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Happy All-Veterans Day

Timothy Kincaid

November 11th, 2011


There is a specialness that happens when an worthy event becomes even more so, when an asterisk marring an otherwise admirable effort is removed.

So today is a very special Veterans Day. It is the day we honor all Veterans who fought for the interests of our nation without discounting any because of their race or gender or orientation. Perhaps gender identity will also some day be dropped from consideration, and we will be even prouder. But on this, the first Veterans Day after the termination of more than 200 years of restriction and exclusion, I am a bit prouder and a bit more appreciative of those who don a uniform and stand between me and those who wish me harm.

(Recruitment poster was by JC Leyendecker, a Saturday Evening Post illustrator who gave us such iconic images as the New Year’s Baby and Santa Claus (as currently dressed). He also had other patrons, including several branches of the US Military. Leyendecker is known for his idolization of the male form – often in ways that would be considered too suggestive today. His most famous advertising campaign was his creation of The Arrow Collar Man, based on his long-term companion, Charles Beach.)

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Douglas F.
November 11th, 2011 | LINK

I’m very appreciative of those veterans who believed George Bush’s lies about Iraq and went in a killed a bunch of people who never did a thing to threaten Americans.

Also, I’m thankful to those veterans who helped kill millions of Vietnamese despite the fact that few there wished Americans harm before the U.S. insetrted itself there.

Jim Burroway
November 11th, 2011 | LINK

(I can spot a Leyendecker from fifty paces. Especially from behind.)

Working proudly with Veterans and Active Duty personel every day as I do on my day job, I am especially happy to honor all of them today.

Timothy (TRiG)
November 12th, 2011 | LINK

I’m no fan of the US military either. I’m inclined to think that, overall, they do more harm than good in the world. And the way the Americans fetishise their military frankly freaks me out a little. Anyway, I live in one of the few Western countries which doesn’t celebrate/commemorate Armistice Day in any form.

TRiG.

Rob in San Diego
November 12th, 2011 | LINK

Proud partner of a Marine myself! I love you my handsome!

G.I. Joe
November 13th, 2011 | LINK

Love JC Leyendecker’s work. Love it love it.

Although somehow it had passed me by that he was one of us!!! (*zombie voice* one of us! one of us!)

Before even knowing that, I was already thinking that this poster was incredibly homoerotic and arousing, though.

Shaed
November 14th, 2011 | LINK

Gender identity is synonymous with gender. Gender is not a polite euphemism for sex, whether that be anatomical, chromosomal, or whatever goalpost the powers that be are insisting on at this time, and even if it was, both intersex and trans people are banned from the American military.

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