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Page 12 Wednesday, November 7, 2012 The spirit of freedom BY U.S. SENATOR MIKE CRAPO "I would have to say that every nurse who has ever been in a war has experienced the same thing. When you help a wounded man they always say, 'Thank you ma'am, you're an angel.' You never for- get looking into the eyes of an 18-year-old kid that is mortally wounded and you know he's going to die and he knows he's going to die. And, more often than not, these kids would always say, 'Ma'am, could you help my buddy? He's on the stretcher ahead of me and he's hurt a lot worse than I am.'" Those are the words of Janie Schaut of Emmett reflecting on her expe- riences serving as an Army nurse during the Vietnam War. Last year, I had the honor of recognizing Janie's service to our nation and veterans through a 2011 Spirit of Freedom Award. Janie's words have stuck with me, as she movingly captured the selflessness of our nation's veterans. Each year, as I present the Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award to Idaho veter- ans and volunteers, I am continually inspired by the great sense of camaraderie and virtu- ally endless service of these exemplary indi- viduals. We present the awards in two cat- egories-veterans and volunteers - but usu- ally the two categories overlap. The volunteers working with veterans are most often veterans themselves. They have already given consider- ably to our nation and volunteer countless hours to helping and spending time with their fellow veterans. As I have traveled around Idaho, I have had the privilege of meeting with many vet- erans and the volun- teers who assist them. Both deserve special recognition. The Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award is a small wa)) that we can acknowledge their contributions and help ensure that others in the community know the sacrifices they and their families have made to secure the free- dom we all hold dear. The nominations for the awards are made by a number of veter- ans' organizations. The first Spirit of Freedom Awards were presented in November 2002. In the last 10 years, we have presented 156 of these awards. The awards are generally announced on Veterans Day each year. Like the past award recipients, the 2012 Spirit of Freedom Awardees exemplify selfless service. This Xhe Adams County Record Veterans Day, seven- teen individuals will be presented with the award. These Idahoans are from six commu- nities across Idaho, and we are blessed to count these individu- als as Idahoans and Americans. Included among them is a man who lived through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, served in the Korean War as an U.S. Navy surgeon, settled in Idaho and raised a family while contributing greatly to his communities through his profes- sion in surgery and his giving spirit. Another award recipient this year is a highly deco- rated soldier, who served for more than 25 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces. His ser- vice included tours in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. He con- tinues to serve through spending significant time assisting fellow veterans. These are just a couple of examples of the individuals being awarded this year. Biographies regard- ing each of this year's award recipients will be added to the infor- mation about past year recipients posted on my website at http:// www.crapo.senate.gov/ idaho/sof/SOF2011. cfm. This Veterans Day, as we recognize the extraordinary service of our nation's veterans, who have stepped up to protect our nation, I am grateful to be able to honor some of these men and women through the Spirit of Freedom Award. Their stories and ongoing dedication are inspir- ing, and I thank veter- ans and the volunteers who assist the veteran community for their commitment and ser- vice. History of Veteran's Day Continued from page 10 Kingdom to raise money for veterans. The ;poppy became a symbol of World War I after their appear- ance in the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae. The flowers are worn in the lapel as a tribute to veterans. Tombs of unknown soldiers exist in 43 countries. In the U.S. alone, there are four: Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia; Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, Washington Square in Philadelphia; Civil War Unknowns Monument, Arlington National Cemetery in -Arlington, Virginia; Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier at Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi.. A Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremo- ny commences precise- ly at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans" organiza- tions and remarks from dignitaries. _ = - _ . 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