Happy Veterans Day – 11-11-2014

US.Flags cross_Memorial.DayOn the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice went into effect and fighting ceased between the Allied Nations and Germany.  World War I was then finished.   It was called the war to end all wars.

Then in November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

Thus Veterans Day was born.  Happy Veterans Day to all of those amazing and brave men and women who serve our country. I want to say thank you to all of the men and women who have served in uniform or are still serving.  You make it possible for me and my family to live and enjoy our freedoms promised by the U.S. Constitution.  For that, I will always be grateful.

Not only are those being shipped away to be honored, but all the families who are left behind to carry on.  I am in awe of those families who have a member deployed for one year.  That is such a long time and so much happens.  I feel for and pray for those families and hope everyone will return home safely again.

Those in the service certainly know what true sacrifice is.  Some give their lives, others give their health, their bodies, and their time.  May we not take them for granted.

A few quotes for Veterans Day:

  • “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”  ~ José Narosky
  • “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  ~ Elmer Davis
  • “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • “Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”  ~ Michel de Montaigne
  • “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”  ~ Maya Angelou
  • “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.  It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”  ~ G.K. Chesterton
  • “Freedom is never free.”  ~ Author Unknown

I wonder if on this Veterans Day, I will truly understand and appreciate all the amazing things that our military men and women do for us?  I plan to do just that and say thank you!

God Bless the USA

One of my favorite songs that I sang in high school chorus was by Lee Greenwood.

Here are some of the words from “God Bless The USA.”  The words are perfect to celebrate this Memorial Day.

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.

And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.

And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.

For there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God Bless The USA.

Thanks to him for such a great song and for the men and women who have defended us!!

May you have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day

For love of country they accepted death…”  ~James A. Garfield

Happy Friday!  I hope that you have a terrific Memorial Day weekend!

This weekend is traditionally known as the beginning of summer.  So, people will be traveling to be with friends and family, having cookouts, and swimming in the ocean, lake, or pool.

I always have enjoyed the long weekend and the fun with the start of summer.  And, here in Tennessee it will be very hot — 90 degrees all weekend.  The heat of mid-summer is starting early.

But let’s not forget the reason for the holiday weekend.  It is remembering those in the Armed Services who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.  Be it death, a massive injury, or a major change in their life, they make sacrifices for us each day.

I hope that you can thank those in the military for their service and job protecting us.  And, please honor and respect those who we have lost.  Thanks to you brave men and women for all you do.

It is amazing to me to think of what military families deal with.  Being away from one another for a year at a time or longer, going to parts of the world where Americans are not liked, in fact, they are often hated, and yet these men and women go wherever they are needed since it’s their duty.

Many of us have friends and family who have served in wars throughout the years or in peace time.  I had friends from high school who served during Operation Desert Storm and also in the more recent conflicts had some family and more friends serving.

My prayers are with the military, the generals and other officers, the Joint Chiefs, the people in the Pentagon, the Cabinet members, and our Commander-in-Chief.  Whether or not you agree with the conflict they are involved in, it is so very important to remember and support those in uniform who are protecting us.

There is quote that says a hero doesn’t wear a cape but a dog-tag.  I must agree and say thanks and God bless all of those serving and have served in the military.  We appreciate what has been done for us both by those who go to fight and by the families who stay behind.

Remember, freedom is never free.