Arab Americans celebrate 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day
Arab Americans are very proud members who served and continue to serve in the United States military, including in the U.S. Marines, Air Force, Navy and Army. The service of Arab Americans dates back to the Civil War in the 19th Century, and includes service during World War I, World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War, as well as in military service during the most recent wars targeting the Middle East countries of Iraq, Yemen, Syria and in other missions in other Arab countries.
This year, the United States celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, after which Armistice Day (later called Veteran’s Day) was inaugurated, November 11, 1919. Armistice Day was designated by order of then President Woodrow Wilson.
To commemorate this Centennial, Arab Americans of all Arab World nationalities who served in the U.S. Military are being urged to participate and show our pride and our patriotism. “We served!”
If you are an Arab American veteran, or if you have a relative who is Arab American who served in any branch of service in the U.S. Military, we want to honor that service and we are urging you to submit your information and a photo, preferably in uniform, so we can showcase it. In doing so, we are reminding Americans that Arab Americans have done their part and continue to do their part to defend this country.
We have set up a website at www.ArabWarVeterans.com where we are documenting and preserving stories about Arab Americans who served in the military.
Many Americans need to know that we served. In many cases, those who criticize Arab Americans have never served in the military in this country. Our services trumps that and has a tremendous impact in helping to correct the incorrect information that exists about Arab Americans, mostly perpetuated by inaccurate stories in the mainstream news media.
If you served, or are serving, please send us your bio and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And please visit and share our website to help raise awareness in the American public and also in our own community which needs to know how much we have done for this country.
Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. He began writing in 1975 publishing The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues as Special US Correspondent for the Arab News ArabNews.com, at TheArabDailyNews.com, and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday, the Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronical, and Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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