Veterans Day Appreciation Show, Music, Marines & Air Force

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What does Veterans Day mean to me, a son and an uncle of 2 family members in the military?

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My dad, Roger Vogelzang, MD, USAF, center, Sept. 1958

Veterans Day — a time to pay tribute and honor those who serve, and those who’ve served, and are still with us. Remember, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day are different. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost lives in service to their country. Confusing the two or combining the two diminishes the importance of both. As we express our appreciation on Veterans Day, many will find ways to celebrate and remember the sacrifices made by those in uniform in a manner that’s personal. A Friend, Relative, or Neighbor who served comes to mind as we take a moment to reflect on what that person did to serve our Nation.

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My Nephew, Wyatt Vogelzang, left, 2015. Courtesy Sgt. Reece Lodder/U.S. Marine Corps

There’s actually a long line of those who served within my family tree and maybe yours too! Veterans Day means that we pause to remember those who came before us as well as those currently in uniform. Our rich history preserved by the stories they tell, which can be passed on from generation to generation. Many this week commented to me directly, or via social media their almost “shocked” reaction to our US presidential election. This veterans day, I want to thank all those who’ve served, and say, as many others have, how grateful I am for our hard fought freedoms, that include the democracy we cherish, and to have a chance to vote, good bad or indifferent.

Countless individuals, organizations, and groups support our Troops. They do a great job, often filling in where other resources left off. Wherever there’s a Veteran in need, somebody steps up to help in some form or fashion. In paying tribute to our Veterans our individual or group expression can range from displaying our country’s flag, you can donate to the veteran charity of your choice, to the music you’re listening to, that being my mom playing the “Marine’s Hymn,” on her accordion, in honor of her grandson, my nephew, currently serving in the United States Marine Corp.

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Today, I honor my father, Roger Vogelzang, who was an United State Air Force Captain, and a USAF physician, during the Korean Conflict, some would call war, but which ended in a cease fire. My nephew, Wyatt Vogelzang is currently serving in the US Marine Corp.

To all Veterans — past, present, and future — I salute you, and thank you for your service.

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