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10 Things You should know for Veterans Day

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Stewart would go on to fly 20 combat missions over Berlin, Brunswick, Bremen, Frankfurt, and Schweinfurt. He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and several other citations. Stewart ended his accomplished military career in 1968 as a Brigadier General.

10. Coast Guard

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While the Coast Guard regularly is left out of many “military” related conversations, it is important to remember they serve a vital role in our ports, waters, and oceans.

The Coast Guard is a product of Alexander Hamilton who wanted a force which could guard our ports, enforce maritime law, and collect tariffs. After several incarnations, Hamilton’s group eventually merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service forming the modern Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard currently has 42,000 active members, 7,900 reservists, and 32,000 auxiliarists forming what would rank as the 12th largest naval force in the world.

On a day like Veterans Day, we can all forget about our glee or dismay of the recent election results, and come together under the banner of “Americans.” Today, we remember those who give their lives, time, blood, sweat, and tears to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day.

To all our men and women in the military, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and support you, whether at home or abroad.

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