Sunday, March 4, 2018

National Hug a G.I. Day!

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National Hug a G.I. Day!

WOOF! When I learned today is National Hug a G.I. Day, I couldn't let it pass without sharing with you! Barkingly, as a country need to do more to thank those who work to protect our freedoms.

Barkingly, for me, it is as easy as going next door or walking down the street or crossing the street to meet someone who either served in the military or is currently active and I can give them a pawingly grand hug! WOOF! WOOF!

So I bark and woof, "Go find your servicemen and women or a neighbor or a friend and give them a hug.  Its a simple to show your support and say "THANK YOU!" Barks, you can pat them on the back, give a hearty handshake or even take them to lunch. Be sure to recognize Veterans and Active Service members. ARF!

While the term G.I. refers to Army personnel, today celebrates everyone who has served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

While today, the term G.I. is commonly used to refer to those humans serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, the term hasn't always meant that.

From what I read, in the early 20th century, G.I. was a notation in supply records for galvanized iron. Later, in World War I, it was used to refer to German artillery shells made from galvanized iron. At some point, soldiers began interpreting the initials as “Government Issue” or “General Issue.” Barkingly, by World War II, it began meaning generic enlisted men. WOOF! Many service members
began sarcastically using the term to describe their feelings of being mass-produced for Uncle Sam!
In 1942, comic strip artist and former Army Sergeant David Breger's G.I. Joe cartoon in Yank Magazine. Barkingly, the term became permanently used when, in 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill, the G.I. Bill; Servicemen’s Readjustment Act.

Bark! Today, HUG a G.I. excuse me while I go paw my neighbors and a few friends!

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