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VEGETABLE CASSEROLE

November 11, 2011
Bernice Volkens , Reinbeck Courier

Veteran's Day is November 11th, a day set aside to honor all those who dedicated their time and lives for our country and freedoms. These are some of the things we should remember about Veteran's Day.

On November 11, 1918 at the eleventh day of the eleventh month the guns fell silent, ending the first World War. November 11th became a special day on which families and friends remembered those who had fought and fallen in that war. Then it was called Armistice Day and it was known as the, "war to end all wars."

However, all too soon we were again involved in even a worse conflict, the second World War. Again after the war was over, families and friends mourned their dead and paid their respects to those who survived. To give Americans a day on which to honor those who had served, President Eisenhower, in 1954, signed into legislation making November 11, a day to honor those who served in all America's wars. The legal holiday is called Veteran's Day. No better tribute can be given those who served than turn our thoughts to them on November 11th and say-"We Remember."

We remember the Veteran's of the Spanish American War who founded the Veteran's of Foreign Wars.

We remember April 6, 1917, The day Americans entered World War I; the battles of Argonne and Chateau woods; trenches, poison gas, mud, "cooties, 40 & 8 trains, the Rainbow Division and victory. After this war the American Legion was formed.

We remember Dec. 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor, North Africa, Sicily, the Battle of Midway, Guadalcanal and many of us remember War Bonds, rationing, scrap metal drives, USO shows, Rosy the Riveter and Kilroy was here, May 8, 1945, VE Day and September 2, 1945, V-J Day.

We remember June 25th, 1950, the day North Korea invaded South Korea. We remember GI's with their hands tied behind their backs and shot in the head. The perimeter at Pusan, was held by the poorest equipped, least prepared American Army, America had ever equipped to battle. This was the war my husband was asked to fight. These soldiers were committed and they were not short of bravery, courage and in time broke the enemy's back. He was at the Chosen Reservoir where they met the brunt of the Chinese. We remember the 38th Parallel, the line that we fought for and died for over and over again until we finally showed the enemy that they would never cross it again. I remember May 26th, 1953, the day my husband sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge-he was home!

Today we remember the veterans of Vietnam, USS Stark, Beirut, Grenada, the Gulf War, Iraq and the longest war we have ever been involved in -the war in Afghanistan. We remember because we are Americans.

I was reminded not too long ago that I don't give you many vegetable dishes, so here is an old standby of mine.

VEGETABLE

CASSEROLE

1 16-oz. pkg. frozen

brussel sprouts

1 16 oz. pkg. frozen

cauliflower

1 16 oz. pkg. frozen

broccoli

1 10 3/4 oz. can cream

of mushroom or celery

soup

1 8 oz. jar of Cheese

Whiz.

1 can French Fried

onions

Cook vegetables as directed on packaged drain. Heat together soup and cheese. Mix with vegetables in a 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle can of french fried onions on top. Return to oven for 5 more minutes. NOTE: Do not over-bake.

"Take time to thank a Veteran."

 
 

 

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