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Fort Lee Celebrates Veterans Day [Photos]

The federal holiday may be Monday, but Veterans Day festivities took place in Fort Lee Sunday—Veterans Day proper.

With Veterans Day 2012 falling on a Sunday, the federal holiday is technically Monday this year.

But Fort Lee, like most places, celebrated on the actual holiday, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

Fort Lee resident and Patch blogger David Sarnoff submitted these pictures of Veterans Day 2012 festivities in Fort Lee.

David Sarnoff November 12, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Thanks to all our Veterans and Active Duty soldiers who serve. Thanks to Fort Lee VFW Post 2342 for an excellent ceremony.
Baba O'Riley November 12, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I was not able to attend the ceremony this year; but it is always a great experience! I looked at the pictures and noted that I did not see any younger veterans (in the parade / march). I wonder why that is? There must be veterans of the Global War on Terror or the Gulf War living in Fort Lee. I also noticed that the Asian gentemen in Picture 9 looks like he is wearing a Halloween costume and not a uniform.
John Bang November 13, 2012 at 04:09 PM
That's no costume. The tshirt and boots aren't originial GI but the rest of his uniform, he earned through service to the US Army. The green woodland camoflage pattern of the Battle Dress Uniform was issued in the 80's before the military started to switch to the grey Army Combat Uniform in 2007 . And on top of that, while the uniform stays the same size, we don't. So it's not his fault that he doesn't look so polished and fit in the same uniform he wore 20 years ago. I myself only wore my old field jacket to the event because I can't fit into my old BDU pants (28" waist when I finished Boot Camp!). But on Veteran's Day, we old geezers can take out the dusty uniforms we have shoved in the back of the closet and pretend, for one afternoon, that we are still the same lean and mean youngsters we were way back when. As for the lack of younger vets, it's still probably too fresh an experience for them. When I got out of the Army, I didn't want to be reminded of military life. I wanted to grow long hair, dress sloppy and sleep till 3pm. It's only when you get a bit older and you get a bit more nostalgic. I'm much more fond of my military memories now than when I was young. If you asked me a year after I got out if I'd join up again, I would have said, "Hell, no!" 20 years later, I was back at the recruiter begging for an age waiver so I could go fight terrorists. He shook his head and said, "Hell, no!"
Baba O'Riley November 13, 2012 at 04:58 PM
John, I know it is not a costume (but the person wearing it does look like a clown; that would not happend to be you?) having worn the BDU since its inception until we switched to the ABU. I wear the same size pants that I did in High School (all those years ago) as I am still lean and mean. In addition, we have people who came back into the service in their 50's. As a veteran of both OEF and OIF it is not too fresh of an experience as I am a member of www.iava.org as are most of my friends. I joined the VFW (Post 2342) but found that there was not much room for the younger veterans. I get together and / or communicate on a regular basis with my friends from Afghanistan and Iraq; and we laugh discussing anything and everything under the sun. I hope that I have not offended you.
John Bang November 13, 2012 at 08:40 PM
You have not offended me. That's not me in the picture. I don't have a 28" waist as I did when I got out of Boot but I like to think I still look good in uniform. Still, the man did serve. He did his duty for his country. So what if he wouldn't pass inspection the way he looks in the photo? Let's cut him a little slack -that's all I'm saying. I didn't mean to preach with the whole history of BDU's. It's hard to comment on these things while expressing the right tone. I wasn't sure if you were a civvy that didn't recognize the old uniforms.
Baba O'Riley November 13, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Not a problem. I am not worried about inspections or proper appearance; go to any gun and / or military collectible show and you will see some strange looking uniforms. I would be concerned if he did not serve.
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