A Veteran’s Day Salute To “The Green Mountain Boys”
“Put The Vermonters Ahead”
By Dell Hill
special Veteran’s Day salute to the men and women who serve this
country with dedication and pride from Vermont. They’ve always been
known as “The Green Mountain Boys”; a throwback to the days of Ethan
Allen and his rowdy band of Vermont defenders before Vermont became the
first State to join the Union after the original thirteen.
The Green Mountain Boys even had their own flag. Here’s one that has been recovered and on display.
A battle-flag like this accompanies every unit of the Vermont National Guard whenever they’re deployed.
This is the masthead for the Vermont National Guard web site.
And I’m sure you’ll note that very same flag in the background VNG icon on the left.
women have wisely been incorporated into the ranks (and my
granddaughter is one of them!), there was considerable discussion about
changing the name of the Vermont military contingent to something other
than “Boys”, but even the ladies would have none of it. They knew and
understood the significance of Ethan Allen’s defense of their homeland
and took no gender offense at the unit’s name.
every other Guard unit in the country, the Vermont Army and Air
National Guard units have been deployed to serve in war zones right
along-side their brothers and sisters in regular Army and Air Force
combat roles. They have done themselves proud time and time again, and
for that reason I salute and honor them on this Veteran’s Day 2011.
The Vermont Air Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons Patroled The Skies Over Manhattan On 09/11/01