thank you, all veterans, for your service.

  5. Avatar Daniel says:

    Thanks Phil. Doni, 11/10 is USMC Birthday, so SALUTE the USMC today and SALUTE my brothers & Sisters at arms 11/11. Veteran's Day was first celebrated as Armistice Day.

    At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of November, in 1918, Allied nations and Germany signed an armistice ending the hostilities during World War I. Exactly one year later, then-President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day Armistice Day.

    In 1921, Congress established the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., and also declared November 11 a federal holiday honoring all those who participated in the World War I. In 1938, Armistice Day became a legal Federal holiday.

    On June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. On October 8 of that year, President Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day proclamation.

    Just a little history from a more recent veteran.

  6. Avatar Budd Hodges says:

    I as usual, thought it was a funny toon, Philbert. Thank you for your service here in the State of Jefferson. Redding, Jefferson. That has a ring to it, doesn't it?