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Panama, Coca Cola and the Armed Forces

I received this picture on Monday from Lance Terrell, CHS '58. Not only am I from Panama, love Coke and grew up with the United States Armed Forces an everyday presence in our lives there . . . but this Coca Coloa Ad is from the year I was born. Two days later, I got an email from the Veteran's of Honor foundation, requesting a link to their page. My father came to Panama in 1937 in the US Army, his only brother was a Marine Corp DI, and died on the beach at Iwo Jima. While in high school I dated boys stationed in Panama in the Army and Navy. I have some very special friends who served in Vietnam, as members of our US Army Special Forces. The USARSO "Jumping Ambassadors" parachute team, were my Jump Masters, way back when I was crazy enough to jump out of a perfectly good airplane (*grin*). My two oldest sons, served with the US Army, and my youngest son is currently in the United States Navy. Many Canal Zone boys have served their country, in war and peace. It gives me untold pleasure to honor all Veterans of all branches of the United States Armed Forces.

This stamp came out in 1979 to honor all the Vietnam Veterans.

I remember signing a petition to have a stamp created to honor POW's and MIA's ... and here it is! Sometimes petitions do work.