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As you all probably know, today is Veterans Day...a day set
aside to recognize those who are or have served in the military...and especially
to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty. U.S.
President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919.
"To us in America, the
reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of
those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory,
both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity
it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the
councils of the nations."
If you want to learn more about the history of Veterans Day,
the U.S. Army Center of Military History website summarizes it fairly well and
can be found here.
I recall posting a blog on Veterans Day before, but when I
searched on this day last year I realized it wasn't 2011, so I went all the way
back to November 11, 2010 and found the blog I did for Veterans Day back then.
Reading something I posted from two years ago was interesting, especially since
this was one of my favorite blogs (even though it doesn't really talk about video
games). I'm going to link it here in case any of you are interested, but be
warned it has lots of pictures, including one of yours truly.
the Real Call of Duty
Hah, I always liked that title. Anyway...man that seems like
so long ago. This year I thought I would do something a little different that
was inspired from a recent blog by Keyes announcing his (temporary) departure
from Game Informer while he is off attending U.S. Air Force bootcamp. This was
something I talked to Keyes about for a while now, so I wasn't all that
surprised, but it was still somewhat shocking hearing the day has finally come.
So what better way to remember Veterans Day, than by saluting those at Game
Informer who I know have served, are serving...or like Keyes...are going to serve.
Obviously I only know a fraction of the people that hang out at Game Informer
Online, so this is a very short list. I would encourage you to leave a comment
if you have served, know someone who is serving, or just want to pay your
Remembering Those Who
I think Chris will always be known as "Demon" to me, heh heh,
which was his original name (Demon Ragnarok) here at GIO. He has a larger than
life personality and has been known to be somewhat controversial, but I still
like him. He's passionate about his perspectives, posts some of the most thought
provoking blogs full of statistics and industry happenings you'll ever find,
and we just seem to have a lot in common. I know Chris is former Army -
Military Police, and did a tour in Iraq Afghanistan (oops)...a tense job as you can very likely
Of all the members mentioned on this list, sealsaa is the
one I know the least but respect just as much as the others. He's former Navy,
so he obviously earns cool points in my book for that. My guess is that he was
attached to a ship and very likely made his share of deployments around the
world, taking him away from home for months at a time. Sealsaa still hangs out
at the website, is more active in the forums than the blogging section, but you'll
see his name from time to time. He's a straight shooter and calls it like he
sees it. Firm...but fair.
TR as I would sometimes call him used to be active around
here...then he went off and grew up and he and his wife had a baby that occupies
a lot of his time now. Every now and then he'll pop in to let those who still remember
him know he is alive and well. He is also former Army and also did a tour in
Iraq. I can only imagine how much his squad mates must've loved serving with
him (although his CO might not have) - he has a relentless sense of humor that will
keep you laughing long after you should have stopped. I miss him, but respect
that he is focusing on his family and being a good daddy.
Remembering Those Who
Drubacca117 is a fine young man with a short fuse but a
mostly friendly disposition. He was a great friend and valued member of the GIO
family and posted a handful of blogs, including the infamous "sandwich" blog.
Drubacca117 has deployed around the world a few times, including his latest
trip that took him to the DMZ - that little strip of land between North and South
Korea. Last I heard he was still in the Air Force.
Believe it or not, Saka was one of the original members of
Member Herding (number 7). He disappeared from GIO for a while, came back and
next thing I know, he runs off and joins the Air Force where as far as I know
(as of September), he is still serving and stationed in Italy. It's been a long
time, but Saka used to publish video blogs (VLOGS) and was the resident
expert on fighting games.
Remember Those Who
Are About To Serve
Keyes has always been one of my favorite GIO community
members. He always struck me as a more mature individual and I naturally
assumed he was my age based on our conversations. When I learned that he was just a teenager my respect
for him grew even more. He was always polite and professional...and always
supported the community as an active audience member who left comments and
feedback in the forums and to many of the bloggers. He was also the 50th
member of Member Herding. I think he'll be very successful in his new adventure
in the Air Force and am confident he and others like him are prepared to carry
the torch for those who have retired or are no longer serving.
I know that the war in Iraq and Afghanistan are not very
popular among the citizens of this fine country, and this fact has somewhat diminished
the unwavering and unanimous support the military has previously enjoyed from
the rest of the nation, but I would offer that besides being warfighters,
members of the Armed Forces are primarily peacekeepers and also respond to
natural disasters like they are tonight in New York, New Jersey and other parts
of the New England area. The military engages in humanitarian aid around the
world that often goes unnoticed and unreported...just something to think about.
In closing, it's easy to think about heroes being those
characters like Master Chief, Nathan Drake or Gordon Freeman...but if you ask me,
this is what I think of when I think about what it takes to be a hero.
All the men and women who have paid the ultimate price
defending freedom, whose names I may not know, but whose sacrifice I will never
In loving memory of HM3
Ruiz, you are not forgotten. Salute.
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's
life for one's friends." -John 15:13
Take care, have a great night...and be free.
In honor of those Veterans, I salute you, congratulate you and hats off to you guys. Not even I have the guts to do all those things you guys do.
Happy Veterans Day!
Thank you to all who serve for keeping us safe.
Outstanding. We shouldn't leave you off of this list either. From what I gather on Twitter, you are retiring from military service. I don't know a lot about you, but I know enough to know for a fact that you've done everyone proud that is lucky enough to call you a friend. Everyone on this list, and those that aren't, I salute you.
Happy Veterans Day to you too Saint!
I had a feeling you'd be posting something like this sometime today, and was looking forward to it. Thank you as well, Saint, for your service.
And to echo Saint, thank you to all on here who serve - past, present, future. Happy Veterans Day.
Happy Veterans Day my friends. Wonderful blog Saint. Very heart felt. I don't know many of these guys because I've only been on here a short period of time. Thank you for showing our GIO Heroes. This is much apprecoated pal.
Oh wow, it's Veteran's Day already.
Excellent blog giving credit to those who deserve it. Don't forget yourself now, Saint!
Happy Veteran's Day, y'all!
Man was I surprised to see my name here. Thanks for the nod, and happy veterans day to you too Saint. I served as an electrician's mate on 2 ships (one LSD and one LHA), both out of San Diego, with 3 deployments between them. Good times, and a few bad.
Thanks to all of the fellow vets for their service, and to the families/friends of vets who support them.
Tons of free meals tonight and tomorrow at various restaurants gents. Eat up!
An excellent day for an appropriately excellent blog.
To those who have fallen- requiescant in pace.
Wow, thanks for the mention but I don't deserve to be on this list with all these other good people.
I hope Sakabato's doing alright, he looked on the edge last I saw of him.
But that was a while ago, if you've heard from him since this September he must be fine.
Hat's off to you Saint for posting this, and for serving. I've had the pleasure of gaming with a couple of these guys, and I'm glad that I've had the chance to get to know them. Much love and respect to our armed forces.
Thank you all for doing a job that means more than just a paycheck for yourself. Your self-sacrifice is appreciated by so many, myself included. Regardless of political activites, it always helps to know I am defended by people like yourselves.
May you enjoy many a free breakfasts, lunches, and dinners on a day rightfully honoring you. Happy Veteran's Day!
Great blog. Salute to the Veterans defenders of our country.
One of my best friends is joining the Marines, I sure hope he stays safe.
I would just like to point out that New York and New Jersey are not part of New England.
Great blog and I can't wait to get to know some of these GIO members.