Friday, October 12, 2012

Manassas, Virginia to Honor Cold War Veterans

For anyone who lives in the Greater DC and Virginia area Cold War Veterans are to be honored
November 10, 2012 in Manassas, VA.

The Greater Manassas Parade Committee announced that the 4th annual Veterans Day Parade
will be held November 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Old Town Manassas. The Harris Pavilion area
will be dedicated to Military and Veterans organizations exhibits and information booths.

Parade Secretary and American Legion Post 10 Commander "Top" Mark E. Meier (USMC, ret)
said that while "the parade will honor ALL veterans as we have in the past, this year we will offer
a special appreciation to our Cold War Veterans." Meier added "that these Cold War Veterans
are owed a special debt; Americans slept safe because millions of its citizenry spent their youth
standing guard & watch, manning missile silos and ready lines to protect us from those who
wished to harm our Nation."

For further information please contact Ginger Harvey 571-641-5350 or email at and visit their website at Manassas Veterans Parade

This is yet another tribute in the slowly growing recognition of our Cold War Veterans. It is heart
warming to see that a growing tread is spreading across our great country, as more cities and towns
are pay attention to those brave men and women who stood the line during the very trying and
sometimes frightening period known as the Cold War.

We take notice of the Cold War Memorials are starting to sprout around our land, in small and large
population areas. We at the American Cold War Veterans are still in the planning stages of our
push for a National Cold War Memorial to be placed in our Nation's Capitol.

One thing to remember, the number of Cold War Veterans is quickly shrinking as more of us
pass on to the Great Beyond every day.

Therefore it becomes even more important that Congress authorize and the Department of Defense
drop its objections and issue a Cold War Service Medal. The cost could become a non-factor, since
most veterans would be willing to purchase their own medal once it is approved; thus blunting
one of the DoD objections.

So once again I ask and urge everyone to contact both of their Senators asking them to cosponsor
S.402 The Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011. Also contact your Representative to cosponsor
H.R. 1968 The Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011. Ask them to push the Armed Services
Committees to bring both bills to the floor for a full vote.

To continue to ignore and forget Cold War Veterans, to make believe it never happened is
unbelievable and disrespectful to those who served with honor and distinction.  America it is
time for a simple Thank You.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996