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Veteran's Day 2011: Honoring our Heroes

Patch wants your Veterans Day stories and photos.

Palo Alto plays an important role for United States military veterans.

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System is one of the top three research institutions in the entire VA system, and with Stanford University Medical School has provided top-notch care in geriatrics, mental health, Alzheimer's disease, spinal cord regeneration, and numerous other ailments afflicting veterans.

Veterans from around the region come to the VA not only for treatment, but for numerous social and athletic programs designed to foster a sense of community. Palo Alto Patch has covered stories ranging from to , an increasingly popular sport among disabled vets.

This Veteran's Day, we want to hear from you.

If you have a special photo or story to share about yourself or a member of America’s armed forces, please share them. We’re happy to honor men and women who've served in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard—both veterans and active duty.

Just upload your photos with a short photo caption and then if you want to add more, do so in the comments. All will remain attached directly to this post. We'll feature pictures of the heroes in your life this Friday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

Let's teach and learn from one another about our shared history!

Wayne Martin November 12, 2011 at 04:21 PM
As a former Military service member, whose family was involved in many major American conflicts going back to the Revolution, it is gratifying to see the current, and former, members of the Military appreciated on Veterans Day. But given Palo Alto’s hostility to the US Military’s involvement in the conflicts needed to maintain world peace, and the political/military balance between world powers since the end of WWII, it is a little difficult to believe that Palo Alto is as supportive of its “heroes” as this Patch article suggests. For instance, the Palo Alto City Council sent a resolution to Congress effectively condemning the Vietnam War (and the men fighting it) in 1973. This Resolution was based on the passage of a ballot item put to the voters that passed with a wide margin. After Vietnam’s fall, and the establishment of harsh Communist rule in that county, as well as Cambodia, and Laos, there was not a peep out of the people of Palo Alto, other than the occasional support for their Anti-Vietnam sentiment. Millions were jailed, killer, or displaced in Vietnam after the war was over, and two million people (estimated) were killed in Cambodia—with not one Resolution from the Council, or the Voters, condemning these murderous actions by these Communist governments. (No doubt the oft-heard chant: “Hey Hey LBJ, how many children did you kill today?” was still ringing in their ears—distracting them from the depredations of Ho Chi Minh and Pol Pot.)
Wayne Martin November 12, 2011 at 04:22 PM
(Con't) In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Stanford was a hot bed of Anti-War sentiment, and activity. The NROTC building was burned, leading eventually to raid on the Stanford Daily’s offices that was intended to sieze evidence that was needed in investigations of possible illegal activity by students and others--ordered by Palo Alto Police Chief Zurcher (with warrants from the appropriate courts). This case made its way to the US Supreme Court eventually. Here are some links to the history of the times: Anti-War Events On Stanford Campus Leading to Buring of NROTC Building: http://www.stanfordalumni.org/news/magazine/2009/janfeb/features/timeline.html Stanford University under siege: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news_features/centennial/1960SD.php Rumsfeld gets post at Stanford: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/08/BAEBS24V3.DTL#ixzz1dVTDgsBe Zurcher vs Stanford: http://www.oyez.org/cases/1970-1979/1977/1977_76_1484 Palo Alto and “Stanford” have not been particularly supportive of our Military in the past. And it’s not clear that they will be in the future, either.

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