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Do you know anyone who has served in the military?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
98% 687
No
 
1% 12
Total 699

Comments

Trobs 6 years, 9 months ago

The four who don't know anyone, I bet they are KU students.

Beth Bird 6 years, 9 months ago

So true, Pywacket. This is a "duh" question!

grammaddy 6 years, 9 months ago

If you all think this poll is so stupid, why did you bother to post a comment. Maybe the ones who said no are just kids themselves.

gogoplata 6 years, 9 months ago

What exactly are we supposed to be celebrating on Veterans day? Is it kind of like Secretarys day?

BigAl 6 years, 9 months ago

Actually, those that voted "No" don't realize it but they probably do know a veteran. More than a few veterans do not talk about their experiences.

Erin Graham 6 years, 9 months ago

I don't feel like this is really much of anything- but "thank you" (from a KU student) to those of you that have served or are serving whether it be at home or over-seas. You're in my thoughts, prayers every day.

triplegoddess13 6 years, 9 months ago

My grandfather and several other relatives served. I lost a friend to the current little fight we're in now. I currently have a cousin who just came back from over in Iraq. Thank you to them all and to all who have and are currently serving.

notajayhawk 6 years, 9 months ago

I think my grandfather was in the army. One of his sons was also, the other five were in the navy, all six serving overseas during WWII (including my father, the youngest, who left high school at 16 to go) - I still have my grandmother's six-star flag. My mother is an only child, but most of her cousins also served in WWII. The one uncle that was in the army had a son who graduated West Point and retired as a Lt Colonel (his mother, my aunt, was a sergeant in the German Army). My brother and at least one other cousin were in the navy. I have a brother-in-law who did one tour of Iraq (army reserves), and a nephew who's 'regular army' who did his Iraq tour and will be going to Afghanistan in a few months.Thank you to all of them, and to the rest of those of you who serve(d).

Katherine Greene 6 years, 9 months ago

Here's the history of Veterans Day from the Veterans Administration website: http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp My dad, who served in WWII and in Korea, said the first time anyone thanked him for his service was in a Veterans Day parade 50 years after he served.

DGL 6 years, 9 months ago

A better question: "is anyone in your immediate family serving in the military?" Watch the numbers drop.

jmac82 6 years, 9 months ago

hey smart person gogoplata- I think you are suppose to be remembering and honoring all of those who have served our country, gave their lives for our country, and ultimately those who defend our freedom. Oh, not to mention honoring all of those who have helped build our nation and freedom from the beginning.

labmonkey 6 years, 9 months ago

Most of my male ancestors, living and not living served. I know a couple guys in Iraq right now, and I plan on sending them a Metallica CD and a Playboy for Christmas.

Danimal 6 years, 9 months ago

It's actually not a horrible poll, less than 1% of our population serves in the military currently. Even with millions of WWII vets still living, vets now make up less than 7.5% of the population. In a couple years when all the WWII vets are gone this figure will probably decline below 5%. gogoplata's attitude is exemplary of American's general feelings about the wars our leaders start, someone needs to fight them, but it shouldn't be them personally. Americans have two days a year, Veterans Day and Memorial Day to honor their living and fallen veterans. Most people fail profoundly at even that simple remembrance.

gogoplata 6 years, 9 months ago

My main problem with veterans day is all the propaganda that goes along with it. A true patriot stands up for what is right when what is right is unpopular. Military personell should honor the oath they took to uphold the constitution. That part of the oath supercedes obeying the orders of the commander in chief. Where is the honor in fighting and dying in unconstitutional wars of agression?

Kaiser 6 years, 9 months ago

The following is a excerpt from a ITB (Infantry Training Battalion) Graduation Speech by LTC Randolph C. White Jr. I apologize for the caps but that is how it was typed:THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST ARE NOT NECESSARILY ON CAMPUS OR IN THE CORPORATE BOARDROOM RIGHT NOW. THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST ARE YOU MEN! ...YOU OUT THERE ON THE PARADE FIELD. DON'T EVER THINK THAT THE KIDS RUNNING AROUND ON SOME COLLEGE CAMPUSES PROTESTING AND WHINING HAVE ANYTHING ON YOU. YOU ARE PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THE ONE ADVANTAGE THAT ALL COVET... YOU WILL KNOW MANY OF LIFES TRUTHS - YOU'LL KNOW ABOUT THE GOINGS ON IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, DJIBOUTI, THE PHILIPPINES, THE BALKANS AND MANY OTHER PLACES. YOU WON'T HAVE TO GUESS OR BASE AN OPINION ON SOME BESPECTACLED SO CALLED EXPERT, OR HOLLYWOOD "PROFESSIONAL PRETENDER" WHO DEFINES DANGER AS CROSSING THE STREET, LEAVING CAMPUS, OR HAVING A DECAF LATTE INSTEAD OF A REGULAR. YOUR HEAD WILL NOT BE FILLED WITH THE EMPTY THEORY OF THE OLD PATHETIC SLACKERS WHO TEACH ON MANY CAMPUSES... THE ONES WHO RAN TO CANADA, OR HID OUT IN EUROPE, WHILE MANY OF THE VETS WITH US HERE TODAY PUT IT ALL ON THE LINE IN A PLACE CALLED VIETNAM. THE SNIDE ARROGANT CROWD WHO SPEND THE DAY BLAMING AMERICA FOR EVERY WRONG IN THE WORLD BEFORE GOING HOME TO SLEEP AT NIGHT UNDER THE BLANKET OF FREEDOM PROVIDED BY BETTER MEN! ...BETTER MEN SUCH AS YOU STANDING ON THE GRADUATION FIELD

Chrissy Neibarger 6 years, 9 months ago

My cousin is graduating from Bootcamp in a couple weeks. He afraid of where they'll send him, but IMO he's the one that signed up and took that chance. I'll support him and all the other troops though, forever and always.

mom_of_three 6 years, 9 months ago

yep, I do. Grandfather and great uncles served. Dad served for a few years, uncle was a career navy man, and have two cousins who are in the air force.

Bob Harvey 6 years, 9 months ago

You're welcome. It was an honor to serve this country for 22 years. Truly it wasn't until the Vietnam Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, did I ever feel that the country cared for all those who serve. Those who serve(d) also did it for those who would never consider doing it themselves. I still appreciate the phrase, "For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know."Thank you my fellow veterans...and a "Welcome Home" for those that never heard it from their country.

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