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Military thoughts....

Friday, November 12, 2010

Yesterday, November 11th, 2010, was Veterans Day.

I wonder if everyone has sat down and thought about the sacrifices our military
has made in the past and today? I think for the most part, people appreciate
their sacrifices, otherwise I would not be here and able to speak.

I just wanted to tell you about this example. My husband, as many of you know is
a combat veteran, a Green Beret', and let me tell you, when he applied to become a
Green Beret', the training was so rough, only 3 men out of 100 made it through to win
their exclusive membership.
He is very proud of being a veteran. I am proud of him. He went through 3 tours in
Vietnam, and he volunteered for all 3. He was in 21 years.

Davids' father commanded a ship. He was in WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, and several
other conflicts that came up. He was in 27 years. I could go back several generations
and they all served their country.

Yesterday, I took him to lunch .... there were 4 young people at the table next to us.
When they left, ONE, came over to David and said: Sir, I want to thank you for your
service. ONE. David was wearing his miltary cap...that identified him as a Vietnam vet.

I saw a WWII veteran leaving as we were seated, and went after him to thank him for
his service. He told me " I volunteered you know, I was not drafted" and I said my
husband did also.

It meant so much to this elderly gentleman, that someone cared. It meant so much to
my husband because that young man, cared enough to come and tell him.

I guess my point is this: YOU do not have to wait til Veterans' Day, or Memorial Day,
or whatever, to tell someone THANK YOU for your MILITARY SERVICE. We are losing
our WWII vets at an alarming rate, so when you are in Walmart or the grocery store, or
a restaurant, and you see someone wearing their cap with whatever war they served in,
Thank them.


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    Amen. Please thank your husband for me. My husband just retired after 20 years. I love seeing the spark in his eye when someone is kind enough to recognize his service. We are blessed to have these honorable men in our lives.

    I hope you are feeling better!
    2723 days ago
  • SILLYHP1953
    I really thought I'd posted a comment on this blog, I remember it, I remember writing, I'm sorry you didn't get it. I guess the computer messed up because it also didn't email me when you wrote your next blog! And I subscribe to them. You have a proud family heritage of military service and I salute them.
    2732 days ago
    Much thanks to your husband for his service...and to all who've given themselves so that we can live in peace and freedom. Yes...I think their service is taken for granted and we all need to remember and appreciate ALWAYS!
    2736 days ago
  • LJRW170
    My husband always does this. It makes me so proud when he goes up to a soldier and shakes their hand and thanks them for their service. He says that he wasn't able to do it (blind in one eye, major respiratory problems, etc.) and so he has an extra obligation to show them his thanks. :)

    Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    2736 days ago
    As so many young military personnel are returning from their tours, or just coming home on leave, whenever I see them in uniform, I walk up and offer my hand and thank them for serving. I'm a 21 year Air Force veteran and I am grateful for those who continue to serve, to offer up their lives so we can be free to live. What a gift!! Thanks for the blog. Now I will start looking for those wearing their caps, too.
    2736 days ago
    Thank you for this blog.
    2736 days ago
    Wonderfully written. Thank you for sharing. My brother is in the Army, and has done 5 tours so far during his enlistment. The last 2 being to Iraq. Now he is due for another overseas. And although he could have many reasons to not go, he would never feel comfortable to send 'his boys' over and not be there to make sure they come back home. Thank you for your service as a military wife, as I do know how hard that is, and thank your husband for his service as well. Thank you, and have a blessed Thanksgiving.
    2736 days ago
    yes on our walk the other day a kind old gentleman was fishing on the banks and he too was wearing his military cap,i spoke to him ask him how the fishing was and then i said,sir, i dont know if you are a vet,he said he was. i said, thank you for serving in our great country and protecting us from harms way. then i turned to my manny and thanked him. these are our true leaders. bel
    2746 days ago
    I agree Every single one of these service men and women deserve to be thanked everyday that they are here on this earth. I'm so thankful for each and everyone of them.Thanks Darlene for this Blog it is wonderful and makes people think. emoticon emoticon
    2747 days ago
    Great blog.
    2747 days ago
    I agree it doesn't take one day to recognize what they do to make our country the wonderful country it is. Tell your husband thank you for his service.
    2747 days ago
    emoticon in a good way.

    I hope you thanked your Veteran and DH enough for all of us, If not you'd better get back on duty.

    2748 days ago
    Hi Sis. It was "Armistice Day" here in uk, too. And, yes, we thought about all those who have died, been injured or risked their lives in every conflict since WW1. At least Martin and I did. Its bad that so many younger people dont know,understand ,or care, what such a huge number of brave men, and women , sacrificed for us to keep our countries free.I send our thanks to David for his service too. Martin's father was with the American 8th army airforce during WW2. We in uk will also be remembering the fallen on Remembrance Sunday. This is always the sunday closest to 11/11. "Lest we forget" Janey
    2748 days ago
  • SILLYHP1953
    Tell your husband I am proud of his service to our country. My first two husbands were in the 82nd and I was going to join the army when I was 19 but found out I was pregnant. My oldest daughter was in the army and stationed in South Korea. I've long thought ALL young people should be required to do some kind of service for our country, or state, or town, not necessarily military, but something. Peace Corp maybe. I'm into peace.
    2748 days ago
    I did just that last Saturday Darlene, an elderly ex soldier was selling poppies for The British Legion in Uxbridge and I shoke his hand.
    Lest we forget.............................
    2748 days ago
    OK - now I'm crying. You are so right. I'll keep this in mind, and when someone tells me they were in military service, I'll be sure to thank them.

    2748 days ago
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