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November 11th. Some Veteran's Day Thoughts
November 11, 2008

Today is Veteran's Day.

As a Cub Scout, my Den Mother was interested in helping us pass our achievement arrows and my choice for collections was stamps, and in came my 1960 pile of US mint issues. One was for Servicemen. During the course of the conversation she mentioned that she was a Gold Star Mother, having lost her eldest son in the war (Vietnam). It was at about a month later that she brought in photos of her receiving a medal from President Nixon - her son had been awarded the Medal of Honor. That impressed me even as a kid.

I still see her on occasion on my visits back to Astoria. I've visited her son's name on the wall in D.C. It is interesting how it all mixes in.

When I was attracted to collecting WWI items, the Gold Star Pilgrimage Medals from the United States Steamship Company and the federal government got my interest as they showed a steamship, the Statue of Liberty and were struck by Tiffany & Co. I eventually wrote a TAMS Journal article about them.

However, it is also the anniversary of my father's death. 15 Years ago. Wow.

So, find a serviceman to thank, visit a local veterans home or hospital, support a Gold Star Mother.


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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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