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It’s Veterans Day

Submitted by on 1, November 11, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

It’s Veterans Day; but you knew that already. Even though it’s no longer on the front page or leading the evening news, the war in Iraq continues. A small percentage of Americans continue to pay the real, human costs of this war, so it’s on the rest of us to thank them for their sacrifices for us. And there are a few chances to do that, to say thanks, to reflect on the sacrifices being made, today.

Here in Alameda, The USS Hornet is holding a Veterans Day ceremony at 1:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Commander Jason R. Hamilton, executive assistant to the Pacific Area Commander. Admission is free. The Hornet museum is also offering free admission to vets this week. Music will be provided by the Boy Scouts of America’s Peninsula Scout Band.

Rhythmix is also hosting a special Veterans Day show, “SubHuman: True Tales from Beneath the Sea,” at 8 p.m. Bay Area performer and Navy man Ed Holmes’ show is billed as “a salty tale of danger, discovery and destiny aboard a diesel submarine.” Tickets are $10 for vets, $15 for everyone else. You can get them online here. The arts center, which is at 2513 Blanding Avenue, is also hosting a show called “Veterans Voices” in its K Gallery. That’s free.

And for a little light reading, check out Sean Maher’s account of an impromptu barbecue held here in Alameda for 100 Marines who returned from Iraq this past weekend after a seven-month tour. It’s in the Oakland Tribune, here. Some closing words from Rocky Trujillo, whose son, Kevin, was one of the men and women honored:

“The last person who wants a war is a military guy, because it’s his life on the line. No one is making these guys sign up; they do it because they think it’s the right thing to do, and because they’re the best. And the best don’t want a war.”

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