Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.
Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle.
Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. [Source]
In 2011 we discovered a little known American Veteran and great American hero, Sgt Reckless, and wrote about her.
Through the power of our modern day media, we and others spread the word and this almost forgotten hero began to receive a great deal of attention.
Who is Sgt Reckless?
Sgt. Reckless was a Korean War veteran of a different kind. She was a Marine with the 5th Marines Recoilless Rifle Co. SSgt. Reckless was wounded twice in action and went through some of the toughest campaigns of that war.” [Source]
After serving on the front lines in Korea, she was awarded two purple hearts, a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation with bronze star, the National Defense Service Medal, a Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Medal, a Navy Unit Commendation, a Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and, posthumously, was awarded the Dickin Medal.” [Source]
Sgt Reckless was an American icon at the time of the Korean War then largely forgotten. Thankfully all that has changed. Sgt Reckless is once again a much loved and celebrated American hero.
Lest we forget.
A bronze statue of Sgt Reckless was dedicated to the famous Korean War pack horse during a ceremony at the Pacific Views Event Center on October 26, 2016.
ABOUT HORSES IN WAR
More then 5,000 years have passed since man first began riding horses. For much of that time the animal, now mostly associated with sport, was involved in war and military campaigns.
Archaeological evidence confirms that the use of a bit began somewhere in what is now Russia. The invention of the wheel led to the introduction of the chariot, a vehicle that carried two men, one controlling the horse that pulled it, the other, an archer, fighting from a moving platform.
Although nervous by nature, the horse made warfare faster. A mounted warrior had a huge advantage, giving riders the element of surprise. Horses also helped in reconnaissance and in making swift getaways after attacking settlements under siege. Through sheer size and an ability to kick and trample, the animals also intimidated anyone on the ground. Greek armies made use of horses, and the first manual on horsemanship was written by a cavalry officer, Xenophon.
Trench warfare, gas attacks, barbed wire, machine guns and, from 1917 onwards, tanks would change the nature of war, but not before eight million horses, donkeys and mules had died.” Source
• Korean Name: Flame of the Morning
• Bought For: $250.00
• Became a Marine: October 26, 1952
• Highest Rank: Promoted to Staff Sgt twice, first in 1957 and second in 1959
• Height: 13.1 hands
• Weight: 750-900 lbs
• Favorite Foods: Scrambled eggs, Hershey bars and candy
• Favorite Pastime: Drinking beer with her Marines
• Retired: 1960 at Camp Pendleton
• Died: May 13, 1969. Buried at Camp Pendleton with full Military Honors
• SGT. RECKLESS: A GREAT AMERICAN HERO
• 5,000 YEARS OF WAR HORSES
• WAR HORSES: REMEMBERING THE MILLIONS WHO FOUGHT AND DIED IN HUMAN BATTLES
• WHAT A VETERAN: KOREAN WAR HORSE SGT. RECKLESS
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