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  • Published: Nov 11th, 2015
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This Veterans Day thank a Veteran for his or her service to our nation.

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This is Veterans Day is intended to help us remember all of those that have served and those that have died protecting our freedoms. I never served but after I graduated from Ohio State I did volunteer for the Navy during the Viet Nam war. I was 4F but my Dad was the first man on Omaha Red 2 hours before the D-Day invasion. I grew up with a great respect for the military. His memories have been recently published by Merriam-press.com.

Almost 1000 World War II veterans die every day. The next time you see a Veteran thank him or her for their service. They are the best of the best. Each of the recent Veterans volunteered for service knowing full well that they would see action in the War on Terror. It takes a special person to volunteer to fight for you and I.

Those that came back from Viet Nam never got the parades or appreciation that other returning Veterans have had. They deserve it as well. Your thanks will mean the world to them. It will help give meaning to Veterans Day for you as well.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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  • Published: Jun 6th, 2015
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71 years ago today was D-Day June 6, 1944

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My Dad was the first man on Omaha Red two hours before the D-Day invasion. We lose hundreds of World War II veterans every day. That group has been called the Greatest Generation. I believe that honor is well deserved.

I was 22 before I found out that Dad had won the Bronze Star with V for valor. He never talked about his service until he joined the VFW. That caused him for the first time to be willing to re-live his experiences. He told his story to my co-author Dr. Phillip Trinity and me. I was able to write his memoirs from those interviews with the help of Phil.

While many were drafted after the Pearl Harbor attack, Dad had seen the war coming and had joined the ROTC at Ohio State. He did his job with wit and valor.

Today, those that serve in the arm forces volunteered to join. When you see someone that is serving or has served, please thank them for their service. It is not much compared to their service but it lets them know we appreciate their sacrifice.

You can read about the North African Campaign, the invasion of Sicily and D-Day and the defeat of Germany on http://www.merriam-press.com/thefirstmanonomahared.aspx.

In addition, if you served in the arm forces, I have written an e-book “From Unemployment To Wealth” which I will give free to any veteran that writes me at [email protected]. It trains the reader how to get a sales job and how to succeed in it. I spent 40 years training sales people and sales managers. It is a way I can say thanks to those that served our nation.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits .

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  • Published: Jun 6th, 2014
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What Does D-Day Mean to Us Now?

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Join me for a special D-Day special–a reading from my Father’s memories at 6PM EDT on fryingpansports.com/radio-show.

Thank a veteran today for his service to our nation.

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Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the American-led Allied invasion of Nazi Germany’s “Fortress Europe” that marked the beginning of the end of that horrific regime. It was, and remains, one of the most ambitious military undertakings in all of human history.

The scope of D-Day was immense in every measurable way — the number of soldiers, aircraft and naval vessels involved, as well as the depth of planning and the level of obfuscation to keep the Nazis guessing as to the date and location of an attack that both sides viewed as inevitable.

One thing that cannot be measured is the bravery of the men who descended on those French beaches that ugly June day in 1944. Ronald Reagan gave one of his most memorable speeches at the 40th anniversary of D-Day in 1984 at Pointe du Hoc, France, focusing on the bravery and faith of men to whom all Americans owe a deep debt of gratitude.

“The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest.”

It is tragic that 70 years after D-Day and just 30 years after Reagan’s speech we are losing the recognition and the knowledge that he spoke of. Anyone with a sense of history remembers or at least recognizes the incredible sacrifices that took place during World War II. Yet today, surveys among college students and their instructors show that many of them, as well as many citizens beyond college age, don’t know who the Allied leaders were during World War II. They can’t identify Dwight Eisenhower or Franklin Roosevelt, and many cannot link the D-Day invasion to the correct war in which it took place.

These people are supposed to be at the forefront of American education, yet they have no functional knowledge of one of the most seminal moments in American history. Perhaps it’s a byproduct of the extreme Left view of anti-Americanism that rejects all good things achieved by the United States, even the liberation of Europe and the defense of the American homeland.

Those who do not know the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them, so goes the saying. Apparently, this lesson hasn’t been repeated enough to be heeded. An entire generation of Americans sacrificed their comfort, their well-being, and in many cases their lives, so that we could be free. And that was just 70 years ago. It’s bad enough that people don’t remember the Founders and the Constitution. Yet here we are just a few decades removed from one of this country’s greatest undertakings, and half our population doesn’t have a clue about it.

Keep the stories alive. Remember what happened on that day, and share it with others. We owe it to those who served, those who died, and to our children, if we ever hope to live in a world free from the tyranny that our country has faced. “An informed patriotism is what we want,” said Ronald Reagan in his farewell address. “[A]re we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world? … We’ve got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom — freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile; it needs protection.” That’s what D-Day means for us today.

This was sent to me by Ray Merriam of merriam-press.com.

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This is Memorial Day weekend to help us remember all of those that have served and those that have died protecting our freedoms. I never served but after I graduated from Ohio State I did volunteer for the Navy during the Viet Nam war. I was 4F but my Dad was the first man on Omaha Red 2 hours before the D-Day invasion. I grew up with a great respect for the military. His memories have been recently published by Merriam-press.com.

Almost 1000 World War II veterans die every day. The next time you see a Veteran thank him or her for their service. They are the best of the best. Each of the recent Veterans volunteered for service knowing full well that they would see action in the War on Terror. It takes a special person to volunteer to fight for you and I.

Those that came back from Viet Nam never got the parades or appreciation that other returning Veterans have had. They deserve it as well. Your thanks will mean the world to them. It will help give meaning to Memorial Day for you as well.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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